Off the Beaten Path: 7 Unique Tours in Madrid

This blog post was originally posted on March 23, 2015 and was updated on October 15, 2017.

Planning a trip to the vibrant Spanish capital?

Let us help you plan an unforgettable trip with these unique tours in Madrid. Whether you’re a history buff, art aficionado or a foodie, there’s something for everyone. Read on to discover the 7 unique tours in Madrid that await you.

Get off the beaten path in Spain's capital with these 7 unique tours in Madrid!

 

1. Bike Tour

If you’re a bit short on time, a bike tour of the city may be just what you’re looking for. Bravo Bikes offers tours of all the major sights in Madrid, including the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor and the Prado Museum. Perfect for cyclists that are used to cycling in a city environment, it’s a fun way to see the city and get a bit of exercise in for the day. If you have more time, and are up for a bit of a challenge, Bravo Bikes also offers bike tours to popular day trip destinations from Madrid. Ride to Segovia to see the Roman aqueducts, or to Toledo to visit the Alcazar.

Some of the most unique tours in Madrid are Bravo Bikes tours within the city and beyond!
Segovia’s majestic aqueduct awaits you at the end of a challenging 100 km bike ride from Madrid! Photo credit: David Sanz

2. Flamenco Tour

Spaniards are proud of their cultural heritage, which includes the passion-filled musical style and dance called Flamenco. Experience this passion first-hand with one of our flamenco and tapas tours. During these unique tours in Madrid, you’ll learn about the origin and history of flamenco, see a show and enjoy delicious tapas with wonderful wine pairings. Let our expert guides take you on a memorable musical and gastronomic journey!

Flamenco tours are some of our favorite unique tours in Madrid!
Flamenco is one of the most iconic and beautiful Spanish art forms.

3. Segway Tour

Segway tours have been popping up in cities all over the world, but this one comes with a sweet Spanish treat at the end. Standing on an electric, two-wheeled vehicle, you’ll stop by popular landmarks across the city. Without breaking a sweat, take in the sights at Plaza de España, Puerta del Sol and the Almudena Cathedral. To finish off the tour, you get to indulge and enjoy a decadently sweet treat of churros con chocolate at Mercado San Miguel.

Segway tours are among the most unique tours in Madrid!
How many people can say they’ve ridden a Segway on the grounds of Spain’s Royal Palace? Photo credit: Trubble

4. Madrid Food Tour

Enjoy an authentic taste of Spanish cuisine with a gastronomical tour of the city. Devour Madrid offers guests a tasty cultural experience that is sure to leave you satisfied. This experience is much more than just a eating at bars and restaurants. On our deliciously unique tours in Madrid, we’ll take you on a journey through the history of the city, introducing you to local food artisans and chefs and of course, giving you a taste of Madrid’s best dishes.

Take a look at some of the fun that awaits you on our popular Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour!

5. Spanish Civil War Sites Tour

History comes alive with Spanish Sites, as they take you on a tour to key sites from the Spanish Civil war. The Spanish Civil War is one of the most important events in Spain’s modern history, and ended with thousands dead and a dictator in power. Learn more about the conflict, and how it has influenced Spain today on this historical tour.

6. Hot Air Balloon Tour

For an experience that will take your breath away, why not book a hot air balloon tour? Aerotours offers a unique view of Madrid’s natural surroundings. As you slowly ascend upwards towards the sky, enjoy a bird’s eye view of the mountains, the Guadarrama river and monuments like the Castle of La Mocha. It’s sure to be an unforgettable experience!

7. Contemporary Art Tour

If you’re an art lover, you’ll be happy to know that Madrid is home to a number of wonderful art museums, including the Prado and Reina Sofia. These museums house pieces from the biggest Spanish artists that ever lived. However, if you want to discover the current art scene, then a Contemporary Art tour is your best bet. The Art Gallery Tour takes guests to a number of contemporary art galleries showcasing the works of Spanish artists. Don’t know much about contemporary art? The Art Gallery also offers an Initiation Tour, which explains how art galleries work, the different techniques and formats used, and how to appreciate Contemporary Art.

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