Discover the iconic spots of Madrid, explore the local neighbourhoods and learn about the city’s history while tasting delicious treats along the way!
- Start with a visit to the first tapas market in the country and learn all about the importance of Spanish market culture.
- Get an introduction to the traditions of the Spanish aperitivo with a traditional vermouth and olive tasting.
- Taste traditional recipes with a modern twist in a tiny gourmet tapas bar owned by two dedicated sommeliers (that’s wine experts to you and me).
- Explore the oldest parts of Madrid and stop at some of our favourite heritage taverns to try the house dish in each of them, including the best croquettes in the entire city!
- Discover the neighbourhood of La Latina hidden historical spots
Madrid Tapas Walking Tour
Fact: Spanish people love to eat. If you want to experience the real Madrid, take a tip from us: Do as the locals do and nibble and chomp your way through the city. From Madrid’s oldest taverns to its modern hip hangouts, this is your chance to indulge in the most delectable cuisine — tapas. And hey, we even teach you some pro tapas tips along the way, the ultimate souvenir to take home with you! Start practicing your humble brag…
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, one drink and one tapas dish at each stop (five tastings stops, including a cheese and olive tasting, the most famous city sandwich, gourmet pintxo and a Spanish dessert) plus six alcoholic drinks
Exclusions: Additional food and drink, items of personal nature, tips and gratuities for your guide
- Duration: 4 hours
- Meeting point: Plaza de la Villa, at the statue in the middle of the square. Your guide holds up an Urban Adventures sign so you can spot them. View Location on What3words.
- Starting time: 7.00 pm
- Ending point: Puerta del Sol
Your tapas adventure begins in Plaza de la Villa, the old main square in central Madrid. After a brief introduction to the city and its tapas credentials, we head towards Mercado de San Miguel, the first gourmet market in all of Spain, for the first of many food tastings. Here we start with an aperitivo, what else? We try traditional vermouth and taste some of Spain’s most succulent olives.
Spain is a well-known cheese-producing nation, offering the world such cheesy delights as manchego, mahón, and idiazabal. We try some delicious Spanish cheese, alongside a glass of wine, of course, at one of the best cheese stalls in the market.
Next, we head to the pulsating barrio of La Latina to explore its narrow lanes and fascinating history. This neighbourhood is ultra trendy right now and is popular with locals for its vibrant food and drink scene. We visit a tiny, off-the-beaten-path restaurant that is well known for traditional tapas dishes with a fusion twist. This tiny spot only has six tables, so it’s always busy and has a great atmosphere!
From there, we head back to the oldest part of Madrid, and as we walk, we continue to chat about the city’s history and food culture. Your guide points out some artisanal stores where you can pick up authentic, handmade souvenirs made by locals. If there’s time and the group are interested, we make a quick stop at one of these shops.
Our next stop, right in the heart of Plaza Mayor, is to try the iconic bocadillo de calamares, the most famous sandwich in the city. To wash it down, we try some local beer too! Back on the streets, your local guide points out interesting sights and alternative food and drink stops for you to explore on your own as we head to our penultimate foodie highlight of the day.
Does it get much better than potato croquettes? The perfect snack at any time of day and with so many different flavours to choose from, croquettes are the best! We try some of Madrid’s most famous croquettes together at a heritage tavern that was originally built in 1860 and only specializes in these special potato treats.
After that, we cross Puerta del Sol, one of the most iconic spots in Madrid, and finish our tapas adventure with a local dessert and sweet wine in yet another historic location. This joint has been run by the same family for over 100 years, serving a traditional Spanish dessert that might just remind you of something familiar.
Once you’ve finished your dessert, your guide takes you back to Puerta del Sol, where they can help you out with directions back to your accommodation or ideas on where to go next!
Dress standard: We recommend comfortable clothes and walking shoes. We suggest that you bring a water bottle, sunscreen, and a hat during the summer months.
Your trip: For your Urban Adventure, you are in a small group of a maximum of 12 people
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. See you at the starting point! Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Additional information: If you have any allergies to certain foods, please let us know in advance by noting it in the ‘Additional Request’ section of the booking form or by emailing [email protected]
Child Policy: Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
Mrs. Michelle A. from USA travelled on 12 Nov 2019
Cecilia was a fantastic host with knowledge in history, food, traditions and culture extensive! She was so enthusiastic that we too felt excited and enjoyed the outing together! We highly recommend this tour!
