Day Tour

City of Chocolate (3 Hours)

Context Travel

Barcelona, Spain

Valid for Travel Now Through: 20 Mar 2019

City of Chocolate (3 Hours )

Barcelona, Spain

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing

Meals

None

Recommended Ages

12 and Above

Activity Level

Moderate

Description

Catalans take their food history and culture seriously and nothing inspires them like a cup of thick, bitter chocolate served alongside fluffy, oblong melindros. This tradition of the afternoon merinda, similar to English tea, began with Columbus’ arrival in Barcelona with a fistful of unprocessed cacao beans. From its quiet beginnings to its global dominance as an affordable luxury, chocolate has shaped Barcelona’s eating culture.

During this three hour walking seminar we'll follow the course of chocolate history through the narrow streets of the old city and out onto the Ramblas, from 19th century bomboneries famous for dark truffles to the adventurous palates of 21st century chocolate masters. We’ll sample liquor-filled bonbons, watch freshly fried churros emerge from their oily baths, and duck into a traditional grocer stocked with fine local goods. Throughout the walk, we will explore chocolate’s roots as an Aztec import and its eventual adoption by all of Europe.

Stemming from our discussions of chocolate, we will explore the larger world of confections and pastry that were incorporated into 19th century Barcelona café culture. Compare and contrast the differences between ornate modernista cafes and the humbler granjas of Barcelona. For decades, both provided meeting points for artists, dancers, poets, politicians, and everyday people, serving a rich array of delicate pastries and an assortment of sweet and caffeinated drinks. Whether you prefer a traditional ensaimada, baked with lard, or favor the bold flavors of chocolate mixed with wasabi, Barcelona’s café culture is still felt everyday at 6pm.

Beginning at the port of Barcelona, where Christopher Columbus landed bearing dried cacao beans and ending at the Modernista masterpiece, Casa Amatller, this walk traces the sweet legacy of chocolate and confections throughout Barcelona’s history.

We can accommodate participants who have food allergies, including those with an allergy to nuts.

About Us

The Context vision is to create an atmosphere—a context, if you will—for curious travelers to engage with local experts; to give them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of sight to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and heritage that make these cultural capitals amazing. With no more than six people, you'll participate in an intimate, hands-on, conversational experience. No Tour Guides - Our docents are first and foremost scholars or specialists, with MAs, Ph.D.s, or other terminal degrees in their fields of study.

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Terms & Conditions

Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our docent, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the docent. No shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within three business days need to be made by phone to the emergency number provided in your confirmation email. Cancellations within three business days made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored. Other terms and conditions may apply.



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