Stop at sites like the Royal Palace

Private Guided Walk in Madrid

Stroll through the streets of Madrid, learning about the city's history with a private guide catering the day to your interests.

Overview

Join a local guide as you explore the streets of Madrid and learn about the city's unique, diverse, and fascinating city. As a private experience, you can cater your half-day walk to your specific interests. However, some popular sites that offer essential views into Madrid's past and cultural traditions include squares like Plaza Mayor, churches like the Almudena Cathedral, and hip neighborhoods like La Latina. As you stroll, your guide will offer a mini history lesson and unexpected anecdotes that might surprise you.

Highlights

  • View Madrid's most important and historical sites, like Plaza Mayor and Templo de Debod
  • Walk with a local and get a unique view of the city that few visitors get to experience
  • Enjoy a complimentary drink and tapas as you chat with your private guide
  • Learn about the city's diverse and unique history
  • Discover lesser-known neighborhoods, monuments, and viewpoints

Know before you go

Duration
4 hours
Recommended for
All ages
Group
Private group

What you'll do

Viewing the sites and monuments of Madrid through a local's eyes is an excellent way to have a unique and authentic experience in the city center. After meeting your private guide at your hotel or apartment, you'll set off on foot to explore the city's twisting streets, stopping at significant sites along the way. The route will vary as this experience can cater to your particular interests. Of course, there are plenty of must-sees scattered across Madrid, many that tell the city's story and divulge interesting facts and anecdotes that give you a deeper view of the local culture and traditions.

Since your starting point depends on your accommodation, there's no exact route to follow. However, you'll likely wind your way to a few hubs and explore the surrounding areas—plan on strolling through some of the city's main squares. Plaza Mayor dates back to the 15th century when it held the much smaller town of Old Madrid's central market. You can enter the rectangular plaza through one of its nine gates and admire the uniformed medieval architecture. Plaza de Oriente is another impressive square, which you'll find between the Royal Palace and the Royal Theater. Enjoy the beautiful gardens and more than 40 statues of Spain's medieval kings. 

Another important monument is the ancient Egyptian Templo de Debod, and your guide will excitedly tell you the story of how it came to Madrid. You can also learn about the June 13th celebrations at the San Antonio de la Florida Chapel, stroll through the beautiful Jardines del Moro, look inside Almudena Cathedral, and explore one of Madrid's liveliest and most unique neighborhoods, La Latina.

There are plenty of additional suggestions of what to experience on your four-hour walk. Perhaps you'd like to see Kilometer Zero and the El Oso y el Madroño statue in Puerta del Sol. Near this area is where you'll find the city's famed Literary Quarter, a district full of stories from writers who lived here in the Golden Age. Follow cobbled streets (a popular one being Calle de las Huertas) lined with tapas bars and cozy pubs where these literary figures used to write and mingle. Consider strolling down Gran Vía, Madrid's boulevard lined with incredible early-20th-century revival architecture. The street eventually leads to Retiro Park, filled with gardens, fountains, and monuments (a great place to visit with kids). 

Besides La Latina, you might want to visit the hip shopping area of Malasaña, the international foodie district of Lavapies, or the always-vibrant Chueca. Other top sites include Plaza de España, Cibeles Fountain, San Miguel Market, and the Paseo del Prado. Regardless of your route and what you see along the way, you'll end your stroll with a complimentary drink and tapas with your private guide. As you sip and snack, feel free to ask questions about the city's history and local culture. And before you bid farewell, your guide is happy to offer tips on what else to see in Madrid and where to eat.

What's included

  • Entrance to free museums and sites
  • Use of public transportation if necessary
  • Complimentary drinks and tapas

Itineraries with Private Guided Walk in Madrid

Off the Beaten Path in Madrid - 6 Days

On this immersive 6-day itinerary, you'll get a local's eye view of Madrid as you explore its culture and cuisine with a series of guided walks and excursions. After visiting the capital's landmarks and sampling its best tapas, set out on a selection of easy day trips into the surrounding countryside of Castilla y León. Visit the historic towns of Segovia and Pedraza as you tour and taste your way through cheese farms, olive groves, and wineries, returning to the bustle of Madrid each evening.

Ultimate Southern Spain Road Trip: Madrid, La Mancha, & Andalusia - 16 days

This comprehensive 16-day road trip includes all the highlights of Spain's Andalusia region, from the capital of Seville to the Moorish palaces of Granada and even the coastal retreat of Málaga, birthplace of Pablo Picasso. As an added bonus you'll also visit La Mancha, an arid plateau region home to great wine and historic villages.

Best of Spain Highlights Tour: Barcelona, Madrid, & Seville - 16 Days

Experience the highlights of Spain on a 16-day tour of three distinct regions: Catalonia, Madrid, and Andalusia. It begins in the capital where you'll enjoy art tours and visit Madrid's grand plazas, parks, and the Royal Palace. Then you'll head south to Andalusia for flamenco performances and wine tours before closing out your epic holiday in the historic neighborhoods and beautiful beaches of Barcelona.

Off the Beaten Path in Madrid & Barcelona - 12 Days

To get off the beaten path in Madrid and Barcelona requires venturing beyond the popular city sights and immersing yourself in the culture. This 12-day itinerary offers such an experience, as you meet local artisans in Madrid, venture into the countryside for wine tours, go on art walks, enjoy tours of local markets and tapas bars, cycle around Barcelona, hike the Mediterranean coast, and more.