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Tapas, Taverns & History Private Tour in Madrid

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Overview

In Spain, culture and cuisine are inextricable. Experience Madrid’s historical and culinary highlights on an evening walking tour, perfect for beating the capital’s scorching daytime heat. In between critically acclaimed tapas bars, you’ll learn about the ancient history of Madrid’s Old Town and sample local specialties washed down with sangria, Spain’s favorite summer beverage. This small-group tour is limited to 10 food lovers.
  • Evening food tour of historic Madrid, ideal for lovers of Spanish cuisine and local history
  • A great way to avoid sightseeing in the scorching daytime heat
  • Sample delicious tapas with classic Spanish drinks
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 food lovers
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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
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Departure Point

C. del Arenal, 11, 28013 Madrid, Spain

- Your guide will be waiting next to number 11, the Joy Eslava theater/nightclub. - Your guide will be holding a Devour Madrid sign. - Please arrive 10 minutes before the tour start time for check-in. 

Return Details

Prta del Sol, Madrid, Spain
Greet your guide in central Madrid to begin an evening of epicurean delights. Head straight to an ambient bar for a vermouth aperitif and tasting of a local specialty.

On your way to an acclaimed tapas bar your guide points out Madrid's landmarks and provides an overview of city history. Sample chorizo-stuffed mushrooms washed down with sangria, a refreshing mixture of red wine, orange juice, and fruit. 

Next, stroll past the site where Madrid was supposedly founded in the ninth century, before settling down at a century-old tavern to taste sizzling garlic shrimp paired with a house red wine.

Wander to a local favorite to complete your dining experience and toast to your evening with a final beer or wine before bidding your guide farewell on the Puerta del Sol.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Casa Labra
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
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
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
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mesón del Champiñon
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
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Plaza Mayor
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
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Petit Palace Posada del Peine
Walk past Madrid's oldest hotel which has a curious story that your guide will be ready to share.
Pass By:  
Puerta del Sol
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
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
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Plaza de Santa Ana
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
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Casa Toni
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 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 13 years
  • 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 is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Devour Madrid Food Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Tapas, Taverns & History Private Tour in Madrid ?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Tapas, Taverns & History Private Tour in Madrid ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Tapas, Taverns & History Private Tour in Madrid ?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Tapas, Taverns & History Private Tour in Madrid .
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Tapas, Taverns & History Private Tour in Madrid ?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Tapas, Taverns & History Private Tour in Madrid .

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  • "Plenty of food and drinks and although I thought it was expensive before going, actually it’s very good value indeed." See review

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Fun, laughter, food.
Clinton_S
, Nov 2021
Excellent way to explore the city, learn a little history, and try out some of the most amazing cuisine.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Dear Clinton_S, Thank you for sharing your experience with us! We are very glad you found our Tapas, Taverns and History tour an excellent way to explore the city and taste amazing food as well, as it means we have reached our goal! We hope your time in Madrid was everything you wished for and that you will join us again soon! All our best,
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great tour
JoAnn_L
, Oct 2021
The food was great. our guide was amazing. Her knowledge of the food and the history of the area was evident in everything we did.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Hola, Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review for the Tapas, Taverns and History Tour that you took in Madrid. It´s great to hear that you enjoyed the authentic tastes that your guide offered during your time together. The restaurants, bars and taverns we visit are all traditional and it´s important to us that they be historic or family-owned. In this way, we do our small part in keeping traditions alive and families in business in Madrid. We hope to see you again in another city where we offer food experiences like Paris, Lisbon or Barcelona. Safe travels,
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So fun!
Nirvanna
, Mar 2020
Anna was a very helpful tour guide. She kept everyone's needs and dietary restrictions in mind and was very hospitable. I learned more about Spanish history from this tour than I did from our hop-on-hop-off bus.
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Great walking experience
Earl_A
, Feb 2020
Never a bad bite! Jackie, our guide is amazing! Great food, historical walking tour as well, so definitely the ideal tour for those with limited time in Madrid. We would highly, highly recommend this tour!
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Great food, wine, guide and group
bamms4
, Jan 2020
Took this tour based on all the five start reviews and we were not disappointed. Oliver our guide and a group of six were a lot of fun. We got a good amount of history with great food and wine. Oliver shared his love of Spain and Madrid. I would do this again.
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Wonderful
Danielle E
, Dec 2019
I did two tapas tours while in Madrid and this was by far the best of the two. Meridith was a great guide! She offered great information about the food and drinks at eat place, helped with recommendations, and gave great history/cultural information. The food/drink was great and very filling. I highly recommend this tour!
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Ideal way to taste, learn and see Madrid.
Kate C
, Oct 2019
Our guide Meredith was wonderful. She did an excellent job handling a very diverse group, but never left anyone excluded. Her knowledge of the city is immense and she communicated in an engaging way throughout the evening. So much fun! Thank you Meredith!
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It’s like Nike, just do it.
David5259
, Jun 2019
Jake, the guide, was fantastic. Really knowledgeable and engaging. Lots of personalities in the group and he catered for all. The trip was well thought out with enough stops so that four hours of walking is not too tiring. Plenty of food and drinks and although I thought it was expensive before going, actually it’s very good value indeed. Thoroughly recommended, sufficiently so that we will look for Devour tours when we visit other cities and hope they are all of the same standard.
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We had a great experience. The whole...
Sheru H
, Dec 2017
We had a great experience. The whole family had fun, age 11 to 76. Great food and the history made us all more excited to see the rest of Madrid. Good company and a great group made for a wonderful night in Madrid. Our guide, Kaitlin, was excellent.
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FANTASTIC! EXCELLENT! Well Done...
Charles H
, Aug 2017
FANTASTIC! EXCELLENT! Well Done! This was one of the best food tours we have been on and we have done several. David and Amy were both our guides and they did a wonderful job and provided us was MANY MANY tapas. They were both VERY knowledgable and very personable. Felt like we were all out on a night with friends. HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend this tour. BTW, we just used another a company for a similar walking food tour in Barcelona and we all were VERY disappointed as they could not be compared to this amazing tour and company. Thanks David and Amy for doing a Fabulouys job.
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