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Secrets of Madrid

Madrid, Spain

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Experience hosted by Juan

3 hours
Includes equipment
Up to 7 people
Hosted in English, Spanish, French

What you'll do

We will visit some very well known sites and also hidden gems. I try to go deeper in the history of Madrid to highlight the singularities, triumphs and failures that define the Spanish heritage, character, art, literature and culture. My goal is to explain what these historical sites mean and tell us about the city and the Spain of today. From the Islamic times and the early “Christian” Madrid, to the capital of an empire and then the struggles of the “Romantic Madrid” of the XVIII and XIX centuries that ended with the tragedy of the Civil War and the Franco regime. It’s a story with a happy ending with the arrival of democracy and fredom! I hope that at the end of the tour you will get to see some meaningful places, appreciate the personality of the city and its inhabitants and also have an overview on how Madrid and Spain became as it is, with its wonders and shadows.
Other things to note
Comfortable shoes and some water during the summer!
We will visit some very well known sites and also hidden gems. I try to go deeper in the history of Madrid to highlight the singularities, triumphs and failures that define the Spanish heritage, character, art, literature and culture. My goal is to explain what these historical sites mean and tell us about the city and the Spain of today. From the Islamic times and the early “Christian” Madrid, to the capital of an empire and then the struggles o…

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What's included

  • Equipment
    Hand sanitizer
From £24
/ person
Sat, 5 Dec
16:00 - 19:00
£24 per person
£24 per person
Sun, 6 Dec
16:00 - 19:00
£24 per person
£24 per person
Mon, 7 Dec
16:00 - 19:00
£24 per person
£24 per person

Meet your host, Juan

Host on Airbnb since 2012
  • 85 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I am a journalist in some of the best outlets of Spain. I also have published two novels (Dinámica de los cuerpos eléctricos, Taksim) and I have directed and award winning short film. I began deepening in the history of Madrid and its secret sites writing (and making photos) for an important newspaper. I also publish articles about cinema on a weekly basis. I was born and raced in Barcelona and after more tan 20 years living in Madrid, the city still surprises and fascinates me. I have traveled a lot in my life and I feel privileged to show this wonderful city to visitors.
I am a journalist in some of the best outlets of Spain. I also have published two novels (Dinámica de los cuerpos eléctricos, Taksim) and I have directed and award winning short film. I began deepening in the history of Madrid and its secret sites writing (and making photos) for an important newspaper. I also publish articles about cinema on a weekly basis. I was born and raced in Barcelona and after more tan 20 years living in Madrid, the city still surprises and fascinates me. I have travele…
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Where you'll be

The first part of the tour is more focused in the “Madrid of Los Austrias”, in the XVI and XVII century, and the second part in the Borbonic and modern period. We will also find traces of the old Islamic and Christian Madrid. We will visit, among others, the Royal Palace and Oriente Square, the Sabatini gardens, the Monastery of “la Encarnación”, Plaza Ramales, San Nicolás de los Servitas, La Latina, prine of Anglona gardens.

Rated 4.89 out of 5 from 85 reviews.

Peter
September 2020
Juan has a great ability to recount particular events and dates, but also a really good grasp of the huge historical eras and transformations - and a sense of drama and epoch-changing moments and people . . . he was very interested in my own experiences and ideas.
Juan has a great ability to recount particular events and dates, but also a really good grasp of the huge historical eras and transformations - and a sense of drama and epoch-chang…
Maureen
September 2020
Très belle visite du Madrid historique avec Juan qui connaît très bien son sujet. Très intéressant avec une rétrospective de l’histoire de l’Espagne et de Madrid tout en cheminant. Très bonne expérience Visite en français
Og
September 2020
Great tour - including many interesting information. Juan is a great guide, leading an interactive tour and adapting the content based on your interests.
Andrés
September 2020
Wonderful guide - kind, knowledgeable, engaging, friendly, and passionate. He loved to field my many questions. I could chat with him for many more hours! In fact, I signed up for a second one of his tours!
Ashleigh
July 2020
Juan was really kind. He took his time explaining both the historical timelines of events that happened in particular locations, as well as the quirky, lesser known facts you wouldn’t get on a typical tour. He really knows his stuff when it comes to Madrid. And Juan as a person was super kind, answered any questions I had, and even assisted me with getting to my next destination after the tour when I wasn’t sure where to go. Highly recommended and definitely value for money.
Juan was really kind. He took his time explaining both the historical timelines of events that happened in particular locations, as well as the quirky, lesser known facts you would…
Janet
March 2020
Juan was a great tour guide! We were first timers to Madrid and did this tour on our first day. It was a perfect way to get a feel for the area. we did the hop on bus later that day, and it was such a disappointment. Don't waste your money unless you absolutely can't walk. Getting a personalized tour, with history and stories, from Juan a MUCH better way to see Madrid.
Juan was a great tour guide! We were first timers to Madrid and did this tour on our first day. It was a perfect way to get a feel for the area. we did the hop on bus later that…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 7 guests of all ages can attend.