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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.

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Barcelona: 3 Countries in 1 Day Small-Group Tour

2. Barcelona: 3 Countries in 1 Day Small-Group Tour

On this full-day excursion you’ll make an early start from Barcelona and soon be in the medieval Catalan village of Baga, surrounded by the rocky peaks of Cadi-Moixero National Park. Explore Baga’s central square and medieval church before crossing the border into France, where you will stop in the charming and beautiful ancient spa town of Ax-Les-Thermes. Your guide will recommend some of the best natural fountains to visit, and those best suitable for soaking your feet in. You'll then have free time to enjoy the healing waters, browse the local artisan shops and look out for a souvenir to remember your visit. After an hour of wandering around this typical French village, its time to choose from one of the many local restaurants for a traditional French lunch.  After lunch, you’ll take the scenic route over the Pyrenees Alps into neighboring Andorra, to the capital Andorra la Vella. You will have a little bit of time to visit Andorra la Vella’s tax-free shops for bargain-priced wine and souvenirs On the return drive, admire the Romanesque church of St. Climent and the stunning valley views before continuing on your way back to Barcelona, arriving in time for pre-dinner drinks and tapas or whatever else your evening holds.

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Intimate Barcelona eBike Tour with Gourmet Tapas & Wine

3. Intimate Barcelona eBike Tour with Gourmet Tapas & Wine

Make light work of exploring Barcelona, on a 2.5-hour tour by electric bike, and see more than is possible on a walking tour. With the help of a bike propelled by electric motor, glide from some of the most popular attractions to hidden treasures, including secret bars and cafés. Starting by the Gothic Cathedral, your guide will give you a short briefing about the bikes and cycling rules, before leading you to the El Born neighborhood, Palau de la Música, El Fossar de les Moreres, and seafaring church of St. Maria del Mar. Discover the former fishing village of Barceloneta, now one of the city’s most atmospheric neighborhoods, where you can explore the vibrant life of the city’s beaches. Ride past Art Noveau architecture, and shops and bars that date back to the beginning of the century, including Els Quatre Gats, frequented by Pablo Picasso. Finish with tapas and wine at the world famous Els Quatre Gats, overflowing with history and the echoes of the geniuses who drank and dined there in ages past, from Pablo Picasso to Salvador Dalí. Open your senses to the rich Spanish flavours and leave with photos and memories of mystery, romance and adventure on a tour ideal for electric bike first timers and experts alike.

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Barcelona: Tapas and Flamenco Experience

4. Barcelona: Tapas and Flamenco Experience

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 sit down tapas dinner of at least 9 different types of tapas, including local meats, cheeses, seafood and vegetarian options. Chat with your new found friends as jugs of fresh sangria are served.

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Barcelona: E-Bike Tour

5. Barcelona: E-Bike Tour

See the best that Barcelona has to offer without breaking a sweat. Follow your local guide on your e-bike and learn more about the fascinating history of the city. Trace the 2,000-year-old heritage of Barcelona through its old town. Cycle down cobbled streets bursting with charm. Admire Gothic architectural gems like the Cathedral of Barcelona. Make your way down to the seafront for unbeatable views. Visit the Old Port and learn about the former fishing village, Barceloneta.

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From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery, Easy Hike, Cable Car

6. From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery, Easy Hike, Cable Car

Escape from busy Barcelona on this 6-hour excursion to Montserrat. When you arrive you’ll be in the capable hands of a certified mountain guide as you explore this popular site. Discover the charm of Montserrat mountain, visit the Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat with its Black Madonna, or Virgin of Montserrat, and admire the chapel in the monastery garden. If you’re visiting on a school day, you may also be able to enjoy listening to the famed Montserrat boys’ choir. Ride the cable car to the top, where you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy spectacular views of the region. Take an easy hike to appreciate the fresh air and mountainous terrain.

