ALL ABOUT DEVOUR SPAIN

Hi there! Hola! We’re a small team of food lovers who call Spain home and who are passionate about sharing this country’s spectacular food and its fascinating story with you on our tapas tours, food tours and wine experiences.

We hope you're hungry!

We know it’s tough to get past the tourist traps and eat like the locals do. So our mission is to give you an insider’s peek into the real Spain, and a taste of the country’s true local cuisine. Day and night, we eat our way through neighborhoods, local markets, tapas bars and restaurants (research never tasted so good!), searching for the most delicious dishes and tastiest bites.

And only the best ones make it onto a Devour Spain food tour.

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Founders: Lauren, Alejandro & James

It All Starts With Amazing Food

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Carlos pours cider on a Madrid food tour.

But we don’t stop there. Our tours are not just about food. You’ll also discover the local culture, history and traditions behind the neighborhoods we visit-- because where, what and how people eat is one of the best ways to understand a place. And behind each delicious taste on our tours is a proud, passionate local, and telling you their story is an essential ingredient in every Devour Spain food tour. In an age when chains are taking over, we’re committed to supporting the little guys. Local chefs, specialty food shop owners, and neighborhood food entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of their communities, and the true soul our tours.

Rosa Tosca in her Gracia restaurant.

Rosa Tosca in her Gracia restaurant.

"Without rent controls, so many emblematic places are closing, and everything is starting to look the same," Rosa says. "We've had two tough years. It's been difficult to meet our expenses. That's why this tour has been crucial for us."– Rosa Tosca
Devour Barcelona Tour Partner (as quoted by NPR)

You'll be in the Best Hands

And what about our guides? We know that along with the food, the most important thing on a food tour is your guide. And that’s why we are very selective about who we work with, resulting in a team of guides who are the smartest, most passionate, most talented bunch of Spain gurus around.

They not only know and love this country, but are gifted storytellers and have a rare knack for making you just as excited about Spain as they are! 

Joy leads a group through a vermouth tasting.

Joy leads a group through a vermouth tasting.

So why not join one of our fun and fascinating food tours; why not see and taste the real Spain? Guidebooks might tell you where to eat. But we’ll show you what to eat and why. People have told us that our enthusiasm is contagious – we think you’ll agree!

MEET OUR TEAM

Any company is only as good as the sum of its parts. Luckily, our parts are pretty incredible! Our amazing team includes the best, brightest, most lovely and passionate professionals, each of whom put their heart (and stomachs) fully into their work.

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Lauren Aloise
Managing Director
 Lauren grew up in an Italian-American family where 3-hour meals were the norm. After 10 years in the restaurant industry, she moved to Spain where she launched her popular Spanish food blog, Spanish Sabores, and soon after lead groups on the first Devour Madrid Food Tours.

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James Blick
Managing Director
A former lawyer turned filmmaker, New Zealander James finally found his calling leading hungry, curious travelers through the tapas bars, markets and winding streets of Spain. He also writes about travel and hosts a popular YouTube channel about Spain.

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Alejandro Cabrera
Managing Director
Alejandro hails from the very south of Spain, and grew up in the sherry-producing town of El Puerto de Santa María in Cadiz. He traded beachside barbecues for the buzz of the Spanish capital, where he enjoys promoting his country and its diverse cuisine at every opportunity.

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Katie
Marketing Manager
Born and raised in the U.S. Midwest, Katie turned down a full-time job at a newspaper to live in Spain. With a background in journalism and communication, she became marketing director at the startup Glamping Hub in Seville. Then, after a six-year love affair with the south of Spain, she moved to Madrid (and Devour Spain!) to experience the thrill of a larger city. When not at work, Katie can be found searching Madrid for ingredients (buttermilk, I need you for fried chicken!), running, or reading a book!

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Mayu
Customer Service Manager
Born in Toyota, Japan but grew up near San Francisco, California, Mayu has previously worked on customer experience at Spanish startup Spotahome before joining Devour Spain. She loves the Madrileño lifestyle and culture, and finds pleasure in the little things: whether it be a cute interaction with a Spanish abuela or a quaint alley that she’s never seen before. This country, she says, is full of wonderful surprises. 

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Amy Bingham
Madrid City Manager
As the daughter of a barbecue master and a pseudo-vegetarian, Amy's culinary obsessions run deep. She spent time in Galicia before settling down in Madrid, where you'll usually find her browsing the bottles of a local bodega or ogling the produce at the weekend Producer's Market.

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Luke Darracott
Madrid Tour Guide
Luke is an Englishman who left the rainy land of royalty and tea for the sunny skies of Madrid. He's a Spain addict and when he's not taking hungry - or thirsty - visitors through the city's old alleys and hidden bars, he travels, writes & hosts a TV show.

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Joy Figueroa
Madrid Tour Guide
Born and bred in the Big Apple, Joy first came to Madrid to visit in 2009... but ending up falling in love with Spain, and staying! When she’s not guiding or teaching, she loves to hit the road and explore the culinary delights in every corner of the Iberian peninsula.

