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Welcome to Madrid!

No city on earth is more alive than Madrid, a beguiling place whose sheer energy carries a simple message:
this city really knows how to live.

Few cities boast an artistic pedigree quite as pure as Madrid’s: many art lovers return here again and again. For centuries, Spanish royals showered praise and riches upon the finest artists of the day, from homegrown talents such as Goya and Velázquez to Flemish and Italian greats. Masterpieces by these and other Spanish painters such as Picasso, Dalí and Miró now adorn the walls of the city’s world-class galleries. Three in particular are giants – the Museo del Prado, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza – but in Madrid these are merely good places to start.  

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Madrid City Tour

Madrid City Tour is one of the easiest and most comfortable ways of discovering the city. All you have to do is buy your one or two-day ticket, hop on the bus, put on your earphones, listen to the recorded commentaries and enjoy the streets, monuments and places of interest you pass by. You can hop off wherever you want, as many times as you like.

If on the same day you want to visit the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, the Prado Museum and the Royal Palace, with Madrid City Tour, you can get to them all quickly and easily, without having to know the local bus routes or change lines on the underground. The  buses are equipped with audio guides in 14 languages (Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Dutch, Chinese, Arabic, Catalan, Basque and Galician).

ROUTE 1: HISTORICAL MADRID
The first route starts off from Calle Felipe IV, next to the Prado Museum, and then goes on to Puerta de Alcalá and the Prado-Recoletos thoroughfare – where you can find the Neptuno and Cibeles Fountains, followed by Gran Vía. The bus continues along this central avenue to Plaza de España and then, after passing the Debod Temple, enters the old part of the city, where you’ll discover the Royal Palace, La Almudena Cathedral and Puerta del Sol. The last part of the journey takes you back along Paseo del Prado and past the Royal Botanical Gardens, and the Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums before coming to the Prado Museum.

The extended route is available twice a day (at 10.05am and 8.40pm) and takes you all the way to Madrid Río, the city’s new urban park and beach. It also goes to the area around Moncloa, taking in the Ejército del Aire (Spanish Air Force Base), the Faro de Moncloa viewpoint tower and Arco de la Victoria (Victory Arch). There’s also a night tour in the summer months, with two departures starting at 10pm.

ROUTE 2: MODERN MADRID
The second route offered by Madrid City Tour also starts off next to the Prado Museum, but then continues along some of the city’s main thoroughfares, such as Castellana, Prado and Recoletos, and their side streets. The route sets out from Plaza de Neptuno and continues to Plaza de Cibeles, where you can see Cibeles Palace, the current seat of the City Council. It's one of the most  spectacular buildings along the route, which also offers views of the Palace of the Marquis of Salamanca, the Nuevos Ministerios  government buildings, the AZCA business complex and the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. The bus also passes through Barrio de Salamanca, with its luxury brand shops and museums like the Lázaro Galdiano Museum. Towards the end of the route we pass the Puerta de Alcalá gate and Puerta del Sol, before ending up in Plaza de las Cortes.

The extended version of this route is also available twice a day (at 12.15pm and 4.05pm), going all the way to the new high-rise Cuatro Torres Business Area and Las Ventas Bullring

Times: March to October: 9am to 10pm (passing by every 8-9 minutes)
Prices: Adults: €21 (one day) and €25 (two consecutive days).
Kids (ages 7-15) and over-65s: €9 (one day) and €12 (two consecutive days).
Families (two adults and two kids): €53 (one day).
Children (under 6): free.

With a ticket valid for either one or two consecutive days, you can hop on the bus at any stop, provided that there are free seats.

 

The Madrid Top 10 places to Visit!

Paseo del Arte
This area, known in English as the Art Walk, boasts art and beauty as you’ll see nowhere else in the world. Along a stretch of just over one kilometre, you’ll find the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofía Museum, as well as a number of other institutions and buildings well worth visiting:


The Essential Art Walk app
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Royal Palace
Home to the Kings of Spain from Charles III to Alfonso XIII, Madrid's Royal Palace takes us on a journey through the history of Spain.
Though it is no longer the royal family's home, it continues to be their official residence. It comprises over 3000 rooms, including: the Main Staircase, designed by Sabatini with over 70 steps; the Throne Hall featuring a ceiling painted by Tiepolo; the Hall of  Halberdiers, which Charles III turned into the Guards Room; the Gasparini Room, with its grand 18th century decoration on a floral theme; the Royal Chemist's with natural medicine cabinets, ceramic pots made by the La Granja factory, and even prescriptions given to members of the royal family; and the Royal Chapel, which is home to a collection of string instruments made by the legendary Antonio Stradivari.

