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Alcalá Gate (Puerta de Alcalá) Tours

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Alcalá Gate (Puerta de Alcalá)
The neoclassical Alcalá Gate (Puerta de Alcalá), in Plaza de la Independencia, is one of Madrid’s most recognizable monuments. Designed by Italian architect Francesco Sabatini and erected in 1778, the triumphal granite gate once served as one of five main entrances to the city. The statues on top represent the cardinal virtues.

The Basics
The Alcalá Gate has come to symbolize the city of Madrid, much like the Arc de Triomphe in Paris or the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin (though it predates both). Just about every city sightseeing tour stops here, including walking tours and Segway or biking tours through Parque del Buen Retiro (Retiro Park). Those who want to get their heart pumping during a stay in Madrid can don their sneakers and pass the gate on a sightrunning tour of the Spanish capital.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Alcalá Gate is a must-see for any first-time visitor in Madrid.
  • Bring sun protection; there’s not a lot of shade at the gate.
  • The gate and its surroundings are wheelchair accessible.

How to Get There
The gate is situated at the junction of Calle de Alcará, Calle de Alfonso XII, and Calle de Serrano, three of the city’s most prominent streets. To get there via public transportation, take the Madrid metro to Banco de España or Retiro stations, both on Line 2.

When to Get There
It’s possible to visit the gate just about anytime, but it’s at its prettiest just after sundown when the granite edifice is illuminated. If you’re visiting in summer, arrive early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the worst midday heat. 

Trashumancia Festival
Before Madrid grew to the bustling metropolis it is today, the Alcalá Gate featured on a route used for the seasonal migration of livestock—primarily sheep—moving through the city. Today, on one Sunday in fall, the city celebrates its pastoral past by herding some 2,000 sheep through its central streets, making sure to traverse the roundabout surrounding the gate.
Address: Cross streets of Calle de Alcala & Calle de Alfonso XII, Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain
Admission: Free
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Private 8-hour City Tour of Madrid with driver & guide with pick up & ticket

Private 8-hour City Tour of Madrid with driver & guide with pick up & ticket

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Rather than spend vacation time negotiating cabs and buses, book a private tour of Madrid that gives you the benefit of a guide and the freedom to tailor your sightseeing. Travel by chauffeured private vehicle, and choose to cover must-sees such as the Plaza Mayor and more, as you learn their history. Plus, enjoy skip-the-line entry to your chosen sight—perhaps the Prado, Royal Palace, or another historical highlight.
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  • 8 hours
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Expert tour of Madrid by electric tuk-tuk

Expert tour of Madrid by electric tuk-tuk

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Discover Madrid in the most comfortable and fun way with this 180-minute tour in Eco Tuk Tuk. Do not leave anything to see in the big city, meet Madrid in a single trip of a lifetime and also the most modern and commercial. Ask our guides to explain the city to you and to take the best photographs you will take on the trip. Make your stay in Madrid an unforgettable experience and take a great memory of this wonderful city! We comply with the measures to reduce contagion by the Spanish Ministry of Health's COVID19 for guides and means of transportation. * Note: in winter tuk-tuk have protective layers against rain and wind. They also have blankets so that our clients do not get cold.
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  • 3 hours
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Retiro Park Segway Tour in Madrid

Retiro Park Segway Tour in Madrid

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Discover many of Madrid’s attractions and cruise effortlessly around Retiro Park, the city’s green oasis, on this Segway tour. Traveling by electric personal transporter, glide around the park’s beautiful highlights, seeing the lake, Crystal Palace, and monuments including the famous Fallen Angel statue. Plus, take in other landmarks such as cobbled Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol. Segway training and a helmet included.
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Tour in electric tuk-tuk through Modern Madrid

Tour in electric tuk-tuk through Modern Madrid

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Eco Tuk Tuk offers you a 120-minute trip through Madrid that is not in the guides. A vibrant and unique city of great avenues and modern buildings, which embraces the avant-garde and has a cultural offer and a unique proximity in the world. Discover the Castellana, the Bernabéu and the neighborhoods of the city that never sleep. Our guides will give you the best advice to fully enjoy what lesser-known Madrid can offer you. Make your stay in Madrid an unforgettable experience and take a great memory of this wonderful city! We comply with the measures to reduce contagion by the Spanish Ministry of Health's COVID19 for guides and means of transportation. * Note: in winter tuk-tuk have protective layers against rain and wind. They also have blankets so that our clients do not get cold.
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7-Day Spain Tour: Cordoba, Seville, Granada and Toledo from Madrid

7-Day Spain Tour: Cordoba, Seville, Granada and Toledo from Madrid

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See the best of Andalusia on this 7-day tour, beginning in Madrid. Spend two days exploring the Spanish capital independently, and then travel through the iconic Don Quixote countryside to Cordoba, Seville, Granada and Toledo over the course of the week. Check off top sights, including the rose-hinted Alhambra in Granada and Toledo’s UNESCO-listed Old Town, and enjoy a combination of both guided tours and free time. Six nights of accommodation, select meals, transport and the services of a professional guide are all included.
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Madrid City Sightseeing and Skip the Line Royal Palace Guided Tour

