Tapas, Taverns & History Tour

Madrid's top-rated tapas tour! This 2-in-1 adventure combines amazing tapas and a fascinating walking tour of Madrid’s historic center.

Full Dinner
Evening Tour
4 Hours
4 Tapas Bars
Start times: 5:00pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm. Check calendar for available times.

Highlights

  • Learn how to do tapas like a local -- from choosing an authentic tapas bar to the unwritten rules of ordering and paying!
  • Reach out and touch history as you visit 100+ year old tapas bars, many of which are still family owned and operated!
  • Taste the best authentic tapas in Madrid, carefully selected from Madrid’s 3000+ tapas bars!
  • Bring Madrid to life with authentic tapas, iconic beverages and captivating stories of the city's history and culture.
  • Discover how a village became the capital of an empire in the streets and squares where that transformation took place!
  • Taste 100-year-old family recipes-- and try to guess their secrets!

You'll Eat

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

You'll Drink

  • Sweet Spanish vermouth straight from the tap
  • "The red wine of summer" (the local's 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.

    Cultural Highlights

  • See Madrid's main sites such as the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, Plaza de la Villa, Puerta del Sol and more!
  • Discover how the village of Madrid was transformed (almost overnight!) into the capital of an empire.
  • Learn how to do tapas like a local to make the rest of your stay even more delicious!
  • What to Expect on Your Tour

    Madrid’s tapas scene is famous, and famously confusing. They say there are more tapas bars than trees in Madrid, but how do you spot the good ones?

    Join us to discover four of the best tapas bars in the city center while you learn the tricks of the trade of doing tapas like a local in Madrid!

    Along the way you’ll discover the fascinating history of this ancient city in the grand plazas and mystery-filled streets where it all happened! With hundreds of rave 5-star Trip Advisor reviews, this is the top-rated tapas tour in Madrid!

    Your evening will begin in true local style with award-winning Joselito acorn-fed Iberian ham (running upwards of €900 a leg and regarded by experts the best jamón in the country) paired with cool Spanish vermouth served on tap. You’ll taste sizzling garlic prawns from the century-old tapas bar credited with inventing the dish, dive into hidden taverns serving delicious and unique house specialties and sit down to hot-off-the-grill plates from the bustling bar that famous chef and bizarre foods lover Andrew Zimmern loved (when he visited with one of our guides no less!). Of course, you’ll wash the tapas down with excellent Spanish wine, vermouth and other drinks.

    But great food and wine are just the start. On this 2-in-1 tapas and history tour, we’ll fill your mind as well as your belly. Between taverns your guide will lead you past the Spanish capital’s most emblematic sites and its hidden historic corners. From the city’s Moorish beginnings, through the Spanish inquisition to the Spanish civil war – you’ll walk through Madrid’s fascinating history and get a true understanding of the incredible events that shaped this city.

    As with all Devour Madrid food tours, you’ll get a copy of our Devouring Madrid mini-guide, which is packed with all our favourite places to eat and drink in the city, so you’ll be eating well for the rest of your stay! Join us to experience the city’s amazing tapas, incredible wine, culture, sights and history. It’s the best way to understand and appreciate all that Madrid has to offer!

    Book your spots now (tickets sell out quickly) and eat with us on Madrid’s #1 tapas tour.

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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 Isabel II
    Places we'll visit Madrid's historic centre

    Explore Madrid's most famous historic squares and hidden lanes in the capital's majestic centre

    Ending point Puerta del Sol

    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 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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