WALKING TOURS – CALENDAR
My spring schedule is still up in the air – may add a tour or two to this calendar, though probably not in travel-busy April.
Multi day walking project: Around the Town: Madrid’s Ring Road for walkers and bikers! Want to get more exercise in the new year? Come discover Madrid’s Anillo Verde / Green Ring, a paved walking / cycling path around the city (about 60 kms / 37 miles), with access to metro or other public transportation at different places along the way. It’s a good geography lesson as well as a good place to walk if your cannot or don’t want to leave the city for the day, just tie your shoes and pick your distance. We’ll do several different stretches of the track, going counter-clockwise starting in the south so the last day can be mostly down with a lunch at Casa Mingo.
January 16 (Wednesday), Around the Town 1, Principe Pio metro – Aluche metro. Distance: About 8 kilometers / 5 miles. Optional for stronger walkers: after a rest and a snack in Aluche, walk back to Madrid Rio park on a different route and even continue to Principe Pio station for a full loop. SPECIAL PRICE: FREE for anyone who participated in a walk in 2018, 5 euros for anyone else.
January 23 (Wednesday), Wall Walk: DATE CHANGE DUE TO INC ACTIVITY JAN 24. Walk around the perimeter of Madrid’s 12th century wall, with a peek at the 9th century wall, with history, legends and urban layout. Not much of either wall remains, but this is a great way to discover streets and squares you might not find on your own. You’ll want to return many times with friends and family.
February 6 (Wednesday), Discover the Weekday Rastro: Come learn the secrets of Madrid’s flea market so you can get the most out of your Sunday experience – and see what it’s like during the week, an active commercial area in a typical Madrid style.
February 12 (Tuesday) Around the Town 2, Aluche metro – Hospital 12 de Octubre metro. About 10 kilometers / 6 miles. SPECIAL PRICE: FREE for anyone who participated in a walk in 2018, 5 euros for anyone else.
February 20 (Wednesday), 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.
March 14 (Wednesday) Food Lovers La Latina: NEW WALK in the awesome La Latina neighborhood, my own ‘hood for the last 30+ years. Those in the know know this area has always been the best, and now the secret is out. That has brought some negative things, but a lot of positive things, including a lot of fun new foodie places: cheese, bread, pastries, wine, beer, ice cream and more – including some fun casual eating places.
March 28 (Thursday) Around the Town 3, Hospital 12 de Octubre metro – Pavones metro. About 11 kilometers / 7 miles. SPECIAL PRICE: FREE for anyone who participated in a walk in 2018, 5 euros for anyone else.
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.
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
PRICES: 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.
Special deals: 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.