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Free Walking Tour Madrid New City

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When: Mon-Sat

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Where: Puerta del Sol

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Language: English & Spanish

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Time: 16:00

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Duration: 2,5 hours

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Price: Free

Come with us and explore the Madrid of the Borbón dynasty, developed after the fall of the Austrian dynasty at the beginning of the XVIII century. Learn how the first French king (Philip V) was so horrified by Madrid upon his arrival when comparing it to his native Paris, and how he found the Spanish capital harsh and out-of-style. Also discover how a period of expansion and renewal would begin reaching its greatest heights under the king known as “The Best Mayor of Madrid,” Charles III. On our Free Walking Tour Madrid New City you will witness the push of both Madrid and Spain to become a more modern country, and how it transformed itself from the end of a decaying empire to today’s modern democracy.

Cross La Puerta del Sol, The Gate of the Sun, centre of the city, the beginning of all roads in Spain, and a symbol of the new enlightened order from where Charles III would pronounce the sentence that would guide his entire reign: “Everything for the people, but without the people.” Observe how the new Frenchified order seeks to enlighten the new city with the rays of reason, as you walk around the very symbolically-charged new urbanism, heavily influenced by the classical period. See the French king’s use of the rich cultural heritage (which was inherited from the Austrian kings) with the creation of museums and academies, which today translates to the famous Art Triangle. It’s here where in only a few hundred meters apart you have three of the most important art galleries in the world: The Prado Nacional Museum, The Reina Sofia and the Nacional Museum Thyssen-Bornemisza. Visit the fountains in which Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid celebrate their numerous titles.

Girl at Cibeles Fountain
Musicians at Puerta del Sol
Girl at Retiro Park
Couple taking a photo at El oso
Girl at Puerta de Alcala
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Hear the stories of the Napoleonic Invasion and of the Uprising of the 2nd of May that followed, which would mean the beginning of the end for Napoleon, and the birth of modern Spain with a new national narrative – which is questioned today more than ever. Go over the tortuous path the led Spain from Enlightened Absolutism to today’s Parliamentary Monarchy in front of the most important symbol of its democracy: The Congress of the Deputies.

On our Free Walking Tour Madrid New City you will not only walk on some of the most beautiful streets in the Spanish capital around its most monumental and grandiose area, but also begin to understand the very complex and fascinating Spanish political climate over the last three centuries, and the problems and realities that its national identity faces to this very day.

This tour will be operated by our local partners in Madrid.

Price: Free

Meeting Point: Puerta del Sol

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Free Walking Tour Madrid New City Features

San Fernando Academy
Cristal Palace
Velazquez Palace
Puerta del Sol and Carlos the 3rd Statue
Parliment
Neptune Fountain
Prado Museum
Apolo Fountain
Communications Palace
Alcala Gate
Monument to Alfonso the 12th
Bank of Spain
San Fernando Academy

Cristal Palace

Velazquez Palace

Puerta del Sol and Carlos the 3rd Statue

Parliment

Neptune Fountain

Prado Museum

Apolo Fountain

Communications Palace

Cibeles Square and Communications Palace

Alcala Gate

Monument to Alfonso the 12th

Bank of Spain

San Fernando Academy
San Fernando Academy
Cristal Palace
Cristal Palace
Velazquez Palace
Velazquez Palace
Puerta del Sol and Carlos the 3rd Statue
Puerta del Sol and Carlos the 3rd Statue
Parliment
Parliment
Neptune Fountain
Neptune Fountain
Prado Museum
Prado Museum
Apolo Fountain
Apolo Fountain
Cibeles Square and Communications Palace
Communications Palace
Alcala Gate
Alcala Gate
Monument to Alfonso the 12th at the Retiro
Monument to Alfonso the 12th
Bank of Spain
Bank of Spain
San Fernando Academy
San Fernando Academy

Cristal Palace
Cristal Palace

Velazquez Palace
Velazquez Palace

Puerta del Sol and Carlos the 3rd Statue
Puerta del Sol and Carlos the 3rd Statue

Parliment
Parliment

Neptune Fountain
Neptune Fountain

Prado Museum
Prado Museum

Apolo Fountain
Apolo Fountain

Cibeles Square and Communications Palace
Communications Palace

Cibeles Square and Communications Palace

Alcala Gate
Alcala Gate

Monument to Alfonso the 12th at the Retiro
Monument to Alfonso the 12th

Bank of Spain
Bank of Spain

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Reviews

"Very much recommended"

5/5 stars

Raquel was very informative, gregarious, and displays a clear passion towards the stories she was telling. The tour was fun and informative, with just the right amount of walking. Very much recommended

- Michael Tan

December 2017

"Extremely interesting and exciting"

5/5 stars

Leticia made the tour extremely interesting and exciting. She got all our attention from beginning to end by telling facts with a humorous twist. She is very energetic and entertaining person who loves what she's doing. We had a great time and wish to say a warm thank you again to Leticia for the time with us.

- Gentiana Tartiu

January 2018

Starting Point

Starting Point: Puerta del Sol

Puerta del Sol - By Carlos III on his horse Statue (See Map).

FAQ

The Free Walking Tour Madrid New City runs Mon to Sat at 16:00 from Puerta del Sol - By Carlos III on his horse Statue. No Tours on 24/12, 25/12 and 31/12.

In an effort to keep the group sizes manageable and enjoyable for everyone in the group we don’t allow groups of 8 people or more to join our regular tours. Instead , please get in touch with us here to enquire about a private tour.

The Free Walking Tour Madrid New City lasts around 2.5 - 3hrs.

Yes we will be there rain, hail or shine. Just make sure to have suitable clothing and consider bringing an umbrella if necessary.

Go to the meeting point and look for our guide carrying a light blue umbrella. If you have any problems finding the location please contact us on our Global WhatsApp support: +52 1 221 205 3215.

Due to the high demand of our tours you can only join the tour if you have made a reservation. So please make a reservation: it is absolutely free, it takes less than one minute, and it helps us make sure that we have enough guides there to cover the demand. Help us make your Strawberry Tour experience unforgettable! Please note that we can't take groups of 8 people or more on our regular tours, instead, please get in touch with us here to enquire about a private tour.

All our tours are free. That means that at the end of the tour, you can choose to reward the guide if you wish so, according to your enjoyment and your possibilities. A part of that goes towards covering our marketing and operational costs. This system ensures great quality in the tours, extremely high client satisfaction, and last but not least, that absolutely everyone can come on our tours, regardless of their budget.

Interested in a Private Tour?

If you want more flexibility with your own guide you can book this as a private tour for just £135.

We are then able to set the start time to whatever suits you and make the experience more personal. This is also a great option for groups of 8 people or more that are unable to join our free tours together

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Meeting Point: Puerta del Sol

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Price: Free

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