Millions of travellers from all around the world participate in an alternative tour during their holidays. Similarly to what happens in other Mediterranean countries, Spain receives visitors all year long.
They are interested in discovering our history, tasting our gastronomy and enjoying the climate. Apart from that, the Iberian Peninsula offers different options. Tourists looking for different experiences may now enjoy!
Today’s article will dig into exploring the following cities:
Original guided visits in Catalonia
The most populated city within the northeastern part of the country features several opportunities. Discovering the local culture was never that easy.
Tourist trends are changing fast. Therefore, travellers demand meeting local specialists. They are interested in joining an alternative tour to listen the stories that professional guides have prepared for them.
Let’s meet today some of these entrepreneurs. Continuous effort and hard work define their projects. As a result, they made it to the top of the list in Tripadvisor!
First of all, we will put emphasis in discovering the Condal city through its ‘rebellious’ history. Salva is a historian who focuses in talking about the last 100 years period.
His guided visits are frequently developed in Catalan and Spanish, but he is also mastered in English language.
What are the topics covered in his alternative tour?
- The Spanish Civil War and the Republic times,
- Glorious moments during the II Republic,
- Bombings & its consequences in Barcelona.
Street art alternative tour in Barcelona
Secondly, let’s talk about Antoine. He is a young entrepreneur related to the modern & contemporary art industries. Mr. Careil collaborates with local emergents artists. They run graffiti workshops for middle & high school students.
Furthermore, he runs walking guided visits for alternative travellers. People who are interested in discovering the best urban art in town contact him.
Which key details does he share about the community?
- The techniques & insider details about illegal painting,
- Key aspects about the artists’ daily lives, for instance
- Messages & meanings about the local illustrators’ artworks.
Unique tours to discover Madrid in a different way
In today’s article, we’ll also focus in Madrid. In addition, we wanted to show you original ideas with which to discover the city center.
Join Patricia’s feminist tour to fight for equity
In the XXI century is still necessary to define what feminism is. We would describe it as a movement which fights for equal rights between men and women.
Patricia is a local activist who will deeply introduce you to the most important women figures in Spain’s history. She will inform you about the life & death of the following relevant females (among others)
- Emilia Pardo Bazán
- Clara Campoamor
Did you know that women receive 29,3% less salary than a man working at the same job position? Join her to listen to more facts about the situation of the Spanish society.
Emilio’s walks: modern architecture & design
On the other hand, we would find Emilio’s architours. His professional skills will allow you to discover the history that lies behind notorious buildings along Gran Vía and Lavapiés areas.
Mr. Orduña has elaborated an alternative tour where you will photograph Madrid from a panoramic view. Furthermore, he’ll take you to the most famous rooftops:
- Circulo de Bellas Artes (Calle del Marqués de Casa Riera, 2)
- Hotel Riu Plaza España (C/ Gran Vía, 84)
Experience is not required to attend this guided visits aimed in architecture. Above all, he uses friendly vocabulary to explain technical details about the buildings.
Alternative tour around the city center on an electric bike
Last but not least, we would find Javier’s alternative tour. He is a graffiti lover who found in 2016 a way to show his city in a different way. His connection with street art artists make his experience a unique activity!
Meanwhile he paints ‘tags’ and ‘throw-ups’ in his neighborhood, Mr. García runs a local project for international travellers and locals alike.
Which neighborhoods will you cover during his electric bike tours?
- Chueca, Madrid’s most famous LGTB neighborhood,
- La Latina & El Rastro, the biggest flea market in town,
- Lavapies, the city center’s most multicultural district.
Cooltourspain’s opinion about the alternative tour
We are interested in solving a touristic problem in the biggest Spanish cities. That is to say, we offer unique experiences to travellers interested in discovering the local culture.
Cooltourspain thinks that there exists an overpopulation in the number of classic activities. Thus by creating original tours, we solve a current dramatic situation. Have you observed the number of free tours in each city? Do they pay taxes from their income?
To sum up, our team supports local businesses by recommending unique restaurants/bars/museums to our visitors.