This run kicks off with a “warm up” jog through the famous El Retiro Park, the most important historical-artistic park in the city and one of the most beautiful green urban spaces in the world. Once out of the park we’ll venture up the tree-lined Paseo del Prado, where we’ll take a left at Neptune’s Fountain on the way up to Plaza Mayor which was once the centre of Old Madrid. From there we’ll head for the Plaza Oriente, where we’ll see the Royal Palace and its gardens on the one side, and Teatro Real opera house on the other. Around the corner from the Palace is the Plaza de Espana, one of Madrid’s busiest traffic intersections, and most popular meeting places which pays tribute to Spain’s most renowned author, Don Miguel de Cervantes. The statue portrays Cervantes’s most famous fictional characters, Don Quixote on his horse and Sancho Panza his trustworthy squire on his donkey. The novel was written by Cervantes in 1605. Thereafter we’ll run up the popular Gran Via which continues to be a main artery for the city of Madrid, lined with theatres and cinemas, hotels, shops and restaurants. At the top of Gran Via we’ll head down the Calle Preciados, one of the most expensive commercial streets in the world, towards Puerta del So where we’ll see the famous clock whose bells mark the traditional eating of the 12 grapes and the beginning of each New Year. Here we’ll also see the “Oso y el Madrono”(the Bear and the Strawberry Tree) ,which can be found on the Madrid coat of arms. On our way back we’ll pass the famous Cibeles Fountain, and the Cibeles Palace, two “must-see”landmarks. A short jog up the tree-lined Paseo de Castellana (a real treat) will take us towards Plaza Colon which is in honour of the explorer Christopher Columbus. We’ll then head back and finish off at “Puerta de Alcala”, probably one of the most popular reference points and a “must-see” in this “not to be missed” Madrid city tour.