Taste the Spanish cuisine in the center of Madrid with your guide
The Tapas Segway Tour is the perfect route for all those “foodies” who like not only visiting a city but also tasting its unique flavor.
Take your Segway and roll with us to visit the historic districts of Madrid and its main landmarks, plus enjoying the typical food of the city in its unique taverns and restaurants.
The Tapas Segway Tour begins in La Plaza de España, one of the most centric squares in the capital. From there we move to the Teatro Real and stop in front of the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, a Renaissance monastery that has more than 10,000 artistic works. Even nowadays the building is the residence of 19 cloistered nuns.
The route continues until arriving at Puerta Del Sol, the central spot of the country. That´s because in this square we find the 0 kilometer, the geographic center of Spain. The next interesting place of our route is the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, which houses an important museum with works of great artists such as Goya, Murillo or Zurbarán. The tour continues until we reach the Edificio Metropolis, a French-style building that welcomes us to La Castellana Street, where we find La Cibeles Fountain.
The first of the gastronomic stops is one of the emblematic Madrid taverns that still remain open after more than 100 years. Its menu offers a variety of products and typical Madrid dishes, while its great specialty is prawns with garlic and sweet wine, the combination that made them famous in the whole city. Their offer of prawns comes from the period after the Spanish Civil War, when they started selling them for 160 pesetas. They reached the point of selling a record of 306 kg of prawns and the place was populated by politicians, actors or great writers of the time.
The route continues until arriving at the Palacio de Telecomunicaciones, the current seat of the town hall. It was initially the state postal service HQ until in 2003 the town hall was moved there. Rolling on our Segway we reach La Fuente de Neptuno, another neoclassical style fountain representing the Greek god of the sea.
From there we will reach one of the most visited museums in the whole country, El Museo del Prado. This museum houses some of the most important works of art in the world made by artists such as Goya, Rembrandt, Durer, El Bosco, Fra Angelico, and Rubens. La Casa Museo de Lope de Vega is our next destination, the place of residence for over 25 years of the immortal poet and playwright Lope de Vega.
Our next gastronomic stop in the Tapas Segway Tour is in the heart of Madrid’s Letras district and, like the neighborhood, is a spot that maintains its personality and honesty. Its menu is an authentic festival of the “castiza” gastronomy of the capital of Spain: Callos (Cow Lungs), Snails “a la Madrileña”, Lamb Hands, Ox Tail Casserole, Veal Cheek and its Codfish “a la Madrileña”. The premises include a large lounge with room for 35 people, a cloakroom and a car park.
From there we continue the Tapas Segway Tour by reaching Plaza Santa Ana, a beautiful square of the classic neighborhood known for its bars, monuments, and its Madrid scent. The next stop of the Tour is another remarkable square: La Plaza Mayor. Even today stands out for its Carlos II statue, its impressive facades and the arches that surround the whole square.
One of the last stops of the Madrid Segway Tour is La Plaza de la Villa, a square formed by buildings from the 15th century medieval Madrid. In front of the square, we find La Catedral de la Almudena. And for the tour´s big finale we arrive at El Palacio Real, the official residence of the kings of Spain. This palace was built by the king Felipe V and the last king who resided there was Alfonso XIII, before the arrival of the Second Republic. It is considered a national treasure and it´s one of the largest royal palaces in the world.
The last restaurant of the Tapas Segway Tour differs slightly from the previous ones. On one side it maintains the Madrid traditional food, that goes from the fish and the seafood to the traditional dishes of “Casquería” (Offal). However, their offer has a more innovative approach, open to other ways of cooking it like sushi, tataki or ceviche. It is characterized by always having a very fresh and good-quality fish, cooked at its point.