Madrid is a capital city that is often undermined for its
wealth of history and culture. It can be as vibrant or as cosy as you’d like a
capital to be. Join this tour to explore the city’s central area as our expert
native presenter takes us through the wide streets with plenty of shops on
either side. School children will certainly learn a few things from the pages
of Madrid’s history on this tour. More importantly this tour is especially designed so they can practise their Spanish language skills with locals under the guidance of our presenter.
Our tour begins at one of the most popular areas of Madrid
city – Puerta del Sol, roughly translated as Sun Gate. Find out how the area
earned its name while also strolling past the statue of a bear and a strawberry
tree, and proceeding towards the square. Look out for the landmarks of this
square such as La Mallorquina, a century-old patisserie displaying delectable
baked goods in its window, the clock tower especially popular during the count
down to the New Year, the odd Meninas statue spread across the city or the Tio
Pepe signboard of a guitar-wielding sherry bottle that invites people to try
‘bottle Andalucian Sun.’
The tour continues with our host taking us through Arenal
Street edging toward the climax of the tour. As we walk along, be prepared to
hear the strangest stories from many buildings such as The Spanish Tooth Fairy,
or the one about the Church and the Crorodile (!). We then arrive at the site
of two of Madrid’s most impressive buildings – the expansive Royal Alcazar (or
Palace) of Madrid and the magnificent Almudena Cathedral right behind it.
Although the Palace is believed to have been originally built by the Arab
during their conquest in the 8th century, it was extended by the
Christians in the 11th century, who eventually built the Catholic
Church behind the palace too.
When you hear so many exciting tales and see the
fantastic city of Madrid, children and adults and bound to realise this Spanish
capital has much more to offer than just its ever-so-popular football teams.
Join this tour, and see Madrid from a new perspective.