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.
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).
Asociación Nacional de Guías de Turismo (91/542–1214. www.apit.es.)
Bike Spain (91/559–0653; 677/356586 ask for Pablo. www.bikespain.info.)
Bravo Bike (91/758–2945. www.bravobike.com.)
Carpetania Madrid (91/531–1418 or 657/847685. www.carpetaniamadrid.com.)
Discover Madrid (91/588–2906 Patronato de Turismo; 902/221424. www.esmadrid.com.)
Julià Tours (93/402–6951. www.juliatours.es.)
Madrid City Tours (902/024758. www.madridcitytour.es.)
Plaza Mayor tourist office (91/588–2906. www.esmadrid.com.)
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