Clara N. Balboa Private tour guide in Madrid - Spain

Clara N. Balboa

Guide profile:

I’m a history lover, an art and cultural professional, a communicator, and a “foodie”. I have a BA in Art History and a MA in Cultural Tourism. At the present, I’m working towards my PhD in Art History. I’ve been working in tourism and as a guide for more than 20 years, and in arts and museums during the same time. Born with the “bug” for travelling, I’ve lived in 4 countries other than Spain: the United States, Italy, France and the United Kingdom, and I’ve visited more than 20 countries, including Mexico, Brazil and Morocco. So, when I had to decide which would be the best way to make a living I knew for sure that I had to find the jobs that would combine my four passions: Culture, Travel, People and Food… And I think I did!

Since I finished University I’ve been doing lots of things all over the world:

• Worked in museums and cultural centres in Europe and U.S.A

• Studied Italian in Perugia and Florence

• Learnt Portuguese at Casa do Brazil and Belo Horizonte

• Did an internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice

• Organised events at the American Museum of Cultural History in Washington, D.C.

• Took cooking and wine tasting classes in Spain, Italy and France

• Worked coordinating educational and public programmes in cultural institutions like

the Whitechapel Gallery in London, Institute Cervantes or the Ministry of Culture in

Madrid.

• Got a tour guide diploma from Casterbridge tours (and rated nº 1 from the classroom!)

• Taught Art History in Brooklyn, NY

• And much more!

I’ve been living in Madrid since 1999, and studying and researching about it since then… Now, this is my home and it surprises me everyday! Madrid is a city full of contrasts, and I love to share all its secrets with visitors ready to get a different view of it, far from the organised “umbrella” tours. I am a traveller myself and after years of contact with travellers during my tours, I know very well their expectations and needs. Those visitors ready to taste the real city with a local, looking forward to having a deep and insider’s view, must know that my main goal is to make their stay in Madrid the best (and they’ll be happy to being able to leave their guidebooks behind!). I’m specialist in small family and/or friend groups, wanting to have a private “friend” in the city. I offer several tours going from Introduction to orientation walks, to concierge services and gastronomy and shopping experiences which are informative, varied and fun. Taken individually or combined among them, can assure the real “madrileño” experience”!

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars David M.

The tour with Clara was excellent! The 4 hour walking tour of the heart of Madrid was both educational and enjoyable. After that, I could spend days on my own there exploring in more depth. I feel lucky to have chosen Clara (because of her broad experience, and not just in Spain) and strongly recommend her to anyone. As good as the best of the dozen-or-so guides I toured with in other cities.

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

The most complete tour you may take of Madrid, far away from the typical tours. A full day tour to explore Madrid from A to Z. You won’t find this tour anywhere else! Designed for those who want to go far beyond the typical places and get and immersion in the real city. Put your guide back on your pocket and extend the information of your app. If you always wanted to get to know the real Madrid, this is your walk.

The tour is the only one which combines historical information with an insider’s view of the multicultural, trendy lifestyle and the exciting alternative art scene. An off the beaten path experience, where you’ll forget about being a tourist to become a “real madrileño”. Explore one of the most vibrant cities in Europe!

We’ll start our walk at the Old Madrid. Our first stop will be the peaceful and lively neighbourhood of La Latina, where you’ll find surprises like a XVIIth century garden, old taverns or a square that was used as a bullring. We’ll take our time to learn about g flamenco culture, to discuss immigration issues and enjoy some local food delights.

Then, unveil the ecochic and underground districts of Triball and Malasaña. A former red district, old brothels were transformed into secret bars, restaurants and vintage shops where Pedro Almodóvar goes to look for inspiration. We’ll end our tour in Chueca, the trendy, cool and “gay friendly” district. The former drug epicenter is now home of design shops, restaurants and gourmet markets share space with traditional spots in this both popular and bourgeoise neighborhood.

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Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:

ART AND TASTE Price Per Person 150.00 Euro
MADRID IN A DAY Price Per Group 160.00 Euro
TRAVEL CONCIERGE & WELCOME PACKAGE Price Per Group 270.00 Euro

Tour guide interests:

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Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars David M. 17 Sep 2015

The tour with Clara was excellent! The 4 hour walking tour of the heart of Madrid was both educational and enjoyable. After that, I could spend days on my own there exploring in more depth. I feel lucky to have chosen Clara (because of her broad experience, and not just in Spain) and strongly recommend her to anyone. As good as the best of the dozen-or-so guides I toured with in other cities.

4 stars Betty R. 09 Jun 2014

Clara had an emergency and handed over the tour to her collegue who tried her best to fill in. Prior to this she had stayed in touch via email. She had made restaurants and museum reservations as requested and even met with the group leader in April to map out the tours. However It would have be great to have met her because her arrangments were fantastic. We wish her the best

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