Tapas, Taverns & History Tour
Pair classic tapas with Madrid's history as we show you how the story of Madrid can't be told without its food.
- Discover the real Madrid, including a 45-minute walking history tour of the city center.
- Enjoy classic tapas in the classic style: standing elbow to elbow in bars packed with locals!
- Touch history in century-old tapas bars and taste secret family recipes.
- Learn what the locals drink—and why it's better than sangria!
- Try the foods that shaped Madrid and learn how history has shaped the food we eat today.
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.
We had a wonderful time with Jackie, learning about the history of Madrid while tasting some local tapas. We were happy to support locally, family owned businesses and the food was excellent. Jackie was thoroughly engaging, both in terms of her knowledge of the city and making us all comfortable with our new companions on the tour. The small group was ideal for this purpose. No question went unanswered and everyone was made to feel welcome. Highly recommend if you want to try classic tapas and learn more about Madrid.
It was an overall amazing experience, one of the best tours we’ve had in all our travels. Our guide Jake was wonderful! He was so welcoming and passionate about Spain. In addition to the delicious food, he provided a great amount of history and knowledge about Madrid. The tour felt very authentic and local. They also were extremely accommodating to vegetarians which was very thoughtful and doesn’t always happen on tours. If you’re vegetarian there will be plenty of food to eat!
What to Expect on Your Tour
Get ready for Spanish food and Spanish history to come to life. As you weave between century-old tapas bars, historic plazas and mystery-filled streets, you’ll learn how the story of Madrid is as much a story of kings and wars as it is one of garlic shrimp and crusty bread. This is a classic tapas crawl in the classic style, which means that no tapas bar is ever too crowded—there’s always room for a few more!
Start your night off in a historic tavern with connections to the Spanish Civil War. You’ll sip vermouth and try a tapa that’s been served here for over 100 years! This traditional stop will be your first introduction into what going out for tapas really means in Madrid.
Now it’s time to build up an appetite! We’ll start our 45-minute history walk through the oldest part of Madrid by heading towards the Royal Palace. As we explore the Habsburg neighborhood, you’ll discover its hidden squares and secrets while hearing the story of how Madrid went from being a small village to the capital of one of the world’s greatest empires.
The next tapas bar is known for one thing: grilled mushrooms that will change the way you look at mushrooms forever. While here, you’ll learn what most locals drink on a night out (hint: it’s not sangria!) and you’ll pair it with the famous mushrooms and addictive Padrón peppers.
On our way to the next stop, we’ll pass through one of Madrid’s key squares and its hidden backstreets. Here, your guide will bring more of Madrid’s storied past to life.
At the third tapas bar of the night, you’ll taste one of Madrid’s signature tapas: gambas al ajillo. We’ll tell you all about how this family-run bar claims to have invented it–and they’ve been in business since 1906 so we’ll take thier word for it! You’ll also enjoy a glass of wine made from their family vineyard.
After a quick visit to another of Madrid’s iconic squares where you’ll get a crash course on the city’s recent past, it’s on to our last stop! We’ll squeeze into one of Madrid’s last remaining traditional tapas institutions, a no-frills spot where locals crowd in for classic dishes. Having explored historic madrid from top to bottom, we’ll be ready to get off our feet, so we’ll sit down here and start passing plates of Madrid specialties around.
By the time we part ways, you’ll have seen some of Madrid’s top sights and eaten at the city’s most beloved bars. More than that, you’ll understand how the two go hand in hand.
And as with all Devour Madrid tours, you’ll receive our Devouring Madrid guide. Packed with all our favorite places to eat and drink in the city, 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!
Map Your Tour
Explore Madrid's iconic squares and hidden alleyways, and the traditional tapas bars that have survived among the tourist traps.