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Love affairs, jealousy and intrigues in the court of the Austria and the Bourbons (Madrid)

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  • Madrid
  • Available in Spanish
  • 2 hours

About the Guru

Arkeo Tour was born from an idea of a group of youngs from Andalusia and Madrid who loved its History, culture and heritage. Our team is made up of great professionals with extensive experience in managing of tourist groups and cultural visits in different parts of Spain. Most of us have trained on the street, collaborating in different archaeological sites, art galleries an... More

Arkeo Tour was born from an idea of a group of youngs from Andalusia and Madrid who loved its History, culture and heritage. Our team is made up of great professionals with extensive experience in managing of tourist groups and cultural visits in different parts of Spain. Most of us have trained on the street, collaborating in different archaeological sites, art galleries and museums. We consider that our land has great heritage and cultural potential that must be valued for both residents and tourists. We do not believe that transmitting our history is bored. We want you to enjoy it. May you live the experience. And that you impregnate yourself with the vestiges of our past. Join this adventure with us!

About the Tour

Love has always been one of the main engines of history.

Numerous interpersonal relationships between important figures of the Court or of the Government have provoked passions, hatreds, rivalries and conspiracies in the past that have affected the course of future events.

The Hispanic dynasty of the Habsburgs is characterized, among other things, because many of its members have lived well-known marital and extramarital love stories, which have influenced their royal lives and given rise to many legitimate children and bastards; from the womanizer Felipe el Hermoso , married to poor Juana la Loca; even the insatiable Felipe IV and his famous relationship with the actress María Calderón; without forgetting the countless lovers that Felipe II hid under his austere and pious king's facade.

As if it were a true set of Save me from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries, in this guided tour we will learn about the most lustful and stormy relationships of some of our most famous characters.

Walking through the streets and squares of old Madrid , we will relive the stories and legends that bring us closer to the love affairs of Barbara de Blomberg, Bishop Carrillo, Pope Borgia or the Princess of Éboli , and we will learn about Felipe II's taste for paintings Titian's eroticism, Juana I's attacks of jealousy towards her own ladies, the endless parties between women, wine, music and games that made Philip III almost drown the royal coffers or the supposed beating that Philip IV received when the Duke of Albuquerque discovered him with his wife.

Finally, we will see on Calle Mayor , the monument that pays tribute to the victims of the attack that took place at the wedding of Alfonso XIII and Victoria Eugenia . Afterwards we will go to the Plaza de la Villa , where we will know which famous French king was imprisoned in the tower of the Lujanes .

Thanks to this route we will discover that the things of love have changed quite little in the last 500 years.

Meeting point: Open in Google Maps

How to find me: Next to the monument of Isabel II. (Plaza de Isabel II, Madrid) You will recognize our guides by their striking red shirt. (It is recommended to arrive at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before the start of the activity).

Tour Schedule

  • Spanish
    Wed, 03 Nov 16:30
  • Spanish
    Thu, 04 Nov 10:00
  • Spanish
    Fri, 05 Nov 19:00

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 (3)

Teresa 10/16/2021

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Lucia 10/09/2021

Amanda 09/27/2021

La guía fue un encanto y divertidísima!! Nos lo pasamos genial!!


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