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Tour code: 2294ADVTAPAS
Enjoy Spain's legendary nightlife and mouth-watering tapas culture during this 4-hour, small-group walking tour in Madrid. Follow your expert foodie guide as you trace the typical evening rituals of your average Madrileno, stopping along Madrid's hard-to-find side streets for snacking at some of the city's incredible array of tapas bars. You'll come away from your evening with a renewed appreciation for the lively people and tantalizing food and drink on offer in the Spanish capital. This small-group walking tour, limited to just 8 guests, also includes visits to four bars, a drink and tapas at the first bar and language assistance and advice when ordering.

Highlights

  • Evening walking tour of Madrid's tapas bars and restaurants
  • Visit four typical bars and restaurants
  • First drink and tapas free
  • Insightful commentary about Madrid's history and traditions
  • Entertaining and knowledgeable local guide, who can provide assistance with language and translation when ordering food and beverages
  • Small group tour with a maximum of eight people

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What You Can Expect

Madrid Tapas Night Walking Tour

Madrid Tapas Night Walking Tour

Get a taste for the lively tapas culture and raucous nightlife in Madrid, Spain's capital of commerce and cuisine, during this 4-hour, small-group walking tour to the city's many tapas bars, limited to just 8 guests. Over the course of your tour, you'll get a chance to taste a variety of delicious regional foodstuffs from across the country, learning about the city's unique culture and rituals as you go.

Begin your evening at 7 or 8pm (depending on the tour option selected) in front of the city's famous Statue of the Bear (Oso y Madrono) located in Madrid's Puerto del Sol area. Meet your guide, who will help explain the traditions of Madrid's famous eating and drinking culture, help translate when ordering and provide suggestions of the best local specialities. 

During your tour, you'll stop by four different bars to sample a variety of food and drink. One drink and a tapas is included at your first stop, after which you can choose how much or how little you'd like to purchase to consume at the subsequent stops. A satisfying night out typically costs around 30 to 35 euros per person. Along the way you're likely to taste local specialities like chorizo in cider, Galician octopus, Asturian cider or Andalucian sherry, among other favorites. Take a look below for a sample itinerary of your trip.

Finish your evening at your fourth tapas bar or restaurant, after which you'll make your own way back to your hotel or talk to your guide, who can help arrange a taxi (at your own expense).

Itinerary

First stop:
An authentic Asturian bar, frequented by Spaniards of every age and description. A great place to kick off the evening trying their specialties of cabrales (blue cheese), chorizo and cider, which is poured in a very original way!

Second Stop:
A typical, very traditional "fino" or Sherry bar. This hostelry has changed very little in the last century with standing room at the bar or seating at wooden tables at the back. The bar is complete with the authentic oak sherry casks. "Fino" and "Manzanilla" sherries of various hues and tastes are served by the glass or from bottles filled directly from the kegs. Drinks come with complimentary olives or bread sticks.

Next stop:
This intimate local bar gives you a real taste of Madrid, with bulls' heads on the wall set off by various football shirts, and sawdust on the floor where locals deposit their olive pips before a final clear up at the end of the night. On the bar there is a huge selection of "tapitas" and "pinchos" (similar to canapes). Beside the bar is a model ship full of prawns which are usually provided as your complimentary "tapita" with drinks.

Final stop:
A very popular bar/restaurant serving wonderful "tostadas" and great salads, meats, cheeses and Tapas. This is a fantastic eatery with very good quality, no nonsense food and a great atmosphere with orders being shouted from waiter to waiter to bar to chef!

After this the night is yours! With the largest density of bars and restaurants per square meter in Europe, Madrid is famed for its vibrant nightlife. Even at 4 o'clock in the morning the streets are teeming with revelers, some only part way through their night out, others going to partake of the traditional "chocolate y churros" (gloopy hot chocolate and deep-fried doughnut twists) before bed. Madrid is not a place to sit back and watch the world go by, but rather somewhere you should throw yourself into the melee!

THE ABOVE ITINERARY IS AN EXAMPLE ONLY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Customer Reviews

Joanne T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

great evening led by knowledgeable James who adapted all foods to those in the group who had different dietary requirements
great food, banter and time

DrWright66

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Loved this tour! 4 wines, 4 bars, 4 hours. Our only regret was scheduling. We wished we had this tour on our first night in Madrid instead of our last night. It would have kept us from making rookie mistakes like ordering too many tapas at one time and tipping 20 of every food bill like we do in the US. We gave away lots of euros!!! James was energetic, engaging and empowering. We really felt like we could hold our own at a tapas bar after taking this tour with James. The tapas selections at each bar were tasty and we tried everything just like James suggested. Unless you are allergic, I encourage you to follow his advice and try everything!!!! You will be pleasantly surprised. I learned that it is not just about what you are eating, the place and context makes a difference. Your taste buds will love you for it. Remember, you're in Spain. Do as the Spainards do!

HEATHER C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent tour. Small group 6ppl in 20's and 30's. I was a solo traveller and there were others the same as well as couples. I did the 8pm tour. Miriom is a fabulous guide. She's personable and willing to answer any questions. The food and bevvies were excellent too. A great starting point to a trip to Madrid. Highly recommend and I'm not one to typically take tours but did so because of the great reviews.

John S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

perfect evening

Nicole B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Loved this tour, we did a different one in October last year and thought that was good till we did this one, it was much much better. James was brilliant, very down to earth, very easy to chat too and ask questions. The tour itself took us to some brilliant authentic tapas bars, make sure you try the Cider, the way of pouring it, excellent... LOL... both myself and my partner 100 rate this tour, book now..!

Adam K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

James is a great host and guide. Had a great time and ended up hanging out with other attendees afterwards.

Cheryl L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

James-our guide was just fabulous! He took us all over the old quarter and we tried all kinds of different foods and drink. You can tell that he loves Madrid and his job! I would recommend this tour to everyone who wants to know what the insiders know-that Madrid is a gastronomic delight!

LESLEY A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This tour was one of the highlights of our brief 3 day visit to Madrid. The tour guide, James, was absolutely brilliant and great fun. The pace of the night was just right and some of James recommendation for both tapas and wines were spot on. This is a great tour and I would recommend it to anyone.

James F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent walking tour of central Madrid and food tour of four different parts of Spain. James brought wit, knowledge and joy to a rare rainy evening. He also gave us some fantastic recommendations for the rest of our stay, which brought us even more tapas and helped us fit in more with the Spanish way. Highly recommended!

Sheridan P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Interesting tour which provided a good insight into culture in Madrid. A great way to get to know the city meet new people and try lots of new tapas with a very insightful guide.

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