Museums Walking Tour, Madrid (Self Guided)

Madrid is not only a big cultural center in Spain, but in the entire Europe as well. Having a great and interesting history behind, Madrid developed a vast culture over time. The city became world-famed for its museums and galleries. The following tour will guide you through the most famous museums in Madrid.
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Museums Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Museums Walking Tour
Guide Location: Spain » Madrid (See other walking tours in Madrid)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.2 km
Author: emma
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Railway Museum

1) Railway Museum

The Museo del Ferrocarril (Railway Museum) in Madrid is one of the largest historic railroad collections in Europe. It is located in the Las Delicias Station, just south of Atocha in the barrio of Delicias. The station is one of the most important iron architecture examples of the 19th century. Built in 1880 by Gustave Eiffel, the Railway Museum holds some of the best collections of Europe’s historical locomotives and wagons. The museum allows one to observe and understand the evolution of railroad transportation in Spain.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 9.30 - 15.00; Saturday: 10.00 - 20.00; Sunday: 10.00 - 15.00.
Closed: every Monday (including public holidays),from 16th till 31th of August, and 1st and 6th January, 1st May and 25th December.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia

2) Museo Nacional de Antropologia

Near the Parque del Buen Retiro, just opposite the Atocha railway station you will find the Museo Nacional de Antropolgia, which is Spain’s oldest museum of anthropology.

The museum first opened its doors in 1875 with the aim of promoting understanding and tolerance of diverse cultures across the world. The five continents are represented in this excellent collection.

You can admire objects of everyday life, ritual artifacts, weapons, clothes and icons pertaining to the religious beliefs of tribes from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania. They are set out in chronological and regional order on the three floors of the museum.

You shouldn’t miss the three-faced Fang Mask from Equatorial Guinea, the Fang Headdress from Cameroon, an exquisitely wrought 19th century snuff box from the Philippines, the delicate figurines of the Hindu god Shiva, the fragile Amazonian pottery including a vase used by the Shipibo Indians. There is also a splendid partial reproduction of the Cave of Altamira.

If you like rather gruesome exhibitions, you will be happy to visit the ground floor rooms where you will find various mummies, the skeleton of a giant and rows upon rows of glass fronted cabinets full of skulls.

On Saturday afternoons and on Sunday, the admission to the museum is free of charge.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 9.30-20.00. Sunday: 10.00-15.00.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia

3) Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (must see)

The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (MNCARS) is the official name of Spain's national museum of 20th-century art. The museum was officially inaugurated on September 10, 1992, and is named for Queen Sofia of Spain. It is located in Madrid, near the Atocha train and metro stations, at the southern end of the so-called Golden Triangle of Art (located along the Paseo del Prado and also comprising the Museo del Prado and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza).

The museum is mainly dedicated to Spanish art. Highlights include excellent collections of Spain's two greatest 20th-century masters, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. Certainly the most famous masterpiece in the museum is Picasso's great painting Guernica. The Reina Sofia also has fine collections of the works of Juan Gris, Joan Miro, Julio Gonzalez, Pablo Gargallo, Lucio Munoz, Luis Gordillo, Jorge Oteiza, Jose Gutierrez Solana and many others.

Why You Should Visit:
If 20th-century art is your thing then this is an outstanding museum; if not, the great collection here is still worth a look.
The inner garden is a pleasant cool oasis while the top floor has a view deck of Madrid.
There is a pricey restaurant in the basement and a small coffee bar which is reasonable.

Tip:
It's better to get an online Paseo del Arte combined ticket to access the main three museums and to save time and money.
If you want to go in for free but you are not under 18 or over 65, or a student below 25, you can go from 7pm to 9pm Monday through Saturday, except Tuesday.

Opening hours:
Mon, Wed-Sat: 10am-9pm; Sun: 10am-7pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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CaixaForum

4) CaixaForum (must see)

When you arrive at the Caixa Forum you will be immediately struck by two aspects of this extraordinary building. The first thing to draw your eye is the vertical garden adjoining the Forum; the second feature will take your breath away: the building appears to be floating off the ground!

