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Madrid Neighborhood Guide

Madrid Neighborhood Guide

Madrid is a large city, and its numerous neighborhoods are as diverse and charming as the city's residents. From bustling Sol to elegant Salamanca, Madrid has a district to suit any taste or interest. Here’s what you need to know to explore Madrid's neighborhoods.

Centro

The central district in the city, Centro is perhaps best-known as the home of the city's most celebrated museums, including the Prado (Museo del Prado) and the Reina Sofia (Museo Reina Sofia). Be sure to stroll the Paseo del Prado, and book skip-the-line tickets or tours to get the most out of Centro's cultural sights.

Argüelles

Just north of Madrid's central district, Argüelles is a largely residential neighborhood with lots of students wandering about. Don't miss West Park (Parque del Oeste) and the Temple of Debod (Templo de Debod). Since the neighborhood is just north of the must-see Royal Palace (Palacio Real de Madrid), you should book a tour of the palace and refuel with a coffee in Argüelles.

Sol

This tiny neighborhood in the middle of the city is best-known by its bustling plazas: Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor. Expect lots of tourists, and make sure to find your way to one of the area's tapas bars to sample the local cuisine. Book a food tour or pub crawl to enjoy Sol’s local bars and eateries, and visit the nearby Literary Quarter (Barrio de las Letras).

La Latina

La Latina is an ideal area to explore on foot and grab a bite. Plan to dine at one of the numerous traditional tabernas (taverns) dotting the neighborhood. Don't miss the weekly El Rastro flea market, and take in a flamenco show at one of the neighborhood's venues.

Salamanca

Salamanca is known for its luxurious homes and pricey real estate. Treat yourself to a walk along the tree-lined arcades, and enjoy shopping at one of the numerous high-end boutiques or designer shops. Because the area is just north of Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro), it’s easy to stop by after a park Segway tour or bike tour.

Chueca

Situated between Malasaña and Salamanca, Chueca is an unapologetically hip neighborhood known for its bars and nightclubs. Generally understood to be the gay neighborhood in Madrid, Chueca offers walkable streets, excellent shopping, and a number of reasonably priced restaurants. Book a hop-on-hop-off-bus tour to find your way here without the hassle of metro travel.

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Madrid City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

Madrid City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

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A hop-on hop-off Madrid sightseeing tour by open-top double-decker bus is the perfect introduction to this incredible city. Select a 1- or 2-day ticket that lets you board and disembark at any of the stops along two interconnecting routes, so you can explore city sights at your own pace. Hear onboard audio commentary and check out Madrid’s many plazas, museums, and theaters with the provided map and guidebook.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$28.49
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$28.49

Highlights of Madrid by Bike

Highlights of Madrid by Bike

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Admire the spectacular sights of Spain’s vibrant capital on a bicycle tour of Madrid. With a knowledgeable guide, cycle at a leisurely pace to important monuments like Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace of Madrid. Stop intermittently to listen to illuminating commentary from your expert guide, and to capture photographs of Madrid’s historical and architectural highlights. All safety equipment is included on this tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.67
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Retiro Park Segway Tour in Madrid

Retiro Park Segway Tour in Madrid

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Discover many of Madrid’s attractions and cruise effortlessly around Retiro Park, the city’s green oasis, on this Segway tour. Traveling by electric personal transporter, glide around the park’s beautiful highlights, seeing the lake, Crystal Palace, and monuments including the famous Fallen Angel statue. Plus, take in other landmarks such as cobbled Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol. Segway training and a helmet included.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.73
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Skip the Line: Prado Museum Tour in Madrid

Skip the Line: Prado Museum Tour in Madrid

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Avoid the crowds as you skip the line and get the inside scoop on some of the best art at Madrid’s iconic Prado museum on this 90-minute guided tour. This sprawling museum is nearly unparalleled in its collection of European art, but can also be overwhelming for new visitors. Let your guide introduce you to museum’s the top highlights and their fascinating backstories, including Diego Velazquez’s ‘Las Meninas’ and ‘The Annunciation’ by El Greco. Best of all, this small-group visit is limited to just 20 guests, ensuring a personalized experience.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Pub Crawl in Madrid
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Pub Crawl in Madrid

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Hit the town for a fun and social night out on a pub crawl through Madrid. Experience the city’s famous nightlife at four different bars and clubs where ‘madrileños’ go to party. Let a guide lead the way, and make new friends as you join a group of other fun-loving travelers and backpackers. Kick things off with a free shot at each bar, and enjoy discounts on additional drinks. Upgrade to a private tour to soak up the night's itinerary with just your own group.
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  • 5 hours
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$20.18
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Panoramic Madrid Sightseeing Tour

Panoramic Madrid Sightseeing Tour

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Get a taste for the top attractions in Madrid on this panoramic tour of the city by coach. Stop by well-known Madrid landmarks like the city's Alcalá Gate, its Palacio Real, and Cybele's Fountain. Along the way, tour historic plazas like Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa, see intriguing neighborhoods like Barrio de la Morería and view the city's grand boulevards, listening as your guide shares details on their history and significance. This tour of Madrid offers both morning and afternoon departure times.
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  • 3 hours
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Madrid Segway Tour

Madrid Segway Tour

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Enjoy an alternative sightseeing experience of Madrid on a sleek, self-balancing Segway on this tour of the captivating Spanish capital. Glide through the vibrant streets of the city and see some of its most iconic landmarks on your futuristic machine; cruise past the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, and the Templo de Debod and listen to entertaining and educational commentary from your expert guide. Choose from various routes and tour durations and receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour.
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  • 1 hour to 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour: Reina Sofia Museum with Skip-the-Line Access

Private Tour: Reina Sofia Museum with Skip-the-Line Access

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Be inspired by artists like Picasso, Joan Miró and Dalí as you browse one of Madrid’s most impressive collections of modern art at the Reina Sofía Museum. This 1.5-hour private tour includes skip-the-line entrance, so you can dodge the queues and make the most of your time with your private guide. Learn about Spain’s most important 20th-century artists, discover local artists like Juan Gris and see Picasso’s masterpiece Guernica.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$175.08
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Madrid Private 4-Hour Tour of the Royal Palace w/ driver & guide - Hotel pick up

Madrid Private 4-Hour Tour of the Royal Palace w/ driver & guide - Hotel pick up

Spend four hours touring the Madrid's Royal Palace on this popular private excursion that includes a personal guide and vehicle.
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  • 4 hours
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$402.38
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