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Madrid is a welcoming city that feels more as if you’re traveling from village to village than across a busy metropolis. It’s a place where you drink the vermouth, typically served with a splash of sparkling water and an orange wedge, and get lost in conversation with locals. Enjoy the tapas, see the art, and take it all in: there are just 5 subway stops in the entire city. Go beyond traditional tours and activities for a local’s perspective of Madrid with Airbnb Experiences.

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SIP & PAINT in the Center of Madrid
Two-hour painting class with a local Spanish artist. You will be guided step-by-step using acrylic paints to create a piece of artwork. This is a beginner-level class, so there is no experience necessary! Come relax with chill music, a glass of wine, and a welcoming and friendly vibe. At the end, you get to take home your own masterpiece! This session is bilingual in English and Spanish. INCLUDES All materials An apron for the class UNLIMITED wine or select beverages Local Spanish tapas Other things to note This is a beginner-level class, so there is no experience necessary! Come relax with chill music, a glass of wine, and a welcoming and friendly vibe. You'll get to take home your own masterpiece!
Authentic&mountains&village&castle
IF YOU ARE ONLY ONE PLEASE ASK ME BEFORE BOOKING!!!!! THANKS!! If you want to explore an authentic and local side of Madrid absolutely different of Madrid's center full of tourist I recomend you come with me!! We will hike a minimun of 3,5 hours whenever you prefer and visit the village and the Castle of Manzanares el Real. We can go earlier if you wish. Just tell me when you prefer! I'm never in a hurry when I'm in the mountain so the hike can be longer if you wish :) From Plaza Castilla we will take a bus direct to the village of Manzanares el Real (45 min) We will do a beautiful mountain hike to ''El Tranco'' (la Pedriza) following the river and felling the beautiful mountains and landscapes. Also we will visit the village and the castle of Manzanares el Real which is a palace-fortress of late medieval origin.
⭐Traditional Paella&Tortilla& Sangria⭐
We will do the experience in my studio, a very nice and cozy space located on Hortaleza street,, in the emblematic Chueca neighborhood in the center of Madrid near the San Anton market. Spanish tapas and together we will prepare an authentic sangria, of course there will also be wine, summer red wine, soft drinks, etc. Then we will start together to prepare the Spanish Tortillas, we will deepen in all the details that the Spanish Tortilla entails, dry tortilla? More juicy? with onion? or without onion? Step by step we will make our tortillas so that you discover all the secrets of the good Spanish Tortilla. Then we will eat them. While we enjoy our tortillas I will explain the origin of the paella and then we will begin to prepare it among all. I will be revealing in detail all the steps in detail so that you know the Great Secrets of La Paella because NOT ALL RICE IS "PAELLA" We will also make a historical tour of the Valencian Tradition since it is very important to really know what it is and where it comes from the paella? Finally we will enjoy our authentic Paella, we will have coffee and dessert and then who knows if it will be the best time to have a Siesta! hehehehe Are you ready for this complete trip for the most important Spanish food? Other things to note They have to come to Calle Hortaleza 90 and I will be waiting for them outside with much desire to meet them and have a wonderful experience TOGETHER !!!
Crawl Madrid's Craft Beer & Tapas scene
Beer in Madrid is a very old tradition that comes along with the Famous Tapas. The Craft Beer scene in Madrid has matured nicely over the last years with more additions of breweries and craft beer bars. This experience brings you to the best oldest and newest Madrid Craft Beer Bars and is something you shouldn't miss. A Craft Beer Crawl over 2 hours, visiting 3 important Beer and Tapas spots for locals in Madrid (still not known by tourists), including an off the beaten path old-style market from the past century. We will also know the history of the different places as well as the different beer varieties and tapas. When the tour finishes, you will be able to keep on enjoying the bars we visited or other ones in the area (actually most of the guests stay after I leave) and to make it easier the tour will end in front of a craft beer bar with 40 different craft beers to choose. Tips are greatly appreciated :) Other things to note Beer prices are around 3€ In case you prefer, in some bars, there are other drink options
Discover the world of "ibérico" ham
We will learn all about iberian "pata negra" ham's world. The origin, where, and how. What makes the Iberian ham so special? How do you identify it? How is it cured and cut? These and other questions are answered as we taste ham from different curation periods and regions. I will explain you our shop history , since 1.919 , the oldest on Madrid.

