1. Spain
  2. Community of Madrid
  3. Madrid
  4. Plaza Mayor, Madrid

Lonely Planet Experiences: Madrid Tapas & Wine Tasting Tour

Product ID: 46752
From Madrid’s oldest taverns to its hip modern hangouts, this is your chance to indulge in tapas – Spain’s most delectable gastronomic treat. Learn some professional tapas tips along the way, as you savor the flavors at popular spots in 3 neighborhoods.
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Duration: 4 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the secrets of the Spanish tapas culture
  • Taste samples of tapas while you enjoy the lively Madrid bar atmosphere in three different neighbourhoods
  • xplore Spain’s culinary scene from the perspective of a local
  • Get a taste for Madrid’s culinary history, mixing up the modern gourmet market scene, historical taverns, and new trendy tapas bars
Full description
Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience.

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, head towards Mercado de San Miguel, the first gourmet market in all of Spain, for the first of many food tastings. Try a traditional vermouth and taste some of Spain’s most succulent olives. Enjoy a glass of wine and sample some of the best cheeses on offer in the market. 

Next head to the pulsating barrio of La Latina to explore its narrow lanes and fascinating history. This neighbourhood is ultra trendy and is popular with locals for its vibrant food and drink scene. Visit a tiny restaurant off the beaten path that is well known for their traditional tapas dishes - with a fusion twist!

From there, you will head back to the oldest part of Madrid and you will learn about the city’s history and food culture along the way. Your guide will point out some artisanal stores where you can pick up authentic, handmade souvenirs. 

Your next stop, right in the heart of Plaza Mayor, is to try the iconic bocadillo de calamares, the famous sandwich of the city. Back on the streets, your local guide will point out interesting sights and alternative food and drink stops for you to explore on your own. 

At the penultimate stop, try some of Madrid’s most famous croquettes at a heritage tavern, originally built in 1860 and which only specializes in these potato treats. Your final stop will be at of the most iconic spots of Madrid. Finish your tapas adventure with local dessert and sweet wines 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 will take 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!
Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • One drink and tapa at each stop (5 tasting stops)
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food and drink
  • Items of personal nature
  • Tips and gratuities for your guide

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Meeting point

Plaza de la Villa, at the statue in the middle of the square

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Important information
Know before you go
If you have allergies to certain foods, please let the local operator know in advance.

Comfortable clothing and walking shoes are recommended.

Note that the child policy includes children from 6-11 years of age inclusively. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.

Comfortable clothes and walking shoes are recommended. Please bring a water bottle, sunscreen, and hat during the summer months.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

based on 5 reviews

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Andrea war einfach super

Ein wenig Angst hatte ich schon, ob ich alles verstehen würde mit meinem Touri-Englisch. Aber Andrea war einfach wunderbar, hat sich Zeit genommen auch mal etwas zwei mal zu erklären, hat uns durch wirklich tolle Tapas-Bars und und in die grandiose Markthalle geführt. Das Essen war lecker, der Wein sowieso. Ich habe mich jedenfalls nicht wie in einer Touri-Abzocke gefühlt, sondern als wenn Andrea uns am liebsten die ganze Stadt zeigen möchte. Vielen lieben Dank.

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May 23, 2017

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Good introducton to Spanish food and drinks. Er lover it

Various food and drinks. Spain in a nutshell! We enjoyed it. It was followed by a lot of "homework" er really appreciated. This tour we recommend.

October 20, 2016

Super Tour, leckere tapas, sympathische Reiseleiterin. Versteckte Bars in Madrid!

June 17, 2018

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Product ID: 46752