I have over 20 years of experience and have successfully completed the required academic qualifications and necessary exams to be designated an official guide in Madrid.
I love meeting new people and am respectful to everyone, regardless of political affiliations, sexuality, or religious beliefs. Throughout my many years of experience, I have found that the most valuable aspect of being a guide has been gathering people's views from all around the world. I'm constantly learning and continuing to evolve personally and professionally.
I'm friendly, enthusiastic, and outgoing, but I can be calm when necessary. I read the signals and adapt to people's needs. I like to be flexible and accommodating to requests. I am patient and kind, and I have a knack for working with children (I have three kids of my own), elderly people, and people with special needs. Madrid can be very adaptable for disabled people when you know the little tricks and places to avoid, and I do.
My hobbies are reading, writing (I've written more than 15 guidebooks of museums and cities), drawing, watching classic movies, exploring art and history, playing sports, traveling, cooking, and eating.
My job as a guide has changed a lot in recent years. Travelers are interested in not just art and history but also eating and drinking like locals, and I have a lot of information to offer in this area. I'm very enthusiastic about wine and beer. I wouldn't describe myself as an expert—that's a big word—but as an amateur self-taught wine lover. I've taken several wine and beer tasting courses in the most renowned schools in Spain.
So, if you are ready to enjoy the mouthwatering, exciting, memorable, educational, and personally enriching adventures that Spain has to offer, choose me as your guide! I can't wait to share the wonders of this incredible destination with you. Hope to see you soon!
A Recent Review of this guide
Fabulous day out to Toledo and surrounding areas with Jose Wonderful guide ..even more, wonderful tour Jose made the day very enjoyable and is an extremely knowledgeable guide
I've studied Tourism in Escuelas Delicias, in Madrid.
I'm official guide of Madrid, official guide of Castilla y León, License guide of the next monuments of Patrimonio Nacional: Royal Palace of Madrid, convent of Descalzas Reales, convent of la Encarnación, monastery of El Escorial, palace of El Pardo, palace of La Granja and palace of Aranjuez.
I'm also authorised guide in the cathedral of Toledo, and in Santo Tomé church, Santa María la Blanca synagogue, San Ildefonso church and Cristo de la Luz mosque in Toledo.
I've worked 3 years as tour leader in Spain and Europe, and for about 20 years as local guide in Madrid, Segovia, Toledo, etc.
I've wrote several (about 15) audio guides and guide books for cities and museums (Santa Pola, Elche, Benicassim, parador de Santiago de Compostela, museo de Arte Sacro, museo de Tierra Santa, museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Cuenca, Toledo, temporary exhibitions for the Ministry of Culture of Spain, etc).