We have organized a range of interesting tourist activities for tournament participants so that you can make the most of your visit to Spain. All of the activities are designed to fit around the tournament schedule, so take advantage of these guided tours and dinners while you're here.
There are six different tourism activities for you to choose from. You can participate in as few or as many as you would like. To register for any one of the activities, simply click on the blue link "Sign up for tourism activities" and fill out the registration form. Sign up for tourism activities
Below are the six tourist activities that we've organized. Further down we offer details and photos of each activity to help you decide which ones you'd like to join.
We drive 40 miles north to the imposing El Escorial where we enjoy a guided tour of the 16th-century architectural masterpiece completed in 1584 as a residence for the King of Spain and a monastery for the Hieronymite monks. Conceived by King Philip II and designed at the height of Spain’s international power, the structure’s floor plan was actually inspired by descriptions of the Temple of Solomon. Set at the foot of Mount Abantos, the enormous gray-granite complex is the resting place of 500 years of Spanish kings. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the most important architectural monument of the Spanish Renaissance.
After lunch we'll explore Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a guided walking tour. Straddling the city, the remarkable Roman aqueduct is one of the largest in Europe – an engineering masterpiece constructed without the use of mortar and still standing today. See the outstanding Romanesque exteriors of San Martin, San Millan, and San Esteban as well as the circular Templar church of La Vera Cruz. We stroll through the charming, narrow streets of the old Jewish Quarter before visiting the Plaza Mayor, a picturesque square surrounded by many of Segovia’s most important buildings, including its Gothic Cathedral, an imposing 16th-century church. The last stop on your tour is the Alcazar, a skyline-dominating, hill-top castle whose romantic design was the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle. Sign up for tourism activities
Join us at 20:00 for a 5-Star dinner at the Zerain restaurant in the center of Madrid. Enjoy wonderful Basque (northern Spain) food and drink in a rustic atmosphere with pickleball players from around the world. Sign up for tourism activities
After breakfast, we embark on a one-hour bus journey south to the medieval city of Toledo, capital of medieval Spain until 1560 and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We then take a guided walking tour through the cobblestone streets as we admire the well-preserved medieval architecture of the city and the burnished steel swords that have been made there for centuries. You will be able to experience for yourself how three cultures, Muslim, Christian, and Jew, coexisted through our visit to the Cathedral, the Sephardi Jewish Museum, and the Church of Saint Tome, which houses the famous El Greco painting "The Burial of the Count of Orgaz". Sign up for tourism activities
Our tables are reserved for dinner (7:30pm) and a fiery evening of Spanish dance and music! Get ready for throbbing guitars, passionate solos, colorful dancers and the emotional, rhythmic stomp of flamenco. Sign up for tourism activities
Thursday morning at 10:00 we'll visit the magnificent Prado Museum for a guided visit of its art trasures. The Prado has a world renowned collection of the Old Masters such as Botticelli, Tiziano, Rembrandt, El Greco, Goya and Velázquez. It is also home to a solid collection of modern art, exibiting some of the best works of modern masters such as Picasso, Dalí and Miró. The Prado Museum is equivalent to the Louvre in Paris or the National Gallery of London; a must visit for art lovers and of the main attractions in Madrid. Sign up for tourism activities
Join us Thursday after lunch as we explore Madrid. First we'll get a panoramic view of the vibrant capital city by bus. Then we'll explore by foot with a guided walking tour of “Old Madrid”. We stroll through the city’s historic center to visit Puerta del Sol, San Miguel Market, and Plaza Mayor, where events have been held since the 17th century. We complete our walking tour in “Plaza Santa Ana”, a lively historical square housing one of Madrid’s most famous theaters along with a wide range of restaurants and “tapas bars” to choose from. Sign up for tourism activities