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Madrid Self-guided activities

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Madrid: Archaeological Museum Skip-The-Line Ticket

1. Madrid: Archaeological Museum Skip-The-Line Ticket

Experience the Archaeological Museum of Madrid at your own pace with a skip-the-line e-ticket and a captivating self-guided audio tour on your smartphone. Receive your ticket by email, download the app and the audio tour on your phone, prior to your visit, and travel back in time to experience the glory of some of the most prominent items in the collections of the Archaeological Museum of Madrid. Put on your headphones and discover the Diadem from Caravaca de la Cruz, The Priest of Cádiz and the Beast of Balazote through the power of storytelling, while learning historical information and uncommon stories and anecdotes from the past. The content of the tour is the result of in-depth research, distilled into brief original stories that will make your visit both engaging and informative. The audio tour can be used repeatedly and at any time, before or after your visit. This is an unmissable opportunity to gain valuable insights into Iberian history and beyond, and relate to the exhibits in the Archaeological Museum of Madrid in an entirely original way.

Madrid: El Retiro Park Self-guided Audio Tour

2. Madrid: El Retiro Park Self-guided Audio Tour

Discover the park of El Retiro in Madrid with a self-guided audio tour. Gain insights into the this iconic Madrid landmark with an app that is available offline. Listen to fascinating stories based on an award-winning storytelling concept. Start your tour from the Royal Church of Saint Jerome and continue to explore the rest of the park. Visit various fountains, unique buildings, and monumental landmarks. Pause and continue the tour whenever you wish. Store the tour conveniently on your smartphone. Take the tour alone or with your friends or family.

Madrid: Dalí Challenge Exhibition Entry Ticket

3. Madrid: Dalí Challenge Exhibition Entry Ticket

Immerse yourself in the dreams, obsessions, and works of Salvador Dalí with an entry ticket to the Dalí Challenge Exhibition in Madrid. Embark on a journey through the artist's life and learn about the significance of his work. Head to IFEMA Madrid and get ready to take a guided journey through spectacular scenes using state-of-the-art technology. Learn about the life and works of Surrealist artist Salvador Dalí and view over 150 of his creations in digital format. Throughout this interactive experience, Dalí's story is brought to life through multiple immersive audiovisual effects. Rediscover everything you knew about the artist along with new and interesting facts, and leave with a deeper understanding of his life, the world he lived in, and his notable works.

Madrid: Old Town Exploration Game

4. Madrid: Old Town Exploration Game

On your own, with friends, or with family, make the most of your vacation and discover the historical wonders of Madrid on this fun-filled discovery game and tour. The exploration app provides all the directions you need for the adventure, so you won’t have to wait around for guide or rely on maps and GPS. This tour is designed for travelers looking to see the city of Madrid from a different perspective, and gain an experience unlike any other. Along the way, you’ll visit locations that even the locals don’t know about, and see sights you might have otherwise missed on a traditional tour experience. Benefit from the freedom to complete the tour at your own pace, and pause the game at any time. Solve each clue to unlock the next destination, and wander around the city streets, visiting iconic landmarks. You’ll also reveal hidden gems, bursting with fascinating secrets, legends, and myths.

Madrid Old Town Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour

5. Madrid Old Town Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour

Discover 10 of the best sites in Madrid on this mobile scavenger hunt and self-guided walking tour. Explore the city while solving riddles and following clues. Use the maps through the mobile app to easily navigate your way around the city. Start your adventure by downloading the app onto your phone (download instructions received after booking). In a matter of minutes, you're ready to begin your day exploring some of Madrid's historical buildings, markets, and royal history. Choose where you start, then simply follow the maps on your device to find your way around the heart of Madrid. At each stop, be ready to solve riddles in order to unlock the next location on the tour route. Work as a team and use logic, imagination, observation, and problem solving to make your way around the city. Along the way, stop for a coffee, local snacks, or a break at any time. Enjoy a tour that's entirely on your schedule.  Start your tour at the Prado Museum! Visit the world famous Puerta Felipe IV. Take photos in the unique El Retiro Park and admire the fairytale Puerta de Alcalá. The National Archaeological Museum of Spain will leave you speechless as its unique exhibits amaze. Learn about the Cibeles Fountain, used in all the celebrations of the famous Real Madrid! The unique Edificio Metrópolis is worth the time and space in your mobile memory. The bustling and historic Plaza Mayor will be your next step. The church of San Ginés, one of the oldest in Madrid, is waiting for photos, while the icing on the cake of this unique tour will be the Plaza de Oriente with its captivating architecture, in the historic center of Madrid.

Madrid: Haunted City Exploration Game

6. Madrid: Haunted City Exploration Game

Discover highlights of Madrid while playing an engaging game on your phone. Follow clues and solve puzzles as you explore the city and learn more about it. See the Royal Basilica of Saint Francis the Great, the Real Church of Saint James and Saint John the Baptist, and more. Start the game at the Royal Basilica of Saint Francis the Great, and take on the role of Diego Velázquez, the greatest painter of the Spanish Golden Age. As you solve challenges, the story will unfold and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location.  It will take between 1.5-2 hours but you should explore at your own pace: simply pause the game and resume when you want from the location where you paused it.  You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other before meeting at the final stop of the game, the Velázquez Monument (Prado Museum). 

