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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: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour 1 or 2-Day Ticket

2. Barcelona: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour 1 or 2-Day Ticket

Embark on a sightseeing tour of Barcelona with a choice of 2 different routes and 40 stops. See the major sites aboard an open-top double-decker bus, hopping off at key points of interest to you, such as the Gothic Quarter or the Picasso Museum, before jumping back on the bus to continue the route. Sit back and relax on an open-deck double-decker hop-on hop-off bus. See all the major sites of Barcelona, hopping on and off at your leisure. Stop to see the Picasso Museum that boasts one of the largest collections of Picasso’s artwork anywhere in the world. Walk down La Rambla and discover one of the city’s most vibrant areas with countless bars and eateries. Marvel at the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites Barcelona boasts. Especially remarkable is the Sagrada Familia, one of the most iconic works of the famous architect, Antoni Gaudi, which can be seen throughout the city on your tour. The buses come every 20-30 minutes and each route is around 2 hours. The tour stops along the routes are as follows:  Red Line: • Plaça de Catalunya • Casa Batlló - Fundació Antoni Tàpies • Passeig de Gràcia - La Pedrera • Francesc Macià - Diagonal • Estació de Sants • Plaça d’Espanya • Caixa Fòrum - Pavelló Mies van der Rohe • Poble Espanyol • Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya • Anella Olímpica • Fundació Joan Miró • Telefèric de Montjuïc • Miramar - Jardins Costa i Llobera • World Trade Center • Colom - Museu Marítim • Port Vell • Museu d’Història de Catalunya • Port Olímpic • Zoo • Parc de la Ciutadella Blue Line: • Plaça de Catalunya • Casa Batlló - Fundació Antoni Tàpies • Passeig de Gràcia - La Pedrera • Sagrada Família • Sant Pau Recinte Modernista • Park Güell • Tramvia Blau - Tibidabo • Sarrià • Monestir de Pedralbes • Palau Reial - Pavellons Güell • Futbol Club Barcelona - Camp Nou • Diagonal Les Corts • Francesc Macià – Diagonal • Eixample

Half-Day Spanish Cooking Class & Boqueria Market Tour

3. 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.

Barcelona: Paella Class with Tapas, Sangria & Market Visit

4. Barcelona: Paella Class with Tapas, Sangria & Market Visit

Experience an enjoyable and one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn about and participate in some of Spain's most cherished cultural traditions while enjoying a paella cooking class with a personal chef. First, explore La Boqueria Market, the largest and oldest market in Catalonia. The chef will assist in selecting the best products. From there, head back to the kitchen and dining room. There you can kick back and relax with some traditional Spanish sangria and a selection of seasonal tapas. Then, it's time to roll up your sleeves and create your own seafood or vegetarian paella. The chef will show you all the tips, tricks, and techniques to create delicious and authentic paella. Afterward, sit down and enjoy the meal with your new friends at a large family-style table. Following the experience, receive a copy of the recipes, so that you can prepare your own paella when you return home.

Barcelona: Helicopter, Walking, and Sailing 360º City Tour

5. Barcelona: Helicopter, Walking, and Sailing 360º City Tour

Embark on a tour that starts with a walking tour across the Passeig de Gràcia and Gothic Quarter. Climb aboard a helicopter and take in the panoramic view of the city skylines and the Mediterranean Sea. Then, take a boat ride and get the sea view, witnessing Barcelona from land, sky, ad sea. Meet your guide and walk along the impressive and most important aristocratic boulevards of Barcelona. Admire the luxury stores that line the sides of the streets, and take in the quality of the historic buildings. Witness the Jewels of Catalonia's home-grown art nouveau, modernism, and the later movement. Understand the difference in architecture with works by Antoni Gaudi like the Casa Batlli and Casa Mila (La Pedrera) that are no declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Continue to the Gothic Quarter and see Plaça Catalunya and the Cathedral tucked away in a hidden corner and Plaça de Sant Jaume to see the imposing government buildings of the Town Hall. Gaze at the palace of the Generalitat of Catalonia, before wandering through the old Jewish Quarter. There, picture the picturesque church of Santa Maria del Pi and down the tree-lined Ramblas on the way to the heliport. Glide up into the sky by helicopter, and enjoy indescribable views of Port Vell. To end this unique experience, board a boat and sail along the coast for panoramic views of the city’s skyline and the Mediterranean Sea, accompanied by your guide.

