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History, movies, music and murders in Malasaña and Chueca

Your Guru: Patricia
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  • Madrid
  • Available in English, Spanish
  • 2 hours and 30 minutes

About the Guru

I am a Journalist, a Teacher of Spanish Language and Literature and a Tourism Guide. I love History and, more specially, stories and anecdotes which make any account to become funny and unforgettable. And that's what I want our tour to be: a memorable experience for all. I'm also friendly and talkative, always willing to solve the questions of my guests. I'm also a foddie an... More

I am a Journalist, a Teacher of Spanish Language and Literature and a Tourism Guide. I love History and, more specially, stories and anecdotes which make any account to become funny and unforgettable. And that's what I want our tour to be: a memorable experience for all. I'm also friendly and talkative, always willing to solve the questions of my guests. I'm also a foddie and I know good places to eat Spanish food.

About the Tour

If you want to be surprised, come and discover Malasaña and Chueca with me. Its picturesque streets and houses served as the setting for films by Almodóvar, Alejandro Amenábar or Álex de la Iglesia, and for music video clips by Manu Chao or Siniestro Total, and for zarzuelas (not in vain, Chueca is named after the composer Federico Chueca, who lived in the area). In addition, many of its bars are closely linked to the so-called "Movida madrileña".

And for those who like urban art, its walls serve as a canvas for "Pinta Malasaña", a festival, which has been held since 2015, and which beautifies even more, if possible, its streets and squares.

There is also a lot of history here, such as the one that was forged during the May 2 uprising in 1808. Its beautiful buildings gather curious anecdotes, such as those related to the Bauer Palace, the Church of San Antonio de los Alemanes or the Royal Hospice de San Fernando, today the Madrid History Museum.

And, if what you want are the gruesome stories that make your hair stand on end, here are some to give and take: like the numerous murders that took place on Antonio Grillo Street, the one in the building on Calle del Pez where lived the disturbing Modlin family, the nuns of the convent of San Plácido who went mad in 1628, or the plaque of Eames Demetrios that announces that we are going to enter a world of darkness.

During the tour, I will recommend you endless restaurants, bars (my favorite: Rocablanca, in Fuencarral, where you will fall in love with their croquettes), curious things shops and ice cream parlors, which are for all tastes.

And, finally, you will receive a detail that will sweeten your day. I guarantee that you will enjoy with me. Come and join me!!!!

Meeting point: Open in Google Maps

How to find me: I'll be waiting between the Dear Hotel and Banco de Santander, right near the entrance to the metro station of Plaza de España, between Plaza de España and Gran Vía street.

Tour Schedule

  • Wed, 16 Jun 17:00
  • Thu, 01 Jul 17:00
  • Fri, 02 Jul 11:00

What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!

Tour opinions (27)

Marta Canet Ballester 06/11/2021

Patricia es una parada obligatoria si visitas Madrid. Ha sabido recoger los mejores rincones y locales de Malasaña y Chueca en un tour muy interesante y divertido. Gracias Patricia, nos ha encantado!

Response from Patricia
¡¡¡¡Y a mí conoceros a vosotras y disfrutar de esta tarde de viernes en vuestra compañía!!!! Sois súper majas y ha sido un placer enseñaros esa parte de Madrid. Me ha encantado vuestro entusiasmo e interés en todo lo que os decía. Gracias y mil veces gracias por todo. Un beso enorme y hasta la próxima. ¡¡¡Cuidaros mucho!!!!
SOPHIE JOUETTE 06/06/2021

La visita con Patricia fue una experiencia maravillosa. Es muy profesional y conoce muy bien la historia de Malasaña y Chueca. Explica muy bien la evolución de estos zonas, sus transformaciones. Me hizo descubrir lugares increíbles e insospechados. Ella da muchos consejos para tener una estancia inolvidable en Madrid con direcciones de bares, restaurantes, galerías, teatros ... Soy francesa y que habla un poco de español, supo explicarme todo de una manera muy claro. Volveré para hacer otras visitas con ella. Muchisimas gracias Patricia

Response from Patricia
¡¡¡¡Gracias por tus palabras, Sophie!!! Me ha emocionado leer tu reseña. La verdad es que fue un placer conocerte y pasar ese rato contigo. Me divertí un montón contigo. Cuando quieras, ya sabes dónde encontrarme. Entretanto, por favor, cuídate mucho.
YOLANDA GARCIA PASCUAL 06/04/2021

Nicole Brown 06/03/2021

Patricia gives a good overview of stories from the past and how things have changed during different times. Also helps you to know today, recommends so many shops, restaurants and gives you a good feeling of the area. I really enjoyed a lot and now feel I have so much more to see in the area.

Response from Patricia
Thanks a lot for your great review, Nicole. It was a pleasure for me to have such a nice walk with you. I enjoyed a lot your company. Please, take care and enjoy the rest of your stay in Madrid. Un beso fuerte
Jordi Ripoll 05/25/2021


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