Find out about food and drink tours and workshops in the Spanish city of Barcelona. Spanish cuisine is famous for fresh ingredients, iconic dishes such as paella and gazpacho, wine and the country's unique tapas culture.
Barcelona is a great place to sample all of these things. From the Boqueria market just off the Ramblas to the wine bodegas outside the city, there is plenty in Barcelona for the foodie.
Barcelona Tapas Tour
Tapas are not a type of food, nor simple the Spanish for 'small dishes'. They are a way of eating - normally on foot, hopping from bar to bar, with a beer or glass of wine in hand.
The tapas culture in Barcelona is not as big as it is in, say, Seville or San Sebastian.
Standard Tapas Tour
Try the most famous Spanish tapas, like tortilla and jamon. Groups tend to be larger and so bars tend to be on the more touristy side, but this is a great introduction to tapas in Spain.
More: Evening Tapas Tour or Morning Tapas Tour
Gourmet Catalan Tapas Tour
Try authentic Catalan cuisine and learn about the differences between food culture in Catalonia and the rest of Spain. Small-group tour that allows you to have more time to talk to your guide.
Spanish Cava Tour
The Spanish like to call Cava 'Spanish Champagne'. The rest of us call it a very drinkable bubbly. Cava is a very Catalan drink (Catalonia is the region where you'll find Barcelona), so much so that whenever the Catalans upset the rest of the Spanish, it is Cava sales that go down first in the country, out of spite.
Visit the Cava winery of Freixenet, either with a tour of the Torres Bodega (see before) or as a combined tour with either Montserrat or the town of Sitges (I would choose Montserrat):
- Montserrat Mountain and Cava
- Wine and Cava Tour Visit three wineries in a day (including one cava wineries)
Wine Tasting in Barcelona
Sample Spain's classic reds, as well as its lesser known whites, in this wine tasting session in central Barcelona.
This session takes place in a wine shop, which may not have the atmosphere of a winery, but ensures an impartial session that doesn't push you to buy a particular wine. The session lasts one-and-a-half hours, during which you'll taste four wines.
More: Spanish Wine Tasting in Barcelona
Spanish Cooking Class in Barcelona
Learn to make three classic Spanish dishes - paella, tortilla and gazpacho - on this cookery class at a Spanish chef's own home.
I have tried to make all three of these dishes and I can assure you, seeing an expert make them for the first time helps enormously. Gazpacho and tortilla are simple dishes, but getting sizes and quantities exactly right is difficult with guidance on your first attempt. Paella is a little more complicated to make - getting the rice cooked just right on your first attempt is difficult without the help of an expert eye.
More: Barcelona Cookery Class
- Spanish Cooking Class and Boqueria Tour in Barcelona
- Spanish Spanish Course with Cookery Course
Montserrat, Wine and Cheese
Visit the impressive rock-formation-cum-mountain of Montserrat, a short drive outside of Barcelona, before visiting the Oller del Mas winery, where you'll sample three local wines with some cheese.
Montserrat is one of the most popular day trips from Barcelona, but this trip's emphasis is on the wine, with only a short stop at Montserrat. If you prefer your sightseeing to be brief and your wine-drinking to take up most of your day, this is the tour for you!
There is also an optional extra round of golf.
Find out more: Montserrat Wine and Cheese Tour
Barcelona Chocolate and Sweets Tour
A walking tour of Barcelona with an emphasis on Spanish sweets.
Find out more: Chocolate and Sweets Tour of Barcelona (book direct)
Torres Winery Tour
There are several wineries in the Catalonia region, but the most accessible is the Torres bodega. A visit to Torres is included a number of tours of Catalonia:
- Wine and Cava Day Trip from Barcelona (book direct)
- Two-Day Southern Catalonia Tour (book direct)
- Four-Day Best of Catalonia Tour (book direct)