MADRID, ARANJUEZ, ALCALÀ DE HENARES, CUENCA, ALMAGRO
DAY 1, 23 NOVEMBER
We Leave Nerja early at around 07.00 am along with a couple of comfort breaks we will arive in Aranjuez around 14:30
An old quarter which is a Historic-Artistic Site, royal palaces, and gardens on the banks of the Tagus form the layout of Aranjuez. The ideas of the Enlightenment, adapted to the urban development of cities, are embodied here in a balance between nature and man, the watercourses and the design of the gardens, between the woods and the palace architecture. This is why it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001.
We leave Aranjuez at 14:30 and make our way to Hotel Europa Madrid.
20:00 there will be a meet and greet in the hotel with wine and tapa.This will be a great opportunity to meet other members of the group and meet Carmen our Guide who will accompany us for the whole trip. Carmen went to university in Madrid and has a wealth of knowledge and information about the area
DAY 2, 24 NOVEMBER
9:00 walking tour of Old Madrid
For those who would like Carmen will take us on a fascinating tour of old Madrid, a pace set to suit the group she will share her local knowledge of this amazing city. The tour will finish around 11am
The rest of the day is yours to explore the city
19:00 Panoramic Bus
Fabulous night time bus tour with Commentary from Carmen. A great way to get a feel for the size of the city and discover the great variety of experiences the city has to offer.
DAY 3, NOVEMBER 25
9:00 Leave for Alcalà De Henares
Alcalá de Henares is a city in central Spain, northeast of Madrid. It’s known for the University of Alcalá, which occupies 16th-century buildings in the old town. These include the Paraninfo, a hall with an intricately patterned Mudejar ceiling, where the King of Spain presents the annual Cervantes literary prize. Nearby, the Cervantes Birthplace Museum is the former home of the celebrated author of “Don Quixote.”
4 hours to explore the town 14.00 Return to Madrid
Free time to Explore
18:00 Roof top views of Madrid at Sunset – Palacio de Cibeles
For those who would like Carmen will organise a roof top visit at the town Hall for spectaculars sunset views across Madrid there is a cost of €2 for the ticket. Afterwards please join us for an evening strollto soak up the atmosphere of Madrid by night, have a bite to eat in Plaza España and let the evening unfold naturally
DAY 4, NOVEMBER 26
9 am Leave for Cuenca weather permitting and if time allows a visit to the natural Park of the Enchanted City
Cuenca is a city set in the mountains of east-central Spain. Founded by Moors, it retains its Historic Walled Town with steep cobbled streets and medieval castle ruins. Perched on a limestone spur high above the Júcar and Huécar rivers, it’s most famous for its well-preserved “casas colgadas,” or hanging houses. Cantilevered over the Huécar gorge, they seemingly cling to the cliffs’ edges.
6:00 Return to Madrid
An evening to explore Madrid
DAY 5, NOVEMBER 27
9:00 Leave Madrid and after a coffee stop
12:30 arrive City of Almagro for Lunch
Almagro, declared a Historic-Artistic Site, lies in the county of Campo de Calatrava near Ciudad Real. The history of this town in La Mancha is closely linked to the history of the theatre, as you can appreciate in the Open Air Theatre, the National Theatre Museum and the International Festival held every year.
As in almost all Castilian towns, its centre is the Plaza Mayor. This is a rectangular building, with stone porches and wooden balconies running round it. Here are the most symbolic buildings in Almagro, like the Open Air Theatre, the National Theatre Museum and the Town Hall.
Leave Almagro at 15:00 and after 2 short stops we will arrive back in Nerja around 20:00