Tapas, Taverns & History Tour

Madrid's top-rated tapas tour! A 2-in-1 adventure with amazing tapas plus a fascinating tour of Madrid’s historic center.

Top Rated 5 out of 5
Includes: Tapas at 4 family-run tapas bars (enough for a full dinner) perfectly blended with a fascinating guided walk through historic Madrid.
Small Group: Maximum 10 guests
Times: 5:00pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm
Duration: 4 Hours

What's Included

  • The true Madrid tapas experience (no tourist traps here!) including a hearty dinner across four of Madrid's most authentic and unique local tapas bars
  • Madrid's main sites on a historic walking tour: the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, Plaza de la Villa, Puerta del Sol and more
  • An evening with an insider local guide who will teach you to do tapas like a local-- Madrid style!
  • The chance to touch history as you visit 100-year-old family-run tapas bars and taste recipes passed down through generations
  • The riveting story of how the small village of Madrid transformed (almost overnight!) into the capital of an empire
  • A quick crash course on local drinking culture, as you taste vermouth, wine, beer and dessert wine

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Foodie Highlights

You'll Eat

  • Spain's No. 1-rated cured black hoof Iberian ham
  • Sizzling garlic shrimp cooked before your eyes
  • The best grilled mushrooms you will ever taste
  • Beer battered calamari fried in olive oil
  • Crispy potatoes in a homemade red pepper sauce
  • Paprika-spiced Spanish chorizo
  • Padrón peppers. Will you score the spicy one?
  • Freshly-pickled white anchovies
  • Eggplant drizzled with local honey
  • Campo Real olives grown right here in Madrid
  • Freshly-made pan con tomate (bread with fresh tomato and olive oil)
  • Coconut cookies baked by nuns!

You'll Drink

  • Sweet Spanish vermouth straight from the tap
  • Tinto de verano (what locals drink instead of sangria!)
  • Red, white or fortified wine from the Toro region
  • Selection of red tempranillo wines & white wines
  • Sweet moscatel dessert wine
* 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 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

    TOUR SNAPSHOT
    Learn to do tapas like a local as you make your way through Madrid’s city center! In between four iconic Madrid tapas bars, you’ll hear the story of how Madrid went from a small village to the capital of one of the world’s greatest empires! Between sipping Spanish wine and devouring the best of Madrid’s tapas, your expert guide will bring the city’s fascinating history to life as you wind in and out of grand plazas and mystery-filled streets.

    STOP-BY-STOP

    Start your night by popping into a royally located tavern where you’ll find out what tapas really are! As you sip vermouth, you’ll taste freshly fried chips, local olives and Marcona almonds. Then it’s time for the show-stopper—Spain’s very best jamón ibérico de bellota, or cured acorn-fed Iberian ham.

    Next up is Madrid’s royal palace, where you’ll get a mini-lesson on how Madrid was founded. As you wander through the oldest part of Madrid—the Habsburg neighborhood—you’ll discover its hidden squares and secrets.

    Before you get to the next tapas bar, your expert guide will continue the story of Madrid’s history as they lead you down a tucked away street to show you a century-old tradition still practiced today!

    The next tapas bar is known for one thing—fantastic grilled mushrooms! While here, you’ll learn what most locals drink (it’s NOT sangria!) as you enjoy its famous mushrooms and Padrón peppers.
    As you make your way to the third tapas bar of the night, you’ll pass through two of Madrid’s key squares as your guide brings more of Madrid’s storied past to life.

    At the third tapas bar, you’ll taste gambas al ajillo—a dish this family-run bar claims to have invented! You’ll also be able to order a glass of wine made from the same family’s vineyard in the Toro region.

    To end the night with a bang, you’ll head to a traditional tapas bar to sit down and enjoy hot-off-the-grill raciones—larger portions meant to share! From crispy grilled chorizo to beer-battered calamari and more, this tapas feast will solidify your expertise in doing tapas like a local!

    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!

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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!

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    Map Your Tour

    Meeting point Plaza Isabel II
    Places we'll visit Madrid's Historic Center

    Explore Madrid's most famous historic squares and hidden alleys in the capital's majestic center

    Ending point Puerta del Sol
    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 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. 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! 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!
    The tour lasts approximately 4 hours (give or take 15 minutes). The tour covers approximately 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) and there is only seating at the final bar. 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 10 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 teens who would enjoy learning about Madrid and Spain's fascinating history. We offer teen pricing and they will be served non-alcoholic drinks. Given the evening nature of this tour, 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 and our Hidden Madrid Food & Market Adventure.
    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.

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