Puerta del Sol
Central and bustling, Puerta del Sol is one of Madrid's best known squares. Several busy historical streets, such as Calle Mayor, Calle Arenal, Calle Alcalá and Calle Preciados, converge here and it contains several of the city's best known landmarks.

Plaza Mayor
This portico lined square is situated at the heart of Hapsburg Madrid, the old part of the city and one of the capital’s most charming districts. Before Madrid became a capital city, with its wide avenues and boulevards, its footprint consisted of narrow streets, alleys and passageways, which today take us back to the times of swashbuckling swordsmen and medieval rogues.

Puerta de Alcalá
The gate was built by Sabatini in 1778 as part of the city decoration restorations promoted by Charles III. It is made of granite and is an excellent example of proportion, harmony, and elegance. The King commissioned the work to Sabatini in order to commemorate his arrival at the capital in 1759. The gate was located at the entrance of the city, next to the Alcalá de Henares road, from which
it received its name.

Cibeles Fountain
The Cibeles Fountain, created in 1782 and situated in its current location since 1895, has ended up lending its name to one of the most emblematic squares of Madrid. It has also become a symbol of the capital. The Fountain depicts the Roman goddess
of the same name (Cybele in English), symbol of the Earth, agriculture, and fertility, atop a chariot drawn by lions.

Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
Real Madrid is one of our city’s three professional football teams, together with Atlético de Madrid and Rayo Vallecano. Holder
of multiple European and international titles, the club opens its doors 363 days a year for football and sports fans to explore its historic stadium, an absolute must on your trip to Madrid.

Named after the club’s legendary president who headed Real Madrid between 1943 and 1978, the Santiago Bernabéu stadium was opened in 1947.

Las Ventas Bullring
Based on a project by José Espelius, who died during its construction, it was completed by Manuel Muñoz Monasterio in 1931 and
opened in the same year. Las Ventas holds 23,798 fans and, at 196 feet in diameter, the arena is one of the largest in the world.

El Retiro Park
This green oasis in the centre of Madrid has 125 hectares and is home to over 15,000 trees. From a botanical point of view, the park
includes some very important gardens: the Jardín de Vivaces, the Jardines de Cecilio Rodríguez (classical gardens of an Andalusian style), the Jardines del Arquitecto Herrero Palacios, the Rose Garden, and the Parterre Francés with the oldest tree in Madrid, a
bald cypress that is believed to be 400 years old.

The Rastro
Always full of locals and visitors, it is an attraction no one should miss if they visit the city on a Sunday or a public holiday. Set in the
La Latina district, around Ribera de Curtidores, with Plaza de Cascorro as its nerve centre, the market takes in a large, almost triangular block bounded by Toledo, Embajadores and Ronda de Toledo and takes in other streets such as San Cayetano, Fray Ceferino González, Carlos Arniches and Mira el Río, as well as Plaza de General Vara del Rey and Plaza Campillo del Mundo Nuevo.

Hidden Gems

Temple of Debod
A second-century Egyptian temple donated to Spain during the construction of the great Aswan Dam.

Sorolla Museum
Museum dedicated to Joaquin Sorolla, the painter of Mediterranean light, set in his former family home.

National Archaeological Museum
This 19th Century Neo-Classical building houses one of the world's most important antique collections.

Matadero Madrid
The city's old slaughterhouse, at Madrid Rio, has been transformed into a cultural megacomplex.

Platform 0. Chamberí Station
Built in 1919, Chamberí is a “ghost station” which has been fully restored with authentic
period features.

Museum of the Americas
Situated in the Princesa area, it boasts a collection of pre-Columbine, ethnographic and colonial pieces.

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