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Barcelona: Paella Cooking Experience & Boqueria Market Tour

1. Barcelona: Paella Cooking Experience & Boqueria Market Tour

On this 3-hour activity you’ll join a professional chef on an introductory tour of the world famous Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, Barcelona's oldest and best food market, dating back to the 13th century. While telling you about the foods on offer, especially the seafood, and the basics of Spanish and Catalan cuisine, the chef will buy some of the fresh ingredients needed to prepare an authentic paella de marisco, or seafood paella, Spain’s traditional rice dish. Walk with the chef through the winding streets of La Ciutat Vella, or old town, to El Born, the most fashionable district of the city. Enter you your private dining room that’s adjacent to the big open kitchen where the chef will prepare the delicious paella de marisco, as you watch the process. Take the edge off your appetite with some traditional Spanish and Catalan hot and cold tapas. The chef will introduce you to a variety of the famous appetizers such as patatas bravas, pimientos de padrón, tortilla de patatas, chorizo, and of course the famous dry-cured ham, el jamón. Learn how to make your own pan con tomate, the most typical Catalan tapa, and how to build traditional Basque pintxos or montaditos, the tapas with toothpicks. Then you can enjoy your creations accompanied by some lovely sangría. While you are eating your tapas and homemade pintxos, the chef will cook the paella de marisco. You’ll be into the adjacent open kitchen to stand around the large paellera, the traditional round, shallow pan made of polished steel that the paella de marisco will be prepared in. As the chef begins to prepare the paella you’ll hear about the history of the dish, the ingredients used, and the steps in the preparation. With the paella simmering in the kitchen you’ll be invited over to the bar where you’ll learn all there is to know about sangría, the world famous Iberian wine punch that dates back to medieval times. Try your hand at mixing your own sangría. Once the paella de marisco is finally ready to be enjoyed, you’ll head back to the tables, sit down, and enjoy the feast along with your own freshly mixed sangria.

Barcelona: Flamenco Show at Tablao Flamenco Cordobes

2. Barcelona: Flamenco Show at Tablao Flamenco Cordobes

Catch a flamenco show at an historical venue in Barcelona's famous La Rambla district with this entry ticket. Sip on a complimentary drink while watching passionate dancers perform. Be moved by live music and singing. Upgrade your experience by choosing an option with traditional food. Make your way to the Tablao Flamenco Cordobes theatre and take your seat in front of the cozy and traditional tablao (flamenco stage) where legendary artists such as Juan Villar have performed. Admire the colorful décor of the venue, inspired by motifs that transport you back in time. Embrace the sensual rhythms and primal power of the music, song and dance. Listen to live music and talented singers. Upgrade to the tapas option and go on a culinary journey with gazpachos (cold tomato soup) and delicious pintxos (small snacks) of the Basque Country. Satisfy your appetite with dinner option where you can choose from dishes like an authentic paella from Valencia or another mouth-watering options from a menu with over 40 different delicacies to try.

Barcelona: Cocktail Master Class by Mixologist with Tapas

3. Barcelona: Cocktail Master Class by Mixologist with Tapas

Enjoy an unforgettable evening of cocktails and traditional Spanish tapas in Barcelona's renowned Gothic Quarter. Learn how to make four different cocktails from a mixologist and sample Padron peppers, Catalan tomato bread, and more. Kick off your experience in a bar located in the bustling city centre, then learn the tricks of the trade from a professional mixologist who will show you the secrets behind four classic cocktails. With your mixologist’s step-by-step guidance, you’ll learn the perfect method behind each of these classic drinks. As you have fun honing your bar tending skills, a private chef will serve you a variety of tasty traditional tapas to enjoy before you finally sit back and sample the fruits of your labor.