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Paula Valluerca
Madrid Tour Guide
Paula is from Basque Country, a beautiful (and food obsessed!) part of northern Spain. She grew up surrounded by delicious food, her grandparents were the local butchers! Paula studied theater in London, and uses her performance skills to persuade picky eaters to try new delights! 

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Hagar Jobse
Madrid Tour Guide
Hagar was born in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam, but has been visiting Spain yearly since she could barely talk. By the age of 18, she'd traveled most of the country! Now based in Madrid as a tour guide and journalist, she loves the capital because of its openness and lively ambience.

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Margit Sperling
Madrid Tour Guide
A long time lover of Spanish food, culture, and cinema, Margit moved to Madrid from her native Seattle in 2007. She loves exploring Spain from north to south and is endlessly surprised by the wonderful people and places she finds on her travels.

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Mark Nicholls
Madrid Tour Guide
 Born in the UK, Mark grew tired of rainy days, stodgy pudding and overcooked meat so came to Spain to refine his palate and live a more relaxed life. You'll find him in a local bar with a tapa contemplating his next podcasting project. 

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Sean Retana
Madrid Tour Guide
His Irish accent may fool you, but Sean is a true Spaniard, from Castilla La Mancha. After 15 years on the road as a professional tour guide, his fascination for his homeland only continues to grow. He adores Spain's landscape, culture, and the incredible creativity of its people.

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Sanne Boortman
Madrid Tour Guide
Sanne hails from the Netherlands and has been a professional tour guide for the past decade, with experience leading art, history, and food tours in Rome, Malaga and Madrid. Her background in art history and a Madrid chef for a partner, make her the perfect tour guide!

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Arantxa
Madrid Tour Guide
Born and raised in Madrid, Arantxa is a private chef who trained at Le Cordon Bleu Cooking Academy. Besides being an enthusiastic Devour Spain guide, Arantxa is also a private chef, translator and runs a food blog called Gastrolamas.

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Oliver Lucas
Madrid Tour Guide
Half American, half Spanish with a touch of Venezuelan. Originally from South Florida where my curiosity for culinary adventure began given the diverse food landscape available. Moved to Madrid in 2010 and got trapped by the food, culture, and lifestyle. Moved to Bilbao in 2012. Loved the pintxos and the city, but got tired of the rain and in August 2015 moved back to Madrid to do my masters degree in Bilingual an Multicultural Education at the University of Alacá. I've visited over 30 countries before turning 30, and only tried one dish I didn't like.

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Nick Drinkwater
Madrid Tour Guide
Born in Cheshire, moved to Spain after completing the Camino de Santiago where I fell in love with the country and it´s exquisite wines and gastronomy. Having been obsessed with food and wine since I can remember Madrid was the number one destination to indulge my passion. I love exploring the winding streets of Madrid searching for the next gastronomic delight. About to start the WSET diploma with a clear determination of being a master of wine and currently working on my new wine project.

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Ewan Bleiman
Madrid Tour Guide
I'm from Edinburgh and I've been living in Spain for the past three-and-a-half years. Madrid is a special place for me, as a huge city - the third biggest in the EU - which has managed to stay personal, liveable, friendly and spontaneous. I gave my first ever guided tour two years ago when a friend who runs a vineyard in the Ribera del Duero called me to say that he had a group of Brits coming to visit, and needed someone to give the tour in English. I was hooked!

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ALL ABOUT DEVOUR SPAIN

  • Always eating well and in good company!
  • Supporting the local economy-- we are proudly locally owned, pay our taxes in Spain and love working with small businesses instead of big chains.
  • Knowing the names and stories of the people behind our food.
  • Buying and using local and seasonal ingredients.
  • Responsible and sustainable tourism that educates and enlightens.
  • Working with the very best people, and rewarding them generously for a job well done.
  • Food connects the world; it's the true universal language that we all speak.
Best Spain Food Tours

You'll support local business owners like José-- not big chains.

Check out our feature on NPR: "Barcelona's Mom-And-Pop Tapas Bars Take On The Big Tourist Chains" and hear how we're impacting the local community with our Barcelona tours!

Everyone love churros dipped in chocolate!

Just try and keep the chocolate off you face with this delicious breakfast treat!

Devour Spain - Why You Should Choose to Tour with Us!

Not all tours are created equally. We pride ourselves on offering incredible tours, and responsible tourism is at the heart of all we do. What does this mean? 

Small, family-run businesses-- no chains!

World-class, qualified tour guides.

Equal opportunity employment and excellent pay.

Spanish owned and operated company, fully insured.

We pay all of our taxes in Spain, supporting our local economy.

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We use public transport and our tours are offered on foot, reducing carbon emissions.

We give back to our local communities through charitable organizations like Serve the City.

We ensure we are accurately representing Spain and its cuisine at all times-- no tourist traps here.