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Madrid: 1 or 2 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

1. Madrid: 1 or 2 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Take some time getting to know Madrid while riding through the city aboard an open-top double-decker bus. With one ticket, you will be able to hop on and off the bus all day along the route of your choice, or change to another, admiring the architectural and cultural magnificence of Madrid. Commentary is available via a headphones audio system in 14 different languages. Route 1 • Museo del Prado • Puerta de Alcalá • Barrio de Salamanca • Plaza de Colón • Plaza de Cibeles • Gran Vía, 14 • Gran Vía, 30 • Gran Vía, 54 • Plaza de España • Princesa esq. Alberto Aguilera • Plaza de la Moncloa • Teleférico • Templo de Debod • Puerta de San Vicente • Puente de Segovia • Puento de Toledo • Teatro Real • Palacio Real • Puerta de Toledo • San Francisco el Grande • Catedral de la Almudena • Plaza Mayor • Puerta del Sol • Círculo de Bellas Artes • Museo Thyssen • Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía • Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid Route 2 • Plaza Neptuno • Plaza de Cibeles • Plaza de Colón • Museo Esculturas • Museo de Ciencias Naturales • Nuevos Ministerios • Santiago Bernabéu • C.S.I. Científicas • Museo Lázaro Galdiano • Serrano • Museo Arqueológico • Puerta de Alcalá • Alcalá • Puerta del Sol • Plaza de las Cortes • Plaza de Neptuno High Season: March to October 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM Low Season: November to February 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Madrid: 3-Hour Highlights Bike Tour

2. Madrid: 3-Hour Highlights Bike Tour

Cruise through the Puerta del Sol, Malasaña, and the Las Letras neighborhoods on this guided bike tour in Madrid. Ride on convenient cycle paths, pedestrian zones, and parks so you won't have to navigate traffic. See sights like the San Nicolas Church, Plaza de la Villa, and the Prado Museum. Pick up your bike and listen to a short explanation of how to ride the bike safely. Begin the tour by heading to the literal center of Spain at the Puerta del Sol where you will see the 0 kilometer sign. Cross into the Malasaña neighborhood in the direction Plaza de España. Pass by the statues from the book Don Quixote written by Cervantes. Make tops to take photos and listen to your guide's anecdotes and commentary at places of interest. Cycle into Parque del Oeste to see the Egypt Templo Debod. Admire views over the west side of Madrid and see the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range on a clear day. Continue on towards the oldest part of Madrid, Plaza de Oriente where you see the Royal Palace and the impressive statue of the Habsburg King Philip IV. Peddle past San Nicolas Church and Plaza de la Villa in the direction of the Plaza Mayor. Pass through Plaza Santa Ana into the Las Letras neighborhood to see the the Caixa Forum and Prado Museum. End your tour by exploring the greenspace of Retiro Park before returning your bike to the meeting point.

Madrid: Private Sightseeing Segway Tour for 1, 2, or 3 Hours

3. Madrid: Private Sightseeing Segway Tour for 1, 2, or 3 Hours

An easy and fun way to meet the most emblematic places of Madrid is a tour by Segway. Visit the Old Madrid, New Madrid, Retiro Park or all. It is a one-hour tour which will pass through places as well known as: The Almudena Cathedral. The Royal Palace. Templo Debod.The Opera Square. Puerta del Sol or The new city as Prado Museum, Pza Santa Ana, Pta Alcala, Church of Jeronimos, etc or one hour in Retiro Park. For 3 hours, your guide suggests that you enjoy the Segway by designing your own ride. The fatigue will be minimal, with maximum fun thanks to the great Segways! You will go accompanied by an expert guide.

Best of Madrid: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour in Small Groups

4. Best of Madrid: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour in Small Groups

See the best sights of Madrid in a fun and relaxed way on this guided bike tour. The distance covered is around 9 miles, during which your guide will tell you about the legends, art, and gastronomy of the city. The tour will get you acquainted with Madrid's most popular tourist attractions, such as the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, and Retiro Park. Make several stops along the way where your guide will give you more information about Madrid's sights. Enjoy a 20-minute break halfway through. Bike and helmet are included.

Madrid: Retiro Park 1.5-Hour Segway Tour

5. Madrid: Retiro Park 1.5-Hour Segway Tour

Climb aboard a self-balancing Segway to explore the most beautiful park in Madrid. Start with an introduction to the electric vehicles, and once you are comfortable on the Segway, glide over to the so-called "Barrio de las Letras" ("Literary Quarter") where some of Spain’s major literary figures, such as Cervantes and Lope de Vega, used to live. Journey down Calle de las Huertas to reach the Prado Museum, a world-famous temple of art. Then, follow your guide past one of the most beautiful churches in Madrid. See the magnificent facade of the Iglesia de los Jerónimos before arriving at Retiro Park. Ride around the park for about 40 minutes and see landmarks such as the lovely pond, Crystal Palace and monument representing Lucifer's fall from Heaven. Enjoy the relaxing sensation of gliding along the park's large avenues. Depart the park and make your way back to the start point, passing the Puerta de Alcalá (Alcalá Gate), Palacio de Cibeles (Cybele Palace) and Puerta del Sol at the true heart of the city.

Madrid: 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

6. Madrid: 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

Get a bike fitted to your size, meet your guide, and get ready to explore the sights and history of Madrid. Visit Retiro Park, a huge green area often referred to as "the lungs of Madrid." Venture into the Old Town where your guide will fascinate and entertain you with the interesting history of Madrid. Stop for a short break at a local market. Relax and enjoy the atmosphere or explore at your own pace. On the way back, ride through the amazing Las Letras neighborhood and the Paseo del Prado.