When the Caixa Foundation acquired the disused power station they wanted to create a modern multicultural center, but the building was classified as a historical monument and they couldn’t have it pulled down. Instead, they hired Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron who created this truly amazing building, incorporating the ancient station with top floors in “rusted” steel. To make the building “float”, they removed the crumbling base to create a covered plaza and provide the entrance to the Forum.

There is a central staircase to take visitors of the 2000 square meters of the exposition rooms from the two underground levels to the top floor where the administration offices and a restaurant are to be found. The underground levels house an auditorium and a theater. On the other floors, you will find a library, a bookshop, exposition rooms that house both temporary and permanent exhibitions of post-modern art, conference rooms and concert rooms.

The vertical garden is over 25 meters high and is a beautiful contrast to the brick and steel Forum. The garden was designed by the French botanist Patrick Blanc, who invented the concept of mural gardens.

Why You Should Visit:
For a cheap price, you have access to exhibitions of great quality and the upper floor has a nice and comfy coffee shop to rest your legs.
They also have an exquisite gift-shop where you can do all your gift-shopping, albeit their special designs are not so cheap.

Tip:
Since the exhibits are on a rotational basis, check the website before planning a trip to make sure you want to see what they have.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-8pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Museo Nacional del Prado

5) Museo Nacional del Prado (must see)

The Museo Nacional del Prado is a museum and art gallery that features one of the world's finest collections of European art, from the 12th century to the early 19th century, based on the former Spanish Royal Collection. Founded as a museum of paintings and sculpture, it also contains important collections of more than 5,000 drawings, 2,000 prints, 1,000 coins and medals, and almost 2,000 decorative objects and works of art. Sculpture is represented by more than 700 works and by a smaller number of sculptural fragments. The painting collection comprises about 7,800 paintings, of which only about 1,300 are at public display, mainly because of the museum's lack of space. A new, recently opened wing enlarged the display area by about 400 paintings, and is currently used mainly for temporary expositions. El Prado is one of the most visited sites in Madrid, and it is considered to be among the greatest art museums in the world.

***Hemingway's Madrid***
Although Ernest Hemingway was not a usual lover of museums, Prado was an exception for him. He recognized this cultural site as a treasure, with its exhibited works by Picasso, Velazquez, Goya, El Greco and many other international artists. The writer was especially fascinated by Goya, whom he considered a genius.

Why You Should Visit:
The sheer number of masterpieces is mind-boggling, the iconic works truly humbling.
The rooms are very well organized, the map is easy to figure out, the signs are very informative and they're all translated into (very good) English.

Tip:
Buy online tickets one day or several days ahead and skip the (usually long) lines.
Purchase your ticket with the added museum guide at the ticket booth, which essentially saves you €10 if you plan to purchase it individually inside.
If you plan to visit all the 'big ones' - El Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofía, purchase the "Art Walk" ticket at the ticket office as it is quite affordable.
Free visit for the last 2 hours (get there early) – great idea to reduce your travel budget and still see something, but too short if you want to take your time.
Another tip is that you can have both your ticket and audio guide stamped and leave the museum for lunch.

Operation Hours:
Mon-Sat: 10am-8pm; Sunday and holidays: 10am-7pm.
Free for those under 18 years of age.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Casa Museo Lope De Vega

6) Casa Museo Lope De Vega

House museums are always an interesting way of learning about the life of the occupant and the Casa Museo Lope de Vega is no exception.

You will find the museum in a charming three stored 17th century building in the street named after one of his fellow playwrights – Cervantes. Lope de Vega spent the last 25 years of his life in this house where he wrote several rather religious-minded plays and poems.

The furniture and ornaments, while typical of late 16th and early 17th century Spain, are nonetheless reproductions of Lope de Vega’s actual furniture and personal belongings – the originals were divided among his children after his death in 1635. This doesn’t take anything away from the charm of this small museum, which depicts life in the Golden Age of Baroque Literature. The gardens are lovely, with a well and fruit trees that Lope de Vegas mentions in his diaries.

