Guiding tours in Madrid
These information pages can help you get started in learning about some of the laws and registration requirements that may apply to your experiences on Airbnb. These pages include summaries of some of the rules that may apply to different sorts of activities, and contain links to government resources that you may find helpful.
Please understand that these information pages are not comprehensive, and are not legal advice. If you are unsure about how local laws or this information may apply to you or your Experience, we encourage you to check with official sources or seek legal advice.
Please note that we don’t update this information in real time, so you should confirm that the laws or procedures have not changed recently.*
Who is a tour guide and what registration rules apply when I am a tour guide?
The tour guiding industry was recently liberalized in Spain, so that no specific authorization, accreditation or professional qualification is formally required for providing tour guiding services. Despite this liberalization, official tour guides have been recently recognised as those that have passed qualification exams that certify their tourism education.
Even if no authorization, accreditation or professional qualification is required, please note that internal regulations applicable in certain monuments or cultural places require that only official tour guides are entitled to work in such places.
Hosts looking for information on authorizations, and tour guiding information generally, can refer to the most recent regulations, the official tourism website of Madrid or APIT which is the non-profit professional association of tour guides and a member of the greater Spanish Confederation of Tourist Guides.
Is there anything else I should know when I give guided tours?
Yes. Hosts who have questions or are otherwise unsure and need further information should contact their local city authority, or seek advice from a legal professional. You may also consider consulting an insurance broker or specialist to find out what coverages you may want to take out.
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