Madrid Ham Tasting Experience

Discover the delicious world of Spanish jamón and taste the very best in a family-run ham shop.

5 delicious tastes
Morning
1 hour
Ham Shop
Passionate Guide

What's Included

  • Taste 5 types of Spanish jamón & cured meats, including Serrano, Ibérico and Acorn-Fed (Pata Negra)!
  • Sip two delicious Spanish wines with the ham - the perfect pairing!
  • Give carving the ham a try -- it's much harder than it looks!
  • Meet the owners of a family-run ham shop, who have been in the business for over 50 years
  • Learn the fascinating, centuries-old process for making jamón-- Spain's prized possession

Foodie Highlights

You'll Eat

  • 5 different types of Spanish jamón & cured meats (ham)
  • Tasting of Extra Virgin Olive Oils

You'll Drink

  • Cava (Spain's champagne)
  • Red Wine (beer and soft drinks available by request)
* Actual tastes may change depending on season or availability.
This tour is adaptable for...
  • Gluten free (not celiacs)
  • Dairy free
  • Non-alcoholic options
  • Dietary restrictions

    What to Expect on Your Tour

    Spanish ham is a local source of pride– and not all hams are created equal!

    Join our passionate ham experts at a family-run jamón shop in Madrid’s city center and sit down to an hour-long tasting of the best Spanish ham in town. You’ll learn all about this celebrated tradition, from how the animals are raised to how the meat is cured. You’ll see the different parts of the ham and learn what each is used for — and how to order the prime cuts of pork and ham in a restaurant!

    You’ll taste five different types of ham– from Serrano to the gold label Iberian Acorn-Fed variety (the best of the best!) and learn to appreciate the difference. You’ll also learn about the art of carving the ham (an admired profession) and have a chance to give it a try.

    We’ll pair the ham with two Spanish wines, cava and a local Madrid red wine. You’ll see why people call cava and jamón the perfect pairing!

    Your experience will be led by a passionate food guide, and you’ll also meet the shop’s owners who will share their stories.

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    About Our Expert Guides

    Your tour will be lead by one of our expert, English-speaking guides. They’re all gifted storytellers who are smart, passionate and talented and whose excitement for this country is contagious!

    Meet them here!

    Map Your Tour

    Meeting point Plaza de la Villa
    Places we'll visit Center

    Our experience takes place in Madrid's historic center, right near the metros Sol, Opera, and Gran Via.

    Ending point Plaza de la Villa

    Rave Reviews for This Tour

    Great question! A Devour Madrid food experience 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.
    You’ll visit a tradition ham shop, trying 5 varieties of Spanish jamón-- including Spain’s best acorn-fed Iberian ham. The hams will be paired with 2 different Spanish wines (sparkling cava and white or red) and you’ll learn all about how ham is made in Spain. You’ll be led by a knowledgeable and fun English-speaking guide and Madrid expert. Plus, when you book you’ll receive a link to our Devouring Madrid mini-guide, packed with recommendations so you’ll eat well before and after your tour.
    The Madrid Ham Tasting Experience lasts about 1 hour to 1.5 hours.
    We will run the experience with as little as two people. Our largest group of food lovers is about 10.
    It's perfect for families! Kids love making jamón sandwiches, and juice or soft drinks are available.
    The experience 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.
    Of course! We regularly offer private tours and experiences to families, groups of friends and corporate groups. Email us your group size, the date you'd like the tour and anything else you'd like us to keep in mind, and we'll get back to you within 24 hours.

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