Madrid Old Town Yea or Nay?

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Hey as a long term resident of Madrid, Spain and founder of Magical Spain Private Adventures I think I have some valuable ideas on this.

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First, I agree there were and still are many mixed reports on the Madrid old town on the internet. I should know as I have led many tours there in the early years and lived full time. near the Madrid old town

In fact, for years I did not suggest it because there was so much construction both above ground renovating old buildings  + below ground on the huge Metro system.

Also there was too much traffic. In my experience, the other reason that some folks did not enjoy Madrid is because they did not go to the right places. Instead, many folks are jet lagged.

But now all the slow costly Madrid urban renewal work has paid off. Traffic has been heavily restricted so lots more pedestrian area. That´s why I do suggest to any anyone to be sure to spend a few hours touring certain parts the Madrid old town.

Or better yet spend the morning, afternoon or both on a private walking tour or private tour with driver.

You will want to be sure to avail of a top official Madrid expert guide who will add a lot if you are into local culture, some historic figures & stories+ avoiding the tourist traps and eating some of the best tapas.

You could combine guided Madrid old town walk with an intro tour of the Prado Museum + the Botanical Gardens or Retiro Park. If you love modern art, don´t miss Picasso´s masterpiece in the Reina Sofia museum.

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As Spain is the world´s 2nd popular destination the crowds flock to the easy to find trinket shops. But sadly many never experience the authentic best of Madrid´s old town where locals and where savvy travelers who invest in private guided tours love to go.

If you value your vacations and memories, don´t miss a private guided tour of Madrid.

What is the alternative to a private Madrid tour?…. well with no local insider insight, many visitors hit a few tawdry tourist trap attractions, shops and restaurants. These are flashy places and some are in the travel guide books and even Trip Advisor. Some even sell cheap Chinese-made “Spanish souvenirs” (make no mistake, these are all over Europe, not just Spain).

Yes the solution to this is to invest in a tailor-made private Madrid tour with a top guide who is both friendly, knowledgeable and flexible.f

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