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Gourmet tapas walking tour of Barcelona

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  • Food Tours
  • Tapas Tours
  • Lenght: Half Day
  • Transp: Walking Tour
  • Wheelchair friendly

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BARCELONA TAPAS TOUR:
Eating like locals do

Are you a foodie? Is food one of your top interests when traveling? Does eating for 4 hours sound like an awesome plan to you? Would you like to discover the Spanish and Catalan food culture through its tapas, but don’t want to be taken to cheese places were you are forced to eat what the guide has ordered beforehand?

If you are like me, food is one of my priorities when traveling. I do my research to learn what are the traditional dishes I must try and where to find them. But all this research takes lots of time and effort. And what about feeling lost reading the restaurant menus and not knowing what to order? (or not understanding it at all if it’s only available in the local lingo).

Tapas started as a bite to go with your drink, but they have evolved into a whole way of eating, a culture of food in itself. More than a type of food in special, it’s about finger food or small portions to share with your friends and family. And since a varity of tapas is ordered at each stop, it’s the perfect way to taste many different specialties and enjoy the wealth of the local cooking.

A tapas tour is a great way to get in touch with the local foods, but most tours aren’t private: you are put together with other people and have to adapt to whatever the group (or the guide) decides to order, and that might match your preferences… or not. That totally limits the fun!

Our tapas tours are different: We love food, and we know the top tapas bars in the city – and that’s where we want to take you. We know what’s best at each place, what you absolutely need to taste, and what to order depending on your taste. Our guide makes suggestions but only orders what you say you want to try: a completely custom tour. Come with us on this lunchtime or evening tapas tour, for the best local food experience.

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DURING THIS BARCELONA TAPAS TOUR YOU WILL:

  • Visit 4-6 local bars
  • Try 2-3 specialties in each place
  • Order things you’d never dared ordering on your own (and love them!)
  • Experience what tapas really are!

Tapas Walking Tour of Barcelona Itinerary

Final itinerary and timings might vary due to many factors (Park Guell and Sagrada Familia tickets availability, your location and pace, your main interests…)

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  • Meet your guideARE YOU READY?

    Your guide will meet you at your location and you’ll head to the Old Town to start your tour, either walking or taking a taxi. Or if you prefer, we can set up a meeting point directly there so no time is wasted traveling.

  • A world of flavorsTAPAS BAR HOPING

    During this Barcelona walking tapas tour you’ll discover the way Tapas are presented in different Spanish regions (Basque tapas, Galician tapas, Catalan tapas, Andalusian tapas…), and experience different atmospheres (from shabby bars, to traditional taverns, to trendy design tapas venues). All different, and all the BEST!

    And you’ll get to sample different specialties (meat & sausages, cheese & ham, fish and seafood, veggies and eggs…) cooked in different ways (fried, steamed, grilled…), as well as to drink local beers, wine, cider, sangria, cava…

    Expect to visit 5 to 8 different venues, spending 20 to 45min in each and eating 2-4 different tapas in each place. Tapas plates can be small as appetizers or big as a starter. We’ll order several in each place and share. Come with an empty stomach!

    Take into account that locals eat late. Expect that during the first part of your Tapas walking tour of Barcelona the bars will be quiet. You’ll be able to enjoy your food more at the beginning, and experience the crowds towards the end!

  • TOUR ENDS

    Your guide can put you on a taxi or give you directions to take the subway or walk back to your hotel… or give you ideas to have a last drink or bite before going to bed!

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Approximate area where this tour will take you:

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?

This tour is designed for adults interested in local food and, able to walk about 2 miles (3km), divided in 4 to 6 stops.

Be prepared to finish the tour late at night: starting earlier isn’t a good option as most tapas bars aren’t open yet and your options wouldn’t be as exciting.

If a late night tour isn’t an option for you, consider a lunchtime tour from noon to 4PM, or our Sagrada Familia & Tapas tour, that finishes earlier.

If you have walking issues, we recommend to add a driver (the itinerary will have to be customized in order to make sense).

If you are on a wheelchair, most bars are accessible but some other might have one or two steps at the entrance or not have an adapted toilet. No driver will be needed.

SPECIAL DIETS

  • Vegetarian (ovo-lacto) are welcome. It’s not difficult to improvise some veggie tapas in Barcelona, but it’s best you let us know in advance.
  • Vegan are harder to cater. We definitely need to know in advance to plan accordingly.
  • Gluten-free can be accommodated if you can handle crossed-contamination and traces.
  • Celiac is VERY hard to accommodate as in most restaurants they aren’t trained to keep your food safe. We might have to limit the tapas stops to one single bar in the area we know to be safe.
  • Kosher food is hard to find in Barcelona: I’m afraid we can’t provide a tapas tour that thoroughly respects kosher rules. We can, though, organize a no-pork no-seafood tapas tour if that’s OK with you.
  • Halal food is easier to find, but unfortunately it’s mostly Middle-Eastern cuisine. I’m afraid we can’t provide either a strictly halal tapas tour. We can, though, organize a no-pork no-seafood tapas tour if that’s OK with you.
  • Other food allergies and diets, please check with us before booking so we can assess your options and risks.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • Tour length: 4 hours, with possibility of adding extra hours on request upon booking.
  • This tour takes places mostly in the Born District, and occasionally in the Gothic Quarter or La Mercè quarter. Lunchtime tours can include the fabulous tapas bars of the Boqueria Market (except Sunday and August).
  • Different bars might be visited each time: the guides have freedom to choose the ones they believe will suit best their guests’ taste. If you have a special place you want to try, please let us know in advance so we can plan accordingly.
  • Taxi rides from and back to your hotel are not included. The typical taxi rides is around €6 to €15.
  • Food & drinks are not included. Expect to pay as little as a couple of euros for a “pintxo” to €15 for a platter or the best Spanish ham.
  • Maximum 6 people. If you are 7 or more you’ll have to book 2 guides (or as many as it is necessary depending on the size of your group), and you might not be visiting the same bars at the same time (or not visit the same bars at all).

