Barcelona Food and Wine Tours

Discover the best of Catalan gastronomy

It’s not hard to understand why the Catalan capital of Barcelona has long been among the most popular destinations in Europe. On the face of it the city simply has it all. Over 4km of stunning beaches, beautiful weather all year round, and a rich cultural history with glorious architecture to match - all alongside the sumptuous food and wine that has highlighted Catalonia as an ideal foodie getaway location. Whether you’re into fine dining, tantalising tapas tours or the bustle and vibrancy of some Europe’s best food markets, there’s no way you’ll be leaving here disappointed.

The best of typical Catalan cuisine can be found in Barcelona. Mouth-watering staples include Pa amb Tomaquet – a deliciously simple dish of bread rubbed with tomato, salt an olive oil - whilst carnivores will be spoilt for choice with the wide range of Embutidos – platters of cured meat – on offer. Perfectly located on the shores of the Mediterranean, the food in Barcelona blends together fresh seafood with traditional, mountainous fare from elsewhere in Catalunya. Because of this you’ll often find tasty combinations of meat and fish on the same plate, in the theme of mar i montanya (ocean and mountain), especially the local paella, which often comes with delicious seafood and slices of smoky chorizo.

Catalan wine is undoubtedly some of the finest in all of Spain, and there’s no shortage of specialist bars in Barcelona dedicated to exhibiting the very best produce from grapes harvested in the regions of Priorat, Montsant, Penedès, Emporda and Allela. El Penedès in particular is widely regarded as ‘Cava Country’, and its gentle hills are responsible for the production of around 95% of Spain’s sparkling wine. For those looking for something a little less bubbly, powerful, full-bodied reds from Priorat are the way to go.     

A foodie tour of Barcelona wouldn’t be complete without exploring one of the city’s prestigious food markets. The most famous is quite rightly La Boqueria, which opens its iron gates six days a week. All of Barcelona’s freshest produce can be found here in a humming throng of colour and crowds, so whether you want to sample local fruit and vegetables, delicious dried meats or just the classic Catalan atmosphere, a morning strolling through what is one of Europe’s best markets is an absolute must.

When it comes to great wine and exciting cuisine, there are few cities in the world that can match Barcelona for an all-round foodie adventure. From tours of famous nearby wineries to classic Catalan staples by the sea and buzzing food markets, you’ll need a lifetime to fully indulge in everything edible that Barcelona has to offer. 

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