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 £147 per person
3 to 6 hours
4.7 (10)
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.
ToursMadrid: The Spanish Inquisition Walking Tour
From £14 per person
2 hours
5 (7)
On this spine-chilling tour we explore the mysteries and legacies of the Spanish Inquisition, visiting key areas of the city which were the setting for this bloody tribunal. Your guide will expose the truth about the four long centuries where the Institution loomed over the city. Discover the real motives behind the foundation of the Spanish Inquisition and the people who ran it, the gruesome and cruel torture methods they employed, and the people who they made their victims.
ToursDiscover Madrid's Live Music Scene
From £13 per person
3 hours 30 minutes
5 (1)
If you are an authentic music lover then you may really consider to put this experience on the top of your list!

We will meet right in the center of the city to start our fantastic tour visiting some of the coolest venues with live music performances that Madrid has to offer.

Depending on the night we will listen to different styles and genders so we will do a little research of the night and see what fits the group better.

It's overwhelming to search online and find places, opinions, etc and not know exactly where to go depending on your music taste, so let me help you, showing you the secret places only known by locals.

we could easily fit in 3 shows but it will always depend on the night and your interests of course!

Some nights there will be open mic or karaoke with live band so if you are ready to go on stage, let see what you got!

I will send you a playlist with madrilenian/spanish to remember and enjoy when you get home.

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ToursSmall-Group Wine Tasting Day Trip from Madrid
From £111 per person
6 hours
5 (10)
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.