DOWNTOWN MADRID + LAVAPIES
PRIVATE WALKING TOUR
Madrid Museum Tours licensed guide will explore with you 2 fascinating Madrid neighborhoods. We invite you to join a Lavapies Walking Tour. Combined with a pleasant stroll through Downtown Madrid. This exciting 5 hour Walking Tour Madrid is a tourist gem. There is no better way to get a deep insight in a genuine Madrid. Accompanied by a private guide who knows the capital of Spain like the back of his hand.
1.) LAVAPIES. Mixture of Chulos, Migrants and urban ‘’easy Life’’ :For two centuries Lavapies has been wrongly reputed to belong to the slums of Madrid. In real, its inhabitants have always been regarded as the most authentic of Madrid. In the seventeenth century Lavapies was the scene of famous plays as well as operettas and was awarded a royal distinction.
Over time,Lavapies narrow winding streets gave shelter to all sorts of legendary characters like the sinister anarchist Felipe Sandoval, who lived up to a bloody gangster role model and that of a fanatical revolutionary as well. The district was also populated by anonymous characters of unforgiving wit and highly inventive street manners. They were called “chulos” and “chulapas” (“pimps” and ”cool chicks”) and became protagonists of the throbbing life of Lavapies which has been immortalized by Zarzuelas (Spanish operettas) and the plays of Carlos Arniches. Lavapies is also adorned with small local pastry factories, quaint taverns and lively gatherings of neighbors which take place in Corralas, living quarters with unique common yards and balconies, another architectural jewel of past centuries. Today Lavapies has become the most multicultural neighbourhood of Madrid, a place where the 21st century pimps and “cool chicks” of yesteryear share their urban habitat with African, Asian and South Americans of all ages and beliefs. Most streets of Lavapies present an unique environment with vibrant trade, all kinds of services, National Theatre of Valle Inclán , off Broadway type theatres and a prestigious university.
Meeting point of this private tour of Madrid Museum Tours is your hotel in Madrid.
Madrid Museum Tours licensed guide will share with you, in this awesome Lavapies private walking tour, entertaining Madrid stories and anecdotes, past and present, hidden within streets with dreamlike names as Hope, Spring or Rose.
You will explore with your private guide Lavapies secrets and multicultural traditions, corner to corner.
You will understand immediately that it is also one of the most attractive ‘’barrios’’ of downtown Madrid to go for tapas, wine tasting and vermouth!
Last but not least, you will chat with local people and learn a little of their lives. Lavapies streets are still a charming and intricate labyrinth flanked by houses of colourful façades, which will make your eyes happy and create pleasurable sensations as time will rush by, like a sudden sigh, leaving within us the memory of this truly unforgettable and wonderful Cultural and Local Experience.
2.) Downtown Madrid
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