Madrid is a hub for Michelin-starred restaurants, contemporary Spanish fusions and traditional culinary culture. The city is famed for its passion for food and is home to some of the best chefs in the world. Madrid is a must for foodies who love experimental molecular gastronomy and state-of-the- art culinary presentation.
The culinary tradition of pinchos is still very present in Spanish and Basque life and is considered to be a backbone in social customs. Pinchos are miniature meals held together by a toothpick that is usually skewered through layers of food on top of a piece of bread. Pinchos line the bar at Txakolí, and there is a distinct relaxed Spanish attitude as customers help themselves to these bite sized dishes. The bill at the end depends on the number of toothpicks left on the plate. Txacolí keeps this Spanish tradition alive with its experimental variation of pinchos and its charmingly informal atmosphere. Txacolí has a lively atmosphere and, combined with its enticing food, has become central to Madrid’s nightlife.
Calle Alcalá is one of the oldest roads in Madrid and where Casino de Madrid is found. Perched upon the rooftop of the casino is the two Michelin Star restaurant La Terraza del Casino,which overlooks Madrid’s spectacular skyline. The entire tasting menu is worthy of trying and, with its seemingly never-ending courses, it is the best way to appreciate the restaurant’s passion for culinary art and presentation. Set within a historic building, this restaurant exudes a formal air, and gentlemen guests are not allowed in without a dinner jacket.
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Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
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