You have probably visited Madrid a thousand times. Or maybe not, and it is one of those destinations that you have on your travelling must visit list. Well, wether you have visited or not the capital of Spain, this month we recommend a fun trip to Madrid, like you have never imagined. A guided tour of Madrid, on bike!
Walking through Madrid, strolling and watching people come in and out of the metro, discovering its shops, bars and taverns, its markets, park next to a terrace and enjoy a drink in the sun… All this without leaving your bike. To some, it may seem almost impossible to move around Madrid freely on bike, in a quiet and relaxed manner, in spite of traffic and the crowds of people that swarm the streets and avenues. Madrid is a beautiful chaos, but very accessible on bike, as odd as it sounds.
Proof of this, are the tours proposed by Tourism Madrid that, leaving the Plaza Mayor of Madrid, offer the possibility of visiting famous landmarks such as the Park of El Retiro on bike or biking to the Casa de Campo.
In total, there are currently available 4 cycling routes from the Tourist Centre of Plaza Mayor, with an average duration of two hours :
· Historic Madrid on bike. – It is scheduled for Sundays at 12 pm (Saturdays at 12 pm in English) and it is the perfect tour to discover the centre of Madrid, the very heart of the city, on two wheels. From the Plaza Mayor and Plaza de Oriente through the square of Santa Ana, the neighbourhood of Las Letras, the great promenade of El Prado, El Retiro, Puerta de Alcala and then back to the Puerta del Sol.
· El Retiro . – Biking through the park on Monday evenings at 18.00 pm. A visit to the Retiro park that aims to provide the opportunity to do a little exercise while you learn the story of Spain’s most emblematic “green lung”.
· Casa de Campo. – The visit to what once was royalty’s country house is programmed for Tuesday afternoon, at 18.00pm. Starting at Plaza Mayor and with a 2 hour tour, it is the perfect evening of cycling and history, through one of the closest natural areas to the centre of Madrid.
· Madrid Rio. – This is a tour of the so called environmental axis, which crosses the city from north to south connecting the neighbourhoods on both sides of the river. A nice route with which to experience different aspects of todays’s Madrid.
How can you sign up to these bike tours in Madrid? Simply, visit the Tourist Centre in Plaza Mayor or contact them directly by email. The capacity is limited to 20 people, so the best is to book in advance. Be aware that children under 8 years are not allowed and those over 8 have to skilfully manage the bike.
You have to bring your own bike so, you either use a rent a bike bike service in Madrid or you ask at your hotel: there are many hotel chains in Madrid that have strengthen their active tourism offer and provide guests with a free rent a bike service. Some of the hotels that offer a free bicycle service in the centre of Madrid, close to the Plaza Mayor are:
La Posada del Peine. A historic hotel in the heart of Madrid.
Mayor Plaza Hotel. On Mayor Street, just steps away from the square.