Start at the Royal Palace, and follow your expert guide through the medieval streets to sites including Plaza Mayor, Santa Cruz Palace, and the soaring Almudena Cathedral. Youll discover the curious Bakery House and the tapas-filled stalls at San Miguel Market. This charming district is popularly known as Habsburg Madrid, in reference to the ruling powers of the 16th and 17th centuries. It is here, in central Madrid, that youll even visit the worlds oldest restaurant to find out what the signature dish is.
Visit Madrid as it existed later under the Bourbon dynasty, featuring the majestic Royal Palace, which is the largest functioning palace in all of Europe. Youll wander the gardens of Plaza de Oriente designed by French emperor Napoleon´s brother. Learn about the Royal Theater and let the beauty of the French-inspired architecture wash over you as you discuss Madrid in the 19th century. By the end, youll understand the layout of the city and how its landmarks played a part in its rich history.