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Madrid: History of Tapas Walking Tour and Tasting

1. Madrid: History of Tapas Walking Tour and Tasting

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.

Madrid: The Original Tapas Crawl

2. Madrid: The Original Tapas Crawl

Take part in an exciting outing with your knowledgeable local guide who will show you the best tapas Madrid has to offer. This tapas crawl will allow you to visit 4 locations, including a market cuisine restaurant, a well-known ice-cold beer bar for locals, a new slow food tavern, and a one-century old bodega in a high-quality and non-touristy tapas area. Feel like a local as you dine amongst true Madrileños. Learn from a local guide who will share with you their years of knowledge and insights into the area. Your guide is also well acquainted with many of the families that own the businesses, giving you special insight into what makes their version of tapas so special. There is a lot of food on this tour, up to 12-15 tapas servings, so make sure you come hungry!

Madrid: Private Customized Walking Tour with a Local Host

3. Madrid: Private Customized Walking Tour with a Local Host

Discover Madrid through the eyes of a local on a customized private walking tour. Meet at your hotel or Airbnb to get familiar with your neighborhood and learn where the best places to buy groceries or eat out are. Alternatively, meet at a centrally located landmark and get an insight into life in the city from a local who is passionate about their city and eager to share all the tips and tricks to help you make the most of your stay. The right host will be hand-picked for you based on your interests and each tour is completely unique to you. Choose the meeting point, start time and length that you prefer. Hear how to get around, and learn about the top things to see and do during your stay. Chat about life in the city and exchange cultural differences. Feel more comfortable navigating your way around on your own, confident that you have all the information you need

From Madrid: Toledo Tour & Zip Line Experience

4. From Madrid: Toledo Tour & Zip Line Experience

Visit the historical city of Toledo on a day trip from Madrid. The city itself is like an immense museum, home to some of Spain’s top monuments. Toledo is also known as the City of 3 Cultures, as for an extended period Christian, Islamic and Jewish residents lived together peacefully within its walls. Its old Gothic and Renaissance architecture and narrow streets and alleys, along with its well-preserved condition has led to its listing as a National Monument, and as a World Heritage City by UNESCO.  If you prefer to discover Toledo on your own, you can visit the city at your leisure and discover its important monuments and historic neighborhoods. Take a comfortable ride on the Tourist Train to see the sights of Toledo and enjoy commentary about the city's history along the way. Discover the longest zip line in Europe and enjoy this unique experience in a breathtaking setting.

Madrid: 10 Tapas 2.5-Hour Cooking Class

5. 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.

Madrid: Electric Bike City Sightseeing Tour

6. Madrid: Electric Bike City Sightseeing Tour

Get a bike fitted to your size, meet your guide, and get ready to explore the sights and history of Madrid. Visit Retiro Park, a huge green area often referred to as "the lungs of Madrid." Venture into the Old Town where your guide will fascinate and entertain you with the interesting history of Madrid. Stop for a short break at a local market. Relax and enjoy the atmosphere or explore at your own pace. On the way back, ride through the amazing Las Letras neighborhood and the Paseo del Prado.

Madrid: Half-Day Winery Tour with Tasting

7. Madrid: Half-Day Winery Tour with Tasting

Start an exciting journey through the region surrounding Madrid, where you will discover one of its most traditional wineries. Accompanied by the professional guide, you will visit all the facilities of the winery and learn about the traditional winemaking process. At the end of the half-day tour, you will also enjoy a typical wine tasting. Continue the conversation about winemaking and ask the winemakers any questions you may have.  After finishing your excursion, you will return to Madrid with a greater understanding and interest in the world of wines.

Madrid: Old Madrid Walking Food and Wine Tour

8. Madrid: Old Madrid Walking Food and Wine Tour

Explore the streets of the Spanish capital with a local guide. Learn about the history and food of Madrid while sampling traditional tapas at local hotspots. Try Iberian ham, manchego cheese, churros, and more. Take in major attractions such as the Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, and San Gines Church. Begin your tour with a local expert in history and gastronomy to some of the most popular tapas bars in Madrid. You will experience the same venues that the locals go to, seeking traditional tapas such as Iberian ham, manchego cheese, garlic shrimp, fried cod (a typical tapa from Madrid) padron peppers, bravas, Spanish Omelette, and more tapas according to the tapas bars that you will visit on the day. You will also get to try a delicious dessert of chocolate with churros. You will also pass by iconic Madrid landmarks such as the Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Plaza de la Villa (the old city council), San Miguel Market, the Austrian neighborhood, and the San Gines Church. During your tour, you will learn more about the history of Madrid as well as about the tapas tradition, being able to ask as many questions as you like during your tour.

Madrid: Market Brunch Tapas Tour

9. Madrid: Market Brunch Tapas Tour

Dive into the rich terrain of Spanish cuisine in the country's bustling capital city. Head to a vibrant local market alongside a friendly guide who will ensure you taste only the most authentic and delicious favorites of Madrid gastronomy. Make 5 different stops and learn 3 ways to enjoy the food on offer. Get in touch with food culture and local lifestyles. Come hungry as the different dishes will add up to the equivalent of a hearty meal. And don’t forget the drinks. Every tapas dish you try will come with the ideal drink pairing so you can enjoy the full gastronomic experience.

Alternative Madrid in French: Street Art & Multiculturalism

10. Alternative Madrid in French: Street Art & Multiculturalism

Lavapiés is one of the most artistic zones of Madrid and is filled with small & independent theaters, alternative cultural centers, traditional stores & walls decorated with colorful street art. Close to all the main attractions of the city but not really touristy itself, Lavapiés is a really old neighborhood representing colour, art, multiculturalism, and local life. Lavapiés mixes both the old and the new, the tradition and the avant-garde.  Meet yout guide at Puerta Cerrada Square (close to the Mayor Square) and explore first the northern part of the quarter, visiting places such as Cascorro Square, San Cayetano Church, and Ambassadors' street.  Learn the neighborhood history and the origin of the Flea Market that takes place here. Continue towards the most multicultural area of Lavapies and visit the Nelson Mandela Square,  the old fountain of Cabestreros, the ruins of the Escuelas Pías, and the central square of Lavapiés. Visit the Old Royal Tobacco Factory that has been turned into a modern and contemporary art museum, the Queen's Casino Park and the most popular street of the neighborhood: Argumosa Street. On the way, pass by old cinemas and theatres, hidden museums and alternative cultural centers, ancient churches, local markets, secret gardens, some of the most traditional examples of Madrid's architecture (corralas) and lots of art.

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based on 487 reviews

I wanted to start my day at 8am and booking a private tour was the way to go. Get Your Guide was the reseller of this tour that was actually provided by Lokafy com. 5 days before my scheduled tour, Lokafy emailed me directly to inquire about my interests that should be included in the custom tour. 4 days before my tour I received a confirmation email and the contact information of my local guide. Maria met me at 8am and off we went. Even though Lokafy made it a point to mention their guides are more like a friend showing you around and not a facts and figures tour guide, Maria was both. It was 3 hours and money well spent. It's a great option for a solo traveler.

Amazing! This was the best experience! I highly recommend this activity for anyone visiting Madrid! You can not leave without trying it. Raul was our guide and he was truly amazing! Definitely the best activity I did in my stay in Madrid.

Agustin was an amazing tour guide and so personable. He gave us great insight but also was caring, conversations flew consistently!

Fantastic experience, interesting excursion and our very knowledgeable and very kind guide. If I go back to Madrid it repeats

Maoro the instructor was very nice, the ingredients was in the best quality, it was perfect! Thank you!