Architecture Tour Old Madrid, from the Arabs to the Borbons, trough the Austrias

We propose that you learn more about the origins of the city from the urban, historical and architectural point of view since the arabs founded it at the end of the 9th century, following with the conquest of the city by Alfonso VI of Castilla in the 11th century or the moment when Felipe II decided to fix the capital in Madrid, in 1561. We will begin in front of the Royal Palace, reviewing its history since the Arabs built the Alcázar, the defensive castle when Madrid was founded till the moment Felipe V ordered to built the Royal Palace as we know today. From there, we will learn more about the history of the Cathedral and the the new Royal Collections Museum designed by Tuñón and Mansilla. We will enjoy the only rests we have of the Walls built by the arabs. Crossing the Viaduct of Segovia, we will enjoy the views of the forest called Casa de Campo, the green lung, three times bigger than Central Park, the King’s private hunting site until 1931 and a Civil War front, stopping at a viewpoint from which we will enjoy the views of part of the cornice of Madrid. We will continue the walk trough La Latina where the muslims lived for centuries. Walking throught these old small streets and squares we will arrive to Plaza de la Paja where we will find the Palace of the Vargas and the Church of San Andrés where San Isidro were buried, close to the Museum of San Isidro. We will continue our walk discovering some of the rests of the Christian walls built in the XIIth century. Crossing Cava Baja full of old taverns and bars of tapas, we will arrive to the Square of Puerta Cerrada, one of the old gates of the old city. Mercado de San Miguel will be other of one stops where you could have a drink and tapas after visiting Plaza de la Villa where the old City Hall of the city is located. From there you will learn the history of Plaza Mayor, the best example of castillians squares, built 400 years ago.

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180 to 200 minutes


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  • What's included :
    • Entrance to the rooftop when we star it is included. Acces to churchs, arab wall and Sant Isidro Museum.
    What's excluded :
    • Snacks - Drinks and tapas or snacks are not included.
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Teatro Real, Plaza de Isabel II, 29013 Madrid Spain

    We will enjoy the building, reviewing the history of the Opeara Theater

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Plaza de Oriente, Opposite Palacio Real, Madrid Spain

    We will learn the urban development of the Square from the arabs till today,

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Monasterio de la Encarnacion, Plaza Encarnacion 1, 28013 Madrid Spain

    We wil visit the church of this Monastery, a good example of Spanish Baroque at the main facade and we will be alowwed to visit the chruch when there were not a religious ceremony.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Palacio Del Senado, Plaza Marina Espanola 10, 28013 Madrid Spain

    We will review the history of the building since it was a school till it became our Senate.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Royal Palace of Madrid, Calle de Bailen s/n, 28071 Madrid Spain

    We will admire every facade and we will explain you the different architects and kings that they were involved in this project,. We will not include the visit of the interior.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Plaza de Ramales, Madrid Spain

    We wil see the ruins of the Church of San Juan, where the painter Velazquez was buried and the Church of Santiago.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Iglesia de San Nicolas, Calle San Miguel 15, 31001 Pamplona Spain

    We will visit the oldest church in Madrid with a mudejar tower full of horseshoes arches.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Museo de la Catedral de la Almudena, Calle Mayor 92 Catedral de la Almudena, 28013 Madrid Spain

    From a seaview, we will explain you the history of the Cathedral of La Almudena

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Arab Wall, Cuesta de la Vega S/N, 28013 Madrid Spain

    We will enjoy the only rests we have of the old Arab Walls built in the 9th century,

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: La Latina, La Latina, Madrid

    We will walk trough the old neighborhood where the muslims lived till they were expulsed.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Museo de San Isidro, Plaza San Andres 2, 28005 Madrid Spain

    We will visit the house of San Isido, we will know more about his miracles, models and archeological rests of the old Madrid.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Plaza de la Villa, Calle Mayor, Madrid Spain

    We will visit the old City Hall and the building that surrounds the square, as Casa de Cisneros and Casa de los Lujanes.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Mercado San Miguel, Plaza San Miguel, 28005 Madrid Spain

    We will stop in the only market with the structure mad of steel we have in Madrid, where you can have a drink and eat tapas.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Plaza Mayor, Calle Gerona 4, 28012 Madrid Spain

    We will finish in the social and comercial center of the city for the last 400 yeats of this example of square from Castilla.

    Duration: 10 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    1: Aloft Madrid Gran Via, Calle de Jacometrezo, 4, 28013 Madrid, Spain
    2: Plaza de Isabel II, 28013 Madrid, Spain
    Return Detail :
    Plaza Mayor, Madrid, Spain
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • It is mandatory to wear masks, keep a safety distance, gloves or clean hands with hydroalcoholic gel.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • It is mandatory to use masks, keep a safe distance, clean hands with hydroalcoholic gel when accessing closed spaces
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.


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Activity ID: V-148549P4

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