Barcelona Culinary Tour: The Best of Catalan Art, Culture, and Cuisine
A delicious adventure in the city that has always been Spain’s most creative capital. Here, Miró’s art and Gaudí’s architecture still amaze. And so do Barcelona’s famous markets, gourmet shops, tapas bars, and restaurants. An itinerary that savors both tradition and innovation is the best way to get to know this culture-rich Mediterranean city.
The trip includes:
- Three nights in a boutique hotel in the elegant downtown Eixample neighborhood (double occupancy);
- Advance tickets to Gaudí’s most beautiful and beloved private commission as well as to the Picasso and Miró museums;
- Thoughtfully guided walking tour of the Eixample district for an introduction to Gaudí’s architecture;
- A walking tour of the Old City with a food-loving local guide, featuring the culinary highlights of Barcelona, its famous Boquería market and other top gourmet shops where you’ll taste cheeses, chocolates and other Catalan specialties;
- Two tapas tours to explore both rustic and refined versions of Barcelona’s fabulous small plates and experience the city’s vibrant restaurant scene;
- Delve into an authentic paella: either join a low-key cooking class or opt for a luxurious lunch on the beach, whichever you prefer;
- Three breakfasts, one lunch and two dinners (lunch and dinners include selected wines), chosen to ensure you’ll sample the best of both traditional and innovative Catalan cuisine;
- Personalized insider history, culture, and restaurant tips so you’ll truly enjoy your free time in Barcelona;
- Private ground transportation on a tour encompassing Barcelona’s views from Parc Guëll and Montjuïc;
- Gratuities at included restaurant meals.
Available year-round upon request for parties of two or more.
$2275 per person, double occupancy.
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With its outdoor cafés and wide strolling boulevards, Barcelona can seem the quintessential relaxed Mediterranean seaport. But the city’s high-energy soul shines through as you take in its eclecticism – from the famous abundance of the Boquería market to the spare art of a well-made tapa, from the curvaceous houses Gaudí designed to Miró’s quirky paintings, and from the elegant shops of the Eixample to the hip studios of the Ribera, this is one imagination-inspiring place.
A perfect short stay in Barcelona includes strolls through its emblematic markets and gourmet shops. This city’s purveyors fanatically curate superb collections of everything from cava, chocolates, and dried fruits to cheeses, acorn-fed Ibérico hams, and salt cod.
We’ll also take you on two real tapeos contrasting rustic and refined renditions of Barcelona’s best small plates. We’ll book those who want a hands-on experience in a cooking class that features the seafood paellas most beloved on the Catalan coast. (For those who’d rather kick back than cook, we’ll arrange a luxurious seafood lunch on the beach instead).
Art and architecture are the other not-to-be-missed ingredients in a perfect short stay here. You’ll take in the city’s Roman walls, medieval churches and mansions, and cobblestone squares as you stroll the Gothic Quarter. And you’ll learn about Gaudí’s iconoclastic masterpieces and how they shaped the Eixample in the company of an expert guide. A driving tour for views from Parc Guëll and overlooking the port from Montjuïc, where you’ll stop in at the Fundació Miró, points up the playful juxtaposition of tradition and innovation that define the city.
This is a luxurious three-night, four-day immersion in the best of Barcelona’s culture and cuisine. It includes lodging in a luxury 4-star hotel, tickets to Gaudí’s Casa Milà, plus the Miró and Picasso museums, expert guiding through Barcelona’s moderniste Eixample and Old City neighborhoods, with stops at markets, and good eats (and cooking) that provide a real introduction to Catalan cuisine. Plus a bit of free time armed with insider tips on enjoying more restaurants, delving into the city’s art collections, or browsing its stylish shops.
The trip price covers double occupancy accommodations, all the meals, touring, and transport as outlined.
(You will not need or want a car in Barcelona, so if this tour is part of a larger driving trip for you, we’ll recommend garages to park in for the duration.)