Most popular in Madrid

Traditional Flamenco Show in Historic Cave
Our team at Essential Flamenco will welcome you inside. You will be offered a drink at the tablao bar, and later you will visit an +100 year old original brick cave. The first 20 minutes you will relax with your drink in the main room with the Flamenco music... Next, ten minutes before the show, you will be given a introduction about the history of Flamenco, from its roots and origins to how it developed throughout the years. Finally, to conclude the experience, you will enjoy the one-hour flamenco show that will take place inside the famous cave, without amplifiers or microphones. Our capacity for the event is limited, so you are going to enjoy a unique, warm and intimate evening . Every week we are visited by different artists who delight us with their talent and art, and the performances vary daily, so each exhibit is unique! . We have three schedules, the first at 6pm, the second at 7.30pm and the last at 9pm. Essential Flamenco is ranked number two on TripAdvisor, obtaining certificates of excellence for seven years. Under the artistic direction of "El Mistela", who won the National Flamenco Critic Award, and he does a performance every day at 7.30pm, you're guaranteed to enjoy the performances of artists of the highest quality. We are waiting for you to enjoy an unforgettable evening!!
⭐️The Original Madrid Tapas Crawl⭐️
I offer you a real local tapas crawling journey. Over 2.5 hours we’ll be visiting 4 spots. A market cuisine restaurant, a well-kwown ice-cold beer bar for locals, a new slow food tavern, and a one-century old bodega in a high quality and non-touristy tapas area, which madrileños love. You'll be able to see people from Madrid going out for real tapas. And you'll feel like one of us. All the included spots are family-owned bussines, and I'm lucky to know the owners (Manuel, Jesús, José y Paco) since many years ago. I grew up in this fantastic district called Chamberí and I have been trying their many bars and dishes thoughout my life, so I know them... in detail! This is also a great experience for teams, groups and team-building!!!! There's a lot of food on our tour (10-12 tapas servings), we recommend you to make a light lunch! Other things to note Number 1 Airbnb experience in Madrid ANY DOUBT, please, contact us! Gratuities always graciously accepted :)) You can also try our BRUNCH TOUR https://abnb.me/HRmQoeUx4hb
3 hrs highlights bike tour Madrid
Our tour is ideal for everyone who wants to get to know Madrid in a short time but in a relaxed way. In about 3 hours and 12 km biking, you will more or less see and hear everything of the old center while riding a very comfortable bicycle. The “must see” places as well as the hidden corners away from the typical touristic paths. We will ride mainly on cycling paths, pedestrian zones and parks. Of course there will be various stops to take pictures and there will be a break to have a drink. When we stop, we will tell you about the stories behind what you see and tell our personal experiences of our time in Madrid. After the tour you have an idea which places you want to visit in your own time and in which restaurants and tapas bars you want to have your meal. You are inspired for the rest of your time in Madrid. We kan also offer you private tours (custom tour) in many languages; English, Dutch, French, German and Spanish. Other things to note Children from an age of 7 years are welcome. Also we have children seats for 0-20 kg. Ask for availability. The total tour is about 3 hours. This tour requires experience with biking in the city. We have availability of electric bikes (only for adults, minimum length 1,55 m), additional costs € 10.
⭐Meet New People & Party Tour+Disco
TOP EXPERIENCE IN MADRID WITH ALMOST 800 HUNDRED REVIEWS! Join us in an amazing group of international people to discover the fun side of Madrid nightlife, make new friends and party! We are going to hit some of the coolest bars/pubs in the center while having a good time and getting along with others, locals and travelers, meet new people, talk, and dance like jagger, just don't stay home! Let's hop from bar to bar with tequila shots, games, discounts on drinks Everyone is welcome and the age range is wide as the nationalities involved in the experience. We will be reduced groups to make it better and safer during the current conditions. The group will be always in a safe area for girls and guys. MEETING POINT: Next to the statue of the bear and the straberry tree (Oso y el Madroño) at Puerta del Sol square, at 10:00pm. If you can't arrive on time, let me know by sending me a message to +34653921963 I'll try my best to let you know where we are and send you the location. Okay, now the plan is set, it's time to ride on! Dress Code: The only thing not allowed are joggers or sporty pants and t-shirts wihtout sleeves. --Short pants are allowed- Other things to note: if you can't arrive exactly at the time set, we will be there until 10:20 approx.
Wine Tasting near Plaza Mayor
In the cosy confines of our elegant shop you will try 3 glasses of Spanish wine that will help you understand the variety and style of wines available in Spain. With terrible jokes, and a non-pretentious and irreverent style, we will tell you about the different regions, interesting facts and stats, what to look out for and also how wine forms an integral part of the culture here. If you are keen to know about the world of Spanish wine and are touring the centre of Madrid during the day, why not stop by for an educational aperitif at Madrid & Darracott! Other things to note Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any allergy or food intolerance.

