Discover the secrets of the bustling, historic Rastro flea market before enjoying classic Madrid tapas like a local!
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Includes:Insider's tour of Rastro flea market + tapas crawl across 2 locally-loved market tapas bars
Tour Size:Semi Private
€59 per adult
€49 per teen
Includes 21% Spanish sales tax
100% secure payment
Free cancellation up to 48 hours before a tour
Dive into the bustling 250-year-old Rastro flea market and discover its treasures and secrets
Go tapas hopping between 2 bustling Rastro taverns—just like the locals do!
Meet lifelong stall-holders & antique dealers, and hear their incredible stories
Get expert tips on where to find the best deals on souvenirs (& how to avoid being ripped off!)
Learn the fascinating history of the market, and navigate its complicated twists and turns with an expert guide
Stephanie EOctober 2017
I used to live in Madrid and have visited El Rastro many times. On this trip with 4 friends, 3 of whom have never visited Spain before, Devour Madrid's El Rastro & Tapas tour was a big hit. We learned some fascinating history from Amy and Caroline, as well as being introduced to some interesting merchants and artisans. In fact we enjoyed the experience so much, we booked another tour for Wine and Tapas.
Clara TOctober 2017
This was such a cool way to spend a Sunday morning... discovering the history of the Rastro market; how it's changed over time and the hidden treasures to be found there. Our guide Amy told us lots of little anecdotes about the market and enticed us to try various Spanish delicacies along the way!
The Rastro is so big and busy that you really need help to avoid overwhelm and getting ripped off. Despite having been to the market many times before, with our guide Paula I discovered new streets, stall holders and bars. Just when our feet were getting tired we stopped for some delicious tapas and vermouth. A great way to spend a Sunday morning!
This tour is adaptable for...
Gluten free (not celiacs)
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 or vegans and, due to the risk of gluten cross-contamination, this tour is not recommended for those with celiac disease.
What to Expect on Your Tour
Dive into the bustling backstreets of Madrid’s famous Rastro flea market, founded around 1740! Led by a passionate local expert, you’ll discover the secrets of this historic market and its overflowing antique and second-hand shops. We’ll take you past the market’s surface, where you’ll meet charismatic vendors and hear their stories of life in the Rastro! Experience the flavor and atmosphere that make the Rastro market a Madrid institution—an absolute must for anyone in Madrid on a Sunday!
After the market, you’ll pop into two buzzing tapas bars to enjoy some of Madrid’s most classic tapas. Side by side with the locals, you’ll try grilled seafood, crispy pork belly and more! And of course, these delicious bites will be paired with local wine, beer and vermouth. This true Madrid experience is not to be missed!
And as with all Devour Madrid tours, your guide will give you a copy of our Devouring Madrid guide, which is packed with all our favorite places to eat and drink in the city! So put down your guidebook and get ready to experience Madrid like a local!
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.
The tour lasts approximately 2.5 hours (give or take 15 minutes). The tour covers approximately 1.5 kilometers (1 mile). Please note that it is traditional and authentic in Madrid tapas bars to stand and eat at the bar, so some of the bars 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 8 people and we only require two guests to operate a tour.
This tour is a great fit for curious teens who would enjoy learning about Madrid and Spain. We offer teen pricing and they will be served non-alcoholic drinks. Given the busy nature of the market and tapas bars we visit, we do restrict it to guests aged 13 years and older. If you're a family with younger kids, check out our Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour which is also offered on Sunday mornings.
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%.
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.