The Castilians are proud of their simple, no frills cuisine whose secret lies in its super-fresh products: newly harvested vegetables and freshly caught fish and seafood arrive in the city daily from the coastal regions. Every morning, the largest fish market in Europe opens its doors at the gates of Madrid. Excellent meat from free-range pigs, sheep bred in the central Spanish plains, and extra virgin olive oil are further top-quality ingredients.
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Looking for a cosmopolitan and history-rich destination? Madrid is the answer, and with a Food Hopping Tour you make the most out of it. Madrid is located 650 meters above sea level, which makes it the highest city in Europe. Madrid can boost that it enjoys more cloudless days than almost any other European city making it a great European sun trap, a great place to soak up the atmosphere with a Food Tour Madrid. Madrid can trace its documented history back to the 9th century. Madrid developed as a city in the 1560s when Phillip II moved his court there from Toledo. Madrid has continued to be the countries capital since 1606. A bear rearing up on its hind legs feasting on the berries of a madroño tree is Madrid’s official symbol. This symbol is the metaphorical representation of Madrid’s growth and the importance of wood that is essential to build a country. The bear monument is located on one of Madrid’s largest squares – Puerta del Sol. This city is steeped in history and culture, both of which are great prerequisites to great food. What better way to discover its culinaric and cultural scene than on a Food Hopping Tour Madrid.
When you think of Spain, there are three things that spring to mind: sun, food and sports. According to FIFA statistics Real Madrid FC is the most successful soccer club of the 20th century, what a title! The stadium, called Santiago Bernabéu, is located in Chamartin, North Madrid. With seating for 85,000 spectators it’s hard to miss. Visiting is a must for any football and soccer fanatic.
Also the cultural treasures of Madrid are at your reach. Madrid has some of the very best art on display across three art galleries, an art lover’s paradise. Works from Botticelli, El Bosco, Goya, and Velazquez can be found in the Prado gallery. 20th century Spanish art including Guernica by Picasso can be found in The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. Finally, works from Van Eyck and Renoir are located in The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. These three art galleries make up what is known as the Golden Triangle due to their proximity to each other. While on a culture expedition, why not consider the Bullfighting museum. This is a great place to gain insight into the sport. Learn about its history and how it effects changes in dressing style. Among other things to be found, the costume won by Manolete is on the display. Manolete famed due to his young age at death after being gored to death in Linares’ bullring.
For those who like to let their hair down, Madrid can cater for you too. While Madrid is in an inland city, there is still somewhere for all those water babies out there. Madrid has an impressive open-air pool, the Aquasur. During summertime youngsters flock here and create quite the seaside atmosphere. 5 large slides will keep your adrenaline pumping when you’re not chilling out poolside.
Spain has in incredible food history, and Food Tour Madrid is the perfect way to explore all there is on offer. The history of Tapas dates back to the 13th. It is said that stagecoach drivers on long journeys would stop at taverns for a break. While at the tavern the stagecoach drivers would indulge in a glass of wine, however due to the length of their journey and the frequency of breaks needed the stagecoach drivers would often get so drunk, they would become a menace to other travellers. In light of this, the government passed a law forcing them to eat if they did indeed drink. The food was often just some ham and a piece of bread, placed on top of their glass. This was the birth of Tapas (tops or lids) and it has developed into the world-famed food snacks. Your Food Hopping guide in Madrid, however, will not only lead you through chosen highlights from the huge variety of popular tapas places on offer, but also take you on a authentic taste journey with starters, main courses and dessert like a true Madrilenian. Delicious food sensations like croquetas, gambas, albondigas, cocido madrileño, churros, milhojas or tinto de verano, and the amusing stories about the food, the city and its inhabitants, will fill all your senses on a Food Hopping Tour Madrid.