Madrid, Spain audio tour: History with a side of Tapas: A local's Madrid

History with a side of Tapas: A local's Madrid

Walking Tour

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45 mins
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1.4mi

About the Tour

If you like food and history, join me and I’ll show you some of my favorite Madrid Tapas Bars where I will recommend what Tapas to order and how, alongside a fun dynamic history of Madrid.

If you would like to learn about the history of Madrid and fill your tummy up with tapas and drinks along the way, you’ve come to the right place. We walk around the historical district of Madrid, starting in the 1700’s and working our way to the oldest 1500’s quarter of Madrid with plenty of fun historical and personal anecdotes along the way. En route, I will point out three traditional tapas restaurants that my Spanish family has been frequenting forever, for some great food, such as croquettes, Spanish ham, chorizo, Mancehgo cheese, Spanish omelet, gazpacho, paella, accompanied by wine, beer, traditional Sangria and Castilian after dinner shots.

Highlights include

•The second oldest nightclub in Madrid, once frequented by Julio Iglesias.
•The origins of the Spanish Tooth Fairy mouse
•The Madrid new years eve custom
•The oldest standing restaurant in the world
•A walk through Da Vinci Code territory
•The best paella in Madrid

I grew up here in Madrid, my father is from Wisconsin and my mother a Madrid native, and have lived in both countries where I moved back 15 years ago, and decided to set up Native Spanish Tapas, because I truly love sharing my Spanish culture and food. You will feel like a real native at the tapas bars that I recommend, that are away from the touristic hustle and bustle.

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Native Spanish Tapas

Native Spanish Tapas is a cooperative business, currently ranked # 10 in Tripadvisor, of half American and half Spanish tour guides, some of our guides parents were stationed in a U.S. military base here in Madrid in the 90’s, and have decided to make Madrid our permanent home. We have set up what we believe to be a real local's tapa tour experience, because we take our clients where our Spanish families used to take us. Our mission is to take you where real Madrid local's go for the best tapas in Madrid.

Major Landmarks

  • Puerta del Sol

  • Plaza Mayor

  • Teatro Real

  • Cathedral of Almudena and the Royal Palace

  • Plaza Oriente

Directions to Starting Point

The starting location is a five minute walk from Puerta del Sol at Plaza de Isabel II right in front of the McDonald’s. Very easy to get to by subway if you are out of the historical city center; the stop Subway stop is Opera; green or Red

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

Casa Labra, Casa Botin, Casa Nicasio

Best time of day

If you want to stop at the tapas bars we recommend, the best time to go is from noon to 16:00 and from 18:30- 22:00. If you do not want to stop at any of the bars, anytime is good.

Precautions

Be careful with pick-pockets in congested areas such as buses or trains. Besides that, Madrid is a very safe city to walk around in, even at night, with plenty of Police presence in and around the historical district.

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History with a side of Tapas: A local's Madrid