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The Mediterranean cuisine has acquired, in recent years, international renown to an unprecedented extent. Many of our chefs have gained international acclaim and our culinary tradition is famous all over the world for its richness and variety. Besides that, our Mediterranean diet is considered to be especially healthy.

Furthermore, this well-deserved reputation of the Spanish gastronomy shared either by professionals or people who just enjoy the art of good eating - is in line with a rising tendency to regard cuisine as a distinctive element of culture. People traveling abroad are increasingly taking interest in gastronomy, since they understand it is an identity sign of the country's culture.

The Origin of Tapas

According to The Joy of Cooking, the original tapas were the slices of bread which sherry drinkers in Andalusian taverns used to cover their glasses between sips. This was a practical measure meant to prevent fruit flies from hovering over the sweet sherry. But soon, enterprising bartenders were putting small snacks on the bread, and the lowly tapa (from tapa derived the verb tapar, "to cover") became as important as the sherry.

Tapas evolved over Spain's history through the incorporation of ingredients and influences from many different cultures and countries. The east coast was invaded by the Romans, who introduced the olive. The invasion of the North African Moors in the 8th century also brought olives to the south, as well as almonds, citrus fruits and fragrant spices. The influence of their 700-year presence remains today, especially in Andalusia. The discovery of the New World brought the introduction of tomatoes, sweet and chili peppers, maize (corn), beans and potatoes.

 

 

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Gourmet Tours in Barcelona

Barcelona is a fantastic city to walk in. However many times you visit you will discover something new. And, as is sunny on so many days through the year you can visit and enjoy walking. We offer both scheduled walking tours as well as private tours with expert guides. Email us if you have a group or prefer us to cutomize an itinerary for you.

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Gourmet Food & Market

Scheduled 2hr Group Tour

If you are interested in Picasso, this is the tour for you. See the places the famous artist frequented in Barcelona during your walking tour, before a visit to Barcelona's most visited museum - Picasso Museum.

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Gourmet Food and La Boqueria Market Walking Tour

Duration: 2hrs

Cost: $19.00 pp

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Walk through the Old Town as you discover Barcelona's most emblematic gastronomic establishments. Learn about Catalan gastronomic culture, an essential ingredient of its cultural heritage.

Visit La Boqueria Market, which is the most well known market in Spain, opened in 1836. La Boqueria Market sells a wide variety of local produce, such as vegetables, fish, meat, fruit, as well as foods from all over the world and even insects!

Also on the itinerary is "Tostaderos Casa Gispert", specialized in roasting coffee and nuts. Opened in 1851, the shop retains its original furniture and old wood-burning oven: the only one of its kind in Europe.

During your walking tour you will also visit shops specializing in wine, chocolate and pastries. You will have the chance to try samples of traditional Catalan products, such as fruits in La Boqueria Market, and wine at the end of the tour in the Winery "La Vinya del Senyor" (a glass of wine and a Catalan Tapa).

Some of the places you may visit during this Barcelona Walking Tour:

  • Granja Viader
  • Mercat de La Boqueria
  • Pastisseria Escriba
  • Cafe de l'Opera
  • Granges del carrer Petrixol
  • Xocolateria Fargas
  • La Pineda
  • Les torroneries del carrer Cucurulla
  • Barcelona 600 anys de cultura gastronomica
  • Cafes el Magnifico
  • Tostaderos
  • Botifarreria de Santa Maria
  • Les viniteques de La Ribera
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Tapas Walking Tour

Scheduled 2hr Group Tour

Combine gourmet food and Catalan culture on a pre-dinner walking tour of Barcelona's famous tapas bars. It's a great way to begin your visit of Barcelona – not only do you get an overview of this fabulous city, you also learn how to order tapas (bar snacks) and discover some of the best bars and cafes Barcelona has to offer.

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$69.00pp

Tapas Evening Walking Tour of Barcelona

Duration: 21/2 - 3hrs

Cost: $69.00 pp

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Your tapas walking tour of Barcelona begins at a restaurant offering a wide selection of local, delectable tapas. Here you will enjoy three tapas with a glass of wine or beer, while your food and wine guide provides insights into the flavors of the wine, the cuisine and Spanish culture.

