Maike
56 years old
About me
Languages:
Native: German Advanced: English French
Interests:
museum history foodie food culturetours culture arts
Hello and welcome to Andalusia! I am a local expert and licensed guide to Andalusia, based in Malaga (Costa del Sol) with more than 20 years of experience of guiding groups and private travelers from all over the world, as I speak fluently several languages, of course including Spanish! I offer walking tours in Malaga City, but also guided chauffeured tours starting in Malaga or Costa del Sol. Most requested tours in Malaga city are walking tours, or a visit to the Picasso Museum. From Malaga city or Malaga Cruise Ship Port, we also can visit Alhambra in Granada, or the lovely beautiful city of Ronda, the whitewashed village of Mijas, famous for the donkey taxis. Sevilla, Cordoba, Gibraltar, Nerja & Frigiliana, are some of the most requested tours. These tours are strictly private! In case you wish to use your own vehicle, I can meet you at the site you wish to visit: Ronda, Alhambra, Granada, Nerja, etc... Best is to contact me before booking, in order to customize a tour according to your preferences. Happy to meet you here, in Andalusia! Hasta pronto! Malaga is the City of Paradise!
My life in pictures
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A guest is visiting you. Where is the first place you take them?

In case we have a vehicle, the first place would be the view point at Gibralfaro hill, as there are some splendid views of the city and the bay of Malaga- check the pic below -, where you will understand all the development of this ancient city. Perfect spot for a first introduction into Malaga's history.

Why do you like showing people around?

I live in such an amazing region of Spain, were I am at home since more than 30 years, and where I feel so happy that I wish to show our visitors what makes the region so special! Guiding is my passion!

What is your favorite place in the world and why?

How could I say: "this is my favorite place"??? With such a beauty all over!!?? I usually say: "the place where I am, is my favorite place, right now!" Village on the pic: Frigiliana, one of the most beautiful villages in Spain!

What are your hobbies outside of being a local guide?

Arts, reading, music, new technologies, photography, cinema, travel

Whats your most memorable moment while on a tour?

When I discover that my travelers are enjoying and surprised by something they didn't know... Here below explaining at the Alhambra, Granada

What kinds of things did you have to go through to become a licensed tour guide for your city?

After studying Spanish and business administration, I wanted to become a licensed guide of Andalusia, and it was a quite difficult task by the time, but my studies were accepted for the additional examination, where I had to proof knowledge of Andalusian history, history of arts, and language knowledge. Only a licensed guide can give guided tours at sites considered part of the cultural heritage of Spain.

Pineapple on pizza. yes or no?

I am not very much a pizza fan, but certainly not with pineapple. I prefer local cuisine, but also all kind of international cuisine and flavors, specially the new fusion of Spanish cuisine with Asian touch. Here below a pic from one of my favorite places in Sevilla.

Whats the local tourist trap you think people should avoid when visiting?

Here, to my opinion, it is the Hop-on Hop-off tourist bus. The main interesting sites here in Malaga are within the pedestrian area, so there is hardly something really interesting to see. Malagueta district & "Muelle Uno" at night - here below

Is there anything else we should know about you?

I have been involved in audiovisual productions for many years in another province of Andalusia (Almería), where I have been working as a location scout & manager, combining tours and audiovisuals, so I also can attend travelers with special interests in film locations of the area, where GOT was partly shot (and many other famous productions, as for example "For a Fistful of Dollars" etc...) Pic from a press trip to Almeria's Texas Hollywood Film location with the stuntmen

Would you like to be famous? In what way?

Famous? No, absolutely not. Well known in my profession, as an excellent guide and in my private life as "a good person", that's enough.

What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?

Wake up when I wish, spending the day with the persons I love, relaxing on the beach, having a nice lunch...

For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

To live in such a great place where I make my living traveling with lovely people from all over the world.

If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?

Being able to draw and paint.

What is your favorite food? Where's the best place to get it?

Fish on the beach. Here, in Malaga city or any other place along the Costa del Sol. Fresh fish, vegetables and fruits, olives, almonds, tropical fruits, organic and locally grown products, prepared in a simple manner, that is eating out at it's best!

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Booking form
Min hours: 3
Max persons: 30
Rate per hour: 100.00 USD
Total price: 100.00 USD
My tours
Malaga Essentials Extended Tour

Duration: 5 hours

Price: 500 USD

Picasso & Old Malaga

Duration: 3 hours

Price: 305 USD

Malaga Essentials Walking Tour

Duration: 3 hours

Price: 290 USD

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