The Battle for Madrid: Legacy of the Spanish Republic

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Guru: Will
Quality Verified Registered on June 07, 2021

Greetings. I'm Will, and I'm from England, but have made Madrid my home for the past six years. I've built a great life here from learning and sharing the city's history, and enjoying the food and drink of its legendary bars that can be found on almost every corner. It's my hope that after a couple of hours with me, you too will feel like a Madrileño!

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

The Spanish Civil War is considered the darkest period in the modern history of the country . However, there are many fascinating and inspiring stories about the people who fought in it. From the place of the assault on the Montaña barracks in the iconic Temple of Debod , to the battle front around the Parque del Oeste , we will follow the course of the defense of Madrid against Franco's army. We will also see monuments that show evidence of the battle and commemorate the soldiers, artists, and writers who left an eternal impact on Spain's heritage.

Things to consider before booking:

This tour covers a lot of ground with some uphill paths so please bring comfy footwear and water. There will be places to sit down and drinking taps at some of the stops for resting and refills. There are also no public bathrooms along the way, so make sure you go before we start.

Language. If English is not your first language, and you have trouble following my accent or speech patterns, then please let me know so that I can try to make my stories more understandable for you.

Questions. The Spanish Civil War is a very dense subject, which is why I always encourage my guests to ask questions along the way. It means that I'll be able to interact with you more if you don't just want a passive experience. So please ask me anything! 

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Pl. de España, 28008 Madrid, Spain
    Pl. de España, 28008 Madrid, Spain
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    I'll be by the stairs between the Cervantes monument and the santalucia building on Plaza de España, carrying a green folder.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Plaza de España
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Western Park
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Temple of Debod
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Elena Fortun Monument
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Forts of the Spanish Civil War West Park
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Monumento a Federico Rubio
  • 7
    Outside visit
    Monumento a Miguel Hernández

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).

Tour opinions

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Helena 19 May 2024

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Travelled alone - May 2024
The tour was excellent! A really interesting tour through sites relating to the Spanish Civil War in Madrid. I learn a lot and would highly recommend!
David 10 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Will is very knowledgeable on the subject. He is happy to answer any questions you have on it.
bob broad 09 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Simply brilliant -fantastic- possibly too much information to absorb for a relative newcomer to the subject of Spanish civil war. It was also very hot so didn't take in everything. Totally recommend this walk on a most important topic
Vijay 09 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
It is a must walking tour for tourists to Spain as it has had a deep impact in Spain but is less talked about. If you want deeper understanding of Spain then go for this tour. You will walk away wiser. A very interesting and informative tour - not to be missed.
Margaret 06 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Great tour! History nerds will love it but everyone will enjoy it.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 20 people.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people 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.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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