Just south of Madrid is a wildly beautiful region little-visited by tourists in Spain. This is La Mancha, an arid plateau famous as the home of Cervantes' legendary protagonist, Don Quixote. Fables aside, La Mancha is real. On a road trip, you'll discover its fertile vineyards, unspoiled national parks, and the well-preserved medieval cities of Spain's western Extremadura region.
Royal Palace Guided Experience, Madrid
Our guide, Enrique, whom we had for the earlier Reina Sofia tour as well, had studied art history and was very knowledgeable. The walk to the... Read more
excellent and well-informed guide
Geza was great! He really pointed out all of the things that would have escaped our notice.
- Enjoy a private tour of one of Europe's best-preserved royal residences
- Learn about Spanish culture, art, music, and architecture
- View the Royal Armoury, Royal Kitchen, and Throne Room
- Admire art by famous painters (including Goya and Velazquez) in the Painting Gallery
- Visit the modern and bright Cathedral of Santa Maria de la Almudena
Know before you go
What you'll do
Many experts would agree that the Palacio Real (Royal Palace) is the city's most significant monument and a symbol of the country's heritage. Though constructed in the 18th century, the grounds shares its history with a medieval Moorish Royal Alcázar—a pertinent element of its history. Upon arrival, you'll skip the long lines with your guide leading the way through opulent rooms filled with lavish belongings of the past. Admire furnishings, tapestries, and frescoes as you learn about Spanish royal history.
Because this is a private tour, your guide is happy to tailor the experience to your specific interests. You could learn about past eccentric kings or how the palace has influenced music and art throughout the continent. However, you might not want to miss rooms like the Royal Armoury, the Royal Kitchen, and the Throne Room. You can also visit the Painting Gallery and enjoy works by some of Spain's most beloved artists, such as Velazquez and Goya.
But the Royal Palace complex isn't just one building, and no trip to this residence is complete without also visiting the Cathedral of Madrid, the Cathedral of Santa Maria de la Almudena. Despite Madrid becoming Spain's capital in the 16th century, the start of construction of its cathedral wasn't started until 1879—and not completed until 1993. As a result, the interior is relatively modern, bright, and refreshing, with contemporary pops of color. You can also stroll through the Sabatini Gardens next to the palace, where the royal peacocks reside.
- Private tour guide
- Skip-the-line tickets
- Entry to the Palace
Private Tour of Madrid by Electric Tuk-Tuk
Madrid Segway Tour
Private Walk in Madrid
Family-Friendly Royal Palace Visit
Tapas, Taverns & History Tour
Paella Cooking Class & Market Visit
Private Visit to Madrid’s Local Markets and Tasting
Flamenco & Tapas Night
Prado Museum Visit & Lunch at Botín
Your Prado Museum tour will cover around 20 masterpieces that highlight Spain’s storied past. Your guide, an expert in art and history, will help you discover the characters and events that inspired these works of art.
From the Prado, you’ll take a stroll through the picturesque Literary Quarter, known as the stomping grounds for many of Spain’s literary greats. You’ll pop into a century-old tavern to enjoy Madrid’s most traditional aperitif before making your way to Botín for lunch. Here you’ll be invited in before opening to explore the empty restaurant. Your guide will walk you through hidden escape tunnels and history-filled dining rooms before sitting down to a three-course meal. The star of lunch is the roasted suckling pig, which is made in 300-year-old ovens and paired with market-fresh vegetables and followed by dessert.
Can accommodate dietary restrictions!
Meeting Point: Prado Museum
Ending Point: Plaza Mayor
Jamón Ibérico Workshop
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