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Expert-led Tapas Tour in Barcelona (3 Hours)

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Barcelona, Spain

Valid for Travel Now Through: 01 Feb 2021

Expert-led Tapas Tour in Barcelona (3 Hours )

Barcelona, Spain

Tour Features


  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing



Recommended Ages

12 and Above

Activity Level



Spain is synonymous with tapas, but are tapas a culinary tradition of the fervently nationalistic region of Catalonia? Long before the Andalusians from the south brought north their gazpacho and the hot new chefs were topping tapas with wasabi, there was a local tradition of “pica-pica,” or enjoying some nibbles over a glass of vermouth before a meal. On this three-hour walk, a culinary expert or chef takes us on a delectable tour around the up-and-coming Poble-Sec area where we will learn the basis of Catalan tapas and see how they have evolved from the influence of the rest of Spain and the recent avant-garde culinary movements.

To picar in Catalan means to eat small portions of different types of food, such as olives, croquettes, cheese, or fuet sausage. Ideal places for this are the bodegues, Catalan “taverns,” which is where we will start our walk. Settling in at a traditional-style (though modern) bodega, we will learn the basics, and possibly even make our own pa amb tomaquet (tomato bread), to be sampled with a variety of cheeses and locally produced vermouth.

We will then head to one or two other nearby bodegas, possibly a newly opened one where the friendly owner puts an innovative twist to some favorites including bomba, potato balls with spicy meat, or daily specials which could be topped with caramelized onions and delicate blue cheese or homemade tomato jam and fava beans, allowing us to start to see what the chefs of today are experimenting with. We might also stop in at the historic “Quimet y Quimet.” The current owners are the fourth generation of this family serving up possibly the world’s best montaditos, or small sandwiches. We will taste for ourselves how they can make wonderful made-to-measure creations... using only preserves and perfect to enjoy with some regional Catalan wine.

Our final taverna will highlight Barcelona as a cosmopolitan city. Over the last century, people from all parts of Spain, especially Galicia or Andalucia, flocked here in search of work and brought their culinary traditions with them. We may stop in at a hip Basque bar serving up seasonal pintxos, tapas on bread typically from the region on the opposite side of the country which is now Catalonia's rival on the contemporary food scene. This will give us the opportunity to come full circle, discussing how these outside elements are shaping Barcelona today making it a truly modern city combining tradition and innovation.

This walk is adaptable for anyone with allergies or other dietary restrictions. Please indicate these in the notes when booking so your docent can be prepared.Note: the various tastings on the walk are significant and can be considered a replacement for a meal.

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Context Travel offers cultural and historical tours and activities led by deep subject-matter experts in over 50 cities around the world. With coverage of lesser known locales as well as main city sites, our experts take clients through in-depth, thematic topics to help them get to know a city more deeply. The tours are designed to be the ideal environment for learning – they are conversation-driven private experiences that are structured, but never scripted.

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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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Reviewed on: 05 Mar 2019

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