Free tour

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.

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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Neil 22 Sep 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
Will was an excellent tour guide. His knowledge and presentation of the Battle of Spain was informative and interesting. We thoroughly enjoyed our time spent with him and unreservedly recommend this tour.
Philippe 21 Sep 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
Great perspective on the civil war, enjoyed the quality of the information.
David 20 Sep 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
This is a great tour with Will, who is a very knowledgeable guide. Very pleased to have taken it and totally recommend it, you do not need to have a particular interest in the Spanish Civil War to get something out of this. An added bonus is the whole tour takes place in the lovely Parque Del Oeste. Thanks Will!
Simon 19 Sep 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
A really excellent tour. Will's knowledge superb properly informed and well delivered. I could not recommend this tour highly enough.
Zac 19 Sep 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
If you have an interest in an unbiased view of the battle for Madrid/spanish civil war this is your tour!!
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 15 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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