Unquestionably the best way to experience the treasures of Madrid is with a fantastic free walking tour. Nothing brings the history of the city to life than wandering through the city squares, sampling some tapas – perhaps a little fresh fish – whilst hearing about Madrid’s fascinating past from a local, enthusiastic guide. After the tour, stop off at one of the many local bars for an Estrella and a spot of flamenco – perfecto! Our recommendation for a decent local tour company offering a great free walking tour is Free Walking Tours by Locals.
Promising to take you around the main attractions of Madrid, including the incredible Royal Palace, the Almudena Cathedral, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol and the Royal Theatre, the tour gives a comprehensive overview of the city. The tour charts a wide range of Madrid’s rich history, starting in the Old Town before uncovering Madrid in the 20th century (Plaza Espana area), a turbulent time full of changes that shaped Madrid into the great city it is today. It starts at Puerta del Sol, the main square in the old city and the main meeting point of all the Madrilenos. The tour is 3 hours long but worth every second. Have a look at their website to find out more about their free walking tour.