ON MATCH day of the UEFA Champions League final in Madrid, Heineken NV provided free hop-on-hop-off rides on the Green Line bus for its contest winners and guests to move around the city.
The transport service ran from 9am to 3.30pm, and stopped at various hotels and interesting spots in Madrid.
Heineken staff were on the bus to provide information to guests and assist where to hop off to visit interesting spots in the Spanish capital.
It was convenient using this free transport with a bus available every 10 to 15 minutes at the designated stops.
We used the Green Line and exited at San Bernardo to get to our lunch spot venue at Perrachica Restaurant located at Calle Gonzalo.
We were treated to an abundance of Spanish treats like paella, croquettas, salmorejo, gildas, Spanish omelette, chilli crab burgers, and salchichon sausages.
There was Mexican food too, such as taco with chicken, Taco el Pastor and guacamole.The desserts corner had fruit skewers, cupcakes, chocolates and cheesecakes.
Naturally, all the food was served with pints of cool Heineken beer.
Some of the guests made a stop at Fuente de Neptuno for a bike ride or to get on a Segway machine to move around the green oasis of Retiro Park in the heart of the city.
It is said a stay in Madrid is incomplete without savouring churros dipped in chocolate.
So off we went and hopped onto a Green Line again and headed to the famed Chocolateria San Gines cafe to have our churros fix. I must say it was worth the trip with almost everyone going for extra helpings.
Our group contemplated a
visit to Jamoneria Lopez Pascual, Madrid’s oldest ham shop known for its mouthwatering jamon,
but we had to rush back to the hotel to be in time to board the bus to take us to the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium (home ground of La Liga side Atletico Madrid) for the Champions League final.
We did not want to risk getting stranded in the city which was getting crowded and noisy.
After all, we were here to watch the big match live: the main event of this memorable trip.