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Architecture Tour Gran Vía and its rooftops with the best views of Madrid

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 79 reviews.Madrid, Spain

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Experience hosted by Emilio

3 hours
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English, Spanish

What you'll do

We propose you learning something else about Gran Vía and surroundings from the urban, historical and architectural point of view since it was conceived more than 100 years ago until its recent last reform. We will start on the rooftop of the Círculo de Bellas Artes, projected by Antonio Palacios, where you will enjoy the best views of the city. Likewise, we will know the history of other buildings such as the new headquarters of the City Council or the Cervantes Institute, Torres Blancas or Colón Towers. After going down the impressive staircase of the Círculo de Bellas Artes and visiting the building inside, we will start walking the first stretch of Gran Vía, stopping at Loewe, the luxury brand where Ava Gardner bought his exclusive bags before going to celebrate the premiere of his films at Museo Chicote with a cocktail together with bullfighters like Luis Miguel Dominguín, as Almodovar has done later in the 80`s. We will visit the Telefónica Building, the first Madrid skyscraper, whose cultural Foundation we will access together. We will continue the journey through the second section of Gran Vía, knowing the old Paris-Madrid Mall, the first luxury shopping center in Madrid. Later we will remember the missing Hotel Florida in Callao where Ernest Hemingway shared nights with international correspondents covering the Spanish Civil War. From here you will enjoy the views of the third section of Gran Vía with its cinemas and musical theaters that we will walk together to Plaza de España where we will finish at the last rooftop. A secret corner where we will have a drink while I tell you the project that will change this square with the Casa de Campo, Sabatini Gardens and the Royal Palace in the background.
We propose you learning something else about Gran Vía and surroundings from the urban, historical and architectural point of view since it was conceived more than 100 years ago until its recent last reform. We will start on the rooftop of the Círculo de Bellas Artes, projected by Antonio Palacios, where you will enjoy the best views of the city. Likewise, we will know the history of other buildings such as the new headquarters of the City Council…

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Fri, Sep 25
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Sat, Sep 26
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Sun, Sep 27
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Meet your host, Emilio

Host on Airbnb since 2011
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I am Emilio Orduña, I was born in Madrid a few years ago and I studied Architecture at the ETSAM of the Polytechnic University of Madrid. I have been working for 15 years developing very diverse projects in Madrid as you can see in my profile in Behance and Linkedin.

I love to travel and I love visiting buildings and cities that I have admired and studied before and I like to be explained by fellow architects from other countries who enrich the experience that makes those hours of exchange together unforgettable. I do it for all those who are interested in architecture by vocation, profession or mere hobby.
I am Emilio Orduña, I was born in Madrid a few years ago and I studied Architecture at the ETSAM of the Polytechnic University of Madrid. I have been working for 15 years developing very diverse projects in Madrid as you can see in my profile in Behance and Linkedin.

I love to travel and I love visiting buildings and cities that I have admired and studied before and I like to be explained by fellow architects from other countries who enrich the experience that makes those hours of exc…
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Where you'll be

The rooftop of the Círculo de Bellas Artes from which to enjoy the best views of Madrid while you understand its urban development and the history of some of its most important buildings.
Telefónica Building, the first skyscraper in Madrid from 1929 (Mondays is closed).
Rooftop in a hotel at Plaza de España from which we will enjoy the views of historic Madrid city center and Casa de Campo.

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 79 reviews.

Paul
August 2020
Every visitor to Madrid should take this tour. Emilio takes you on a trip through history and architecture with detailed insight that you simply can’t find without his particular background. Amazing stops along the way - panoramic rooftop bars, the last remnants of once-glorious movie theaters, and even a few art exhibits. Enjoyed every minute. Highly recommend.
Every visitor to Madrid should take this tour. Emilio takes you on a trip through history and architecture with detailed insight that you simply can’t find without his particular b…
Anca
August 2020
A very insightful experience, with very interesting places and information about Madrid. Very nice and well prepared host. I recommend it to everyone passionate about architecture as well as the history of the city. Seeing Madrid from above its an experience itself.
A very insightful experience, with very interesting places and information about Madrid. Very nice and well prepared host. I recommend it to everyone passionate about architecture…
Fred
August 2020
Emilio is an architectural expert given his background and knowledge in this area. His tour was a very good choice in seeing another perspective of Madrid, on top of terraces with sweeping paronamic views. His passion for architecture is evident through his storytelling, identifying all the architects, their styles and architecture in different periods of history. The places that tour went to are places I have not been, making this tour a special one. It is not only about architecture, but also analyzation of the city's evolution through the decades, from its early history up to the contemporary times. Emilio truly captures the essence of Madrid's architectural history. Awesome and beautiful tour! Highly recommended!!
Emilio is an architectural expert given his background and knowledge in this area. His tour was a very good choice in seeing another perspective of Madrid, on top of terraces with…
Mónica
February 2020
Esta experiencia es atractiva y super interesante, te enseña a conocer la ciudad desde sus inicios y ampliar conocimientos y historias de lugares que ha pesar de haberlos visto en diferentes ocasiones desconocía su historia. Es una experiencia recomendable 100%
Esta experiencia es atractiva y super interesante, te enseña a conocer la ciudad desde sus inicios y ampliar conocimientos y historias de lugares que ha pesar de haberlos visto en…
Luis Miguel
February 2020
This is way better than any generic tour out there. The tour guide knows what he is talking about and provides details as you walk around the Gran Via ending at one of the best roof top views in the city. He can also provide a list of great places to eat if you ask
This is way better than any generic tour out there. The tour guide knows what he is talking about and provides details as you walk around the Gran Via ending at one of the best roo…
Sandro
February 2020
Emilio is a pro, not just in the fact that he is an architect by profession but that in he is a professional when it comes to sharing his knowledge with common folk like myself unaware of the architecture that surrounds our everyday steps. I experienced a great tour with great sights and superb insight into the city of Madrid and it's most important street. Highly recommended for sure!
Emilio is a pro, not just in the fact that he is an architect by profession but that in he is a professional when it comes to sharing his knowledge with common folk like myself una…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 10 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

More tips

Access to the first rooftop is not included (+5€/pax).
It is offered as an option to finish the tour on the rooftop of the new Hotel Riu Plaza de España on the 27th floor with amazing views.
Access MON-FRI +5€/pax till 6pm (no queue) +10€/pax from 6pm (queue of 20-30min).
SAT-SUN +10€ ALL DAY (queues in the afternoon-evening)

What to bring

Camera and battery portable for your phone

Solar protection and comfortable footwear to walk 1km