Discover a Unique New Way to Experience Madrid

A view of Madrid over the Gran Via. Enjoy art, culture and tapas here in an authentic way |
A view of Madrid over the Gran Via. Enjoy art, culture and tapas here in an authentic way | | © Sean Pavone / Alamy Stock Photo

Spain’s buzzing capital is famous for its art, historic landmarks, grand boulevards and unrivalled food scene. Culture Trip has curated a list of the best experiences and tours the city has to offer that will take you right to its beating heart.

From the Golden Triangle of art to Plaza Mayor, Madrid has an abundance of big-hitting sights and world-class experiences. However, to really get under the skin of the city and immerse yourself in its fascinating culture, cuisine and history, specialist Madrileño guides are on hand to give you a totally unique experience. Discover a different aspect to the art scene with a tour of its street art. Stomp and clap your way through a traditional Spanish flamenco dance class. Or perfect your paella technique in a traditional Spanish cooking class. These tours will allow you to unearth an authentic side to Madrid.

ActivitiesHot Air Balloon Ride Over Toledo or Segovia with Optional Transport from Madrid
From $197 per person
3 to 6 hours
4.7 (79)
See the sun rise around you on an exciting hot-air balloon ride over one of Spain’s gorgeous medieval cities: Toledo or Segovia! Choose the city you want to visit and then take to the skies, flying above sites like Toledo Old Town or Segovia Aqueduct; the views are worth the early start! After an hour in the air, touchdown to enjoy a sumptuous Spanish brunch with a glass of cava while receiving a souvenir photo, video and flight certificate. Make your own way to and from the launch field or upgrade to include round-trip transport from central Madrid.

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ToursSmall-Group Wine Tasting Day Trip from Madrid
From $148 per person
6 hours
4.8 (139)
The Madrid Wine Tour takes you to three wineries int he countryside with a tasting of all their wines.

Modern and traditional winemaking coexisting at the Tagus river valley, the historical and current wine region of the Madrid province (Certified Denomination of Origin Vinos de Madrid).

The Madrid wineries selected are a mixture of modern and traditional styles. All of them show a different aspect of winemaking. The selection of wineries depends on the day availability.