On my first night in Madrid, I went on the Spanish Inquisition Tour by Sandemans. What can I say? I am a sucker for walking tours. This is a daily tour available at 19h00 from Plaza Mayor. My tour guide was a lovely British girl, Lexi. The tour lasts about 3 hours and a walk around Opera, Callao and Santo Domingo. Please note that although it is advertised in the “free tour” pamphlet, this is NOT a free tour. This tour has a flat rate.

According to tripadvisor, the jewel of Plaza de Cibeles is the fountain. No offence, but running through busy traffic to get to the fountain isn’t my idea of fun. In any case, in the same plaza, I found Cibeles Palace (aka Palacio de Cibeles / Palace of Communication) far more interesting and safe to visit. This gorgeous building was free to visit! Free exhibitions, free wifi, free work desks, tons of comfy couches, panoramic city view…