Architecture tour Gran Vía from its best rooftops 20thC

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Departs: madrid, spain

TicketType: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.


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.
Other things to note
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)

I offer other rooftops at the end of the architous without paying an entrance.
The acces to all the rest of the buildings is included.
You can have something to drink on the rooftops where we will stop at the beginning or at the end of the architour as an option.

What's Included

Fundación Telefónica entrance

What's Not Included

Circulo de Bellas Artes rooftop+building entrance 5€

Drinks on the rooftops are not included

Option to finish rooftop RIU HOTEL M-F 11am-5pm + € 5 M-F 5pm-23pm +€10 SAT-SUN-BANK HOLIDAYS + € 10 all day

Traveler Information

  • YOUTH: Age: 11 - 15
  • ADULT: Age: 16 - 99

Additional Info

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • There may be delays in accessing rooftops due to capacity restrictions caused by COVID.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Since April, the use of masks indoors is not mandatory
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Transportation options are wheelchair accessible

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Circulo de Bellas Artes
We will start on the rooftop from where we will explain the urban and architectural development of the city while enjoying the best views of the city. Then we will go down the impressive staircase visiting the interior of the Antonio Palacios building.

1 hours • Admission Ticket Not Included

We will get into the art-deco atmosphere that Luis Gutiérrez Soto projected in 1931, where Hollywood stars such as Ava Gadner to Almodovar have celebrated the premieres of their films in Madrid.

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Edificio Telefonica
We will visit the interior of the first skyscraper in Madrid, knowing how it was when it was built in 1929 and its last reform in 2012.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Edificio Carrion
We will learn about the history of the 1933 building with the famous Schweppes neons and its surroundings in Plaza del Callao.

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Learned a lot about the history of Madrid
909diept, 20-09-2022
Great experience! Emilio was very knowledgeable, not only about the city’s architecture but also its history. I went on 4 different tours in Madrid (tuktuk, walking tour, etc.) and I learned the most on this tour.

Now keep in mind Emilio’s accent is a little thick, so if you’re not good with accents it might be a little difficult to follow along in the beginning, but after 15 mins we get used to it. Plus he brought along a book of slides he made on the topic making it much easier to follow along.

Now that we are visiting other cities on the trip, every time I look up at a building I would wonder what kind of architecture this is, does that mean it was built in century XX, etc. Emilio taught us not only about the architecture of Madrid, but also how to look at every city in Europe you go to through the lens of architecture. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Madrid
The history of Madrid
paulprzybysz, 29-05-2022
The tour was fabulous. Only two rooftops, but lots of information on Madrid since the 9th century. Also a detailed review of the city's architecture with an emphasis on Gran Via. Note that the tour is approximately 3 hours long. Emilio is extremely knowledgeable and friendly.
Gabriel B, 21-05-2022
Emilio is a very knowledgeable tour guide. Had an amazing experience as my first day in Madrid. Thank you!
Rooftop tour and history of Madrid!
Yvonne_K, 08-05-2022
Emilio is a well prepared and enthousiastic guide. He knows a lot of architecture and history of his city. We had a great tour!
Best views in Madrid!
Jennifer_S, 21-02-2022
Emilio was a wealth of information and knowledge. We enjoyed every bit, even though we had a cold, windy day. Highly recommend taking this tour!

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