Key Information: Tapas, Taverns & History Tour
|Offered most evenings at 7:30 pm / 6:30 pm / 5:00 pm|
|Tours last approximately 4 hours|
|Starts in Plaza Isabel II. Ends in Puerta de Sol.|
|€95 per adult, €80 per teen (incl. 21% Spanish sales tax)|
What to Expect on Your Tour
Madrid’s tapas scene is famous, and famously confusing. The city’s historic centre is packed with tapas bars and many are tourist traps or simply not very good. So let us lead you on an enchanting tapas adventure to four of the city’s best tapas bars, each full of locals, amazing food and delicious wine. And along the way you’ll also see the main sights and discover Madrid’s incredible history on our 4-hour two-in-one tapas and history tour.
With hundreds of 5-star rave reviews and rated #1 on TripAdvisor, we offer Madrid’s best tapas tours!
Your evening will begin in true local style with award-winning Joselito acorn-fed Iberian ham (running upwards of €900 a leg and regarded by experts as some of the best jamón in the country) and cool Spanish vermouth served on tap. Over the course of the evening you’ll taste sizzling garlic prawns from the century-old tapas bar credited with inventing the dish, dive into hidden taverns where they serve delicious and unique house specialties and sit down to hot-off-the-grill plates from the bustling bar that famous chef Andrew Zimmern loved (when he visited with one of our guides no less!). Of course, you’ll wash the tapas down with excellent Spanish wine, vermouth and other drinks.*
Along the way your passionate, expert guide will give you the tips and tricks for doing tapas like a local, so you feel confident heading into bustling tapas bars for the rest of your stay.
And great food and wine are just the start. On this 2-in-1 tapas and history tour, we’ll fill your mind as well as your belly. Between taverns your guide will lead you past the Spanish capital’s most emblematic sites and its hidden historic corners. From the city’s Moorish beginnings, through the Spanish inquisition to the Spanish civil war – you’ll walk through Madrid’s fascinating history and get a true understanding of the incredible events that shaped this city.
How much food is included? Enough for a seriously hearty dinner!
As with all Devour Madrid food tours, you’ll get a copy of our Devouring Madrid mini-guide, which is packed with all our favourite places to eat and drink in the city, so you’ll be eating well for the rest of your stay!
Join us to experience the city’s amazing tapas, incredible wine, culture, sights and history. It’s the best way to understand and appreciate all that Madrid has to offer! Book your spots now (tickets sell out quickly) and eat with us on Madrid’s #1 tapas tour.
Please Note: In order to give a true taste of Madrid’s tapas culture, this tour visits four authentic, busy tapas bars. The first three bars offer standing room only (as is tradition in Madrid when tapas-hopping). There is seating at the last bar. Also, this tour is open to guests aged 13 years and up.
Why choose this tour?
- 2-in-1 tour! You’ll enjoy an unforgettable combination of delicious tapas and fascinating history – it’s the best way to understand Madrid in one exhilarating night
- All-inclusive pricing. Your food tour ticket includes all food and drink, an expert English-speaking guide and 21% Spanish sales tax. The food on this tour is enough for a hearty dinner and includes 6 alcoholic drinks (wine, vermouth, beer)– though non-alcoholic options are also available. The tour also includes a historical walking tour of Madrid’s centre plus our helpful Devouring Madrid printed guide to the best things to do (and eat!) in Madrid.
- The best of the best. We take you to the city’s best tapas bars, and order the top dishes. You’ll taste Joselito Iberian ham (the country’s best jamón), fantastic wines, sizzling prawns, home-cooked dishes and more.
- 4 tapas bars! You’ll eat dinner across 4 bustling tapas bars so you can really understand the city’s tapas scene and learn lots of tips and tricks for doing tapas on your own.
- Locals only. We visit and support local, family-run businesses that are extremely proud of what they do.
- Discover Madrid’s fascinating history Visit the historic squares, emblematic sites and hidden corners of Madrid’s old city, as your expert guide tells you about the fabulous history of the Spanish capital.
*Because we work with small, family-run establishments, stops and tastes may change depending on availability.
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Why Choose Devour Spain Food Tours?
