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[{"address":"El Retiro Park","location":{"longitudeDelta":0.1161718275106547,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":40.41529169258131,"longitude":-3.682907199999983},"media":[{"type":"text","content":"# **El Retiro Park, Madrid, Spain**"},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FRBkenSBcaEIeqFcEBcYe%2F5.jpg?alt=media&token=5c276cb8-32ab-44b3-ac96-585645ae46a2"},{"type":"text","content":"Welcome to El Retiro Park, one of the most beautiful green spaces in Madrid. Did you know that this park used to be a royal park, exclusively used by Spanish nobles and the royal family? Today, it's open to everyone to enjoy, and I bet you didn't know that there are countless reasons why people flock to this stunning oasis right in the heart of Madrid."},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FRBkenSBcaEIeqFcEBcYe%2F1.jpg?alt=media&token=706c9bc2-235a-4521-8e68-a1239537c974"},{"type":"text","content":"As someone who loves the outdoors, I make a point of visiting El Retiro Park every time I'm in Madrid. It's my favorite spot for watching the sunset and simply enjoying the sights and sounds of the park. As Caetano Veloso once said,"},{"type":"text","content":"**\"I'm infinitely happy when I discover a beautiful sunset, it seems to be infinite in my soul.\"**"},{"type":"text","content":"That's exactly how I feel when I'm here."},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FRBkenSBcaEIeqFcEBcYe%2F11.jpg?alt=media&token=99c936b9-25d9-4fbd-b7b5-a03b45ad32a4"},{"type":"text","content":"One of the unique features of the park is the Crystal Palace, an iconic glass and metal building designed by Ricardo Velázquez Bosco, which now serves as a contemporary exhibition space. Besides its architectural beauty, the palace is also the perfect spot to take breathtaking photos. Trust me; you don't want to miss the opportunity!\n\nTake your time and walk around the park. In front of us, there's the Estanque del Retiro, or Retiro Pond. Here, you'll see people boating, sunbathing, or simply having a picnic. On some evenings, you can even catch classical music performances here.\n\n"},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FRBkenSBcaEIeqFcEBcYe%2F111.jpg?alt=media&token=5d91303e-1dfe-4e53-baa0-39c8a17e3517"},{"type":"text","content":"As we walk towards the next stop, let me know if you'd like any recommendations for great local restaurants or bars nearby. I'm more than happy to suggest some fantastic places to indulge in Madrid's delicious cuisine. When you're ready, we'll move on to the next stop on our tour."},{"type":"text","content":"Hours:\nTuesday 6 am–10 pm\nWednesday 6 am–10 pm Thursday 6 am–10 pm\nFriday 6 am–10 pm\nSaturday 6 am–10 pm\nSunday 6 am–10 pm\nMonday 6 am–10 pm"},{"type":"link","title":"Official Website","content":"https://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/parque-del-retiro"}]},{"address":"Puerta del Sol","location":{"longitudeDelta":0.1161718275106547,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":40.41690188957439,"longitude":-3.7034834266499894},"media":[{"type":"text","content":"# **Sunlit Heart of Madrid: Puerta del Sol**"},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FRBkenSBcaEIeqFcEBcYe%2F6.jpg?alt=media&token=3c503fce-2dae-4894-a5a3-edcc01539b3e"},{"type":"text","content":"Welcome to Puerta del Sol, one of the most famous and vibrant squares in Madrid. I bet you didn't know that this is considered to be the exact center of the city. That's right, all the roads in Spain are measured from this point.\n\nAs a famous Spanish author once wrote,\n\n"},{"type":"text","content":"**\"Puerta del Sol is the heart of Madrid, the place where all the important events take place\".**"},{"type":"text","content":"And how right he was! This is the starting point of the New Year's Eve countdown, the location of a legendary clock that everyone comes to see, and a place where you can find delicious churros in one of the oldest cafes in the city."},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FRBkenSBcaEIeqFcEBcYe%2F66.jpg?alt=media&token=7f176830-2c0e-4305-8822-b5eb85613666"},{"type":"text","content":"But what makes this stop so unique compared to other landmarks? For one, it's a melting pot of cultural significance. Throughout history, it has been a witness to many important events, from being a gateway in and out of the city, to a venue for riots and political rallies. In fact, the name \"Puerta del Sol\" has its roots in the 15th-century when it was a gateway in the city walls that closed at sunset.