"As an educator who travels a lot, I'm rather picky when it comes to being guided. I want an intelligent blend of history & genuine local connections, all delivered by the kind of person I would enjoy being friends with. That's a tall order, but I found it in the woman running "Across Madrid". She's actually a one-woman show, offering a small collection of personalized (and most importantly, affordable) tours. I cannot even fairly call what she offered me a tour. It felt like meeting an old friend who wanted to share her passion with me. The theme of our first walk was the Spanish civil war. It's still an incredibly sensitive topic in this country, but she personalized her presentation of the information in such an engaging and intelligent way. She was not only patient with my constant questioning, but became truly excited when I got excited too! All in all, when our time was up I was actually sad to say goodbye to her. That's the sign of a truly great guide!
I was so impressed with my experience in that first tour that I actually rearranged my schedule to make time for a second one with her. Because I work in schools I requested a Prado tour that mixed both kid and adult interests. Almu personalized the tour to meet my requests, and for a second time I felt like I was sharing an exciting adventure with a dedicated educator. She is tremendously skilled at selecting pieces that students would find interesting and, at the same time, engaging them actively. All the while never forgetting to please her adult audience!
As an educational professional I am so impressed with the structure, the content and the delivery of both the tours I participated in, and I hereby endorse her tour of the Prado for Children as well as the Spanish Civil War tour. As a traveler, I am really thankful for the refreshing style of her tour themes. As an adventurer I am thrilled to have found someone as excited to share her culture as Almu clearly is.
This woman is just incredible. Her tours are amazingly unique. I hope if any of you make it to Madrid that you prioritize time with her. She will make your time in that city so meaningful."
Amy McMahon (B.A. History, M.A.), Assistant Principal at an international school, High School Social Studies Teacher and educational consultant, USA.
Impressed with the structure, content and delivery of her tours