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Barcelona Food Tour: Culinary Heaven

Welcome to Barcelona, the colorful, cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia. Food, wine, art and architecture, and rich Old World history combine to create a vibrant culture and unforgettable culinary vacation. The fantastical Sagrada Família Church — a work in progress since the 1880s—and other modernist landmarks designed by renowned architect Antoni Gaudí dot the city, from the massive hilltop Parc Güell and its colorful Gaudí mosaics and panoramic views to whimsical apartment buildings. Wind through Barcelona’s medieval past in the maze-like Gothic Quarter, and visit the lively Born Quarter nearby for its bohemian feel and artistic edge as well as trendy bistros and tapas bars. The culinary scene might be anchored by La Boqueria Market, but deliciousness is everywhere in this city, and it goes on all day and all night. Tasty aperitifs, long and large lunches, dinners at all hours of the night—there is so much to love about eating in Barcelona. The Catalan city and its surrounding areas have become a favorite of foodies across the world, and in recent years, a new wave of experimental chefs, such as Ferran Adria, have brought the region to the world's attention. But it’s Catalonia’s traditional cuisine—cured hams, the freshest seafood, rich cheeses, and regional wines—that will steal your heart and make your Barcelona food tour so memorable.

Top 5 Barcelona Food Tour Experiences

  • Walk the Gaudi Route of whimsical architecture and the Sagrada Familia cathedral

  • Taste the most expensive and prized ham in Spain: jamon iberico de bellota

  • Spanish chefs guide you in preparing dinner

  • Tapas with the finest Priorat and Penedes regional wines

  • City’s finest chocolates from famous chef Albert Adria

Our signature cooking classes, stellar local guides, and unique experiences provide exclusive access to Barcelona. We offer our Barcelona culinary tour as a private trip year-round. For more information, please call 1-800-567-9400 or email us today.

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4 days
April - October
Max group size: 12
Prices from $2,190 USD 

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4-Day Barcelona Culinary Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Barcelona welcome dinner of regional cuisine and wines.

Arrive in Barcelona. A dinner of regional cuisines and wines welcomes you to the chic and thriving capital of Catalonia, a perfect harmony of Catalan and Spanish, traditional and modern, and exciting and laid-back. Overnight in a four-star Barcelona hotel.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2: Walk the Gaudi Route. Iberian ham and fine chocolate tastings. Spanish cooking class with dinner with wines.

The Gaudi Route showcases the whimsical buildings of Antoni Gaudí that have become monuments to this city’s culture. Along Barcelona’s major avenue, Passeig de Gracia, see Gaudi’s famous Casa Batllo and la Pedrera homes. Next, an exclusive tour of iconic Sagrada Família Church. Food stops include Iberian ham tasting with local cheeses and signature Catalan bread, and the city’s finest chocolates at a boutique co-founded by famous chef Albert Adria. At an evening cooking class in the Gothic Quarter, Spanish chefs help you prepare a sumptuous meal to accompany regional Rioja red and Galician white wines. Overnight in a four-star Barcelona hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3: Walk the Gothic and Born quarters. Artisan cheeses and legendary Iberic jamon. Tapas lunch with wines. Dessert tasting with sweet wines.

Tour the historic the Gothic and Born quarters, exploring the intricate mazes and alleys. You’ll stop at a market bursting with colorful produce and “best of Spain” showcases, including legendary Iberian Bellota ham, rich cheeses, Spanish olive oils, and the iconic Catalan coca pastry of the Spanish Mediterranean coast. Enjoy a delicious tasting lunch of these local delights, paired with some of the finest Priorat and Penedes wines. Overnight four-star Barcelona hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Day 4: Barcelona culinary tour ends.

Sadly, our time in Barcelona is over today. You can head home, or continue with us to Girona and Costa Brava for a full 7-day Catalonia adventure.

Meals included: Breakfast


GREAT IDEA! Add our 4-day Girona and Costa Brava culinary trip to this itinerary to make it a 7-day Catalonia adventure.

This Barcelona food tour itinerary gives you an idea of what to expect, but what we actually do on a given day is flexible and can be tailored to the interests of the group.

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What Foodies Love About Barcelona

Barcelona and its surrounding areas have become popular for foodies across the world. While there’s no shortage of gourmet delicacies from Spain, Catalonia’s traditional dishes are unique and a must-try on your Barcelona culinary tour. Not paellas but fideuas. Similar to a seafood paella but made with short noodles instead of rice. Monkfish, squid and prawns are usually added before cooking. The presentation of a fideuà is always spectacular. And for meats, not chorizo but butifarra, an uncured spiced sausage used both in cooking and for tapas. Barcelona’s location on the Mediterranean offers generous and varied ingredients, and tomatoes, red peppers, eggplants, mushrooms, and artichokes are in abundance. The surrounding hills provide pork and lamb and cheeses that are the envy of the world. It’s a Catalonian trait to have fish and meat on the same plate.

Got a sweet tooth? Who doesn’t! Make sure to hunt down regional desserts on your food tour of Barcelona. Crema Catalana is similar to the French crème brulée. Mel i mato is a soft, unsalted goats cheese served with honey and walnuts. Panellets are small round sweets made with almonds, sugar, eggs and pine nuts that are rolled in any number of coatings.

