Walking Tour, Tapas and Lunch
The idea of this activity is to give you an overview of the main sights of Madrid and send you home with a real and lasting feeling of what the city and people are all about. The itinerary includes a walking tour around the city center and two stops for tapas before a sit-down lunch with typical Spanish food and drink, traditionally the largest meal of the day. At the end of the tour, we will either accompany you to the meeting point or transport or let you loose to explore the city on your own. (transport not included in tour price)
1130: Meet at the statue of Bazán in Plaza de la Villa
We will venture past some of the capital’s most important monuments, fountains and edifices. Among other things we will see the Catédral de la Almudena, the Royal Palace, the Teatro Real (Royal Opera House), Puerta del Sol (Madrid’s central hub), the Plaza Mayor (the main square) and the Spanish Parliament. As we walk through the streets, we will give you interesting snippets of information on the history, culture and mythology of Madrid and Spain.
c 1215 1st Tapas Stop
We will stop in a typical Asturian bar for a bit of cabrales (typical blue cheese), chorizo (Spanish spicy sausage), tortilla española (Spanish omelette), all washed down with cider (poured in a very original way from a distance of 1m!!), wine, and/or soft drinks.
c 1345 2nd Tapas Stop
We will enjoy some of the traditional Spanish ham, cheese, cecina (cured beef) salami, all accompanied by a beer, red wine of the summer or soft drink in a place dripping with hams where you will learn to what extent the pig is king in Spain!
c 1500 Lunch
In a very traditional restaurant in the center of Madrid, we will enjoy a sit-down dinner with raciones (platefuls) in the middle of the table for everyone to devour. Our Adventurous Appetities experts will advise you on the local specialities, help with translation, and tell you the history and traditions of the food. You will be able to try typical Spanish delicacies, such as Pimientos de Padrón - Baby green peppers (some are spicy and some not - the Spanish version of Russian roulette); Pulpo a la Gallega – Octopus sprinkled with paprika, Croquetas – ham-filled béchamel nuggets, and Morcilla - Spanish black pudding, all washed down with wine, beer or soft drinks. (See suggested sample menu below)
c 1600 Return to transport/hotel/meeting point or let loose to explore the city!!!
WE ADVISE COMFORTABLE FOOTWEAR AS THERE IS A FAIR BIT OF WALKING TO DO, AND MADRID HAS MANY COBBLESTONE PATHS
TIMINGS ARE APPROXIMATE ONLY AND MAY CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE
Tapas (to snack)
1st Stop: Cabrales (typical blue cheese), chorizo (Spanish spicy sausage), tortilla española (Spanish omelette), empanada all washed down with cider, beer, wine or soft drinks.
2nd Stop: Traditional Iberian ham and Manchego cheese, beer, tinto de verano (red wine spritzer) or soft drinks.
Lunch Menu (sample only)
Croquetas de jamón
Breaded nuggets of béchamel with chunks of ham inside
Tabla de carne
Steak, black pudding, lamb chops, gammon, pork loin, grilled peppers, spicy green peppers, fried potatoes.
Tabla de pescado
Tuna steak, cuttlefish, battered dog fish, deep fried baby squid, normal squid, grilled peppers, asparagus, fried potatoes.
Gambones a la plancha
Big fat prawns grilled with plenty of garlic
Wine, beer, soft drinks
(1/2 bottle per person)
(Menu based on 12 people - spirits not included - menu subject to availability)
While our menu does not cater to vegetarians, in the case any vegetarians are with us, we can easily adapt and enjoy vegetarian dishes, as well.