With its lively city beaches, amazing architecture and cosmopolitan vibe, no wonder that the Catalan capital of Barcelona, eclipses even Madrid as the most popular travel destination in Spain. Stroll down the legendary Las Ramblas boulevard with its street performers, flower stalls and theatres, pay homage to the epic and mindboggling creations of Gaudi and his art nouveau contemporaries, drink sangria and watch the surfers, volleyball players and sun worshippers on Barceloneta beach…. there’s no shortage of things to do in this larger than life metropolis.
You’ve probably guessed by now, that at Catavino, we believe the best way to understand and experience a culture is via its food – and in this respect Barcelona offers some of the richest experiences anywhere in the world! A visit to the legendary La Boqueria food market, where the Catalonia’s best chefs do their groceries, is a must – but why not take a guided tour with cookery lessons afterwards? Or what about a gastronomic walking tour of the Gothic quarter, where you discover the authentic tapas bars and their culinary specialties (like razor clams, Spanish meatballs, and llonganissa sausage, and of course that Catalan classic pan amb tomaquet), as well as the Modernista cafes serving chocolate and churros and the backstreet bars where the locals go for a shot of Vermouth before lunch?
Wine lovers won’t go thirsty in Barcelona either. The sparkling white wine known as Cava (aka Catalan/Spanish champagne) is produced in the neighbouring Penedes region, and you can either sample it in the city bars or take a day trip to some of region’s top wineries, for vineyard tours – and tastings! Gorgeous art nouveau cellars, beautiful scenery (usually accompanied by great weather!) and fun and friendly locals make wine tours from Barcelona a real treat! Slightly further afield is another top wine-producing zone, in the form of the Priorat. Take a tour of a boutique winery or two and you’ll discover some fantastic reds and still and sparkling whites, including ecological wines. Most excursions include rustic lunches, either homemade or in an authentic Catalan restaurant.
Below find our current list of recommended food and wine experiences to be enjoyed in and around Barcelona.
Barcelona Food & Wine Tours
The Penedes Wine Experience
Wine lovers simply can’t afford to visit Barcelona without spending at least a day in the Penedes, one of Spain’s foremost wine-producing regions, with its rolling vine-covered hills, rural churches and quaint Catalan villages. On this day trip you’ll travel from Barcelona via train (private transport also an option) for 35 minutes into the heart of rural Catalonia, where you’ll visit, not one, but two boutique wineries. Here you’ll meet the local wine-makers, learn how to disgorge a bottle of Cava, and of course taste the wines themselves. Your private guide for the day is an English-speaking sommelier, with 10 years experience of the region.
The Barcelona Luxury Food & Wine Experience
This gourmet gastronomic experience is a guided insight to the very best tastes that the Catalan capital has to offer. Starting your day with a tour of two different markets, you’ve get to see, smell, feel and savour the unique ingredients of the region, before enjoying lunch at the world famous Boqueria market. In the afternoon a walking tour of the grandiose Gothic Quarter’s artisan food shops, chocolatiers and delicatessens is enough to build an appetite leading up the day’s highlight… a Michelin-starred meal where you get to meet the chef and ask him his secrets.
Barcelona Market Tour & Cooking Class
The first hour is spent weaving through the colorful stalls of the famous Boqueria Market where you will seek out vegetables bursting with flavor and dusted with dirt from nearby farms; seafood of the highest caliber; and Iberian jamón so rich and succulent that the delicate, hand-carved slices practically melt in your mouth. After the market tour you will cook four traditional Spanish dishes. The menus change with the seasons and each class highlights the flavor of the classics with a touch of modernism, leaving you with a picture-perfect final meal to be shared among classmates. All food and unlimited wine included.
Barcelona Gastronomic Tour
Spend several hours walking the streets of old Barcelona by night, discovering ancient history and rich food culture as you dine in four restaurants and bars that represent exquisite foods from across Spain. Tapas, pintxo, wine, cheese, cured meats, cider, beer, cava, dessert, and more! See over 2000 years of history with you own eyes while tasting some of the most authentic food that the Barrio Gothico has to offer.
More experiences coming very soon, including info on cooking lessons. Meanwhile read on for culinary tours available in the rest of Spain.