Barcelona: E-Bike Tour

6. 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. Branch off along the way through the city's green oases, like Ciutadella Park, and bike past iconic sites like Gaudi's Sagrada Familia. Make your way down to the seafront for unbeatable views. Visit the Old Port and learn about the former fishing village, Barceloneta.

Barcelona: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2 to 7 Attractions

7. Barcelona: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2 to 7 Attractions

Visit 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 top attractions of your choice and save up to 35% compared to buying individual tickets with a Barcelona Explorer Pass. Browse the included digital guide to plan and book ahead the attractions you want to visit, then show the digital or printed copy of your pass on the day, for entry. Valid for 60 days from its first use, your pass gives you plenty of time to enjoy your vacation. Go on a tour of Sagrada Familia, visit Gaudí's La Pedrera, make your way around town with a 1-day hop-on hop-off bus tour including 45 stops, take in the panoramic sights from Montjuïc cable car, explore the home of FC Barcelona, or relax on a Las Golondrinas boat cruise. With the Barcelona Explorer Pass you can choose any 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 attractions, museums, or tours from the following: Popular attractions • Parc Güell Guided Tour (R) • Sagrada Familia Guided Tour (R) • Casa Batlló • Mirador Torre Glòries Skydeck • La Pedrera • Las Golondrinas Boat Cruise • Barcelona Bus Turistíc (Hop-On Hop-Off) • FC Barcelona - Camp Nou Stadium Tour • Picasso Museum Guided Tour (R) • Poble Espanyol de Barcelona • Barcelona Montjuïc Cable Car Tours & experiences • Barcelona Bike Tour (R) • Montserrat On Your Own with Bus Transfer Included (R) • Tapas Tasting and Gothic Quarter Tour (R) • Gaudí and Modernism Walking Tour (R) • Barcelona Architecture Walking Tour (R) • Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour (R) • Raval Walking Tour: Barcelona's Gritty Past (R) • Barcelona Markets Tour: Boquería, Tastings and More (R) • Palau Güell and the Boquería Market Tour • Gaudi Experience 4D • Estrella Damm Brewery (R) • Escape Hunt Barcelona • Montjuïc Walking Tour: The Magical Side of Barcelona (R) Places of interest • L'Aquàrium de Barcelona • Barcelona Zoo • Vicens House Gaudí • MACBA - Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art • MEAM - Museu Europeu d'Art Modern • Fundació MAPFRE • CosmoCaixa Barcelona • Moco Museum Barcelona • Museu de la Música • Barcelona Wax Museum • Egyptian Museum of Barcelona • Sant Pau Modernist Center • Big Fun Museum and Museum of Illusions - combined entry • Casa Amatller • Olympic and Sports Museum • Gaudi's Crypt at Colonia Güell • History Museum of Catalunya • Catalunya en Miniatura • Illa Fantasia Water Park (seasonal - back in spring) (R) Reservations required in advance Attractions and tours are subject to change. Please check the digital guide included on your confirmation voucher before you go for the full list of inclusions, opening times, and reservation instructions, where applicable. Make sure to book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Barcelona: Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

8. Barcelona: Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

Discover the sites of Roman settlement in Barcelona that date back 2,000. Let your imagination recreate the Roman Forum in the current Plaça de Sant Jaume, that even today after 20 centuries remains the political power of Catalonia. On this 2-hour guided tour you’ll continue with a walk along one of the world's best preserved Roman walls, and hear about the Roman baths of Pati Llimona. Admire the architecture and monumental buildings of the Gothic Quarter and feel as if you’ve traveled back to medieval times. You’re sure to be impressed by the monumental Plaça del Rei with its Palace of the Viceroy and the beautiful Palau Reial. It was here that Catholic monarchs greeted the navigator Christopher Columbus on his return from the first voyage to the Americas. See the Barcelona Cathedral and Santa Maria del Mar, the ultimate examples of pure Catalan Gothic. Santa Maria del Mar was built in an incredibly short time for its size. This neighborhood is also filled with trendy bars, restaurants, and small boutiques, and provides the opportunity to experience the essence of Barcelona. Walking along the famous Ramblas, you’ll discover why Barcelona is so beloved by visitors. This is a buzzing pedestrianized area where you can enjoy the street performers, small cafes, and traditional Catalan cuisine. You’ll see the famous Boqueria market, as well, where you can experience the gastronomic traditions of the Catalan people in its colorful stalls.

