One of the best ways to find your bearings in a short time is to book a Madrid city tour. This page gives you detailed information on one of the Madrid city tours available; the Medieval Madrid tour. In this page you will find out where to book it, how much it costs and what you can see during the tour. You will also find out How To Travel To the tours starting point easily and quickly. I took the tour myself and you can rest assured that it is a thoroughly entertaining tour. So read on to find out what happened.
This particular Madrid city walking tour is available through the tourist information office in the Plaza Mayor. It possible to request the tour in either Spanish or English. It's cheap at just €3.90, and you'll walk by some of the city's most charismatic buildings. One of the main benefits of following this tour is that you'll see some of the most ancient and tiny streets that I'm quite sure you couldn't find alone - or find your way out of again.
This tour in Madrid takes you through Madrid during the 14th and 15th centuries. You'll see the central point of Puerta del Sol, which is now the official centre of Madrid. Did you know that Madrid's main roads all start from here?
Another impressive feature you can see on the tour is the Puerta de Alcala.
The Calle Mayor (street) is adorned with many intricately designed buildings, and you'll pass by these before heading into a pretty square named Plaza de la Villa. This square has numerous buildings of interest including the Torre (tower) de Lujanes dating from the 15th century. The guide I had was excellent, and knew a lot of the history of the area off by heart.
From the plaza I was delighted to pass through some tiny and charming little streets that make up Madrid's original Moorish quarter. I didn't even know this part of the city existed.
You'll see some quaint little squares, each with their own interesting history, like the Plaza de Paja (Hay Square) which used to be of commercial importance in the days when shepherds from Toledo used to travel there.
If you're taking the tour during the winter months, wrap up warm, as the tiny streets are in the shade in the morning.
The Medieval Madrid city tour then leads you to the Plaza de San Andres, where one of Madrid's oldest churches sits quietly biding its time. There's loads more to see, including the Torre de San Pedro de Viejo, which is on the delightful street of Nuncio.
Tickets are available from the tourist office in the Plaza Mayor. To get there, take the metro.
Opening hours: 09:30
Metro: Opera (Green Line, L5), (Red Line, L2) 10 minutes walk. Follow the brown signs for Plaza Mayor.
You can purchase your ticket on the day of the tour, as the office opens in the morning. The entire Madrid city tour takes about one and a half hours.
Amongst the other tours on offer is the 'Tapas and Vinos' tour and the 'This is Madrid' tour. Tapas and Vinos will take you around some of the cities best bars for a nibble and a taste of wine. This is Madrid, allows to tour the city at your own pace with a pre-recorded audio guide. More information is available from the tourist information centre in the Plaza Mayor.
Metro: Sol (Red Line, L2) and 5 minutes walk.
See our page on how to see the main attractions on the Madrid Tourist Bus.
Madrid City Tour
Centro de Turismo Plaza Mayor
Plaza Mayor, 27
28012 Madrid, España.
Tel: +34 91 578 7810
Official website for tourist information
Metro: Sol (Red Line, L2), (Light Blue Line, L1), (Yellow Line, L3) 5 minutes walk; or
Metro: Opera (Green Line, L5), (Red Line, L2) 10 minutes walk
16 September - 14 June: Monday - Friday: 09:30 - 20:30
Saturday: 11:00 - 17:00
Sunday: 09:30 - 15:00
15 June - 15 September: Monday - Friday: 09:30 - 20:30
Saturday: 12:00 noon - 17:00
Sunday: 09:30 - 14:30
Admission fee: Adults: €3.90
Children below 7: Free