Enchanting Barcelona’s Gourmet Tour will captivate you and your family as you explore the very heart of Barcelona’s old town. Our guide, Nancy, introduced us to giants and dragons as you sample some of Catalonia’s best-loved produce; olive oil, chocolate and of course, wine.
Where else to begin your journey than on La Rambla? Whilst every tourist quickly becomes acquainted with this vibrant street during their stay in Barcelona, most never learn much about it. Fortunately for Gourmet Tour’s attendants, Nancy is well-placed to set the record straight on this, and teach you about the development of Barcelona from Roman settlement to modern city. Learn the fascinating history of Classical Barcino and gain an understanding of the city’s long and turbulent past, as you pass by some of its many monuments.
The narrow, winding streets of the Gothic quarter are a reminder of Barcelona’s Medieval days, and it is among their labyrinthine paths that you will find your first stop. Since Spain is the world’s largest exporter of olive oil, it is only fitting that you visit a cozy shop specializing in high-end extra virgin olive oil products. Try a selection of this Mediterranean favorite as you learn about both the production process and the many uses of this healthy condiment.
As a tourist, it’s easy to pass-by oblivious to Barcelona’s interesting and remarkable features, unless you know what to look out for. This is one of the great advantages of the strolling in between stops with a guide that can wow you with her impressive knowledge of the city’s architecture, traditions and urban myths. Discover how for centuries, illiterate visitors navigated the city (predominantly in search of brothels) using signs and signals to guide them. She will also reveal to you the gigantes de la ciudad - the giant figures that delight children street festivals throughout the year.
What’s more, if olive oil is Spain’s biggest export, then wine has to be its most well-known, and you will be given the chance to try three of the best at the next stop. As you sniff, swirl and savor the exquisite vintages, Nancy will explain the intricate wine-making process in detail, making your appreciation for the beverage all the greater. To accompany, a selection of cheeses are provided to accentuate the subtle flavors of the locally sourced wine.
Finally, finish your expedition with a sweet treat: chocolate tasting. Observe the chocolatier at work whilst you nibble on his exquisite cocoa produce, and peruse the many varieties of chocolate on offer. Unorthodox combinations such as spicy pepper or saffron may be found here alongside unbelievably smooth dark 70% cocoa bars. There’s undoubtedly something for everyone though, as the shop offers a plethora of different candies to rival Willy Wonka himself.
Sara Siddeeq: Born and raised in Buckinghamshire (England), Sara is a recent graduate from the University of Leeds. She primarily works in digital marketing and PR, however she is also a journalist in Barcelona, contributing to over half a dozen websites in the city alone.