History’s greatest cities: Madrid

    In episode four of this new series exploring the sights and stories of Europe’s most beautiful, intriguing and historic cities, travel journalist Paul Bloomfield is joined by author Jules Stewart for a journey around Madrid.

    They roam the relics of the city’s foundation through to the so-called Reconquista in the 11th century, and consider Madrid’s rise to prominence as the capital of a unified Spain and the turbulent years of the 19th and 20th centuries. Along the way, Jules provides a glimpse of the vibrant city’s magnificent landmarks, and offers up advice for history-loving travellers.


    Jules Stewart is a journalist and author. His books include Madrid, The History, Madrid: A Literary Guide for Travellersand, co-written with Helen Crisp, Madrid: Midnight City

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