Tours & activities in Madrid

Majestic Madrid Free Walking Tour

Take in some of the most vibrant parts of Madrid on this 2.5-hour walking tour

ABOUT THE Majestic Madrid Free Walking Tour

This 2.5-hour cultural walking tour leads you through the heart of Madrid, taking in some of the most vibrant parts of the city and stopping by the Puerta del Sol, the literal and figurative centre of not only Madrid but of all of Spain! Take in the sights of Madrid’s central boulevard and hear about major events occurring during the various golden ages of the city’s long history.


Your Majestic Madrid Tour starts in front of the Tourist Information Centre in Plaza Mayor and finishes at Plaza de España. We never cancel; tours run rain, hail or shine.


Civic developments and civil disobedience

Join your local, expert guide on a journey through Madrid’s civic history, from its elevation to the capital of the Spanish nation and convergence point of Spanish roads under King Charles III, affectionately known to Madrileños as the “Best Mayor of Madrid”, to the evolution of today’s modern city under the influence of Antonio Palacios, Madrid’s most important architect. Hear about the fighting spirit of the Madrid locals, be it defeating Napoleon's troops in street battles or shutting down the city through the anti-austerity protests of the 15M Movement in recent years.

Sweeping boulevards and elegant squares

Stroll with your guide along the full length of Madrid’s most iconic street, the Gran Vía, admiring its impressive buildings and soaking up the bustling atmosphere. Stop at the Plaza Callao and hear about the glittering days of Madrid’s cinema boom of the 50s, before being treated to one of the best views of Madrid, a secret insider tip! Finish up the tour by paying your literary respects to Cervantes and some windmill jousting with Don Quixote at the newly renovated Plaza de España.


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The Majestic Madrid Tour starts in front of the Tourist Information Centre in Plaza Mayor

  • Be at the centre of the Spanish world at Spain’s Kilometre Zero at Puerta del Sol, the convergence point for Spain’s roads and railways
  • Stroll along the magnificent Gran Vía, Madrid’s buzzing boulevard filled with shops, theatres and cinemas
  • Admire the iconic Edificio Metropolis, one of the stunning examples of beaux arts architecture in the city
  • Hear about thrilling uprisings of the past and present and how political events in Madrid have shaped Spain and the world
  • Soak up the limelight at Plaza Callao, the centre of Madrid’s film and theatre scene
  • Learn about Antonio Palacios’ incredible architectural legacy and see his style imprinted over the city
  • Appreciate Cervantes, the grand Don of Spanish literature, and his most famous creations - Don Quixote and his sidekick Sancho Panza - at the must-see Plaza de España



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Next departure in Spanish : Sunday 28th Jan 20243:00 PM
Next departure in English : Sunday 28th Jan 20243:00 PM
Inclusions & exclusions
What’s included
  • Local English-speaking guide
What’s not included
  • Gratuities for the guide (optional)
Additional Information
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Our business is connecting great guides and smart travelers, and we're proud that so many local guides employ us to welcome travelers like you on their journey through some of the world's best cities. No two tours are alike, and the sites, stories, and length of the tour will vary depending on what your freelance guide decides is best. That's why the tours we promote never get stale or feel scripted, and why both independent guides and savvy travelers prefer SANDEMANs
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What is a Free Tour?


The Free Tour is the best introduction to the city! A general overview tour including many of the highlights of the city, the Free Tour usually lasts around 2.5 hours and is provided by a local freelance guide in partnership with SANDEMANs NEW Europe, so tour content can vary depending on your guide’s particular area of interest and expertise.

The Free Tour is a walking tour with no need for public transport and is designed for independent travellers, not groups. You can book your spot in advance online or simply show up at the start point on the day. There is no payment necessary at the start of the tour but you are welcome to tip your guide at the end!

We believe in supporting local communities and are committed to giving a voice to some of Madrid's best local freelance tour guides, who passionately share the city's history and culture with their own unique and always-entertaining style. They'll never pressure you to tip; we believe that, if money is given, it should be voluntary and in direct proportion to the quality of the tour and the budget of the traveller.

Why join a SANDEMANs FREE Tour?

  • The route covers many of Madrid's major landmarks
  • The meeting point is centrally located in Plaza Mayor
  • The Free Tour is guaranteed to fit within your budget
  • The guides performing tips-based Free Tours are incentivized to perform every time


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