Retiro Walking Tour, Madrid

Located in the southeastern part of central Madrid, Retiro district is a major area renowned primarily for the presence of the El Retiro Park, nicknamed “the lungs of Madrid”, as well as for its closeness to the Puerta de Alcalá and the world-famous Prado Museum. Together with Paseo del Prado, Retiro Park has added character to the area of Los Jerónimos, while the rest of the District is shaped by the Atocha Railway Station. No trip to Madrid is complete without a walk through the Retiro district.
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Retiro Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Retiro Walking Tour
Guide Location: Spain » Madrid (See other walking tours in Madrid)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Author: emma
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Estación de Atocha

1) Estación de Atocha (must see)

If you come to Madrid by train, you will undoubtedly arrive at the Atocha Railway Station. If you come by another means of transport, don’t miss a trip to see the station which is the biggest in Madrid.

The original station was built in 1851 and destroyed by fire in 1882. A newer, larger station was built in 1892 by Martin Alberto Palacio Elissague who worked on the Crystal Palace in the Buen Retiro Park. He used the palace as a model and created a glass and wrought-iron vault, giving the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

2) Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (must see)

The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (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...   view more
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Cuesta de Moyano

3) Cuesta de Moyano

Established in 1925, the Cuesta de Moyano is the famous pedestrian alley which is the site of Madrid's daily book market, where over 30 old-fashioned blue kiosks and more simple stalls are dedicated to the sale of old, antiquarian, second-hand books, magazines and maps. The market begins at the southwest corner of the Retiro Park, at the gate of the Royal Botanical Garden and continues on toward Calle de Alfonso XII, linking Paseo del Prado with the rest of the park. There is a statue for...   view more
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Real Jardín Botánico

4) Real Jardín Botánico (must see)

Madrid is rich in history and architecture, and luckily it is also rich in parks where you can relax, eat a picnic lunch and still be in the heart of the city. The Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid is an ideal place to spend an afternoon.

The botanical gardens were first organized in 1755 during the reign of King Ferdinand VI who wanted a royal garden with different species of plants from all around the world. The botanist José Quer y Martinez laid out the first garden with over 2000 plants....   view more
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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...   view more
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Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

6) 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...   view more
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Paseo del Prado

7) Paseo del Prado (must see)

Of all the boulevards in Madrid, the loveliest and most visited is the Paseo del Prado and you will enjoy strolling along it from the Plaza Cibeles to the Plaza de Emperador Carlos V with the Plaza Canovas del Castillo in the middle.

The paseo is very wide with a tree-lined central strip filled with well-tended flower beds and benches where locals sit in the sun and gossip. Along this popular promenade, you will find the Fountains of Neptune and Apollo, with more benches where you can sit for...   view more
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Museo Naval

8) 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...   view more
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Plaza de Cibeles

9) Plaza de Cibeles (must see)

The Plaza de Cibeles is a square with a neo-classical complex of marble sculptures with fountains that has become an iconic symbol for the city of Madrid. The fountain of Cibeles is found in the part of Madrid commonly called the Paseo de Recoletos. It depicts the goddess Cibeles (Cybele), the Phrygian goddess of fertility, sitting on a chariot pulled by two lions. The fountain was built in the reign of Charles III and designed by Ventura Rodríguez between 1777 and 1782. Up until the 19th...   view more
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Plaza de la Independencia

10) Plaza de la Independencia

The Plaza de la Independencia (Independence Square) is a central square in the Spanish capital Madrid. It sits at the intersection of Calle de Alcalá, Calle de Alfonso XII, Calle de Serrano, Calle de Salustiano Olozaga and the Paseo de Mexico that runs entirely in the Buen Retiro Park. Being centred with the 18th-century gate of Puerta de Alcalá, the Plaza de la Independencia is among the important symbols of the city of Madrid. The square was opened in 1778 during the reign of King Carlos...   view more
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Puerta de Alcalá

11) Puerta de Alcalá (must see)

The Puerta de Alcalá ("Alcalá Gate") is a Neo-classical monument in the Plaza de la Independencia in Madrid, Spain. It stands near the city center and several meters away from the main entrance to the Parque del Buen Retiro. The square is bisected by Alcalá street, although the street itself doesn't cross through the monument, and it is the origin of the Alfonso XII, Serrano and Olózaga streets. Its name originates from the old path from Madrid to the nearby town of Alcalá de...   view more
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Parque del Buen Retiro

12) Parque del Buen Retiro (must see)

If you want to mix history with greenery and entertainment, you really should take your picnic lunch and spend the day in the Buen Retiro Park, not far from the Museo del Prado, because here you will find something to keep everyone happy.

First of all, there are the park's lovely gardens, including the Rosaleda Rose Garden where you can see the Fountain of the Fallen Angel, the only statue in Madrid that represents Satan. The gardens were once part of the Buen Retiro Palace and were...   view more
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Walking Tours in Madrid, Spain

Create Your Own Walk in Madrid

Create Your Own Walk in Madrid

Creating your own self-guided walk in Madrid is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Moncloa and Camberi Walking Tour

Moncloa and Camberi Walking Tour

Madrid is a vibrant metropolis made up of 21 districts. This walk covers two of them - Moncloa and Camberi - with the former being a leafy area replete with laid-back cafe terraces, evening crowds, and students hanging out at bars around Moncloa’s colleges. Camberi, in turn, is a quintessential castizo neighborhood, rightfully regarded as “simply cool” and ideal for those seeking to enjoy the authentic way of life in Madrid. Take this walk and discover Moncloa and Camberi in their variety.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Museums Walking Tour

Museums Walking Tour

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.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Gran Via and Sol Walking Tour

Gran Via and Sol Walking Tour

Madrid is a vibrant metropolis full of taste, vigor, and wealth. This walk takes to two of the city's most prominent areas - Gran Vía and Sol – with the latter being Madrid's epicenter and a meeting place for locals and tourists alike. Gran Via ("Great Way") is a high-end thoroughfare in the heart of the capital, nicknamed Spanish Broadway for its numerous world-class shops and nightlife entertainment. To discover Madrid that never sleeps, take this walk and enjoy yourself.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
City Center Walking Tour

City Center Walking Tour

The oldest part of Madrid, Centro district is one of the most happening areas of the Spanish capital. A place of regular celebrations and festivals, it is also home to some of Madrid's major attractions, such as Plaza Mayor, Plaza de Espana, Plaza de la Villa, Puerta del Sol, as well as many cultural venues – theaters, museums and galleries. On this walk you will visit a good number of them.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Hemingway's Walking Tour

Hemingway's Walking Tour

There have been many writers who express a love for Madrid, but one who did so quite famously was Ernest Hemingway. During his life, Hemingway was a frequent visitor of Madrid, finding in it his muse, popular success and critical acclaim. Don Ernesto, as he was called in Spain, was a frequent visitor to specific sites in Madrid that became major tourist attractions. The majority of those sites are described in the next walking tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Cortes Entertainment Walk

Cortes Entertainment Walk

Madrid is the economical, political and cultural center of Spain. Founded in the 9th century, this city is one of the most relevant destinations that Spain has to offer to its visitors concerning culture and history. Madrid is a hot destination filled with interesting spots including museums, historical sites, Flamenco bars and much more. Discover Cortes barrio step by step, as proposed in the list below.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km

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