Madrid: History of Tapas Walking Tour and Tasting
- Small group
- Duration: 2.5 hours
Benefit from the deep knowledge of a local guide in Madrid's tapas scene with a walking tour and tasting experience. In a small group of no more than 10 people, find some secret spots with great tapas traditions in the old city. See, smell, and taste the astonishing San Miguel Market with its narrow and old-stone city streets and discover the very Spanish tradition of "going for tapas". For more than three hundred years, Spaniards from all localities continue to enjoy this custom. It is claimed that King Alfonso X ordered that in the small restaurants of Castile, no wine be served if not accompanied by food. Another version of history claims the origin of tapas lies in the bars and taverns that began to cover glasses with pieces of bread or slices of ham to prevent flies from entering the drink.
Explore the origins of Madrid on this 2.5-hour walking tour in which you will learn about the Spanish capital, including its history, culture, traditions, and everyday life. This tour is a fantastic introduction to the history of Madrid, from its foundation by the Muslims and the establishment of the city as capital of Spain, through to the 20th century. You will walk the narrow streets of the Old City, hearing fascinating stories about Madrid in lieu of boring facts and figures. During this tour, you will discover the main attractions of Old City Madrid while immersing yourself in the history of Spain. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be dropped off at Teatro Madrid, from where you will be free to continue exploring at your own leisure.
Start the tour from Debód Temple and continue on to Puerta del Sol Square. Pass by the Plaza de Oriente and the outside of the Sabatini's Gardens, and the Almudena Cathedral. Walk through the beautiful Plaza de la Villa and its winding streets which was the core of medieval Madrid. Continue on to San Miguel Square and see its famous market. Take a look at the Arco de Cuchilleros, Plaza Mayor and many more sights. End your tour with a visit to the Royal Palace of Madrid. Enjoy a guided visit through the former residence of the Spanish Kings. See the beautifully furnished and decorated interiors. Admire the reception rooms, museum area, the royal chapel, the throne room and the private rooms of King Carlos III and Queen Isabel II.
Discover the main attractions in central Madrid and get an understanding of how the city is laid out and its different neighborhoods on this running tour. Immerse yourself in the city's history, culture, gastronomy, and daily life as you run to sites such as the Retiro Park, Plaza Mayor and the city's royal palace. Your tour is capped at a maximum of 8 participants in order to guarantee a personalized experience. During the running tour, stop in front of some of the sights and learn more about them from your professional guide. The tour is suitable for all levels and will be adapted to the speed of the group.
Immerse yourself in the history and culture of this majestic city. Walk through the medieval streets and the majestic squares of the Old Town accompanied by your friendly local guide. The tour begins at Debód Temple and heads to Puerta del Sol square. Along the way, see the Royal Palace of Madrid and its gardens and sprawling plaza. As you explore the city, your tour guide will share with you the history of the Habsburg and Bourbons families. Pass by the Almudena Cathedral and the Plaza de la Villa in the core of medieval Madrid. Wander the winding streets around San Miguel Square, the famous San Miguel Market, Arco de Cuchilleros, and Plaza Mayor. End your tour at Plaza de Oriente.
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I really loved running through the city of Madrid. It was very nice and the guide was very nice. Discovering the city like this is original and sporty at the same time. I will do it again. See you soon. Isabelle
Our guide Al was the absolute best he was knowledgable and the food wine and desserts were excellent. The tour as well worth the money would do it again next time I am in Madrid
I was lucky to be the only tourist. The tour was fantastic, especially since I speak English quite well. I experienced places that I would not have found without a guide.
Very interesting experience. Had a great time and learned a lot
Alvaro is very nice. Friendly, helpful and polite. Really nice!