Monographic itineraries where architecture, and selected buildings, converge with the urban phenomenon and its historical and political connections. Explore the alternative Madrid.
Alternative historical facts
Listen to the stories of how 'madrileños' worked in the printing and tobacco labors. Explore as a local alternative bars and modern theatres in downtown areas with the added value of good design.
Emilio's research on buildings and their design, will allow you to access architecture in a friendly way. Even if you are not an architect!
This professional is proud to live in Lavapiés and work within the Gran Via district. He will show you the area in a responsible and sustainable way.
Is it required to have a deep knowledge of architecture to participate?
No, this alternative tour in Madrid was designed to accomodate all kind of audiences. Whether you are a student, a professional designer or just interested in architecture, our architour will perfectly fit you.
Will we find your designs during the architour in Madrid?
Emilio Ortuña’s portfolio might be found online and he will show you some of his works while you have a drink in the middle of the tour. . Please log into Linkedin or Behance as to find his latest creative architectural designs.
How long does this alternative tour in Madrid take?
Emilio’s walking tour in Madrid usually takes around 3 hours to be completed, although we could organize a shorter event if required.
How many participants usually join the architour?
We require a minimum of 2 participants for the alternative Madrid experience to take place. Our maximum is set on 12 people per guide. The usual number varies between those two amounts.
Tirso de Molina statue
(Plaza Tirso de Molina, 5)
Tirso de Molina metro station
2 minimum people group required
- Visit to the municipal print factory
- +3 Theatres
- Industrial buildings - La Tabacalera-
- Food markets
Gran Via designs
2 minimum people group required
- Circulo de Bellas Artes
- Madrid's first skyscraper
- 3 Rooftops experiences with thes best views
- Ernest Hemingway's stories
Welcome to a deep look at the area Emilio has called home for the past 12 years. Emilio brings you a specialist tour of an area that you might not otherwise visit as a tourist. What I like about tours like this is that you get to look at architecture & notice things that you just would not do if you walked around on your own. Although Emilio's specialism is architecture & design, he also brings alive lots of history in the area, both old & recent. Emilio will show you some excellent maps of the wider Madrid & this really helps provide useful context to the Lavapiés area that you then focus on for the rest of the visit.
This was a particularly informative experience with both the intricacies of the development of the locality and the general historical background that describes the establishment of present day Madrid both eloquently presented. One does not find guided tours as comprehensive as Emilio’s every day. Highly recommended.
Excellent tour if you’re into architecture. Emilio really know his stuff. Showed us some cool places — a hipster bar in a former XXX theater, a printing press museum, MCM furniture shops — that we would have never found on our own. He also shared some good recommendations via email afterwards. A+
from 29€ /person
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