Explore two of Madrid’s finest sights: Debod’s Temple and Royal Palace
The Royal Palace Segway Tour is the perfect route for all those who want to experience a guided Segway tour without taking any risk.
Its route, its competitive price, and its 60 minutes duration make it the perfect tour for beginners and those who don´t have a lot of time to spend.
The Royal Palace Segway Tour starts in Plaza de España, a large square with gardens in the middle of the Gran Vía Street. From this centric and enormous meeting point, we take you to the first historical landmark in the route, El Teatro Real, one of the most important opera houses in Spain. Built by Fernando VII, El Teatro Real has suffered several fires during his long history, but it has remained as the main cultural space for theater, opera and classical music in the city of Madrid. It has hosted all kind of major operas and musical concerts, from Vienna Philharmonic recitals to the Eurovision Festival.
The route continues until we reach Plaza de la Villa, the historic center of Madrid. The square is made up of three buildings, la Torre de los Lujanes, la Casa Palacio de Cisneros and la Casa de la Villa. It was one of the main areas of the medieval Madrid since it was at the same distance from the Guadalajara Gate and the La Vega Gate, the two main accesses to the city. In its architecture and details, we can understand why it was a hub during the economic and demographic development of the city.
The Royal Palace Segway Tour continues until we reach La Catedral de La Almudena, one of the main religious temples of the Spanish capital. There used to be a small parish in the same spot that was transformed in 1883 in what later would become the Madrid cathedral. La Almudenahas had a close relationship with the religious events of the Spanish royal family. It was the place where King Felipe VI and Letizia Ortiz got married in 2004, as well as being the usual place where state funerals are held.
The route continues until reaching the Royal Palace of Madrid,El Palacio Real, one of the largest royal palaces in the world. Long before Madrid was capital of Spain, the Emir Mohamed I built in Magerit (Arab name of the city) an Alcazaba (fortress) to defend Toledo of the advance of the Christians. In the 14th century the building was transformed into a bigger fortification known as the Old Alcazar. Carlos I and his son Felipe II converted the fortress into the permanent residence of the monarchs. But in the year 1734 a fire destroyed it so Felipe V commanded to build a palace in the exact same spot.
The tour then arrives at one of the most exotic points of the route: El Templo de Debod. The Temple of Debod was inaugurated on July 20, 1972 after two years of reconstruction. The temple, originally from ancient Egypt and 2,200 years old, was a gift from Egypt to Spain for its collaboration in the rescue of the temples of Nubia. In the interior there is a lot of information of the Egyptian mythology, society and hieroglyphics. From the temple we will return to the starting point near Plaza de España.