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Madrid and Central Spain are awash with history, traditions and celebations what only the society can show you.
In Rick Steve’s terms, these are true “back door” experiences. We have added this calendar to help you plan for these if you are here at the right time.
If you are interested in leaning more about the tours listed below, please contact Charirman, Stephen Drake Jones.

2018

February

The Fiestas of Zamarramala – Sunday, February 11

In 1277, the Moslems had taken over control of the Alcazar of Segovia. To win back the castle, the women of the nearby town of Zamarramala went to it dressed in their richest costumes to entertain the Moslem lords. While they danced, the Christian warriors surprised the Moslem palace guards to win back the Alcazar for the Christians.
This event is commemorated with an annual three day festival. The women of Zamarramala rule the town with dancing in the streets to the same beat which they had used to seduce the Moslem lords and with a precession to the “mirador” or lookout point with a view of the Alcazar of Segovia in all it glory.

Reservations and Pricing

Includes: Private bus – Historians – coffee break – 3 course lunch with wine
Depart 9.30am – Please contact us for further information
115 euros per person

March

The Man from la Mancha

A day excursion in private bus following the route of Don Quixote  south of Toledo in the province of La Mancha with readings from Cervantes’ famous novel at relevant locations including whitewashed windmills. lunch at a 17th century restaurant and a chance to buy local wines and olive oil.

Reservations and Pricing

Includes: Private bus – Historians – coffee break – 3 course lunch with wine
Please contact us for further information

APRIL

For Whom the Bell Tolls

A weekend day excursion in private bus to the north of Madrid and the mountain range where Hemingway based his classic novel For Whom the Bell Tolls, about the Spanish Civil War from the Republic’s side with the protagonist a USA volunteer from the International Brigade. Dr. Ramon Buckley, an expert on the subject, will lead us on a hike to sites mentioned in the book starting from the bridge to the caves. After a healthy hike we enjoy lunch and wines at a mountain pass restaurant.

Reservations and Pricing

Includes: Private bus – Historians – coffee break – 3 course lunch with wine
Please contact us for further information

UPRISING!
THE SECOND OF MAY 1808! Tour – Wednesday, 25 April

The Society is offering a walking tour through Madrid´s old quarter and a visit to the recently reopened Municipal Museum, to understand what happened on the bloody day 200 years ago. The people of Madrid spontaneously rose against Napoleon´s forces, so vividly described in Goya´ s 2nd & 3rd of May paintings hanging in the Prado Museum. A most singula tour with refreshments stops along the way.

Reservations and Pricing

Meet at 11am inside Municipal Museum (Museo Municipal), Metro Tribunal
25 euros per person with coffee and a tapas and drinks breaks included.
Please contact us for further information

MAY

San Isidro Fiestas in Madrid

The Spanish capital celebrates its own fiesta each year on 15 May. Saint Isidro was a 12th century Madrid farmer who, apart from laboring in his fields down by the River Manzanares managed to find time to perform three miracles namely find water during the summer moths, save his son who had fallen down a well and Angles ploughed his land. On the 15th there is dancing and music in the streets many people in traditional Castilian costume. We visit the church and museum named after him then enjoy an amazing array of freshly made tapas at a number of taverns in the old quarter.

Reservations and Pricing

Please contact us for further information

Don Quixote

Hemingway