A Taste of Spain

A Catalonia and Barcelona food tour.

Travel with Chef Dominique Rizzo for a taste of Spain. A Spanish cultural and culinary adventure awaits. A delicious Catalonia and Barcelona food tour including the spectacular and talked about Costa Brava.

Destination: Catalonia, Spain

travelling to:

  • Barcelona
  • Penedes
  • Girona
  • Peralada
  • Rosas
  • Mas Marc
  • Peratallada
  • La Bisbal del Emporda
  • Siurana d’Emporda
  • Pals
  • Beguda
  • Gombren
  • Besalu
  • Ampuries
  • L’Escal
  • Cap de Creus
  • Perafita
  • Cadaques
  • Potlligat

Dates:

2018

19 September to 4 October 2018

Tour Length:

16 days, 15 nights

Register your interest

2018 19 September to 4 October

Luxury Tours of Spain – Glimpses:

  • Cooking

  • Food and Wine Tasting

  • Cultural Tours

  • Art and History Tours

  • Starting in Barcelona, ‘A Taste of Spain” – Unique Catalonia ‘ delves deep into the history of this amazing city with tours to Girona, Pals, Peratallada and Begur
  • We wander “La Boqueria” bustling markets sampling traditional Spanish fare such as Iberic cured ham, spiced catalan sausages, tomato bread, mussels with “vinagreta”, anchovies, prawns cooked in garlic sauce, and loads more….
  • We immerse ourselves into the rich art and culture of this amazing country and visit iconic places like the Picasso Museum the Ruins of Empuries, Dali house as well as medieval towns, coastal villages, markets, and well renowned wineries and regions such as Penedès, considered the most important wine region for cava in Catalonia.
  • Experience hands on cooking classes, food tastings and demonstrations from passionate chefs.
  • Relish in world-class gastronomy and degustations of jamon, goats cheese, seafoods, traditional small goods, churros, pastries and more.
  • Relax in the selected 4 and 5 star spar resorts and accommodation spanning city, mountain and sea.

A Taste of Spain Suits:

  • Couples

  • Singles

  • Australian Travellers

  • International Travellers

  • Foodies

This Unique Catalonia – Barcelona and the Costa Brava food tour is perfect for any type of traveller, either experienced or novice. We lead you away from the usual tourist destinations. This is a personally escorted tour in a mixed group setting of up to 20 people.

A great way to enjoy new company and see the world. We offer a relaxed planned itinerary as part of this “A Taste of Spain” tour. We have done all of the research and work for you to bring to you a tour that includes all the best of this region of Spain. Ideal for single travellers, as well as couples and for lovers of food, wine and culture.

This Tour in Detail:

Why You Will Love This Tour

Catalonia and Barcelona Food Tour

Get a taste of Spain in this culinary adventure. Unique Catalonia – Barcelona and the Costa Brava is one of Pure Food’s luxury tours of Spain. In this 16 day culinary tour, we take you deep into the North-Eastern region of Catalonia. This region comprises the bustling city of Barcelona some of Spain’s most beautiful towns, and stretches along the gorgeous coastline up towards the Catalan Pyrenees.

Food, Wine and Cooking

‘A Taste of Spain’ Unique Catalonia – Barcelona and the Costa Brava is a unique and stunning 16 day, 15 night tour. It is a true culinary journey. The whole Catalonian region has a strong food, culture history. Some Catalonian recipes date as far back as the fifteenth century. Being on the Eastern side of Spain, the Catalonian region is rich in vegetable, fish and seafood and the cuisine is in love with olive oil and delectable breads.

This Spanish tour will be sure to excite your taste buds. This is because Catalonia boasts over 50 Michelin starred restaurants. Catalonia is one of the most wonderful locations for foodies, not only is there delicious food on the Costa Brava to tempt the palate, the Catalonian region is also home to outstanding vineyards.

You will taste some of the traditional Catalan and Spanish cuisine. We dine in cantinas, unique restaurants, tapas bars and local favourites. You will also relish in degustation’s of jamon, cheeses, small goods, churros and pastries, enjoy cooking classes specialising in seafoods and Spanish classics and learn why some of the best Chefs come from Spain. We visit some of the most traditional and age old artisan olive oil, sausage and wine producers as well as seeing one of the most famous productions of anchovies.

Cultural Destinations

We visit the architecture. Taking in Casa Batllo and La Pedrera, in addition to the famous Sagrada Familia Cathedral. We also visit the Palau de la Música Catalana Auditorium. Here we can experience the works of artists such as Gaudí and Dalí. This tour has something for everyone and promises to be an unforgettable experience.