\n\nOn a more personal note, I have fond memories of coming here with my friends during our teenage years. We would spend hours people-watching and enjoying the lively atmosphere. So I encourage you to take your time here and explore all the hidden secrets and ins and outs only a local could know.\n\nIf you're looking for something to do, why not take a selfie with the famous statue of the bear and the strawberry tree, the symbol of Madrid? Or, if you want to try some local treats, head to San Gines cafe for some delicious churros and hot chocolate.\n\n"},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FRBkenSBcaEIeqFcEBcYe%2F666.jpg?alt=media&token=1c225dfb-ab94-476e-8b54-82719e4fbb27"},{"type":"text","content":"Ok if you are done here let's move on to the next stop, but take your time and move to the next stop when you're ready. Let's continue our journey through Madrid and discover more hidden gems and highlights."},{"type":"text","content":"Opening Hours:\nWednesday Open 24 hours\nThursday Open 24 hours\nFriday Open 24 hours\nSaturday Open 24 hours\nSunday Open 24 hours\nMonday Open 24 hours\nTuesday Open 24 hours\nEntry Free"},{"type":"link","title":"About","content":"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerta_del_Sol"}]},{"address":"La Mallorquina","location":{"longitudeDelta":0.1161718275106547,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":40.41659091352312,"longitude":-3.704866449999993},"media":[{"type":"text","content":"# **Sweet Delights at La Mallorquina**"},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FRBkenSBcaEIeqFcEBcYe%2F139953290_2876042782639671_3248453231530141987_n.jpg?alt=media&token=d14be4e9-caff-4031-98e8-b20ad4fb1d76"},{"type":"text","content":"\"Welcome, fellow travelers! Are you ready to discover one of the best-kept secrets of Madrid? Standing right in front of us is La Mallorquina, a traditional Spanish bakery that has been serving delicious pastries since 1894. I bet you didn't know that it is a favorite spot for locals to grab their breakfast and coffee before starting their day. And if you're in need of a sugar rush, we highly recommend their famous"},{"type":"text","content":"**\"Napolitana de Chocolate,\"**"},{"type":"text","content":"a warm and flaky pastry filled with rich chocolate. As the famous chef Ferran Adria once said, 'La Mallorquina is not only a pastry shop, it is a temple for pastry lovers.' So go ahead, take a bite and let your taste buds guide you through this food paradise."},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FRBkenSBcaEIeqFcEBcYe%2F269679193_2474848569316245_5371284689696194225_n.jpg?alt=media&token=80fd0f5e-07b8-417a-b59f-a02014407b36"},{"type":"text","content":"As we walk through the bakery, take a moment to look at the superb architecture and intricate details on the walls. Can you believe that it took more than a year to build this iconic building, back in the late 19th century? The bakery has survived through multiple eras and witnessed significant changes in Madrid's history, making it one of the must-visit landmarks of the city.\n\nFun fact - did you know that the bakery is famous for its Fourth of July parade appearance? In 1965, the owner, Daniel Alvarez, brought typical Spanish sweets and pastries for the crowds to taste, which gathered a lot of attention and traffic for his bakery afterward.\n\n"},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FRBkenSBcaEIeqFcEBcYe%2F273626836_116825824246349_5052985441319215821_n.jpg?alt=media&token=5a4d6732-b12a-4530-a819-044b062d6823"},{"type":"text","content":"Now it's not just about the bakery, but also about the walk - it's an experience on its own. So take this time to enjoy your stroll through the charming streets of Madrid and grab some local souvenirs or simply soak up the city's vibrant atmosphere. And if you're ready to move on, don't worry, we have many more hidden gems and attractions ahead. So, let's continue our journey and explore the beautiful city of Madrid together. \""},{"type":"text","content":"Opening Hours:\nWednesday 8:30 am–9 pm\nThursday 8:30 am–9 pm\nFriday 8:30 am–9 pm\nSaturday 8:30 am–9 pm\nSunday 8:30 am–9 pm\nMonday 8:30 am–9 pm\nTuesday 8:30 am–9 