The Madrid of War

Guided Tour with Mayte Embuena

1936. MADRID RESISTS

In july'36, The City stands up against the military Coup d'Etat, assaulting the stronghold of the military rebels Cuartel de la Montaña, and the city fills up with barricades.

The icy November will see the arrival of the International Brigades, that proudly march along Gran Vía towards the front at the University campus to detain the inminent entry of the fascist troops.

From that moment and until the end of the war, Madrid becomes a battle front and during three years, the people of the City will suffer daily the siege, the  constant air raids and the hunger.Only the paintings of the Prado Museum will be evacuated, following the Republican Government. Madrid resists.

WHAT WE WILL SEE

Politics and diplomacy.  Intrigues and spy stories under the bombs

The witnesses: Hemingway, Orwell, Saint-Exupéry, Capa, Dos Passos...

Architecture, urbanism and the war front.  Hotels and important buildings

Geography of The battle of Madrid: the key points

Daily life in the sieged city

The Gran Via or "The Howitzer's Avenue"

TECHNICAL TOUR INFO

TYPE OF ITINERARY

Walking tour. Outdoors

ACCESSIBILITY

Apt for people with reduced mobility.

DURATION

3 hours

MEETING POINT

Plaza de Neptuno

END OF THE TOUR

Plaza de Oriente

LANGUAGES

Spanish, English, French, Italian and Portuguese

TESTIMONIALS

Grazie! Città bellissima proposta in modo innovativo e interessante. A presto!

Francesca Gemignani Italia

The tour was really interesting especially because the guide was able to communicate her love for Madrid. She was very professional and was able to let us live the real spirit and history of the town. Highly recommended.

Giovanna Italia

Excelente Mayte, con peso especial cada palabra, es difícil ser guía de guías y tú puedes! Un beso y espero verte pronto!

Yiannis Lymtsioulis Grecia

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