Social Program

The social program will include a guided walking tour through the old town of Madrid, admiring the most representative sites. After the tour, a dinner consisting of the most typical and tastiest Spanish "tapas" will be served in Corral de la Morería, just before the live flamenco show.

The guided walking tour will start 90 min. before the banquet, from Puerta del Sol (underground, lines 1, 2, and 3 stop Puerta del Sol) and will take us around the old town of Madrid. We will start in Puerta del Sol, where we will see the outstanding Reloj de la Casa de Correos (The Post Office Clock) famous for marking the end of the year with 12 chimes (broadcasted to the whole of Spain). The tradition says that one grape has to be eaten with each of the chimes in order to start off the new year on the right foot (every Spaniard eats the 12 of them). Going into Madrid's old quarter we will arrive at Plaza Mayor which dates back of the 15th century (at the time known as Plaza del Arrabal) when the town's main market was held at that very place and the first arcade of the square was built. Later on, we will walk towards the Casa de la Ópera (Opera House) where we will find the Teatro Real (Royal Theatre), considered one of the most important (if not the most) theatres in Spain and frequently attended by the Royal Spanish Family. After that we will visit the Plaza de Oriente, whose definitive design dates back of 1844 and serves as entrance to the Palacio Real (Royal Palace). This palace is the oficial residence of the actual monarch, and was the regular residence of the Spanish Royal Family until 1931 (the actual King moved his residence to the Palacio de la Zarzuela in 1962 when he got married). Sorrounding the Royal Palace we will visit the Jardines del Campo del Moro y de Sabatini (Gardens of the Campo del Moro and of Sabatini) that will take us to the Catedral de la Almudena (Cathedral of Almudena), centre of Catholic episcopal see of Madrid and consecrated by the Pope Juan Pablo II during his fourth visit to Spain. This is where our walk will finish, before heading to the banquet restaurant.

Tipical spanish tapas

Going out for tapas is one of the best ways to experiment the "Spanish way of life" and the charm of its bars and taverns. The delicious tapas, are a varied and select sample of the popular Spanish cuisine that will allow you to share dishes and enjoy a nice meal with friends. All the flavor of Spain in a single meal as the tapas support virtually all types of products and dishes. This Spanish tradition started in the seventeenth century and includes from typical Spanish dishes like the jamon serrano, the traditional Spanish omelette or the best seafood from Galicia, to haute cuisine dishes that can also be eaten in small quantities in the form of tapas. In all towns and cities in Spain there are bars and taverns, even entire neighborhoods, specialized in tapas. These popular establishments include in their offer: chorizo (sausage), morcilla (black pudding), cheeses, salted fish, anchovies, croquettes, and a many other tapas that could exceed hundreds of specialties. The chance to taste a selection of different tapas at each of the regions of Spain is another attraction of this combination of little culinary delights thought to satisfy all tastes. Corral de la Morería will offer the attendants a delicious tapas-style banquet dinner menu together with typical Spanish sangria.

Corral de la Morería, was founded by Manuel del Rey in 1956, and is the best known tablao flamenco in the world. It has a priviledged location in the centre of Madrid -next to the Royal Palace, in the main historic quarters of the city-, and its decoration (the arabic corbels and street lamps dating from the 18th and 19th Century) recreate a setting reminiscent of the original tablao flamenco, that takes you back in time.