Madrid city tour and El Retiro Park combo audio tour

Stops

31

Stories

123

Distance

12km

Duration

4h

Audio

Human Voice

Description

A once humble town was transformed into the seat of the court and the capital of Spain in 1561. From then on, Madrid became known as “the city that never sleeps” and mushroomed into the largest city of the Iberian Peninsula! Let’s say “hola” and set out on a walk that will reveal its fascinating history!

Enjoy a hassle-free walking tour of Madrid, the capital city of Spain and an exhilarating visit to Madrid’s most dynamic attraction, the El Retiro Park. This fascinating combo self-guided tour will help you follow, at your own pace, the riveting journey of the El Retiro Park as well as the city’s most compelling and charming corners.

 

* * Ticket/entrance fee to the museums or other sites is not included

 

Main picture © Carlos Delgado / Wikimedia Commons

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A Junglified Space

Inspired by the aesthetics of Gustave Eiffel, Alberto de Palacio transformed a small railway station into a grand building in the middle of the 19th century. To this end, he combined the use of wrought iron, which was in vogue at the time, with brick, a material prevalent in the walls of Madrid. Taking cues from the latest advances in engineering he, thus, created an eclectic structure with a central nave that housed up to 6 railway lines, being far wider than the majority of European stations at the time. By 1985, more space was needed and architect Rafael Moneo was placed in charge of the expansion of the original station. The central nave was taken out of service and was converted into a tropical greenhouse with about 7,200 plants of 260 different species - even palm trees - creating here a welcoming summer oasis all year round!

Juan Alberto Romero

Art historian and tour guide, he is aware that bringing people closer to the cultural and natural heritage and communicating it with a critical attitude contributes to making our everyday environment a happier place.

See all by Juan Alberto Romero

Details

Plaza del Emperador Carlos V, 28045 Madrid, Spain
  • The self-guided audio tour for Madrid’s city tour is designed to start at the entrance of Atocha Train Station, located in the city centre. The easiest way to get there is on foot or by metro or bus. 
  • The self-guided audio tour for the El Retiro Park is designed to start at the entrance of the Saint Jerome Church (C. de Moreto, 4, 28014 Madrid, Spain). The easiest way to get there is by reaching the Neptuno bus station and walking 400 metres east to reach the entrance of the Church.

 

  • Madrid City Tour: Temple of Debod (Calle de Ferraz, s. n. 20008 Madrid), located not far from the  Plaza de España metro station. 
  • El Retiro Park: Fountain of the Fallen Angel (Parque del Retiro, Glorieta del Ángel Caído, s/n, 28014 Madrid, Spain) near the Mariano de Cavia bus station, 550m to the south.
  •  Two self-guided audio tours for your smartphone (Android & iOS) in English 
  • Offline content (text, audio narration and maps)
  • Entrance fees/tickets to sites
  • Live Guide
  • Smartphone or headphones
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation
  • Please consider that admission fees for the museums and monuments are not included
  • This is a combination of 2 downloadable self-guided audio tours for your smartphone (accessible through our app) 
  • The 2 audio tours cover the city tour of Madrid and the audio tour of the El Retiro Park
  • No live guide or meeting point provided.
  • You will receive an email from the local supplier with important ticket & audio instructions.
  • An Android (version 5.0 and later) or iOS smartphone is required. The audio tour is not compatible with Windows Phones, iPhone 5/5C or older, iPod Touch 5th generation or older, iPad 4th generation or older, iPad Mini 1st generation
  • You will need storage space on your phone (350 MB)

Please note that the vast majority of the El Retiro Park is wheelchair accessible

  • Download audio tours while on WiFi prior to your visit – no wifi/4G on-site
  • Receive an email from the local supplier with important ticket & audio instructions. Check your spam folder as well.
  • Ensure that your smartphone is fully charged & that you bring your earphones
  • Wear comfortable shoes, a hat and sunscreen during the hot summer months
  • Atocha Train Station Quarter
  • Museo Reina Sofia
  • Paseo del Prado
  • Royal Botanical Garden
  • El Prado Museum
  • El Retiro Park
  • Puerta de Alcala
  • National Archaeological Museum
  • The Fountain of Cybele
  • Gran Via
  • Puerta del Sol
  • Plaza Mayor
  • San Miguel Market
  • Saint Jerome
  • Hall of Kingdoms
  • Casón del Buen Retiro
  • Ahuehuete Tree
  • Parterre Garden
  • Estanque Grande
  • Octagonal Pond
  • Paseo de la Argentina
  • The Galapagos Fountain
  • Casita del Pescador
  • Monument to General Martínez Campos
  • Monument to King Alfonso

El Retiro Park’s open hours are daily from 6 AM to 9 PM. On the weekends it is open between 10 AM to 2 PM.

Before sunset

  • Please consider that admission fees for the museums and monuments are not included
Charged Smartphone, Earphones, Comfortable shoes

Metro stations: Atocha Renfe & Estación del Arte

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Why take a self-guided tour?

This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.

You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.

After downloading Clio Muse app, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text) we recommend the use of headphones.

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