Madrid Through My Eyes

Madrid is a city of barrios, or neighbourhoods, each with its distinctive feel and flavour. There’s the gentrified Malasana with its vibrant and cool scene and a myriad of bars, cafes and restaurants offering everything from traditional tapas to American cupcakes and gourmet burgers. Neighbouring Chueca never sleeps and is the heart of Madrid’s gay community with countless clubs and lounges. Madrid de Austrias, on the other hand, is the historic cradle of the city, with some of the most impressive architectural gems, including the Royal Palace, Opera, Cathedral de la Almudena, Plaza Mayor, etc. Barrio de Las Letras, as the name suggests, is known as the former home of some of Spain’s most important literary personalities, as evidenced by the plaques found along its main and most lively street, Calle Huertas, lined with countless restaurants, boutiques, cafes and bars. La Latina and Lavapies, on the other hand, are the city’s “hippiest” and most multicultural barrios, with some of the most interesting culinary spots offering a wide range of international cuisine, a heaven for antique lovers (and by that I’m not referring just to the weekly Rastro flee market) and for admirers of art (with a number of galleries that offer free exhibitions changing on monthly basis).

We can take you on a walking tour that will wind its way through the most interesting parts of these barrios with stops at places that, in our opinion, offer a glimpse into the real Madrid… This includes a candy store that sells Madrid’s beloved sweets made of real violets (yes, the flowers); bakeries that offer the city’s best warm Napolitanas or heart-shaped Palmeras covered with chocolate or lemon icing; a place that offers pinchos just as good as those served in San Sebastian; a gallery located in an old tobacco factory that, on a hot summer day, offers a great escape from the outside heat; a roof-top terrace with views of old Madrid’s red-tiled rooftops that can be admired from the terrace’s many beds and reclining chairs while sipping a tinto de verano; a traditional old azulejo-ladden bar serving Madrid’s most emblematic alcoholic drink, the vermuth; a range of boutiques and rarity stores where you can be sure to find one of its kind designs and hand-made products often made on the spot (an alternative to the traditional souvenirs, whether for yourself or your loved ones); an old neighbourhood market where, on the weekends, the locals love to meet and chat over a glass of wine or beer with some traditional tapas; and a number of hidden parquettes, fountains, statues and small squares that are known to and loved by Madrilenos, but not necessarily frequented by the tourists.

Of course, these are just our suggestions and, as always, you would have a final say on what you want to be included on the walking tour.

So, if you’re feeling adventurous and are ready to experience Madrid from the perspective of a local, don’t hesitate to contact us. Let us know what interests you the most: architecture, art, gastronomy, shopping, etc. and we will make sure to customize a walking tour that will be perfect just for you.

For some visual inspirations from this city walk, please visit our gallery found at the bottom of the following page

What's Included?

* A walk through Madrid's central neighbourhoods with stops at some of the most interesting buildings, cafes, shops and galleries. See itinerary below for more info.


3 hours

Destination Covered


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Given that we offer a fully customized service, this will depend largely on you and particularly your interests. Generally, however, the walk will start in Barrio Madrid de Austrias and finish in Parque Retiro. For more information and photos of some of the highlights of the walk.
> You will see Madrid's through my eyes which may not necessarily include all of the typical guidebook highlights; rather, places and things that, in my opinion (as a "local"), are fundamental to understanding and truly appreciating this great and vibrant city.

> Please note that the below price is per person; if more than 1 person joins, the price would be proportionally reduced. In general, the more people join the walk, the lower the price per person. The length of the walk would not exceed 3 hours, unless requested otherwise. This is a customized service so all in negotiable.

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