Madrid Tapas Walking Tours

Self-guided | 4 Free Route Maps

a bustelong street scene of Madrid city with. some pastel colored buildings and tapas bars

Discover the best Madrid tapas bars and restaurants 

From cozy tapas bars tucked away from the hustle and bustle to lively bars serving impeccable Madrid tapas morsels, we’ve done the hard yards and sampled a lot of tapas bars throughout Madrid to bring you 4 Free self-guided tapas tour maps

Of course, Madrid is a mecca for foodies, and tapas bars are found on virtually every corner, but finding the best ones takes some time! A plate of chips is NOT a tapas

Why settle for a small bowl of olives as a tapas when you can sample the many delicious house specialties while sipping on a cool beer or wine? So, the good news!

We’ve created 4 free downloadable Madrid tapas tour maps for you to navigate your way to the best tapas bars and restaurants Madrid has to offer. There are also plenty of tips on what to order and plenty of significant landmarks along the way! 

October 2023 Update: Tapapies is an annual tapas festival in Lavapies. It runs this year from 19 to 29 October. It is extremely popular, fun, and crowded. If you’re after a buzz, this is for you. 

“The best way to know a city is to eat it.”  

– Scott Westerfield –

Central Madrid Tapas Walking tour maps

At these bars and restaurants, you’ll find everything from delicious seafood dishes like the famous pulpo a la gallega, to stunning tuna tartare recipes, and of course exceptionally high-quality classic tapas favorites like patatas bravas, tortillas, gambas al ajillo, boquerones, and homemade croquetas.

What are tapas?

OK, first things first, for those who have never experienced tapas, a ‘tapa’ is basically a small plate of tasty Spanish food that is often served with a drink. It is very common in Spanish food culture to enjoy a few tapas and wander the town or city as the sun sets. 

Free Tapas in Madrid

Perhaps one of the best things about tapas is that in many parts of Spain, tapas is free! Yep, that’s right, in places like the Capital of Madrid and the Andalusia region, whenever you order a drink, you’ll be given a small morsel of tapas to enjoy. Cool right?! 

And don’t worry, all of the other regions of Spain also have their own unique tapas (or pintxos in the north) that you can choose from and usually only costs a few Euro at the most. But here in Madrid, tapas is an experience that’s enjoyed whenever you order a drink (and non-alcoholic drinks get tapas too in most places).

a small glass bowl of fried shrimp with large sticks poking out on top

Where to go to find the best tapas in Madrid

Madrid is huge and last time we counted, there were around 15,000 tapas bars and restaurants spread all over this beautiful city.

When you’re visiting Madrid for a vacation, it’s hard to know where to go and more importantly, what to order. But don’t worry, we got you! 

We’ve made 4 self-guided tapas tour guides to help you explore like a local the very best of the Madrid tapas scene.


Unique Self-guided Tapas Walking Tours

Each tapas route takes somewhere between 4-6 hours to complete, and of course, there are plenty of opportunities to slow right down and make a whole day of it, taking in some of the most popular tourist sights and landmarks that Madrid has to offer along the way. 

So whether you’re looking for a tasty bite while taking in the sights within central Madrid, or maybe you want to explore beyond the touristic center and discover the beautiful barrios of Madrid, we’ve got a tapas tour route planned so you can make the most of it. 

All of the tours are available as a free Google map that you can easily save to your phone, send via email and FaceBook, and best of all, they’re totally free to use, forever!

Our 4 free self-guided tapas tours include: 

  • Central Madrid Tapas Tour
  • Goya Tapas Tour
  • Delicias Tapas Tour
  • La Latina Tapas Tour
An even landscape scene of Puerta del Sol in Central madrid

Madrid landmarks and highlights of each tour

So, along the way there’s a lot more than just tapas bars and restaurants! We’ve created these self-guided walking tours to be enjoyed at your own pace and you’ll also pass by a number of Madrid’s famous landmarks. Here are just a few significant landmarks and sites you’ll discover whilst on the tapas tours. 

