Barcelona & Catalonia

Barcelona, the capital of the Catalonia region, has long been a cosmopolitan and forward-thinking city. Sophisticated yet relaxed this Mediterranean city has a love of art, design and architecture as well as great food. Barcelona is the ideal place for food and wine tours given that the cuisine stands among the top regional fares in Spain. 

The Mediterranean bounty and centuries of culinary development make Barcelona a food paradise amidst medieval streetscapes. Not known to rest on tradition, Barcelona and the region of Catalonia tend towards cultural  innovation and this means the food is often cutting-edge.

The wine regions outside of Barcelona include the Penedès making world-class cavas, the Priorat and Montsant regions producing powerful Grenache-based red wines, the Terra Alta whose stars are elegant whites, and the Emporda region which includes the Costa Brava. You may want to dine at the acclaimed Celler de Can Roca restaurant (3 Michelin stars and the #2 restaurant in the world in 2016) in Girona (Costa Brava) or visit the Dali Museum and the Dali house. Your luxury hotel will be in a medieval village or on the stunning coast.

Inspiration 

  • Visit Barcelona's upscale food markets and sample local pastries, olive oil, Iberian ham, and Catalan wine.
  • Take a private Gothic Quarter walking tour. Spend a morning with an expert private guide tasting your way through specialty food shops.  
  • See impressive Romanesque art. Visit the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC).
  • Dine on seafood in the Barceloneta fisherman's district 
  • Tour Priorat wineries. Spectacular terraced vineyards yield robust garnacha-based red wines.
  • Spend a day in Girona, known as little Barcelona, famous for its historic Jewish quarter and 3 Michelin-starred Celler de Can Roca restaurant. 
  • Eat lunch in the vineyard with an Empordá winemaker. Enjoy lamb and botifarra grilled over vine clippings in a vineyard near the Pyrenees.
  • Visit a Cava maker. Taste Joan's stellar Cavas made in a former paper mill. 
  • Taste olive oil made from 1000 year old olive trees. Visit the trees, taste the oil, and eat traditional Ebro River Delta rice and seafood.
  • Sample Catalan goat cheese. Taste cheese and wine in the company of the cheese maker in his 14th century farmhouse. 
  • Hike the stunning Costa Brava cliffs and have lunch in a fishing village.
  • Gaudi's Sagrada Familia and the Block of Discord 
  • Dali Museum and Dali's house visit
  • In-depth Priorat and Montsant winery visits

Barcelona & Catalonia Trips

 
I wrote every day between the ages of 12 and 20 when I stopped because I went to Barcelona, where life was too exciting to write.
— Colm Toibin