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Secrets of Madrid

Madrid, Spain

Experience hosted by Juan

2.5 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…

Juan's commitment to safety

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What's included

  • Equipment
    Hand sanitizer
From £22
/ person
Wed, 12 May
£22 per person
£22 per person
Thu, 13 May
£22 per person
£22 per person
Fri, 14 May
£22 per person
£22 per person

Meet your host, Juan

Host on Airbnb since 2012
  • 103 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 4.86 out of 5 from 103 reviews.

Carmen Y Andrés
April 2021
Un recorrido adecuado por lugares interesantes para comprender la ciudad de Madrid. Además, Juan es muy agradable y sus explicaciones son amenas. Fuimos con nuestro hijo de 10 años; le encantó y estuvo superatento, pues Juan supo también adaptarse a él. Experiencia muy recomendable.
Un recorrido adecuado por lugares interesantes para comprender la ciudad de Madrid. Además, Juan es muy agradable y sus explicaciones son amenas. Fuimos con nuestro hijo de 10 años…
Christian
April 2021
I can only recommend to do the tour with Juan. You will get great insights into the history of Madrid. Juan is very knowledgable and a great story teller. Really enjoyed the tour!
Joachim
April 2021
Great tour - very informative and comprehensive. Juan clearly knows the history of Madrid and Spain and is very open to answer questions and take requests.
Sabrina
March 2021
Une expérience 5 étoiles à Madrid... car la 6ie n existe pas! Ponctuel,très à l aise Juan nous fait remonter le temps . Passionné, il nous fait faire une visite bourrée d’anecdotes du vieux Madrid en petit comité et en français s il vous plaît!Juan, merci pour ton écoute, ta bienveillance et cette super ballade . Nous recommandons absolument !
Une expérience 5 étoiles à Madrid... car la 6ie n existe pas! Ponctuel,très à l aise Juan nous fait remonter le temps . Passionné, il nous fait faire une visite bourrée d’anecdote…
Mathieu
March 2021
Belle ballade dans une ville qu'il nous a aidé à comprendre. Il a su répondre à toutes nos questions et nous a transmis son enthousiasme dans un très bon français ! Merci !
Yannick
March 2021
Le tour de Javier est très bien d’un point de vue historique et au niveau des conseils pour les restaurants et bars

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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.