BARCELONA TAPAS TOUR: Eating like locals do

Are you a serious 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 variety 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 (most other tapas tours in town pre-order a set of dishes, the same every time – that’s not our way of doing things). Come with us on this lunchtime or evening tapas tour, for the best local food experience.

OUR PRIVATE TAPAS TOURS ARE DIFFERENT

4 TO 6 BARS

Authentic Barcelona Tapas Tour

GREAT FOOD

AS ADVENTUROUS AS YOU WANT

Adventurous Tapas Tour

LOVE DESSERT
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  • Unlike most companies in town, each of our tours is different. We DO NOT pre-set orders for you, so  you can be free to order exactly what  you feel like tasting.
  • Our guides are both foodies and licensed tour guides. They know how to provide exciting conversation about whatever you want to talk about, be it food or history, politics or local life.
  • Discover the authentic bars where locals go, away from tourist traps.
  • Learn how to order tapas like a local.
  • Leave with a list of personal recommendations for other bars and restaurants for your stay, as well as tips to organize your sightseeing.
  • And much more, in a private tour just for you and your party!

ADAPT THIS TOUR TO YOUR UNIQUE NEEDS

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.

If you are in town more than one day, you might want to consider a day trip to the wine country.

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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.

TOUR SCHEDULE

TOUR LENGHT

4 hours

RECOMMENDED STARTING TIME

LUNCHTIME TOURS: Noon.
EVENING TOURS: 7PM (earlier most bars are still closed)

CALENDAR

AVAILABLE: Every day.
Best days are Friday and Saturday, since that’s the locals’ favorite days to eat out.
WEEKEST 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…

TOUR AND BOOKING INFORMATION

  • FOOD FACTS

    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.

    Should I skip other meals that day? If you are having a lunch-time tour, get a light breakfast (or skip it if you are used to skipping breakfast) and don’t plan a big dinner for the evening. If you are having a dinner-time tour, have a light lunch (no need to skip it) and don’t eat anything else until the tour starts. You won’t need dinner reservations that night.

  • ABOUT THE BARS

    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.

    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).

    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.

  • PRICING (2019 fees)

    €299
    TOTAL PER TOUR (not per person)

  • TRANSPORTATION

    100% Walking Tour
    Taxi rides from your hotel/apartment and back not included if needed.

  • 6 PEOPLE MAXIMUM

    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).

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    Our team is small and we can only secure a guide for you after full payment has been received. Don’t wait until last-minute: we often book out.

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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.

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REVIEWS FROM TRAVELERS LIKE YOU

Kim E (Vancouver, Washington, USA)

The tapas tour made us feel like locals.

Beverly W (Providence, Rhode Island, USA)

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

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.

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 specialties. 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 specialty. 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.

GinnyB685 (Calgary, Canada)

We are just back to the hotel from a Tapas Tour with Miriam. What a wonderful evening! This is our third trip to Barcelona and our only regret is that we didn’t do this tour on our first trip. She introduced us to areas – and food and wine – that we never would have found on our own. We would only suggest that if you take this tour you pace yourselves: The food and wine at the first stop was amazing – and there were 4 more restaurants, equally good, to follow.

Elaine Hazelwood (United Kingdom)

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!

Sally Muehlenkamp (Kentucky, USA)

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.

Sue Oasay (Haway, USA)

We had a marvelous time!!! We experienced different types and presentations of Tapas restaurants. It was an astronomical epicurean delight!

John Girard

My personal highlight was the tapas tour, the best experience I had on our vacation.

Lundahls

Tapas Tour Terrific!!!!! Marta and her tapas tour is absolute perfection!! She customizes the tour to your gastronomical likes and dislikes!! She takes you to local spots and the food and atmosphere are tops in Barcelona!! Can’t recommend her highly enough!!

Jacob K

We loved our tapas tour with Marta.

Vickie J (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)

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!

Alvin Lee82 (Singapore)

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.

Mei Chun (United States)

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.

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.

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!

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.

Robin H (Littleton, Massachusetts, USA)

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 porrons 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.

Paul Kalms (USA)

She showed us a variety of tapas restaurants and did an excellent job of explaining the food, as well as the history behind the eateries and the food itself.

TracyLBB (Hernando, Florida)

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.

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 specialty 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.

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.

JulieT0222 (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)

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! Marta always made sure we understood why she was making the particular pairings and was even able to share the history that went along with some of the restaurants, making it even more of a personal experience for us. We even finished the evening with “dessert tapas”! This was one of the most fun experiences we have ever had on our travels.

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.

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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