Barcelona: Montserrat Tour, Monastery & Optional Wine/Lunch

4. Barcelona: Montserrat Tour, Monastery & Optional Wine/Lunch

Experience an unforgettable guided group tour to Montserrat, Catalonia's most famous mountain range. Take in the beauty of its natural rolling landscape and discover the history and traditions of its medieval monastery. After your bus journey from Barcelona, board the cogwheel train up to the monastery and admire the beautiful nature and iconic multi-peaked mountain range of Montserrat. Once at the monastery, your guide will take you on a walking tour of the historical center of the complex.  Learn about the rich history of the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, an 11th-century monastery that still functions to this day, with over 70 monks. Entry to the monastery is included in the tour price. Use the allotted free time to wander freely and visit the famous Black Madonna and see paintings by Picasso, El Greco, and Dali at the Montserrat Museum. During your free time, you can also ride the funicular train up the side of the mountain to get even better viewpoints of the monastery.  Travelers who booked the half-day tour option will return to Barcelona after the visit to Montserrat. If you chose a full-day tour option, you'll continue toward a beautiful boutique winery. Arrive at the winery and, depending on the food option you booked, enjoy a light tapas or multi-course lunch. Admire amazing views of the winery and Montserrat mountains as you feast on traditional foods of the region. After your meal, wander around the vineyards, learn about the wine-making process, and enjoy a wine tasting session, before traveling back to Barcelona.

Barcelona: Walking Tour with Local Tapas and Wine

5. Barcelona: Walking Tour with Local Tapas and Wine

Take in the beauty of Barcelona’s famous Gothic Quarter as you enjoy a delicious variety of local food and drink. Your knowledgeable guide will greet you before taking you on a tour of a total of 4 local hot spots. Along the way, you will sample a number of classic tapas dishes, whilst also learning the fascinating history behind them. This will be accompanied by a selection of wine, cava, and vermouth, making for an evening of local dining and culture that is both relaxing and informative.

Barcelona: Tapas and Flamenco Experience

6. Barcelona: Tapas and Flamenco Experience

Immerse yourself in Spanish culture with a ticket to a skip-the-line ticket to an authentic flamenco show and delight your taste buds with a foodie-pleasing walking tour of of the Gothic Quarter. Try a wide variety of tapas paired with sangria at local hotspots. Meet your guide in the heart of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter, just a short walk from the famous Las Ramblas and the Liceu metro station. They will then escort you to a nearby theater where pre-arranged tickets for a traditional flamenco show await. Be intoxicated by Spain's elaborate and traditional form of dance and song. The fiery 30-minute expression of the flamenco rhythms, voice and color is sure to ignite your love affair with Spain. After the show, your guide will lead you through a romantic labyrinth of alleyways in the Gothic Quarter. Enjoy a tapas dinner of at least 9 different types of tapas, including local meats, cheeses, seafood and vegetarian options.

From Barcelona: Montserrat Half-Day Wine and Tapas Trip

7. From Barcelona: Montserrat Half-Day Wine and Tapas Trip

Escape to the natural landscape of the Montserrat mountains on a half-day sightseeing and wine tasting tour from Barcelona by bus.  Enjoy breathtaking views of the mountain range, taste Catalan wines at a local winery, and walk through historic pathways, learning about the region from your local guide. The strange shaped mountains of Montserrat is the location of a Benedictine monastery that has been a site of pilgrimage for centuries, thanks to its story of the miracles performed by the Virgin Mary and the fabled 12th-century image of Our Lady. After a short visit to this historic site, head to a boutique winery, just a few minutes away, and tour one of the most important wineries in the region. Located in an impressive castle that’s more than 1,000 years old, the winery boasts more than 1,000 acres of beautiful land. Tours are kept to a maximum of 16 people for a more intimate experience, and include a tour of the vineyards and winery, where the local wines become older and wiser. Thanks to your guide, you will sense the history, soil, sun, and rain that influence the 3 wines you will taste.  Learn about the upkeep of the vines, the grape harvest, how the French oak barrels impact on the flavor, and more. To keep you on your feet, the tasting table will be laden with Spanish tapas.