Cava is the official name for Spanish sparkling wine, and it’s making a name for itself as a rival to France’s Champagne. Spain is home to more than 70 different recognized wine regions, 11 of which are in Catalonia. That means that all around Barcelona, exciting things are happening in the world of wine. Locals tend to drink regionally, often ordering wines that are produced right in Catalonia. So when you’re not having a bubbly, refreshing copa de cava (glass of cava), then try a Priorat, Penedès, Montsant, Conca de Barberà, or Alella—and don’t forget to say “Salud!”

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Our Barcelona Hotel

Barcelona has no shortage of hotels and we have found the perfect hideaway for your 3-night Barcelona food tour. Located in the historic center of Barcelona, within steps of the famed La Rambla pedestrian street and La Boqueria market, is our beautifully renovated 19th century modernist hotel. The hotel’s restaurant is run by Chef Martín Berasategui, who holds more Michelin stars than any other Spanish chef - although we can’t promise you’ll be hungry for dinner after your food touring! Our 4-star Barcelona hotel features complimentary wi-fi and a rooftop pool with views of the Ciutat Vella, or old city.

All hotels are subject to availability and may be changed as needed.

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Barcelona Travel Information

Arrival and Departure Travel Information

Arrival & Departure
For your Barcelona food tour you should make your arrangements to arrive El Prat Airport - BCN, or Barcelona Sants railway station. We suggest arriving by 4pm on Day 1 in order to participate in the orientation and welcome dinner. We recommend departing in the late morning or early afternoon on day 4.

Pick-up & Drop-off Information
As guests will be arriving and departing via various transportation methods, the trip does not include built-in airport transfers. You should plan to arrive mid-afternoon to check into our four-star Barcelona hotel.

If you would like us to arrange transfers that fit your travel plans, please contact us.

Flights
We do not book international flights. If you would like assistance with purchasing your flight/visa or travel insurance, please let us know and we will forward your contact information and trip details to our travel agent partner.

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS FOR SPAIN

Travel Insurance
Travel medical insurance, including emergency evacuation coverage, is compulsory for all our trips. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance that includes cancellation protection so that you will be covered in the event that you are unable to attend our trip (due to injury, illness or other unforeseen circumstances). Please do not attend any of our trips without purchasing appropriate insurance coverage and providing the details to Access Culinary Trips.

Please note: proof of insurance is due within 14 days of booking, and delay in receipt may result in late documentation charges.

We do not provide travel insurance for our clients. Additional details are on our website here.

Passports & Visas
Travel to Spain requires a valid passport (most countries require a minimum of 6 months validity) and US citizens do not require a tourist visa. To learn more about visa and entry requirements for Spain, please check out the State Department’s website at: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Spain.html

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documentation.

HEALTH & SAFETY IN barcelona

Emergency Contact
If your friends or family need to contact Access Culinary Trips due to an emergency while you are on the tour, please have them refer to the pre-departure email that is sent out three weeks prior to departure, which will have specific contact information relevant to your trip. If you need to contact Access Culinary Trips while traveling, please also refer to the emergency contact information in the pre-departure email.

Health Requirements
Guests with pre-existing medical conditions are required to disclose this information prior to traveling with Access Culinary Trips, and all guests with pre-existing conditions are required to provide a note from a doctor clearing them for travel. The US Department of State recommends that travelers with medical prescriptions consider bringing small additional amounts of prescribed medicines as well as a copy of the prescription and a letter from the prescribing physician explaining the need for prescription.

We strongly recommend that all of our guests visit a travel doctor before embarking on international travel. Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that you receive any necessary vaccinations before traveling on your trip with us. If there is a chance that you may be pregnant during your trip, please discuss your travel plans with your doctor.

Please carefully review the health information section of the following webpage for up-to-date health information, including information on the quality of medical care, the availability of medications and the necessity for vaccinations in Spain: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/spain

Fitness Requirements

Our trips are open to anyone who wants to explore our destinations through cuisine. We do engage in multiple walking tours, some of which last several hours.

Safety & Security

To maximize your safety during our tours you should exercise common sense and caution at all times. We recommend that you always stick to set travel arrangements, and avoid unknown areas. We also recommend that you wear minimal jewelry and that you keep valuable items (including cell phones) safely stored. Always keep a copy of your passport, airline tickets, and credit card numbers separate from where you keep the originals. For more information on safety and security in Spain please review the safety and security section of the following webpage:  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Spain.html

Age 

Children ages 12 and up are welcome on group trips. Children under 12 are welcome on private tours. Please contact us with any questions.

SPANISH CULTURE

Spain is a nation marked by both distinct regionalism and a strong and unifying national history. Spaniards are known for their strong social ties and an open and lively communication style. 

Out of respect for the culture we are visiting, please note the following etiquette tips:

  • Try to learn a bit of Spanish beforehand – this demonstrates respect and your effort to connect with the people of Spain

  • Be respectful when visiting churches. Shorts and sleeveless tops are often discouraged. Casual dress is fine as long as it’s relatively conservative, although many Spaniards are smart dressers.

