Behind-the-Scenes Botin Lunch & Prado Museum Tour

Experience the best of Madrid's culture and cuisine at its two most famous landmarks: the Prado Museum and the oldest restaurant in the world!

Full Lunch
Daytime Tour
4 Hours
2 Food Stops
Start time: 9:45am. Check calendar for available times.


  • Discover the mystery and intrigue behind the Prado Museum's masterpieces
  • Skip the line and see the best of the Prado Museum in just 1.5 hours!
  • Explore the gorgeous Literary Quarter where many of Spain's most famous artists lived and worked
  • Eat at the oldest restaurant in the world and discover the centuries of stories that lie within
  • Experience a true Spanish lunch in three courses. It's the most imporant meal of the day!
  • Visit a century-old tavern steeped in history and serving some of Madrid's best local vermouth!

You'll Eat

  • Roast suckling pig
  • Creamy homemade croquettes
  • Market-fresh vegetables with Iberian ham
  • Unique local olives
  • Scrumptious, classic Spanish dessert

You'll Drink

  • Sweet local vermouth on tap
  • Red Rioja wine
  • Local beer and soft drinks also available
  • Water
* Actual tastes may change depending on season or availability.
This tour is adaptable for...
  • Vegetarians
  • Pescatarians
  • Gluten free (not celiacs)
  • Dairy free
  • Non-alcoholic options
  • Pregnant women
  • Dietary restrictions
    We love providing delicious options for those with dietary needs. If you have a dietary requirement or food allergy, please note it when booking. This tour is not recommended for vegetarians and, due to the risk of gluten cross-contamination, this tour is not recommended for those with celiac disease. This tour includes at least 2 km of walking; therefore, we do not recommend this tour for guests with mobility issues.

    Cultural Highlights

  • Discover Spanish art like never before in the top musuem in Spain
  • Experience the living history at the world's oldest restaurant
  • Explore the gorgeous Literary Quarter where art and literature come to life
  • What to Expect on Your Tour

    Discover the dramatic history and rich culture of Spain through two of Madrid’s most famous institutions: the Prado Museum and the Sobrino de Botín restaurant, named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest restaurant in the world!

    Experience the famous Prado Museum like never before! Skip the line and head straight to the must-see paintings as you discover the best of the Prado in a fascinating but succinct 1.5 hour visit. As you walk through the halls of Spanish art you’ll also take a stroll through Spain’s dramatic history. Dive into centuries past to meet the characters, artists and events that made these works possible. We’ll take you beyond the paint on canvas and into the minds of the men (and a few women!) who created them, commissioned them and, along the way, shaped the fate of Spain. We’ll visit about 20 of the Prado’s most famous artworks by masters like Velazquez, Goya, Bosch and Titian, giving you a firm footing to appreciate and understand each painting. You’ll also discover the stories of intrigue, power and mysterious love affairs that swirl behind each painting.

    After a morning the in the museum, we’ll head up into Madrid’s gorgeous Literary Quarter where it feels as if Spain’s Golden Age is still alive and well! Stroll the streets where many of Spain’s Literary greats have lived and worked as we walk to a century-old tavern and open our appetites with a traditional Madrid aperitif.

    Then it’s off to the oldest restaurant in the world for a leisurely lunch complete with slow-roasted pork and plenty of red Rioja wine! Immerse yourself in centuries past as you discover the living history inside Botin, from its mystery-laden escape tunnels to the table still reserved for writer Ernest Hemingway. Taste the roasted house specialty from the nearly 300+ year old ovens that have served the likes of Goya, F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Kings of Spain and others!

    Join us for an unforgettable daytime experience that brings Madrid to life through its two most famous institutions: culture and cuisine!

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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 Prado Museum
    Places we'll visit Literary Quarter

    Step back into the Golden Age along the narrow streets where Spain's literary greats lived and worked!

    Ending point Plaza Mayor

    Rave Reviews for This Tour

    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.
    You’ll enjoy a 2-in-1 experience that combines a tour of the Prado Museum’s key pieces, with a meal at Madrid’s oldest restaurant, the Sobrino de Botin. The tour price includes entry into the museum along with all food and drinks (enough for a hearty lunch!). You’ll learn all about Madrid’s local cuisine and your guide will give you a rich understanding of the Prado Museum, one of the most incredible art museums in Europe. 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 tour lasts approximately 4 hours (give or take 15 minutes). The tour covers approximately 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) and there is seating at the tapas bar and at Botin.
    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 6 people and we only require two guests to operate a tour.
    We want as many people to be able to enjoy our tours as possible. Scroll up the page a little to see what dietary restrictions this tour is adaptable for.
    This tour is a great fit for curious kids and teens who would enjoy learning about Spanish history through the masterpieces of the Prado, and who would enjoy the magic of eating a delicious roast lunch at the world's oldest restaurant. We offer child and teen pricing and guests under 18 will be served non-alcoholic drinks. If you'd like the Prado portion of the tour to be adapted more specifically for your children, please get in touch about a private 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.
    Of course! We regularly offer private tours 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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