I provide private guided tours in Madrid and trips to its surroundings in English for those who wish to learn and enjoy our culture. In order for you to make the most of your leisure time without having to worry about anything, I will personally take care of all the necessary details: ticket booking and purchase, priority access and personalised itinerary design.

In Madrid, combine two visits of your choice from the available options or request the tour of your dreams. You will be able to enjoy both consecutively during a morning or an afternoon, in four hours. However, if you prefer, you can take a single two-hour guided tour in English.

Would you like to discover Toledo, El Escorial, Ávila or Segovia? I offer half-day and full-day trips to any of these UNESCO World Heritage Sites.





















Visits around Madrid

Madrid is a lively city, full of history and art. Discover the soul of my home, be thrilled with its art treasures, fall in love with Madrid.

Madrid's Beginnings


Madrid's Beginnings

A must on your first visit to the city:

This visit will take you through a fascinating journey into the past of Madrid, where you will discover the city’s origins and, with the help of history and legends, reimagine its old Arab medina. Old Madrid’s evocative towers, squares and alleys will then transport you back to the Middle Ages to finally marvel at the dramatic urban transformation resulting from becoming Spain’s capital back in 1561.

Itinerary: Arab ruins, Royal Palace (outside), Plaza de Oriente, Cathedral (inside), churches, convents and baroque palaces, guild streets, Plaza de la Villa, Plaza Mayor, century-old shops, San Miguel Market (inside), old restaurants (outside) and Puerta del Sol.

Duration: 2 hours.

Combine two visits of your choice from the available options or request the tour of your dreams. You will be able to enjoy both tours consecutively during a morning or an afternoon, in four hours. However, if you prefer, you can take a single two-hour guided tour in Spanish.

My suggestion: Combine Madrid’s beginnings and Royal Palace.

Madrid's Beginnings


160€

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220€

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Spanish Golden Age


Spanish Golden Age

The visit is especially intended for the lovers of the Spanish language and the literature of our country. In particular, to those who want to know the city in more depth.

This visit will take you to the past, to the 16th century, as we go down one of the neighbourhoods with more personality in Madrid, Las Letras. Walking through its narrow streets, among old taverns, squares and convents, you will discover why the Spanish Golden Age was born here. This period was the richest in terms of cultural and literary production in Spanish history.

ITINERARY: Besides walking down the most iconic squares and streets of Las Letras Neighbourhood, we will visit Plaza de Santa Ana, the church of San Sebastián, the centenary taverns, houses of Cervantes, Lope de Vega, the Spanish Theater and the cloistered Convent of the Trinitarians. Outside only.

Combine two visits of your choice from the available options or request the tour of your dreams. You will be able to enjoy both tours consecutively during a morning or an afternoon, in four hours. However, if you prefer, you can take a single two-hour guided tour in Spanish.

My suggestion: Combine Spanish Golden Age and Prado Museum

Spanish Golden Age


160€

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Spanish Golden Age +

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220€

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Landscape of Arts and Sciences


Landscape of Arts and Sciences

A must do tour if this is your first time in Madrid.

Get to know the uniqueness of this urban landscape that has brought together the best of the last 500 years of Spanish culture and science. This is why, since then, Madrid citizens have chosen it as a place of entertainment, the governing bodies have built their premises and UNESCO has included it in the list of World Heritage of Mankind.

ITINERARY: the mythological fountains, the outside of the Cibeles Palace, the Botanical Garden, the Astronomical Observatory, the Royal Academy of Language, the church of the Jerónimos, the Casón del Buen Retiro, the Prado and Thyssen museums and the Bank of Spain. You will visit the inside of the Retiro Park with its Large Pond, the Crystal Palace and the Velázquez Palace.

Combine two visits of your choice from the available options or request the tour of your dreams. You will be able to enjoy both tours consecutively during a morning or an afternoon, in four hours. However, if you prefer, you can take a single two-hour guided tour in Spanish.

My suggestion: Combine Landscape of Arts and Sciences and Prado Museum

Landscape of Arts and Sciences


160€

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Landscape of Arts and Sciences +

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220€

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Classic yet Modern

In this guided itinerary you will explore the streets of Chueca, which, due to its history of tolerance, has become a fashionable and vogue place. Going down the most important streets of Las Salesas neighbourhood, you will discover new local designers’ shops and its modernist architecture and, finally, you will stroll around the most elegant and classic of the three neighbourhoods, Barrio de Salamanca.

