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Learn The Hidden History of Lavapiés

Rated 4.67 out of 5 from 3 reviews.Madrid, Spain

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Experience hosted by Enda

60 mins
Up to 8 people
Hosted in English, Spanish

What you'll do

The first stop of the tour starts with Farmacia del Globo. Here, I discuss the origins of the association between pharmacies and hot air balloons, which will explore the conflict between herbalists and chemists, and the notable chemists that did much to advance the field of aviation. I also talk about how it was partially destroyed during the Civil War, and how Santiago Ramon y Cajal lived next door. My second stop is at Cine Doré, where I delve into the history of cinema in Madrid (and Spain), and I discuss several movies specifically and also how the cinema reflects the fortunes of the surrounding neighbourhood in general. The third stop is at Gran Peluqueria, where it's possible to see vintage tools and learn about the historic clients - the aforementioned Ramon y Cajal and those from the rest of Spain, who alighted off trains from Atocha and made themselves presentable before moving around the Spanish capital. The tour then stops off at La Báltica, and it will be possible to learn about the beautiful tiles on the storefront. Finally, the last stop is Taberna de Antonio Sánchez. Here, I talk about one of the oldest bars in Madrid, its links to cinema, writers & bullfighters.
The first stop of the tour starts with Farmacia del Globo. Here, I discuss the origins of the association between pharmacies and hot air balloons, which will explore the conflict between herbalists and chemists, and the notable chemists that did much to advance the field of aviation. I also talk about how it was partially destroyed during the Civil War, and how Santiago Ramon y Cajal lived next door. My second stop is at Cine Doré, where I delve…

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Meet your host, Enda

Host on Airbnb since 2016
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My tour focuses on the historic facades of Lavapies and Anton Martin. I am very passionate about this project because I have lived for 7 years in this historic part of Madrid. As a cultural enthusiast, I have read widely about the literary, scientific and historic aspects of these neighbourhoods, and because of my experience as a professional translator, historian and freelance writer, I can weave all these interesting stories and facts into an unforgettable, compelling narrative.
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Where you'll be

We will start at the Farmacia del Globo then do a loop around Antón Martín and Lavapiés, taking in Cine Doré, Gran Peluqueria, La Báltica and Taberna de Antonio Sánchez. We will learn about the great history of these locations.

Rated 4.67 out of 5 from 3 reviews.

Madeline
July 2019
Lovely tour! I would highly recommend. They were both so knowledgeable and friendly which made the tour a wonderful experience. Thanks for all your insight!
Anne & Michael
July 2019
Great and interesting experience! I appreciated getting deeper insight into the Lavapiés neighbored and how Enda and Maria connected exterior facing storefronts with the history and culture of the area.
Ulla
May 2019
Thank You! You both were great!

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 8 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

More tips

Just bring normal clothes and shoes. It's a gentle - but interesting! - walk around the neighbourhood.