On Monday and Wednesday mornings we are pleased to offer partners a variety of optional activities, including visits to surrounding cities and well as others within Madrid. Please tick the boxes in the registration form if your partner wishes to attend any of these. All include lunch at a local restaurant.

Monday 19

Segovia Visit

Named as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on 1985, this ancient city is believed to have been first built in to the craggy limestone rock by the pre-Roman Celtiberian tribes. Rome then left its indelible mark with the famous aqueduct which dominates the town to this day. Repopulated in 1088, Segovia built up a thriving wool and textile industry, the resulting prosperity allowing the creation of the many churches, convents, strongholds and palaces which can still be seen today. Segovia is 30 minutes from Madrid by train. Following a tour of the town, visitors will take lunch in the Palacio de la Floresta, where they may sample the local delicacy “Cochinillo”.

Museums Tour

In addition to the guided tour of the Prado which is available on Tuesday evening to all delegates and partners, some may wish to take part in an expert guided visit to Madrid’s two other great art galleries. The first of these is the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, offering visitors a chance to see one of the world’s most important art collections. In the nearly one thousand works on display, visitors can see important works of western art from the 13th to the 20th centuries. The Reina Sofia Musueum is Spain’s most important collection of Spanish modern art, including important works by Spain’s two greatest 20th century masters, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali­. Certainly the most famous masterpiece in the museum is Picasso's painting Guernica depicting the notorious German bombing raid on the town of that name.

Segway Tour

Following a short induction in the use of the segway, this three hour tour will start from the Plaza de la Opera, take in the Catedral de la Almudena, the Palacio Real and many important historic landmarks. It will end with a tasting menu at the famous Botin, dating from 1725 and said to be the world’s oldest functioning restaurant.

Wednesday 21

Toledo Visit

Toledo the “city of three cultures” is one of the jewels of Spain, where its Christian and Jewish and Arab traditions meet amid a panoply of art, architecture and history. The city was captured by the Romans in the 1st Century but brought to prominence by the Visigoths who made it their capital in the 6th Century. Following a half-hour high-speed train ride from Madrid, visitors can enjoy its wealth of churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues, before taking lunch in El Cardenal Restaurant.

Walking Tour

Our conference hotel is located at the edge of the old city of Madrid. From there you can take a guided tour of the most important monuments of the ancient Spanish capital including the Plaza Mayor, the Plaza del Sol and the wealth of fabulous buildings which have played important roles in Spain’s tumultuous history. The tour will end with a visit to the Palacio Real and lunch at a local restaurant.

Flamenco Class

You can visit the Amor de Dios, the legendary flamenco dance studio where many of Spain’s greatest dancers have studied. You will have a chance to learn the fundamentals of the dance from an expert, before enjoying a typical Spanish lunch of the region. Those taking part in the class should bring shoes with a stout heel!

Madrid 2014

iFHP Biennial Conference
Westin Palace Hotel