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Madrid's city hall (Plaza Mayor tourist office) runs about 40 popular bus, cycling, and walking tours a week, under the Official Guided Tours program—there are tours in English every day, with various departure points (€5.90–€6.90). Madrid City Tours has popular tourist buses that make 1½-hour circuits of the city (there is a Historic Madrid tour and a Modern Madrid tour) with recorded English commentary. A one-day pass allowing you to get on and off at various attractions costs €21.

The Asociación Profesional de Guías de Turismo has custom-made history and art walks. Carpetania Madrid also does custom tours, as well as literary walks on the life and works of some of Spain's classical and contemporary authors. Julià Tours has half- and full-day trips to sites outside Madrid, including Toledo, El Escorial, and Segovia.

Bike Tours

Although biking in the city can be risky because of the heavy traffic and madrileños’ disregard for regulations, the city parks and the surrounding towns are good for enjoyable rides. Bravo Bike organizes one-day or multiday biking tours around Madrid (Toledo, Aranjuez, Chinchón, and Segovia) and Spain (the pilgrimage to Santiago, the Andalucía route, and others). They have a guided Madrid tour (€30), and also rent bikes (€20 a day, or less if you rent for a few days). Bike Spain also rents bikes and organizes guided tours (in Madrid and all over Spain); it's €12–€17 for half-day and one-day bike rentals and €105 for a one-day guided trip to El Escorial. Bike Spain also organizes bike tours for the Tourist Office within the Official Guided Tours program: every Saturday (10 am) and Sunday (4 pm) in English (in Spanish they take place Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning).

Contact Information

Asociación Nacional de Guías de Turismo. This tour operator offers custom history and art walks by certified travel guides. 91/542–1214. www.apit.es.

Bike Spain. This company rents bikes and organizes guided tours in Madrid and all over Spain. Bike rentals cost from €12–€17 for half-day and one-day bike rentals and €115 for a one-day guided trip to El Escorial. Bike Spain also organizes bike tours for the tourist office within the Official Guided Tours program every Saturday at 10 am and Sunday at 4 pm in English. Tours in Spanish take place Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. 91/559–0653; 677/356586 ask for Pablo. www.bikespain.info. From €12.

Bravo Bike. For guided biking tours in Madrid (€31) or to rent bikes (€20 a day, or less if you rent for a few days), check out Bravo Bike. It also offers multiday guided and self-guided bike tours near Madrid, in Toledo, Aranjuez, Chinchón, and Segovia, as well as tours along the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela and Andalusia, among others. 91/758–2945. www.bravobike.com. From €31.

Carpetania Madrid. This company offers custom tours, as well as literary walks on the life and works of some of Spain's classical and contemporary authors. 91/531–1418 or 657/847685. www.carpetaniamadrid.com. From €100 for up to 10 people (2-hr walk).

Julià Tours. This tour company offers half- and full-day trips to sites outside Madrid, including Toledo, El Escorial, and Segovia. 91/769–0707. www.juliatravel.com. From €50.

Madrid City Tours. These popular tourist buses make 1½-hour circuits of the city (there is a Historic Madrid tour and a Modern Madrid tour) with recorded English commentary. There are one- and two-day passes allowing you to get on and off at various attractions. 902/024758. www.madridcitytour.es. From €21.

Plaza Mayor tourist office. Madrid's city hall tourist office runs about 40 popular bus, cycling, and walking tours a week, under the Madrid Guided Tours program. There are tours in English every day, with various departure points. 91/588–2906. www.esmadrid.com. From €5.90.

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