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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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Half-Day Spanish Cooking Class & Boqueria Market Tour

2. 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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Private Cooking Class & Market Tour

3. Private Cooking Class & Market Tour

Your dynamic and fun 4-hour tapas workshop starts off with a walk through La Boqueria market, located on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas. You’ll learn about the history of the market and hear some interesting facts about Spanish tapas as well. The market visit is followed by a short lesson in preparing traditional Spanish dishes led by a professional chef. Your program ends with tastings from a 12-dish menu, served in a private lounge. Tasting Menu: Seafood Paella Spanish omelette Potatoes bravas Assorted Iberian cold cuts Andalusian fish Shrimp Scampi Traditional croquettes Manchego cheese Cantabrian anchovies Mussels with salsa Octopus feira Catalan cream The menu is accompanied by fine wine, mineral water, and cola. You’ll receive the chef’s teaching materials to take home with you as well.

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Barcelona Cable Car Sky Views, Magic Fountain & Castle Visit

4. Barcelona Cable Car Sky Views, Magic Fountain & Castle Visit

Start your tour at the famous Ramblas in the heart of the city centre. Walk through the Old Town and visit the famous Boqueria Market. Pass by the Gran Teatre del Liceu, a finest modernist building and one of Europe's leading opera houses. Have a look at the incredible façade of Palau Guell, where a young Gaudi showed his mastery of light and creating beautiful shapes. Continue your walking tour to discover the Raval, the most multicultural and off-the-beaten-path district of the Old Town. Visit the Rambla del Raval to take a picture with the enormous Cat Statue by Fernando Botero, probably the cutest statue you will ever see. Next, take the Montjuic Funicular and enjoy the breathtaking views of Barcelona’s iconic skyline. Reach the Montjuic Castle to enjoy a private visit just for your small group. Discover how the Montjuic Castle has been a military fortress since its early beginning, witnessing the change of political power in the city. Enter the dungeons of the several political prisoners that have marked the history of the city. Receive access to the Tower of the Castle, where you can admire 360-degree views over Barcelona. Take the unique chance to shoot your best pictures of Barcelona at sunset.  Continue your tour to pass by the Olympic Stadium and the Palau Sant Jordi, famous for hosting the best concerts in town. Along the way, stop at one of the best terraces in the area to savour traditional tapas paired with a local wine or beer. After your break, get ready to assist to the enchanting show of the Magic Fountain constructed for the 1929 Universal Exhibition and was meant to be a temporary installation, but the visitors and the people of Barcelona loved it so much that decided to keep it. Be fascinated by the colourful dancing water of the fountain.

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Barcelona: 4-Hour Tapas Evening Tour and Flamenco Show

5. Barcelona: 4-Hour Tapas Evening Tour and Flamenco Show

This 4-hour combination tour begins with a walk with your professional guide through the Ramblas area, where you’ll discover the most interesting sites of Barcelona’s old town. During your walk you’ll learn about Spanish and Catalan culinary traditions along the way. You’ll head to the old part of the city to visit a typical Spanish bar and enjoy some delicious tapas and drinks. Next you’ll move onto a typical Flamenco theater to enjoy an exciting 40-minute show of dancing and singing. According to tradition, Catalan Gypsies have created a form of Flamenco that is famous worldwide.

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Barcelona: Sagrada Familia and Park Guell Private Tour

6. Barcelona: Sagrada Familia and Park Guell Private Tour

Start on the famous Las Ramblas, near to the first stop, Palau Güell. Meet your guide and make your way to the central fountain of Plaza Real to admire the elegance of the Gothic square. See the beautiful arches, Gaudi’s lampposts, or just watch the locals going about their daily lives. Next, make your way to La Boqueria Market. Take in the sights and smells of the market, one of the oldest in Barcelona. Wander through the narrow passages of the Gothic Quarter, and hear of many the legends and stories from these streets from your guide. Enjoy a short coffee break in a café where famous artists such as Picasso convened.  Continue with a walk along the most elegant avenue of Barcelona, the impressive Paseo de Gracia. Admire the most aristocratic palaces of the city, Casa Mila (La Pedrera) and Casa Batlló, two masterpieces of Gaudi architecture. Learn about the exciting Art Noveau era of the city, Gaudi’s life, and his strange death. Then, stop for lunch and enjoy some typical Barcelona tapas, accompanied by a glass of red wine in a traditional terrace under the trees of a beautiful promenade.  After a relaxing break, a taxi will take you to Park Güell, where Gaudi’s art coexists with nature. Enjoy skip-the-line tickets access to the park, and join your guide in wandering its beautiful paths. After a walk in the park, a taxi will take to your last stop. Visit the most iconic example of Gaudi’s work, the Sagrada Familia. Your guide will show you the different facades of the cathedral, and give you an introduction to the history of the building. Say farewell to your guide and receive your skip-the-line tickets to access the cathedral, as well as an audio guide so you can explore its interior at your own pace.

