Tourists on a night-time tour of Salamanca © Enrique Carrascal. Salamanca Tourist Board

Dramatised and unusual tours in Spain

Do you like finding out everything about the places you visit? Do you always have a thousand questions when you arrive somewhere new? Do you love imagining historic sites full of the life and atmosphere of their heyday? Then you're going to love these destinations with original and dramatised tours.


Did you know central Madrid has a literary quarter, the Barrio de las Letras? You can explore it with the dramatised tour organised by the Lope de Vega House-Museum (usually in May and June), which introduces some of the most important writers of Spanish literature's Golden Age.There is also a very popular dramatised tour of the Palacio de Fomento building, available all year. This is next to Buen Retiro Park, opposite Puerta de Atocha railway station.These are just two options, but there are several organisations offering themed tours of the city. Some of the most popular tours focus on traditional cuisine, architecture, art, or flamenco, for example.

Around Madrid

Towns like Alcalá de Henares (about 35 kilometres from Madrid) and Chinchón (50 kilometres from Madrid) have a lot to offer visitors, and also offer dramatised tours. Alcalá focuses on its most famous resident, Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote. And Chinchón's dramatised tour reveals the town's eventful past and some curious facts.Would you like to see what life was like in a castle? Find out in the castle of Manzanares el Real. There are dramatised tours every weekend, and in the evenings in summer. It is advisable to book in advance. Meanwhile, in Buitrago de Lozoya you can enjoy this type of tour on Saturdays from May to October.


Who better to show you Barcelona than its most famous artists? You can take the themed tours on Gaudí or Picasso, for example, finding your own way on foot or on a bicycle tour with a guide. And if you're travelling with kids, consider the Casa Batlló dramatised tour. There, Gaudí himself tells children all about Art Nouveau in a fun way. Available in English.Other original ideas for discovering Barcelona include driving in a vintage car, flying over it in a helicopter, or riding in a sidecar, and ending your tour at a tapas tasting. Catalonia offers other very interesting dramatised tours. For example, the Archaeology Museum of Catalonia regularly uses actors to bring the famous Greek ruins of Empuries (Girona) to life; and Siurana castle (Tarragona) recreates the past on the second Saturday of each month.


You'll find dramatised tours almost all year round, usually on a Saturday. We recommend asking about the tour of Granada following in the footsteps of the famous poet Federico García Lorca. Other interesting themed routes reveal the city's secrets and curiosities, its monumental cemetery, or the scenes in Granada that have been settings in movies.Granada is also home to the Alhambra, and there are special tours here too. Take the opportunity to see it in a new light, with a night-time tour of its palaces and gardens. You can also take a guided tour of the Albaicín neighbourhood.


Why is Salamanca called 'the golden city'? Why does it have two cathedrals? Why is there an astronaut carved into the cathedral façade? These are some of the secrets of Salamanca you can discover with its wide range of unusual tours. For example, you can climb the medieval towers of the Cathedral, visit buildings that are usually closed to the public, or discover a gallery of urban art.You can also go on the guided tours organised every day by the tourist offices, or take a guided bicycle ride. If you're travelling with kids, we also suggest a trip on the sightseeing train.


Segovia has guided tours to choose from throughout the year. You can see what's available at the tourist office next to the Aqueduct. Also, and especially if you're travelling in a group, we recommend booking one of their dramatised tours.You'll find plenty of options, such as an evening tour recounting many of the legends associated with the city, scenes from the lives of St. Teresa of Ávila and St. John of the Cross, or a walk around Segovia with troubadours singing stories about the city.


By bike, on a bus, or accompanied by a tourist guide? Choose how you want to tour the city and see it from a new perspective. There are themed tours on Goya, Mudéjar art, or the Roman past. And particularly if you're travelling with kids, other fun options include Divertour, a unique visit to the city centre where you can join actors filming a scene, or a delicious food experience like the Chocotour or Saborea Zaragoza.Zaragoza also offers special routes for learning and practising Spanish.


We suggest three very special visits to Seville and its traditions. On one hand, a trip around the historic centre in a traditional horse-drawn carriage. The ride takes you past the sights, including the Cathedral, María Luisa park and Plaza de España. Meanwhile, the driver explains some of the city's most interesting anecdotes.Another option is to take a boat ride on the River Guadalquivir. These start at the dock next to the Torre del Oro and take about an hour.Finally, in summer you can enjoy a dramatised evening tour of the Real Alcázar, courtesy of the Classical Theatre Company of Seville. This is one of the city's most important monuments and a World Heritage site.

Worth knowing

  • These are just a few of the cities in Spain with dramatised or special tours.Dramatised tours are easiest to find in Spain in July, August and September.You can book themed routes, dramatised tours, culinary tours or routes in natural spaces in the Tours and visits section of Select the type of tour you're looking for and your destination to see all the options. 

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