Visit Spain and take a culinary journey through Barcelona, Logrono and San Sebastian

Get ready for a journey through northern Spain’s most alluring sights, sounds and tastes. Immerse yourself in the amazing culture, history and cuisine of Barcelona, tasting local produce at La Boqueria market that has been trading since the 1200s, whipping up Catalan specialties in a cooking class and wandering the stunning Las Ramblas and Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter). Famous for its tapas and eclectic array of bars, Logrono is a beautiful city in the heart of Spain’s La Rioja wine region. Tapas-hop through the city, learn the workings of a family-run vineyard and explore the medieval streets of La Guardia, a place where underground tunnels and wine caves weave beneath the city. Venture on to the north of Spain’s most celebrated city, San Sebastian, where beautiful beaches, historic buildings and a thriving food and arts scene bask together under a beaming sun. Experience a traditional sagardotegia (cider house), indulge in pintxos (Basque-style tapas) while exploring the Parte Vieja (Old Town) and feast on San Sebastian’s celebrated Basque cuisine. Let this Real Food Adventure take you through the cultural and culinary heart of Spain and taste all the flavours of this exceptional region.

Start
Barcelona, Spain
Finish
San Sebastian, Spain
Countries
Spain
Themes
Food
Code
ZMZZ
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
128kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Discover Barcelona’s best bodegas and bars
  • Snack on the flavours of Spain at Barcelona's impressive Santa Catarina Markets
  • Whip up some of Barcelona’s finest specialties in a spirited cooking class
  • Sample the renowned tapas of Logrono
  • Bottle your own wine in the famous La Rioja wine region
  • Choose to head underground through the maze of tunnels and wine caves in medieval La Guardia
  • Wander the labyrinthine streets of San Sebastian’s Parte Vieja
  • Experience a txikiteo, where devouring Basque-style tapas is the night’s agenda
  • Drink cider straight from the barrel at a traditional sagardotegia (cider house)

Itinerary

Ease into the rhythm of Barcelona over a glass of cava in a local taverna. The following day, explore the quirky Santa Catarina Market and be introduced to the feisty flavours of Catalonia by a local chef in preparation for a mouth-watering cooking class. Spend the afternoon hunting the city for more local flavours or visit the quirky La Sagrada Familia.
Located in Spain’s premier wine region, La Rioja, Logrono is known for its incredible array of tapas bars. Each bar specialises in a particular dish, so you can get a taste of the city at one of the local bars – chorizo, morcilla (black sausage) and seta (mushroom) are firm local favourites. Indulge in a breakfast of churros and hot chocolate before spending a morning in a historical village in the heart of the La Rioja wine region.Stroll through enchanting vineyards and learn what goes on behind the scenes of a winery. Relax among the vines with a picnic and drink wine from an old-school goat-skin bag. Be amazed by the medieval village of La Guardia, where cars aren't allowed in the city centre due to the underground maze of tunnels and caves used for making and storing wine.
Eat breakfast among the fresh fruits and cured meats of San Blas Markets before travelling to San Sebastian, the stunning seaside city in the north of Spain’s Basque Country. Gear up for an optional txikiteo, a Basque-style tapas crawl that will fill the senses – and stomach – with the unique tastes of the region. Experience a traditional sagardotegia (cider house) and savour Basque dishes complimented by a glass or two of nectareous cider. Discover San Sebastian’s beaches, shops and charismatic streets and, for those who wish to venture farther afield, check out a traditional Basque cheese farm or head to Bilbao and marvel at the impressive Frank Gehry Guggenheim Museum. Choose to farewell Spain with a final feast with new friends. Topa!
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Inclusions

Meals
5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport
Bus, Metro, Public bus, Train
Accommodation
Hotel (7 nights)
Included activities
  • Catalan Cooking Class and Lunch - Barcelona
  • Churreria Breakfast - Barcelona
  • Parte Vieja Orientation Walk - San Sebastian
  • Rioja Wine Experience - Logrono
  • Sagardotegia (Basque cider house) Tasting and Lunch - San Sebastian
  • Santa Caterina Market Tour - Barcelona
  • Tapas Crawl - Logrono
  • Taverna Welcome Dinner - Barcelona

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Real Food Adventure - Northern Spain , June 2015

Real Food Adventure - Northern Spain , June 2015