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Madrid: City walks

Madrid is full of surprises. The city walks discover the personality of different neighborhoods, with a mixture of history, legends, people watching and some shops. The Wall Walk explores the early history of the city... or try the Food Lovers walks!

Madrid: Country Walks

Madrid's countryside is amazing - mountains, valleys, lowlands, forests and plains. There are lots of great hikes from easy to challenging, many within an hour of the city by public transportation. Some start or end at cultural sites like San Lorenzo de El Escorial monastery or La Granja palace. Or hike to the tiny Roman dam in a mountain stream, starting point for water system that reaches Segovia's famous aqueduct (see photo).



Other Destinations

Too many to enumerate all here, but some lesser-known favorites are Soria, southern Salamanca, Palencia...... or somewhat better known destinations like inland Catalunya, Navarra or the northern coast.

EXPATS IN MADRID - Fall 2012 Schedule


Details: CITY WALKS : usually 10AM - 1.30PM COUNTRY WALKS : please check time (varies from walk to walk) PRICE FOR BOTH: September and October 2012: 12 euros / person for both kinds of walks. November on : Price may go up. SIGNUP IS NECESSARY FOR ALL WALKS. Preferably at least 48 hours ahead for city walks, an additional 24 hours for country walks. Please email

September 25: Wall Walk! (city walk).


Walk around the perimeter of Madrid's medieval walls. History, legends, trivia and lots of places you might not find on your own - that means hidden squares, restaurants and more. A perfect introduction to Old Madrid.

September 28: Navacerrada - Cercedilla (country walk)


A mostly shady, mostly downhill walk, partly along a babbling stream. Linear walk with good public transportation on both ends. About 11 kilometers / 7 miles.

October 3: Discover the Weekday Rastro (city walk).


The Rastro is Madrid's flea market, only operative on Sundays. BUT the area is an active commercial area the rest of the week, even if the stands are not set up. Come see what it's like - and learn some tips and tricks to find your way around on Sundays.

October 16: Discover Conde Duque (city walk).


One of the "triplets", three neighborhoods between the Gran Via and the Boulevards. This is the westernmost and most elegant - less trendy than Chueca, less funky than Dos de Mayo. Lots of restaurants - and we'll end at a market with lots of unusual products.

October 19: La Granja (country walk).


A fun and easy circular from La Granja - a destination you will return more than once. This walk is partly through oak forest and partly along a fishing path laid out by Carlos III (Spain's best king ever!). Walk does not include visits to the Palace, Palace Gardens or Glass Factory, but gets you situated for your next visit.

October 24: Old Shops Santa Ana (city walk).


Come learn about traditional commerce next to Madrid's best tapa area! Ceramics, candy, gloves, a great market and more!