Madrid is a timeless city that is as entrenched in history as it is a modern European hub of activity –the Spanish capital is the centre of the country’s politics, culture and monarchy – attracting tourists with the lure of tradition and exciting activities.
With so many attractions, including impressive monuments and museums, stunning architecture and incredible food and wine tasting opportunities, taking a tour of Madrid is a popular way to see the city. There are many different ways to tour Madrid, depending on your preferences – whether you want to visit the sights, sample the local cuisine or explore the streets by bicycle or even Segway, there are tours in Madrid to accommodate you.
At Wine Paths, our local expert can organise exclusive tours of Madrid that can be tailormade to meet your exact requirements, ensuring every detail is taken care of before you arrive leaving you to relax and enjoy all that this spectacular city has to offer.
Since there are many tours Madrid has to offer, we have compiled a collection of typical experiences to inspire you before planning a trip to one of Europe’s most vibrant cities. Walking tours in Madrid are among the most popular, allowing visitors to venture through the city accompanied by an expert guide to explain the history of the area and lead you to hidden gems that are not necessarily on the typical tourist trail.
A sightseeing tour of Madrid will reveal stunning examples of 18th century architecture such as: The Royal Palace, the city’s largest and arguably most beautiful building; La Puerta del Sol, Madrid’s most renowned square; and the Catedral de Santa Maria la Real de la Almudena, which took over 100 years to complete.
Culture enthusiasts are spoilt for choice with a wealth of museums and art galleries, including the Prado, home to one of the world’s greatest art galleries with works from European masters such as Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, and Bosch, or the latest architectural star, the CaixaForum, which features a vertical garden on the outside.
The local cuisine, which features specialities such as Cocida Madrileno (traditional Spanish stew), Bocadillo de Calamares (fried squid sandwich) and Churros con Chocalate (a common sweet afternoon snack), is a must-taste experience for any visitor that can be enjoyed on a food tour in Madrid.
Our exclusive Insiders’ Epicurean Tour of Madrid takes visitors through a mosaic of neighbourhoods, discovering and tasting the essence of the city as you go. Together with an experienced Madrileno host, you may visit the oldest market in the city, the Mercado de San Miguel, taste delicious Iberian ham, artisanal cheeses, pastries and chocolate at a variety of local stores and boutique delicatessens or taste some Spanish wines.
Serious wine lovers will no doubt opt for exclusive wine tours in Madrid, or the nearby Ribera del Duero region that is competing with La Rioja for the title of Spain’s finest wine producer. City wine tours of Madrid, meanwhile, often take you to exclusive bars where an experienced sommelier will teach you about Spanish wines before you get an opportunity to taste several premium styles often accompanied by gourmet food pairings.
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