Madrid City Sightseeing and Skip the Line Royal Palace Guided Tour

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Immerse yourself in Madrid's history as you explore the city's most important sites and Royal Palace. Get the story behind the city's architectural history, following its evolution from "Moorish Madrid" into the Habsburg and Bourbon periods. Then skip the long lines and visit the Spanish Royal Palace, seeing the royal collections and admiring its Baroque details. This Madrid sightseeing tour includes all entrance fees
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Historic + Modern Premium Tour

Historic + Modern Premium Tour

The historical + modern tour in Vintage is a different experience because it is done in a unique car in the world, designed to give the customer a maximum care service, full of comfort and glamor. The explanations during the tour provide interesting information and anecdotes that will make the tour more enjoyable. The customer can choose between taking the convertible car or carrying the transparent hood closed. The premium service takes an extended tour and stops to rest and take photos in the most picturesque places of the tour.
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  • 2 hours 40 minutes
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Historic Madrid + Modern

Historic Madrid + Modern

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The historic tour in Vintage is a different experience because it takes place in a unique car in the world, designed to give the customer a service that is at the maximum care, full of comfort and glamor. The explanations during the tour provide interesting information and anecdotes that will make the tour more enjoyable. The customer can choose between carrying the unpacked car or carrying the transparent hood closed.
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Customizable 4-Hour Private Tour of Madrid with hotel pick up and drop off

Customizable 4-Hour Private Tour of Madrid with hotel pick up and drop off

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Feel like Spanish royalty thanks to this private, customizable, 4-hour tour of Madrid aboard a chauffeur-driven luxury vehicle. Travel through Madrid in style, picking and choosing the sights that best match your unique interests. Among the attractions you might select are the medieval neighborhood of Barrio of la Morería, Santiago Bernabeu Stadium (home of Real Madrid) or the city bullfighting ring at Las Ventas. Your private guide and vehicle, plus skip-the-line entrance to one monument and round-trip hotel transport, are covered.
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  • 4 hours
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Emblematic Madrid Segway Tour: City Center and Retiro Park

Emblematic Madrid Segway Tour: City Center and Retiro Park

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If you have limited time for Madrid sightseeing, don't miss this speedy Segway tour where you're whisked around the Spanish capital to see the top sights. As you follow your guide through the city, you can find your way to top Madrid landmarks. Highlights include architectural gems like the Royal Palace and Almudena Cathedral, bustling public squares including Puerta del Sol, and a cruise through Madrid's expansive Retiro Park—all in just a few hours.
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Madrid Sightseeing Tour with Toledo City

Madrid Sightseeing Tour with Toledo City

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Combine two best-selling tours into one great-value package on this full-day tour from Madrid. Visit Madrid highlights such as Plaza de España, the Bullring, and Gran Vía on a 2.5-hour bus tour, then spend the afternoon exploring UNESCO-listed Toledo, including landmarks such as Toledo Cathedral, the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, and the Church of St. Tomé.
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Panoramic Madrid Sightseeing Tour

Panoramic Madrid Sightseeing Tour

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Get a taste for the top attractions in Madrid on this panoramic tour of the city by coach. Stop by well-known Madrid landmarks like the city's Alcalá Gate, its Palacio Real, and Cybele's Fountain. Along the way, tour historic plazas like Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa, see intriguing neighborhoods like Barrio de la Morería and view the city's grand boulevards, listening as your guide shares details on their history and significance. This tour of Madrid offers both morning and afternoon departure times.
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Madrid Royal Palace and Retiro Park Guided Tour with Optional Tapas Tasting

Madrid Royal Palace and Retiro Park Guided Tour with Optional Tapas Tasting

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Experience Madrid’s Royal Palace and Gardens and El Retiro Park with an affordable package that combines all-access admission with an informative tour by an expert guide. Explore the Palace’s various rooms—including Throne Room, the Hall of Mirrors, and the Banquet Hall—and see paintings by Spanish masters. Then, head to the sprawling central park of Madrid, El Retiro, for a leisurely tour of its expansive grounds.
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Highlights and parks in Madrid by segway

Highlights and parks in Madrid by segway

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Cover lots of ground in Madrid in a short period of time during this half-day Segway tour. Hop aboard a 2-wheeled, self-balancing, electric scooter for a quick lesson, then take off through the city once you feel comfortable. Visit city highlights such as the Plaza de Armeria, the Royal Palace, Almudena Cathedral, La Torre de los Lujanes, and others. Your guide will provide insightful commentary as you travel.
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Madrid Segway City Tour

Madrid Segway City Tour

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Add a fun twist to your sightseeing as you zip around Spain’s largest city on a Segway. Learn to operate your easy-to-use self-balancing Segway, then follow your guide on a scenic 3-hour tour of Madrid’s historic center. Glide down the grand boulevard of Paseo de Prado and around El Retiro park, and hop off along the way to admire landmarks such as the Royal Palace, Almudena Cathedral, Plaza Mayor, and the Mercado de San Miguel.
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Madrid Highlights Tour with Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Entrance