pm"},{"type":"link","title":"About","content":"https://pastelerialamallorquina.es/"}]},{"address":"El Corte Inglés Callao","location":{"longitudeDelta":0.1161718275106547,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":40.41953326352457,"longitude":-3.704950899999986},"media":[{"type":"text","content":"# **Retail Paradise: El Corte Inglés Callao**"},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FRBkenSBcaEIeqFcEBcYe%2F347075345_563146382386179_7111255673122199350_n.jpg?alt=media&token=94cf00a7-33ef-41e2-9a5d-82a024bb5add"},{"type":"text","content":"Hello and welcome to El Corte Inglés Callao. You may be wondering what makes this stop worth your time on your self-guided walking tour of Madrid. Well, let me tell you a surprising fact: Did you know that El Corte Inglés Callao is the largest department store in Europe? That's right!\n\nAs a lover of travel and exploration, I always make an effort to seek out the unique gems that may go unnoticed by the masses. A saying that comes to mind when I think about this stop is,\n\n"},{"type":"text","content":"**\"it's not about the destination, it's about the journey.\"**"},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FRBkenSBcaEIeqFcEBcYe%2F44456684_181393809466944_4662323588357947392_n.jpg?alt=media&token=a8eff99c-12ab-409a-b598-950b21dc8549"},{"type":"text","content":"While this stop may seem like just another shopping destination, I challenge you to look closer. Take in the grandeur of the building in front of us and imagine its walls holding countless stories and memories.\n\nAs we step inside, look around at the hustle and bustle of the shoppers. Take in the sights, sounds and even the smells that come with the unique shopping experience of El Corte Inglés Callao.\n\nI know what you may be thinking, \"What can I do here besides shop?\" Well, let me give you a little insider knowledge. The food court in this store is a destination all on its own. It has fresh, tasty and authentic Spanish cuisine, with plenty of options to choose from. This food court is a great place to take a break from your walk and indulge in some delicious Spanish food.\n\nAs your tour guide, it's not just about showing you the stop, but rather, engaging you with the environment and encouraging you to explore. So, use all of your senses to absorb the unique features of this stop.\n\n"},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FRBkenSBcaEIeqFcEBcYe%2F328567413_6010704269009694_6500695038651712459_n.jpg?alt=media&token=16cab4e1-497c-40c7-b15c-267b9b9d1906"},{"type":"text","content":"Take your time and when you are done here, let's move on to our next hidden gem of Madrid."},{"type":"text","content":"Opening Hours:\nWednesday 10 am–10 pm\nThursday 10 am–10 pm\nFriday 10 am–10 pm\nSaturday 10 am–10 pm\nSunday 11 am–9 pm\nMonday 11 am–9 pm\nTuesday 10 am–10 pm"},{"type":"link","title":"Official Website","content":"https://www.elcorteingles.es/centroscomerciales/en/eci/centros/centro-comercial-preciados-callao"}]},{"address":"Plaza Mayor","location":{"longitudeDelta":0.1161718275106547,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":40.415375385016006,"longitude":-3.707185957360455},"media":[{"type":"text","content":"# **Iconic Gathering Square: Plaza Mayor**"},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FRBkenSBcaEIeqFcEBcYe%2F7.jpg?alt=media&token=9be89b59-49db-48e7-be8e-eb9917566488"},{"type":"text","content":"Welcome to Plaza Mayor, one of the most iconic and historic squares in the whole of Madrid. Can you guess how long it has been standing here in all its grandeur? A whopping 400 years, since its inception in 1619!\n\nAs the passionate tour guide of this historic city, I am here to take you on a journey through time, culture and all things Madrid. I'm Emmi, and I live to travel and explore the hidden gems of each destination with others.\n\n"},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FRBkenSBcaEIeqFcEBcYe%2F77.jpg?alt=media&token=ca557ab2-e668-4a95-9a32-a436a89b44dd"},{"type":"text","content":"But let's get back to the present and focus on what's right in front of us. This stunning plaza was once used for the royal court's main festivals, bullfights and even coronations. Today, as locals sip on their café con leche, or coffee with milk, and tourists flock in to admire its beauty, there's a lot to discover in and around Plaza Mayor.