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Barcelona Culture and Tapas Walking Tour

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Barcelona, Spain

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Overview

Taste the best of Catalonia’s culture and gourmet cuisine on this Barcelona tapas tour through the city on foot. During your pre-dinner outing, explore some of the city’s most famous tapas bars around La Rambla, La Boqueria food market, and the Gothic Quarter with an expert food guide, learning how to order these iconic bar snacks like a local.
  • Guided walking tour of La Rambla and Gothic Quarter
  • Visit to famous La Boqueria food market
  • Learn how to order tapas and discover Barcelona's best bars and cafes
  • Stops to taste local products at the market and in specialty shops

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Visit the best tapas bars in Barcelona on this tour filled with tasty food and drinks. By the end of the evening be confident enough to go out on your own and order tapas the way a local would.
Whet your appetite for Barcelona’s delicious food culture during this walking tapas tour with an expert guide. Get the inside scoop on the fascinating Catalan culture surrounding tapas as you learn how to order like a local and sample some of the city’s best at its famous tapas hotspots.

Start your experience in central Barcelona in the early evening with a glass of wine, meeting at a gastronomic-focused food center designed to introduce travelers and foodies alike to the city’s legendary culinary scene. Sample a variety of traditional Spanish flavors at the center, including cured meats, cheese, and bread, paired with a drink. Taste traditional products at the market.

Once you finish your snack, begin your tapas crawl near Barcelona’s famous La Rambla pedestrian street, noting the area’s unique mix of tapas bars, local eateries, and street performers. Follow your guide into the iconic La Boqueria, the city’s best-known food market, and admire a mouth-watering range of fresh produce, cheese, seafood, and meat laid out for sale. 

Continue your walk to a nearby eatery offering a great selection of local tapas. Sample tasty bites accompanied by a glass of wine, beer, or cider, listening as your foodie guide explains details about Spanish cuisine and culture. After your first stop, head next into the Gothic Quarter, immersing yourself in this historic area’s unique atmosphere, architecture, and food. Some of the food merchants located here have been in business for more than a century. Stop at a store specializing in Iberian Ham, the best of the best, and try this mouth-watering cured meat. The tour stops at other restaurants offering a wide selection of local, delicious tapas.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Food Wine Tours
You will be welcome to the tour with a welcome drink in a Gastronomic Center created under the slow food philosophy and open to offer experiences to Foodies and travelers who visit Barcelona.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Las Ramblas
Your food specialist guide will lead you through Barcelona's most famous street, La Rambla. From here you will go to La Boqueria, the city’s famous food market, which offers an array of fresh produce including fruits and vegetables, seafood, cheese and any type of meat imaginable. This is an emblematic street and a must-see for any visitor to Barcelona. Its central promenade is lined with flower stalls and kiosks, while the sides are home to buildings such as the Gran Teatre del Liceu theatre, the Palau de la Virreina palace and La Boquería market. This is a street which is teeming with life and colour, where a central pedestrianised promenade offers the chance to stroll among kiosks, flower stalls and a wide range of shops and businesses. The avenue extends for a length of a little over one kilometre; it begins in the Plaça de Catalunya and connects to the statue of Columbus. It is known by various different names along its length: the section nearest the Plaça de Catalunya is the La Rambla de Canaletes, followed by La Rambla dels Estudis, and ending with La Rambla de las Flores or Sant Josep. The street is very popular with both tourists and with locals, and always has a lively atmosphere. It is a magnet for numerous street artists who, together with the other passers-by, make Las Ramblas a microcosm of Barcelona life which is well worth a special visit. Its origins date from the 18th century, when it was laid out following the medieval walls of Barcelona. Today it is the site of important buildings such as the Palau de la Virreina and the Gran Teatre del Liceu. It also has access to the main entrance of the popular market known as La Boquería. Where La Rambla meets the sea, we find the Mirador de Colom, a unique opportunity to admire this unique, green artery of pedestrians from the air.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mercat de la Boqueria
You will enjoy a special tasting of traditional products in different stalls at the famous Boqueria market; Iberian Ham, the best in the world and 2 traditional cheeses La Boqueria is the most famous market in Barcelona worldwide. It is located in the center of the city of Barcelona (Las Ramblas). Discover it! La Rambla's history is the Boqueria Market's history. The evolution from a past of peddlers to a modern and charming present, full of colour and life. The market is a metaphor for Barcelona's life, a human river that is the delight for those who like watching. The first of Barcelona's local markets was opened on Saint Joseph's day, on the 19th of March 1840, after four years of work on the land that was up until then occupied by Saint Joseph's convent. However, the history goes back a good few years before, because on the site on Rambla where the market is today, there were already peddlers selling meat in the thirteenth century. Marquis Campo Sagrado, Catalonia's general captain, started to establish the rules for this travelling market in an area that became a large square after the convent was gone. With time the Boqueria Market of Barcelona transformed itself in a modern market. It incorporated the gas illumination and the metal cover was finished in 1914. This metal cover as well as protecting food, sellers and buyers, gives character to the market. Nowadays, the third and fourth generation of sellers proudly show the oldest and most complete food market of Barcelona. They offer us vegetables, meat, fish and thousands of other products in stalls with great charm and imaginative presentation. Boqueria Market is a space full of life, history and unquestionable architectural value.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)
You'll continue through the Gothic Quarter, where you will discover the architecture, atmosphere, language and gastronomy that are unique to Spain, and some of the gourmet shops which are over 100 years old. You sill stop at a specialty store in Iberian Ham, the best of the best, where you will try this mouth watering cured meat. The tour will stop at two restaurants offering a wide selection of local, delicious tapas. You will finish our tour full of great food, tradition, good wine, good conversation and have a better understanding of the Spanish and Catalan culture, history, and how to live like a local The Gothic Quarter is one of the most famous landmarks in Barcelona. Located in the heart of the old city, this Barcelona neighborhood features a fusion of buildings dating from Roman times to the 20th century. Welcome to one the most interesting places to visit in Barcelona. The Gothic quarter is an area teeming with alleyways and squares in the centre of Barcelona, where the presence of palaces, houses and Gothic churches reveals the city's medieval past. It is one of the most attractive parts of Barcelona, and its streets abound in medieval buildings such as the palaces of the Town Hall and the Generalitat (the Catalan Regional Government), and the Gothic churches of Santa María del Pi and Sant Just y Pastor. It also contains the Jewish quarter, comprising a network of narrow streets and where part of its former synagogue can still be seen today. Its streets are arranged around various squares, of which the most interesting are those of Sant Jaume, el Rei and la Reial. The first is the political heart of Barcelona, and the site of the town hall and the Palau de la Generalitat building. The architectural ensemble in Plaça del Rei square offers arguably the finest examples of mediaeval constructions in Barcelona, with the Palau Reial Major, part of the old Roman wall, the Palau del Lloctinent (Deputy's Palace) and the City History Museum. Finally La Reial is an exceptionally lovely porticoed square and a very popular spot –particularly in the evening– thanks to its numerous cafés and bars. This neighbourhood has been the heart of the city since Roman times, and in fact is the site of the Roman necropolis (Villa de Madrid square), while very nearby it is still possible to see the remains of the Roman temple of Augustus.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
El Born
Located in between the Gothic Quarter and the Ciutadella Park, El Born is one of Barcelona's trendiest and most popular neighborhoods.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Mercat Santa Caterina
Santa Caterina Market. The first covered market in Barcelona, following its recent remodelling the market now boasts a roof that has become an icon for the city.

