Modern Tour

Modern Tour

The Modern Tour takes you all around the central part of Madrid, where you can see many different examples of how King Charles III modernized and expanded the city during the 18th century. 

On this tour, you will learn about the history behind some of Madrid’s most recognizable sites from that era, including the Bank of Spain, Paseo del Prado, Puerta de Alcalá́, and Retiro Park, as well as more recent additions, such as the Metropolis building, Gran Vía, and Cibeles Palace. 

You will also learn about some of Madrid’s best art museumsEl Prado, Reina Sofia, and Thyssen Bornemiszaand visit the home of Miguel de Cervantes, often referred to as the Shakespeare of the Spanish language. 

Don’t forget to bring your camera on this fun and photogenic city tour.


This walking tour is suitable for all ages. The distances between sites are short.

  • Puerta del Sol 
  • Metropolis building
  • Gran Vía 
  • Real Academia de Bellas Artes 
  • Linares Palace (Casa de América) 
  • Bank of Spain
  • Cibeles Palace and City Hall
  • Cibeles Fountain
  • Puerta de Alcalá 
  • Retiro Park
  • Lake and Monument to Alfonso XII 
  • Palacio de Cristal 
  • Prado Museum
  • Reina Sofía Museum
  • Paseo del Prado 
  • Neptune Fountain
  • Barrio de las Letras (Literary Quarter)
  • Home of Miguel de Cervantes

The tour lasts approximately 2.5 hours.


This tour is wheelchair accessible.

How to join the tour

Modern Tours are held every day at 12:15 pm. Sign up at the Hostel reception, and we’ll let you know the meeting point where the tour will begin. 

How much does it cost?

Like many tours in Europe, this is a free walking tour. We say it’s free because you are free to decide how much you’d like to pay the guide at the end of the tour. There’s no need to pay anything ahead of time, simply tip your guide to show your appreciation at the end of the tour.

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation at any time.

Would you like to do this activity in a group?

Less than 15 people
€90 for the entire group

15 – 30 people
 per person

31 – 40 people
6 per person

+40 people
Split into 2 separate groups