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Barcelona: 2-Hour e-Scooter Tour

7. Barcelona: 2-Hour e-Scooter Tour

After meeting with your group at the rental site, your sight-seeing tour of Barcelona will begin. Your e-scooter will take you along the beaches to the Olympic Harbor. From there, you will visit the Ciutadella Park, where you will discover many interesting things such as the spectacular Cascada Monumental waterfall and the Parliament of Catalonia. Later on in your tour, you will see the iconic Arc de Triomf. You will then ride through the Old Harbor where many luxurious yachts are docked. Towards the conclusion of your tour, you will stop to admire the beautiful views of the new harbor of Barcelona, Marina-Vela. Further highlights encountered on this tour include the Christopher Columbus Monument and the W Hotel. At the conclusion of your scenic tour, you will return back to the point of origin, where you will return your e-scooters.

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Barcelona: Segway Tour

8. Barcelona: Segway Tour

See more of Barcelona and do your sightseeing in a fun comfortable way. Familiarize yourself with the easy-to-use Segway during a brief training session, then hit the road. Zip along the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter inside the walls of the former Roman city, populated with palaces, churches, artists’ workshops, and small shops selling all kinds of treats. Continue through the old town, gaze up at the Arc de Triomf, and enter Barcelona's oldest park, Ciutadella Park. Ride down Las Ramblas and stop at the foot of the Columbus Monument. Enjoy a view of Barcelona's skyline in front of the 3 mountains surrounding the city: Montjuïc, Tibidabo, and Collserola. Breathe in the sea air at the old port. Learn about the old fishing village of Barceloneta and feast your eyes on the extravagant yachts that populate the harbor today.

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Barcelona: City Tour & Flamenco Show with Wine & Tapas

9. Barcelona: City Tour & Flamenco Show with Wine & Tapas

Meet your friendly guide at the meeting point on the bustling La Rambla, then set out onto the vibrant streets of Barcelona for your 2-hour walking tour. Take a stroll through the charming Gothic Quarter and admire the buildings' intricate architecture as you wander along narrow alleyways. Stop by the Gothic Quarter’s majestic Plaza Real and the Roman Walls then head to a traditional bar to quench your thirst with a glass of red wine, vermouth, or a local beer accompanied by tapas. Continue the tour into the charming Born District next, which combines ancient buildings with modern bars and shops. Soak up the magical atmosphere of the neighborhood then visit Santa Maria del Mar Church, a stunning basilica built entirely by pilgrims in the 14th century. At the end of an insightful tour, say goodbye to your guide and receive your skip-the-line tickets to one of the best flamenco shows in the city. Upon arrival, enjoy a free welcome drink then find your seats to settle in for a night of outstanding performances. During the show, admire the passion and emotion portrayed through the choreography, and get a better appreciation of Spanish culture and tradition.

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Half-Day Spanish Cooking Class & Boqueria Market Tour

10. Half-Day Spanish Cooking Class & Boqueria Market Tour

Enjoy an authentic culinary experience in Barcelona, and learn how to cook a classic Spanish meal, or Catalan dishes in a “tapas” style. Available as a morning or evening option, morning tours include a visit to La Boqueria Market on Las Ramblas, one of the most thrilling markets in the city center. Join the chef on a behind-the-scenes tour to meet the vendors; some coming from generations of market traders. Learn about the locally grown produce, and select the ingredients for your cooking class. Once in the kitchen, prepare a 4 course menu of paella, soup, appetizer, and dessert. Every Wednesday morning the class is focused on Catalan flavors, with dishes prepared in "tapas" style. Get hands-on help from professionally trained bilingual Spanish chefs, and follow their tips whether you are an experienced cook or complete novice. Once your dishes are complete, sit down to savor your success, with pairings of Riojan (red) and Galician (white) wines.

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What people are saying about Catalonia

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 2,142 reviews

Maria is a passionate and professional guide. She is able to speak and relate well with all travellers from different countries. The food tasting tour went on smoothly with tasty churros, tapas and wine. The whole experience is fantastic for a small group tour. Highly recommended.

Great experience, authentic atmosphere, small value that makes it an intimate experience. Performers are full of passion and emotions. Enjoyed watching them on stage!

It was a wonderful experience. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the areas to include their histories as well.

Enjoyed it a lot, met wonderful people in the process of making . Learned a lot about sea food cooking!

The cooking experience was both fun and informative.