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August 13, 2005
From journal Madrid on the run
Madrid, Madrid, Spain
January 22, 2002
This particular walking tours program is called "descubre Madrid". There are many different routes available (... Madrid of the Austrias, Madrid of the Borbons, Literary Madrid, XIXc Madrid, The Taberns of Madrid, Baroque Madrid, Modern Madrid, Madrid of the Painters, Botanic Madrid.. just to name a few).
No advance reservation is usually required, except in high season: You are just expected to gather at a given point on a given time. Most of the tours take place in saturday and sunday mornings, roughly from 10am to 2pm. Most popular ones also have an afternoon schedule, or are repeated several days per week (also depending on season).
I can't guarantee that English-speaking guides will always be available.
The program changes frequently, so check all details at the above phone numbers or at any tourist office, as it will be impossible (and unpractical) to publish as-of-today details here.
Hint: There is a handy tourist office at #3, Plaza Mayor.
Another hint: The "Madrid de los Austrias" area is somewhat covered in my "From Plaza de la Villa to Plaza de los Carros" journal entry.
From journal There's more to Madrid than the Prado!!