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Madrid Plaza de la Villa Tours and Activities

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Madrid Plaza de la Villa
Those hoping for a taste of 16th-century Madrid will find just what they’re looking for at the tranquil Plaza de la Villa, or Town Hall Square. An easy stroll from the lively Plaza Mayor, Plaza de la Villa is a world away from the bustle of Madrid’s modern center – a small medieval square lined with some of Madrid’s oldest buildings.

The centerpiece of the ancient square is the Casa de la Villa, used until recently as Madrid’s Town Hall and once housing a 17th-century prison. Built in 1664 by architects Juan Gumez de Mora and Teodoro Adremans, the real highlights are hidden in the interiors – a series of 17th century frescoes by Antonio Palomino, a dramatic Goya painting and exquisite stained glass ceilings, showcased on guided tours of the building.

Strolling the square and its surrounding cobblestone lanes unearths a number of other significant buildings. The Casa de Cisneros is a gothic castle built in 1537 for Cardinal Cisneros’ nephew, now used as the primary residence of the Mayor of Madrid and the red brick Mudejar-style Torre de los Lujanes, is the oldest building in the plaza, used to imprison King Francis I of France in 1525. In the center of the plaza stands a statue of Don Alvaro de Bazan, the Spanish Admiral who planned the Spanish Armada attempt on England, perched on a platform of white marble.
Address: Plaza de la Villa, Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain
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Madrid Historical Walking Tour with Food Tasting and Dinner

Madrid Historical Walking Tour with Food Tasting and Dinner

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Experience the unique flavor and culture of the Spanish capital on a history and tapas walking tour in Madrid, including dinner. Stroll through the atmospheric streets of the old city center while your guide illuminates the many-layered history of sights like Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace. Along the way, stop at several authentic tapas bars, to feast like a local on an array of traditional appetizer-sized dishes paired with Spanish wine, sangria, and typical liquors.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Highlights of Madrid by Bike

Highlights of Madrid by Bike

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Admire the spectacular sights of Spain’s vibrant capital on a bicycle tour of Madrid. With a knowledgeable guide, cycle at a leisurely pace to important monuments like Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace of Madrid. Stop intermittently to listen to illuminating commentary from your expert guide, and to capture photographs of Madrid’s historical and architectural highlights. All safety equipment is included on this tour.
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  • 3 hours
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Madrid Food Tour: Gastronomy & History with Lunch or Dinner

Madrid Food Tour: Gastronomy & History with Lunch or Dinner

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Treat your taste buds to this 3.5-hour walking tapas tour of Madrid! Gain insight into the cherished Spanish culinary tradition from your local guide as you visit four or five eateries around the city on a lunch or dinner tour. Sample authentic tapas like Iberian ham, locally produced cheeses and paella, accompanied by regional wine or beer at each stop. All tapas and drinks are included, so be sure to bring your walking shoes and your appetite!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Madrid Evening Tapas Adventure Walking Tour with a Local

Madrid Evening Tapas Adventure Walking Tour with a Local

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Get a taste of Madrid’s culinary scene on a tapas walking tour led by a guide. Explore the local haunts in three of the city's neighborhoods, sampling tapas and learning about the history of Madrid’s literary quarter as you go. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere and personalized attention on this small-group tour, where numbers are limited to 12 people.
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  • 4 hours
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$153.87
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Old Town Madrid Gourmet Tapas and Wine Tasting Walking Tour

Old Town Madrid Gourmet Tapas and Wine Tasting Walking Tour

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Indulge your taste buds on this gourmet walking tour of Madrid’s old town. Follow your guide, a local food and wine expert, to some of the best and most atmospheric eateries in the city center, including an 18th-century mansion and a historic tavern. Taste authentic tapas and regional specialties like Iberian ham, valdeon cheese and the Spanish omelette, accompanied by fine Spanish wines that are all rated between 95 and 100 points. It’s a great way to learn to eat like a true Madrileño!
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Madrid Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Tour

Madrid Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Tour

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Experience the highlights and hidden gems of the Spanish capital on this private tour. Accompanied by your private guide, visit memorable landmarks such as Plaza Mayor, the Prado Museum, and the Royal Palace; escape the crowds to explore Park Emir Mohamed I and Retiro Park and more. As this is a private tour, you can explore at your own pace and spend as long as you want taking photos.
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  • 3 hours
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$60.25
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Guided Walking Tour of Historical Madrid

