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If you’re travelling to Madrid for the first time, there are many ways to experience the city, from exploring monuments and museums to going on a tapas tour or even attending an event at El Teatro Real. There are also so many amazing tours in Madrid that you can check out to really make it a once in a lifetime vacation, including tickets in. And you can mostly find it in tour and ticket guides online. But, if you want to get a brief overview of what to do this article will definitely help you. 

5 must-see Madrid tours for first-time visitors

Tour 1: The Best Way to See Plaza Mayor

This tour gives travellers a great introduction to Madrid’s central square and includes an overview of how Plaza Mayor has evolved over time. It's also an effective way to start learning about Madrid’s politics, as well as its history, art, and architecture. Along with getting a sense of what really makes Madrid tick, you’ll hear stories that may surprise you—for example, why is there a bullfighting museum right next to Plaza Mayor? The Plaza Mayor tour ends on Cava Baja Street at La Puerta del Sol—literally the door of the sun—which has been known as Madrid's centre since 1566. You can visit it anytime by taking Metro Line 1 to Sol Station. From here, walk south along Calle de Preciados until you reach Plaza de Espana. 

Tour 2: Get A Quick History Lesson

When travelling to a new city, it’s always nice to get a local’s perspective. If you’re in and around Madrid, consider booking a private walking tour with Travel Girlfriends. The company is run by two friendly sisters who offer travel concierge services that make life easier and more fun, while going beyond tourism and showing you how to live like locals. When leading their guided tours, they take travellers on adventures off the beaten path—to little-known museums or trendy cafes—in order to provide them with an authentic cultural experience. You don't have to worry about creating your own itinerary or transportation; everything is taken care of so you can focus on having fun.

Tour 3: Walk Through Spain's First Public Park

This tour begins at Calle Cascorro, a narrow street in north Madrid that's home to a beautiful early-19th century park. Within its borders you'll find sculptures from some of Spain's most famous artists, including Goya and Eduardo Rosales. If you're lucky, you'll catch a concert playing on one of the many stages throughout Salamanca Park—it's often used as an outdoor theatre by cultural groups. Located just steps away from Plaza Mayor (the heart of historical Madrid), it offers a lovely place to spend an afternoon or evening with friends.

Tour 4: What to Expect at Casa de Campo Park

Casa de Campo Park is one of Spain’s largest and oldest parks, covering more than 1,600 acres in all. Its rolling hills and serene ponds make it a perfect place to spend an afternoon with someone special—and it has several restaurants and cafes scattered throughout its meadows, too. Soaking up some rays while catching up on life over a glass of wine doesn’t get much better than that. There are also impressive botanical gardens inside Casa de Campo, which are definitely worth a visit if you can squeeze them into your itinerary.

Tour 5: The Most Beautiful Spots in All of Madrid

Paseo de la Castellana is one of Madrid’s most beautiful and popular thoroughfares. Along its path, there are more than a few incredible sights—and when it all comes together, it just might be one of Europe’s most romantic spots. Start at Plaza de Castilla, where you can always find a spot to sit down on one of its many benches and take in both gorgeous fountains (each commemorating a victory of Spanish democracy) as well as an impressive view of Madrid skyline. From here, stroll along Calle Castellana—one of Spain’s poshest shopping streets—and find yourself surrounded by designer boutiques like Prada, Yves Saint Laurent, and countless others.

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