The Ice Bar Experience at Icebarcelona

8. The Ice Bar Experience at Icebarcelona

Visit the first ice bar on the beach in the world. This unique establishment keeps the temperature turned down to -5ºC (20ºF) and was designed by internationally renowned artists. The theme of the lounge, the lighting, and the sculptures are renewed at least twice a year, in order to offer something different every time you come. Shiver in delight, and relax on the terrace – the perfect spot for an al fresco cocktail right in front of the Mediterranean sea. Icebarcelona has become a must-see attraction in the Condal City which is frequented as much by locals as by tourists. Bend an elbow in the coolest bar in town.

Barcelona: Flamenco Show with Tapas Dinner

9. Barcelona: Flamenco Show with Tapas Dinner

Enjoy an authentic flamenco dancing show by professional musicians and dancers in Barcelona. You will be immersed in the centuries-long tradition of Spanish culture while savoring a delicious tapas menu with a glass of wine. Head to the Tablao de Carmen for a night of authentic flamenco performances. Built as a tribute to the great dancer Carmen Amaya, the Tablao de Carmen has been staging its traditional flamenco show since 1988. Located in the Poble Espanyol de Montjuïc, a magnificent open-air museum incorporating elements of typical Spanish villages across the country, the Tablao de Carmen is the perfect place to soak up the architectural and cultural history of Spain. Feel free to take time before and after the show to check out the 117 full-scale buildings, artisan workshops, and souvenir shops that populate the open-air museum. Sit back, relax, and dig into some tapas while watching a flamenco show. Combining experienced professional musicians and dancers with promising youngsters, the show follows centuries-long traditions that have defined the genre. Watch as the stage itself becomes the best school and artistic springboard combined with a style of musical dance performance that doesn't involve formal choreography or synchronized organization. See how the show unfolds according to the interaction among the artists, resulting in a constantly updated show. Pick your favorites from a tapas menu that includes a number of Spanish classics like large olives, cured cheese with olive oil and Andalusian bread snacks, Spanish salad, roasted potatoes in spicy “brava” sauce, southern-style marinated chicken skewers, Oxtail croquettes, deep-fried potato ball with minced meat filling, and Catalan crème brulée. Sip on water, wine, sangria, coffee, or tea. It consists of a variety of small portions of classic Spanish plates accompanied by a glass of wine.

Barcelona: Beer Bike Tour

10. Barcelona: Beer Bike Tour

Climb aboard a unique beer bike for a fun tour of Barcelona with friends, old and new, and enjoy your beer in a funny and memorable way. Pedal the Beer Bike in a team. Once on board the bike you won’t have to worry about a thing. From the outset, the beer bike team will be ready to show you an unforgettable experience. Get up to 1 liter of beer or Sangria per person, or soft drinks if you prefer a healthier tour. Feel free to bring your own music to create the perfect atmosphere, and expect to experience a good dose of fun. You can even bring your own decor, and other drinks that take you fancy. The only thing you have to worry about is pedaling. Even the shy end up thanking the driver in charge of making this experience memorable.

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What people are saying about Barcelona

Tamara was a super fun host! We had a great time with her and she worked really hard to adjust the experience to our needs - she even switched up the order of the cocktails we were to learn to AND put together the ingredients for an off-menu cocktail that we specially requested on the spot! We were trashed by the end but it was a really great evening. The tapas were also quite tasty and we were surprised that there was so much food - we expected it to just be a few small tapas but it was enough to fill us up! Thanks again Tamara & crew

This was so yummy and super special because we had a tiny class. Our cook was so kind and knowledgeable. The studio where the food was made was so beautiful and relaxing. It was also so much fun to be guided to the Boqueria Market and getting time to look around/buy things. Thank you so much! I would definitely recommend this experience!

beautiful place. wished we had more time at the mountains maybe another 30mins longer instead of the stop at Vineyards. seems very rushed. no time to view the Black Madonna ad well. better go on your own instead of v the tour

Amazing tour and especially Edu the tour guide! Really funny and a lot of information!

Nice quick turn on the wind with Captain Marcelo. Competent, friendly and flexible.