Activities near top attractions

Photo of El Retiro Park
El Retiro Park760 locals recommend
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Palacio de Cristal40 locals recommend
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Royal Palace of Madrid399 locals recommend
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Mercado de San Miguel308 locals recommend
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El Rastro307 locals recommend

Things to do near Plaza Mayor

474 locals recommend

Madrid Photo Shoot & Tour
With me you will take a tour of the main tourist sites of Madrid while I take you a photo shoot, plus I will tell you about history, art and society on the tour. The main square, El Retiro Park, the Royal Palace, the Gran Vía and Puerta del Sol are waiting for us.
⭐Meet New People & Party Tour+Disco
TOP EXPERIENCE IN MADRID WITH ALMOST 800 HUNDRED REVIEWS! Join us in an amazing group of international people to discover the fun side of Madrid nightlife, make new friends and party! We are going to hit some of the coolest bars/pubs in the center while having a good time and getting along with others, locals and travelers, meet new people, talk, and dance like jagger, just don't stay home! Let's hop from bar to bar with tequila shots, games, discounts on drinks Everyone is welcome and the age range is wide as the nationalities involved in the experience. We will be reduced groups to make it better and safer during the current conditions. The group will be always in a safe area for girls and guys. MEETING POINT: Next to the statue of the bear and the straberry tree (Oso y el Madroño) at Puerta del Sol square, at 10:00pm. If you can't arrive on time, let me know by sending me a message to +34653921963 I'll try my best to let you know where we are and send you the location. Okay, now the plan is set, it's time to ride on! Dress Code: The only thing not allowed are joggers or sporty pants and t-shirts wihtout sleeves. --Short pants are allowed- Other things to note: if you can't arrive exactly at the time set, we will be there until 10:20 approx.
The Pub crawl experience in Madrid
We are ALWAYS a lot of people, 7 days per week. Meet with us the fashion spots in Madrid, with the best atmosphere and the best people, with absolute security and guarantee. Experience 3 bars + 1 Big Club + free shots. All cover fees included + Fast entry to all bars and clubs (Every Thursday: Teatro KAPITAL). Exclusive drink deals and FREE shots on the bars Meet amazing people of your age from all different countries.
SIP & PAINT in the Center of Madrid
Two-hour painting class with a local Spanish artist. You will be guided step-by-step using acrylic paints to create a piece of artwork. This is a beginner-level class, so there is no experience necessary! Come relax with chill music, a glass of wine, and a welcoming and friendly vibe. At the end, you get to take home your own masterpiece! This session is bilingual in English and Spanish. INCLUDES All materials An apron for the class UNLIMITED wine or select beverages Local Spanish tapas Other things to note This is a beginner-level class, so there is no experience necessary! Come relax with chill music, a glass of wine, and a welcoming and friendly vibe. You'll get to take home your own masterpiece!
Descubre la vida local de Madrid con un músico callejero
¿Amante al Rap callejero y de sumergirte en la cultura local de las grandes ciudades? Te invito a descubrir los secretos de la ciudad de Madrid mientras cantamos por mis lugares favoritos Olvídate de todo lo que hayas visto antes, No es el Rap callejero que te imaginas, es un Rap callejero con propósito. Rap callejero con propósito? Sí! En esta experiencia conocerás, la vida diaria de un venezolano amante de unir mundos y corazones mediante improvisaciones divertidas. -Nos sumergimos en la ciudad madrileña y nos trasladaremos el centro de la ciudad en uno de sus metros, ahí te mostraré como me gano la vida improvisando mientras les alegro la vida a los viajeros. -Luego caminaremos por las calles del colorido y orgulloso barrio de Chueca dirigiéndonos al corazón de Madrid donde está el rincón del Rap, durante el camino te compartiré trucos y técnicas de cómo se improvisa para que los aprendas de primera mano y si te animas, tu también agarres un micro y me acompañes. Cominaremos Rap callejero con instrumentos de percusión menor cubana, así que prepararte para lo inesperado. Luego terminaremos cenando y compartiendo experiencias en ´´El Tigre´´, un restaurante muy particular. Siempre hay sorpresas en el camino que no puedo describir porque son como mis improvisaciones, surgen así, de la nada, como polvo de hada.

