Treat yourself to our Jewish Madrid tour, and experience the Spanish capital from a unique insider’s perspective. Explore the Jewish history behind Madrid’s central neighborhoods, which were once home to the city’s Jewish quarter. Our Jewish Madrid tour gives you background information and takes you to the must-see Madrid attractions of Jewish interest as well as the most interesting general Madrid sights.
The tumultuous history of Madrid Jewry is much like the history of Jews elsewhere in Spain, consisting of periods of great development interspersed with periods of severe persecution. Though a thriving center of Jewish life during the Middle Ages, Madrid’s community was expelled in 1492 along with all Jews in Spain. Only during the mid-19th century did Jews begin to return to Madrid and establish one of today’s two largest Jewish communities in the country.
The city is home now to a Jewish community that is thousands strong, witnessed by several Madrid synagogues, as well as a Jewish day school. Madrid is also notable in modern Jewish history as the site of the 1991 peace talks between Israel, Jordan, Syria, and the Palestinians. Another great point of interest is that national institutions here hold centuries-old Jewish texts not to be found anywhere else in the world.
Madrid is rich in historic landmarks, including splendid buildings like the Royal Palace of Madrid and the Royal Theater, with its restored Opera House. Experience the lovely BuenRetiro Park, the 19th century National Library building, and the Golden Triangle of Art Museums: the Prado, the Reina Sofía, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza. Cibeles Palace and Fountain have become the symbols of the city, but perhaps the most striking feature of Madrid is the tremendous number of outdoor sculptures, belonging to a wide array of traditions, periods and styles.
Going out for tapas (small plates) is a great way to spend time with friends and loved ones, and it's arguably an essential part of life in Madrid. Enjoying this tradition with a local means being sure of going to the best spots – and of ordering the most delicious local specialties! This highly personalized tour will introduce you to the tastiest side of the city through three tapas and three drinks for everyone in your party.