Walk Description

We can design a wide variety of private itineraries for people with special interests, lasting from 2 hours to 3 days, and starting at 255 euros. Drawing on our network of docents and range of other services, the limits of a custom itinerary are circumscribed only by the bounds of our collective imagination.

We ask that you spend some time perusing our list of private and small-group tours before making a request for a customized walk. If you find nothing there to suit your needs, or if you have a specialized request for visiting sites that lie outside the touristic norm, please contact us at info@contexttravel.com with details about your request. Once we receive your request we will reach out to you to discuss its feasibility and provide a quote.

Duration: 2 hours
Category: History
  • Andrea Van Houtven

    Andrea Van Houtven received her Ph.D. in art history at the University of Maryland. Her dissertation was on the relationship between art and humanism at the Spanish court in the early 17th century, which inevitably led her to Madrid. She has lived in Madrid for 12 years where she has been teaching art history and art-related courses at various universities and private centers. She also participates in special events at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.

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    Lourdes Fernandez Bencosme

    Originally from the Dominican Republic, Lourdes Fernández Bencosme has made Madrid her home for the last nineteen years. She is very passionate about the city and Spain in general. She holds a BA in History from the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo after which she moved to Chicago to pursue her graduate work. She first earned a MA degree in Hispanic Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago and later transferred to the University of Chicago for her PhD studies. She has taught courses at the University of Illinois, The University of Chicago, Colgate University, Universidad Autónoma de México, Syracuse University Madrid, Suffolk University Boston and is currently part of the faculty at Suffolk University Madrid Campus where she teaches a course entitled Madrid Cosmopolitan City among others. Her main interests are visual culture, popular music, urban life and their literary representations in Hispanic literature. Lourdes lives with her husband, her two daughters and two cats in the historic center of Madrid.

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    Clara Nchama

    Originally from Equatorial Guinea, Clara moved to Spain when she was 2 years old. She holds degrees in geography and history and a Master’s in art history from Sorbonne University in Paris. With more than fifteen years experience in museum education and public programs, Clara has worked at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice (Italy), the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C, and a number of institutions within the cultural department of the Ministry of Culture in Spain. She also has designed art and cultural tours for groups for more than 10 years. At present Clara works as a Public Programmes and Communication Coordinator at the Museo del Traje (Costume Museum) of Madrid, organising events, lectures, group visits and educational programmes. An avid traveller, she has lived in Seville, Bilbao, New York City, Washington, D.C., Venice, Florence, London and Paris. Interested in different aspects of Spanish cultures, she also has been developing her other passion: food. She has certificates in wine tasting from the Spanish School of Wine Tasting and the Basque Culinary Center and in Gastronomy from the Complutense University. At the present she enjoys combining her research in Spanish Art History and Spanish Museums with her passion about food in Madrid and in the Basque Country.

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    Itziar Mesanza

    Itziar Mesanza obtained her first degree in tourism in the Spanish city of Bilbao, famous for its wonderful Guggenheim Modern Art Museum. She continued her studies with a Masters in History and has been living and guiding in Madrid. Passionate about travel, Itziar lived in Dublin for one year and shares Spanish history and culture on specialized tours around Spain.

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    Hector Santiago

    Héctor was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He obtained a B.A. in Architecture and Humanities and an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, New York City, and in 1996 he studied at Rome’s International Centre for the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Property. He returned to Puerto Rico to become Executive Director of Heritage Programs at the Institute of Culture, and then worked independently on research projects for historical and archaeological sites in the Caribbean. In 2003 he moved to Madrid, where he is currently working on his PhD thesis in Colonial Latin American History. Héctor has taught undergraduate courses in the History and Theory of Historic Preservation, Spanish and Latin American History, and Spanish Culture and Civilization at universities in Puerto Rico and Spain. He has a particular passion for Spanish cities and fortifications of the Middle and Early Modern ages. Héctor speaks Spanish and English fluently, and has an intermediate level of Italian.

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    Barbara Perucka

    Barbara Perucka has been living for last few years in Madrid. She earned her Ph.D. in Art History, as well as her Bachelor’s degree in Italian Philology, at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (Poland). Her research interests focus on medieval painting, art at European courts, and travel literature. Her doctoral thesis was dedicated to the decoration of a French manuscript Livre des merveilles (Book of Wonders, Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, ms. fr. 2810). She has published papers about late medieval tapestries and medieval illustrated accounts of a journey, and was a professor of art history at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and Nebrija University in Madrid. She was also the benefactor of several research grants in Paris, Dijon, Vienna, Pisa and Brussels.

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    Martin Corral

    Born and raised in Madrid, Spain, Dr. Corral completed his BA in Semitic Philology and Medieval History at the University Complutense in Madrid in 1991. His studies included both Hebrew and Spanish literature and history of Medieval Spain. He continued his studies at New York University where he received a joint Certificate in Museum Studies and Jewish Studies (1994) MA (1994) and a Ph.D. (2000) in Hebrew and Judaic Studies with a concentration in Medieval Iberia. In September 2000, he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the
    Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture that allowed him to publish his dissertation in book form in May of 2002. While in the US, Dr. Corral taught courses on Jewish Studies and Medieval History at New York University, Fordham University, St. John’s University, The New
    School, Siena College, and the University of Missouri at Columbia. In 2003 he returned to Madrid and has since collaborated with St. Louis University – Madrid Campus, Manhattan College – Madrid Program, Suffolk University – Madrid Campus, and Loyola
    University Maryland – Madrid Program. His courses deal with cultural studies, religion, and the shared history of Muslim, Christians, and Jews in Medieval Spain.