Tapas, Taverns & History Tour Madrid


4 hours (Approx.)
Free cancellation
1 - 10
Mobile ticket

Overview

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!

- 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.

Inclusions

  • Small-group tour (maximum 10 guests)
  • Food tastings (enough for a full dinner)
  • Wine tastings (5 glasses of local wine and drinks)
  • Expert local culinary guide
  • Our Devouring Madrid guide, packed with all our favorite places to eat and drink in the city
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Entry/Admission - Casa Labra
  • Entry/Admission - Mesón del Champiñon
  • Entry/Admission - La Casa del Abuelo NÚÑEZ DE ARCE
  • Entry/Admission - Casa Toni

What to expect

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Casa Labra, C. de Tetuán, 12, 28013 Madrid, Spain

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.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Madrid, Madrid

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.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Mesón del Champiñon, Cava de San Miguel, 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain

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.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Plaza Mayor, Calle Gerona 4, 28012 Madrid Spain

For centuries this square was the center of life in Madrid and your guide will tell stories to bring the square's past to life.

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Petit Palace Posada del Peine, C. de Postas, 17, 28012 Madrid, Spain

Walk past Madrid's oldest hotel which has a curious story that your guide will be ready to share.

Pass By: Puerta del Sol, 28013 Madrid Spain

Once upon a time the limits of the old city of Madrid, today this square is full of life day and night.

Stop At: La Casa del Abuelo NÚÑEZ DE ARCE, C. de Núñez de Arce, 5, 28012 Madrid, Spain

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.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Plaza de Santa Ana, Madrid Spain

Before the last food stop we'll have a quick visit to another of Madrid’s iconic squares where you’ll get a crash course on the city’s recent past.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Casa Toni, C. de la Cruz, 14, 28012 Madrid, Spain

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.

Duration: 1 hour

Meeting point

C. de la Misericordia, 2, 28013 Madrid, Spain

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Available for vegetarians, pescatarians and gluten free with prior notice. Please advise when booking.
  • Not recommended for vegans
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Tours require a minimum of just two people to operate
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Our top priority is to keep our guests, guides and tour partners safe.

Exclusions

  • Gratuities

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
Sona_G81
May 2022

Great tour to orient yourself in the city, learn about its history and enjoy delish food and drinks. MONTSE was our tour guide and she is fantastic. Highly recommend!

Amy S
March 2022

If I could rate this tour more than 5/5, I would. Amazing experience, great way to discover the city and its delights. The food was unbelievable too. I travelled solo and felt this tour would be ideal and it was. I highly recommend it! It was run very well and so much fun. Our tour guide was exce...

Tanya_V
April 2022

Fun night eating, drinking & learning while making some new friends. Our guide was key to a great experience!

Vanessa_K
May 2022

We loved this tour! Cassie was our guide. She had a great, fun, informative energy. She was able to manage our group so well and easily (we were about 10 people total). She gave us great information not only on Tapas but on Madrid and Spain. The four locations were great, including one place that...

12dareoib
May 2022

Fantastic history, food and drinks! We learned so much, met new people and were full afterwards. Thanks so much. Highly recommend as all of our stops were family run small restaurants.

Carrie_T
May 2022

Isaach was a fantastic guide. He provided cultural and as well as historical information as we ate and drank our way across Madrid. Delicious food and drinks along the way made for a delightful and fun evening.

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