This visit will give you the opportunity to explore the neighbourhoods of Chueca, Las Salesas and Salamanca, not only their restaurants, cafes and exclusive fashion stores, but also their history, unique architecture and marked personality.

ITINERARY: Plaza de Chueca, San Antón Market (inside), palatial houses (outside), Church of Santa Bárbara (inside), Supreme Court of Justice (outside), streets and squares typical of the aforementioned neighbourhoods.

Combine two visits of your choice from the available options or request the tour of your dreams. You will be able to enjoy both tours consecutively during a morning or an afternoon, in four hours. However, if you prefer, you can take a single two-hour guided tour in Spanish.

My suggestion: Combine Classic yet Modern and Reina Sofia Museum

Classic yet Modern


160€

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220€

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Madrid Citizen for a day

Madrid Citizen for a day

Enjoy Madrid’s atmosphere on a quiet stroll and a pleasant conversation in a local café, accompanied by a guide who, as your host, will show you the city from within.

With this experience, you will have the opportunity to see the city from a different perspective, as if you had always lived in Madrid. Quietly explore the city and have a coffee or wine and tapas (as a Madrid citizen would do) will be a unique occasion to raise issues of your interest about social life in Madrid, education, values, cultural traditions and everything you would like to know about Spain and the Spaniards. And why not, you can get the most of the conversation to receive pro tips and visit, in your free time, those authentic places that only those who have lived here all their lives know.

Choose one of these areas and become a Madrid citizen for a day:

La Latina, between historical streets and intense social life.

Lavapiés, a popular and avant-garde neighbourhood.

El Rastro, antiques and gentrification in equal measure.

Chueca, live diversity and fun!

Salesas, understated elegance.

Madrid de las Letras, literature and tradition.

Plaza de Oriente, a classic place in front of the Royal Palace.

Salamanca is not just another neighbourhood.

Combine two visits of your choice from the available options or request the tour of your dreams. You will be able to enjoy both tours consecutively during a morning or an afternoon, in four hours. However, if you prefer, you can take a single two-hour guided tour in Spanish.

My suggestion: Combine Madrid Citizen for a day and Landscape of Arts and Sciences

Madrid Citizen for a day


160€

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220€

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Prado Museum


Prado Museum

The Prado Museum is one of the must-visit places for art, culture and history lovers.

This guided tour will help you look at a painting, understand the soul of the people, the wishes of a patron or the intentions of a painter. Works of art come to life if we know how to look at them. However, the rich heritage that can be found at the Prado Museum, with almost 30,000 art works (not all on display) and over 100 exhibition rooms, requires choosing which paintings include in the visit to enjoy an unforgettable experience. This is why I have prepared for you different possible commented itineraries, which range from a classic tour focused on the most important works, to specialised visits on specific subjects, schools of painting or art styles.


Masterpieces

This is the most popular option and the most recommended for first-time visitors. The itinerary consists of a brief explanation of the building’s history and why Spain treasures this exceptional collection. This will then be followed by 500 years of the Western history and its art through a selection of works by the great masters: Van der Weyden, Bosch, Brueghel, Rafael, Tintoretto, Titian, El Greco, Rubens, Velázquez and Goya, to mention just a few.

Combine two visits of your choice from the available options or request the tour of your dreams. You will be able to enjoy both tours consecutively during a morning or an afternoon, in four hours. However, if you prefer, you can take a single two-hour guided tour in Spanish.

My suggestion: Combine Prado Museum and Reina Sofia Museum

Masterpieces


160€

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Masterpieces +

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220€

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Spanish school

Spanish painting is the heart and the most complete collection of the Prado Museum.

This visit is recommended for those who want to go deep in Spain’s history and art, following an artistic tour that begins with 12th-century Romanesque murals, continues with Gothic and Spanish-Flemish panels and ends at El Greco’s innovative representations and Ribera and Zurbarán’s drama. However, the heart of this experience will be the masterpieces of two universal geniuses: Velázquez and Goya. In fact, this museum houses the largest number and most iconic creations of these two artists.

