There are two “Madrids”: the one you can’t help but see, and the one you need a local person to show you. We’d like to invite you to enjoy the experience of “ir de tapas”, as madrileños do.
You will discover hidden spots, even 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. Get into the swing of things: go to a bar, enjoy your wine and your free tapa, 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!
Be ready to stand in bars, drinking slowly but surely and sampling a variety of tapas and wines which, although originally from different Spanish regions, have found their place in the melting pot that is Madrid. By the end of the evening you will have discovered the key to wine and gastronomy (some of it is for the fearless only!) and heard many anecdotes of 17th century Madrid, along whose streets we will stroll.
We’ll start in one of Madrid’s most emblematic venues, drinking sherry, the world-famous “generous” wine from Andalusia, and we will learn how this wine is closely related to the origin of the word tapas to refer to small portions of food… some of which we will, of course, enjoy.
The tradition of having food to go with your wine (and not the other way around) is, however, much older. We’ll acquaint ourselves with the history of this custom in an old style Castilian tavern, surrounded by huge blackboards showing the names of dozens of wines sold by the glass and the tapas available.
The concept behind the next place we will visit is as old as it is unique nowadays: the store that conceals a bar, or the bar 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. Likewise, if you are intrigued by what you see in the shop, you can sample it in the bar.
The tour includes:
1.- Visit to three or four tapas bars where you would have some tapas and wine. Enough for dinner or lunch
2.- Guided tour of the area where you will learn about some of Madrid’s most characteristic places.
Duration: The tour takes approximately 2h 30 min. Recommended from 13.00-15.30h or 20.00 – 22.30 h.
Available as a private tapas tour upon request. If you are looking for a open group tour check Wheels