This is how the locals "gato" live in Madrid

Mariluz Gutierrez has been working as a local guide in Madrid for 18 years. Let her show you how the locals live, and where and what they eat.

Mariluz Gutierrez has been working as a local guide in Madrid for 18 years. Let her show you how the locals live, and where and what they eat.

 

Live is the app that lets you connect with private and certified guides – for the curious traveler. With our guides, you can discover the hidden gems of different countries and cities. One of our guides in Madrid is Mariluz Gutierrez

Mariluz started her career in 2001, since then she has worked as a local guide conducting art, culture, and museum tours in Madrid. She masters both English, French, Italian and Spanish. With a vast love for Madrid, you can count on her to show you the authentic gems of the city.

- Madrid is a paradise for art lovers. My education in Spanish history and art from the University of Zaragoza allows me to show you Madrid from its most beautiful side.

A city the size of Madrid has more cultural, historical and culinary attractions than you can imagine. It may seem like an impossible task to select the sights of quality in a sea of opportunity. Therefore, Mariluz's best-kept secret is to ally yourself with someone who knows the city like the back of their hand.

Enjoy some excellent tapas in the atmospheric bar at Casa Alberto. This old taberna has been around since 1827.  Photo: Alex Vasey/Unsplash

Enjoy some excellent tapas in the atmospheric bar at Casa Alberto. This old taberna has been around since 1827.
Photo: Alex Vasey/Unsplash

Experience Madrid like a local "gato"

The people born and raised in Madrid are nicknamed "gato" and knows the city in and out. Mariluz herself has shown tourists around Madrid for almost 18 years, and she knows every little nook and cranny of the lively town. A "gato" knows where to eat, what to visit, and truly knows the culture of Spain.

- After almost two decades as a guide in Madrid, I have the opportunity to show the tourists the greatest treasures Madrid has to offer. Spain's capital is packed with cultural gems, and as a tourist, there are countless places worth exploring. Here you have no time to waste!

Mariluz tells how a "gato" loves food. They love to take the time to enjoy a lovely meal in good company. She will take you to popular areas such as La Latina or Lavapiés, but also to Malasaña. These areas are more hidden from tourism. Here you can be served fantastic traditional tapas, such as grilled pig ears with garlic and parsley, or Pulpo a la gallega - squid in the Spanish way.

- We love these dishes in Madrid! Don't think about what you eat, trust me and try, you won't regret it. 

Mariluz explains that a real "gato" never eat and walk at the same time. Here they take their time, talk to the people around them, and enjoy their meal. Afterward, a pleasant stroll in the Retiro Park- located in the heart of the Spanish capital, will introduce you to the authentic atmosphere of Madrid's vibrant streets.

- Madrid is in my heart. I love to share my expertise and experiences with visitors.

The experienced tourist guide Mariluz also has a license as a professional guide in Toledo, Avila, and Segovia. With a degree in tourism and an in-depth study of Spanish history and art, you can certainly sit back and enjoy a customized insight into Spanish culture at your desired destination.

Read more about Mariluz and her tours in the guide profile.

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How to discover more secrets

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