The whole Catalonia region will delight you. The spectacular beaches in areas such as the Costa Brava, Cap de Creus and Cadaques will linger in your memory. As will Catalonia’s world-class gastronomy. Visit small fishing villages, medieval towns and castles filled with astonishing antiques. This is all part of the history that will unfold before you. Catalonia treats us to some amazing views. We experience the best that Catalonia and Spain has to offer.

Our luxury tours of Spain are where Food, wine, culture, art, passion and Spanish flare combine.

Our Unique Catalonia – Barcelona and the Costa Brava food tour will leave you with wonderful memories. It will also leave you with a delicious after-taste.

Accommodation

Beautiful and historical 4 and 5 star accommodation options.

A Taste of Spain – Unique Catalonia Tour Guide

Chef, TV Presenter and food writer, Dominique Rizzo. In conjunction with passionate local chefs.

A Taste of The Itinerary

A Taste of the Itinerary

Day 1 Barcelona

We meet you at Barcelona Airport and welcome you to this bustling city and to the beginning of your Pure Food “A Taste of Spain” tour. We transfer you to our Hotel, where you can check in and settle into the Spanish lifestyle. You are free for the afternoon to do a spot of exploring the city, you may want to wander down to the beautiful Barcelona Olympic Port close to both Barceloneta Beach and Icària Beach, two of Barcelona’s popular spots for walking, sight-seeing and eating. Barceloneta is a triangle of reclaimed land about 70 hectares in size, jutting out to the Mediterranean Sea.

It has a wonderful village feel, with 20 or so narrow streets and filled with upmarket eateries and traditional bars. We will meet you in the evening for a welcome drink and a small introduction to the tour, followed by a dinner of traditional Catalan dishes at one of the oldest restaurants in the city . Overnight stay in Barcelona. D

Day 2 Barcelona

After a relaxed breakfast we start to discover Barcelona with a tour by private bus. With our personal guide we see some of Barcelona’s iconic architectural creations by the famous “Gaudi”. We admire the Casa Batlló, one of the two great buildings designed by Antoni Gaudí on “Passeig de Gràcia”, the other being La Pedrera. From the outside, the façade of Casa Batlló looks like it has been made from skulls and bones. The “skulls” are in fact balconies, and the “bones” are supporting pillars. Gaudí used colours and shapes found in marine life as inspiration for his creativity in this building, e.g. the colours chosen for the façade are those found in natural coral. We visit inside the Sagrada Familia, one of Gaudí’s most famous works in Barcelona. It’s a giant Basilica that has been under construction since 1882 and it’s not expected to be completed for another 30 to 80 years.

After Sagrada Familia visit wander through the winding streets of The Gothic quarter enjoying the Cathedral, churches and squares, explaining the history of Barcelona with its Roman and medieval past. In this walking gourmet tour we will be stopping in speciality food shops for tastings of Catalan cheese, charcuterie, pastries, olives and chocolates.

For lunch we will be taken to some of the numerous tapas bars to sample some of the specialities of the Spanish cuisine accompanied by delicious local wines.

We then board the bus for an afternoon Panoramic Tour visiting the Castle of Montjuic and El Mirador del Alcalde The hill of Montjuïc, which means “Jewish Mountain” and is a useful point of reference. The castle on the top offers fantastic views over the city. The stunning Palau Nacional makes a beautiful backdrop to Plaça Espanya and is also known as MNAC, a museum which is home to a wide range of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque artwork including paintings, carvings, sculptures, metalwork, and enamels.

We leave the rest of the afternoon for you to relax, then meet you in the hotel to transfer to our restaurant for our evening dinner at a restaurant that boasts 180 years of service. Overnight stay in Barcelona B/L/D

Day 3 Penedès/Barcelona

After breakfast we drive to Penedès wine region. Penedès is considered the most important wine region in Catalunya (Catalonia), and is located near Barcelona. The area is known for producing sparkling Cava, which began production in the 1870s, and is produced in styles ranging from value-driven sparklers to vintage releases made in the Methode Champenoise. While these wines get most of the spotlight, the area also produces significant still whites and reds.

Penedès is divided into three regions – *Baix (Bajo) Penedès, the warmest region, with production of red wines made from Garnacha, Monastrell and Cariñena; *Medio Penedès, which has the highest amount of production, being the main source of the Cava grapes Macabeo, Paralleda and Xarel-lo, as well as reds made from Ull de Liebre (Tempranillo), Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot; and *Alt Penedès, which has the highest elevation and grows Paralleda for Cava, as well as excellent whites made from Chardonnay, Riesling and Gewürztraminer.

