Take in the panoramic views across the city from Parc Guell & Montjuic and experience the buzz of the Catalan capital whatever your interests.
Barcelona is a heady cocktail of art & architecture, world class cultural sites, superb design & shopping and wonderful food. Welcome to the gastronomic engine that sparked Spain's culinary ascendency, that began with Ferran Adria and the most famous restaurant in the world - "El Bulli".
Our best advice is to bring some really comfortable walking shoes, as this is a city best explored on foot. From the wide elegant avenues to the maze of back streets, this city is a joy to discover for the first time. It's got the mediterranean climate and beachfront, a buzzing social life with squares, terraces and beaches packed with locals and visitors alike. Barcelona is packed with cultural sites and excellent gastronomy - you could easily spend three full days here and head to the airport with a list of everything you plan to do next time
There's no shortage of wonderful eateries in Barcelona. From stalls in the local food markets all the way up the ladder to the 3 Michelin starred establishments. Don't miss the food markets - this should be the first place to visit and get a sense of what makes the Catalan capital tick, with a treasrue trove of fresh produce and people from all over the world
For wonderful views and sense of the layout of the city, go up to the Tibidabo mountain and Montjuïc hill. You'll get a great panorama of the city and the sea. If art and design are your thing, Gaudi's Park Güell, Batlló House and La Sagrada Familia are all examples of the city's unique modernista architecture. A foodie's tour of the Gothic Quarter, is a great way to discover the bygone days of Barcelona and indulge your senses in a wealth of flavours, and specialist shops. In the evening Barceloneta's small fish and seafood restaurants are alive with diners - get in early or be prepared to wait in the bar and enjoy a glass of locally made vermouth.
Possibly the best gift you can take home with you is the wonderful food - so, why not join one of our cookery experiences. You'll be able take back classic recipes, ingredients & techniques to your own kitchen and share Barcelona with family and friends!
Barcelona's 2017 Attractions
Enigma is the latest venture from the Adrià brothers, whose culinary empire has taken over the barrio of Sant Antoni.This vast, futuristic space is intended to be as much laboratory as restaurant and will doubtless challenge us to re redefine fine dining.
Bravo 24 is chef Carles Abellán's restaurant in the glamorous Hotel W, serves fabulous modern Catalan cuisine, a la carte, desgustacion (tasting menu) and tapas. Views of the sea and beaches make for a divine setting for lunch or dinner.
FOR ART LOVERS
2017 is the 'Year of Puig i Cadafalch' celebrates the 150th anniversary of the architect's birth. A contemporary of Gaudi, he designed many stunning buildings, one of which "Casa de les Punxes" has just opened to the public for the first time.
Casa Vicens was Gaudi's first major work, carried out in 1888. Located on a quiet Gràcia back-street, thel Mudéjar-influenced façade and fantastical wrought-iron gates have long been a private residence, but from October opens to the public.
FOR HISTORY BUFFS
The Museu Marítim, located at the sea end of Las Ramblas, is housed under the Gothic arches of the medieval shipyards of Drasannes. Between 13th - 18th centuries they built hundreds of war and merchant ships giving Barcelona naval supremacy throughout the Mediterranean. Housing a fascinating collection of all things nautical, the highlight is the replica of Don Juan de Austria's C16th galley ship
MUHBA is the History Museum of Barcelona and houses the remains of the Roman and Visigoth city of Barcino. Take a trip underground and learn how medieval Barcelona was built on top of Roman Barcino. On street level, Palaces and Chapel have displays explaining the medieval history of Barcelona.
FOR SUMMER FUN
Neighbourhood Festivals are mainly held in late summer. Barcelona's own festival, La Mercè is late September with events, concerts, typical castells (human towers) to correfocs (fire-running), fireworks, and processions of gegants (massive papier-mâché figures hollowed out and carried by locals). The Gràcia's street parties are the most spectacular, lavishly decorated streets, posing as rainforests or distant planets.
Barceloneta - Fisherman's Village is the place for a relaxed vibe on a summer evening, wandering Barceloneta's grid of narrow streets and discovering its bars and restaurants. This is the old fishermen's quarter, which juts out to the sea away from the city. The locals added to the atmosphere, sitting on chairs outside their houses, chatting and enjoying the cool sea breeze. The seafood is just fantastic - as you'd expect from a fishing village.
Located in the central Gracia district surrounded by art nouveau buildings, the stark design and decor here is dominated by straight lines and plain materials. It offers bar, restaurant and spa, as well as an elegant rooftop terrace with a swimming pool looking out across Barcelona's rooftops and the gorgeous Mediterranean sunset.
Casa Fuster 5*
This superb early 1900s Art Nouveau building, created by famous architect Luis Doménech y Montaner, is an important Barcelona landmark and listed as a World Heritage Building. It's Galaxo restaurant serves avant -garde cuisine, the famous jazz club in the Vienes Lounge has live music every Thursday night, and on warm evenings you can enjoy the Mirador roof terrace with views of Passeig de Gràcia, Sagrada Familia and Tibidabo mountain.
