WALKING TOURS – CALENDAR
My fall schedule is still up in the air – may add a tour or two to this calendar, most likely early October if travel plans change.
September 27 (Thursday). Wall 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.
October 25 (Thursday). Meet Madrid’s Markets: Discovery tour hitting four of Madrid’s traditional neighborhood markets. All are different: different construction period, different neighborhood makeup, and different sizes. We’ll check out who’s selling and who’s buying, as well as what’s for sale. This tour does not use the well-known Paz or San Antón markets, but rather true neighborhood markets. We’ll end at one of the biggest and best, hopefully in time to do some shopping. This tour moves around, you’ll need three rides on your metro-bus card.
October 30 (Tuesday). Discover the Retiro Park: Come learn about the Retiro, history, stories and offbeat trivia, plus general layout and when-to-come-for-what tips. Fall is nice in the park, when two special kinds of trees strut their stuff.
November 7 (Wednesday). Civil War in the Casa de Campo (park walk): Madrid’s huge park was front line during the Spanish Civil War (1936 – 1939): the city remained loyal to the Republic, but Franco’s troops were at the back door for most of that time. Introduction to a complicated time in Spain’s history, on-site visit to remains of the battlefield (trenches and gunner pits); also an orientation walk for the Casa de Campo – check out the spider web jungle-gym, views of the city, bike appropriate paths and good cafés around the lake.
November 13 (Tuesday). Discover Chueca: One of the neighborhoods between the last two lines of city walls, all settled more or less at the same time but with completly different personalities. Chueca is trendy and mostly gay, a fascinating mixture of old and new. Restaurants and clothing boutiques abound, also traditional shops where time seems to have stopped. Not to mention….. shoe heaven!
November 29 (Thursday). Old Shops – Plaza Mayor: Traditional commerce near our Main Square: hats, herbs, baskets, espadrilles, hand-dipped candles 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.
December 4 (Tuesday). Food Lovers – Alonso Martinez: Yummy tour covering traditional and trendy places for food near Alonso Martinez metro. Some restaurants but mostly shops: chocolate, cheese, wine, olive oil, pastry and more.
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.