Barcelona Market Small Group Tour with Tastings
Experience the grandeur of one of Europe’s oldest markets on this tour. Follow your guide through la Boqueria Market and sample some of the city’s best local specialties. Then, stroll through the streets for more delights.
- Walk through La Boqueria Market
- Learn about Catalonian cuisine
- Try some of the best local specialties
- Explore specialty food shops
What’s included in the tour
- Expert guide
About This Barcelona Tour
As the center of the food scene and epicenter of Catalan gastronomy, the Boqueria Market offers a remarkable opportunity to experience the sights, smells, and tastes of gastronomic Barcelona. On this three hour food tour, you’ll explore the market and nearby specialty food shops, tracing the history of food in this culinary city. In the company of a chef or food writer, you’ll get a basic overview of regional Catalan gastronomy while tasting local specialties.
Begin this experience at the former location of La Boqueria, which was founded in the 13th century, making it one of Europe’s oldest markets. As you travel towards the modern part of the market, your guide will discuss the long history of public markets in Barcelona. Once you arrive, venture into stands where fresh fish, shellfish, and an array of mollusks are arranged over beds of ice. During the tour, you’ll also stop to examine fresh wild mushrooms and inhale the salty aromas of cured ham and sausage.
As you continue to make your way through the market, your guide will explain the origin of Barcelona’s best dishes and its relation to Catalonia’s rich culinary history and diverse geography. Then, the final part of the tour will take you out of La Boqueria Market and into the stone streets of El Raval and the Gothic Quarter. As you stroll through this area, your guide will take you to select specialty food shops. Passing by several notable restaurants, you’ll pay particular attention to neighborhood establishments that specialize in “market cuisine” in order to highlight the difference between market and restaurant. Depending on the time of day, your tour may end at either Granja Viader, a local dairy that serves the afternoon cup of chocolate, or the famous Escriba bakery.
Please meet your guide in the lobby of Le Meridien Barcelona Hotel, which is located at La Rambla 111. The main entrance is on Carrer del Pintor Fortuny just off La Rambla.
Your Boqueria Tastings fee of $17 is included in the price of your tour.
As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind. In need of retail therapy after your tour? Your guide can advise you where to go in search of that "must have" souvenir to take home. Be sure to have some local currency and a backpack for all your great buys.
Plan to walk for approximately 2 miles at a gentle pace. If your mobility is limited, this tour may be too challenging for you. This itinerary is not suitable for wheelchairs.
Walking Tour, Cultural, Scenic, Food & Wine
Public transportation may be used from time to time. Have local currency available for tickets. Your tour may involve walking only.
Ph.D. or MA-level Scholar Guide
Boqueria Tastings Fee
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Travelers must be 13 years of age or older to participate in this tour.
Special Medical Restriction
During the course of this walk, we will sample a wide variety of foods, including sweet and savory. If you have a food allergy, such as an allergy to nuts, please let us know in advance by emailing Hello@GoBe.com so that we can take this into account.
Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our guide, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the guide.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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