Madrid: City Highlights Private Bike Tour

7. Madrid: City Highlights Private Bike Tour

Start your private tour from the bike shop in the heart of Madrid near Puerta del Sol. Get a guide that speaks English, French, Dutch, or Spanish to ensure that you can understand their fascinating commentary. Tour for 3 hours through small streets and parks. Ride through the hippest areas of Madrid, the neighborhoods of Chueca and Malasaña. Soak up the modern shopping and dining area of Chueca. Enjoy the bohemian vibe of Malasaña to ‘La Movida de Madrid'. See splendid views from El Parque Del Oeste. Cruise to an Egyptian/Roman Temple of Debod that was a gift from the government of Egypt and hear the story behind this impressive present. Marvel at the mighty Royal Palace and Plaza Mayor. Stop in the old market and get recommendations on what to eat. Bike to El Barrio Las Letras, El Parque Del Buen Retiro (Retiro Park), pass by the Fountain of Neptune, Prado Museum, and the incredible city hall of Madrid (el Palacio de Cibeles). See this and more on this thrilling tour of Madrid.

Madrid: City and El Retiro Park Combo Audio Tour

8. Madrid: City and El Retiro Park Combo Audio Tour

Discover Madrid at your own pace as well as one of its biggest attractions, the El Retiro Park with two captivating self-guided audio tours on your smartphone. Travel back in time to experience the grandeur of Madrid from the city’s unique mysteries and stories to its dazzling dreamland park. Receive the details by email, download the app and the audio tours on your phone, prior to your visit. Put on your headphones and discover the city and the exquisite elegance of the El Retiro Park through the power of storytelling and learn historical information and uncommon stories and anecdotes from the city’s unique past. The content of the tours is the result of in-depth research, squeezed into brief original stories that will make your visit both engaging and informative. The audio tours can be used repeatedly and anytime, before or after your visit. This is an unmissable opportunity to gain valuable insights into Madrid and the El Retiro Park and relate to your surroundings in an entirely original way.

Madrid: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

9. Madrid: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

Do you want to learn interesting information about 13+ of the most important attractions in the city, discover hidden locations, read incredible legends(not an audio tour) and walk a magical and relaxing route? Do you want an accessible, easy and interactive way to explore Madrid? This self-guided mobile walking tour might be perfect for you. Grab the Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Listen or read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. Start your tour at the Prado Museum! Visit the world famous Puerta Felipe IV. Take photos in the unique El Retiro Park and admire the fairytale Puerta de Alcalá. The National Archaeological Museum of Spain will leave you speechless as its unique exhibits amaze. Learn about the Cibeles Fountain, used in all the celebrations of the famous Real Madrid! The unique Edificio Metrópolis is worth the time and space in your mobile memory. The bustling and historic Plaza Mayor will be your next step. The church of San Ginés, one of the oldest in Madrid, is waiting for photos, while the icing on the cake of this unique tour will be the Plaza de Oriente with its captivating architecture, in the historic center of Madrid.

Madrid: Interactive city discovery Adventure

10. Madrid: Interactive city discovery Adventure

Curious facts: Get to know more about the city, discover the secrets of the main attractions, and learn about curious facts that you won't read elsewhere. Find monuments and hidden secrets: Our local creator created an interactive walk through the city. Cryptic indications make you wind through the cities streets, inviting you to pay attention to details which you usually won't notice. Once you've arrived at the next stop, you will have to solve a question: open your eyes and mind and use your location to find the right answer! Enjoy: While doing this discovery trail, you will get to know the city from another point of view. Even locals discover new facts while doing secret city trails! Discover Madrid as never before with this original interactive game experience. Use your mobile phone and solve intriguing location-based riddles to learn all about the famous Literary Quarter. The place was home to famous writers, poets, and playwrights such as Miguel de Cervantes, Lope de Vega or Maria de Zayas. The rules of the game are easy, as each riddle is made up of directions and a question. To answer the question, you can try as many answers as you like. If you’re stuck, you can ask for a hint, but this adds 10 minutes of "penalty time" to your overall completion time. If you’re lost, you can skip a riddle but this also adds 20 minutes of "penalty time". Sharpen your senses and appreciate the most wonderful and often hidden details around you. Also, unlock lesser-known local stories and recommendations as you solve the clues. Whether you know the Literary Quarter or not, this experience will inspire your curiosity.

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What people are saying about Madrid

A great way to learn about the history of Madrid and see the old town! Really enjoyed it. We will look for this type of activity in other cities.

Learned so much in such a short period of time! The app was super easy to use and find, and it was well worth the money.

App is easy to use, calm voice for a relaxing walk in the park. Recommend :)

Great experience to get to know the best sights of the city up close

Very nice manager. Great info for visiting Madrid. I advise!!!