Most major cities around the world offer hop-on, hop-off bus tours for tourists to see as many sights as possible. But there are other, more unique ways to experience a new place. Here are five alternative tours of Madrid. Each one allows travellers to see a different side to the European city.
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Crawl from pub to pub
For visitors over 18 years of age, why not experience the infamous Spanish nightlife through a Madrid pub crawl? The local guides at Sandemans New Europe Madrid take guests to two different neighbourhoods on alternate nights: Huertas and Malasaña. The pub crawl hits three bars and a club in each area, and every tour participant receives a free shot and special drink offers at every stop. This is a great way to see an alternative, yet important side to Madrid.
Segway through Madrid
Segways seem to be all the rage today, including in this Spanish city. Through Madrid by Segway Tours, visitors can choose between three unique Segway tours. Participants may enjoy zipping through the city centre, following the Madrid River and learning about the city’s ecosystem, or alternatively touring and eating tapas at the same time. There is a Segway scenario to suit every type of tourist.
Take an alternative walk
Now, there are many free and paid guided walking tours through Madrid. But Viator offers the Madrid: Alternative and Trendy Tour. It takes visitors for a walk through the neighbourhoods of La Latina, Lavapiés, and Triball. The latter actually used to be the city’s red light district. The tour definitely gives guests a glimpse into an alternative Madrid.
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The way to a traveller’s heart is through his or her stomach, right? Madrid Food Tours has visitors covered with three different devouring options. Tour participants have the opportunity to learn more about the city’s history through the Tapas and Tavern Tour. Otherwise, there is the Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour or the Huertas Neighbourhood Food and Market Tour. Each offers something different but also something the same – lots of delicious Spanish food for everyone’s enjoyment.
Find out the city’s secrets
Everyone and every city has its secrets. The team behind MADride Travel shares Madrid’s secrets with guests through an alternative after-dark walking tour. The guides take visitors through its small streets and speak about the city’s dark legends. But never fear, as the tour also includes a stop at one of Madrid’s top rooftop terrace bars. MADride Travel also offer a pub crawl of their own, and participants who join the secret stroll can get 50% off the consecutive tour.
There are many alternative ways to tour Madrid: through eating, drinking, partying, walking, and Segway-ing. Now all visitors need to do is stay in an alternative hotel. The Hotel Silken Puerta America definitely fits this category. The luxury hotel is an architectural dream that will perfectly complement an unconventional trip to this Spanish city. So remember, there are various options when it comes to exploring Madrid, and all cities.
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