Madrid although a very walkable city has a ton museums, monuments, churches, palaces, stadiums, and plazas to see. The problem is how do you go about conquering them all in just a few days. Most would jump on the “now found in every major city, double-decker red bus tour”. Where you can get on and off as you please and a headset tells you about the sites you are passing by in over 10 different languages.
However I have never been a fan of traditional sightseeing. The more random the adventure the better. So as you can imagine when I stumble upon something called a “GoCar” tour my imagination and fascination get the better of me.
What is a GoCar?
A GoCar is a hideously “pay attention to me” yellow, two-person trike. It has no gas pedals or steering wheel, but rather drives like a motorcycle minus the gears. It runs a tour off a programmed GPS route. As you drive by the GoCar tells you the history of the sights you are passing, while giving you directions on where to go.
As we pull out of the GoCar garage amped up and ready to take on Madrid from a tiny convertible, a foot off the ground — a young British woman begins to scream at us. Not an innocent bystander or a passenger from a fellow car, but rather our GoCar herself. She is shouting directions and “interesting” facts as we venture out onto the road carefully following each step with precaution. In the beginning there is little to no time to actually see anything we pass as we are overcome with laughter at the ridiculous car we are driving, our helmets, and matching boots.
We meander down major streets, roundabouts and tiny cobblestone throughfares followed by constant onlookers — laughing, shouting, and snapping photos. We turn from tourists lost in a crowd to GoCar spokeswomen and the laughing-stock of Madrid. As we drive down the “snobby” street of Madrid, or so the GoCar screams as we are stopped at a light with 20 plus people trying to cross. Warding off the stares, the light turns green and we drive straight — out of nowhere a Volkswagon turns without acknowledging our minor existence on the road and crash right into the left corner of our GoCar!!
As we sit in the GoCar completely shocked, both cars butting noses. A woman in the VW begins screaming at us in Spanish out the window. As we can’t back up because the car has no reverse, I scream to my co-pilot to get out and push! Alarmed yet? No worries, this story has a happy ending, we didn’t get pinged with some crazy GoCar fee or have to get the local policia involved, but it did give us an adventure we will never forget. (The accident was really minor and not our fault. No damage was done!)
It’s defiantly not a conventional way to see a city, nor is it accident proof, but we had a hell of a time and a great story to add to the books. Just remember if your decide to take your own GoCar tour — it’s at your own risk!
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Cost in Madrid
- 1st Hour 35 Euros
- 2nd Hour +25 Euros
- 3rd Hour +20 Euros
- All Day 99 Euros