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.
Final itinerary and timings might vary due to many factors (Park Guell and Sagrada Familia tickets availability, your location and pace, your main interests…)
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
|Evening Tours||7PM (earlier most bars are still closed)|
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.
She can steer you to the best tapas bars and dusty bodegas in all of Barcelona. Absolutely fabulous.
Marta took us to 5 very different tapas bars. Each bar was unique. Marta was very helpful with suggesting tapas to order and wine and/or sangria to drink. The bar with the purros was great fun. The staff at the tapas bars knew Marta and when they saw us coming with her, they steered us to empty tables and served us quickly so we could get on with our tour.
Marta was an excellent Tapa Tour Guide! She was provided good information not only on tapas but on the historical points we passed during our walk. She provided us with a variety of tapa venues and different types of tapas. We highly recommend her.
Marta was superb, we were introduced to tapas that we would never have been brave enough to try on our own in amazing bars that we would never have found on our own. Marta intended to finish the tour at a wine bar but when we explained that our children didn't like wine but loved cocktails, she took us to a wonderful cocktail bar that later discovered was frequented by the likes of Sophia Loren; the kids were truly impressed!
She brought us to exceptionally crowded tapas bars (intimidating) but she would jostle through the crowd and ensured we got a table to eat comfortably.
Just fabulous walking tapas tour. 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 tapas tour with Marta was truly one of the true highlights! As "foodies", well really just people who love adventure in eating & drinking, this tour was such a treat! Marta took us to fantastic local places that we likely would not have visited. Marta planned our tour to be sure we had a completely different tapas & wine experience in each restaurant. Different tastes & types at each place we visited and everything DELICIOUS!
Tapas like the Barcelona locals do! We four friends had a great evening with Marta guiding us to lively tapas places that we never would have found as tourists. At each stop, the food and wine were delicious, but the experience of mingling with the Barcelona locals was even more special. Thank you, Marta, for this wonderful evening!
Marta has all the connections you need even when you don't think there is a spot to sit! All the tapas we tried were very good and we really enjoyed some special desserts after.