Let me take you on MY historical walking tour of Madrid! Sprawling plazas, historic restaurants, grand palaces, hidden corners, dark stories of missing bodies and shocking tales of Spanish Inquisition – the history of the Spanish capital has it all. So grab a cup of coffee or glass of vermouth vermouth, and settle in! Venga, let’s go!
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History is my second love, after food. And in fact, sometimes I think it might be my first love!
When I moved to Madrid I fell in love with the city’s history. While the Spanish capital may not be the oldest city in Europe, it was much older than New Zealand! And it was full of so many wonderful stories of intrigue, had been the home of so many fascinating people, and the centre of so many dramatic events in Spanish history.
So in this walking tour – which is based on the tour I designed when I designed Devour Tours’ most popular Tapas, Taverns & History Tour – I take you through the history of Madrid, starting at the beginning and right up to the civil war.
Here are the places we stop:
1. Plaza de Oriente: Location of Madrid’s royal palace and the spot where the city was founded!
2. Plaza de Ramales: Where Spain’s most famous painter – Diego de Velazquez – may be buried!
3. Calle del Factor: Gorgeous views of the cathedral, the Royal Palace and the Casa del Campo (the old royal hunting grounds, now an enormous public park).
4. Calle de la Almudena: The admittedly not so impressive remains of an old church. But I love the statue of the Curios Neighbour, and also knowing that this was the former location of a mosque.
5. Calle de San Nicolás: Love this little hidden corner with Madrid’s oldest standing church from the 12th century (and which potentially is the site of a former mosque
6. Plaza de la Villa: Once the most important square in the city!
7. Calle del Codo: Love this tiny little hidden street – also the location of the famous cookie nuns!
8. Plaza Puerta Cerrada: Right at the top of Calle Cava Baja (tapas heaven!), and where the famous motto of Madrid can be read on the walls – “Over water my walls of fire are built.”
9. Plaza Mayor: The city’s main historic square – site of inquisition trials, bull fights, fires and the Christmas market.
10. Puerta del Sol: The people’s square! Home of protests, uprisings and New Year’s Eve celebrations!
11. Casa del Abuelo: Amazing garlic prawns, cooked right before your eyes!
12. Plaza Santa Ana: A gorgeous square surrounded by cafes and bars, and with my favourite statue in Madrid of Federico García Lorca.
13. Calle Lope de Vega: The final resting place (we think!) of Spain’s most famous author – Miguel de Cervantes (author of Don Quixote)
5. WHO AM I? 🥝
Hola, Spain lovers! I’m James Blick. Spain is my passion! Its food, its culture, its history and its people. And I get a massive kick out of sharing everything I’ve learned with visitors to this country. My mission? To help you have a true, rich and delicious experience in Spain! If that sounds like something you’re into, then I’d love you to subscribe and join this community of Spain lovers!
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