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Introduction to Madrid Tour with Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace

Unravel the history of Spain's world-renowned capital
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Tour Details
3 hours
Product Type
  • Plaza Mayor
  • Madrid de los Austrias
  • Royal Palace of Madrid (exterior)
  • Puerta del Sol
Photos & Highlights
  • Gain a historical overview of the urban development of Madrid while taking in highlights
  • Led by a local scholar, a historian or art historian
Tour Description
In this three-hour Introduction to Madrid tour, you'll join a local expert to explore the central, medieval district of Madrid and get an understanding of the city's history, urban development, and key monuments. This is an introductory walking tour, perfect for the first few days of your visit. 

Introduction to Madrid through the Centuries

We’ll take to the streets of central Madrid as our expert guide traces the trajectory of the Spanish monarchy through to French occupation, Civil War, and dictatorship in the 20th century, starting with the city’s Moorish roots. The approach will be an overview of these seminal events, designed to give us our bearings. Much of our tour will focus on the medieval core of the city near Plaza Mayor, which has remained remarkably unchanged since the period of the Habsburg dynastic rule of the Spanish throne (1516-1700), which we will discuss in detail. 

Madrid with an Expert

We'll also look at non-academic topics like cuisine, local craftsmanship, and the cultural life of Madrilenos. As part of this discussion, we'll poke our heads into the market to learn about Jamon Iberico and the timing of meals, or pop into one of the most traditional and popular chocolate cafes in the city. We’ll certainly stop in Puerta del Sol, where the uprising against the French in 1808 took place and where the terror attacks of 2004 are commemorated, allowing us to discuss the pattern of strife and conflict that have shaped Madrid and Spanish history.

For more on Franco's rise to power, for instance, we recommend our Madrid Civil War Tour. Or, to see the controversial Valle de los Caídos monument at which Franco is buried, consider our El Escorial Day Trip from Madrid.

FAQ About the Introduction to Madrid Tour

Will this tour include the Royal Palace?
Our tour will examine the palace from its exterior. We will not enter the palace on this tour. Should you wish to learn more about the palace and its interiors, please check out our Royal Palace of Madrid Tour.

I'm traveling with my family. Is this walk suggested for children?
As part of our Family Program, we offer a Madrid for Kids tour.

Is this tour walking-intensive and/or wheelchair accessible?
This tour is fairly walking-intensive and the route may include narrow sidewalks and cobblestoned streets. Please contact us to discuss in more detail your mobility concerns so that we can best advise. We are also happy to discuss any possible adjustments to the tour for clients with mobility concerns.
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Carlos did a great job. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with him.
Carlos was SUPERB!!
This was a wonderful way to get to know central Madrid! Highly recommend.