Madrid is a spectacular city where you can do lots of plans during your trip there. The good weather and the variety of sites you can visit assure you that you won’t get bored in this fantastic city.
There are many places you can go when you arrive to Madrid. The most popular ones like Puerta del Sol, the Royal Palace or Plaza de España. You can enjoy going to the Retiro Park or the Capricho Park if you love nature and outdoor fun. And if you want to know the most famous neighborhoods where you can have a drink and recover your strength, you can always visit La Latina, Malasaña or Lavapies, where bars and restaurants will not leave you indifferent with its tapas and drinks.
But if you really want to know Madrid from the perspective of a local, my recommendation is to join a freetour (a guided visit in exchange of a tip). Free Touring is a mobile app which has a lot of freetours offered to choose from. The good thing about this app is that there are many kinds of freetours and at different schedules so you can choose the one that fit you best, but the best of all is that after the tour finishes you can review and rate the guide and the tour through the same app.
One freetour they offer is the freetour of the curiosities of the center of Madrid. The guide of this freetour is called Jose Manuel. He not only shows some of the most famous places in the city, but he also explains many curiosities that most people don’t know.
The meeting point is at Puerta del Sol and these are the locations the tour goes through:
Here is, since 1950, the so-called Zero Kilometer of the Spanish radial roads. The oldest building in the Puerta del Sol is the Post Office and it highlights the clock tower.
It’s located a few meters from Puerta del Sol, and next to Mayor Street. It is the heart of the old Madrid, the old town and one of the most charming neighborhoods in the city.
It is located next to the Plaza Mayor and is glued to the Plaza de Santa Cruz. On one side we have the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, located in the Palacio de Santa Cruz, the former prison of the Court.
It is contained in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest restaurant in the world. Casa Botín was founded by Frenchman Jean Botin and his wife. It’s one of the most prestigious restaurants in the world and they transport their customers to the most traditional Madrid.
It is situated next to Mayor Street. In this square, there are the main facades of three buildings of great historical and artistic value, raised in different centuries: Lujanes House and Tower (the oldest), Cisneros House and Villa’s house.
It was built from the late nineteenth century to the late twentieth century, with a mix of different architectural styles: neoclassical exterior, neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque inside the crypt. It is located in the historic city centre and the main facade is in front of the Royal Palace.
These are the most famous places of the tour, but not all. If you want to see all the places in which the freetour takes place, you should join a freetour with Free Touring.