Plaza de la Villa

Plaza de la Villa: Our most recommended tours and activities

Madrid: 3-Hour Highlights Bike Tour

1. Madrid: 3-Hour Highlights Bike Tour

Cruise through Madrid on this guided bike tour as you take in many of the city's highlights. Ride on convenient cycle paths, in pedestrian zones, and through parks so you won't have to navigate traffic. Have the option to finish your tour with local snacks and a refreshing beverage.  Start your tour with a short explanation about how to safely ride your bike. Make your way to Plaza de Oriente and hear the stories about the creation of the statue of Filip IV, the Royal Palace, the Cathedral, and the San Nicolas Church. Admire the some of the oldest buildings in the city at the Plaza de la Villa and asorb the bustle of the Mercado San Miguel. Pass through the grand squares of Plaza Mayor and Santa Ana, before viewing the living wall of the Caixa Forum museum.  Pass the Prado Museum, Retiro Park, and Puerta de Alcalá before making your way to Puerta del Sol. Add to your experience by selecting the tapas option and enjoy 3 pintxos (small plates) and a non-alcoholic drink and the end of your tour.

Madrid: 2-Hour Sightseeing Segway Tour

2. Madrid: 2-Hour Sightseeing Segway Tour

Climb aboard a futuristic self-balancing Segway and head out on a 2-hour tour that will take you through the history of Madrid, Spain’s capital since 1561. Experience an eco-friendly journey from the House of the Hapsburgs to the 21st century. Explore sights including the Plaza de La villa, one of the fist squares in the centre of Madrid. Departing from Plaza San Miguel, just opposite one of the city’s gastronomic centers at the ornate San Miguel Market. You’ll glide along the narrow streets to Calle del Codo and Plaza del Conde de Barajas. Navigate the cobblestones of Plaza Mayor, the heart of the 17th-century city center, and marvel at Casa y Torre de los Lujanes, the oldest building in the city. Ride your Segway along the Manzanares River, away from the traffic and the crowds, enjoying the tranquility of the area and the freedom to ride where you please. The final stop of the tour is a visit to Madrid’s Egyptian temple, in the middle of Madrid, the Templo de Debod.

Madrid: City Bike or E-Bike Tour

3. Madrid: City Bike or E-Bike Tour

Enjoy the sights of Madrid as you cycle through the city, enjoying the freedom and convenience of traveling by bike. This 3-hour excursion takes in all of the city's major landmarks. The tour begins at the steps of Madrid's famous Templo de Debod. This is actually one of the few Egyptian temples found outside Egypt today. From here you'll cycle past the Royal Palace, and continue on to the Cathedral of La Almudena, Plaza de la Villa, and the San Miguel Market en route to the city’s main square - Plaza Mayor. After visiting the Plaza, cycle through some of the city's traffic-free zones to the Plaza de Santa Ana, then down to the Prado Museum. Afterward, climb up a gentle hill to arrive at Retiro Park. Leaving the park by the imposing Alcala Gate, the tour continues toward Calle Serrano and Plaza de Colon. Wind your way through the lively streets, past the boutiques and cafés of the Chueca district, to Calle Fuencarral and then Plaza de España.

Madrid: Private Tour w/ Locals – Highlights and Hidden Gems

4. Madrid: Private Tour w/ Locals – Highlights and Hidden Gems

See Madrid at its best from the eyes of a local in just 3 hours. Check out prime landmarks like the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol and hear unique insights that only a local would know. Uncover hidden gems and city secrets along the way that will show you an authentic side of the city with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. Fully experience the local flare with an included local treat to make your city tour a complete experience.

Madrid: 2-Hour City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

5. Madrid: 2-Hour City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

Discover the history of Madrid and see the most important highlights of the city during this 2-hour private guided walking tour. Start your adventure in the Paseo del Prado. Stroll under the trees and see famous monuments such as the Neptune fountain. Then, continue to see the Congress of Deputies and House of Cervantes, the greatest writer in the Spanish language. Walk to Plaza de Santa Ana while your local guide tells you the stories and anecdotes of Romantic Madrid in the 19th century. Arrive at the incredible Puerta del Sol, famous for its statue of the Bear and the Arbutus. Then, make a turn and see the Plaza Mayor, located in the heart of the Austrias neighborhood. Explore the Plaza de la Villa, built during Madrid's Medieval period. Look up at the amazing Almudena Cathedral, which was built on an old mosque, like many cathedrals in Spain. Finally, finish your guided tour at the entrance of the Royal Palace.

Madrid Historical Centre & Old Town Walking Tour in French

6. Madrid Historical Centre & Old Town Walking Tour in French

Meet your guide at the central square of Puerta Cerrada, a symbolic and interesting departure point. After a short meet and greet with your guide you will start the tour as you stroll through the colorful streets and learn about Madrid's history. Visit the beautiful and famous Mayor Square, explore San Miguel Market and arrive later to Plaza de la Villa, the oldest square in town. Continue towards the famous square of Puerta del Sol, home of the Bear and the Tree statue. Walk through Arenal Street and arrive at the Opera House. Explore the Orient Square and the Sabatini gardens. Admire the impressive Royal Palace, the former residence of the Spanish royal family, and Almudena Cathedral. To finish, follow your guide through the narrow and medieval looking streets of La Latina district. Admire its beautiful and quiet squares, its old churches and local markets. Enjoy the traditional architecture, learn the origins of its name, and find out why this area was once the heart of the city and home to the Patron Saint of Madrid.

