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.

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Includes: Tapas at 4 family-run tapas bars (enough for a full dinner) perfectly blended with a fascinating guided walking tour through historic Madrid (2.8 kms/1.7 miles walking in total, with stops along the way).
Tour Size: Small Group
Times: 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm
Duration: 4 hours, 1.7 miles

What's Included

  • 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.

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Dietary restrictions

This tour is adaptable for...
  • Vegetarians
  • Pescatarians
  • Gluten free (not celiacs)
  • Dairy free
  • Non-alcoholic options
  • Pregnant women
  • 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

    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!

    STOP-BY-STOP

    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!

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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 Calle del Arenal
    Places we'll visit Madrid's historic center

    Explore Madrid's iconic squares and hidden alleyways, and the traditional tapas bars that have survived among the tourist traps.

    Ending point Plaza de Santa Ana
    The tour lasts approximately 4 hours (give or take 15 minutes). The tour covers approximately 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) and there is seating at 1 of the 4 stops, 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 crowd following a guide with a flag! 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 all of our tours are guaranteed to operate, even with just one person.
    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 Huertas Neighborhood Food & Market Tour. We also have private family tours for kids 4–12!
    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% to 15%.
    Most importantly, your appetite! Keep in mind 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 kilometers. Finally, while we do serve water on the tour at some stops, we recommend you bring a bottle of water.
    Our tours are available as private experiences for groups of 6 guests or more. We also offer customized private experiences for groups of 11 or more. 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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