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Food market
Patricia_M
, Mar 2020
Our tour guide was friendly and welcoming. Extremely knowledge about both food and wine. He gave us wonderful recommendations for dinner for our additional night stay. I highly recommend this tour if you want to get familiar with the old to of Barcelona.
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Day Trip Adventure in Barcelona
Matthew_B
, Mar 2020
Highly recommend this tour. Our guide, Ferran, was polite and very informative. We visited several locations with great food and learned a lot about the city in the process.
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Wine, food and fun
janinegonzales
, Feb 2020
Ferran was very knowledgeable during the walking tour as well as the food and wine. He made the experience very enjoyable.
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Great tour to start our week!
WestEssexMom
, Jan 2020
David was a fantastic guide. He was knowledgeable, interesting and took us to some wonderful spots. Thank you for getting our week in Barcelona off to a great start.
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Great Taste of Spain
melissawalchko
, Dec 2019
Juni was a fabulous tour guide who gave us a unique glimpse into the food side of Spanish culture. Our family especially loved the market!
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franziskamorrison4
, Oct 2019
The guide was pleasant and knowledgeable but... Not enough to drink and poor choice of venues. Drinks at the start also unnecessary. Thanks a lot.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Thank you for your comment but I want to tell you that in the descriptive of our tour we indicate the number of drinks as well as tapas that are included in the tour. If you wanted a tour with more drinks, you should have booked our Wine Tasting tour with Tapas tour where 5 glasses of wine are included.
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Xavi was great!
Bryan C
, Oct 2019
Xavi was great and knowledgeable. Really enjoyed the visit to la boqueria and all the foods we tried. Would recommend to friends.
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Barcelona walking tour
LivingCapeCod
, Sep 2019
This was really fun! Our guide was terrific and we walked all over, eating and drinking. We felt safe and learned a lot. Our group was a very manageable size and we enjoyed meeting the other folks on the tour. Food was delicious.
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Tapas Walking Tour
Susan123456620
, Sep 2019
A good introduction to Barcelona for first timers or those pushed for time. It was a bit rushed and I’ve had better tapas, however, the guide David was very knowledgeable and made the tour interesting and enjoyable.
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Tapas walking tour
ledwithg
, Sep 2019
Well thought out tour our guide was friendly knowledgeable and made the tour entertaining as well as giving us full explanations

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