Delicious Tapas Tours in Madrid
Tapas in Madrid
is a major part of Spanish life, and this is seen nowhere more than in Madrid. The word 'tapas', from the Spanish 'tapar', to cover, refers to small plates, which can be either hot or cold, that make up a large portion of the Spanish diet. In Madrid, this tends to include dishes such as 'croquetas' (fried bread-crumbed rolls, usually containing bechamel sauce and one or more of ham, mushrooms and seafood), fried calamari and 'tortilla de patatas', a Spanish omelet made with potato and onion. In the 17th century, tapas were originally served with alcoholic drinks so as to curb drunkenness and, in many bars and restaurants across the city, you will still be given a tapa (the singular of 'tapas') with your beer or glass of wine.
If you want to truly explore the best tapas that Madrid has to offer, a tapas tour can be one of the best ways to do so. With passionate, knowledgeable hosts and guides, these are perfect for exploring some of Madrid's best-kept secrets, tasting tapas and wine of which you would perhaps otherwise be completely unaware. Below are some examples of the excellent tours on offer.
A shorter experience, this tour is perfect for bringing out your inner foody. Immersing yourself in Madrid's culinary world, you will learn about the rules and the history of tapas in Spain and, more specifically, Madrid, as well as, of course, sampling some of the best available for a small supplement. The guide will advise you on the best drinks to go with each tapa and on the best dishes in each restaurant.
Approximate Price: $39.71
This 6-hour tour gives you a true all-round experience of the myriad of eateries available in Madrid. Starting in the city center, before moving on to a farmers' market, the guide will take you back in time to explain the history of tapas, before moving on to a modern tasting market, a city winery and a family-run bar, through which you can truly experience the culinary diversity on offer here, and learn about the differences between all the many types of food available in the city (pintxos, tapas, raciones, etc.).
Approximate Price: $335.80
Incorporating 5 locations across the historic yet trendy southern part of Madrid's center, this tour is not to be missed. Particularly perfect for seafood lovers, your guide will provide a humorous yet informative history, before guiding you round a number of restaurants and bars where you will sample some of the best dishes the city has to offer. Your experience ends in an 18th century sherry bar, which feels like a trip back in time, with an atmosphere unchanged from that of its past.
Approximate Price: $112.31
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