WALKING TOURS – CALENDAR
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As always, you have a semi-formed group (at least four people) get in touch and maybe we can add a few people and do any of the city or country walks – mouseover MADRID in menu at top to see drop-down menu with lists of most popular city and country walks.
Some walks may be added later, pending dates for longer trips.
January 17: Discover Dos de Mayo (city walk): Funky-retro-vintage neighborhood, site of the Movida Madrileña cultural explosion after Franco’s death in 1975, still The Place to Be for many people in the arts. After the walk head over to San Anton church to see the Blessing of the Animals. Start 10am / end about 2pm. Start near Gran Via metro / end at Bilbao metro.
January 30: Wall Walk (city walk): Walk around the perimeter of Madrid’s 12th century wall, with a peek at the 9th century wall. History, legends, and an insider’s tips on streets and squares you might not find on your own; you’ll want to return many times with friends and family. Start 10am / end about 2pm. Start at Opera / end at the Plaza Mayor
February 15 (city walk): Discover Lavapies: Madrid’s multicultural neighborhood has changed from traditional Madrid to artsy local to Chinese to Moroccan to sub-Saharan to Pakistani in a very short time. Now bits of all those things co-exist; this is a great neighborhood for ethnic restaurants, ethnic grocery stores, people watching and some fun surprises. Start 10am / end about 2pm. Start at Tirso de Molina / end near Atocha
March 20 (city walk): Old Shops: Traditional commerce in Plaza Mayor – Santa Ana areas: hats, herbs, baskets, espadrilles, hand-dipped candles, candy and that huge cowbell you want for the front door. Not a shopping trip, but a way to get to know interesting shops so you can go back another time. Start 10am / end about 2pm. Start near Plaza Mayor / end near Sol
April 24: Food Lovers – Alonso Martinez (city walk): Yummy tour covering traditional and trendy places for food near Alonso Martinez / Chueca metros. Some restaurants but mostly shops, everything from chocolate to cheese, with lots of pastry shops. Start 10am / end about 2pm. Start /end near Alonso Martinez.
May 8: Discover San Isidro (city walk): Learn about Madrid’s patron saint, his life, his haunts and most importantly, where to go, what to see and what to expect for the big mid-May celebration for San Isidro holiday, the kickoff for Madrid’s outdoor street party season. Start 10am / end about 2pm. Start La Latina /end Madrid Rio park.
May 25: Discover the Retiro Park (city walk): Come learn about the Retiro, history, stories and offbeat trivia. Spring is one of the best times in the park, let’s go discover what this fabulous green space has to offer. Start 10am / end about 2pm. Start near Los Jerónimos church /end near Puerta de Alcalá.
May 31: El Pardo – Madrid (city-country walk): Technically this is a country-city walk, from El Pardo back to Madrid, partly through live oak forests and partly along the young Manzanares river. A great way to sort out your geography for that side of Madrid, and a true flexi-walk where you can pick your distance, hopping on a bus back to the city at several places or walking all the way to Moncloa through the Complutense university. Linear walk. Start 10am / end about 2pm. Start in El Pardo (easy bus from Moncloa) /end your choice, anywhere between Somontes sports center and Moncloa metro (bus line 601, 82, metro line 6 depending on where you want to end).
City Walks: usually 10AM – 2PM. // Country Walks: please ask as times vary.
Groups: minimum 6 / maximum 10 people for most walks. Spouses and friends welcome, see prices below.
SIGNUP: Required for all walks, preferably at least 48 hours ahead for city walks and 72 hours for country walks, farther ahead is better. Visitors (not local residents, guests of INC / AWC / US Embassy): signup in last seven days prior to the walk, maximum four people per group. Please email Anne at anne.expattrips (at) yahoo.es
Members of International Newcomers Club (INC), American Women’s Club (AWC), workers at USA Embassy and US military, plus their spouses, parents and children: 15 euros / person
Everyone else: 19 euros / person.
Living in Madrid, like the walks but not a joiner or have time issues? Ask about frequent-walker deals.
University students on study-abroad program? Ask about student discount.