\n\nTake some time to walk around and get a sense of the grandeur of this beautiful square. Look up and admire the intricate details of the surrounding buildings, take a seat and people-watch, or grab a bite to eat at one of the many cozy cafes.\n\nBefore moving on, let me share with you one of my favorite quotes by the famous poet and playwright Lope de Vega,\n\n"},{"type":"text","content":"**'In this plaza, the sky above is more blue, the sun shines brighter, and the air is sweeter.'**"},{"type":"text","content":"It truly is a gem of Madrid."},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FRBkenSBcaEIeqFcEBcYe%2F777.jpg?alt=media&token=2c90ada4-6c9f-443b-8940-fb33e7806c8f"},{"type":"text","content":"Are you ready to move on to our next stop on this great adventure? Take your time and let's continue our journey through the streets and history of Madrid."},{"type":"link","title":"About","content":"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plaza_Mayor,_Madrid"},{"type":"text","content":"Times\nMon - Sun 9:30am - 8:30pm\n\nPlaza Mayor Ticket Office:\nMon – Sun: 10:30 am - 2:30 pm / 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm\n\n"}]},{"address":"Mercado de San Miguel","location":{"longitudeDelta":0.1161718275106547,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":40.415410713522554,"longitude":-3.7090219999999996},"media":[{"type":"text","content":"# **Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid, Spain**"},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FRBkenSBcaEIeqFcEBcYe%2F88.jpg?alt=media&token=c3a68103-a38e-4808-9de7-2ba11754820c"},{"type":"text","content":"Welcome to the Mercado de San Miguel, one of the most iconic and unique markets in Madrid! As we stand here, surrounded by the hustle and bustle of locals and visitors alike, I want to share with you some fascinating facts about this market.\n\nDid you know that the Mercado de San Miguel was originally built in 1916 and underwent a major renovation in 2009? And that it's not just a market but a monument too, recognized as a Site of Cultural Interest by the Spanish government?\n\n"},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FRBkenSBcaEIeqFcEBcYe%2F22.jpg?alt=media&token=fd2db368-887d-4799-a88a-0cf39450b6a9"},{"type":"text","content":"As famous writer Ernest Hemingway once said,"},{"type":"text","content":"**“This market is the perfect place for travelers to experience the heart of Madrid’s culture.\"**"},{"type":"text","content":"And he was right, because the Mercado de San Miguel is a true foodie paradise! Here, you can try some of the most delicious Spanish specialties like jamón ibérico, cocido madrileño or horchata.\n\nAs your local guide Emmi, I recommend taking your time to explore the variety of stalls and food offerings. Don't forget to look up at the beautiful glass roofing, casting a warm and comfortable light across the market. You'll find it can be quite magical!\n\nOh, and one more tip that only a local like me would know. My favourite time to visit the Mercado de San Miguel is on a Sunday morning, when it's a bit quieter and you can enjoy some breakfast with a view!\n\n"},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FRBkenSBcaEIeqFcEBcYe%2F222.jpg?alt=media&token=71056f64-8c4d-4390-a74e-e0d443929bf6"},{"type":"text","content":"Alright, if you need more time to explore, feel free to take it. But if you're ready, let's move on to the next stop on our tour."},{"type":"text","content":"Hours:\nTuesday 10 am–12 am\nWednesday 10 am–12 am Thursday 10 am–12 am\nFriday 10 am–1 am\nSaturday 10 am–1 am\nSunday 10 am–12 am\nMonday 10 am–12 am"},{"type":"link","title":"Official Website","content":"https://mercadodesanmiguel.es/"}]},{"address":"Emir Mohamed I Park","location":{"longitudeDelta":0.1161718275106547,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":40.414711113522245,"longitude":-3.7147902999999927},"media":[{"type":"text","content":"# **Tranquil Oasis: Emir Mohamed I Park**"},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FRBkenSBcaEIeqFcEBcYe%2F4.jpg?alt=media&token=6ed5f106-8af8-4afe-9a75-5436b177cba7"},{"type":"text","content":"Welcome to Emir Mohamed I Park! I bet you didn't know that this park is actually named after a famous Muslim leader who helped establish the first mosque in Madrid. Today, it's a popular spot for locals and tourists alike to visit.