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Barcelona: Private Family Child-Friendly Tour

7. Barcelona: Private Family Child-Friendly Tour

Walk through the three medieval quarters of Barcelona, getting lost in its hidden streets away from the tourist crowds. Listen to the stories your local host has to tell you, as you and your children fall in love with the city together. Walk along the lively Ramblas, before admiring some of the masterpieces of Gaudi and the elegance of Plaza Real. Enjoy the colorful Boqueria Market and taste the famous hams and cheeses as your children enjoy the fun games your guides have in store for them. Following that, walk through the Gothic Quarter, discovering its corners and its passages which are full of ancient stories. Stand to admire every detail of the magnificent Cathedral of Barcelona, and feel the sad beauty of the Sant Felip Neri Square and the passing of time as you look at the Roman Ruins. It will then be time for churros and hot chocolate, as your guides offer you the best churros in town. Following your refreshment break, you'll visit the charming Born Quarter where you will encounter the magical Santa Maria del Mar Church which was built entirely by worshipers. Afterwards, visit the buried medieval ruins inside the antique Born Market. Towards the latter end of your tour, take a walk in the beautiful Ciutadella Park. A green lung in the heart of the Old City with leafy paths, little lakes with boats and ducks, lawns to sit on and relax in the sun, and children’s play areas. Enjoy the city including its art, history, and fabulous gastronomy with your family in a cool way which is engaging for the little ones.

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Barcelona: Food and History Tour

8. 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!

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Market to Fork: Market Tour and Private Cooking Class

9. Market to Fork: Market Tour and Private Cooking Class

Enjoy a unique culinary experience in Barcelona on a 4-hour market tour and personalized cooking class, and learn to cook a Catalan lunch in a chef’s private home. Meet your guide at the central La Boquería Market on Las Ramblas, where you will be taken to various sections of the historic food halls to see mounds of olives, fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh fish, and much more. Every cooking class is tailored to your group’s preferences, so your chef will pick out the best produce in season according to your menu. Then, once all the ingredients have been purchased, head to the chef’s cooking studio for a hands-on class. Prepare and cook a selection of local specialties, exploring the Catalan food traditions and origins of the recipes. At the end of the class, lunch will be served alongside a selection of local wines.

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Barcelona: 4-Hour Private Market & Foodie Tour

10. Barcelona: 4-Hour Private Market & Foodie Tour

If you like typical Catalan food or want to try it for the first time, and also want to visit some of the top markets in Barcelona, this 4-hour foodie tour is the perfect choice. Barcelona boasts some of the greatest food markets in the world, and this tour features two of the most important places where you can find authentic and healthy fresh food- La Boqueria and Santa Caterina markets. In addition, you’ll experience the joy of eating at three nearby tapas restaurants right in the heart of the city. First, your expert guide will take you on a visit to La Boqueria, the finest market in Barcelona for fresh products such as meats, fish and vegetables. Its location on famous La Rambla is one of the most popular with locals and one of the most attractive pedestrian areas in Europe. Next, you’ll move on to the first tapas stop at a place renowned by locals for its pintxos, which are small snacks traditionally eaten in the northern regions of Spain. Your second stop is at a place where locals usually meet and eat. Try typical tapas from Mediterranean cuisine that combine succulent fish, meats and vegetables. You guide will also take you to visit Santa Caterina market, particularly interesting because of its architecture, including its wavy and colorful roof. It is also interesting because of its history, as it was built on the ruins of a ancient convent. Tell your guide what you like to eat, and you’ll be shown some of the most popular local restaurants, offering up the most delicious foods that are beautifully presented. Your last stop is at a restaurant that offers well-prepared and tasty meat dishes and drinks from the Spanish and Catalan cultures.

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What people are saying about La Boqueria

the cooking was good, i learned how to clean the calamari, and finally learned the appropriate spices. I was glad to learn that salt is optional ;-). I only wish the market was open so we could shop for the ingredients first.

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

This was so fun! The food was great. The chef was entertaining, knowledgeable and friendly!!

This is a must experience while visiting . Totally enjoyed every minute .

The cooking experience was both fun and informative.