At Madrid & Beyond, we believe that a great local guide is the key to getting under the skin of the places you travel to and having a truly rewarding travel experience. We’ve spent 18 years hand-picking the very finest guides in Spain and more recently Portugal.
To quote a happy client from last summer, “your guides were personable, friendly, and above all, so passionate about their country with guests that their enthusiasm overflowed like water from a ruptured fire hydrant.”! Many of our top guides now feel part of the Madrid & Beyond family and that ultimately benefits you, the traveler.
With their knowledge, local connections, good humor and flexibility our local guides ensure for a fun and fascinating insight into their home town.
Whether you seek to explore each city’s main monuments and museums or seek a more authentic local experience, we always aim to match the guide to your tastes and preferences. Our guides sometimes play host to visiting heads of states and senior foreign dignitaries. We can’t overstate how important a great guide is.
In addition to local licensed guides, we like to complement these experts with other local personalities who can provide something a little more specialist or quirkier. We collaborate with an eclectic group of professionals including authors, art experts, artisans, boat owners, local chefs, musician, a radio personality, artists, food critics, bullfighting expert, wine sommeliers and so on who often provide a unique insight into the local culture.
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OUR HAPPY CLIENTS SAY
All of the guides we met were outstanding; each day was a different, awesome experience. Each person was an expert in their field, and it was a genuine pleasure to speak with them, to learn something new, and to hear how they lived and what they thought about their different subjects.
Alissa van Tol
We LOVED all of our guides. Each one of them made us feel like we were long-time friends to whom they were showing off their country/favorite parts of the city. It was really special for us to have such warm, friendly and very interesting people guide us around. It enhanced our experience beyond description.
The tour guides were amazingly knowledgeable, friendly, attentive and fun! We felt totally taken care of and didn´t have to worry about anything. The most memorable parts of our trip were spending time with the guides. We had a different guide in each of the cities and towns we visited – Seville, Ronda, Granada and Cordoba – and each guide make the tour uniquely fascinating. We felt we got to know each location in a special and personal way, and each guide was charming and friendly.
The guides were absolutely top notch. They had itineraries planned but were also very flexible and ready to customize our tours as we liked… professional and knowledgeable and spoke excellent English.
Ah, the best part—great guides. All were extremely knowledgeable, got us into the major sites without a hitch and were a pleasure to be around. They clearly love what they do.
In Barcelona, we do not have enough adjectives to describe how amazing our guide was. He was fun, funny, intelligent and a pleasure to hang out with. He really made us comfortable being in Spain and made us confident to explore on our own.
Brian and Naomi
I cannot say enough about how much we enjoyed all of our guides. They were all very informative and gave us great suggestions of other things to do. We felt a special connection to each of them, which made our experience even better.
Each and every one of the guides you provided was excellent. They were very knowledgeable and pleasant, and enriched our experience tremendously.
The Azzaro family is very appreciative of everything that was done for them, they loved the guides and drivers and could not have had a better time. They feel this was the best trip they have ever had and the guides the best they have ever encountered.