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- English walking excursion guide service!
- Discover the enchanting neighborhood of El Born!
- Visit 4 different tasting spots along the way!
- Taste 10 traditional dishes and sweets!
- Complimentary drinks (4 glasses of wine, one of vermouth and one beer)!
- Small groups limited to 8 participants!
- Walking time is 20 minutes!
- Includes the IVA tax!
Trendy, chic, upscale and full of great food! Whether you are in port for the day or staying prior to or after your cruise, a gastronomic adventure awaits you in Barcelona! Walk the historic streets of the neighborhood of Born, one of the most fashionable areas of Barcelona that is built on the site of a medieval jousting arena. Food tasting, wine tasting, and educational information provided by your friendly guide combine for the perfect way to spend part of your day!
Are you one of those travelers who dream of trying a wide variety of traditional and regional dishes of Spain, but has been stumped as to how you could possibly accomplish your goal in just a day? Look no more! This foodie experience gives you the opportunity to sample more than 10 dishes from around Spain served as tapas at your various stops. For those who are not familiar with tapas, these are small dishes generally served as appetizers or snacks, typically paired with a wine or other drink that complements the dish.
A short 15-minute taxi ride from your cruise terminal (or a brief ride from your hotel) takes you to your meeting point. There you will join your small group of no more than 8 people and your guide, who will stroll with you through the beautiful streets and alleyways of the Born neighborhood as you visit several bars, bodegas, and restaurants that are housed in former palaces. Total walking time is only about 20 minutes so this is a good option for most guests.
Your first stop is a rustic bar. Enjoy your aperitif while your knowledgeable guide shares the history of the region and how it has influenced the culinary culture of today. In such an intimate group, it is no problem to hear your guide tell you about the alleyways with their beautiful upscale boutiques, and learn the traditions involving vermut (vermouth in English). It really is quite fascinating!
At a relaxed pace, you will visit another three tapas bars, sampling an array of Spanish dishes. Depending on your specific stops which vary daily, you might try cecina (salted cured beef), sardines, olives, bread with tomato, or boquerones (anchovies marinated in vinegar) as starters. Is your mouth watering yet? As you progress on your gastro-tour, you may savor bravas (fried potatoes with tomato sauce and aioli), pimientos de padron (small green peppers), or possibly choricitos a la cava (chorizo cooked in cava, a sparkling wine produced in Spain). And one cannot possibly pass up something sweet like chocolate on toast with olive oil, as different as it sounds it is a typical Catalan dessert!
Your final stop will be at a traditional wine bodega. What better way to top off such a satisfying adventure than with a wine tasting! Not only will you learn the art of wine tasting, but you will have the chance to try at least four different types of wine or cava.
At the conclusion of your experience, you may continue to spend some time meandering through the alleyways, window shopping at the boutiques, or just taking in the ambiance of this special area before returning to your hotel or your Barcelona cruise terminal at your leisure and at your expense. Whether you linger or not, you will certainly feel as though you have spent some fun times with family thanks to your local guides!
An amazing experience for the senses!
I've just been to this excursion and I loved it!. I am Spanish & a Barcelona lover so I was very curious to see what new things I could discover of this enchanting city. And yes, I certainly did! The host's passion telling the different stories of the places and the food is contagious and I quickly found myself mind-travelling over the hours to regions in Spain at different times in history. The small, petit comité group, made is easy to move around as we walked through charming parts of the city and a variety of restaurants, all unique in their own style. The architecture made us dream and the alleyways provided shadow and kept us fresh even in hot weather so the walk turned into a delicious experience for the senses!! Don´t miss it!
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Our tour guide was fantastic! I had been to Barcelona before, but this time I wanted to really immerse myself in the food world. Our guide took us to a variety of restaurants, some fancy and some hole-in-the-wall types and she did a great job of explaining not only the food but the history behind it as well. I didn't realize how varied the cuisines were throughout Spain, but our host made sure we knew exactly which region each dish originated from. And of course, it was all delicious!
One tip - come hungry! I made the mistake of having a bigger lunch that day, and I was struggling by the end.
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This was a FUN tour!
Wow - this was fun...my husband & myself & Rowan. He was great fun and informative. We've been on "foodie" tours everywhere and this was the best food everywhere. We were there on a cruise that's known for great food and I didn't think anything would impress us, but the places he took us were exceptional. The pintxos/tapas were amazing in their combinations of flavors (I've tried to remember them but don't remember much after the wine tasting.....). Rowan was great; it was like having drinks & dinner with friends.
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