Greet your knowledgeable guide at a central Madrid location and embark upon your enriching 4-hour exploration of the city. Head straight to the bustling and bohemian neighborhood of La Latina, an enclave steeped in history bequeathed by the Hasburg dynasty. Stroll from sprawling squares to narrow, serpentine streets as your guide engages you with tales of local legends; pass charismatic cafes, ancient gardens and historical inns transformed into boutique hotels.
Venture to Madrid’s former main street to visit an old convent that sells delicious sweets made by nuns according to age-old recipes. Sample the specialty (own expense) then wander to the next neighborhood on your itinerary. Arrive in Lavapiés and immediately notice the cosmopolitan cultural scene; in this magnificent melting pot of cultures, Spanish taverns stand beside African eateries and Asian supermarkets. Discuss issues of immigration with your guide then saunter to your final stop.
Immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere of a local food market and browse stalls replete with exotic produce and fresh ingredients. Taste tapas and sip refreshing drinks, then walk to the arts center to gain insight into modern arts and the vibrant flamenco culture. Peruse multicultural stores for special souvenirs then bid your guide and group farewell in the Lavapiés area.