Destination BCN Apartments
A Modernist building with 14 contemporary central Barcelona apartments, providing a stylish and comfortable, conveniently located suites. All are individually designed and beautifully presented. All the tech you need wifi, smart TV with satellite & Apple TV, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, kitchenette with washer-dryer, dishwasher, oven and grill. Concierge can arrange housekeeping, catering and deliveries. Plenty of bars and restaurants nearby. Each apartment is different, some with balconies, sun deacks or roof terrace - so you can make the most of Barcelona's mediterranean sunshine.
H10 Art Gallery Hotel 4 *
This newly-built hotel takes inspiration from inthe world of contemporary art. Its beautiful collection of original works and prints from internationally renowned artists such as Joan Miró and Miquel Barceló makes it an artistic treasure.Interior design based on clean lines, it's a 4-star superior hotel with modern rooms, a Modern Art Restaurant, Pop Art Cafeteria & Olivera terrace with a centuries-old olive tree. The rooftop terrace has plunge pool and sun loungers.
It may seem slightly unoriginal by the time you arrive here, but you simply cannot avoid tucking into tapas in Barcelona as you explore and stop for refreshment.
Barcelona's Neighbourhood Markets
You simply must visit one of the fresh food markets - an integral part of everyday life here and a great place to ge tto know the ingredients, flavours and scents of Catalonia. La Boqueria is one of the best food markets in Europe, and most ivisited so go early to avoid the crowds. Santa Caterina is housed in one of the most beautiful buildings in Barcelona, with a colorful sweeping roof and stuffed with gourmet treats to sample. Mercat de la Concepció is the Eixample neighborhood, and also has 24 hour flower market. Sant Antoni is in another impressive building covering a full block. It's like the Boqueria but bigger and without the tourists, and tons of stalls selling fruit, vegetables, fish & seafood and there are also has tapas bars here.
We recommend that you truly immerse yourself in Catalan cuisine, (but you can get everything in this Gastropolis).
TICKETS is the new eatery by the most prestigious Chef Ferran Adrià. It's a tapas bar with a twist - the tapas are all avant-garde culinary ideas of Adrià. The chef will not be cooking at Tickets but has created every new tapa personally. Jamón de tono: Home-salted tuna belly painted with Iberian cured ham fat, spiced tomato tartare with crunchy bread, steamed razor clams with ginger, cayenne pepper and lemon air, liquid ravioli with Payoyo cheese, roast bonito with garlic jelly, to name but a few...
CELERI presents seasonal vegetables in an open and chic place for a green cuisine which is natural and gastronomic. Chef Xavier Pellicer has developed a menu around seasonal vegetables such as cauliflower, asparagus, spinach.. mainly for vegetarians but where meat and fish lovers catered for too.
MOMENTS, is located in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel where Chef Carme Ruscalleda and her son Raül Balam revisit Catalan classics. Choose from Arroz Caldoso de Gamba con picada de pescador (rice dish with broth), Fricandó (veal stew), Suquet (fish stew), Shrimp Tartar, Lubina - seabass with fig chutney and hibiscus salt - Mejillas, veal cheeks with turnip vegetable ravioli and red fruits..
They have also created an "anti-aging" menu ijncluding mini pizza pies with artichokes and the Joselito ham, or macaroni with buckwheat accompanied by scallops and vegetables... a visionary idea!
CAN PINEDA opened in 1904 and loved by locals and gourmets. It's a kuxury restaurant disguised as a tavern. The best local products of the season are at the core of the menu; mainly local but also feature foie gras from France, white truffle from Alba, the pata negra from Jabugo. Dinign here is of the highest standard - and you;d be well advise to take the tasting menu at 35€ (wine extra). "poached eggs with foieand truggle, rice with cuttlefish, wild muchsroom and lobseter, anchovies from Getaria, oxtail stew with langostines".
EL RACO DEL MARINER in the fishing village part of town Barceloneta, has daily fresh fish and seafood unloaded directly from fishermen's boats into this kitchen - fish of the day, fried fish, squids and shrimps, lobsters or paella de marisco (seafood paella). Open from 5 in the morning to 5 in the evening it's a gem.
DOS PALILLOS is where fabulous Spanish produce meets the Asian flavours of Japan, China, Thailand and Vietnam. Chef Albert Raurich was head chef at El Bulli until 2007. Last year this restaurant earned it's first Michelin Star, starring dishes of tempura, raw, woked, steamed and grilled dishes...fresh seaweed sunomono with molluscs, Japanese burger, meat Gyoza, Cantonese style Iberian pork. There are two degustation menus at 55 and 75€ described as the "one and a half hour menu" or "the two hour menu"!
We work with the cookery school Espai Boisa in Barcelona.
This is a fantastic team of bilingual Catalan chefs who provide superb 1/2 day cooking experiences - that you can eat!
- Cooking activity in groups of 4
- Organic, seasonal and local ingredients
- Lunch/ dinner accompanied with organic wine pairing
- Demonstration of Catalan tradition around food
- Detailed Recipe Sheet to take home
A Sample Experience would be as follows:-
Visit the local market with your chef and pick up some ingredients for your menu.
Back at the kitchen, everything is prepared for your lesson.
1) Various traditional and seasonal tapas
2) Paella - all the professional tips and techniques to make this when you get home
3) Dessert - crema catalana
You are served with refreshments, including local beers and wines as you prepare your meal, then sit down together with your co-chefs to tuck in to your spanish feast with more wine or beer.
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