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Markets of Madrid - Small Group Tour

Escape the tourist traps and discover the lesser known historical neighbourhoods of Madrid. 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.

This jam-packed Madrid tour kicks off at the spot where the city was founded and what better place to start! There, youll meet your local guide, who will begin by giving an introduction and feel for the city of Madrid.

It starts with a sweet treat for breakfast to give you some energy for the rest of the tour. Then, wander along to the bustling, bohemian neighbourhood of La Latina, which was the centre of the settlement and is now full of charming coffee shops and traditional restaurants. With the help of your local tour leader, youll 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, head to Lavapiés, Madrids multicultural neighbourhood. 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 whats hot on the alternative art scene. Take your time to get to know Lavapiés by visiting an old food market that is being transformed into an icon of the citys 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 the traditional patio houses of the neighbourhood that are slowly disappearing today.

This Madrid tour finishes with a visit to another lively food market and arts centre, where youll learn about gypsy and flamenco culture in Madrid while tasting some samples of the fantastic Spanish cuisine.

Experience Includes

  • Local English speaking guide
  • Food and drink samples (hot chocolate with churros, olive oil tasting, wine tasting, 5 tapas dishes).
  • Group size limited to 12 people for a more intimate atmosphere

Experience Excludes

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Personal shopping
  • Gratuities

Departs

Thursday to Saturday March to December

Departure location

Plaza Isabel II, at the statue of the woman in the middle of the square, facing the Opera House’s façade. ( Metro stop: Opera)

Start times

9.30am.

Duration

4 hours.

Additional information

CHILD POLICY

Children must be 6 years of age to 11 years inclusively. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.

Terms & Conditions

  • Comfortable clothes and walking shoes are recommended. We recommend your bring a water bottle, sunscreen, and hat during the summer months.
  • Children must be 6 years of age to 11 years inclusively. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
  • Cancellation Policy: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled prior to your holiday departure date. No refunds are given for cancellations made post departure.