Free tour

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

Duration: 2h
Languages: Spanish
Quality Verified Registered on June 01, 2020

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!

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Tour description

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

Numerous interpersonal relationships between important figures of the Court or the Government have provoked in the past passions, hatred, rivalries and conspiracies 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 experienced well-known matrimonial and extramarital love stories, which have influenced their royal lives and have given rise to many legitimate and bastard children; from the womanizer Felipe el Hermoso , married to poor Juana la Loca; even the insatiable Felipe IV and his well-known relationship with the actress María Calderón; without forgetting the countless lovers that Felipe II hid under his facade of an austere and pious king.

As if it were a true Save Me set 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, the Borgia Pope or the Princess of Éboli , and we will learn about Felipe II's taste for paintings Titian's erotic works, Juana I 's jealous attacks towards her own ladies, the endless parties between women, wine, music and games that made Felipe III almost drown the royal coffers or the supposed beating that Felipe IV received when the Duke of Albuquerque discovered him with his wife.

Finally, we will see in 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 . Then we will go to the Plaza de la Villa , where we will learn which famous French king was imprisoned in the Lujanes tower .

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


Only groups of up to 6 people are allowed in this activity. If you are 7 or more people, you will be asked for a payment per person in advance to join the visit.

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  • Meeting point:
    Pl. de Isabel II, 4, 28013 Madrid, Spain
    Pl. de Isabel II, 4, 28013 Madrid, Spain
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    Next to the Isabel II monument. (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).

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).

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José 29 Nov 2021
Segovia

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Travelled in couple - Nov 2021
Muy interesante todo lo que el guía nos ha comentado en la visita
Teresa 16 Oct 2021
Madrid

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Travelled in couple - Oct 2021
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Amanda 27 Sep 2021
Spain

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Travelled in group - Sep 2021
La guía fue un encanto y divertidísima!! Nos lo pasamos genial!!
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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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