Madrid tours focus heavily on history, culture, and arts. This is a beautiful city, with magnificent architecture, a long and rich history, and some of the finest museums in the world. Day tours of Madrid will invariably include aspects of these features, and there are numerous ways to enjoy them.
The historic center of the city is quite compact, and most of the major attractions are located within this small area. Additionally, the surface street traffic is as congested as you will find in any major metropolitan area. This means that Madrid walking tours provide an ideal way to experience the sights. You can plan these out on your own with a good map, and you can book tours led by professional guides with expertise in an array of disciplines. A tapas bar crawl is a way to enjoy the rich history of the city as well as one of its most celebrated forms of dining. This is a perfect way to begin an evening that ends with a flamenco performance and other nightlife. You can also glide along the sidewalks on Madrid Segway tours and cruise paths reserved for bicycles.
Madrid bus tours provide one of the most traditional ways to see the city, and can give you an excellent overview on the first or second day of your visit so you have an idea of where to spend more time during the rest of your vacations. These panoramic tours generally last about 90 minutes to three hours.
There are open-top, double-decker buses available for Madrid bus tours that allow hop-on-hop-off privileges. This means the cost of one ticket can scenically transport you throughout the city and still allow time to stop and explore certain sights in more depth. Hop off to explore the grand Hapsburg architecture of Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol, to discover the masterpieces of Velasquez and Goya in the magnificent Prado Museum, or tour the opulent rooms of the Palacio Real (Royal Palace). And then simply reboard later to continue on to other area attractions.
Madrid bus tours are also excellent for trips to the nearby UNESCO World Heritage city of Toledo (about 50 miles south) with its El Greco landscapes, the city of Segovia (about 50 miles north) with its grand Alcazar, and the ancient walled city of Avila (about 50 miles to the northwest). If you have booked vacation packages, these are often Madrid tours that will be included in the overall package.
Day tours of Madrid are also possible by the city's subway and trains, which you can do on your own. The city’s subway system is one of the most extensive in the world, and there is excellent rail service throughout the country. This means you can get just about anywhere quickly and conveniently. You can buy passes for the subway and the trains that are valid for one to ten days.
If you feel that day tours of Madrid don’t provide enough time for in-depth explorations, you can book overnight Madrid tours that travel as far as the beaches of Valencia and Barcelona, to the Costa del Sol on the country’s southern coast, or even to Gibraltar where you can catch the ferry to Morocco for a weekend getaway.