Morning: Guided walking tour of “Essential Madrid”.
Lunch: Enjoy a traditional “tapas and stories” tour.
Café Time: Let us relax watching the city´s activity and atmosphere from one of the Café terraces at Plaza de Oriente. Looking at the Royal Palace, spacious, and shady, the Plaza de Oriente is one of the most pleasant and frequented squares in Madrid. Like its counterpart, Trafalgar Square in London, almost every visitor to Madrid will pass through this plaza at least once during his stay.
Afternoon: Visit of the Royal Palace, claimed to be the largest one in Western Europe. It boasts a large collection of furniture, tapestries ceramics, paintings (Velázquez, Goya, Mengs) and frescoes (Giordano, Tiépolo).
Evening: Wonderful dinner at one of the dining hotspots of the city, located in the Hapsburg Quarter. With all the aged appeal of a traditional ‘tasca’ (tavern), the restaurant offers a selection of Castilian culinary delights. A favorite haunt of celebrities (the King included) and politicians.
Morning & afternoon: Visit of Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This gem of the Middle Ages is 80 km (50 miles) from Madrid and can be reached by High Speed Train in just 30 minutes. Built on the top of a hill, this previously fortified town offers splendid views of New Castile (the region recovered from the Andalousian Muslim Kingdoms).The town is a journey through the history and the monuments of the Arab, Jewish, and Christian communities, dating back to the 9th century. Also, Toledo hosts the memory and central works of El Greco, who lived and took inspiration from here in the 17th century.
Late afternoon: Back to Madrid, we will enjoy the magic light of Madrid’s sunset from the gardens of the Temple of Debod. This Nile´s temple was adopted by Madrid when the Aswan Dam at the Upper Egypt was built and offers a great panoramic view of the Sierra North-west of Madrid. A favourite place of the bride and the groom for immortalizing their love and clothing.
Evening: Enjoy a dinner in an elegant restaurant near Plaza de Oriente, savouring the matching of the old and new Spanish cuisine.
Morning: Visit of the Museo del Prado, followed by some shopping for family and friends.
Lunch: All the taste of Spain in just one meal, the paella, in a traditional Arrocería Restaurant.
Afternoon: Visit of the Thyssen Museum. Alternatively, make something different by attending a private cooking lesson at a singular cookware shop or a mansion, where you will learn some of the secrets of the extensive Spanish cuisine.
Dinner: We will head for ‘tapas and wine’ at one of the trendiest places in town, a renovated, iron&glass, old market.
Evening: A Flamenco Show will be the culminating point of your stay.
This is just an example, but the possibilities and combinations are almost endless!
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