Markets of Madrid
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Learn how these areas have changed over time, explore the hidden gems of these residential areas, and experience how the locals live — and eat! Along the way, pop in and out of local markets and sample traditional Spanish tapas.
Learn how Madrid’s neighborhoods have changed over the years as you weave through the city with a local.
Discover the hidden spots of La Latina, an old neighborhood where Madrid was founded.
Take a stroll through Madrid’s multicultural district of Lavapies.
Visit local food markets to taste local products and see how the people of Madrid shop.
Get a literal taste of the city with samples of Spanish cuisine and wines.
Local English-speaking guide; Food and drink samples (Spanish breakfast of a hot drink and pastry, three tapas dishes, three drinks of wine, beer, and/or soft drink).
Hotel pick-up and drop-off; Souvenirs and items of a personal nature; Gratuities for your local guide.
Hours of operation
Available: Monday - Saturday; Start time at 10:00am.
Approximately 4 hours.
Meeting Point: Plaza Isabel II, at the statue of the woman in the middle of the square, facing the Opera House’s façade. ( Metro stop: Opera).
Ending Point: Anton Martin metro stop.
We’ll kick off this jam-packed Madrid tour at the spot where the city was founded – and what better place to start! Here you’ll meet your local guide, who will begin by giving you an introduction and feel for the city of Madrid. We’ll start with a sweet treat for breakfast to give us some energy for the rest of the tour. Then we’ll wander along to the bustling, bohemian neighborhood of La Latina, which was the center of the settlement and is now full of charming coffee shops and traditional restaurants. With the help of your local tour leader, you’ll stumble upon all the little gems La Latina has to offer, such as 17th century old inns transformed into chic trendy hotels, or the biggest flea market of the country, the famous Rastro Market.
Next up, we’ll head to Lavapiés, Madrid’s multicultural neighborhood. Home to the original born-and-raised Madrileños, a name for the people of Madrid, this area has now turned into a fusion of all kinds of world cultures. African restaurants rub shoulders with Asian shops and Indian cafés, and local traditions mix with what’s hot on the alternative art scene. We’ll take our time to get to know Lavapiés by visiting an old food market that is being transformed into an icon of the city’s food scene thanks to the young local residents.
There, you will get to discover some historical treasures of the area such as an old religious school from the 18th century, or traditional patio houses of the neighborhood that are slowly disappearing today.
Then, we’ll finish our Madrid tour by visiting another lively food market and arts center, where we’ll learn about gypsy and flamenco culture in Madrid while tasting some samples of that fantastic Spanish cuisine.
Comfortable clothes and walking shoes are recommended. We recommend your bring a water bottle, sunscreen, and hat during the summer months.
Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.
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