And in case you are wondering: NO, we don’t get commissions from the bars visited in this tour. We pick them because we like them and trust their quality and authenticity.

Why food and drinks are not included?

We want to provide the most unique tour for you – not a template that anyone can copy: Some people are adventurous eaters, while some other would rather stay in their safe comfort area; some love expensive wines, while other prefer beer. This tour should be a treat for you, so it doesn’t make sense that we make you eat a set tapas menu for a certain amount per person. It’s way more fun if you can chose every time what you want to eat and drink. Learn more about this here.

BOOKING INFORMATION

TAPAS TOUR

DURATION: 4 hours

WALKING TOUR:

€295

Taxi rides, if any, not included.

TAPAS

Not included

Expect to pay as little as a couple of euros for a “pintxo” to €15 for a platter or the best Spanish ham.

You’ll have control on how much you want to order.

IMPORTANT

We can only secure a guide for you after full payment has been received. Don’t wait until last-minute: we often book out in high season, and Park Guell & Sagrada Familia tickets sell out, too.

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Schedule

This tour is:

AVAILABLE Monday through Sunday
WEAKEST DAYS Monday and Sunday: as most bars chose one or the other for their day off.
August: many bars are closed for holidays: the tour can still be run, but the food options won’t be as exciting…

Recommended starting times:

Lunchtime Tours Noon
Evening Tours 7PM (earlier most bars are still closed)

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Robykmc (Brisbane, Australia)

Three Australian couples were led by our 'pied piper' Marta to the wonderful market stalls & various hidden eateries around the Barri Gotic in Barcelona. It was wonderful - we knew from Marta what was coming into season, what the speciality of each place was, what to drink and also learned some of the wonderful history behind it all. We all had to pass on ordering at the last Tapas bar as we were all too full, but returned the next evening to sample it on our own.

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Najlaswad

We booked Javier for a tapas tour and was so pleased to have someone who could bypass the tourist stops and go right to the locations where they were more authentic to the food scene.

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TracyLBB (Orlando, Florida, USA)

Just fabulous. Montse let us set the pace and with her leading us, 4 adults and 2 teens, we hit 5 places, all so very different. Little holes in the wall to new modern Basque spots. Loved them all. Great food, conversation and beverages. Our guide was very informed about history, geography and politics. Learned a lot about Spain's regions that we wouldn't have gleaned from our four days in Barcelona otherwise. Highly recommend it, well worth the price.

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Marion_mcgill (Oakville, Ontario, USA)

Bego was an excellent guide and showed us areas and tapas bars in Barcelona we never would have experienced on our own. we had this tour the first night we were in town and were able to find our way around on our own after it. She introduced us to regional specialty tapas dishes and gave us recommendations for the wine. We loved the tour and Bego!

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Lawchick123 (Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA)

We booked a tapas tour with ForeverBarcelona and I am SO glad we did! We visited 5 separate tapas bars, and every one had its own specialty. Marta puts so much thought into the way she composes the tour, making sure to choose bars for their unique specialities. And she would give us a heads-up of what was to come so that we didn't duplicate our experiences. For example, at our first stop, vermouth was their speciality. I'm not a huge vermouth fan, so I was going to order cava. She recommended that I not do that because one of our later destinations was known for their cava. She kept us on track and made sure we tried the right things in the right places. Marta was a huge help in choosing which tapas to order. She served as a translator, host, ambassador, historian and more. Absolute highlight of our Barcelona visit.

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Jacob K

We loved our tapas tour with Marta. She is knowledgeable and fun to be with. Each place had its own unique personality and tapas specialty. Great experience.

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Eric360 (New York, New York, USA)

Having done this tour last year I highly recommend it! Specially for any foodies out there. Marta knows all the best Tapas places to go to and will make your trip to Barcelona your favorite one. I an't wait to go back for another round of tapas hopping.

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Beverly W (Providence, Rhode Island, USA)

For our Tapas and Wine Bar tour we had Bego, who was friendly and knowledgeable and completely professional.

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Biotechgirl (Seattle, WA, USA)

My husband and I are big foodies and we were excited to try the tapas in Barcelona. We wanted someone local to take us to the best spots and found Marta. It was a really fun experience. Marta was punctual, spoke English very well and was very knowledgeable with regard to the restaurants and foods in Barcelona. I don't speak Spanish or Catalan and neither does my husband so it was helpful to have Marta order specialties of the region for us. She introduced us to freshly harvested Padron peppers that are fried and sprinkled with sea salt. They have a delicious flavor and most are mild. But every once in a while you will bite into a spicy pepper - you never know which one you are going to get! The restaurants/bars she took us to ranged from upscale to hole-in-the-wall - a nice variety.

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Merrill O. (Chicago, IL, United States)

She can steer you to the best tapas bars and dusty bodegas in all of Barcelona. Absolutely fabulous.

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