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The Modern Walking Tour

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The Modern Tour

The Modern Tour gets its name from the fact that it explores the part of central Madrid where you can see many examples of the efforts made by king Charles III during the 18th century to modernise and expand the city.

On this tour, you’ll learn about the history behind some of Madrid’s most recognisable landmarks from that era, including The Bank of Spain, Paseo del Prado and The Gate of Alcalá, as well as more recent additions such as the Metropolis building and the Palace of Cibeles.

You’ll also learn about some of Madrid’s best art museums – the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen Bornemisza, and visit the house of Miguel de Cervantes, often referred to as the Shakespeare of the Spanish language.

Don’t forget to bring your cameras for this fun and photogenic tour of the city.

Points of interest

• Puerta del Sol

• Metropolis Building

• Gran Vía

• Royal Academy of Fine Arts

• Linares Palace (House of America)

• Bank of Spain

• Palace of Communications and City Hall

• Cibeles Fountain

• Puerta de Alcalá

• Retiro Park

• Lake and Monument of Alfonso XII

• Crystal Palace

• Prado Museum

• Reina Sofia Museum

• Paseo del Prado

• Fountain of Neptune

• Congress of Deputies

• Neighbourhood of the letters (Barrio de las letras)

• House of Miguel Cervantes Saavedra

• Santa Ana Square

How to join the tour:

The Modern Tour begins every day at 12:30 in front of the Teatro Nuevo Apolo (New Apollo Theater) in Plaza de Tirso de Molina. Upon making a reservation below, you will receive an email with more details.

How much is it?

Like many walking tours in Europe, this is a Free walking tour. We call it free, as you’re free to decide how much to pay for it at the end of your experience, which means you don’t pay upfront but pay the guide when the tour finishes to show your appreciation. 

Are you part of a group?​

We do offer group activities. Please contact us to let us know the number of people in your group and when you would like to join the activity. We have special rates for groups depending on the size of the group:

  • Groups of less than 15 people, fixed charge of 80€

  • Groups of 15-30 people, 6€ per person

  • Groups of 31 – 40 people, 5€ per person

  • Groups of more than 40 people, the group is divided between two guides, and the rates are the same depending on how many people each guide has.

Duration

The tour lasts approximately two and a half hours. As it is a walking tour, you’ll have to be on your feet for most of the time, but the distances are short and is suitable for all ages.

Book in advance

Reservations must be made at least 1 hour in advance before the start of the tour.

Accessibility

This tour is accessible for people in wheelchairs.

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation at any time.

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