Madrid The Old City Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Destination: Spain, Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Madrid
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Stroll the streets and squares of the Spanish capital on this 2.5 hour private guided walking tour, discovering the secrets of Madrid’s old city. Your guide will lead you through the most iconic locations in Madrid, peeling back the history and characters that have marked them over the centuries.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Royal Palace of Madrid, Calle de Bailen s/n, 28071 Madrid Spain

You will start your tour by visiting the beautiful Royal Palace of Madrid, the official residence of the Spanish royal family. Although having been a home to the Kings of Spain from Charles III to Alfonso XIII, today it is only used for state ceremonies.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Museo de la Catedral de la Almudena, Calle Mayor 92 Catedral de la Almudena, 28013 Madrid Spain

We will then make our way to the Almudena Cathedral, a Catholic Church consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1993. You will also see the Museo de la Catedral de la Almudena, a museum that is part of the church.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Arab Wall, Cuesta de la Vega S/N, 28013 Madrid Spain

Next we will visit the Muslim Walls of Madrid, also known as the Arab Walls, located on the road Cuesta de la Vega. The walls are probably the oldest construction surviving in the city, and their construction is linked to the origin of Madrid.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Calle Mayor, Madrid Spain

After this we will walk along the Calle Mayor, a centric street in Madrid starting in the Puerta de Sol and ending at the Cuesta de la Vega. Created in the Middle ages, this road became the main thoroughfare of the city in the Early Modern Period.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Plaza de la Villa, Calle Mayor, Madrid Spain

Along the Calle Mayor we will see the Plaza de la Villa we will see the Plaza de la Villa, one of Madrid’s best-preserved monuments. Located in the historical zone next to the Puerta del Sol Gate it is one of the main medieval centres of Madrid.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: La Latina, Madrid Spain

You will then walk through La Latina, a historic neighbourhood in the centre of downtown Madrid. The area occupies much of the oldest section of Madrid and is filled with small narrow streets for you to explore.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Plaza de la Paja, 28005 Madrid Spain

A major marketplace during the 13th and 14th century, Plaza de la Paja is known for its crowed streets pulsing with life. However, one can find small moments of serenity in the most surprising places. The square is an idea place to have a drink or bite to eat while admiring beautiful architecture that spans several centuries.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Plaza de los Carros Madrid, Plaza de los Carros, Madrid Spain

Plaza de los Carros is a nice little square with a lovely fountain. Here you can enjoy a nice drink and and take in the buzzing atmosphere.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Plaza De Puerta Cerrada, Calle de Segovia, Madrid Spain

Following on you will then see the Plaza de Puerta Cerrada, located in the La Latina neighbourhood of the historic center of the Spanish city of Marid. Built on a medieval Islamic fort, the La Latina neighbourhood is city’s oldest and one of its liveliest.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Arco de Cuchilleros, Cuchilleros, 28005 Madrid Spain

Afterwards you will see the Arco de Cuchilleros, a well-known historical archway with stairs leading to the 16th century Plaza Mayor, arguably the most famous plaza in Marid.
Well-known historical archway with stairs leading to the prominent, 16th-century Plaza Mayor.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Sobrino de Botin, Calle Cuchilleros 17, 28005 Madrid Spain

Next we will head to the Sobrino de Botin, supposedly the oldest restaurant in the world and a benchmark of Madrid’s best traditional cuisine.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Mercado San Miguel, Plaza San Miguel, 28005 Madrid Spain

Afterwards you will visit the Mercado San Miguel, located in the heart of the city centre, next to the historic Plaza Mayor. This historic market is not only considered beautiful but is full of food from all around the country.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Plaza Mayor, Calle Gerona 4, 28012 Madrid Spain

We will then head to Plaza Mayor, a grand arcaded square in the centre of Madrid. First build during the Habsburg period of Philipp III’s reign, it was once the centre of old Madrid, and is very popular with locals and tourists alike today.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Real Casa de Postas, Plaza Pontejos 3, 28012 Madrid Spain

Following, you will see the Real Casa de Postas, an administrative building, neoclassical in style which was the home to the telegraph service offices of the National Police force until it was bought by Madrid’s Regional Government in 1985.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Puerta del Sol, 28013 Madrid Spain

Getting to the end of our tour, we will visit Puerta del Sol, a bustling square in the center of Madrid and one of the city’s most famous sites. It is the centre of the radial network of Spanish roads and also contains the famous clock whose bells mark the traditional eating of the Twelve Grapes and the beginning of a new year.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Babylon Tours Madrid, Madrid Spain

In between cheering during a bullfight or dipping churros in gooey chocolate, you’ll want to discover the best that Madrid has to offer. That’s where we come in, amigos. Our local guides will show you the Spanish capital with a little flare and fiesta, bringing history and culture to life in its streets and museums. We’ll make sure you experience the icons – like the Prado Museum and Royal Palace – without wishing you could just take a siesta instead. Don’t worry, though, there will be plenty of time for a bit of tapas when we’re done with you, and, even better, you’ll know the best places to go.

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

  • Private Walking Tour
  • Tour Guide Exclusively For You (Does NOT apply if you choose "SAVE! BOOK SEMI-PRIVATE" option)
  • Duration 2 - 2.5 Hours
  • Tour Will Run, Rain Or Shine

  • Tour price does NOT include hotel pickup or drop-off (we recommend UBER or Taxi)
  • Tour price does NOT include gratuities (optional)
  • Entry/Admission - Royal Palace of Madrid
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • It is imperative that you provide us with guests MOBILE PHONE NUMBER (including country code)
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Notes: The tour route may be affected by national celebrations. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an alternative route still being able to see all the highlights on the tour. In these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. No large bags or suitcases are allowed during this tour. We recommend comfortable shoes, a bottle of water, umbrella in case of rain and hat during summer. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some can’t be visited from the inside.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
Departure Point

Plaza de la Armería, 28013 Madrid, Spain

Return Details

Puerta del Sol, Madrid, Spain

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2 hours 30 minutes

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Katie G

24 Feb, 2020

Marta was a great guide! She gave us a lot of history and helped us get a sense of the origins of Madrid. We walked all around the Royal Palace and then into some of the oldest neighborhoods. Warm and kind, she gets bonus points from me because she helped me find a store where I could have some train tickets printed. Beyond the call of duty but incredibly helpful! Perfect start to our stay in Madrid.

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