Things to do near Four Towers Business Area

17 locals recommend

Authentic&mountains&village&castle
IF YOU ARE ONLY ONE PLEASE ASK ME BEFORE BOOKING!!!!! THANKS!! If you want to explore an authentic and local side of Madrid absolutely different of Madrid's center full of tourist I recomend you come with me!! We will hike a minimun of 3,5 hours whenever you prefer and visit the village and the Castle of Manzanares el Real. We can go earlier if you wish. Just tell me when you prefer! I'm never in a hurry when I'm in the mountain so the hike can be longer if you wish :) From Plaza Castilla we will take a bus direct to the village of Manzanares el Real (45 min) We will do a beautiful mountain hike to ''El Tranco'' (la Pedriza) following the river and felling the beautiful mountains and landscapes. Also we will visit the village and the castle of Manzanares el Real which is a palace-fortress of late medieval origin.
⭐Traditional Paella&Tortilla& Sangria⭐
We will do the experience in my studio, a very nice and cozy space located on Hortaleza street,, in the emblematic Chueca neighborhood in the center of Madrid near the San Anton market. Spanish tapas and together we will prepare an authentic sangria, of course there will also be wine, summer red wine, soft drinks, etc. Then we will start together to prepare the Spanish Tortillas, we will deepen in all the details that the Spanish Tortilla entails, dry tortilla? More juicy? with onion? or without onion? Step by step we will make our tortillas so that you discover all the secrets of the good Spanish Tortilla. Then we will eat them. While we enjoy our tortillas I will explain the origin of the paella and then we will begin to prepare it among all. I will be revealing in detail all the steps in detail so that you know the Great Secrets of La Paella because NOT ALL RICE IS "PAELLA" We will also make a historical tour of the Valencian Tradition since it is very important to really know what it is and where it comes from the paella? Finally we will enjoy our authentic Paella, we will have coffee and dessert and then who knows if it will be the best time to have a Siesta! hehehehe Are you ready for this complete trip for the most important Spanish food? Other things to note They have to come to Calle Hortaleza 90 and I will be waiting for them outside with much desire to meet them and have a wonderful experience TOGETHER !!!
Mediterranean paella Cooking Workshop
We will prepare two different types of mediterranean clasic rice recipes, step by step, learning the essential tricks so you can repeat it at home whenever you want. And at the end we go with a tasting of Spanish wine while we eat our rice dishes. Other things to note Some of the rice we prepare includes seafood, fish and other products that may be allergic. If you have any allergy problems, please let us know.
Crawl Madrid's Craft Beer & Tapas scene
Beer in Madrid is a very old tradition that comes along with the Famous Tapas. The Craft Beer scene in Madrid has matured nicely over the last years with more additions of breweries and craft beer bars. This experience brings you to the best oldest and newest Madrid Craft Beer Bars and is something you shouldn't miss. A Craft Beer Crawl over 2 hours, visiting 3 important Beer and Tapas spots for locals in Madrid (still not known by tourists), including an off the beaten path old-style market from the past century. We will also know the history of the different places as well as the different beer varieties and tapas. When the tour finishes, you will be able to keep on enjoying the bars we visited or other ones in the area (actually most of the guests stay after I leave) and to make it easier the tour will end in front of a craft beer bar with 40 different craft beers to choose. Tips are greatly appreciated :) Other things to note Beer prices are around 3€ In case you prefer, in some bars, there are other drink options
Discover the world of "ibérico" ham
We will learn all about iberian "pata negra" ham's world. The origin, where, and how. What makes the Iberian ham so special? How do you identify it? How is it cured and cut? These and other questions are answered as we taste ham from different curation periods and regions. I will explain you our shop history , since 1.919 , the oldest on Madrid.

