Hidden Gems

From secret streets steeped in history to amusing signs and sweet treasures tucked away in old convents, each tour is a fresh exploration.

Hidden Gems

From secret streets steeped in history to amusing signs and sweet treasures tucked away in old convents, each tour is a fresh exploration.

This week I walked with very enthusiastic guests around the city center. Every tour is a new discovery, looking and exploring the wonderful old city through the eyes of people who come from very different cultures. Sometimes, they have the most curious questions and we talk about architecture, culture, religion and other fascinating subjects, while I show them the monuments, buildings and historical plazas.

I have found some things that are surprising and everybody enjoys when I share. Those things are very simple and say a lot about the Spanish culture and lifestyle. Streets where important things happened, or a very funny sign, and of course my favourite shop that offers cookies and sweets made by nuns from old convents in Spain.

The experience is always fun. An American mom with two teenagers enjoyed a nice breakfast at the market, a group of good friends from the UK shared a great time taking pictures around the Royal Palace, a family from Germany loved the Flamenco venue and booked tickets for that night… the experience for me as a guide is always new, always fun.

Maria Iturralde

I'm a communication profesional, specializing in strategies for social projects and a lover of cultural connections. Originally from Ecuador, I've made Madrid, Spain, my home, balancing work remotely with enjoying the city's vibrant culture. Madrid isn't just where I live; it's where I've explored every corner, discovering its unique charm. By day, I'm a dedicated communication consultant, and off-duty, I'm out exploring Madrid's streets and museums. I also enjoy giving private tours, sharing the city's stories from a local perspective. It's not just a job; it's my way of bringing Madrid to life through storytelling. Join me on this journey as I blend professional know-how with a passion for Madrid's cultural richness.

Maria Iturralde

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