Free Walking Tour Madrid Old City
When: Mon to Sat
Where: Puerta del Sol
Language: English & Spanish
Duration: 2,5 hours
Dive into the roots of Madrid, from its settlement in the 9th century, to its establishment in the 16th century as the capital of the most powerful family in medieval Europe also known as The Habsburgs.
Learn about all the cultures that form the rich Spanish genealogical map: From classical Greece and Rome, the Germanic and Moorish invasions, the reclaiming of the Christians who would expel the Jews, and the influence of the New World, America. Let our guides show you the essence of them all which today is still evident in the city’s architecture, culture and the everyday life of Madrileños.
On Our Free Walking Tour Madrid Old City we will give you the keys of understanding modern-day Madrid through its history: An inclusive, cosmopolitan, welcoming, culturally-rich city full of contrasts. You will discover how it transformed to an empire so big that in the words of Phillip II: “The empire on which the sun never sets.”
This tour will be operated by our local partners in Madrid
Meeting Point: Puerta del Sol
Plaza de Oriente and Felipe the 4th Statue
The Bear and the Strawberry Tree
Puerta del Sol
Petite Palace Posada del Peine
Plaza de la Villa
Market of San Miguel
Cava de San Miguel
Sobrino de Botín
Leticia was our tour guide and I was with my parents and brother (we are in our 30’s). Everyone had rave reviews after the tour! It was longer than we expected (about 3 hours) but we enjoyed every minute! Leticia made the history of the city interesting and exciting with minor details that you would never know unless taking the tour. Her knowledge and story telling skills kept us all engaged. You really walk around the major parts of the old city and learn how it expanded over the centuries. I feel that people just think of Madrid as the capital and a city to just see in a layover, but we learned so much about the history and food/ drinking culture that our next days in the city were more exciting because of what we learned on the tour. 100% and recommend!
Adrienne, A - Vancouver, Canada
Rodrigo took us on a tour of the Old City of Madrid, which included all the "must-see" attractions in this part of the city. Rodrigo's passion for the city definitely came out during the tour - I absolutely loved learning about Madrid's rich, often mystical history, along with personal anecdotes from Rodrigo. Highly recommend this tour. It lasted about 2.5-3 hours and did not actually include that much walking.
Yushavia R - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Puerta del Sol - By Carlos III on his horse Statue (See Map).
The Free Walking Tour Madrid Old City is not running in English at the moment. No tours on the 25/12 and 04/10.
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 the regular tours. For larger groups, please contact us previously.
The Free Walking Tour Madrid Old 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 the guide carrying a light blue umbrella. If you have any problems, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Please note that we can't take groups of 8 people or more on the regular tours, for larger groups, please contact us previously.
We believe that everyone, no matter their budget, should be able to experience and enjoy what Madrid has to offer. We also believe that the price of the tour should correlate with your budget and how much you enjoyed it. Therefore, our tours run on a “Pay-What-It’s-Worth” basis. So at the end of the tour everyone can choose to contribute with what they thought it was worth. Our Tour Guides work for tips only and receive no other compensation for running the tour.