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Horse Riding in Madrid Natural Park
The Natural Park Sierra del Guadarrama offers incredible and rugged landscapes of breathtaking beauty. We will ride a horses on the private land/Ranch belonging to my families for three generations in Madrid Moutains. Thanks to our riding trails across the Sierra, led by our expert guides, you will discover all those unspoilt settings and enjoy a time of adventure and fun. The trails were a mix of dirt roads, rocky pathways, and grassy, bushy uphills. The group are small and we have horses for all kinds of riders from novices to accomplished. If you don't see a date or time that works Send me a message and I'll check if it is possible You want make something longer with a picnic ?? Then Check this New Experience "Long Horse Riding Madrid Natural Park" https://www.airbnb.es/experiences/1254591 Other things to note Our horses live freedom in the countryside, we have no stables and there are no bathrooms for rider Please, note you should feel comfortable getting on or off a horse by yourself. Wear comfortable shoes. Maximum weight to do this experience: 95kg Minimum two riders
Madrid Photo Shoot & Tour
With me you will take a tour of the main tourist sites of Madrid while I take you a photo shoot, plus I will tell you about history, art and society on the tour. The main square, El Retiro Park, the Royal Palace, the Gran Vía and Puerta del Sol are waiting for us.
⭐Meet New People & Party Tour+Disco
TOP EXPERIENCE IN MADRID WITH ALMOST 800 HUNDRED REVIEWS! Join us in an amazing group of international people to discover the fun side of Madrid nightlife, make new friends and party! We are going to hit some of the coolest bars/pubs in the center while having a good time and getting along with others, locals and travelers, meet new people, talk, and dance like jagger, just don't stay home! Let's hop from bar to bar with tequila shots, games, discounts on drinks Everyone is welcome and the age range is wide as the nationalities involved in the experience. We will be reduced groups to make it better and safer during the current conditions. The group will be always in a safe area for girls and guys. MEETING POINT: Next to the statue of the bear and the straberry tree (Oso y el Madroño) at Puerta del Sol square, at 10:00pm. If you can't arrive on time, let me know by sending me a message to +34653921963 I'll try my best to let you know where we are and send you the location. Okay, now the plan is set, it's time to ride on! Dress Code: The only thing not allowed are joggers or sporty pants and t-shirts wihtout sleeves. --Short pants are allowed- Other things to note: if you can't arrive exactly at the time set, we will be there until 10:20 approx.
The Pub crawl experience in Madrid
We are ALWAYS a lot of people, 7 days per week. Meet with us the fashion spots in Madrid, with the best atmosphere and the best people, with absolute security and guarantee. Experience 3 bars + 1 Big Club + free shots. All cover fees included + Fast entry to all bars and clubs (Every Thursday: Teatro KAPITAL). Exclusive drink deals and FREE shots on the bars Meet amazing people of your age from all different countries.
SIP & PAINT in the Center of Madrid
Two-hour painting class with a local Spanish artist. You will be guided step-by-step using acrylic paints to create a piece of artwork. This is a beginner-level class, so there is no experience necessary! Come relax with chill music, a glass of wine, and a welcoming and friendly vibe. At the end, you get to take home your own masterpiece! This session is bilingual in English and Spanish. INCLUDES All materials An apron for the class UNLIMITED wine or select beverages Local Spanish tapas Other things to note This is a beginner-level class, so there is no experience necessary! Come relax with chill music, a glass of wine, and a welcoming and friendly vibe. You'll get to take home your own masterpiece!
Descubre la vida local de Madrid con un músico callejero
¿Amante al Rap callejero y de sumergirte en la cultura local de las grandes ciudades? Te invito a descubrir los secretos de la ciudad de Madrid mientras cantamos por mis lugares favoritos Olvídate de todo lo que hayas visto antes, No es el Rap callejero que te imaginas, es un Rap callejero con propósito. Rap callejero con propósito? Sí! En esta experiencia conocerás, la vida diaria de un venezolano amante de unir mundos y corazones mediante improvisaciones divertidas. -Nos sumergimos en la ciudad madrileña y nos trasladaremos el centro de la ciudad en uno de sus metros, ahí te mostraré como me gano la vida improvisando mientras les alegro la vida a los viajeros. -Luego caminaremos por las calles del colorido y orgulloso barrio de Chueca dirigiéndonos al corazón de Madrid donde está el rincón del Rap, durante el camino te compartiré trucos y técnicas de cómo se improvisa para que los aprendas de primera mano y si te animas, tu también agarres un micro y me acompañes. Cominaremos Rap callejero con instrumentos de percusión menor cubana, así que prepararte para lo inesperado. Luego terminaremos cenando y compartiendo experiencias en ´´El Tigre´´, un restaurante muy particular. Siempre hay sorpresas en el camino que no puedo describir porque son como mis improvisaciones, surgen así, de la nada, como polvo de hada.
Authentic&mountains&village&castle
IF YOU ARE ONLY ONE PLEASE ASK ME BEFORE BOOKING!!!!! THANKS!! If you want to explore an authentic and local side of Madrid absolutely different of Madrid's center full of tourist I recomend you come with me!! We will hike a minimun of 3,5 hours whenever you prefer and visit the village and the Castle of Manzanares el Real. We can go earlier if you wish. Just tell me when you prefer! I'm never in a hurry when I'm in the mountain so the hike can be longer if you wish :) From Plaza Castilla we will take a bus direct to the village of Manzanares el Real (45 min) We will do a beautiful mountain hike to ''El Tranco'' (la Pedriza) following the river and felling the beautiful mountains and landscapes. Also we will visit the village and the castle of Manzanares el Real which is a palace-fortress of late medieval origin.
⭐Traditional Paella&Tortilla& Sangria⭐
We will do the experience in my studio, a very nice and cozy space located on Hortaleza street,, in the emblematic Chueca neighborhood in the center of Madrid near the San Anton market. Spanish tapas and together we will prepare an authentic sangria, of course there will also be wine, summer red wine, soft drinks, etc. Then we will start together to prepare the Spanish Tortillas, we will deepen in all the details that the Spanish Tortilla entails, dry tortilla? More juicy? with onion? or without onion? Step by step we will make our tortillas so that you discover all the secrets of the good Spanish Tortilla. Then we will eat them. While we enjoy our tortillas I will explain the origin of the paella and then we will begin to prepare it among all. I will be revealing in detail all the steps in detail so that you know the Great Secrets of La Paella because NOT ALL RICE IS "PAELLA" We will also make a historical tour of the Valencian Tradition since it is very important to really know what it is and where it comes from the paella? Finally we will enjoy our authentic Paella, we will have coffee and dessert and then who knows if it will be the best time to have a Siesta! hehehehe Are you ready for this complete trip for the most important Spanish food? Other things to note They have to come to Calle Hortaleza 90 and I will be waiting for them outside with much desire to meet them and have a wonderful experience TOGETHER !!!
Crawl Madrid's Craft Beer & Tapas scene
Beer in Madrid is a very old tradition that comes along with the Famous Tapas. The Craft Beer scene in Madrid has matured nicely over the last years with more additions of breweries and craft beer bars. This experience brings you to the best oldest and newest Madrid Craft Beer Bars and is something you shouldn't miss. A Craft Beer Crawl over 2 hours, visiting 3 important Beer and Tapas spots for locals in Madrid (still not known by tourists), including an off the beaten path old-style market from the past century. We will also know the history of the different places as well as the different beer varieties and tapas. When the tour finishes, you will be able to keep on enjoying the bars we visited or other ones in the area (actually most of the guests stay after I leave) and to make it easier the tour will end in front of a craft beer bar with 40 different craft beers to choose. Tips are greatly appreciated :) Other things to note Beer prices are around 3€ In case you prefer, in some bars, there are other drink options
Discover the world of "ibérico" ham
We will learn all about iberian "pata negra" ham's world. The origin, where, and how. What makes the Iberian ham so special? How do you identify it? How is it cured and cut? These and other questions are answered as we taste ham from different curation periods and regions. I will explain you our shop history , since 1.919 , the oldest on Madrid.