Mrs. Hannah A. from USA travelled on 12 Nov 2019
Mr. Pascale A. from France travelled on 12 Nov 2019
Nous avions choisi de faire cette expérience dès notre arrivée à Madrid, et nous avons passer grâce à Cécilia, une première soirée madrilène extrêmement agréable et riche d’anecdotes et de conseils. Nous avons pu découvrir, au cours d’un périple de 4 heures à travers différents quartiers, de nombreux plats et boissons typiques, mais aussi un Madrid authentique et vivant. Cécilia sait partager sa passion pour sa ville et son pays, faire découvrir des lieux hors des sites touristiques habituels. C’était une belle découverte que nous recommandons vivement lors d’un séjour à Madrid. Il est aussi très appréciable de recevoir ensuite par mail les différentes informations du parcours et conseils personnalisés.
Mrs. Theresa A. from Germany travelled on 12 Nov 2019
Super Food-Tour! Cecilia war ein toller Guide! Sie hat uns viel über Madrid erzählt ohne uns dabei zu langweilen. Wir hätten nicht erwartet so viel verschiedenes Spanisches Essen probieren zu können. Wir haben uns trotz schlechtem Wetter rund um wohl gefühlt. Und können die Tour definitiv weiter empfehlen.
Mrs. Becca A. from USA travelled on 29 Oct 2019
Leila was fantastic – she clearly loves Madrid and it’s easy to see why. She took us to some amazing places for food and drink which we might not have tried otherwise. Was a real chance to do as the locals do!
Mr. Spencer A. from Canada travelled on 29 Oct 2019
The value for this tour is second to none. We toured 4 locations, ate great food, and have great conversations. Andrea is the best!
Mrs. Madison A. from USA travelled on 28 Oct 2019
This tour was amazing. Andrea took us to local spots I wouldn’t have found on my own. At every stop, we had the specialty and a drink – great value for your money. We also got to skip the lines at the really popular places, which was awesome. Andrea also gave us a little bit of history at every spot, which was perfect as I’d never been to Madrid. Highly recommended.
Mrs. Samantha A. from USA travelled on 26 Oct 2019
This was the absolute best food tour ever! Highly recommend!! We had Daniela as our guide; she was funny, personable, down-to-earth, and extremely knowledgeable about Madrid, the food, drinks, history, and more. Daniela absolutely made this tour exceed all of our expectations. 10 out of 10, would do again.
Mrs. Kelsey A. from USA travelled on 26 Oct 2019
This was an amazing experience! Daniela was absolutely fantastic– she told interesting/funny/unusual stories that gave additional context to the food and history of Madrid. She also takes you to a great combination of touristy and local spots to give you a range of experiences in just a few hours. We left with a long list of recs for our next visit to Madrid. Whether you’re in Madrid for 1 day or 1 month, I cannot recommend this tour more!
Mrs. Nancy A. from USA travelled on 26 Oct 2019
I can’t recommend this tour with Daniela enough! There are so many similar tours to choose from, but I think we got the best one. Our guide gave the perfect mix of history, culture, and humor, and her gregarious personality brought the group together immediately – we even continued the evening together with a few drinks after the tour was over. Her food choices were excellent too. This was a great way to spend an evening!
Mrs. Victoria A. from USA travelled on 24 Oct 2019
Booking this tour was one of the best decisions made in planning this trip. Daniella was funny, knowledgeable, and made everyone in our group feel included. By the end of the tour we were friends. It may have been raining but we had a fantastic tour. The food, beverages and company could not be beat. It will be a highlight of this vacation!
Mr. Phillip A. from USA travelled on 22 Oct 2019
Really nice way to spend an evening in Madrid! The locations were all carefully chosen and offered unique eats and/or historical perspectives you will probably not find on your own. The pace was great, the food was awesome, and Leila was a super friendly / knowledgeable guide that really took care of us and answered all of our questions.
Mrs. Kelly A. from USA travelled on 22 Oct 2019
Such a great tour! Great food choices and cool spots!
Mr. Cosy A. from USA travelled on 20 Oct 2019
Daniela was the best host and tour guide! She immediately created an environment of fun while weaving in historical tidbits as we made our way around Madrid. She was an expert in the area, and chose incredible places for us to enjoy food and drinks. I cannot recommend this experience enough!