Discover the Taste of Catalonia
Catalonia effortlessly marries its rich cultural heritage with an exceptional culinary tradition. Selected as the World Region of Gastronomy 2025, it’s a place where ancient history and modern gastronomy converge, making it a dream destination for food and wine enthusiasts.
The region’s diverse landscapes, ranging from the rugged Pyrenees to the stunning Mediterranean coastline, play a pivotal role in shaping its exquisite cuisine. On a journey through Catalonia, you can explore bustling markets, indulge in mouthwatering tapas, savour world-class wines, and immerse yourself in the vibrant culinary culture that has earned this region a well-deserved reputation as a food and wine lover’s paradise.
Catalonia’s culinary scene is a captivating blend of traditional Catalan dishes and innovative, Michelin-starred creations, all complemented by the region’s outstanding wines, including the famed Priorat and Penedès varieties. Embark on a delightful journey through picturesque vineyards, bustling food markets, and charming local eateries to sample Catalan delicacies such as paella, tapas, and crema catalana. Whether you’re a seasoned epicurean or simply looking to sample new flavours, Catalonia’s food and wine tell an unforgettable story of a vibrant and diverse culture.
Read on to discover five handpicked food and wine tours in Catalonia, all bookable with crypto on Travala.com!
Priorat Wine Region
The Priorat wine region has achieved world-renowned success due to its unique terroir, characterised by steep, rocky hillsides, mineral-rich soils, and ancient vines, which produce exceptional and highly sought-after wines with remarkable depth and complexity.
On this full-day tour, you’ll embark on exclusive visits and tastings at privately hosted venues that showcase the wide and balanced variety of the wines that are made in the region, including Celler Devinssi, Clos Figueras, and Clos Dominic S.L. Depending on the day, lunch is a carefully paired tasting menu that is either hosted at one of the wineries or at a local traditional restaurant showcasing local wines. This tour also provides an excellent opportunity to take a taste of Catalonia home with you by adding some amazing wines to your personal collection that would be otherwise difficult to acquire from outside the region.
Penedès Wine Region
The Penedès region is celebrated for its picturesque vineyards, where the warm Mediterranean climate and fertile soils come together to yield an abundance of superb grapes, resulting in a wide array of delightful wines that cater to every palate.
This small group tour provides an exclusive day out to two local wineries in the Penedès region, with tastings of wine and cava (sparkling wine) perfectly paired with local cheese and charcuterie. Start the tour at Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona before venturing into the countryside to the municipalities of Sant Sadurni d’Anoia and Subirats. Drive through 2,000-year-old vineyards accompanied by a local viticulturist in the 4WD and oenologist in the cellars to learn everything there is to know about winemaking!
La Barceloneta Local Produce
La Barceloneta is a beautiful beachfront neighbourhood in Barcelona with golden sandy beaches, a vibrant atmosphere, and waterfront promenade. Delight in the freshest seafood dishes and enjoy a glass of local wine right by the Mediterranean Sea, creating a culinary experience that perfectly complements the city’s coastal charm.
This tapas food tour of La Barceloneta starts next to the old port of Barcelona. From there, you’ll head to Palomino Restaurant, where you’ll try the patatas bravas and Spanish croquettes. Next stop will be JaiCa to sample fried seafood, the famous tortilla de patatas, and the famous padrón peppers. The tour wraps up at the Violeta Wine Bar, where you’ll taste anchovies and olives while enjoying a white wine.
Volcanic Cuisine of Garrotxa
La Garrotxa’s volcanic cuisine is a unique culinary experience that harnesses the fertile soil created by its volcanic landscape. The region’s traditional dishes harmoniously blend earthy flavours with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, creating a unique gastronomic adventure that pays homage to the region’s volcanic heritage.
This tour will take you through medieval villages with a stop for lunch that can be had at one of the local restaurants, sampling the volcanic cuisine. The tour guide will take you to the scenic Castellfollit de la Roca, one of the most scenic medieval villages in Catalonia, followed by Sant Joan les Fonts, where you’ll see the romanesque church and medieval bridge from the 12th century before hiking across 3 lava flows that have shaped the landscapes of this region. Lastly, you’ll get the opportunity to visit Besalú, the best preserved medieval village in Catalonia.
Spanish Cuisine Cooking Classes
Catalonia offers an array of captivating cooking classes, where you can dive deep into the region’s culinary traditions. Learn the art of crafting paella, perfecting the art of tapas, or creating delicious Catalan desserts, all while savouring the authentic flavours of the region. If you’re looking to take your cooking to the next level, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the cooking workshop of Espai del Peix (The Fish Space) in Palamós, a renowned gastronomic workshop and classroom that endeavours to further the knowledge and sustainability of seafood cuisine.
In this class at Just Royal Bcn, you’ll have the option to start with a tour of La Boqueria (Barcelona’s premier produce market) before tasting an assortment of ten tapas originating throughout Spain and finally trying your hand at cooking a Spanish omelette, seafood paella and Crema Catalana. Throughout your experience, you’ll be assisted by an endless flow of wine and beer, making both cooking and dining even more enjoyable.