Guided Tours in and around Madrid

Royal Palaces & Convents

The institution called “Patrimonio Nacional” (National Heritage) manages the Palaces that belonged once to the Spanish monarchs, as well as the convents and monasteries founded under their sponsorship. Madrid Original ® leads private guided visits at all of them.


Royal Site of La Granja: pure 18th century

Royal Site of La Granja: pure 18th century

Experience:

Do you want to know how it feels to be a Spanish 18th century king during his summer holidays? Try our private guided tour of La Granja. When French-born Spanish king Felipe V (Philip V) launched the construction of the Royal Site of La Granja de San Ildefonso in...
El Pardo, a hunter’s palace

El Pardo, a hunter’s palace

Experience:

El Pardo was in the beginning a Royal Hunting Ground, but today History is the biggest game you can hunt. Residence of Charles V, Phillipe II, Charles III, Ferdinand VII, Franco…. there are traces of all them: architectures, paintings, tapestry, furniture are...
Aranjuez: the King’s Eden

Aranjuez: the King’s Eden

Experience:

Miguel de Cervantes confirmed about Aranjuez that “true is the fame of this place that has spread all over the world”. Aranjuez was praised by its palace’s beautiful architecture, the splendid art collections or the harmony of the town design. But...
El Escorial: the pride of the Habsburgs

El Escorial: the pride of the Habsburgs

Experience:

El Escorial, more than a palace or a monastery, was since the beginning a monument, actually an architectural complex built and decorated to commemorate a victory (Saint Quentin), to pay a filial tribute from Phillip II to Charles V and to serve as symbol of the...
Royal Palace: deciphering the king’s house

Royal Palace: deciphering the king’s house

Experience:

Madrid Original ®’s approach for guided visits to the Royal Palace is different from the classical “the-palace-has-2800-rooms”. Instead, our guided tours explain why a specific architecture and decoration were chosen for the main residence of Spanish...
La Encarnación, treasure in stone

La Encarnación, treasure in stone

Experience:

Madrid Original ®’s private guided visit to the Encarnación monastery will highlight the value of the works of art preserved within the convent’s walls. The paintings and sculptures in their original locations will reveal all their religious symbolism and...
Descalzas Reales, a convent for princesses

Descalzas Reales, a convent for princesses

Experience:

Madrid Original ®’s private guided tour to the Descalzas Reales monastery will highlight the value of the works of art preserved within the convent’s walls. The paintings and sculptures in their original locations will reveal all their religious symbolism...