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Wine and Tapas in Madrid: 2.5 Hour Tour

1. Wine and Tapas in Madrid: 2.5 Hour Tour

This tapas tour in the historical part of Madrid will give you a new perspective of the city from an old point of view. There are two sides to Madrid - the one you see as a tourist and the one you need a local person to show you. We’d like to invite you to enjoy the experience of tapas as locals do. You will discover hidden spots in the very heart of Madrid, each of which has something special to offer, be it a typical dish, a specific type of wine or its atmosphere. Go to a bar, enjoy your wine and your free tapas, order something extra to eat if it catches your fancy and, once you’ve finished, move on to the next venue. It´s as simple as that!  This is a truly unforgettable experience of wines and tapas. Get ready to taste a fantastic parade of dishes and wines from various regions of Spain. By the end of the evening you will have discovered the history of the origin of the dishes. Some are rooted several hundred years ago, as old as the streets you will stroll along. Example itinerary: First of all you will meet up with the rest of the tour group at the meeting point in the Santa Ana Square. It is important to be on time. Walk to the first stop while the guide tells anecdotes about Madrid. The first stop will be at a place that is traditional in its concept and has been running for more than 80 years. The bar is tucked away at the back of a shop. If you like what you eat or drink in the bar, you can purchase it from the shop. This place is a temple to Iberian ham and you can try dozens of types of cheese. You will choose the drink and can taste 3 or 4 dishes. After leaving the first tavern, you will walk on to the second stop while the guide comments about Madrid. In an old-style Castilian tavern, surrounded by painted tiles and huge blackboards showing the names of dozen of wines sold by the glass and the daily tapas available, you will get acquainted with the history of tapas. The guide will advise on the wines and will order more dishes for you. Another tavern found their recipe for success a hundred years ago serving garlic shrimp cooked on the spot and served with vermouth or wine. They haven’t changed it a bit in the time since. Once again the guide will advise you the on wine and ask for the food for you. On to the next venue, the warmth of the wine and the food will make the walk to the last tavern pleasant. You will finish in a typical “Madrid tavern”. Hidden and cozy, where full-bodied wine is served along with warm dishes and roguish conversation. You will try some more dishes and some desserts to finish with a sweet taste. After leaving the last bar the tour has finished. The food and drink will have filled you and you will have completed the whole Madrid tapas experience. The guide will be able to indicate where to go next if you want to continue your evening. This itinerary is an example, the taverns and bars may change depending on the dates but all have the highest quality standards and are places that Madrid locals go to. Someone said that to be a madrileño you just need to spend the night in Madrid and enjoy the streets more than your home. This tour offers you the freedom of the city, its drinks and its dishes.

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Madrid: 4-Hour Markets and Gourmet Tapas Walking Tour

2. Madrid: 4-Hour Markets and Gourmet Tapas Walking Tour

Your Madrid gourmet tapas adventure begins in front of the Opera House, in the oldest part of the city. After setting the scene, your expert local guide will lead you towards one of the most famous chocolaterias in town to enjoy a deliciously sweet breakfast of hot chocolate and churros! Afterwards, take a stroll around the city center, as your guide shows you some key landmarks and regales you with historic tales about the Spanish monarchy and the people of Madrid over the centuries.  Your second stop will be the first ever gourmet tapas market in Spain, Mercado de San Miguel, built in 1916. Taste a few different tapas dishes as you hear about Spanish culinary culture, food traditions and the introduction of gourmet markets to the foodie shopping scene.  Next, head to Madrid’s only remaining cluster convent to buy homemade sweets, a proud tradition of Spain. After your visit to the convent, make your way to the neighbourhood of La Latina to discover hidden historical corners and heritage inns from the 18th century. The third stop will be the local grocery market of La Latina. After the tasting, walk through the biggest flea market in Spain, El Rastro. Your guide will give you the lowdown on this popular market. Next on the foodie agenda is the multi-cultural Lavapies neighborhood, home to the original born-and-raised Madrileños, a common name for the people of Madrid. This area has now transformed into an exciting and tasty fusion of world cultures. African restaurants rub shoulders with Asian shops and Indian cafés. Along the way, explore an old Inquisition prison and discover its stories.  Your gourmet tapas tour of Madrid will end in Barrio de las letras, a very bohemian and chic neighborhood in the heart of Madrid. Make a stop at the market in Anton Martin where you will enjoy a tasting of organic olive oil and wine. Spain is the orchard of Europe and its wine and olive oil industries are among the largest in the world. The agriculture is moving more towards organic production now, respecting the land and promoting high-quality products. This tasting will help you better understand this organic revolution. After the tasting, you’ll dig into dishes of delicious gourmet tapas paired with a glass of Spanish wine.

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Madrid: 10 Tapas 2.5-Hour Cooking Class

3. Madrid: 10 Tapas 2.5-Hour Cooking Class

Learn how to prepare typical tapas with the help of a professional chef. Immerse yourself in the culinary traditions of Spain and prepare 10 small dishes that explain each region of the country. Get tutorials on traditional techniques and local ingredients and benefit from personalized attention during the 2.5-hour class. Make authentic dishes such as gilda (pepper and anchovy skewers) from the Basque Country and pan tumaca (bruschetta) from Catalonia. Sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor with a glass of Spanish sangría. Get a gift of the recipes you created and an apron as a keepsake.

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Madrid: Iberico Ham and Spanish Wine Small-Group Food Tour

4. Madrid: Iberico Ham and Spanish Wine Small-Group Food Tour

Learn about Spanish wine and discover traditional Iberian ham houses in Madrid. During this 2.5-hour tour, taste several cuts of Iberian meats like chorizo, salchichon, lomo and ham paired with Manchego cheese and other classic tapas. While you enjoy the delicious food, learn about the fascinating history and culture of wine and the different types of ham you can find in the market. Master how to shop like a local. Visit iconic, high quality Jamonerías and learn the difference between jamón serrano and jamón Ibérico, and between jamón and paletilla. Find out about the 4 protected Qualified Appellation of Origins in Spain. See how a professional ham cutter carves those delicious thin slices, and even have a taste.  Don't miss the chance to learn about the most delicious ham in the world during your trip to Madrid.

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Lonely Planet Experiences: Madrid Tapas & Wine Tasting Tour

5. Lonely Planet Experiences: Madrid Tapas & Wine Tasting Tour

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 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 neighborhood 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 its 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 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!

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What people are saying about Madrid

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 421 reviews

Pedro is friendly, knowledgable and clearly passionate about all things Spanish culture! We had the best time with him, learning not just about Wine & Ham but also about other aspects of Spanish culinary culture. He also had a great sense of humour and made us feel so at ease in his company. If you only do one tour in Madrid, make it one of his!

A fantastic tour! We were also served excellent tapas and very good wine. Our gight Paula was fun and explained a lot of details about the food and wine. We can fully recommend this tour!

Our guide gave us a great introduction into Spanish tapas and let us try an amazing mix of different delicacies. (One was Spanish sausage with honey - it works!)

Really enjoyed the tapas trail, Carlos was great. The food and wine were all great! Would definitely recommend

Recommended!! Great guide, places I would have not gotten to, stories and info about local culture.