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Madrid Rio: Our most recommended tours and activities

Madrid: Madrid Rio Park Segway Private Tour

1. Madrid: Madrid Rio Park Segway Private Tour

Tour along the banks of the Manzanares River. We will get to know its historic bridges full of stories, its vegetation, leisure areas, slaughterhouse and beach areas. A fun segway tour in one of the most beautiful areas of Madrid. Come with us to discover one of the biggest tourist and green spots of the city, where you can discover all the flora and fauna that inhabits the Manzanares River. Hop on a Segway and follow us along the Manzanares River on this tour you will discover the magic that surrounds this area with the help of our guides.

Madrid: Highlights & Parks Small Group Electric Bike Tour

2. Madrid: Highlights & Parks Small Group Electric Bike Tour

Madrid is the perfect city to explore by bike. Discover its flat and magnificent historic center with emblematic sites such as the historic market - Mercado de San Miguel, Plaza Mayor, and the Royal Palace. Ride on electric bicycles so can enjoy a guided tour of the city with minimum effort. Avoid the traffic and travel through the capital city on a route on which you will discover all the details of Madrid's culture and history, thanks to the entertaining explanations of your guide. Be amazed by the views of Plaza de Oriente, located between the Royal Palace and Teatro Real. Visit Plaza de la Armería to see the main access to the palace and the Almudena Cathedral. Visit the King's Bridge, Casa de Campo, Madrid Río, and the impressive Retiro Park.

Madrid River Segway Tour

3. Madrid River Segway Tour

Start your Segway tour with a brief visit to the Royal Palace. After, you will descend to the Manzanares River to reach La Puerta de San Vicente and the Puente del Rey, which provided the passage from the Royal Palace to the Casa de Campo.   You will then have time to admire the Segovia Bridge, a Renaissance work by Juan de Herrera, before reaching the Bridge of Andorra and the Bridge of Toledo. One of the most beautiful of Madrid, the bridge is baroque style and was ordered to be constructed by Felipe IV who ordered.   From this, you will continue to the Pasarela de La Arganzuela bridge, the most modern in Madrid. After enjoying time in this green area, you will go back to the center through the Puerta de Toledo, stopping at the church of San Francisco el Grande. Finally, you will visit the Plaza de Oriente and pass through the Cathedral of La Almudena. Don’t miss out on this exciting adventure through Madrid!      

Bike Tour Through Madrid Río and Casa de Campo

4. Bike Tour Through Madrid Río and Casa de Campo

Travel from Madrid’s city center to the countryside in a matter of minutes and discover the stunning Casa de Campo park. Begin in the heart of the old city, close to Plaza Mayor, and make your way to Plaza de Oriente to admire the colossal Royal Palace and the Opera House. Glide past Sabatini Gardens, then ride up the long and steep San Vicente Hill. Cross the Manzanares River to reach Casa de Campo. Once a forest reserved for kings and noblemen to hunt in, Casa de Campo is now a popular place amongst locals. Cycle to a small lake, filled with madrileños and rowing boats at the weekend. With the assistance of the e-bike’s engine, climb a hill to enjoy amazing views of the city skyline. Begin your descent to the river, admiring the cathedral and the Royal Palace from the Huerta de la Partida before returning to the center of town.

Manzanares River’s Story: A Self-Guided Audio Tour in Madrid

5. Manzanares River’s Story: A Self-Guided Audio Tour in Madrid

Winding through the southern part of the city like a green ribbon, Manzanares Rio Park is one of the newest public spaces in the capital, but also where the ancient history of Madrid begins. It’s a side of the city that few visitors get to see, as I discovered when I first moved here and started researching Manzanares River’s history. On this walking tour, I’ll share my findings including tales of meat markets, woolly mammoths and washerwomen! If you’d like to escape for a while from the hustle and bustle of Madrid’s city centre, this is the tour for you! Starting next to the Antiguo Depósito de Agua (water tower), you’ll stroll through Matadero Madrid, an old slaughterhouse and market now converted into a cultural centre. From there, you’ll promenade along the river and through Madrid Rio Park to Toledo Bridge. While you walk, I’ll share the area’s 300,000-year-long history. I’ll show you the city’s lesser-known sites including the Obelisco de la Castellana (Castellana Obelisk or Obelisk of the Arganzuela as it's also known) and the Arganzuela Footbridge. On this tour, you can look forward to hearing about: • The prehistoric wildlife that roamed the riverbanks • How Madrid’s first settlers used the fertile river to survive • King Felipe II’s plans to link up Madrid to the Atlantic Ocean by building a 20-kilometre-long canal • Obelisco de la Castellana, a monument for a deposed Queen that’s moved multiple times • The statues of San Isidro (Madrid’s patron saint who performed over 400 miracles) and his wife, Santa Maria • How the riverbank turned from an unloved eyesore to a green space teeming with wildlife If you’re new to the city, a seasoned explorer, or a local looking to explore a part of Madrid you might not have seen before, this tour is for you. This hour-long walk will introduce you to the river’s fascinating links to the history of Spain’s capital.

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What people are saying about Madrid Rio

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 106 reviews

A pleasant surprise was this excellently guided tour by Vasily, on electric bikes. Riding these bikes is very easy and safe and allows you to discover some of the most beautiful parks in Madrid, as well as getting to know a little more about the history of Spain.

I only had one day to spend in Madrid and so glad that I chose this tour. Laura was an excellent guide showing both popular and some other less well known sites. I had a great day exploring this wonderful city!

Very good the tour on January 26th, 2020, mainly by guide Flavio. It was very good to react to the weather and to postpone the tour by one.

Very good tour with nice guide! A nice change from the classic city tour!

Lots of fun, beautiful scenery and a very good and informative guide.