From here your guide will lead you to Barcelona's most famous street, La Rambla, with its bird cages, tapas bars and local restaurants. On your stroll down La Rambla you will make a detour to La Boqueria, the city's famous food market which offers an array of fresh produce including fruit and vegetables, live seafood, cheeses and every type of meat imaginable.

You'll continue to the Gothic Quarter, where you will discover the architecture, atmosphere, language and gastronomy that are unique to Spain, and some of the gourmet shops which are over 100 years old.

Your last stop will be at a Basque bar in a historic 14th-century building, an ideal spot to take a break on your trip through the Gothic Quarter. Here three tasty tapas and a glass of wine, beer or cider will be waiting for you.

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Tapas Bike Tour

Private Tour

Passing through the laberinth of narrows streets to 3 markets of Barcelona, tasting cheese and ham, seeing the local life and customs...and at the same time compare 3 differents neigborhood: Raval, Born, Barceloneta, .

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Tapas Bike Tours of Barcelona

Duration: 3hrs

Cost: 225€ for 2 , 250€ for 3 , 275€ for 4

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Bike tours arae a great way to discover Barcelona in a short time and in a relaxed way.

We ride to the most important sights of Barcelona: the Gothic Quarter with the cathedral, the Old Harbour with the statue of Columbus, the Ciutadella Park, the Sagrada Familia, the Olimpic Port and Gaudi's fabulous monuments as well as less touristic areas and give you interesting information and tips about everything you need to know about Barcelona.

The tour lasts about 3 hours long, and we will ride mainly on cycling paths, pedestrian zones and parks on very comfortable bikes. Along the way we will make stops to hear the explanations from our guides, take some photos and have a drink.

All you need to know is how to ride a bike.

We have different sizes to satisfy all customers at our disposal. Comfortable, light, quality bicycles which are hired in the best condition. They are constantly maintained by a team of bicycle mechanics guarantees the perfect condition of the bicycles and replaced every 2 years.

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Tapas & Wine Tasting

We'll hop from tapas bar to tapas bar in the Old Town, discovering specialties from different regions of Spain (Catalonia, the Basque Country, Galicia...) and different types of venues (from dusty taberns to trendy creative tapas bars). A unique way to experience the city like a local!

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Tour Code: MT-BCN-TAPAS-3
Tastings :Day 12:30pm Night 8:00pm
Duration: 4 hrs.
Cost: 200 € + Food and Wine

The tour begins at La Boqueria, in the heart of La Rambla, is one of Barcelona's most interesting markets and the most visited market of Europe. It is a place where you can enjoy a lively, vibrant atmosphere in surroundings where the cries of the stallholders and the daily bustle intermingle. It is arguably one of the best places to get to know the character of the people of Barcelona, where making a purchase is not just a mere financial transaction but goes much further in the sphere of human relations.

We'll hop from tapas bar to tapas bar in the Old Town, discovering specialties from different regions of Spain (Catalonia, the Basque Country, Galicia...) and different types of venues (from dusty taberns to trendy creative tapas bars). A unique way to experience the city like a local!

The average cost is 3 to 10 euro / person at each stop, depending on the chosen tapas and the drinks as well as the number of people (as tapas are dishes to share, it's less expensive going for tapas in group than in couple). This price is calculated for 2-3 tapas per bar + 1 drink. We reccomend to have at least 4-5 different stops per tour.

Please remember to include the tourguide's expenses.

NOTE: the tapas bars at the Boqueria market can only be included during daytime from Monday to Saturday

 

A food and wine specialized guide will lead you on a walk through the old town, Petrixol, via the historic cathedral, Picasso’s Museum (visit included) and Santa Maria del Mar.

En route we will stop to enjoy :

7 tapas, hot and cold, accompanied by wines: red, white, Txacolí (typical Basque white wine), sidra (cider wine) and visit Barcelona's typical grocer's shops, known as “colmados”.

A memorable and completely different way to enjoy the food of Barcelona.

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