Madrid: El Prado Museum and the Royal Palace Walking Tour

7. Madrid: El Prado Museum and the Royal Palace Walking Tour

Explore the most emblematic attractions of Madrid throughout a guided walking tour. Begin with a skip-the-line guided tour inside the Prado Museum, which houses outstanding rooms and paintings, with an emphasis on the paintings that have changed the history of art and become canon. Admire works of Murillo, Velázquez, Goya, Rubens, and Tiziano, among many others. Continue with a 1.5-hour walking tour of the entire area between the Prado Museum and the Royal Palace. Accompanied by your guide, discover the essentials of the city, including the Fountain of Neptune, the Congress of Deputies, the house of Cervantes, and the Puerta del Sol. Finally, your tour concludes with a guided skip-the-line tour inside the Royal Palace, a building of gigantic dimensions that is bound to surprise you with its rich decoration and incredible rooms and lounges. This monument is considered a cultural reference for European monarchies and is the perfect way to conclude your walking tour.

Madrid Airport to City Private 1-Way or Round-Trip Transfer

8. Madrid Airport to City Private 1-Way or Round-Trip Transfer

Save time when you arrive at Madrid's International Airport with a pre-booked private transfer to your central Madrid accommodation. The 1-hour service is priced for up to 3 passengers. Escape the hassle of navigating the slow and unreliable public transport system with a guaranteed transfer. Sit back and relax in air-conditioned comfort as a professional driver transfers you straight to your destination. This safe and secure transfer is available both from the airport to the city center and in the other direction. There is also an option for booking a round-trip transfer in advance. Avoid the high cost of private taxis and the stress of driving in the city center!

Madrid: Mysteries and Legends Tour

9. Madrid: Mysteries and Legends Tour

Your experience begins as you go to the well-known Plaza Mayor, which although it may be hard to imagine today, witnessed some of the creepiest events in the history of Madrid. From there your tour continues to Plaza de Oriente (Eastern Square), where you will discover the reason behind its name. Afterwards, learn about the role played by freemasonry and secret societies in the current power configuration in Spain, before discovering the darkest side of Puerta del Sol where the Dos de Mayo Uprising against Napoleonic troops took place. This historic battle was immortalized by Goya in his famous painting, and you will also learn about the artist's unsettling connection to witchcraft. Afterwards, you’ll head towards the spooky House of the Seven Chimneys, from where you’ll walk to the Palace of the Marquises of Linares. For decades, unexplained noises have been heard within its walls. Unsolved crimes, tormented ghosts, strange paranormal phenomena are all concealed in the most unexpected corners, all of which will change the way you look at Madrid forever.

Madrid: Evening Tapas and Wine Tasting Tour with a Local

10. Madrid: Evening Tapas and Wine Tasting Tour with a Local

Get an authentic taste of local bites and drinks on this guided tasting tour around Madrid. Explore local favorites like La Latina and Plaza Mayor on foot, tasting Spanish specialties, traditional sweets, wine, and more along the way. Your tapas adventure begins in Plaza de la Villa, the old main square in central Madrid. After a brief introduction to the city and its tapas credentials, head towards Mercado de San Miguel, the first gourmet market in all of Spain, for the first of many food tastings. Try traditional vermouth and taste some of Spain’s most succulent olives. Enjoy a glass of wine and sample some of the best cheeses on offer in the market. Next, head to the pulsating barrio of La Latina to explore its narrow lanes and fascinating history. La Latina is ultra-trendy and is popular with locals for its vibrant food and drink scene. Visit a tiny restaurant off the beaten path that is well known for its traditional tapas dishes - with a fusion twist! From there, you will head back to the oldest part of Madrid and you will learn about the city’s history and food culture along the way. Your guide will point out some artisanal stores where you can pick up authentic, handmade souvenirs.  Your next stop, right in the heart of Plaza Mayor, is to try the iconic bocadillo de calamares, the famous sandwich of the city. Back on the streets, your local guide will point out interesting sights and alternative food and drink stops for you to explore on your own.  At the penultimate stop, try some of Madrid’s most famous croquettes at a heritage tavern, originally built in 1860 and which only specializes in these treats. Your final stop will be at of the most iconic spots in Madrid. Finish your tapas adventure with local dessert and sweet wines in yet another historic location. This joint has been run by the same family for over 100 years, serving a traditional Spanish dessert that might just remind you of something familiar. Once you’ve finished your dessert, your guide will take you back to Puerta del Sol, where they can help you out with directions back to your accommodation or ideas on where to go next.

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What people are saying about Puerta del Sol

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 4,486 reviews

Very good tour. Saw a lot of the city and learned a lot in a short period of time. Be aware though - Madrid is very hilly. There were a lot of climbs. To get an e-bike, you have to pay extra. Water is extra, as well as a couple other of things offered. But overall, good tour, and our tour guide, I believe his name was Eve, was really knowledgable.

Such a fun tour, our tour guide Javier was great! Would absolutely recommend if you want to have a fun and get interesting history knowledge of Spain

Really nice tour! Our guide, Yves, knew a lot and explained clearly. The bikes are in very good state! We really enjoyed it.

Great option to explore the city, can get off at any point to explore more and then back on the buss.

It was an excellent experience. The buses were new and the frequency was good.