Tapas, Taverns & History Tour
Madrid's top-rated tapas tour! A 2-in-1 adventure with amazing tapas plus a fascinating walking tour of Madrid’s historic center.
- The true Madrid tapas experience (no tourist traps here!) including a hearty dinner across four of Madrid's most authentic and unique traditional taverns
- Madrid's main sites on a historic walking tour: the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, Plaza de la Villa, Plaza Santa Ana, 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 local Spanish wines, and a special drink that only the locals know about
This tour MADE our trip to Madrid. Our guide Oliver was well-educated, informed and very engaging guiding us through thousands of years of history while feeding us all the best tapas Madrid has to offer. The tour took us through several wonderful neighborhoods and past the city’s famous landmarks. I can not recommend this tour highly enough.
Highlight of our Madrid visit! Absolutely loved this evening of unique tapas tastings—fun, informative, relaxed, delicious! Guide Margit was a delightful, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and welcoming host. We especially appreciated experiencing the speciality tapas venues that we would never have known to try on our own. Wonderful wines, great company, plenty to eat and drink. Outstanding in every respect.
We hit a number of classic Madrid locations for tapas and drinks throughout the evening, all while learning about the vibrant history of Madrid. Our tour guide Yvonne was a delight – deeply knowledgeable and great company to be around. I've been living in Madrid for nearly a year now, and I should've done this right when I first arrived!
What to Expect on Your Tour
Learn to do tapas like a local as you make your way through Madrid’s city center! In between four iconic authentic 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 traditional 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.
Start your night off in true Madrid style—surrounded by locals as you sip vermouth and nibble on tapas in a historic tavern with connections to the Spanish Civil War. Your expert guide will let you in on the secret to this local aperitif tradition as you discover what going for tapas really means here in Spain.
Next up is a walk down to 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.
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 one of Madrid’s key squares and its hidden backstreets, as your guide brings more of Madrid’s storied past to life.
At the third tapas bar, you’ll taste one of Madrid’s signature tapas, gambas al ajillo—a dish this family-run bar claims to have invented! They’ve been in business since 1906, so we’ll take their word for it! You’ll also be able to order a glass of wine made from the same family’s vineyard in the Toro region.
Before heading to our last tapas stop of the evening, you’ll walk through another of Madrid’s iconic squares where your guide will bring to life stories from Madrid’s fairly recent past, and finally, you’ll squeeze into one of Madrid’s last remaining traditional tapas institutions– a no-frills place where locals pack in for favorite dishes (including the Madrid specialty– pig ear!). Adventurous or not, there’s something delicious for everyone at this spot.
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!
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!
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Explore Madrid's most famous historic squares and hidden alleys in the capital's majestic center