Introduction to Madrid through the Centuries
Madrid with an Expert
For more on Franco's rise to power, for instance, we recommend our Madrid Civil War Tour. Or, to see the controversial Valle de los Caídos monument at which Franco is buried, consider our El Escorial Day Trip from Madrid.
FAQ About the Introduction to Madrid Tour
Will this tour include the Royal Palace?
Our tour will examine the palace from its exterior. We will not enter the palace on this tour.
I'm traveling with my family. Is this walk suggested for children?
As part of our Family Program, we offer a Madrid for Kids tour.
Is this tour walking-intensive and/or wheelchair accessible?
This tour is fairly walking-intensive and the route may include narrow sidewalks and cobblestoned streets. Please contact us to discuss in more detail your mobility concerns so that we can best advise. We are also happy to design a private, customized tour for visitors with mobility concerns.
Professor Marta López Beriso is an active scholar and educator in the field of Art History. She teaches at various American universities in Madrid. She holds degrees in Art History and Arcaheology (B.A. Université de La Sorbonne-Paris IV), Arts and Culture Administration (M.A. Universidad de Barcelona), and a PhD in Art History, expertise in History of Photography (Universidad Complutense de Madrid). Her publications include articles and papers published in catalogues, scholarly magazines and guides for the general public. She is also the founder and director of “Aulas de Arte”, a private non-profit organization, dedicated to educational services in museums, nationwide and internationally. She is the former Adjunct Director at the Esteban Vicente Contemporary Art Museum, Segovia, as well as Director of Education at Museo Picasso Málaga. Born and raised in Madrid, she has studied in Paris and also worked in New York at the beginning of her professional career, at MOMA. Back in Madrid she feels the city as a cosmopolitan insider. She knows both the historical and traditional Madrid she discovered with her mother and grandmother as well as the most contemporary and alternative side of the city.
Brad is a historian from the U.S. who received his Ph.D. from Tulane University in New Orleans. He teaches undergraduate courses on European and Mediterranean history and his research focuses on renaissance cultural history, particularly science, religion, and literature in the Spanish Habsburg Empire. His research first brought him to Madrid in 2011 and, after falling in love with the city, he became a full-time resident.
Twan van Lieshout is a political scientist and historian. He graduated from the Radboud University in the Netherlands and the Autonomous University of Madrid. Twan works in his daily life as a journalist, covering different topics from Spanish history to politics, and thus links the past to the present. He also wanders as a tour guide through the Castilian plains, where he takes his clients back to ancient times and powerful kings. During his tour you will see forgotten centuries revived, while at the same time you will hear what is the talk of the town in present-day Spain.
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