Old Madrid Underground

A Singular Tapa Tour of the Capital´s Ancient Underground Cellars

Madrid Underground CellarWhen the Hapsburgs moved their capital from Toledo to Madrid in 1561, they embarked on a massive building project which included the impressive Plaza Mayor (officially opened in 1620). The labyrinth of underground cellars below led way over to the Alcazar and joined up with the 11th century Moorish cellars. Today many of these cellars are part of the taverns that we shall be visiting to explore and enjoy drinks and tapas.

Underground waterway in MadridEach cellar holds secrets of clandestine meetings, hasty escapes from the law and priests in hiding from the dreaded “Reds” during the Spanish Civil War. Of course we have some ghost stories to tell of spirits who simply refuse to leave us in peace! The dark red brick walls are adorned with knives, daggers, an odd blunderbuss and even a notorious bandit´s pewter plate which he had his last supper on before going to the gallows.


125 € per person, minimum 2 people
110 € each additional
Include stops at 4 taverns and sampling some of Spain’s Reserva Wines
Family & group prices upon request.

All tours include

  • Stops for drinks and tapas
  • Membership in the Wellington Society of Madrid

Membership benefits include:

  • Our nifty membership cards
  • Help in arranging your travel through Spain
  • Help line on the Chairman’s cell phone (+34 609 14 32 03), 8 am to midnight 7 days a week
  • Recommended restaurants featuring specific regional foods such as paella, roast lamb, rabo del toro, and vegetarian cuisine in Madrid and in Central Spain.
  • Expert advice on interesting Spanish wines to buy, generally unavailable outside the country.