  • Statue of the bear and the strawberry tree (El Oso y el Madroño) – Puerta del Sol
  • Kilometre Zero (Kilómetro 0 de las carreteras radiales de España) – Puerta del Sol
  • Tío Pepe – Iconic neon sign – Puerta del Sol
  • Plaza Mayor – Spain’s most famous main square.
  • Cybele Fountain (Fuente de Cibeles) – Beautiful 18th-century neoclassical fountain pictures the goddess Cybele. 
  • Puerta de Alcalá
  • Spain Gate (Puerta de España) – large elegant stone and iron gate leading into Retiro park (west side).
  • Retiro park (Parque de El Retiro) – Stunning park and gardens with a boating lake, greenhouse, plus several statues and landmarks. 
  • Garden of the Prince of Anglona (Jardín del Príncipe de Anglona) – Gorgeous 18th century gardens tuccked away in La Latina. 
  • Mirador de Bailén – One of the best lookouts for observing the Catedral de Santa María la Real de la Almudena and mountain ranges surrounding Madrid. 
  • Mercado de la Cebada – Famous seafood market located in the heart of La Latina
  • El Rastro – La Latina’s lively flea market open on Sundays. 
  • Mercado de San Fernando – Bustling food market with plenty of tapas bars and eateries. Open every day except Sunday. 
  • Murales “Antigua Tabacalera” – Popular graffiti artworks located beside Embajadores Metro station.
  • Estación de tren de Atocha – Madrid’s largest train station with ornate brick entry with greenhouse space inside. 
  • Calle de las Huertas – Famous street in the literary district with plenty of second-hand bookstores and tapas bars.

Looking for more info on Madrid? Check out the official Madrid tourist info website.

a street scene of plaza Major between the buildings and tapas bar terraces

Central Madrid tapas walking route 

  • Start: Sol Metro Station
  • Finish: Anton Martin Metro Station
  • Total Distance: 1.38km / 0.85 miles
  • Stops: 7 tapas bars and restaurants
  • Proposed duration: 3-4 hours.

Just tap the star (⭐) on the map link and you’ve got all you’ll need to guide you from one tapas bar to the next in the palm of your hand! 

Have a great tapas tour! 

Goya tapas walking route 

  • Start/Finish: Goya Metro Station, Madrid.
  • Total Distance: 1.96km /1.2 miles
  • Stops: 6 tapas bars and restaurants
  • Proposed duration: 3-4 hours.

Just tap the star (⭐) on the map link and you’ve got all you’ll need to guide you from one tapas bar to the next in the palm of your hand! 

Have a great tapas tour! 

Lavapies & Delicias tapas walking route 

  • Start: Lavapies Metro Station
  • Finish: Anton Martin Metro Station
  • Distance: 4.91km \ 3.05 miles
  • Stops: 10 tapas bars and restaurants 
  • Proposed duration: 5-6 hours.

Just tap the star (⭐) on the map link and you’ve got all you’ll need to guide you from one tapas bar to the next in the palm of your hand! 

Have a great tapas tour! 

La Latina tapas walking route 

  • Start: La Latina Metro Station
  • Finish: Plaza Major
  • Distance: 1.88km \ 1.16 miles
  • Stops: 8 tapas bars and restaurants 
  • Proposed duration: 3-4 hours.

Just tap the star (⭐) on the map link and you’ve got all you’ll need to guide you from one tapas bar to the next in the palm of your hand! 

Have a great tapas tour! 

Looking for some more tasty tapas recipes?

A frying pan of chorizo cooked in cider sits beside a glass of Asturian cider and a bright green cider bottle

Spanish Chorizo Cooked in Cider

Tapas in 20 minutes!

a tapas serving of gambas al ajillo sits in a small earthenware dish

Gambas al ajillo

Sizzling Spanish garlic shrimp

A small earthenware dish sit filled with patatas bravas and garnished with some freshly chopped parsley

Spicy Patatas Bravas

Super easy Spanish tapas recipe (Vegan)

a few slices of pan con tomate sit on a plate garnished with sea salt and olive oil

5-minute Pan con Tomate

Spanish tomato bread | Vegan

A small green dish of spinach with chickpeas sits beside a large loaf of sliced bread

Spinach with Chickpeas (Vegan recipe)

Espinacas con garbanzos

a tortilla espanol sits on a white plate

Tortilla Española

Spanish Omelet with caramelized onion

mushroom pintxos on a green plate

Want to explore more of Madrid?

CCome explore the cuisine capital of Spain with our Madrid regional foodie guide!

We’ve compiled everything you need to know, from where to eat, and the best dishes of the region. 

They say that all roads lead to Madrid and a small stone slab lies discretely within Madrid’s Sol Plaza celebrating the geographic kilometer ZERO of Spain. But, it’s just a short stroll in any direction where you’ll find the rich aromas of authentic Spanish food wafting from the alleyways and narrow cobbled streets that are lined with Madrid’s famous tapas bars and prestigious restaurants. 

Madrid is not only the geographic center of Spain but also the renowned melting pot where Spain’s culinary cultures merge. This is no more evident than in the enormous range of Spanish and international cuisine on offer throughout the capital, and with nearly 10,000 restaurants within the Madrid region, you’re spoilt for choice!

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