We start our wine tour in in the cantina of Albet|noia a boutique exclusive winery located in a unique setting and surrounded by vineyards and nature. Arguably the first organic winery in Spain and a perfect venue for people passionate about wine and vineyards.

We return to the hotel for a little siesta after which we meet you to wander down the cobbled streets for dinner in one of Barcelona picturesque restaurants showcasing delicious Catalan food.

Overnight stay in Barcelona B/L/D

This tour continues for 16 days, 15 nights.

To discover more of this Pure Food journey contact me for your full itinerary.

Tour Inclusions and Highlights

Inclusions

  • Fully escorted tour, 16 days, 15 nights in the beautiful surrounds of Catalonia region of Spain Specialised escorted service of Dominique Rizzo, Chef/Author and owner of Pure Food Cooking
  • Private and personal Guide
  • Pick up transfer from Barcelona Airport or your hotel in Barcelona on tour start date
  • Transfer to Barcelona Airport/train station or hotel in Barcelona on tour finish date
  • Air conditioned very comfortable private bus and our own private driver
  • 4 and 5 star accommodation, allowing you to relax in a selection of fine accommodation
  • Souvenir apron, bag, maps, printed recipes, and hints and tips page
  • Private escorted visits to local cheese makers, olive oil producers, wine makers and wineries with accompanying tastings
  • 15 Breakfasts / 12 lunches / 12 Dinners
  • Drinks – all beverages with meals, including wine, soft drink, beer, tea and coffee are provided
  • Private escorted visits around Barcelona, Girona, Garrotxa, Markets of Figueres, Penedés, Sant Sadurní d’Anoía
  • Guided visit to Sagrada Familia and the Gothic Quarter.
  • Panoramic to Montjuic and Gaudi buildings
  • Guided visit to Albet I Noia, winery in Penedes including lunch
  • Guided visit to Picasso Museum
  • Guided tour to Girona
  • Guided visits to Museum and factory of anchovy
  • Guided visit to the Ruins of Empuries
  • Catamaran trip to Cap the Reus including lunch
  • Guided visit to Dali House
  • Guided tour to Dali Museum
  • Guided visit to winery and Estate Finca Bell-lloch including tasting and lunch
  • Guided visit to villages Peratallada and Begur
  • Guided tour to Pals
  • Gala Dinner
  • Admission to all historical sites, galleries and museums mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips for restaurants and guides
  • All meals feature seasonal, local and fresh ingredients

Food Highlights

  • Guided visit to Boqueria food market followed by a hands on cooking class and lunch
  • Guided tapas tour including food and drinks
  • Guided visit to Mas Marce and cheese tasting
  • Guided visit to winery Martin Faixo including tasting
  • Jamon tasting and appreciation class
  • Guided visit to Winery La Vinyeta including tasting
  • Guided visit to Cheesemaker Cala Nuri specialising in Spanish goats cheese
  • Guided visit to Can Solivera Oil
  • Cooking demonstration followed by lunch in the fish museum of Palamos
  • Visit and tasting of Anxoves de Escala (anchovies)
  • Churros and chocolate tasting in specialty cafe
  • Tasting and visit to artisanal producer sausage-maker at Beguda near Olot
  • Cooking demonstration at L’Hostalet Restaurant
  • Guided and cheese tasting in Mas Marce

Accommodation

  • Barcelona Hotel Ohla or Hotel Alma 5 star deluxe – 4 nights
  • Girona Hotel Ciutat de Girona 4 star – 3 nights
  • Alto Emporda/Roses Hotel Vistabella 5 star – 4 nights
  • Bajo Emporda/Torrent. Hotel Mas de Torrent
  • 5 star Relais and Chateaux – 3 nights
  • Barcelona Hotel 1898 5 star – 1 night
  • The fee does not include:

    • Airfares
    • Tips for the bus driver (it is customary to tip the bus driver after the tour if you have been happy with the service)
    • Everything not included in “Tour Inclusions”
    • General expenses – phone calls, laundry, room upgrades
    • Transfers outside of the tour dates, personal transport, excess baggage, security and government taxes, travel and medical insurance
    • Beverages outside of described “Tour Inclusions”
    • Meals not specifically mentioned in itinerary
    • Entry fees to places other than those specifically mentioned in itinerary
    • Optional excursions or activities that may be offered but not included in the tour price

    Arrival and Departure Logistics

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    Costs, Dates, Terms & Conditions

    Costs and Dates

    Dates

    19 September to 4 October 2018.

    Costs

    $12,999

    Early Bird Special offer $12,499*

    *if you book and pay your deposit before 19 September 2017 or while stocks last!

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