Madrid has it all for School Tours
Wondering where to take your students on their next school tour? Madrid is a cultural paradise waiting to encapsulate your groups' mind with a little something for everyone. Whether you are the historian of the group or the artist, Madrid offers a rare blend of a Spanish empire which has spanned the ages, directly alongside world-renowned art museums.
Not everything needs to be planned to the greatest detail as much can be seen by just taking in the local culture. There are also countless things that make Madrid memorable, whether that’s a walk through the stately square, taking n a football game with the locals or wander through the Retiro park in Madrid’s idealistic climate.
Madrid has so much to offer to keep both you and your students wanting more.
Royal Palace of Madrid
At the heart of the city and country, Madrid boasts an extraordinary royal palace to rival their British counterparts.
Built-in the mid-1700s for King Phillip V, it is the largest royal palace in western Europe. With a combination of Baroque and Neoclassical styles, it is a beautiful sight to behold.
Unlike other palaces, it is possible to venture inside, where there are magnificent sights awaiting you. From amazing artwork and architecture which boasts royal collections and frescoes of Goya, Caravaggio and Velázquez, to the only 4 string quartet of Stradivarius instruments in the world to weapons used by Charles V in the 16th Century.
War, art, music and overall history, this amazing palace offers it all.
Museums of Madrid
One of the most popular art museums in the world, the Prado, is a must-see for any tourist.
With artists from all over Spain represented by Velázquez and El Greco, alongside some of the renowned Italian renaissance counterparts, Caravaggio and Botticelli, while there are also significant pieces from Rembrandt and Rubens alike. A museum which spans countries and ages, this is one of Madrid’s jewels.
The National Archaeological Museum, with invaluable items from across Spain, this museum offers the opportunity to take in Spain’s rich history. There is a wealth of stunning pieces from throughout history, alongside items that were produced before the Roman Empire and are up to 2,500 years old.
Outside of Madrid’s amazing architecture, there is also beautiful outdoors on offer. The Retiro is just a short way from the Prado. This now offers the public the opportunity to stroll through what was a royal property up to the end of the 19th century.
Puerta del Sol, a grand square is a popular destination with locals going about their daily activities and is of huge importance to both city and country. Synonymous with New Year's countdowns, the clock at the top of the Casa de Correos, represents a landmark recognised countrywide. Whilst here why not conform to the ritual and eat a grape for good luck with every chime? Also, in the square is El Oso y El Madroño statue, a symbol for Madrid since the Middle Ages.
Another of Madrid’s must-see sights, Plaza Mayor, is a renaissance square, laid out in the early-1600s and surrounded by historic three-story-high residential buildings. Make a stop-off here, have a coffee with the locals and before a wander up to the 400-year-old bronze statue of King Philip III.
If after all the above you have time to cram some more into your action-packed cultural trip, there are plenty of options.
For those of you with a sporting interest, a trip and tour of the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium is a must. Home of world-famous Real Madrid, this stadium offers a fantastic insight into the presence of some of the greatest players currently in the game along with one of the most decorated club museums around the world.
Alternatively, you can take in Madrid’s shopping culture by visiting Gran Vía. By day it alive with shoppers stopping by the many malls and high-street stores, the evenings are vibrant with friends going out for a cultural activity or musical.
Similarly, Mercado San Miguel, a short walk from Plaza Mayor is a gorgeous marketplace that dates to 1916. A destination to purchase the best that Spain has to offer and a host of tapas bars here serving all the favourites.
Make your next trip a special one and visit Madrid.