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Madrid - Private Historic Walking Tour

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Get immersed in the majesty and magnificence of the ancient city of Madrid while strolling amongst its most iconic landmarks, such as the Cibeles Square, Town Square and the Alcalá Gate.

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  • Visit the busy cultural hub of the city, the Town Square
  • Marvel at the spectacular ensemble of the Cibeles Square, Palace, and Fountain
  • See one of the most important monuments of the city’s history, the Alcalá Gate
  • Enjoy the charm of El Retiro Park, an enchanting royal garden

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Set off at the Town Square, the heart of the atmospheric Madrid. It was commissioned by King Phillip II, whose bronze equestrian statue stands in the center. The site is surrounded by stunning historic buildings constructed in period architecture and white arcades that are home to restaurants, shops, and cafés. For years, this lively cultural hub has been the setting for many important public events and an ideal spot for people-watching, hanging out, and savoring delicious food. Walk by the Tablao Flamenco 1911, a kind of theater for flamenco shows (Spanish traditional dance). The sanctuary of Madrid flamenco is recognized as the oldest in the world. The highlights of all are the picturesque murals on its colorful tiled façade, which never fails to captivate any passer-by. Stop by the Metrópolis Building. The elegant French-style structure is incredibly eye-catching, in particular its richly decorated black dome, crowned by a gorgeous statue of Winged Victory. Head to the Cibeles Square, featuring a majestic palace and a stunning fountain. The iconic Cibeles fountain, housing a statue of Cybeles the Greek goddess (the symbol of Madrid), has been the place where the city’s Real Madrid football club celebrates their victories for many years. The square also offers splendid sights of other famous buildings such as the Bank of Spain and Buenavista Palace. Next, stop by the 16th-century Alcalá Gate, designed by a famous royal architecture under the orders of King Carlos III. The imposing portal, one of the five royal gates of the ancient city, was the first triumphal arch built in Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire. The ornate façade, laden with sculptures, capitals, bas-reliefs, etc., stands as a testament to the city’s rich history. Enter through the Phillip IV Gate, the central west entrance to the El Retiro Park. Interestingly enough, the current site is not its original location. The enchanting gate, initially built in celebration of a royal wedding, was designed in the elegant Baroque style. Arrive in El Retiro Park at the end of the tour, the veritable paradise in the heart of Madrid. This major urban park was built in the 17th century as an exclusive royal garden but then became public. It boasts a charming blend of spectacular architecture, including magnificent monumental buildings and a large artificial lake, with expert gardening. This stunning green space attracts many street artists who love to blend in with nature to come and perform in harmony with the romantic surroundings.

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