\n\nAs we stand here, take a look around and soak in the fragrant smells of blooming flowers, the sounds of children playing, and the shimmering sunlight dancing through the trees. It's truly a beautiful place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Madrid's busy streets.\n\n"},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FRBkenSBcaEIeqFcEBcYe%2F44.jpg?alt=media&token=2250fdf6-ff57-4244-8d51-17fe19a0e914"},{"type":"text","content":"As the locals would say, Emir Mohamed I Park is a hidden gem of Madrid. While it may not be as widely known as other landmarks or attractions, it's certainly a must-visit spot for anyone looking to escape the city life and enjoy some peace and quiet.\n\nDid you know that there's a small pond tucked away in the corner of the park? It's a great spot to sit, relax and enjoy a picnic with your loved ones. Or perhaps, you could challenge yourself to find the small flower garden, only a few locals know the location.\n\nTake your time, wander around, and truly soak up the park's beauty. When you're ready to move on, we'll continue our tour and explore more of Madrid's enchanting destinations.\n\n"},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FRBkenSBcaEIeqFcEBcYe%2F444.jpg?alt=media&token=84d16b30-afdf-4fcc-8716-28f953967df7"},{"type":"text","content":"Remember, I'm here to show you all the hidden gems and insider spots that make Madrid so special. So if you have any questions or want more personalized recommendations, don't hesitate to ask!"},{"type":"text","content":"Opening Hours:\nWednesday Closed\nThursday Closed\nFriday Closed\nSaturday 10 am–9 pm\nSunday 10 am–9 pm\nMonday Closed\nTuesday Closed"},{"type":"link","title":"About","content":"https://www.madrid.es/portales/munimadrid/es/Inicio/El-Ayuntamiento/Parques-y-jardines/Patrimonio-Verde/Parques-en-Madrid/Parque-Emir-Mohamed-I/?vgnextfmt=default&vgnextoid=6671a26fbf7ee210VgnVCM1000000b205a0aRCRD&vgnextchannel=38bb1914e7d4e210VgnVCM1000000b205a0aRCRD"}]},{"address":"Royal Palace of Madrid","location":{"longitudeDelta":0.1161718275106547,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":40.4174993135236,"longitude":-3.7137482999999882},"media":[{"type":"text","content":"# **Regal Splendor: Royal Palace Madrid**"},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FRBkenSBcaEIeqFcEBcYe%2F352949208_217812534473602_4873920310587720807_n.jpg?alt=media&token=973d0c6a-00b4-430e-ac4d-00d8eea1fb26"},{"type":"text","content":"Welcome to the Royal Palace of Madrid! As we stand here in front of this grand structure, it's hard not to feel in awe of its beauty and history. Did you know that this palace was once home to the Spanish royal family? That's right, from the 16th to the 20th century, this palace served as the residence of the kings and queens of Spain.\n\nAs someone once said,\n\n"},{"type":"text","content":"**\"the past is never dead, it's not even past.\"**"},{"type":"text","content":"And that certainly rings true when it comes to the Royal Palace of Madrid. This palace has witnessed countless historical events over the centuries, from royal weddings and banquets to political upheavals and wars. Walking through these halls is like taking a trip back in time."},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FRBkenSBcaEIeqFcEBcYe%2F353384088_915688842869307_4908277181181851680_n.jpg?alt=media&token=b0557e68-a1f9-4aff-863a-9e81551fddfb"},{"type":"text","content":"Now, allow me to show you some of the hidden gems of this palace. If you look closely, you'll notice the intricate details of the palace's architecture, from the ornate ceilings to the detailed artwork adorning the walls. I bet you didn't know that the palace has over 3,400 rooms, making it one of the largest palaces in the world!\n\nAs we wander through these halls, take a moment to imagine what life would have been like for the royal family living here. From the lush gardens to the opulent ballrooms, this palace was truly fit for a king...or queen.\n\nBut don't just take my word for it. Take your time to explore and soak in the history around you. Look for the hidden secrets and unique features of this palace that only a local tour guide could give you.\n\n"},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FRBkenSBcaEIeqFcEBcYe%2F352893785_653092600003240_6429038836339564313_n.jpg?alt=media&token=0b4c7e32-f346-4879-88e0-aae107b6a0e4"},{"type":"text","content":"When you're ready to move on, let's continue on our journey through the hidden gems and highlights of Madrid. The city awaits!"