Find out more about Madrid’s hidden gem: The Manzanares River. Flowing from the mountains in the north, this river runs through one of the city’s newest parks, yet has some of the oldest and most fascinating stories to tell.

I offer two tours of the Manzanares River, each covers the significance of the river in the lives of Madrid’s citizens, from its practical uses to its recent transformation into one of the city’s most popular parks.

Each tour lasts around two hours and is followed by a drink and tapas at the end.

Tour One: The Early History of the River

Toledo Bridge

Starting at the Matadero, a 1920s slaughterhouse and now a cultural centre, this 2.5km walking tour will explore prehistoric wildlife, Golden Age feats of engineering and the river’s links to Madrid’s patron saint, San Isidro. The tour finishes at one of Madrid’s oldest bridges, the Puente de Toledo (near Marques de Vadillo metro).

Tour Two: 500 Years of River History

Segovia Bridge

Starting at Madrid’s oldest bridge, the Puente de Segovia, this tour is less than 2km in distance, but packs in around 500 years of Spanish history. Touching on Felipe II’s development of Madrid as Spain’s capital, through the Napoleonic era to the role of the river during the Civil War. The tour finishes at Puente del Rey (near Principe Pio metro).


The tours cost €110 for solo travelers, €60 per person for two (€120 for the group), €45 euros per person for three (€135 for the group), €35 euros per person for four (€140 for the group), €30 euros per person for five (€150 for the group), and €25 euros per person for six (€150 for the group). The price includes a drink and a tapas.

Larger groups can negotiate a price privately. Please contact me for more information and to book a tour.

These tours are organised in collaboration with The Making of Madrid blog and Felicity Hughes: a professional writer and editor based in Madrid. Felicity offers a number of unique tours of Madrid, check out her website for more details:

Recent tour review:

“The highly creative 500 Years of River History tour made me see the iconic Manzanares River through a new lens, and I learned about agriculture, kings, secret tunnels, washing customs, borders, and how the river more recently was transformed from a sad trickle by an ugly motorway into a lovely city park. Clare is a very poised and knowledgeable guide who clearly feels passionate about history, and I’m impressed with the research she did to create this unique experience!”

Hilary, Madrid, 2022