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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
€295
4 hour private tour
Walking Tour

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.

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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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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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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 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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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