Guided Walking Tour of Historical Madrid

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Take a walk through history during this flexible-length guided walking tour of Madrid. Pass by iconic Madrid landmarks like the Plaza Mayor, Royal Palace, Plaza de Oriente and much more. You’ll also explore some of the Spanish capital’s oldest buildings like Casa de la Villa (City Hall) and Casa de Cisneros, both dating back to the medieval era. Finish your trip with one of several optional activities like a Prado Museum visit, Royal Palace tour, traditional Flamenco show and tapas dinner. A guide and hotel pickup (for morning guests) are also included.
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  • 2 hours
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3 hour Madrid Bike Tour

3 hour Madrid Bike Tour

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With limited time to explore Madrid, it can be tough to see all the top sights. On this bicycle tour perfect for travelers hoping to see more in less time, you can visit several of Madrid's most notable sights, in only a few hours. Just grab your helmet, hop on your bike, and let your guide lead you through some of Madrid's most scenic neighborhoods, like Malasaña and Barrio de Las Letras, with several stops along the way.
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  • 3 hours
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$46.73
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Tapas and history tour through old Madrid

Tapas and history tour through old Madrid

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Mix the worlds of history and gastronomy during this half-day, guided tour to Madrid’s locally beloved tapas bars. Taste the melt-in-your-mouth Iberian ham that makes this region famous and other tapas dishes like Bravas and fried cod. Lean about the city’s past and its culinary history as you make your way past landmarks and plazas between stops.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Madrid Segway City center tour 1 Hour

Madrid Segway City center tour 1 Hour

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Save your energy by sightseeing on an electric Segway during this short tour that includes a visit to the Egyptian Temple of Debod. Learn to ride and maneuver your Segway and roll into the city center to see the opulent Royal Palace, Plaza de Espana and more. Next, visit the ancient temple gifted to Spain from Egypt and erected at one of the highest vistas in Madrid.  
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  • 1 hour
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Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour in Madrid

Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour in Madrid

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Learn about Spanish culture through its world-famous food on a 4-hour walking tour of Madrid’s historic city center. Taste 12 dishes and four beverages, enough for a breakfast and hearty lunch, and meet the vendors behind each family-run eatery as you go.
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  • 4 hours
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Madrid Evening Tour: Ghosts, Legends and Spanish Inquisition

Madrid Evening Tour: Ghosts, Legends and Spanish Inquisition

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See a new side of Madrid, and learn about the Spanish Inquisition and other gruesome happenings, on this evening tour. Meet your costumed guide in central Madrid, and set off to discover key landmarks—from the Plaza Mayor to the Royal Palace—illuminated at night. As you go, your guide will share ghost stories, events from the Spanish Inquisition, tales of torture and frights, and other macabre legends.
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  • 2 hours
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7-Day Spain Tour: Cordoba, Seville, Granada and Toledo from Madrid

7-Day Spain Tour: Cordoba, Seville, Granada and Toledo from Madrid

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See the best of Andalusia on this 7-day tour, beginning in Madrid. Spend two days exploring the Spanish capital independently, and then travel through the iconic Don Quixote countryside to Cordoba, Seville, Granada and Toledo over the course of the week. Check off top sights, including the rose-hinted Alhambra in Granada and Toledo’s UNESCO-listed Old Town, and enjoy a combination of both guided tours and free time. Six nights of accommodation, select meals, transport and the services of a professional guide are all included.
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  • 7 days
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Madrid 90 Minutes Kickstart Private Tour

Madrid 90 Minutes Kickstart Private Tour

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Get personalized tips from a local guide during this private tour in Madrid. Explore the city on foot including the top historic and architectural landmarks such as Puerta del Sol. Catch a glimpse of Madrid’s culture and lifestyle as you stroll through a local market and buzzing plazas. Learn about where to find some of the city’s best churros.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Madrid 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

Madrid 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

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Sample the historic highlights of Madrid during this 2-hour guided walking tour. Meander past Madrid’s iconic Plaza Mayor and stroll the winding alleys of Plaza de la Villa. Learn about Madrid’s royal Habsburg dynasty and discover the city’s medieval heritage during stops at attractions like the House and Tower of Lujanes. A guide, plus hotel pickup, help ensure you spend your day sightseeing instead of navigating.
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  • 2 hours
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Walking Tour Madrid Old Town: Secret Spots and Hidden Gems

