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From Madrid: Avila and Segovia Full-Day Trip

1. From Madrid: Avila and Segovia Full-Day Trip

Avila is one of Spain’s oldest cities, and surrounded by well-preserved walls dating from the 11th century, it resembles an immense castle. The old quarters are home to a number of important Romanesque churches, Gothic palaces, and the city’s 12th-century Gothic cathedral, which is also fortified. On this full-day excursion from Madrid, you’ll see the exterior of the Avila Cathedral, the Romanesque Basilica of San Vicente, and visit the Plaza Mayor. Take a short walk through the city’s old streets to the Convent of Ste. Therese. Continue on to Segovia, a city rich in historical monuments. See the magnificent Roman Aqueduct from the time of Emperor Augustus. The elegant Cathedral, and its Alcazar fortress, the most spectacular castle in Spain, are among the highlights. Both Avila and Segovia are listed as Heritage of Mankind cities.

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Madrid: City Tour by Electric Tuk-Tuk

2. Madrid: City Tour by Electric Tuk-Tuk

Embark on an electric tuk-tuk tour of Madrid and discover some of the main monuments of the city. Enjoy the perfect introduction to Madrid as your expert guide recommends places to visit during your stay. Admire the exterior of some of Madrid's most iconic landmarks including the Royal Palace, the Almudena Cathedral, and Plaza Mayor. Ride through the charming neighborhoods of Las Letras and La Latina and see the House of Cervantes and the La Latina Theatre. See the Palacio de las Cortes, the Church of Los Jerónimos, and the facades of the museums of Paseo del Prado. Explore the Salamanca neighborhood, ride through Plaza de Colón, and discover the National Library.

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Madrid: 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Electric Bike

3. Madrid: 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Electric Bike

Climb aboard a comfortable electric bike with pedal assistance and journey through the history of Madrid with ease. Learn the story of the Spanish capital, from the days of the Habsburgs through to the 21st century. Discover attractions, such as the Plaza de Puerta Cerrada at the site of a Christian wall built in the Middle Ages. Depart from Plaza San Miguel and glide along the narrow streets to Calle Toledo and Plaza del Conde de Barajas to find a number of artisan shops. Discover one of the city’s gastronomic centers at the ornate San Miguel Market, and then navigate the cobblestones of Plaza Mayor at the heart of the 17th-century city center. Marvel at Casa y Torre de los Lujanes, the oldest civilian building in the city. Get an amazing view of Plaza de Oriente between the Royal Palace and Royal Opera Theater. Go to Plaza de la Armeria to see the main entrance of the palace and Almudena Cathedral. Visit the Sabatini Gardens in the palace complex, and see the glorious flora of the Campo del Moro. Escape the traffic and journey along the banks of the Manzanares River. Enjoy the tranquility of the area and the freedom to ride where you please. End at the Templo de Debod, gifted to Madrid by the Egyptian government following the construction of the Aswan High Dam.

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Madrid Downtown Segway Tour

4. 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. 

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Madrid’s River Side & Casa de Campo Electric Bike Tour

5. Madrid’s River Side & Casa de Campo Electric Bike Tour

Get ready to travel from Madrid’s city center to the countryside in a matter of minutes. Begin in the heart of the old city, close to Plaza Mayor, and make your way to Plaza de Oriente, from where you can admire the colossal Royal Palace and Opera House. Glide past the beautiful Sabatini Gardens and take the long and steep San Vicente Hill. In a few minutes you will find yourself by the Manzanares river, which you will cross to reach Casa de Campo. Once a forest reserved for kings and noblemen, who would enjoy hunting on its premises, the Casa de Campo is now a very popular place amongst locals. The small lake which you will see during the tour fills with madrileños during the weekends, rowing boats, and having barbecues. With the assistance of the e-bike’s engine climb a hill where you can take a few minutes to rest and admire the skyline of the city. Then begin the descent towards the river and get a great view of the Cathedral and the Royal Palace from the Huerta de la Partida before returning to the center of town. With your electric bicycle you will enjoy this wonderful tour without effort, in an eco-friendly vehicle and whose battery assist the pedal to make the route completely comfortable.

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Madrid: Sunset and Night Lights eBike Tour

6. Madrid: Sunset and Night Lights eBike Tour

Climb aboard our bikes for an eco-friendly journey across the history of Madrid. Learn the story of the Spanish capital through a different route, where the beauty lies in the illumination of the city. The route adapts to the sunset, so the actual stops vary regularly to catch the most beautiful daylight. Depart from Calle Santiago and follow our expert guide along the narrow streets to Plaza Mayor, Plaza de la Villa and Plaza de Oriente to savour all the beauty and charm of the central district of Madrid. As the sun begins to go down, marvel at the splendid façade of the Catedral de la Almudena before heading to the Palacio Real, the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family, built on top of a Muslim fortress in the 9th century. From there, take an easy ride to the Temple of Debod, an actual Egyptian temple given as a present to the city of Madrid, and relax while the sunset light creates a magical atmosphere all over the place, reflected on the clear waters of the lake that surrounds the temple. The charming atmosphere will accompany you to Plaza de España, where you’ll meet the statue of Miguel de Cervantes and the House of Gallardo, one of the best examples of the Art Nouveau style of architecture in the city, bathed in the most beautiful light of Madrid. Then you can admire the illumination of the Plaza de la Ópera before heading back to the starting point, just when the night awakes...

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Madrid: Private 3-Hour Tour

7. Madrid: Private 3-Hour Tour

Discover the highlights of the inner city of Madrid on a tour catered specifically to your wishes and interests. Decide between a classic route covering the Puerta del Sol, the Royal Palace, Almudena Cathedral, Plaza Mayor and more historical buildings, or an alternative route following in the footsteps of poets and thinkers, learning all about the Golden Age. Tour the hip districts and experience neighborhoods like Chueca, Malasaña and Lavapiés. Visit a viewing platform with an incredible view over the city or integrate a museum visit into the tour. Relax at countless tapas bars and enjoy the relaxing Spanish way of life.

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What people are saying about Plaza Mayor, Madrid

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 158 reviews

It was a fantastic tour!! We enjoyed everything, from the drive to each place, to the weather and each historic place, but Carlos our tour guide made it more fun and interesting! There was snow in the mountains and it was snowing by the time we got to Avila. Lots of history and just amazing to see.

Good trip. Both the medieval towns are awesome and definitely worth a visit. Carlos was a great guide with a good sense of humor. He kept giving relevant information all along the way.

Our driver, Felipe, gave us a wonderful tour. He was informative and kind. He shared local information that was very helpful for us.

Be we was a wonderful guide, and we saw a lot more with this tour than we did from our first day of just walking around.

we enjoyed it! my kids love the ride and thank you for the blanket!!