},{"type":"text","content":"Wednesday 10 am–7 pm\nThursday 10 am–7 pm\nFriday 10 am–7 pm\nSaturday 10 am–7 pm\nSunday 10 am–4 pm\nMonday 10 am–7 pm\nTuesday 10 am–7 pm\nEntry Fee:\nGeneral Ticket: 10 €. Travel Agency: 8 €. Reduced entry: large families, children aged between 5 and 16 years old, pensioners, students under 25 years old: 5 €. Free entry: children under 5 years old."},{"type":"link","title":"About","content":"https://www.patrimonionacional.es/visita/palacio-real-de-madrid"}]},{"address":"Plaza de Oriente","location":{"longitudeDelta":0.1161718275106547,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":40.418655988019346,"longitude":-3.7122222874236854},"media":[{"type":"text","content":"# **Plaza de Oriente, Madrid, Spain**"},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FRBkenSBcaEIeqFcEBcYe%2F324394484_886422045815618_4782205477869952138_n.jpg?alt=media&token=d7b05cb2-3688-4667-b172-66e194fe5eb6"},{"type":"text","content":"Welcome to the Plaza de Oriente, one of the most historically significant and visually stunning stops on our tour of Madrid. As the guide, let me grab your attention with a surprising fact: Did you know that this plaza served as a firing squad location during the Spanish Civil War? Now, I bet you're feeling a bit more intrigued!\n\nAs a local with a passion for travel, I've spent countless hours exploring the hidden gems and highlights of Madrid. And let me tell you, the Plaza de Oriente is not to be missed. As the great Pablo Picasso once said,\n\n"},{"type":"text","content":"**\"Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.\"**"},{"type":"text","content":"And right in front of us is the Royal Palace, a stunning example of Spanish architecture and art that stands as a reminder of the city's rich history."},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FRBkenSBcaEIeqFcEBcYe%2F323766555_207702751727112_3290996007541694958_n.jpg?alt=media&token=47da1f5e-44df-4448-b1ed-d7dc296f9bb3"},{"type":"text","content":"But there's more to this stop than just the palace. Take a look around and you'll see the beautiful gardens, the iconic equestrian statues, and the charming restaurants and cafes that line the plaza. As we soak in the beauty of our surroundings, let me tell you a little personal story about the plaza.\n\nOne sunny afternoon, I was sitting on a bench in the plaza enjoying a coffee and some churros when a group of street performers started playing music. The vibe in the plaza immediately changed, and I felt a real sense of community as locals and tourists alike came together to dance and enjoy the music. It was one of those moments that reminded me why I love this city so much.\n\nNow, let's talk value. Did you know that there's a smaller garden off to the side of the plaza that's not as well-known? It's called the Jardines de Sabatini and it's definitely worth a visit if you have the time. And if you're a fan of opera, the Teatro Real is right across the street and offers incredible performances.\n\n"},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FRBkenSBcaEIeqFcEBcYe%2F323825150_1474852283037477_1577459431698120763_n.jpg?alt=media&token=da0d28df-5546-450e-bf38-111cbfcd11b6"},{"type":"text","content":"So, take your time at Plaza de Oriente, soak in the beauty and history, and maybe even grab a coffee or a bite to eat at one of the nearby cafes. When you're ready, we'll move on to our next stop on this incredible tour of Madrid."},{"type":"link","title":"Location","content":"https://goo.gl/maps/HsqtAew1zdopQhvg9"}]},{"address":"Teatro Lope de Vega","location":{"longitudeDelta":0.1161718275106547,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":40.421824663525626,"longitude":-3.7086414999999917},"media":[{"type":"text","content":"# **Dramatic Brilliance: Teatro Lope de Vega**"},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FRBkenSBcaEIeqFcEBcYe%2Fteatro-lope-de-vega.jpg?alt=media&token=95a2facf-df36-4b7b-a8ce-627ed52462db"},{"type":"text","content":"Welcome to Teatro Lope de Vega! Have you ever wondered what it's like to stand in the footsteps of the most famous playwrights in all of Spain? Well, look no further than this iconic theater.\n\nAs a theater enthusiast myself, I've always found this place to be a hidden gem. As one of Madrid's most important historical theaters, the Lope de Vega has staged the most recognized plays in Spanish literature. Be swept away by the ornate architecture and grandeur of this charming venue.