Walking Tour Madrid Old Town: Secret Spots and Hidden Gems

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Discover the history and culture of Madrid as you walk the medieval streets of Old Town during this guided, walking tour that brings the city’s story to life. Visit Plaza Mayor where markets once flourished and stand in the center of iconic Puerta del Sol square before visiting the world’s oldest restaurant. Discover the world of Spanish food and along the way and see the Royal Palace and grounds.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$22.53
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Walking tour | Madrid old town | Reduced groups

Walking tour | Madrid old town | Reduced groups

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Have you ever been in a walking tour? Ins't it uncomfortable to go with maybe 30 or 40 people and just one guide? Well, we put a limit to that: 10 people should be enough for you to enjoy the tour and for us to make it sustainable.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$20.03
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Madrid ebike fun and sightseeing tour (11 am and 3:30 pm)

Madrid ebike fun and sightseeing tour (11 am and 3:30 pm)

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Experience Madrid on two wheels on this guided bicycle tour. Gear up with a bicycle and a helmet.  In the company of your guide, set out into the city and hear stories about Madrid’s history. Ride past some of Madrid’s highlights, including Catedral de la Almudena, Palacio Real, Jardines de Sabatini, Puerta del Sol, and more.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$43.80
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$43.80
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Madrid's Private Tour with your Family: Highlights & Hidden Gems

Madrid's Private Tour with your Family: Highlights & Hidden Gems

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Enjoy Madrid like a real local family! Take in the beautiful sights and some of the city’s unique hidden gems on this tour that combines the main attractions of Madrid with a few places known only by locals. All of this next to great local stories from your private host. It's created exclusively for you and your family! Visit highlights like the Cibeles Palace and the Neptune fountain. The two fountains in these squares are some of the most beautiful and majestic ones in the city. From here, your local host will also give you some family-friendly tips about visiting the nearby Prado Museum and Retiro Park. Go to one of the best-known spots in the city, Puerta del Sol. Originally this was one of the gates in the city wall, and here your kids will love to see the symbol of Madrid - a massive statue of a bear eating fruit out of a tree. Discover Calle del Arenal, a pedestrian shopping street that will lead you towards Plaza Mayor.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Madrid The Old City Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

Madrid The Old City Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

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See the influence of centuries of art, culture, architecture, food, and politics on modern-day Madrid on this private, guided tour of the old city. Learn about the people and events that happened here and see iconic sights like the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, Almudena Cathedral and more. Smell and sample food in the tapas-filled stalls of the San Miguel market and learn why it’s also called Habsburg, Madrid.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$89.94
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Customizable 4-Hour Private Tour of Madrid with hotel pick up and drop off

Customizable 4-Hour Private Tour of Madrid with hotel pick up and drop off

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Feel like Spanish royalty thanks to this private, customizable, 4-hour tour of Madrid aboard a chauffeur-driven luxury vehicle. Travel through Madrid in style, picking and choosing the sights that best match your unique interests. Among the attractions you might select are the medieval neighborhood of Barrio of la Morería, Santiago Bernabeu Stadium (home of Real Madrid) or the city bullfighting ring at Las Ventas. Your private guide and vehicle, plus skip-the-line entrance to one monument and round-trip hotel transport, are covered.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$404.57
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3 hrs. Private BIKE TOUR, Madrid FULL EXPERIENCE

3 hrs. Private BIKE TOUR, Madrid FULL EXPERIENCE

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With so much to explore in Madrid, a bicycle offers the perfect way to cover plenty ground while stopping easily for a closer look at major sights and hidden curiosities. On this private bike tour, cruise through the Spanish capital with a guide who knows the best routes to take for maximized sightseeing. Learn about Madrid’s history and culture along the way, and take advantage of a flexible itinerary for a customized ride.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$43.04
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Top walking tour of Madrid

Top walking tour of Madrid

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This tour is great if it is your first time in Madrid. You will see everything you need to see in old Madrid and learn everything you need to know about Madrid. We will walk through the most beautiful squares and hidden streets. You will learn not only about history and culture but also about everyday life in Madrid. You will have the opportunity to ask as much as you want.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$50.06
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Private Madrid Walking Tour: Famous Royal Palace

Private Madrid Walking Tour: Famous Royal Palace

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See Madrid’s most famous landmarks and gain insight into local culture on a private, 4-hour walking tour. Set off through the city with a savvy guide, who will customize the itinerary based on your interests and preferences. Stroll through diverse neighborhoods like the old Moorish quarter and iconic Plaza Mayor while learning about the city’s rich history, and finish with a visit to the magnificent Royal Palace — considered one of the most impressive and well preserved in all of Europe.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$244.71
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