15 Best Madrid Tours

Madrid is Spain’s vibrant capital and a great place to experience the country’s cultural and historical heart.

Eclectic cuisine, lively nightlife and majestic architectural monuments make this unique city a must-see on any European itinerary.

Tours and experiences are a great way to absorb the culture of the city and learn about various histories from colonialism to modern times.

These are the 15 best tours you can take in Madrid.

1. Madrid City Tour (Hop On Hop Off Bus)

Madrid Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

The hop-on hop-off bus is a great option if you’re only in Madrid for a short stop or want to get a feel for the city on your first day.

This tour gives you a 1-day or 2-day hop-on hop-off bus pass, starting with your first hop-on hop-off bus. There are 49 stops on both routes, so we recommend buying a 2-day pass if you can.

Audio guides available in 14 languages ​​detail the most important information for all locations. Includes free maps, plus discounts at multiple locations in Madrid.

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2. Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Ticket

Skip-the-Line Prado Museum

Visit the largest and most important collection of Spanish paintings in the world, explore the Prado’s sculpture collection, discover more than 900 works and around 200 fragments

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3. Bernabeu Stadium Tour (with direct ticket)

Bernabeu Stadium

The Bernabeu Stadium, home of Real Madrid, is a great choice for football fans.

The experience is steeped in sports history, and there are two museums on site for visitors to enjoy. You will also visit the pitch, seating area, locker room, player tunnel and trophy room.

The final stop on the tour is the Presidential Box, usually reserved for Spain’s most important people and Real Madrid board members.

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4. Live flamenco show and dining options

Live flamenco show and food and drink

If you’re interested in flamenco dancing, this is another great experience where you can watch one of the most important flamenco shows in the country.

It is located in Torres Bermejas, a hall designed in the 1960s to mimic the world-famous Alhambra in Grenada.

You’ll be able to marvel at the opulent Moorish-inspired interior and enjoy a free drink before the show. You can also choose to add dinner during the show for you to enjoy.

The 90-minute Cuadro Flamenco show is the perfect start to an evening in Madrid.

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5. Madrid Art Walk Pass: Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen Museum

Madrid Art Walk Pass

Like most European capitals, Madrid is home to high-quality art galleries – the Art Triangle is considered one of the best areas in Europe to experience a variety of art styles.

This ticket gives you access to three major art museums – the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen. The Prado is a work of art in itself and one of the finest examples of European architecture.

Reina Sofia is a great place to see famous Spanish artists such as Picasso and Dalí, while the Thyssen Museum houses art from Europe and North America.

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6. Skip-the-Line Guided Tour of the Royal Palace

Royal Palace of Madrid

Spain is a constitutional monarchy, and their royal family is based in the Royal Palace in Madrid.

This tour allows you to skip the long lines and enter the palace, complete with a live guide. You will experience the life of a member of the Spanish royal family and explore the largest palace in Western Europe.

Your bilingual guide will also discuss the turbulent history of the Spanish monarchy, from colonialism to post-Franco restoration.

There is also the option to add a tapas experience at the end of the tour, where you can sample some typical Spanish dishes.

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7. Segovia and Toledo Tour with Alcazar and Optional Cathedral

Segovia Castle

Segovia and Toledo are two historically important cities close to Madrid. This tour departs from central Madrid and takes you to both cities by air-conditioned bus.

In Segovia, you’ll be able to marvel at Roman architecture – including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Aqueduct – and visit the Alcazar. Toledo is a medieval city with important ties to the Spanish Empire.

You’ll be able to explore the timeless Christian, Jewish and Muslim quarters and admire the art of Toledo Cathedral.

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9. Half-Day Spanish Cooking Class

Half day Spanish cooking class

Spanish cuisine is rich and varied, influencing many cuisines around the world, from Latin America to the Philippines.

This cooking class lets you try making your own favorite dishes, including paella and Spanish omelette. Morning classes also include a visit to a local market, where you can hand-pick your own ingredients.

All food and drinks are included in the price and you will also have the opportunity to make your own sangria. At the end, guests receive a book with all the recipes.

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10. Madrid Historic Center and Old Town Walking Tour

old town of madrid

During the first few days of a new city, hiking is a great way to gather directions.

This tour will take you to the main sights of Madrid’s historic center, as well as some hidden gems. Group sizes are limited for a more intimate experience and can be customized to a certain extent based on the group.

It also includes a visit to the San Miguel market where you can buy some souvenirs and fresh food. Tours can be conducted in English, Spanish or French.

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11. 5 Hour Pub Crawl

pub crawl

This tour departs from Puerta del Sol in central Madrid and is a great way to experience the best nightlife in the city. The tour includes five bars, each with a free drink and discounts on other beverages.

You also get free entry to one of the best clubs in Madrid, depending on the night. This is great for solo travelers looking to socialize with other tourists in the city.

The bars have been specially selected to show you the various atmospheres of the city of Madrid. This guide is fully licensed for your safety.

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12. Escorial and Valley of the Fallen: Skip-the-Line Tour

Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de Escorial

The Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen are two important cultural landmarks on the outskirts of Madrid.

This tour will take you to both places from Madrid by luxury bus. The Escorial Monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an important site for Catholicism in Spain.

The Valley of the Fallen is also an important site for Christians, with the tallest cross in the world. It is also filled with architectural monuments dedicated to those who lost their lives during the Spanish Civil War.

Your guide will take you around both sites and speak English and Spanish.

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13. Madrid Tapas Experience Walking Tour

Madrid Tapas Experience Walking Tour

Tapas is one of Spain’s most influential culinary traditions, spread across the Iberian Peninsula and around the world. It consists of a variety of shared small plates, giving you the chance to taste some of the best ingredients in Spain.

This tour will take you to three tapas bars across the city, allowing you to experience the local food culture in an authentic way. You’ll also learn about Asturian cider and try the Andalusian Rebujito cocktail.

The tour includes two free drinks (beer or wine), and discounts at each snack bar.

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14. 3-Hour Art Electric Bike Tour

Art Electric Bike Tour

For a more relaxed trip to Madrid, this e-bike tour allows you to take a leisurely ride between the city’s most important artistic neighborhoods and cultural attractions.

A knowledgeable guide will take you through the Golden Triangle of Art, Retiro Park and the old town. You will also have time to explore the bars and boutiques of the Malasaña district.

Electric bikes mean all fitness levels can enjoy this tour, and safety gear is included. You will also get a free bottle of water.

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15. Spanish Inquisition Tour

Spanish Inquisition Walking Tour

The Spanish Inquisition was one of the darkest periods in Spanish history, with locals brutally punished, repressed and murdered to promote Orthodox Christianity in the country.

This tour takes you through the history and gory tales of that period, and how it affected Madrid and the wider world.

You will be taken to La Encarnación Monastery, one of the prisons that was once used for the Inquisition.

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