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Experience Tapas Like a Local and Find the Madrileño in You

We love Madrid... and all things Spanish, particularly the vast variety of culinary delights that the vibrant tapas culture of Madrid has to offer!


Mix a bit of sight-seeing, light history, culture and anecdotes with amazing, traditional Spanish food and drink, and you get Adventurous Appetites - a unique and deliciously adventurous introduction to the inside culinary world of Madrid.


We strongly believe that the way to truly understand a country’s culture is through its food and drink, and at Adventurous Appetites, we offer incredible tapas tours that deliver an authentic feel for the city and its people. As one of Madrid's longest-running (since 2004) and top-reviewed tapas tours, we are the best at helping you discover Madrid, just like a local.   


Our unique pay-as-you-go system differentiates us from other all-inclusive tours, which are generally of shorter duration and where food and drink tends to be pre-ordered and lined-up on the bar, allowing minimal to no choice in what you eat or drink. 


At Adventurous Appetites, our team of charming tapas experts talk you through the options and recommend local specialities, personalizing what we order according to the the likes and dislikes of the group on the night, as well as any dietary needs. Our Madrid Tapas tours are designed to give you greater control over what you try and how much you spend, all while immersing you in true tapas culture, just like a Madrileño.

So, come with an empty stomach, an open mind and a spirit of adventure - be prepared to find the Madrileño in you!

Famous Madrid tapas - croquetas

Our Madrid Tapas Tour

(Evening tour) 

A bit of history on our Madrid tapas tour


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Adventurous Appetites has been named Best Traditional Tapas Food Tour 2024 - Madrid in the 2024 LUXlife Travel and Tourism Awards 

2024 badgesArival Award

Adventurous Appetites has been named Culinary Tours & Experiences Finalist in the 2024 European Arival Tour Review Spotlight Awards (Medium Operator Category)

2023 WLTA Winner Logo

Adventurous Appetites' Madrid Tapas Tour has been named Continent Winner in the Food Tour Category in the 2023 World Luxury Travel Awards.

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No. 12 - worldwide

tc 2022
Tripadvisor® Top Food Experiences - World

Tripadvisor's Travelers' Choice® Award series: The Best of the Best Things to Do have named our Madrid Tapas Night Walking tour the 12TH BEST FOOD EXPERIENCE IN THE WORLD 2022
This award is presented annually to those businesses that are the Best of the Best on Tripadvisor, those that earn excellent reviews from travelers and are ranked in the top 1% of properties worldwide.
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2023 to 24 winner Prestige Awards

Travelers’ Choice award-winners are among the top 10% of listings on Tripadvisor and  consistently demonstrate a commitment to hospitality excellence.

Adventurous Appetites'  has been named Spain Prestige Awards' Food Tour Operator of the Year 2023/24.


Prizes and awards

Travel and Hospitality award

We won The Award for Excellence in Culinary Experiences in Madrid in the 2022 Travel and Hospitality Awards!

Traveller's Choice Award

Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice 2020

Reviews from millions of Tripadvisor travellers place


Adventurous Appetites Tapas Tour ⬤⬤⬤⬤⬤

in the TOP 10% of attractions WORLDWIDE.

Travellers' Choice 2019 badge
TripAdvisor® Top 10 Food Experiences - World
Travelers’ Choice awards are the highest honor TripAdvisor can give – meaning our business is truly exceptional. Based on reviews and opinions from millions of travelers, we’re one of the top experiences on TripAdvisor.

No. 8 - worldwide

Travel and Hospitality Awards 2020 winners badge

Culinary Experience of the Year 2021 - Community of Madrid

Tour Company of the Year 2019 in Community of Madrid
Celebrated Living Magazine 2017 Winner Platinum List
Tripafvisor Hall of Fame award 2019
TripAdvisor Hall of Fame for Certificates of Excellence in 5 consecutive years
Tour company of the year - Travel and Hospitality Award
Culinary Tour Company - of the Year 2018 in Madrid
Luxury Travel Guide Europe 2017 Shortlisted
Adventurous Appetites - Culinary Tour Operator of the Year 2019 LTG
Luxury Travel Guide European Awards 2017 Shortlisted
Luxury Travel Guide Award 2016
Food on the Madrid tapas tour

Food and Travel Blogs

What are bloggers saying about our tours?

We never know who may be on our tours. Here are several bloggers who wrote about their experiences with Adventurous Appetites:


Adventurous Appetites in Madrid



An Adventurous Tapas Tour in Madrid

- Savored Journeys


Adventurous Appetites Tapas Tour

- Bay Area Foodie


Seeing & Savoring Historical & Modern Madrid

- Lucy Komisar


NotintheBusiness - Review of Adventurous Appetites

- Arabella

Eat Like anExpert with Adventurous Appetites

- Sauce Boss Shelby

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History of Madrid

What makes Madrid so special?

The ever-evolving story of Madrid and the many cultures who have resided there since the 2nd century B.C. offer quite the historical background for Madrid being such a magical place for adventures.


Historians tell us that Madrid’s name derives from the originally Moorish city established in the mid-9th century which was first named Mayrit “the land of abundant waters” and later became Madrid after changing hands several times.


In the early 11th century, the Christian king Alfonso VI of Castile conquered the citadel and thus began the centuries-long history of a cultural mesh of architecture, food and religion that today remains apparent in the remarkable cityscapes and incredible cuisine, including tapas, making Madrid a fascinating place to visit.


For more details on Madrid's rich history and much more on Madrid, visit Madrid's official tourism website here.



Enjoying Adventurous Appetites' Madrid tapas tour

Speak Like a Madrileño

Want a few survival phrases for a great time in Madrid?

Although approximately 400 million people in the world speak Spanish, Madrileños have a language all their own.


Here are a few key phrases to keep handy when traveling in Madrid:



Okay or Yes.


Una copita de vino tinto/blanco por favor:

A glass of red/white wine, please.


Una caña por favor:

A small house beer, please.


Hasta Luego:

Bye or Later.


No entiendo:

I don't understand.


Puede ayudarme?:

Can you help me?



Thank you.


Donde están los servicios?:

Where is the bathroom?


La cuenta por favor:

The bill please.

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