Free Walking Tour Madrid Old City
Where: Puerta del Sol
Language: English & Spanish
Duration: 2,5 hours
Come with us and dive into the roots of Madrid, from its settlement as a small Moorish town in the 9th century, to its establishment in the 16th century as the capital of the biggest empire to date: The empire of the most powerful family in medieval Europe also known as the Habsburgs. On our Free Walking Tour Madrid Old City you will see how a minor Latin language (Castilian), became one of the most widely-spoken languages in the world thanks to the controversial colonisation of the Americas propelled by the Catholic King and Queen, Fernando and Isabel.
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 and culture, and the everyday life of Madrileños.
Navigate through the lights and shadows of a fascinating historical period. Get frightened by the shocking stories of the infamous Spanish Inquisition, yet enjoy the religious heritage of the city through its many stunning temples scattered through its countless streets. Walk through El Barrio de las Letras (The Arts Quarter) and learn how as the Empire bled through its many wars and bankruptcies, the more and better literature flooded the streets, theatres, and inns, producing works of immense universal relevance such as Cervantes’ Don Quixote. For the Habsburgs weren’t just absolute monarchs, they were also great patrons of the arts, protecting and financing such great artists as Velázquez, Tiziano or Rubens, whose works now rest before eternity in the walls of the Prado Museum.
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 from old, isolated and cold Castile, to an empire which conquered the seas. 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
Square and Felipe the 4th Statue
The Bear and the Arbutus
Puerta del Sol
Inn of the Comb
Square of the Village
San Miguel Market
Cava of San Miguel
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We did the tour with Rodriguez and he was great. He admitted it was the first time going that tour- he does other walking tours- but if he hadn’t told us we would not have known. He was full of knowledge- made the tour fun and his passion for Madrid and the tour was obvious. We had a fun time on this tour while learning more about Madrid. Thanks Rodriguez.
- Vicki Starmer
Leticia was well versed in the history and essence of the city. I have enjoyed Madrid, but she made me fall in love! I was thoroughly impressed.
- Megan Spens-Hanna
Puerta del Sol - By Carlos III on his horse Statue (See Map).
The Free Walking Tour Madrid Old City runs Monday to Saturday at 11.00 from Puerta del Sol - By Carlos III on his horse Statue. No tours on the 25/12 and 04/10.
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 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.
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.
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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Start Time: 16:00
Duration: 2,5 hours