Madrid of the origins (Austria)

Duration: 2h
Languages: English, Spanish
Guru: Madzguía
Quality Verified Registered on December 11, 2019

Hello everyone! I'm Rubén, official tour guide and guru of Madrid;), I'm 27 years old, I like to be called Rubens, I consider myself a "cat" (native of Madrid). I also collaborate with friends and family who help me occasionally with reservations. I have a degree in tourism and a history degree halfway through and at the moment I am self-employed. I started to fall in love with the profession in 2019 thanks, in part, to my friend Aurora, but starting in 2020 I worked with arkeotour, which is a company that also helped me a lot, and then in 2021 I started doing the tours on my own and prove. You must keep in mind that Madzguía has only been active for a short time and many times the minimum number of attendees necessary is not reached. Getting started, as you well know, is not easy at all. I am a fun guy, I consider myself close to people and I love exchanging opinions with travelers, since they can bring you experiences without having traveled outside of Madrid. I have traveled a little around Europe and that has helped me a little to love this job, because in every corner there is always a story to tell and I think that Madrid is a perfect city to teach all kinds of tours. It is a city full of life where everyone feels at home, for me it is one of the best cities in Spain and one of the best in the world. I have experience as a local guide, but I am very passionate about my work and I like to teach and explain events, for me it is the ideal job. That's why I think that being able to work in my own city doing something I like as a local guide is a privilege.

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
    This tour allows payment by electronic means or credit card

Tour description

Welcome to this tour with which you will discover Madrid!

This tour reveals at various points some secrets of the origin of the city. It is a very enjoyable tour in which you will see a large number of places and monuments spread over a route that runs through the old heart of Madrid or ''Magerit''. It is a city with 1,200 years of history that began in a small Arab fortress and has ended up being one of the most metropolitan cities in the world with approximately 3 million people. How has it evolved so much? Find out with Rubens. Few cities in the world have such a varied evolution as ''Magerit''. Although it is a route based on the Madrid of the Austrias, you will see enclaves from the early days of Madrid when it was a small town, you will also see buildings and monuments from the Bourbon reign such as the Royal Palace. Many funny characters have passed through here, very top characters…. They will talk about kings, food, customs, legends... With a particular touch of humor. At the end of the tour, you will have learned countless secrets. You are ready?

Among the places that will be visited are:

  • Sun Gate
  • Oldest inn in the city
  • Main Square
  • Arch of Cuchilleros
  • Oldest restaurant in the world
  • Village Square
  • Oldest business in Madrid
  • Almudena
  • Royal Palace
  • Plaza de Oriente

For the tour to go out, at least 5 people are necessary.

If you want to come with a large group, I also do a private tour.

For the night schedule, at least 7 people are necessary.

If you bring a pet, please let us know so we know.

Electronic payment: only bizum and as soon as the tour ends (let the guide see it)

This tour includes civil liability insurance and additional explanation material.

This tour ends near Plaza de Oriente.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Puerta del Sol, Madrid, Spain
    Puerta del Sol, Madrid, Spain
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    Next to the statue of Charles III. It is located in the center of the Puerta del Sol square. I will carry a light blue umbrella to distinguish myself.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Puerta del Sol
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Plaza Mayor
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Sobrino de Botín
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Plaza de la Villa
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Calle Factor

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Pilar 23 Sep 2023

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Travelled alone - Sep 2023
Muy bien todo
CRISTINA 14 Sep 2023

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Travelled in group - Sep 2023
Hicimos un buen recorrido por el barrio de los Austrias de Madrid y Rubén nos guió dando muchas explicaciones de todo y explicando anécdotas, nos gustó mucho.
Mackenzie 08 Nov 2022

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Travelled in group - Nov 2022
Reuben was a wonderful guide through Madrid! He had lots of great stories, with photos and maps to help us understand Madrid’s history and layout. We really enjoyed our time.
Pilar 31 Jan 2022

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Travelled alone - Jan 2022
Fue un gran tour, Rubén me enseñó sitios espectaculares de la ciudad y pude conocer con él en otro tour (madrid indispensable) lo básico de la ciudad, es una fantástica ciudad para los bilingües que hablamos inglés y español ,y con este tour he aprendido muchas curiosidades sobre el origen de la ciudad
Alexandra 14 Jan 2022

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Travelled in couple - Jan 2022
A nice relaxing walk in touristic places - is a good idea for a sunny winter day. Thanks!
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 20 people.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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