Combine two visits of your choice from the available options or request the tour of your dreams. You will be able to enjoy both tours consecutively during a morning or an afternoon, in four hours. However, if you prefer, you can take a single two-hour guided tour in Spanish.

My suggestion: Combine Prado Museum and Reina Sofia Museum

Spanish school


160€

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Spanish school +

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220€

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Reina Sofia Museum


Reina Sofia Museum

Dare to look at the 20th century art with fresh eyes, discover what changed in Western society that made Picasso, Braque, Maar, Dalí or Miró revolutionise the way in which the world was represented. After visiting this museum, you will have the keys to appreciate cubism and approach surrealism through a selection of significant works from the collection. These will be a necessary introduction to the most iconic contemporary art work: Picasso's Guernica, a canvas that embeds all the history of art preceding its creation in 1937, while it leaves us the space to reflect about mankind and the consequences of its behavior.

Combine two visits of your choice from the available options or request the tour of your dreams. You will be able to enjoy both tours consecutively during a morning or an afternoon, in four hours. However, if you prefer, you can take a single two-hour guided tour in Spanish.

My suggestion: Combine Reina Sofia Museum and Landscape of Arts and Sciences

Reina Sofia Museum


160€

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220€

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Thyssen Museum


Thyssen Museum

Discover the masterpieces treasured by the Thyssen Barons and acquired by the Spanish State in the 90s due to their unique artistic value. Magnificent Italian and Flemish panels open the collection, followed by Venetian and Dutch canvases with the highest pictorial value. However, of all the works in this museum, the Impressionist representations and the collection of American paintings from the last two centuries stand out for being unique of this kind in Spain.

The visit will allow you to understand the technical skills and scientific discoveries that complemented the sensibilities of Van Eyck, Van der Weyden, il Ghirlandaio, Titian, Caravaggio, Canaletto, Rembrandt, Rubens, Goya, Monet, Manet, Degas, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Mondrian and Hopper, among others. Explore the Western art through 700 years of painting in your visit to this exceptional art gallery on an exclusive private guided tour.

Combine two visits of your choice from the available options or request the tour of your dreams. You will be able to enjoy both tours consecutively during a morning or an afternoon, in four hours. However, if you prefer, you can take a single two-hour guided tour in Spanish.

My suggestion: Combine Thyssen Museum and Madrid Citizen for a day

Thyssen Museum


160€

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220€

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Royal Palace


Royal Palace

Visit one of the largest and best preserved European palaces on a private tour that will allow you to learn not only how the monarchs and their court used to live in the 18th century, but also how some of the halls are currently used during state ceremonies presided over by the king.

History, legends, protocol and etiquette will transport you through the Halberdiers Hall, the Columns Hall, Carlos III Apartment, the Gala Dining Room, the Royal Chapel, the armour collection and many other rooms in an unforgettable visit.

Combine two visits of your choice from the available options or request the tour of your dreams. You will be able to enjoy both tours consecutively during a morning or an afternoon, in four hours. However, if you prefer, you can take a single two-hour guided tour in Spanish.

My suggestion: Combine Royal Palace and Spanish Golden Age

Royal Palace


160€

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220€

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Sightseeing Tour


Sightseeing Tour

An introduction to the city of a thousand contrasts is a Panoramic Tour throughout its representative neighbourhoods. We discover how harmoniously live together Puerta de Alcalá, along with the new skyscrapers, palaces and churches from Spain’s golden age, Puerta del Sol’s shops, the beauty of the buildings in Gran Vía, the Paseo del Prado and its big museums, the elegance of Barrio de Salamanca, without forgetting the new gardens of Madrid–Rio.

Combine two visits of your choice from the available options or request the tour of your dreams. You will be able to enjoy both tours consecutively during a morning or an afternoon, in four hours. However, if you prefer, you can take a single two-hour guided tour in Spanish.

My suggestion: Combine Sightseeing Tour and Madrid's Beginnings

Sightseeing Tour


160€

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220€

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Trips to Madrid Outskirts

Cross the gates of the ancient cities of Toledo, Segovia, Ávila and El Escorial on a fascinating guided journey through time. Just a few kilometers away from Madrid, you will discover four magnificently preserved World Heritage jewels.