Frequently Asked Questions
Great question! A Devour Madrid Food Tour is a fun, fascinating and (most importantly!) delicious introduction to the majestic city of Madrid. Our food tours visit some of the city’s best traditional eateries, including tapas bars, local markets, taverns and shops, and hidden gems that few even know exist! You’ll taste some of Madrid’s best local food, and gain fascinating insight into its age-old traditions. We keep our groups small and every tour is led by an English-speaking guide who knows Madrid like the back of their hand, and loves it to bits.
And the experience doesn’t finish once the tour is over. Our tours are full of invaluable insider tips and recommendations so you’ll know how (and where) to keep eating well during the rest of your stay.
In short, taking a Devour Madrid Food Tour is like visiting a fellow foodie friend and letting them take you to their favorite spots, as well as giving you lots of tips for doing it yourself!
You’ll visit 4 traditional tapas bars, trying a delicious assortment of homemade tapas including some of Spain’s best acorn-fed Iberian ham, Madrid’s most famous garlic & chilli prawns (cooked before your eyes!), and mouth-watering hot-off-the-grill stuffed mushrooms. You’ll try at least 10 tapas, enough for a (large) dinner. And of course, at each tapas bar you’ll pair your food with a delicious drink (Spanish wine, draught beer or vermouth). All tastes are subject to change based on seasonality and our vendors’ holiday schedules, but we guarantee they’ll always be delicious!
You’ll be led by a knowledgeable and fun English-speaking guide and Madrid expert. Between tapas bars they will lead you through winding streets and grand squares, giving you a fun, interesting historic walking tour of the old city.
Our guests love this tour because it’s both a tapas tour and a walking tour – the perfect 2-in-1 to get your head (and your belly) around Madrid!
Plus, every guest receives our Devouring Madrid mini guide, packed with recommendations so you’ll keep eating well for the rest of your stay!
The tour lasts approximately four and a half hours (give or take 15 minutes). The tour covers approximately 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) and there is only seating at the final (fifth stop). Please note that it is traditional and authentic in Madrid tapas bars to stand and eat at the bar, and some of the taverns we visit do not have tables or seating.
Don’t worry, you won’t be part of a massive hoard following a guide with a flag or a flamenco fan! We keep our groups small and intimate, so the tour can squeeze into small, hidden places and you get personal time with your guide. The maximum number of guests on this tour is usually 9 people and we only require two guests to operate a tour.
We currently offer the tour year round most days of the week. The tour is not available on 24th, 25th, 31st December or 1 January (due to the closure of vendors).
The tour starts promptly at either 5pm, 6:30pm or 7:30pm (please check your booking confirmation email for which tour you’re on). We ask our guests to come to the meeting point 10 minutes before the tour start time in order to check in with your guide. This ensures we get off to a timely start, and that first taste doesn’t get cold!
The tour meets in the Plaza Isabel II (scroll up for a Google Map view). When you book your tour you will receive an automated email from us with more precise meeting details.
The tour ends in the Puerta del Sol square
This tour is currently adaptable for vegetarians, pescatarians and those who don’t eat either pork or beef. Also, if you don’t drink alcohol we will serve you non-alcoholic drinks. Please note that there are limited vegetarian options at one tavern, but we’ll ensure vegetarians are well-fed by the end! The tour is not adaptable for those on a vegan diet.
We can adapt the tour for those who do not eat gluten, but the tour is not suitable for those with celiac disease (due to the risk of gluten cross-contact).
Please mark any dietary preferences when you book.
If you have another dietary requirement, or a food allergy, please email email@example.com before you book and we’ll do our best to accommodate you. If you have a food allergy, we may ask you to sign a waiver at the start of the tour.
The tour does not include transport to the meeting place, or from the ending point (ask your guide for guidance at the end of the tour if you’re not sure where you are).
Also, please feel free to tip your guide if you think they did a great job! The standard gratuity in the tour industry is 10-15%.
Most importantly, your appetite!
Also, keep in mind that tours take place rain or shine, so please dress appropriately and bring an umbrella if it looks like rain. Also, we recommend you wear comfortable shoes as you’ll be walking a few kilometres. Finally, while we do serve water on the tour at some stops, we recommend you bring a bottle of water.