Add Parque del Retiro and the great museums to your Segway route
The Retiro Park Segway Tour is the biggest route of them all and the one you have to take if you wish to know in depth the capital of Spain.
Take your Segway and roll with us to visit the historic districts of the city, El Retiro Park with his great pond and Madrid´s main landmarks such as the Palacio Real, La Catedral de la Almudena and La Cibeles Fountain.
The tour begins in La Plaza de España, one of the most centric squares in the capital. The meeting point of Gran Via Street, Princesa Street, and Ferraz Street, this square is crowned by a fountain, a famous building known as the Edificio España and the Cervantes monument.
From there we move to the Teatro Real. Inaugurated in 1850, it is considered a great Madrid historical and cultural legacy, since it has hosted some of the most representative operas, plays, and zarzuelas of all time. The next stop of the Madrid Segway Tour is the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, a Renaissance monastery that has more than 10,000 artistic works. Even nowadays the building is the residence of 19 cloistered nuns.
The route continues until arriving at Puerta Del Sol, the central spot of the country. That´s because in this square we find the 0 kilometer, the geographic center of Spain. There is also the Casa de Correos, the former seat of the town hall, which has the clock used every year to celebrate the New Year´s Eve.
The next interesting place of our route is the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, which houses an important museum with works of great artists such as Goya, Murillo or Zurbarán. The Retiro Park Segway Tour continues until we reach the Edificio Metropolis, a French-style building that welcomes us to La Castellana Street, where we find La Cibeles Fountain.
The Retiro Park Madrid Segway Tour next stop is the La Puerta de Alcalá, a monumental neoclassic-style door that used to welcome the travelers in the old Villa de Madrid. It´s one of the most emblematic landmarks in the city since it has witnessed demonstrations, historic moments and even has a famous song dedicated.
From there we enter the El Buen Retiro Park, a famous public park, garden and architectonic compound that used to belong to Spanish royalty but it was given to the town hall in 1868. In the center of the park, we find El Estanque del Retiro, a pond that used to host naval spectacles and theatrical plays for the king and his court. Nowadays it can be sailed and with the Alfonso XIII statue, it´s one of the most visited spots on the park.
Rolling on our Segway we reach El Palacio de Velázquez, which is one of the two exhibition halls of the Reina Sofía Museum in the Parque del Retiro in Madrid, with El Palacio de Cristal. It takes its name from the architect Ricardo Velázquez Bosco and has a wide plant, covered with vaults of iron structure and with natural illumination, thanks to the surface glazed. It was conceived as the main pavilion of the International Exhibition of Mining, Metallurgical Arts, Ceramics, Glassware and Mineral Waters of 1883.
Touring through the El Retiro Park we arrive at La Estatua del Ángel Caído, a monument dedicated to the devil, work by Ricardo Bellver and Francisco Jareño. It´s one of the three public monuments dedicated to Satan in the world with the “Traforo Del Frejus” in Italy and the “Brutal power” in Quito, Ecuador.
We pass the Ministerio de Agricultura, another architectonic piece, to arrive at La Casa Museo de Lope de Vega is our next destination, the place of residence for over 25 years of the immortal poet and playwright Lope de Vega. From there we reach Plaza Santa Ana, a beautiful square of the classic neighborhood known for its bars, monuments, and its Madrid scent.
The next stop of the Tour is another remarkable square: La Plaza Mayor. Even today stands out for its Carlos II statue, its impressive facades and the arches that surround the whole square.
One of the last stops of the Retiro Park Madrid Segway Tour is La Plaza de la Villa, a square formed by buildings from the 15th century medieval Madrid. In front of the square, we find La Catedral de la Almudena. This cathedral is an eclectic mix of architectural styles and it´s the largest temple in Madrid, being the only one in Spain that was consecrated by Pope John Paul II.
And for the tour´s big finale we arrive at El Palacio Real, the official residence of the kings of Spain. This palace was built by the king Felipe V and the last king who resided there was Alfonso XIII, before the arrival of the Second Republic. It is considered a national treasure and it´s one of the largest royal palaces in the world. The perfect end to the Retiro Park & Museums Segway Tour.