The Carabanchel of the colonies: XIX and XX centuries

Duration: 2h and 45min
Guru: David
Registered on October 12, 2020

I am David Val, journalist and resident of the Carabanchel neighborhood (Madrid) for 15 years. I am in love with my neighborhood, its history and its magic. However, all the guided tours in Madrid are mainly in the center. For this reason, I have designed my first route through Carabanchel, which I have already made with several friends and they have loved it. And also, if all goes well, there will be more routes very soon!

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Tour description

After the success of the first tour of the oldest Carabanchel, I am now launching a second tour that will take us to know the Carabanchel of the 19th and 20th centuries . It will finally be the walk that takes us to the well-known Colonia de la Prensa .

The tour begins in the Plaza de Carabanchel from there, after an introduction, we will visit the parish of San Sebastián . Later, we will focus on the ancient Sombra street , where there are three important points: there was the Music Academy, the Salaberry tannery and , most importantly, the house that saw one of the most important adoptive carabancheleras in history grow up : the writer and deputy María Lejárraga.

In fact, María will appear in several sections of the route, since she lived and intensely described her childhood and adolescence in the old town of Carabanchel de Abajo.

We will leave Sombra Street in the direction of the old San Roque Street (today Padre Amigó) to admire Leandro Teresa's old slaughterhouse. We will then take María Odiaga to enter the Torres Garrido neighborhood (1955).

Our journey will continue towards Alba de Tormes street (one of the oldest in Carabanchel) to enter the Patilla park , where I will tell you about the Santa Cruz school, which we will see in the distance, and the Marquis of Ceriola , owner of the land. that today occupies that park.

Finally, we will continue through Alba de Torme s, while I introduce you to the Cuban Delights, the country house of the Count of Yumurí that at the end of the 19th century would be split in two to house it since 1910, in the part that remained closest to the town hall of Carabanchel de Abajo, known as the Press Colony.

With the arrival of this colony , the "New Carabanchel" arose, a neighborhood full of modernist houses that first welcomed journalists and later artists and poets, including Manuel Machado, brother of Antonio Machado. Today, with a somewhat more decadent air, the colony survives the passage of time and, as you can see, some of its palaces remain practically the same since they were built in the 1910-1920s.

The route ends at the exit of the neighborhood, at the famous arch that invites you to discover this jewel of modernist architecture that we owe, in large part, to the little-known architect Felipe Mario López Blanco.

See you on this new route!!

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  • Meeting point:
    Pl. Carabanchel, 1K, 28025 Madrid, Spain
    Pl. Carabanchel, 1K, 28025 Madrid, Spain
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    I will be next to the sculpture of the boy and the ball (The mailbox of words)

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

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Jose 05 Feb 2023

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Travelled in couple - Feb 2023
Da una imagen histórica de un barrio importante , como Carabanchel, de la historia de Madrid
Daniel 07 Dec 2022

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Travelled in couple - Dec 2022
Toda una experiencia conocer el barrio de la mano de David, lo hizo ameno y con detalles e información muy interesantes
ainhoa 06 Dec 2022

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Travelled in couple - Dec 2022
La ruta es fenomenal! Pero todo lo que nuestro guía sabía sobre el barrio ha sido increible! Sin duda para repetir una y mil veces!
Sonia 18 Oct 2022

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Travelled in group - Oct 2022
Nos encantó la visita, muy amena la visita y muy interesante todo lo que nos contó
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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