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Free Walking Tour of Modern Madrid

Discover the fascinating history of the Spanish capital on our Free Walking Tour of Modern Madrid. You'll explore the city and see iconic monuments such as the Prado MuseumCibeles Fountain and the Puerta de Alcalá.

Discover the fascinating history of the Spanish capital on our Free Walking Tour of Modern Madrid. You'll explore the city and see iconic monuments such as the Prado MuseumCibeles Fountain and the Puerta de Alcalá.

Free Walking Tour of Modern Madrid

At the scheduled time, we'll meet up in Madrid's bustling Puerta del Sol. From there, we'll set off on our tour of modern Madrid and its 18th and 19th-century architecture.

During our tour, you'll learn all about the city's fascinating history, from the enlightenment of the 18th century to the war against Napoleon in the 19th century. You'll also discover how Madrid transformed from an old town into the vibrant city as we know it today.

To begin, we'll stroll to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando. After admiring this building's elegant façade, we'll head to the Congress of Deputies to see where the Spanish Parliament convenes.

Our next stop will be the iconic Prado Museum, which houses works of art by world-famous artists such as El Greco, Francisco Goya and Pablo Picasso

A pleasant stroll along the Paseo del Prado will lead us past the Fountain of Neptune which, along with other fountains such as the Apollo and Cibeles Fountains, has become one of the top attractions in the area.

Once we've seen these three fountains, we'll continue walking until we come to the imposing Puerta de Alcalá, one of the five ancient royal gates that gave access to the city. Here, we'll find one of the many entrances to Retiro Park, which has been a combined UNESCO World Heritage Site with the Paseo del Prado since 2021.

Having entered the park, we'll walk through this tranquil green space until we come to the grand Monument to Alfonso XII. Our tour of modern Madrid will then come to an end by the Grand Estanque in Retiro Park after 2 hours 15 minutes of history, culture and beautiful architecture.

Changes to the route

In the event of adverse weather conditions, Retiro Park may be closed by the authorities. In this case, the stops inside the park won't take place.

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Price

Free tours do not have a fixed price, rather each person offers the guide the amount they consider appropriate, depending on their level of satisfaction.

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Duration

2 hours 15 minutes.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

Included

English–speaking guide

When to book?

You can book up to the start time, as long as there are places remaining. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.

Accessibility

Wheelchair accessible. This must be indicated in the reservation.

Sustainability

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No printing of documentation required.

Promotes local employment.

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Pets

Permitted.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

  • Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?

    A - This activity requires a minimum of 3 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.

If you have any other questions please contact us .

Free cancellation

If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.

Meeting point

Where does the activity end?

Puerta del Sol

Estanque Grande in Retiro Park

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Where does the activity end?

Estanque Grande in Retiro Park