Royal Palace Segway Tour
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 Madrid Segway Tour XXL 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 quares 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 ime. 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, 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 Madrid Segway Tour XXL continues until we reach the Edificio Metropolis, a french-style building that welcomes us to La Castellana Street, where we find La Cibeles Fountain.
This Neoclassic monument represents the Greek goddess Cibeles, mother of the earth, and it´s famous not only for its great beauty but for being Real Madrid´s celebration point. The route continues until arriving at the Palacio de Telecomunicaciones, current seat of the town hall. It was initially the state postal service HQ, until in 2003 the town hall was moved there following the command of the mayor Alberto Ruíz-Gallardón.
The Madrid Segway Tour XXL 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 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 to 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 to La estatua Del Ángel Caido, 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 to 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 Madrid Segway Tour XXL 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 to 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 Madrid Segway Tour XXL.
The Madrid segway Tour XXL makes the biggest tour all around Madrid historic landmarks. It´s the most complete, most in depth tour of them all because it moves from La Castellana Street to El Retiro Park. A same Tour includes Madrid´s green lung, the historic landmarks of the royalty and the classic Villa de Madrid. In Madrid there are great distances between one monument and another. The streets are wide and large and people need to be in great shape to resist the long walks and the heat. That´s why it´s such a good idea to use a segway, a fast and fun way to move all around the city. The centric area of Madrid is a place of shops, monuments, institutions and a big mix of races and cultures. The Madrid Segway Tour XXL teaches you to know the key points of the area, allowing you to understand the geography of the city. From the moment you finish the tour you are able to understand Madrid and to move around the city as a local.
Meet your guide at Plaza de España (Monument to Cervantes)
Segway Training Helmet fits? Let’s move on to the 5 minute Training
Enjoy Madrid during 2 hours of Segway riding and explanations
Shoes Comfortable, closed shoes are preferable to sandals and high heels in order to get the
most enjoyable Segway experience.
Weather Luckily you will enjoy a lot of sun in Madrid, just be sure you protect yourself sufficiently
against the exposure during the tour.
Small groups We might join you with another group in the same time slot.