Madrid Sightseeing bus tour
On this bus tour through Madrid, discover the city’s most celebrated sites. Get to know the charm of the city and the best attractions of the Spanish capital.
Unlike the other guided tours to Madrid that we have made available to you, on this tour we do not claim that you will get to know the city in-depth. Our objective is to introduce you to the historic Madrid, the financial district, the most commercial streets and the main leisure areas so that you can visit those that seem most interesting at a later time.
The journey is made almost entirely by bus, but there will be time to enjoy three stops next to other emblematic areas of the capital: the Prado Museum, Las Ventas Bullring, and Bernabeu Stadium, the field of Real Madrid.
During the journey we will travel through Madrid’s two largest and most important parks: Parque del Oeste and Parque del Retiro. The first was designed at the beginning of the 20th century on the banks of the Manzanares River as an expansion of the city. Retiro Park, in contrast, is an historic enclave, where nature and art have shaken hands since the 17th century.
We will also cross the most well-known plazas of Madrid: Plaza de Oriente, Puerta del Sol and Plaza de España. Each has its attractions: the Plaza de Oriente has impressive views of the Royal Palace; Puerta del Sol has its constant bustle, the presence of the post house with its clock tower, and the symbol of the city, the bear and the strawberry tree, represented in a bronze statue; and at Plaza de España two of the first skyscrapers built in the country stand out, and the statues of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza preside over the plaza.
In addition, we will discover the Plaza de la Villa, full of historic buildings, and the enormous Plaza de Colón, a more contemporary symbol of Madrid.
We will drive along the capital’s main roads, such as the centenarian Gran Via or the quite lengthy Alcalá street, which is actually the longest road in Madrid. But that’s not to mention the Paseo de la Castellana or the glamorous Serrano street, known as being one of Spain’s most luxurious streets, where large boutique and jewellery brands are concentrated.
We will see two of the old royal gates that gave access to Madrid: the Puerta de Alcala, symbol of Madrid in the Enlightenment from King Carlos III, and the Puerta de Toledo, raised after the War of Independence by order of Fernando VII.
The excursion will bring us near Madrid’s two most popular fountains: Cibeles and Neptune. These are two neo-classical works from the 18th century that represent the Goddess of the Earth and the God of the Sea, respectively. They are also the meeting places for celebrating the wins of the city’s two most representative football teams: Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid.
We will get to know the two buildings where political activity takes place at a national level: Palacio de las Cortes, which houses the Congress, and the Palacio del Senado, which houses the Senate.
On the bus we will travel along the Paseo de la Castellana to the northern area of Madrid, where the financial district is located. There we will see the four enormous skyscrapers that stand in the Business Area, as well as the impossible balance of the Kio Towers.
In short, this sightseeing excursion through Madrid offers you a broad first point of contact for the Spanish capital, in its essence. It gives a general overview of the city and an approximation of its most interesting points.
Important: The itinerary can be altered by events or celebrations in the city (cultural events, sporting events, official events or works).