Lope de Vega is little known outside Spain, where he is considered one of the greatest writers of Western literature. During his life he wrote over 1800 plays, 9 epic poems, 7 novels and novellas and over 3000 sonnets. He had a very complicated love life: he was married twice, but had several children by various mistresses. Even when he joined the priesthood in 1614 he kept up his romantic trysts!
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Museo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Museum)

7) Museo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Museum) (must see)

The Museo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando (Fine Arts Museum) was founded in 1752 and while it might not be as grand as other museums in Madrid, it is one of the most important and is certainly a must for lovers of Spanish art.

Housed in the 18th century Goyeneche Palace not far from Puerto del Sol, the museum proudly displays over 1500 paintings and 600 sculptures dating from the 15th century to the present day. It is also the headquarters of the Academy of Art and Picasso and Dali were once students at the Academy.

In the section for foreign artists you will be able to admire important works by Van Dyck, Rubens, Raphael and Titian, and “Spring”, one of the wonderful 16th century “Four Seasons” paintings by Arcimboldo.

Spanish works are represented by El Greco, Murillo Ribera, Velazquez and Zurbaran. A whole room is devoted to Goya, where you will find two self-portraits and “The Madhouse”. Another room is dedicated to Picasso and the exhibits include a part of his collection of drawings from the famous “Suite Vollard”.

The Museo de Calcografia Nacional in the same building and here you can see the original chalcography plates used by Goya. You can also buy limited edition prints.

Why You Should Visit:
Contains art from some of the best-loved old masters but eventually becomes more modern as you get to the top.
The collections can be easily enjoyed in beautiful rooms with lots of comfortable/intimate space to relax.

Tip:
Entry is free on Wednesdays; on paydays, there's a seniors discount.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am-3pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

8) Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza (must see)

Founded by Baron Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza and his son Hans, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is housed in a 19th-century Neo-Classical mansion near the Prado Museum. It is one of the finest private art collections in the world and was ceded to Spain by Baron Hans in 1992.

The museum is part of the “Golden Triangle of Art” and has a truly wonderful collection of Impressionist and Expressionist European and American art, Renaissance, Mannerism, Rococo and Romanticism art dating from the 13th to the late 20th century.

The Baron and his son weren’t lovers of religious art, so in this museum, you will find few religious paintings, but mainly portraits and landscapes executed by great artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, Degas and Cezanne. In 2004, the Baroness Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza (widow of Baron Hans) lent her extensive art collection to the museum.

You can admire Ghirlandaio’s “Portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni”; Carpaccio’s wonderful “Portrait of a Knight”; “Our Lady of the Dry Tree” by Petrus Christus and a diptych of the “Annunciation” by Van Eyck. In the part of the museum devoted to Pop Art, you will find the original “Woman in Bath” by Roy Lichtenstein.

Why You Should Visit:
A very cozy, relaxing, interesting and well-organized gallery, with all great pieces commented by an outstanding audio guide.
You can get close and examine the techniques used, take photos of your favourite works, or just admire them.
The artwork is more varied than in the Prado – there are more artists/styles represented, and something to suit all tastes.
Good cafe/restaurant for either coffee, snack or lunch – you can either sit inside or outside in the courtyard.

Tip:
If you go on a Monday, check out the temporary exhibitions on the top floors first as they close at 1pm.
Otherwise, either start on the top floor and work your way down or do it vice-versa if you prefer contemporary art.
Also, bring your earphones so you can plug into the audio piece.

Operation Hours:
Tue-Fri, Sun: 10am-7pm; Sat: 10am-9pm; Mon: 12am-4pm, free visit and access.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Museo Naval

9) Museo Naval (must see)

When you visit the Museo Naval on the Paseo del Prado, don’t forget to take an ID with you (passport, driver’s license, etc.), as you will need to show it before you can admire the artifacts in this impressive museum.

Arranged in chronological order, the museum houses a collection from the 15th century to the present day and is clearly a tribute to Spanish naval superiority. The model ships are to exact scale and most of them were made at the same time that their life-sized counterparts were built. You will, of course, find a model of the Santa Maria, the flagship of Christopher Columbus’ first expedition to the Bahamas.