Your guide to Madrid

What do locals do in Madrid?

The true joy here is in the day-to-day, where you can stop and chat with neighbors on your way back from the market, or linger over tapas or dinner. The art scene is big here, and comes in many shapes and forms, from a morning spent in Museo del Prado to a poetry reading at a cafe in the evening. Barrio de las Letras, or the Literary Quarter, near the historic center, is abuzz with activity most of the day, where you can enjoy terrace bars and walkable alleyways. It’s also where many locals go out at night.


Where do locals eat in Madrid?

Tapas isn’t just a tourist thing, many locals would agree it’s one of the best ways to spend time out with friends and family. However, it’s worth taking a cooking class to experience the real Spanish cuisine including paella and gazpacho. In a tapas-making class, you can learn more about the customs and traditions from professional chefs and business owners who sell the coveted jamón ibérico.


What are the most unique things to do in Madrid?

Take an art tour with a real artist

The streets themselves can feel like a museum with street art lining the sidewalks that are filled with grandiose statues; meanwhile countless art galleries and special exhibits can arrive at any moment, sparking creativity in the locals who want to be inspired. Luckily, there’s also a stable of some of Europe’s finest, and at times underrated, museums here including Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Museo del Prado, and Reina Sofía.

Discover Madrid, medieval-style

See where kings and princesses watched medieval tournaments at Plaza del Alamillo, walk past medieval relics in Emir Mohamed Park, and more with an art historian as your local guide.

Go beyond tapas in the Usera district

This multicultural community is the place to go for delicious fare from around the globe, including Chinese and Bolivian fare, as well as Madrileño cuisine. Take a food walking tour with a passionate local who can introduce you to the best places to eat.

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