Madrid Downtown Segway Tour

7. Madrid Downtown Segway Tour

Travel through the center of Madrid in the most entertaining way. From the Plaza de Isabel II you will know the most emblematic places of the capital of Spain. It passes through the Royal Palace, the largest in Western Europe, with more than 3,000 rooms. Walk the oldest and most adventurous Madrid, where thieves, soldiers, and mercenaries crossed their swords in every corner of the Plaza de la Villa, near the Church of Santiago or in the arcades of the Plaza Mayor. Admire the fantastic Plaza de Oriente, with views of the Palace and the Royal Theater, witness to the best performances of opera and ballet. You´ll be able to discover these and other magical corners of Madrid in this walk full of history, and lots of fun. 

Madrid 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour

8. Madrid 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour

Get a new perspective of the Spanish capital as you discover the city's best landmarks with a local guide. Madrid's many contrasts are symbols of its rich history, with medieval façades and architecture standing alongside slick modern buildings.   Meet at the activity provider's office and kick off the experience with a 1-hour walking tour through the streets of the historic city center of Madrid. Then board an air-conditioned bus for a ride through the city. Leave Plaza de Oriente and head to the magnificent Puerta de Toledo. Marvel at the famous gate that dates back to the Napoleonic era. Then, see the oldest bridge in Madrid and drive along the Manzanares River from where you'll take in incredible views of the Royal Palace and the Almudena Cathedral. Pass by Plaza Mayor, once the center of Old Madrid and now the oldest square in the city.  Spot significant sights such as the Puerta del Sol on your drive to Paseo del Prado. Marvel at the most picturesque streets in the city and see the Prado Museum. Drive by Cibeles Fountain, where Real Madrid fans celebrate the team's victories. Do not miss Puerta de Alcalá, the most famous of the five ancient gates into the city. Stop for pictures at Las Ventas bullring, where your guide will share some insights on the monument. To conclude, return to the coach and finish of the tour by exploring Santiago Bernabéu stadium and the important streets of Paseo de la Castellana and Gran Vía, also known as the Broadway of Madrid. Starting March 1, 2020, this tour will begin with a 1-hour guided walking tour.

Madrid: Tour of the Historic City Center

9. Madrid: Tour of the Historic City Center

Discover Madrid and its fascinating architecture on this exciting tour. Start the tour at Puerta del Sol and walk past the stunning sights such as the Church of San Ginés, the Convent of Las Descalzas Reales, the Royal Palace of Madrid, and Almudena Cathedral. Learn all about the history of Madrid as you wander through the narrow streets off the main roads. In addition to the Palace of the Councils and the Plaza de la Villa, you also see the Torre de los Lujanes and hear interesting anecdotes before you continue on to the Monastery of Corpus Christi las Carboneras and the Plaza de la Paja. Admire the old Cava Baja street, which is known for its taverns and tapas bars. The covered Market of San Miguel, Plaza Mayor, and the Literary Quarter are further highlights on the tour that provide exciting stories of the Golden Age. After the tour you can mark further attractions and quaint taverns on your map to explore later on. You can also enjoy the view from a viewing terrace at the end of the tour upon request.

Highlights of Madrid: Walking Tour with Private Guide

10. Highlights of Madrid: Walking Tour with Private Guide

On this 4-hour guided walking tour you’ll see all the important sights of Madrid. You will be accompanied by a local guide who will tell you about the city’s history and share some interesting anecdotes and legends as well. A stop for tapas and a drink at the end of the tour is included. You’ll be met by your guide at your hotel. Your guide will then take you to the impressive and photo-worthy Templo de Debod, San Antonio de la Florida, and the lovely Jardines del Moro. You’ll also see Las Vistillas, San Francisco el Grande, La Latina, Puerta del Sol, and Plaza de la Villa, before the tour concludes. If you are hungry afterwards, your guide would be happy to recommend a restaurant, and a table can be reserved for you for lunch. Please note: the weather may impact this walking tour, so you should be prepared for rain even though Madrid is generally not a very rainy place. Also, if you have any special requirements or would like to end the tour at a different spot, please indicate this when making your booking.

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What people are saying about Plaza de la Villa

Overall rating

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based on 974 reviews

We had a great time on the tour! Our guide David knew a lot about Spanish history, and was able to provide a lot of context about the city of Madrid, while still remaining very interesting and staying on topic about the buildings and other things we saw during the tour. The tour itself covered a lot of ground and was very nice. We were also really content of the bikes and the store, very clean and well kept.

great directions to the activity on google maps, we took part as a family and our daughter was a bit nervous, milo was patient and re assured her, great guide! tour and seg way is brilliant fun! finished the tour in the worlds oldest churros and choc cafe! well worth it, will return

Amazing tour Easy to find meeting point Great knowledgable guide who had perfect balance of being informative and good fun Beautiful pit stops Lovely drink with our group afterwards Can’t recommend enough for seeing the city and getting your initial bearings

Very good experience to discover Madrid differently ! Nico, our guide, was very good and gave lots of very interesting explanations !!! I would definitely recommend …

Learned alot about Spain I had no idea about. Tour helped give me my bearings and gave me comfort for getting about myself afterwards