Barcelona Tapas Tour
Treat your taste buds to delicious tapas and wine on this Barcelona food tour. You'll indulge in local cuisine as you go from one tapas restaurant to another, making your way across the city. Meet your English-speaking guide in front of the Art Centre Santa Monica at the bottom of the Ramblas, near to the Drassanes metro station, before setting off on a Barcelona food tour like no other.
Head away from the touristy spots and into local neighborhoods, like the once notorious no-go-area Raval, which nowadays features a unique blend of ambitious new architectural projects with the traditional, multi-ethnic life of the barrio. Just a stone's throw away, you will enjoy the first tapas experience of the night at a cozy little terrace bar, where you can pick up a pintxo of butifarra or some salmorejo, two truly traditional and tasty dishes.
The next tapas bar awaits you, and you'll navigate your way through a labyrinth of small streets that still retain their old-world ambience. Your next stop is a warm bodega (wine cellar) with exquisite ham and cheese, and you'll experience these tasty flavors accompanied by a nice white or red wine. From there, your Barcelona tapas tour continues as you cross the Rambla de Raval, the multicultural heart of the Raval, and have a look at the cat sculpture of the Columbian artist Fernando Botero.
Next up is a typical Vermuteria, where you can have a vermut (vermouth) or tinto de verano (think sangria, but simpler) and indulge in a Spanish omelette. On the way to the adjacent neighborhood of Poble Sec you will cross Parallel, once known for its Montmartre-style entertainment, which is still cluttered with theaters, music venues, and cabarets. Poble Sec is attached to the Montjuic, Barcelona's emblematic hillside. Still very central, it combines the charm of a lively neighborhood with an authentic local feel away from the main tourist trails. Your next stop is a vibrant bodega, where you can choose your favorite Basque pintxo and top it all off with a glass of cava.
Throughout this Barcelona tour, as you delight in the discovery of new tastes, flavors and dishes, your guide will give you insights into local gastronomic specialties and anecdotes of the city's history and local neighborhood life. Eating tapas is one of the best things to do in Barcelona, no doubt about that, and a great way to connect with the daily lives of the locals. At some point during this tour, you will likely meet some of the local characters in the barrio, and perhaps even get drawn into a conversation or two. You never know what the night has in store!
Reviewer: Tom Dunbar
This walking tour was just what we wanted at the end of our day in Barcelona. Alisha was a wonderful guide providing interesting insights and knowledge of the area. The restaurants were charming and the tapas were varied and extremely tasty. We would highly recommend.
Our tour guide Eddy met us at the appointed time and place. He was very friendly, energetic and spoke fluent English. We had a nice mix of people from the US, UK and Australia. Eddy took us to four tapas/pinchas cafes in four different neighborhoods. He gave us the history of tapas and social life in Barcelona as well as the specific histories of the neigborhoods we visited. Never saw any tourists in our stops; all local patrons as far as I could tell. Eddy really made us feel like we were getting an insiders' tour. As with other Shore Excursion tours we've taken, this one was better than advertised. The local tour companies they work with have always been very good. This one was Urban Adventures.
Reviewer: Lynn Catalina
This was a delightful excursion! An easy walk from the Barcelona cruise terminal where we six joined three women traveling independently Matthias our guide had selected the tapas bars and we walked to four bars in different neighborhoods. Beverage included, too! I'd do it again!
Reviewer: Christine Vernier
I highly recommend this tour as a fun way to see a part of Barcelona that is not on the tourist track. The tapas and drinks were both plentiful and delicious. We were able to quiz a local on the culture and politics of Barcelona. Fun!
There were just four of us on this tour. The tour guide was delightful and we learned a lot about Spanish life but some of the places we went weren't as good as we'd hoped. We were fairly early in the evening for Barcelona so perhaps some of the places liven up later on. We certainly saw tapas bars in Barcelona that we would not have seen on our own.