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Plaza de la Villa

Those hoping for a taste of 16th-century Madrid will find just what they’re looking for at the tranquil Plaza de la Villa, or Town Hall Square. An easy stroll from the lively Plaza Mayor, Plaza de la Villa is a world away from the bustle of Madrid’s modern center – a small medieval square lined with some of Madrid’s oldest buildings.

The centerpiece of the ancient square is the Casa de la Villa, used until recently as Madrid’s Town Hall and once housing a 17th-century prison. Built in 1664 by architects Juan Gumez de Mora and Teodoro Adremans, the real highlights are hidden in the interiors – a series of 17th century frescoes by Antonio Palomino, a dramatic Goya painting and exquisite stained glass ceilings, showcased on guided tours of the building.

Strolling the square and its surrounding cobblestone lanes unearths a number of other significant buildings. The Casa de Cisneros is a gothic castle built in 1537 for Cardinal Cisneros’ nephew, now used as the primary residence of the Mayor of Madrid and the red brick Mudejar-style Torre de los Lujanes, is the oldest building in the plaza, used to imprison King Francis I of France in 1525. In the center of the plaza stands a statue of Don Alvaro de Bazan, the Spanish Admiral who planned the Spanish Armada attempt on England, perched on a platform of white marble.

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Guided Walking Tour of Historical Madrid, Madrid, null
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Guided Walking Tour of Historical Madrid

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On this 2 hour walking tour you will stroll down through the core of medieval Madrid accompanied by a guide. The winding streets of the Arch of Cutlers will ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: Flexible

From USD $42.25
Madrid Market and Tapas Walking Tour Including Lavapiés Visit, Madrid, City Tours
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Madrid Market and Tapas Walking Tour Including Lavapiés Visit

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Get acquainted with the city’s world-class culinary scene on this 4-hour tapas walking tour in Madrid. With a local guide at your side, uncover foodie ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.84
Madrid by Night Segway Tour, Madrid, Food Tours
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Madrid by Night Segway Tour

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See the magic of Madrid by night on a fun, 1-hour Segway tour! On a self-balancing, electric Segway, follow an expert guide around the historical neighborhood ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $47.67
Madrid Segway City Tour, Madrid, Segway Tours
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Madrid Segway City Tour

This 3-hour Segway Tour will take you to Madrid’s central district, which is the capital’s historical and cultural hotspot (see two-hour tour). Visit the ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.59
Madrid City Center Segway Tour, Madrid, Segway Tours
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Madrid City Center Segway Tour

Explore the heart of Madrid by eco-friendly Segway on a fun 1-hour tour of the medieval center. Pass notable sights, such as the Royal Palace, Almudena ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $31.42
Madrid Old Streets Walking Tour, Madrid, Segway Tours
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Madrid Old Streets Walking Tour

Get back five hundred years in time in the old Madrid streets. Soak up the mixture of cultures, in the most important European crossroad in the Medieval era. ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $16.25
Madrid Segway Tour with Chocolate and Churros, Madrid, Walking Tours
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Madrid Segway Tour with Chocolate and Churros

Explore the heart of Madrid on a 1-hour Segway tour and see sights like the Royal Palace, Almudena Cathedral, and Plaza Mayor from the safety of a ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $42.25
Madrid Panoramic Private Tour by Vintage Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio, Madrid, Segway Tours
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Madrid Panoramic Private Tour by Vintage Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio

On this 4-hour private tour you will be picked up at your hotel and will start off on a 4 hour ride through the streets of Madrid on this classy car with a ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $219.58
Private Guided Half Day City Tour in Madrid with Public Transportation, Madrid, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Private Guided Half Day City Tour in Madrid with Public Transportation

Enjoy a great Madrid experience during this 4 hour private tour of the city with your own private guide in public transportation. Enjoy some of Madrid’s ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $113.76
Madrid Combo: City Sightseeing and Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Guided our, Madrid, Private ... 
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Madrid Combo: City Sightseeing and Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Guided our

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See Madrid’s top city sights from the comfort of a luxury coach, and then spend your afternoon exploring Spain’s national museum – the Prado – with an expert ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.59

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