Madrid Highlights Tour with Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Entrance

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Experience the best Madrid has to offer on this combination excursion covering a Real Madrid stadium tour and city sightseeing trip. First, explore the architecture that has shaped this Spanish capital, exploring the city’s Moorish origins along with the key structures of its Habsburg and Bourbon eras. Then, head to the legendary Santiago Bernabeu stadium for a behind-the-scenes visit inside this legendary team’s locker rooms, bench and presidential box. This Madrid combination trip also includes admission for the Bernabeu tour, a guide, and transport by coach.
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8-Day Spain Tour from Madrid: Cordoba, Seville, Ronda, Costa del Sol, Granada and Toledo

8-Day Spain Tour from Madrid: Cordoba, Seville, Ronda, Costa del Sol, Granada and Toledo

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Enhance your sightseeing experience of Spain’s rich Andalusia region and the medieval city of Toledo on an 8-day tour of Spain from Madrid. Visit an impressive array of UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites as you explore the diverse country; delve into the richly decorated chambers of Granada’s Alhambra complex on a guided tour; relish the powdery sands of the Costa del Sol’s beaches; and observe a cosmopolitan combination of cultures in Toledo, a medieval walled city boasting a remarkable architectural tableau. Stay in 3- or 4-star accommodation for seven nights and enjoy informative guided tours and transportation by luxury coach.
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Private Half Day City Tour in Madrid with Private driver & guide Hotel pick up

Private Half Day City Tour in Madrid with Private driver & guide Hotel pick up

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Get the royal treatment as you explore Madrid on this 4-hour city tour with a private luxury vehicle and included chauffeur. Travel in style as you sightsee on your own terms, customizing your day’s itinerary to meet your needs. You might learn about Madrid’s medieval heritage in the Barrio de la Morería, admire the elegant Royal Palace or discover Madrid’s famous bullring. Use your day as you see fit! A private guide, driver and luxury vehicle, plus round-trip hotel transport are covered.
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  • 4 hours
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Panoramic Madrid Sightseeing Tour and Toledo Half-Day Trip from Madrid

Panoramic Madrid Sightseeing Tour and Toledo Half-Day Trip from Madrid

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Combine two incredible tours and save money with the Madrid Super Saver tour; delve into the medieval myriad of Toledo, a treasure trove replete with El Greco artworks and ancient architecture, and discover the best of Madrid on a panoramic sightseeing tour. In the morning, see Madrid's spectacular sights on a comfortable coach. Pass by Gran Via and the Castellana and see Plaza de España and Puerta de Alcala. Then head to Toledo in the afternoon to stroll along the cobbled streets and hear of the city’s rich history from your guide. Your tour will conclude with drop-off back in Madrid.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Essential Madrid Electric Bike Tour, 360 Premium Experience (Morning/Afternoon)

Essential Madrid Electric Bike Tour, 360 Premium Experience (Morning/Afternoon)

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Hop on an electric bike and explore Madrid without draining energy on this small-group two-wheel tour. Save time planning your own route or transport, and spin around the must-sees with ease—covering ground more quickly than on foot thanks to the electric pedal assist. Tour sites such as the Plaza Mayor and Retiro Park; and hear stories about them from your guide you might never learn otherwise.
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  • 3 hours
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Wonderful green Retiro Park 90 minutes

Wonderful green Retiro Park 90 minutes

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Explore Madrid’s Retiro Park area by Segway with this experience! You'll start with a safety training during which you'll learn how to properly navigate a Segway. You'll then cross through Plaza Mayor, continuing along past popular sights such as the Prado Museum and Church of San Jerónimo el Real before ending at Santiago Street.
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Madrid Fun and Sightseeing Bike tour 3 hours-Love Madrid

Madrid Fun and Sightseeing Bike tour 3 hours-Love Madrid

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Cycle through Madrid like a local on this half-day tour. Cover all the landmarks and highlights of Madrid in a single tour without the hindrance of glassed-in bus windows between you and the sights. Simply follow your guide through the ins and outs of the city, finding small alleys and cycling paths you might not otherwise find on your own. Sights include Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, El Escorial, and others.
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2 Hour Hidden Oasis Retiro Park Madrid Small Group Segway Tour

2 Hour Hidden Oasis Retiro Park Madrid Small Group Segway Tour

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Don’t miss an inch of Madrid’s largest park on this energy-saving, guided, Segway tour in Retiro Park. After a training session and safety briefing from your guide it’s time to discover the 117-acres of park space, lakes, statues, and more in this massive urban green space. See it all without breaking a sweat including the Plaza Mayor, the Palace of Velázquez, and monument to King Alfonso XII overlooking a lake.
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Madrid Highlights Private Walking Tour

Madrid Highlights Private Walking Tour

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Explore Madrid with your own private guide who customizes this half-day walking tour to your interests. See monuments and historical locations, find out about great places to eat, and hear insightful commentary from your guide. Tours are available from the morning to the evening, making it easy to fit into your schedule.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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