Madrid is one of the major capitals of the arts. Its galleries and museums are among the finest in the world. Set aside a significant amount of time if you want to capture the full flavour of what Madrid has to offer.
This section covers cities and sites around Madrid which can be reached in an hour or two. Many of the cities around Madrid, most notably Toledo, were, in they day, more important than Madrid itself, and are fascinating from a historical, architectural and artistic perspective. Although all of the sites can be visited within a day, we would certainly recommend spending more time in the more important cities listed below. All are accessible by the Cercanias (commuter) trains, buses or of course, by private transport.
We also have a list of current art exhibits, (It's in Spanish, but there are pictures which should make it clear enough)
For those with more immediate tastes, we maintain a current listing of all cinemas with a listing of cinemas showing movies in their original language, updated weekly, a guide to what's on inmusic, and a list of theaters.
We have details on the background of the cultural tradition of bullfighting, plus where best to go and see it for yourself. It's still one of the major tourist attractions, despite its "non-pc" label. Also, check out other aspects of local culture like flamenco dancing.
Madrid's museums and galleries can be divided into four sections:
Toledo Half Day Duration: 5 hours
Spain's medieval capital, the walled city of Toledo, is bursting with art, history, and spirituality. Visit the ancient church of San Juan de los Reyes, explore the narrow cobblestone streets, learn about the ancient art of Damasquinado, and let our English-speaking guides uncover Toledo's secrets for you.
Avila and Segovia Duration: 9 hours
Join the pilgrimage to the ancient city of Avila, known for being the birthplace of the mystic writer, St Teresa, as well as its ninety semicircular towers dating back to the eleventh century. The magic of this tour continues with a tour of Segovia, most renowned for its famous Alcazar, an eleventh century Medieval Castle, believed to be the inspiration for Disney Castle. Book now for to experience a step back in time that you'll never forget!
Madrid by Night with Florida Park Nightclub (Flamenco dancing) Duration: 4 hours
At night, Spaniards put on their dancing shoes and step out for an evening of fun, feasting, and friendly flirting. After a panoramic drive to see the city lights, you'll join the locals at the Florida Park nightclub. Enjoy a fabulous tapas meal, a flamenco show, and all-night dancing.
Panoramic Madrid Duration: 3 hours
The history of the majestic city of Madrid will come to life when you allow you guide to introduce you to its incredible past. Once an Arabian Fortress, this city is now a thriving cultural center bursting with monuments, galleries and museums. You will even see Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, home of the famous Real Madrid football team!
Andalucia and the Costa del Sol (A5J) Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Five days of history and romance! Discover Moorish Kingdoms and thriving resorts as you travel through the ever-changing scenes from luscious orange groves to ancient, narrow, winding streets. Follow your heart and book this tour to remember!
Toledo, El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen Duration: 9 hours
Journey south of Madrid into a long forgotten world as you discover the ancient city of Toledo, once the medieval capital of Spain. Become familiar with the life of a monk as you tour El Escorial Monastery, and spare some thought for the dead of the Spanish Civil War in the Valley of the Fallen - the history of this country will simply amaze you.
Panoramic Madrid and Bull fight Duration: 5 hours (approx)
Experience Madrid in all of its magnificence and then see what you've been waiting for - the Spanish Fiesta! You have not fully experienced Spain until you have been to a real life Bull Fight where the art and skill of the bullfighter, along with the bravery of the bull, create one of the best spectacles in Spain. Must be seen to be believed!
This tour is seasonal and only operates from April through to October.
Toledo Full Day Duration: 1 Day
Introducing one of the Spain's greatest national monuments for art, history and spirituality - the glorious city of Toledo! See its many beautiful sites including the amazing Thirteenth Century Cathedral, medieval castle, synagogue and of course its stunning El Greco masterpieces. Book this tour and allow this mesmerizing city to capture your soul!
Andalucia (A4M) Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Four days in touring the beautiful Andalucia! Not to mention the history and beauty and for the he Opera buffs a special treat…In the enchanting city of Santa Cruz, you will see the setting for the world famous opera, Carmen and discover the myth of Don Juan. This tour will bring the romance alive!
Madrid to the Costa del Sol (5SS) Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Come explore the mythical land of Don Quixote on this delightful three day tour through delectable sun-drenched Spain. Drive through the lush vineyards of Andalucia, the Arabian Mosques of Cordoba and the vibrant orange groves of Seville. Such beauty must be seen to be believed!
Panoramic Madrid City Tour (Privately Guided Tour) Duration: 4 hours
This privately guided tour is the perfect way to see an amazing city! Madrid is a cosmopolitan city, a business center, headquarters for the Public Administration, Government, Spanish Parliament and the home of the Spanish Royal Family. Madrid is characterized by intense cultural and artistic activity and a very lively nightlife. This 3 hour panoramic tour will show around this vibrant city of Spain. A tour not to be missed!