\n\n"},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FRBkenSBcaEIeqFcEBcYe%2F312492212_522224226157186_7279874449613501248_n.jpg?alt=media&token=70b17cdd-da60-48bf-b0ff-d23da756054c"},{"type":"text","content":"In front of us lies a history so rich and fascinating that it's hard not to get excited about it. As a local, I know there are stories here that aren't found on any tour guide. For instance, did you know that during Franco's dictatorship, this theater was forced to close thanks to its reputation for featuring controversial productions?\n\nThe unique features of this stop make it an unforgettable experience. The up-close-and-personal feel of the small, historic theater is nothing like the bigger, modern theaters of today. Take the time to explore it all, from the stunning exterior to the intricate decor inside.\n\nIf you're looking for the perfect photo, then you need to get creative. Why not get a shot of yourself striking a pose at the entrance of the theater? The possibilities are endless.\n\n"},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FRBkenSBcaEIeqFcEBcYe%2F248790217_192991859666753_6488548693780797708_n.jpg?alt=media&token=b0443323-e68b-40e5-bee2-660510f3b4d3"},{"type":"text","content":"Ok, if you're done here let's move on to our next stop. Don't forget to take a deep breath and take in the beauty around you. Trust me, it's worth it."},{"type":"text","content":"Price 35 - 49 EURO"},{"type":"link","title":"About","content":"https://www.stage.es/musicales/el-rey-leon?utm_source=gmb&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=teatro-lope-de-vega&utm_id=gmb-website"}]},{"address":"Temple of Debod","location":{"longitudeDelta":0.1161718275106547,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":40.424443220860255,"longitude":-3.717742850000003},"media":[{"type":"text","content":"# **Temple of Debod, Madrid, Spain**"},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FRBkenSBcaEIeqFcEBcYe%2F3.jpg?alt=media&token=333f733a-15da-4d48-9e2b-1617050acdeb"},{"type":"text","content":"Welcome to the Temple of Debod! I bet you didn't know that Madrid is home to ancient Egyptian ruins. Yes, you heard that right. The Egyptian government gifted the Temple of Debod to the city of Madrid as a symbol of gratitude for Spain's help in saving Abu Simbel. And did I mention that this is the only ancient Egyptian temple in all of Spain? Impressive, right?\n\nAs the famous Pharaoh Ramses II once said,\n\n"},{"type":"text","content":"**\"to speak the name of the dead is to make them live again.\"**"},{"type":"text","content":"Well, that's exactly what we're doing here at the Temple of Debod. This ancient temple is a remarkable testament to the rich history of both Egypt and Spain."},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FRBkenSBcaEIeqFcEBcYe%2F33.jpg?alt=media&token=11e613fc-d023-4a12-bab2-6fcdeed177fa"},{"type":"text","content":"As we look around, you may notice some unique features that make the Temple of Debod stand out from other historical landmarks you may have seen. For instance, the temple is surrounded by a soothing reflecting pool that offers spectacular views of the city. It's no wonder that this place is a popular spot for Madrid locals to sit and reflect after a hard day.\n\nNow, I know this stop may seem a bit out of place in Spain, but it serves as an important reminder that history knows no borders. As you take your time to explore, you may find yourself discovering many hidden gems of the temple that only a true local like myself could know. For instance, did you know that there's a secret pathway that leads up to a breathtaking view of the entire temple?\n\n"},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FRBkenSBcaEIeqFcEBcYe%2F333.jpg?alt=media&token=3ef8b929-64ab-43cd-84f2-acdf356018ab"},{"type":"text","content":"There's a lot to see and explore here, so take your time and enjoy your surroundings. When you're ready to move on, we can continue our journey to explore the rest of this beautiful city."},{"type":"text","content":"Hours:\nTuesday 10 am–7:30 pm Wednesday 10 am–7:30 pm Thursday 10 am–7:30 pm\nFriday 10 am–7:30 pm\nSaturday 10 am–7:30 pm\nSunday 10 am–7:30 pm\nMonday Closed"},{"type":"link","title":"About","content":"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_of_Debod"}]}]
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