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Madrid: Tour of Madrid’s Alternative Side with a Local Guide

Madrid: Tour of Madrid’s Alternative Side with a Local Guide

From US$ 40.74 per person

Discover a side of Madrid often missed by travelers. Enjoy the city’s hidden gems, explore lesser known neighborhoods and immerse yourself in the sparkling lifestyle of Madrid.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
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  • Get off-the-beaten track with a passionate local guide
  • Get a new perspective and take in the city's unique vibe
  • Learn about Madrid’s modern culture
  • Enjoy a drink and a tapa at a local bar
  • Listen to personal stories shared by your host
  • Choose from either a small-group or private guided experience
Full description
Escape the crowds and the typical tourist itinerary, and see the city through the eyes of a local. Walk around the hip areas of Chueca and Malasaña and fall in love with the true local atmosphere. Meet your local host in the Chueca neighborhood and make your own way through its streets. Be amazed by cool vintage stores, charming buildings and unique restaurants. Stop by places such as Plaza de Chueca and Plaza del Rey and listen to local stories shared by your host. Make sure you snap some photos while taking in the views over the city from a cool bar known only by locals. It’s time to enjoy the buzzing atmosphere of Mercado San Anton, a local market popular where the Madrileños go shopping. Get a glimpse of the real lifestyle and take a look at the food stalls. It’s a fun way to spend time like a local. Take a break and rest your feet like a true Madrileño with a refreshing drink and tapas at one of the most authentic bars in Madrid (private option only). The locals love to go here with their friends and it’s one of the best spots to experience the Spanish culture. Enjoy the charm of Plaza de la Luna, pass by art galleries and artisan shops while getting recommendations from your guide. Follow your host and walk along Calle de la Palma and Calle Velarde, two important streets during the Madrilenian Scene, a counter-culture movement. End your tour in the heart of Malasaña, a hipster area filled with nice terraces that locals love. All the local hosts know all about the cool spots in Madrid. Let them show you their favorite corners of the city. And, whether you’re traveling solo, as a couple, or in a group, this is a great opportunity to meet new people from different parts of the world.
  • Private or group tour (depending on option selected)
  • Local guide
  • 1 beer and a surprise tapas (private option only)
  • Pickup or drop-off at your accommodation
  • Additional food or drink
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meet your host at the main entrance of the Santa Barbara bar (Plaza de Sta. Bárbara, 8).

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 8 reviews

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Wonderful, the best tours and moments that I have lived with a guide in any trip that I have had without a doubt have been with Elena. My 8-year-old son and I were not only delighted, but today we have a great friend and the best person to introduce families to Madrid and all the wonders it has, especially its museums. Thanks Elena!

July 13, 2021

We had a spectacular afternoon on a walk through very interesting places in the history of the city of Madrid, in addition to being taken to meet an artisan who makes leather bags of the highest quality and beauty, as well as knowing little-known stories from the neighborhoods. from the city

July 7, 2021

Drica is a great guide. She contacted us before the trip to customize it to our interests. She showed us small, local places full of street art and places to eat. She loves Madrid and it showed. The tips and hints we got from her made our stay more enjoyable.

September 15, 2019

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