Welcome to Madrid! From a dusty outpost on the edge of the enlightened Moorish kingdom to the glorious capital of the world’s biggest empire, from the birthplace of Don Quixote to the dark heart of the Spanish Inquisition, Madrid has seen its highs and lows. Anarchist assassins, dictators and despots, painters and poets - the passion that runs through Spanish blood burns with genius and madness. We’ll take you down medieval streets, across majestic squares and through 1200 years of history. Like all of our famous tours worldwide we offer engaging storytelling that is both entertaining and informative! **SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY FREE TOUR: MARCH 6, 8 & 10 AT 3PM** Our special International Women’s Day Tour celebrates the female heroes that have shaped our history! Be inspired by the bravery of Manuela Malasaña Oñoro who stood up to the French invaders, learn about the rise of the first Spain queen Joanna the Mad and discover the hidden talents of the Las Sin Sombrero - Spain’s greatest generation of forgotten women writers. From queens to writers to war heroes, there is no doubt that women have transformed Spain into the country it is today. Join us as we explore some of the memorials, locations and statues around Madrid that commemorate these great women. On this special International Women's Day Free Tour we cover: Plaza Mayor, the 3 cultures Monastery of Descalzas Reales, women and church Puerta del sol, women and literature Plaza del Carmen, women and literature Edificio Telefónica House of the seven chimneys, women and jobs Plaza del Rey, women and war Plaza de las cortes, women in politics *Average tour length. The Madrid Free Tour usually ends by Plaza de Isabel II (Metro Ópera). The independent guides with whom we work have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites and stories above and lasts this long, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group!
Don't just visit Spain - experience it! The Spanish are renowned for the enviable way they live their lives; the weather is better, the food is tastier, and their passion for life is obvious. Our Spanish Experience tour offers you a taste of the best aspects of Spanish culture. While we can almost guarantee good weather, we can definitely guarantee delicious food, with traditional local tapas and drinks at two different venues, followed by a flamenco show, the emotional and exquisite Spanish art form encompassing guitar, song and dance. This is a country where every dish and every dance tells a story - come and experience it with us! *The independent guides with whom we work have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites and stories below and lasts about this long, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group!
Discover some of the best tapas places in Madrid with local tapas connoisseurs! Your group leader will share their passion for Spanish food and the secrets of Spanish gastronomy. Tapas include classic homemade paella, Spanish omelete, croquettes, patatas bravas, jamón Ibérico, cheese and pan con tomate. The ticket also includes beer or tinto de verano, rebujito cocktail and red wine! You’ll learn the traditional art of drinking from a wineskin, as well as the secrets to the most popular cocktails of “La feria de Abril” Seville and much more! Come meet new friends from around the world and have an unforgettable evening!
Directly east of the ancient heart of Madrid lies the fantastic ‘literary neighbourhood’ the Barrio de las Letras where some of the greatest writers, poets and playwrights in history made their home. The memorable quotes lining the streets make it one of the cultural highlights of the city by day and the busy bars and cafés a party hotspot by night. These two sides of the district collide in the figure of legendary American author Ernest Hemingway – discover one of his favorite bars and his passion for bullfighting. Visit the Cervantes’ House, where the world’s greatest novel, Don Quixote, was written. Away from the narrow, twisted medieval streets of the center, you’ll find the other side of the city. The Madrid of the Bourbon dynasty: the grandest streets and stunning ensembles of early 20th century architecture from Art Deco to Neo-Mudéjar. Calle de Alcalá and the Paseo del Prado, where you’ll find the famous institutions that make Madrid one of the most majestic cities in the world. Madrid’s most iconic buildings form an incredible skyline of bold designs, vibrant colors and monumental grandeur. The phenomenal Golden Triangle of Art combines three of the world’s best collections of Old Masters, Early Modern and Contemporary Art. *Average tour length. The independent guides with whom we work have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites and stories above and lasts this long, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group!
Madrid, the city that never sleeps! World famous for its nightlife, Madrid is internationally raising the bar for an epic party scene! We offer a night to remember, with different routes for different days of the week to make the most of the ever-changing scene and see the best of Madrid's coolest districts. From Thursday to Saturday we visit the neighborhood of Huertas, right by the center and with a spectacular offer of clubs and bars to get you in the party mood! This night out includes: unlimited pub crawls with our wristband, entry to three hot bars and a cool club, free shots and special offers in each bar! Come enjoy the real Madrid with us! You must be 18+ to enjoy this night out. Please bring valid Photo I.D. SANDEMANs NEW Europe Tours supports the responsible enjoyment of alcoholic beverages. When it is misused, alcohol can be dangerous. We want everyone to have an unforgettable night, but for your safety the bars visited on Pub Crawls will cut you off if you’ve reached your limit. The mission is to show you Madrid’s nightlife, not to get you drunk. Take advantage of our group discount of 10% for groups of 10 or more!
The Spanish Inquisition: one of the most mysterious and bloody institutions of European history to date, its brutal reign weighed heavy over Spain like a curse. In the name of religious orthodoxy, the ruthless founders of the Inquisition oversaw the torture, repression and banishment of hundreds of innocent and terrified people. What began as an attempt to protect the sanctity of the Catholic church and the morality of the populace swiftly became an oppressive regime and would eventually leave a dark shadow on the landscape of Spain’s history. On this spine-chilling tour we explore the mysteries and legacies of the Spanish Inquisition, visiting key areas of the city which were the setting for this bloody tribunal. Your guide will expose the truth about the four long centuries where the Institution loomed over the city. Discover the real motives behind the foundation of the Spanish Inquisition and the people who ran it, the gruesome and cruel torture methods they employed, and the people who they made their victims. With death tolls of an estimated 3000+ people, this era embodies a dark and troubling relic in the culture of Spain. On the tour we hear true stories of what happened in these very streets and buildings: we visit the old, now haunting jail of the Inquisition, and the site of one particularly dramatic mass trial. As we learn the history of the period and its Zeitgeist, we trace the origins and influence of the ‘Black Legend’ myth which influenced the way the Inquisition was perceived overseas. The climate of paranoia and persecution the Spanish Inquisition created was so overwhelming that its reputation outgrew its reality and it became what we know of it today: much-referenced but little understood. *Average tour length. The independent guides with whom we work have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites and stories above and lasts this long, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group!