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Literary Quarter Tour with Tapas and Wine Tasting

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Tour Details

History and tradition paired with the best wine and tapas Madrid has to offer

Spain’s tapas culture is one that goes back for centuries, an intrinsic part of what makes the country what it is today. Delectable, small dishes served on small plates and pot lids are paired with local beers and wines, and it’s not uncommon to sample many different dishes in one meal. Truly, though, the only authentic way to see into the heart of Spain’s food culture is with a local Sherpa from Madrid. This walking tour combines the local knowledge of a native “madrileña” with the cooperation of some of the city’s finest establishments, to give you an exclusive opportunity to try a variety of delicious tapas, wines, and beers in the city center.

Learn about how generations of vibrant culture have shaped the way Spanish food is made, and get to know the families that have made the city what it is today.  Get on to the unforgettable adventure of downtown Madrid, taking a journey into family traditions and secrets. Taste traditional tapas like Iberian ham, Spanish cheeses, olives, gazpacho and an array of other irresistible dishes paired with wine, beer or other drink by your choice. You’ll also be able to get inside information from your local Sherpa that will allow you to maximize the rest of your stay in Madrid, a treasure map to follow on one of the most enjoyable and exciting adventures in Spain.

A perfect venue for wine and food lovers who want a truly authentic Madrid tapas experience, also those looking to explore the city more effectively.

Meeting Point

Plaza de Santa Ana  (Map)

Departure Time

19:00 | Daily

Languages Available

English, Spanish


4 hours

Group Size

Up to 12 people

Family friendly

Cultural and fun experience suitable for children


  • Dedicated professional tour guide
  • At least 10 different tapas in various bars throughout the city
  • Regional wines, red and white
  • Local beer, soft drinks and water also available

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• Meet and greet with your guide and group at Plaza Isabel II
• Journey to 5 iconic locations in Madrid, each offering different history or tapas experiences
• Enjoy a selection of tapas, wines, beers and snacks typical to Spain’s culture
• Return to the meeting point or continue to explore the city with your group

Meet Mariana, Your Native Sherpa

mariana leyva madrid

Mariana has made here home in Madrid for the past decade, which makes her the perfect food and wine tour guide for the nation’s capital. Besides just talking about the magnificent food and wine on offer, Mariana, a passionate ‘madrileña’, also loves to talk about the art and city’s culture, so you will learn all you need to know about Madrid when you let Mariana guide you.

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Emilio R


Couple Traveller

¡Best Foodie experience in Madrid!

If you are a lover of gastronomy and a good traveler, these tours will enchant you. We had a very pleasant experience knowing incredible places in Madrid, learning from its history, culture and tradition, accompanied by the best gastronomic offer in the city. Do not miss it, Mariana is an excellent guide with a lot of charm and experience, so she will take you to the best places around the city.

August 1, 2018


Milwaukee, USA

Family Traveller

HIghlight of our trip

This tour was a highlight of our trip. The tour guide was charming, informative and took time to cater the tour to our interests in history and food. She was extremely knowledgeable and gave us great tips about visiting the city in addition to the culture of Spain and food origins. Absolutely delightful! We had our 23 year old daughter with us and she loved it.

July 29, 2018


Hitchin, UK

Group Traveller

If you do just one thing in Madrid….

Make sure it’s this! Mariana is an outstanding guide – she showed us around the literary quarter pointing out architectural features that were fascinating and gave us real insight. Her visit choices were spot on – churros were the best and the market tour was (for a foodie like me) heaven. She has great rapport with the traders who stopped to talk and made us welcome. Highlights for me were the offal butcher and a translated chat with a local buying his lunch there. Mariana also gave us a behind the scenes tour of a local institution ( I won’t spoil the surprise) suffice to say we would NEVER have ventured across the threshold and would have missed out on a real treat had it not been for her.
After the market we visited a number of beautiful, local restaurants for drinks and delicious plates. Passing Central Jazz Bar I expressed an interest, Mariana took us straight in and booked us a table for that nights show.
This was a wonderful tour and exceptional value, you should book without hesitation.

July 11, 2018

Robyn M

Toronto, Canada

Group Traveller

Fabulous tour

We really enjoyed the food tour. We saw places and tasted foods that we would not have discovered for ourselves. Mariana is delightful company and very knowledgeable about Madrid and its history. I would definitely recommend!

June 14, 2018


Westlake Village, USA

Group Traveller

Exceptional Tour

The tour of the Barrio de las Letras was a real pleasure. The guide’s knowledge of Spanish literature was impressive and the stops gave me the opportunity to try a lovely sangria with cava and some fresh oysters, among other treats!

June 4, 2018
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