Madrid Essentials and Old Town (Austrias) Free Tour
Discover the Heart of Madrid: Free Walking Tour Madrid Essentials.
Immerse yourself in an exciting narrative full of mystery with our acclaimed “Madrid Essentials”. Voted the best tour of the city on TripAdvisor, this experience is not just a tour, but a journey through time and the essence of Madrid.
Why is our tour different?
We don’t just show you the places; we tell you their stories, reveal their secrets and make you part of them. Our guides, experts in anecdotes and legends, will give you a unique experience that will make you feel the real soul of Madrid.
The Free Tour Madrid de los Austrias, a tour that covers so many important landmarks of MADRID!
Our tour is designed to make you feel part of the city thanks to the hospitality and friendliness of its people.
Emblematic places in our tour:
- Puerta del Sol: We start in the vibrant heart of Madrid, home of the famous Km 0.
- The oldest restaurant in the world: A place where history is savored in every bite.
- San Miguel Market: Immerse yourself in a feast of colors, flavors and aromas.
- Plaza de la Villa: A corner where time stands still.
- The oldest pharmacy in Madrid: A journey to the health and remedies of yesteryear.
- Plaza de la Villa: A corner where time stands still.
- The Muslim Wall: Discover the hidden origins of Madrid.
- Almudena Cathedral and Royal Palace: Architectural wonders that tell centuries of history.
- Teatro Real: A temple of opera and performing arts.
We conclude our tour at the majestic Royal Palace, leaving behind us a trail of stories and secrets that will have transformed your vision of Madrid.
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⚠️ **This tour is extremely popular. Places are limited, so book as soon as possible to ensure your unforgettable experience in Madrid.
Don’t miss this opportunity! Book today and discover why Madrid is not just a city, but a living story of culture, history and magic. We are waiting for you!
As it could not be otherwise, we started the tour in the most famous square in Madrid, Puerta del Sol.
There is a lot of history captured in its tiles, statues and balconies that you will love to know.
Next to El Oso y El Madroño we will be waiting for you to start this tour and tell you everything that the square has experienced throughout the history of Madrid.
Our busiest square and one of the first square squares in Spain. It is an obligatory stop for anyone who knows Madrid. You can’t imagine all the history and curiosities it hides…
It is the meeting place for walkers, artists, tourists, and anyone who is in love with this city. It is difficult to be in the center of Madrid and not go to see the Plaza Mayor, it is one of those places where you never get tired of being.
The San Miguel Market is a historical and monumental place, full of literary reminiscences. A market with a lot of history within its walls… And a perfect place with a lot of charm if you want to have a drink and enjoy the atmosphere of Madrid.
It is located next to the Plaza Mayor, leaving by one of its streets. It was originally a fish market, and has undergone several demolitions and modifications until it reached its current state. It is currently the only market of the so-called iron architecture that has survived to the present day.
This square was one of the main centers of medieval Madrid, since it is the origin of three small streets corresponding to the primitive layout of the city: El Codo, Cordón and Madrid.
We can say that it is a square formed by a set of monuments, as it is surrounded by important buildings of great historical and artistic value, which were built in different centuries. The three oldest are La Casa y la Torre de los Lujanes, La Casa de Cisneros and La Casa de La Villa.
Our cathedral is modern but has a lot of history behind it. It began to be built as a pantheon for Queen Maria de las Mercedes in 1883, but the project became more ambitious and a Gothic style cathedral with a large neo-Romanesque crypt was planned.
Finally it was decided that a Gothic cathedral would not be built because of the contrast it produced in the surroundings, and the architects Fernando Chueca Goitia and Carlos Sidro were in charge of continuing the design and construction of the Cathedral in 1950. The exterior would now be neoclassical, this being the aspect it maintains today.
It is the largest palace in Western Europe, and one of the largest in the world. It was built on the ashes of the Old Alcazar where Charles I and his son Philip II resided permanently.
A fire destroyed the Alcázar in 1734 and, on its remains, Felipe V ordered the construction of the current palace.
The building is inspired by the sketches made by Bernini for the construction of the Louvre in Paris. It is arranged around a square courtyard and has a gallery and a Plaza de Armas, where the main facade of the palace is located.
The Royal Theater or Opera House, declared as Spanish Historical Heritage in the category of monument.
The theater is a project of the municipal architect Antonio López Aguado under the reign of Isabel II, was inaugurated in 1850 (although the first stone was laid on April 23, 1818).
For 75 years it was one of the main theaters in Europe, but in 1925 one of its parts collapsed and it was closed for 41 long years.
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Frequently Asked Questions
A free tour in Madrid is a guided walking tour of the most emblematic places in the city, where there is no fixed price in advance. At the end of the tour, each participant decides how much to pay based on their satisfaction and budget.
The average duration of a free tour in Madrid is approximately 2 to 3 hours, although it may vary depending on the specific itinerary and the pace of the group.
Generally, you can reserve a place on a free tour in Madrid through our website or app, selecting the date and time of your choice. Some tours allow visitors to join without a reservation, but reservations are recommended to guarantee your place.
At the end of the tour, participants are expected to tip according to their satisfaction with the experience. There is a recommendation in Madrid that is 10€-15€ per person. But there is no fixed amount; it is based on your personal assessment and budget.
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