In another part of the museum, you will find figureheads, artillery, compasses, brass sextants, weapons and uniforms. There are also portraits of Spanish sailors, paintings of battles and many navigation charts, including a map executed in 1500, which is the first chart of America ever to be made.

One room is devoted to famous Spanish achievements and navigation instruments from the 15th century to the high-tech devices of the present day. You will see reproductions of ships cabins and a collection of curios taken from shipwrecks.

Why You Should Visit:
The museum's chronologic layout is a great way to see the evolution of ship design through the many models of ships on display.
You can also see the evolution of weaponry and navigational equipment as well as portraits of key people in the Spanish navy's history.
Explanations are mostly in Spanish but you can rent an audio guide device that explains most everything in English.
There is also a gift shop area at the entrance with a variety of items that seem of better than average quality and well-priced.

Tip:
You can walk the entire museum in about an hour if simply surveying the items.
If you want to spend time looking over the various exhibits you can easily spend 2 to 3 hours here.
While there is no admission cost, they do suggest a €3 donation.
Make sure you have ID on you – it's required to get in.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am-7pm; (Aug) Tue-Sun: 10am-3pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas

10) Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas

Near the Plaza de la Cibeles and overlooking the Parque del Retiro you will find the four storey 19th century mansion that is the home of the Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas. This excellent museum is certainly worth a long visit.

In the museum’s 60 rooms you can admire over 30.000 artifacts that graced the palaces and mansions of 16th to 20th century Spain. The collection is arranged in chronological order and from floor to floor you can see the changes in taste and fashion of the Spanish upper-class.

The collection includes 16th and 17th century Gothic crosses, carvings, alabaster figurines and tapestries. You can marvel at Baroque four-poster beds, furniture and exquisitely detailed dollhouses, toys and musical instruments as well as ceramics from Talavera de la Reina, silverware and crystal glassware. A small chapel is richly decorated with leather tapestries.

Undoubtedly, the best part of the museum is to be found on the 4th floor, where an 18th century Valencia kitchen has been installed. As well as original cooking utensils, pots and pans, you can admire a wonderful panel made of over 1500 hand painted ceramic tiles, depicting domestic servant life of that time.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 9.30 -15.00; Thursday: 17.00 -20.00; Sundays and during holidays: 10.00 -15.00.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Museo Arqueologico Nacional

11) Museo Arqueologico Nacional (must see)

You really should spend an afternoon in Madrid’s Museo Arqueologico Nacional, housed in a splendid 19th-century Neo-classical building beside the Plaza Colon.

The museum was founded by Royal Decree in 1867 by Isabelle II and here you will find an excellent collection of Prehistoric, Iberian, Roman, Greek and Celtic objects, as well as Visigoth, Muslim and Christian artifacts.

The highlights of the museum include Iberian sculptures: the bust of the Lady of Elx, executed in the 4th century BC; the Lady of Baza, a limestone statuette also from the 4th century BC; the strange Bicha of Balazote a 6th century BC statue that resembles a cross between a doe and a snail.

You can also admire a part of the Treasure of Guarrazar: 26 votive crowns and gold crosses offered by the Visigoth Kings to the Roman Catholic Church in the 7th century AD and the Crucifix of Ferdinand and Sancha, and ivory cross crafted in 1063. It is the earliest known cross that bears the body of Christ. There are also bell-shaped pottery jars over 4000 years old that were found during excavations in Madrid.

In the museum gardens, there is a short flight of steps leading down to a perfect replica of the Cave of Altamira, which is the first cave ever discovered where Upper Paleolithic paintings grace the walls and ceiling of the cave.

Why You Should Visit:
The museum is beautifully set out, the modern lighting and display techniques are outstanding and the labeling clear and informative (and also in English!).
Lunch in the cafeteria downstairs is fairly quick and easy, with your ticket allowing you to re-enter at leisure.
Admission fee is modest, the museum is very quiet, and lockers are €1 each so you don't have to carry much around.

