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Discover Madrid through its guided tours

By | 26 January, 2017 | 0 comments

Poets, diarists and flâneurs invite everyone to lose themselves in cities, to discover the entanglement of streets like a tiger straight out of Borges’ work in a labyrinth. All of this sounds good but it’s also a good idea to hire the services of a professional in order to find out more about the city’s spirit, tradition and character, especially in a city rich in nuances like Madrid.

Civitatis is a well-positioned company in the tourist industry which offers free (yes, free!) guided tours for groups of minimum six people. Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Palacio de Oriente and other emblematic points in the city are just a few of the places you will find out more about on this 90-minute tour that starts on Calle Montera, 32, next to Gran Vía. They also offer day trips to places of historical interest, such as Ávila, Segovia, El Escorial and Valle de los Caídos, an interesting architectural site that embodies fascist megalomania.

Buildings are what cities are made of so there’s nothing more appropriate than joining an “archiroute”, like the ones offered on this website. They present a total of 50 “archiroutes” through different itineraries that delve into contemporary architecture but also travel throughout the five centuries of history that the Spanish capital has. You can even fly over Madrid in a helicopter! Discover Gran Vía like a bird thanks to this stunning proposal on a 60-minute trip inside an Augusta 109 helicopter. Just as interesting are the interior routes, where you can enjoy a view of the buildings albeit from the inside: the backstage areas of Teatros del Canal, Terminal 4 of Madrid Airport and Torre Espacio, with a meal at Espacio 33 restaurant. The latter, since it includes the meal, is more expensive (80 euros) while the other ones cost just 20 euros each.

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