Barcelona: Food and History Tour

9. Barcelona: Food and History Tour

Join a 2000 year magical journey through one of the most vibrant neighborhoods, Barri Gotic.  Your foodie and knowledgeable guide will bring the history of Barcelona to life on your 2.5 to 3-hour tasting journey. During your tour, mix history with the traditions of the neighborhood you explore with wonderful, authentic food like the famous Botifarra and the legendary Pa amb Tomaquet.  No trip is complete in Barcelona until it includes a visit to the world-renowned Boqueria Market. Explore the colorful stalls filled with all kinds of food and amazing flavors and aromas. Follow your foodie guide through the narrow aisles, and explore before you get to taste some cured meats, locally made cheeses and a few more bites! This experience is the best of both worlds, all rolled into one amazing tour. Immerse yourself in the medieval streets and alleyways of the Old Roman City of Barcino, nowadays Barcelona, while having a true taste of its food and drinks at selected bars you will remember long after your trip is over!

Barcelona: Walking tour with Montjuic Castle & Cable Car

10. Barcelona: Walking tour with Montjuic Castle & Cable Car

Enjoy this walking tour of Barcelona Old Town and visit the famous Boqueria Market, considered one of the best markets in the world because of its modernist design and the richness of products it offers. Start your tour at the famous Ramblas, the heart of the city center. Pass by the Gran Teatre del Liceu, a classic example of Catalan modernism, as well as the Palau Güell, one of the most stunning examples of Antoni Gaudi’s architecture.   Continue your walking tour to discover Raval, the most multicultural and off-the-beaten-path district of the Old Town, that attracts people from diverse social, cultural, and geographical backgrounds. Visit the Rambla del Raval to take a picture with the enormous Cat Statue by Fernando Botero, perhaps one of the cutest statues you’ll ever see. Take the Montjuic funicular and prepare yourself for a bird’s eye view of Barcelona. Enjoy the breathtaking views from the Montjuic cable car as you gaze down on Barcelona’s iconic skyline. At the top of the funicular, you’ll reach Montjuic Castle, enjoying a private visit exclusively with your small group. Explore the military fortress, and enjoy access to exclusive areas, like the building’s dungeons.  Emerging from the dungeons, head to Montjuic Castle’s tower for the most spectacular, panoramic viewpoints of the city — if the day is clear enough, you'll see all the way to the Pyrenees. Afterward, head back to the Old Town via cable car, in perfect time to enjoy a delicious meal of tapas — be sure to pick up some recommendations from your guide for the best restaurants to hit.

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What people are saying about La Boqueria

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 4,365 reviews

Absolutely loved this. The chef and tour guide were both absolutely wonderful and just the most pleasant people speak with. They were very friendly and knowledgeable. I would invite them to dinner with friends. Our chef, Philip, took us through boqueria market, gave us a tour, and bought all the ingredients fresh. From there, we were to a kitchen nearby where we enjoyed some charcuterie, sangria, and conversation with the other people in the group. We learned how to make sangria, and then the chef walked us through the cooking process. The chef will be cooking paella in a large traditional paella pan. You are able to participate and help in the preparation and cooking. However, if you’d like, you can also sit back and watch while enjoying sangria. Once dinner is done you eat and enjoy. 10/10 would recommend!

Well worth getting this ticket and a great way to travel about. We got the two day passes little difference in price. If you only have time to do one route I’d suggest the Red Route. The Red Route doesn’t pass Sagrada however if you hop off at Casa Mila, Sagrada is only a 10 min walk.

We made the best seafood paella we’ve ever had with Francesco. What a great experience for all you homecookers in the world. We also made nice sangria.

Great deal of fun. Francesco was very informative, knowledgeable and did a great job getting everyone into the cooking experience.

Manny was amazing..fun, entertaining, excellent chef. The staff at the meeting point were super nice. Food was delicious