An in-depth look at Madrid with Mauricio Macarron
Wednesday 13th January 2010
Those who travel regularly with us know the importance which we attach to providing top class guides and lecturers. Mauricio Macarron, a resident of Madrid, continues to attract the highest praise from all our groups who visit the city due to his encyclopaedic knowledge and his ability to communicate with enthusiasm and flair.
Several of you have expressed an interest in returning to Madrid in order to explore sights not covered first time around, and with this in mind Mauricio has helped us put together a few suggestions for alternative visits. Such a tour would appeal to those who already have some knowledge of the city but who would like a more in-depth look in the company of someone who knows it intimately. Four small museums immediately come into the reckoning - the Sorolla, the Cerralbo, the Lazaro Galdiano and the Romántico. These are all intimate spaces which are often overlooked but where one finds superb collections in exquisite city mansions. A number of churches and convents also offer opportunities for rewarding visits – near the delightful convent of Las Descalzas Reales is the convent of La Encarnación, foundation of Margaret of Austria, spouse of Philip III. Meanwhile the church of San Antonio de la Florida contains wonderful Goya frescoes and the church of San Francisco el Grande, close to the Royal Palace and rarely visited, is arguably the most beautiful in Madrid.
A second visit to Madrid also offers the opportunity to explore further afield. Segovia, La Granja, Aranjuez, Chichon are all possibilities whilst a second visit to the Prado allows a more focused approach to viewing some of the vast collection. For the adventurous, the High Speed Train also provides a link to the south since the city of Cordoba can be reached in around 2 hours.
With flights available from a large number of regional airports Madrid is easily accessible for a short visit. Please contact us for a detailed itinerary and prices.