Tip:
You can spend half a day here but if you have only an hour or so then get a leaflet showing the top 10 items and try and find those.
Admission is free on Sunday morning (expect crowds); children are free always.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sat: 9:30am-8pm; Sunday & holidays: 9:30-3pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Museo del Romanticismo

12) Museo del Romanticismo (must see)

The Museum of Romanticism (Spanish: Museo del Romanticismo) is housed in a late 18th-century building in Madrid. It was inaugurated in 1924 and declared Bien de Interés Cultural in 1962. It captures the essence of Madrid's 19th century middle-class life. Famous writers used to gather in the ballroom of the museum for literary evenings. Works on display include 19th-century decorative objects; famous masters featured in the collection include Goya, Federico de Madrazo, and Leonardo Alenza. The museum, formerly known as the Museo Romantico, was reordered in 2009 and relaunched with its current, slightly different name. The museum's exhibits include items related to the romantic writer Mariano Jose de Larra.

Why You Should Visit:
If you want to get an insight into this particular era of Spanish aristocracy living, then this is for you.
Everything of interest internally is on the 1st floor and easily navigated, especially since a useful room plan is made available.
The collection is quite varied, but 'majors' on paintings and furniture - the rooms are, without exception, beautifully decorated and most things have explanatory placards.
There is also a cloakroom, a small gift shop, cafe and charming garden area.

Tip:
You are free to take advantage of the generous 'free visit' Saturday after 2pm, but if you can't make that you should note that the standard entrance fee is rather low for what you can see.

Operation Hours:
(Nov 1 - Apr 30): Tue-Sat: 9:30am-6:30pm; Sun: 10am-3pm
(May 1 - Oct 31): Tue-Sat: 9:30am-8:30pm; Sun: 10am-3pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Madrid, Spain

Create Your Own Walk in Madrid

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City Orientation Walk II

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La Latina Entertainment Walk

La Latina Entertainment Walk

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Salamanca Walking Tour

Salamanca Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
City Orientation Walk I

City Orientation Walk I

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Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km
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Travel Distance: 3.9 km
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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km

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Whether you are in Madrid for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Madrid has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes


To save yourself time and money visiting Madrid's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as iVenture Card, Madrid Flexi Attractions Pass, Madrid Unlimited Attractions Pass, Madrid City Pass and Madrid City Card.

A city pass combines all or multiple Madrid's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels


Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Madrid hotels that are conveniently located: Hotel Liabeny, Petit Palace Posada del Peine, Quatro Puerta del Sol.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Madrid, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours


We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, as a guided tour typically costs from US$25 up to US$100 or more per person:

- Hop on a “hop-on hop-off” double-decker and enjoy sightseeing of Madrid from the open top of the bus, listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get off at any of the stops along the two interconnecting routes (your ticket is valid for both).

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour – these usually last from 1.5 to 2.5 hours and allow you to get a real sense of the city. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise would have done by walking.

- Pedal your way around Madrid on a bike tour for 3 hours visiting the most spectacular sights, stopping at each of them (for 5-20 minutes) to get rest, watch the surroundings, and learn much about the city from an informative group leader.

- Satisfy your hunger for historical knowledge and culinary delights of Madrid on a walking tour with food tasting and dinner to experience the unique flavor and culture of the Spanish capital and to soak up its nightlife atmosphere.

- If your passion for food pairs with that for fast-paced choreography, then you definitely may enjoy a night of flamenco dancing at one of the most esteemed flamenco venues in the heart of Old Madrid.

- If you take a keen interest in royal matters and history, consider taking a 3-hour sightseeing and Royal Palace tour of Madrid to explore the city's most important architectural sights and Royal Palace (Palacio Real), learn about Madrid’s Moorish origins, observe its famous Habsburg and modern-day monuments, and see what has shaped the Spanish capital into what it is today.

Day Trips


If you have a full or half day to spare whilst in Madrid, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations, like Toledo, Segovia or a combo of Toledo and Aranjuez. For as little as circa US$60 to US$120 you will get a chance to discover historical highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites being picked up straight from your hotel, or any other place in Madrid, and transported either by train or a comfortable air-conditioned minivan to the destination of your choice and back again. Also, you may wish to take a chauffeur-driven tour of Madrid Wine Region visiting several wineries for a chance to learn about the region's wine making traditions and to taste a dozen of local wines. This excursion will set you back around US$140.