Madrid: 4-Hour Markets and Gourmet Tapas Walking Tour

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Madrid: 4-Hour Markets and Gourmet Tapas Walking Tour

From US$ 141.80 per person

Escape the tourist traps and discover the lesser known historical neighbourhoods of Madrid. Learn how these areas have changed over time, explore the hidden gems of these residential areas, and experience how the locals live — and eat!

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Duration 4 hours
Starting time 10:00 AM
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  • Learn how Madrid’s neighbourhoods have changed over the years as you weave through the city with a local
  • Indulge in a traditional Spanish breakfast in an iconic chocolateria
  • Experience the charming local tradition of shopping for sweets in a cluster convent
  • Visit local food markets to taste local products and see how the people of Madrid shop
  • Get a literal taste of the city with samples of Spanish cuisine and wines
  • Visit one of the most famous gourmet markets in Spain
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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, where an organic olive oil and wine tasting awaits. Meet the owner who is focused on helping small producers from all over Spain to promote their wines and olive oils. Spanish 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, 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. Stop at the market of Anton Martin where you will taste organic cava paired with more delicious gourmet tapas dishes. Head into the heart of this charming neighborhood where your guide will be happy to help you get back to your accommodation, or give you more tips on what else to see, do and eat in marvellous Madrid!
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Food and drink samples (hot chocolate with churros, olive oil tasting, wine tasting, cava tasting, 5 tapas dishes)
  • Additional food and drink

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Meeting point

Plaza Isabel II, at the statue of the woman in the middle of the square, facing the Opera House’s façade. (Metro stop: Opera)

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  • Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Please bring a water bottle, sunscreen, and hat during the summer months.
  • Children must be at least 6 years old to join this tour. Children are counted as those between the age of 6 and 11. Children under 6 years old are not permitted on the tour
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4.7 / 5

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Guide (Layla) was brilliant, really informative and loads of fun. Took us to lots of great places that you probably wouldn’t see on any tourist sites

October 12, 2019

Excellent tour with a local

We had a great tour with Layla and in a small group. Saw the local sites including some off tne beaten path with delicous food and wine tasting.

October 10, 2018

Sehr informativer und leckerer Rundgang

Empfehlenswert! Man hat sehr viel über die Geschichte der Stadt, das Leben und das Essen erfahren.

October 7, 2018

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