Private Walking Tour of Madrid with a Local Historian

Private Walking Tour of Madrid with a Local Historian

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      Madrid, Spain
      3 Hours
      Moderate
      From (USD)
      $ 420
      • Madrid highlights: On this walking tour, we'll explore the grand Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, and the market. Wear comfortable shoes as we'll walk along cobblestone streets.
      • Cultural joys: Gain insight into the cuisine (like Jamon Iberico, the treasured cured ham made in Spain and Portugal), local craftsmanship, and the rich cultural life of Madrilenos. 
      • Professional guide: You and your small group (a maximum of six people) will get the skinny on the city from a local scholar, historian, or art historian—a perfect introduction.

      Meeting point

      Please meet your guide at the entrance to the Cafe Del Real, located at 2, Plaza de Isabel II (corner of the Plaza and Calle Escalinata). The cafe is outside the Opera metro station, to the right of the McDonald's. It has a red facade and gold signage.

      Helpful hints

      As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind. In need of retail therapy after your tour? Your guide can advise you where to go in search of that "must have" souvenir to take home. Be sure to have some local currency and a backpack for all your great buys.

      Getting around

      Plan to walk for approximately 2 miles at a gentle pace. This itinerary can be modified for your private group to accommodate wheelchairs and those with limited mobility. Let us know ahead of time at Hello@GoBe.com.

      Activity type

      Walking Tour, Cultural, Scenic, Family Friendly, Private Tour

      Transportation used

      Public transportation may be used from time to time. Have local currency available for tickets. Your tour may involve walking only.

      Included amenities

      Ph.D. or MA-level scholar guide

      Tour ID

      PP-EUR-ESP-MADR-EN-2004

      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages.

      Special Medical Restriction

      If you use a folding wheelchair, we'll do our best to accommodate you with at least 7 days advanced notice, providing you have someone along to assist you. Email us at Hello@GoBe.com. Accessibility at all venues cannot be guaranteed.

      Special comments

      Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our guide, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the guide.

      Taking to the streets of central Madrid, we'll gain insight into both the history and the city's urban development. Starting with the city's Arabic underpinnings, we'll trace the trajectory of Spanish monarchy through to French occupation, Civil War, and dictatorship in the 20th century. Understanding these key events will help you get your bearings as you set out to explore the capital.

      Much of our walk will focus on the medieval core of the city near Plaza Mayor, which has remained remarkably unchanged since the period of the Habsburg dynastic rule of the Spanish throne (1516-1700). We'll pay particular attention to Philip II who decided to make Madrid the capital of Spain in 1561. He paved the way for the city becoming the administrative and political head of the Spanish Empire, one of the largest in western history.

      To get a better understanding of the cultural life of Madrilenos, we'll act like a local and poke our heads into the market to learn about Jamon Iberico (Spanish cured ham) and the timing of meals. We may pop into one of the most traditional and popular chocolate cafes in the city. We'll certainly stop in Puerta del Sol ("Gate of the Sun"), the large square where the uprising against the French took place in 1808. And while there, we'll see Madrid's most famous statue—a 20 ton bear eating fruit from a strawberry tree, a symbol of the city since the Middle Ages. You gotta love Madrid!

      The eating of the twelve grapes

      While in Puerta del Sol, look for the famous clock whose tolling bells are part of the country's New Year's celebration since the late 1800s. It is believed that if you eat one grape with each strike of the midnight bell on December 31, you'll have a year of prosperity. Puerta del Sol's New Year's celebration is broadcast live on national television, and has been every year since 1962.

      Choose your date and time very carefully. Only a portion of this tour is refundable from the time of booking; within 72 hours of operation, it is fully non-refundable.

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      Madrid, Spain
      Great photo opportunities
      Bring photo ID
      Bring money
      Bring water
      Wear comfortable shoes
      Wear Sunglasses
      Wear Hat

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