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Hapsburgs and La Latina

Departs from the Plaza Mayor and heads towards the Royal Palace and surrounding area, crossing the Viaduct to Discovery the very origins of the city of Madrid. The tour takes you past the city’s last vestiges of medieval times, such as Plaza de la Paja, Plaza de San Andrés, Costanilla de San Pedro and Calle del Cordón, before coming to an end at Plaza de la Villa.

From the Hapsburgs to the Bourbons

From Plaza Mayor to Puerta del Sol we trace the legacy of the Hapsburg and Bourbon dynasties in Madrid, seeing some of the key sights no visitor should miss. The route takes in traditional shops, churches, convents, inns, palaces and theatres, places steeped in history which make this tour a must.

The Retiro Park and the Art Walk

The starting point of the tour is the emblematic Plaza de Cibeles, and the Palacio de Cibeles, currently home to the Madrid City Council, followed by Calle de Alcalá towards the Puerta de Alcalá and the Retiro Park, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful historic gardens in Madrid. Visitors will discover some of the most characteristic landmarks of the park: the lake, the Palacio de Velázquez and the Palacio de Cristal. Upon leaving the park, we come to the recently refurbished Casón del Buen Retiro and the tour comes to an end at the restored Jerónimos Church, just a stone throw from the wonderful museums and galleries along the Paseo del Arte or Art Walk.

Maravillas y Conde Duque

Through this visit, we meet two significant areas of the capital: Conde Duque, Madrid defined as the first aristocratic residential neighborhood and Wonders (also known as Malasaña), one of the most picturesque of the city. Also, remember events that happened in them as characters who passed through its streets, as the painter Francisco de Goya. On our tour, we will go to places where there were two of the great revolutions of the neighborhood.

The first, the uprising against Napoleonic occupation in 1808. The second, the Night at the 80s of last century. Stroll down the street from Fish to San Bernardo to reach the Centro Cultural Conde Duque, through squares and corners full of alternative bars, cafes, shops and restaurants. After the Plaza del Dos de Mayo, will finish on the eastern edge of Malasaña, Fuencarral Street, where you will find the Museum of History and one of the busiest roads and commercial from Madrid.

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Madrid Card

Madrid card is the essential sightseeing pass for visitors to Madrid. It includes entry to over 50 museums (with priorty admission in many of them) and amazing discounts in shops and restaurants.

Madrid card is the best way to discover everything the city has to offer. With this sightseeing pass, getting to know the city could not be simpler or more enjoyable. For a very reasonable price, it entitles you to discounts in shops and restaurants; admission to the Essential Madrid visit from the programme of Official Guided Tours and the Tour of the Bernabéu as well as free entry to over 50 museums. It also gives you priority admission to some of the city's top museums and sights: the Prado, the Reina Sofía, the Thyssen-Bornemisza, the Wax Museum and the Royal Palace, so you won't have to waste time queueing.

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Centro de Turismo Plaza Mayor
Plaza Mayor, 27 (Casa de la Panadería)

Centro de Turismo Colón
Plaza de Colón (paso subterráneo del Paseo de la Castellana, accesos calle Goya y calle Génova)

Punto de Información Turística de la Plaza de Cibeles
Plaza de Cibeles (Bulevar del Paseo del Prado. Frente a la parada de autobuses).




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