Madrid's origin

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 26 years old, I like to be called Rubens, I consider myself a "cat" (native to Madrid). I have a degree in tourism and I am half way through history 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 from 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 try. You must take into account that Madzguía has been active for a short time and many times the minimum number of attendees necessary is not reached, starting, 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 bit around Europe and that has helped me a bit 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 routes. 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 have a lot of passion for my work and I like to teach and explain events, for me it is the ideal job. That is why I think that being able to work in my own city in something that 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

Tour description

This tour reveals in several secret spots the origin of the city, it is a very nice tour in which you will see a lot of places and monuments scattered on a route that runs through the old heart of Madrid or ''Magerit''. It is a city of 1200 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 an evolution as varied as "Magerit". Although it is a route based on the Madrid of the Austrias, you will see places of the early days of Madrid when it was a small village, you will also see buildings after the monarchy of the Austrias as the Royal Theatre. Many funny characters have passed through here, very funny characters.... We will talk about kings, food, customs, legends.... With a particular touch of humor from Ruben. At the end of the tour, you will have known several secrets that neither Madrid people know. Are you ready? Among the places to be visited are: -Puerta del Sol -Plaza Mayor -Cava Baja de San Miguel -Plaza de la Villa -Almudena cathedral -Royal palace -Plaza de Oriente

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  • Meeting point:
    C. del Marqués Viudo de Pontejos, 2, ...
    C. del Marqués Viudo de Pontejos, 2, 28012 Madrid, Spain
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    Next to the statue of Charles III, with a black backpack, a notebook and a black umbrella.

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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Mack... 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
Alex... 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!
maria 30 Dec 2021
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Travelled in group - Dec 2021
Ha sido muy interesante y amena la experiencia. Hemos aprendido muchas cosas que no sabíamos de la ciudad. Merece mucho la pena
cesar 30 Dec 2021
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Travelled in family - Dec 2021
Una gran experiencia. Rubens genial, súper amable y lo hace entretenido.
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 8 people.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 4 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.
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