  • Dining and daily life are on a different time schedule in Spain. Lunch for Spaniards is generally eaten after 1:30 or 2pm, dinner after 9 or 10pm. Be prepared that many shops and businesses close in the afternoons between about 2 and 4pm for a daily siesta. 

  • Spaniards are generally friendly and helpful to strangers. Simple greetings such as hola (hello) and buenos días (before noon), buenos tardes (good afternoon) or buenos noches (good evening), and pleasantries (gracias) are always appreciated by locals, especially when entering or exiting shops. 

  • It is impolite to waste food, so you should only put on your plate or order what you can eat. 

  • Be sensitive around difficult subjects such as local nationalism (Catalan independence), Francoist Spain, and the economy, and be prepared to receive locals’ opinions on the matters, even if you didn’t ask. 

Language

Although most people in Spain do speak and understand Spanish, regional languages are quite prevalent, especially outside of big cities. On our tour, you’ll see and hear Catalan throughout the Catalonia region. 

barcelona’s CLIMATE

Spain’s climate varies between inland regions and the coast. Our tour is based in the coastal region of Catalonia, which boasts a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. The best months to visit Spain are in the spring and fall, from April to June (generally between the upper 60 and lower 80 degrees F) and September and October (between 70 and 80 degrees F). July and August tend to be quite hot, and busy with lots of travelers.

If you are looking for warm weather and the convenience of peak season, our summer departures are a great idea. However, this is also the busiest time of year for Catalonia. Therefore, if the tranquility of a slower season interests you, we recommend our fall departures.

CURRENCY, BANKING & SPENDING MONEY IN barcelona

Spain is part of the eurozone and therefore uses the Euro. There are exchange bureaus in airports, certain hotels, and most banks. Counters require your passport for the transaction.

For the latest currency exchange information please go to: https://finance.yahoo.com/currency-converter

ATMs are available in all cities and major towns. It is recommended to notify your bank or card issuer that you intend to travel abroad so that no block will be put on the usage of your credit or ATM cards.

Spending Money

Meals in Barcelona: All breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners (including the dinner during the class) are included in Barcelona. Please plan to bring at least $10-$20 per lunch and $20-$30 per dinner for those meals that are not included, as well as money for snacks and drinks.

Tipping

Tipping is not always expected in Spain, and many Spaniards leave no tip or a few small coins. Should you feel the need, small change at a bar or 5% at a very nice restaurants is sufficient. Taxi drivers, hotel porters, and others who provide services can be tipped in small change, if at all. We’ve included some additional guidelines below should you need to tip.

Tour Guide/Drivers: If you are pleased with the services provided by your tour guide and driver, then a tip for their hard work will be very much appreciated. In general, we recommend around US $10 -15 per day, per traveler, for guides and US $5-7 per day, per traveler, for drivers if less than 4 people in a group. We recommend around US $5-10 per day, per traveler, for guides and US $3-5 per day, per traveler, for drivers if there are 5 people or more.

Hotel & Restaurant Staff: In restaurants, the tip is usually included in the final bill (IVA or Impuestos sobre el Valor Añadido). However, we recommend checking the bill first to make sure. If it is not included, a tip is not customary at cheaper restaurants but a tip of up to 10% will suffice at nicer ones. For cafes or bars, just round up to the nearest euro on the bill. In hotels, a tip of €1 per night is appropriate for exceptional housekeeping. A tip of about 1-2 euros is customary for porters.

Other expenses: There are no required additional expenses for this trip, but you might like to bring spending money for such things as souvenir shopping and nightlife.

ELECTRICITY & INTERNET IN SPAIN

In Spain the power sockets are of type C and F. The standard voltage is 220 - 240 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Wi-fi access is available at our Barcelona hotel. 

Most US cell phones will not work in Spain, unless you have a specific international plan. Contact your cellular provider to see what options you have in terms of international calling plans.

WHAT TO TAKE

We strongly recommend using TSA approved luggage locks on your bags and to hand carry valuables on the plane. We recommend that you pack as lightly as possible. There may not always be someone available to help you carry your bags so you should only bring as much as you can carry on your own.

We suggest that you bring the following items:

Clothing & Equipment

  • Season specific clothing including items to layer with

  • Clothes to wear for optional upscale restaurants

  • Comfortable walking shoes

  • Toiletries

  • Sunscreen / sunglasses / hat

  • Insect repellent

  • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm, aspirin, band aids, a cream for sore muscles (e.g. deep heat), Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking

Travel Documents

• Passport (with photocopies)

• Travel insurance (with photocopies)

• Airline tickets (with photocopies)

RECOMMENDED READING LIST

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FINAL NOTES ON YOUR Barcelona culinary TOUR

This is a tool meant to help you decide what you should bring on your upcoming trip. It is by no means comprehensive. While we do our best to be as thorough as possible, we cannot foresee every possible condition. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

The information contained in this document is provided in good faith. Due to the nature of travel, details in this document may change. You should thus use the above information as an indication only and not as a contractual obligation on the part of Access Culinary Trips.