Toledo

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Trips to Toledo

Sitting on top of a granite promontory and embraced by the Tagus River, Toledo offers you history and art in its well-preserved World Heritage Site. Access this walled city through one of its Arab gates, walk through its labyrinthine streets and visit its monuments to live a true immersive medieval history experience.


Trip to Toledo - 5 hours

Meeting point: Hotel or train station.
Itinerary: Departure from Madrid by vehicle with a driver or by train.
Sight-seeing tour of Toledo in the hired vehicle or by taxi, with stops at the viewpoints.
Walk through the Christian and Jewish neighbourhoods of Toledo
Visit of the Cathedral of Toledo (inside).
Visit of El Greco's masterpiece, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz (inside the Church of Santo Tomé).

Trip to Toledo - 5 hours   

250€

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Toledo's Jewish Quarter - 5 hours

Meeting point: Hotel or train station.
Itinerary: Departure from Madrid by vehicle with a driver or by train.
Sight-seeing tour of Toledo in the hired vehicle or by taxi, with stops at the viewpoints.
Walk through Toledo's Jewish Quarter, Jewish Quarter Gates, San Martín Bridge and Plaza del Conde.
Visit of the old Major Synagogue, Santa María la Blanca (inside).
Visit of the Tránsito Synagogue and the Sephardic Museum (inside).
Visit of El Greco's masterpiece, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz (inside).

Toledo's Jewish Quarter - 5 hours   

250€

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Toledo by high-speed train, visit and free time - 6 a 8 hours

Meeting point: Train station.
Itinerary: Departure from Madrid by train.
We will travel by train together (group members and guide) from the Madrid train station. We will make the sight-seeing tour of Toledo, the walking tour and visit the monuments together. Once the visit finishes, the guide will immediately return to Madrid. The visitors will have free time to stroll and enjoy the local gastronomy, and will return by train whenever they wish.
Panoramic tour of Toledo by taxi with stops at the viewpoints.
Walk through the Arab, Christian and Jewish neighbourhoods of Toledo.
Visit to the Cathedral of Toledo (inside).
Visit to El Greco's masterpiece, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz (inside the Church of Santo Tomé).
Visit to the old Major Synagogue, Santa María la Blanca (inside)

Toledo by high-speed train, visit and free time - 6 a 8 horas   

250€

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Toledo of the Three Cultures - 7 horas

Meeting point: Hotel or train station.
Itinerary: Departure from Madrid by vehicle with a driver or by train.
Sight-seeing tour of Toledo in the hired vehicle or by taxi, with stops at the viewpoints.
Walk through the Arab, Christian and Jewish neighbourhoods of Toledo.
Visit of the Cathedral of Toledo (inside).
Visit of the Mosque of Light (inside).
Visit of El Greco's masterpiece, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz (inside the Church of Santo Tomé).
Break for snack and/or shopping.
Visit of one of the two medieval synagogues (inside).

Toledo of the Three Cultures - 7 horas   

330€

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Segovia


Segovia

This quiet Castilian city was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986 due to its Roman Aqueduct, the Alcázar (castle of medieval kings), its Gothic Cathedral, the Romanesque churches that tell us about the guilds or the noble palaces that invite you to explore a splendid past carved in stone. Segovia, a place full of history and legend, is also a key place for food lovers, as it has delicious meats and renowned wines to offer. This is a great opportunity to taste a glass of Ribera del Duero in an old local tavern.


Trip to Segovia - 5 hours

Meeting point: Hotel or train station.
Itinerary: Departure from Madrid by vehicle with a driver or by train.
Sight-seeing tour of Segovia in the hired vehicle or by taxi, with stops at the viewpoints.
Guided walking tour along the narrow medieval streets of the Canonjías neighbourhood, the Jewish quarter, the Plaza Mayor and the Aqueduct of Segovia.
Visit of the Alcazar (inside).
Short coffee break and typical sweet.

Trip to Segovia - 5 hours   

250€

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Trip to Segovia - 7 hours

Meeting point: Hotel or train station.
Itinerary: Departure from Madrid by vehicle with a driver or by train.
Sight-seeing tour of Segovia in the hired vehicle or by taxi, with stops at the viewpoints.
Guided walking tour along the narrow medieval streets of the Canonjías neighbourhood, the Jewish quarter, the Plaza Mayor and the Aqueduct of Segovia.
Visit of the Alcazar (inside).
Visit of the Cathedral (inside).
Free time for lunch.

