Historical Tour of Madrid
Step Back in Time with a Stroll through Medieval Madrid
DURATION: UP TO 8-HOURS
Visit the medieval part of the city and explore the history of Madrid. This tour with a knowledgeable English-speaking guide will take you through places like the Thyssen Bornemisza museum, the Almudena Cathedral, and other beautiful sites.
Madrid became the capital of Spain in the 16th century, which gave way to a Golden Age and a flux of great monuments in the area that is nowadays referred to as the Madrid de los Austrias. One of the most famous areas of the city, The Austrias district houses the Plaza Mayor, churches, convents, and is full of art and atmosphere.
The most avant-garde and modern parts of Madrid are located in the area of newer districts, along its two main arteries: Gran Vía and Paseo de la Castellana. Gran Vía, whose construction began at the beginning of the 20th century, is a nerve centre of shops, leisure establishments, and hotels. Paseo de La Castellana is a magnificent avenue that crosses the city from north to south.
The Thyssen Bornemisza Museum keeps a private collection, donated to the capital in 1993, that has been classified as the most important for having the widest variety of periods and styles, from primitive 13th century paintings to the avant-garde movements of the 20th century. Dürer, Tintoretto, Degas, Kandinsky, Goya, Cezanne, Matisse, Dalí, Miró, Picasso, and Renoir, are just a few of the artists whose work forms part of this collection.
Santa María la Real de La Almudena is a Catholic cathedral and principal church of the diocese of Madrid. Construction, though it began in the late 1800s, was not complete until 1993, and was subsequently consecrated by Pope John Paul II. The church combines a neo-classic exterior with gothic style designs within.
The Sorolla museum is housed in what was the artist's home and studio, and features a number of his paintings. The museum will provide an insight into Joaquín Sorolla's evolution as a painter. You will be able to see the artist's different stylistic and thematic periods, such as his paintings on social criticism, family portraits, works depicting typical local customs, and self-portraits. The Impressionist landscapes are the key works in the artist's colourist period.
Afterward, walk around the old wall pit and take the Calle Mayor, where the Puerta de Guadalajara, the most important gate of Medieval Madrid, used to be. From there, you will walk down to the Plaza de la Villa, main square of the Christian Madrid, where the Casa de los Lujanes of the 15th Century is located. Walking towards Bailén, you will walk down the Calle de San Nicolás, where, with the same name as the street, lays an old parish church San Nicolas Servitas with a mudéjar tower of the 12th Century, which is Madrid’s oldest Christian monument.
Finally, visit the Barrio de la Morería, where the Moors had their law-court, and tour around three squares which characterize the medieval Madrid: Plaza de la Paja, the commercial center of this epoch, Plaza de San Andrés and Plaza de Cruz Verde.
This 7 to 8-hour tour includes:
- Habsburg Quarter and Royal Palace
- Tour the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum
- Tour the Sorolla Museum
- Visit Santa Maria la Real de la Almudena
- Calle Mayor
- Barrio de la Moreria
Pick-Up/Drop-Off: Your guide will pick you up from your Madrid city-centre hotel. Your tour will conclude at a point within the city-centre, where your guide may assist with instructions to return to your hotel.
Includes: A private expert English-speaking guide and car services for 7 to 8-hours, Entrance Fees to Thyssen-Bornemisza & Sorolla Museums and Almudena Cathedral.
Excludes: Guide Gratuity, Extra Hours, Extra Kilometres.
- The Thyssen Bornemisza museum is closed on Mondays.