What you'll do
I will show you some very well known sites and some hidden gems in an we will go deeper in the history of Madrid to discover and debate the singularities, triumphs and failures that define the Spanish heritage. I will try to explain what these beautiful and historical sites mean and tell us about the character and developing of Madrid through the centuries, from its imperial past, to the turbulent XVIII and XIX centuries, the darkness of the Franco era and the achievements of democracy. I hope that at the end of the tour you will have a better understanding of what has been and it’s Madrid, the Spanish strengths and failures and mentality and the impact of the city in the course of the western history.
I am a well known Spanish journalist. I write at top outlets as El Mundo or El Cultural, www.elcultural.es, for a lot of people the best cultural supplement in Spain! I have also published two novels and co-directed a short film. You can find more information about me if you google my name. A few years ago, leading Barcelona newspaper La Vanguardia asked me to make a new section about "secret places" in Madrid with historical, cultural or social relevance. Here you can see some of the last ones I made https://www.lavanguardia.com/autores/juan-sarda.html. That's how I began to study thoroughly the history, art, architecture and cultural heritage of this wonderful city that has had so much influence in the course of the western world.
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Where you'll be
We will visit, among others, the gardens in front of the royal Palace wit their kings statues, the monument of the heroic Luis Noval, the square where the grave of Velázquez might be, the oldest houses in Madrid, the beautiful Plaza Mayor where we will discover some of the secrets of the Inquisition, the secrets of the old doors to get into the walled city or a magical garden that leads us to the romantic Madrid of the XIX century.
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 6 guests ages 2 and up can attend.
Comfortable shoes and some water during the summer!
Secrets of Madrid