Trip to Segovia - 7 hours   

330€

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Visit of Segovia and free time - 6 a 8 hours

Meeting point: Train station.
Itinerary: Departure from Madrid by train.
Sight-seeing tour of Segovia by taxi, with stops at the viewpoints.
Guided walking tour along the narrow medieval streets of the Canonjías neighbourhood, the Jewish quarter, the Plaza Mayor and the Aqueduct of Segovia.
Visit of the Alcazar (inside).
Free time.
We will travel by train together (group members and guide) from the Madrid train station. We will make the sight-seeing tour of Segovia, the walking tour and visit the castle together. Once the visit finishes, the guide will immediately return to Madrid by train. The visitors will have free time to stroll and enjoy the local gastronomy, and will return by train whenever they wish.

Visit of Segovia and free time - 6 a 8 hours   

250€

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El Escorial


Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial

The Monastery, which is just 50km away from Madrid, was founded in the 16th century. It captures the political and religious beliefs of its founder, King Felipe II. This active monastic complex is an outstanding example of the Spanish Renaissance and houses the Pantheon of the Kings of Spain and their relatives, palaces, a royal basilica, an exceptional library and many other outbuildings, used to store original furniture, paintings and musical instruments.


Duration- 5 hours

Meeting point: Hotel.
Itinerary: Departure from Madrid by vehicle with a driver.
Stop at the sight-seeing spot.
Visit of the Cloister of the Evangelists, Main Staircase, Old Basilica, Pantheon of Kings and Infants, Chapter Halls, Palace of Felipe II, New Basilica and Library.

Trip to El Escorial - 5 hours   

250€

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Ávila


Trip to Ávila

Visit Ávila. This city is an exceptional example of a fortified city from the Middle Ages, whose perimeter wall is totally pristine. You can walk along its chemin de ronde as if you were a medieval knight and discover how this city was built, preserved and defended. Its several palaces and religious monuments within and outside the walls make Ávila an open gate to the 12th century history.


Duration - 6 hours

Meeting point: Hotel.
Itinerary: Departure from Madrid by vehicle with a driver (1 hour and 25 minutes ride).
Sight-seeing tour of Ávila in the hired vehicle, stopping at the “Cuatro Postes” viewpoint.
Walking tour to admire the Romanesque churches and the Gothic and Renaissance palaces.
Visit of the medieval wall.
Visit of the Cathedral-fortress of Ávila (inside).
Short break to have a snack.

Trip to Ávila - 6 hours   

270€

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About Me

I have a passion for history, art and culture, for Madrid, travel, food and teaching, and I have made a career and a life out of all of these things. In Argentina, I specifically studied to be a tour guide, and my degree has been officially recognized in Spain by the University of Alcalá de Henares. I completed my graduate studies in Tourist Information in Madrid and perfected my language skills in Sicily and Dublin. I also lived temporarily in Prague, Czech Republic and Amman, Jordan. Living in all of these places allowed me to learn firsthand about the culture and the expectations of tourists who visit Spain, and in particular, what they expect of our country and people.

After working for three years as an Ecotour guide in a zoological and botanical park, I directed tours for the next two years through the medieval towns and villages in northern Spain. I was a tour leader for nine years to the most popular routes in Spain. These experiences involved large groups, small groups, VIPs, fam trips, group incentive trips, students – all of which were good opportunities to observe that every group of travelers is a unique organism which depends a great deal on the efforts of the guide to make that experience just as unique.

I obtained my skills as a local guide by combining all of my work experience, in addition to being certified by the appropriate official organizations. Since 2008, I have conducted tours throughout Madrid, my city, where I am always content to interpret the masterpieces of the Prado Museum, to go over the uniqueness of Picasso in great detail or to show what multiculturalism means in our capital in this twenty-first century.

I also lead local tours in Toledo, Ávila and Segovia. I invite my clients to travel back to the Middle Ages with me, to walk in the footsteps of those who built magnificent walls and cathedrals, from which the splendor of these three cities was born and for which World Heritage sites were established.

Often tourists and sometimes travel agents consider me as a specialist in Middle Age history or in Baroque painting, still I must confess my specialty lies in tourism and tourists, and I can proudly call myself an official tour guide.

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