Spaniards are renowned for their love of a long, leisurely lunch. It is not uncommon to take a whole hour – or two – lunch break and head to a local restaurant to enjoy a three-course meal. While this habit has many benefits, and surely beats eating a sandwich at your desk, one drawback can be the wave of tiredness that sets in after a heavy lunch.
But now one Madrid restaurant might have the solution. El Gato Canalla, the restaurant of Hotel Indigo on the city’s Gran Vía, one of Madrid’s most iconic streets, is offering diners the ultimate dessert – a two hour siesta.
Every Sunday throughout February and March, diners can try one of Madrid’s most famous dishes, cocido Madrileño, a typical stew made from vegetables, pork, chorizo and chickpeas, followed by a two-and-a-half hour siesta in one of the hotel’s bedrooms, all for the price of €45.
Siestas, which were traditionally taken by rural workers after they had worked all morning in the fields, are becoming more and more rare in modern Spain, where the majority of people work in offices and have no time to pop home for a nap.
And while some Spaniards are tired of the siesta stereotypes, some Spanish businesses are intent on bringing the traditional nap into the 21st century.
The country’s very first siesta café opened in Madrid’s business district in August 2017.
Siesta & Go, whose aim is to modernise the siesta, offers private rooms, dorms with bunkbeds and even armchairs that you can rent by the minute in order to grab 40 winks.
El Gato Canalla, Calle de Silva, 6, 28013 Madrid +34 912 00 85 85
Siesta & Go, Plaza Manuel Gómez-Moreno, Madrid, Spain, +34 911 99 38 74