Find out about the time in which the people of Madrid rose up against Napoleon's troops with this 2nd May 1808 Uprising Tour. Discover the traces from this turning point against French rule
2nd May 1808 Uprising Tour
"They're taking him away, they're taking him away." A grey morning was falling over the capital of the kingdom. On 2nd May 1808, Madrid's humble inhabitants began to form a crowd in front of the gates of the Royal Palace. Stunned, they saw how Napoleon's troops tried to take the young Francisco de Paula to France, the last member of the Spanish royal family still in the city. "They're taking him away, they're taking him away." The straw that broke the camel's back. The fuse was lit. That day the people of Madrid decided to act against the invaders. The rebellion began.
The 2nd May 1808 uprising left a deep mark on Madrid. We'll begin to remember its history by meeting at the chosen time at the Plaza de Isabel II. Just a few meters away, at the Puerta del Sol, we'll see a plaque explaining that this is where the first violent confrontation between the Napoleonic troops and the citizens of Madrid took place.
Continuing through the centre of Madrid past locations including the Plaza Mayor, whose porches also witnessed the fighting, we'll arrive at the Plaza del Dos de Mayo. Here we'll find out the history of the old Cuartel de Monteleón, defended from the French by brave captains such as Luis Daoíz and Pedro Velarde. The fierce fight was not only limited to the military but also civilians, including the young embroiderer Manuela Malasaña, whose courage is honoured in the Madrid neighbourhood that bears her name.
Apart from the heroics of Daoíz, Velarde and Malasaña, the May 2nd 1808 Uprising left behind other interesting details. For example, did you know that the prisoners inside the Royal Prison of Madrid were momentarily released so that they could fight against the French? The most unusual thing was that at the end of the day most of the prisoners returned to their cells.
After an hour and a half, the tour around the Spanish capital will end by recalling more unknown facts about the events that took place on the tragic 2nd of May 1808.
All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protection and safety, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. Specifically, the provider of this tour will apply the following measures:
- A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.
- Handing out of printed material such as maps or brochures will be avoided.
- The temperature and wellness of all those taking part in the service will be monitored daily, excluding and maintaining in quarantine any who display fever or symptoms.
- Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.
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Tour in English
Children under 11 years oldFree
1 hour 30 minutes.
The tour is exclusively in English.
English speaking guide with expert knowledge in the history of Madrid.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up until the previous day (11:30 am) if there are still places available.
We will send you a voucher that you can show on your phone to take part in the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?
A - This activity requires a minimum of 2 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.
Plaza de Isabel II.