Barcelona and the surrounding region have become renowned internationally for food and the culture of eating. Located in northeastern Spain, the Catalonia region is separated by the Pyrenean mountains from southern France. Catalonia feels distinct from the rest of Spain, and its four provinces enclose an impressive wealth of natural splendour. Pyrenean peaks loom above meadows and fertile vineyards, plains are pockmarked with volcanic cones, and rocky coves punctuate sandy beaches.
Due to Catalonia’s coastal location, seafood dishes are impressive and vegetables, such as tomatoes, red peppers, aubergines, mushrooms and artichokes are in abundance. Spanish Jamon, Artichokes, Olives, Padron Peppers, Pan con tomate, Fideuá, a dish of Buckwheat Noodles and Calamari served with aioli on the side are just a few of the delicious foods you will be enjoying.
You’ll take part in touring (and tasting) at artisan food producers, explore local villages, dine in neighborhood restaurants and cook a traditional Catalan meal with a professional chef. We have customized this experience with a fantastic balance of free-time & guided activities with intimate group of just 8–12 guests. As always, we encourage the single traveler and we do not charge a single supplement fee.
10 DAYS IN CATALOGNA, SPAIN
9/4/18 – 9/13/18
12 person maximum
$5,900 per person
Barcelona, Tarragona, Sitges, La Bisbal de Penesdès, Agramunt, Girona, Besalú, Alella
– Guided tours of towns and Barcelona
– Cooking Class
– EVOO Producer
– Chocolate Producer
– Wine Producer
– Ceramics Producer
– Local Market
BARCELONA AIRPORT > TARRAGONA
Wednesday, September 4th
Morning arrival in Barcelona Airport (BCN). Gioacchino will pick you up and we will drive to Tarragona where we will have a light lunch before checking into our hotel, Mas La Boella (view their galleries). Hotel reviews include: “an oasis of calm and beauty. The estate is beautifully maintained, and the gardens are lovely.”
Our first group dinner will be at Restaurants Arcs, is located in a building with eight perfectly maintained gothic arches dating from 1503. The building’s interior are its authentic natural stone walls creating a cozy, inviting, contemporary atmosphere. The fusion of tradition and innovation is reflected in Restaurant Arcs’ original dishes.
*Please send flight information to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can arrange transportation to/from airport for you. Due to time difference, all flights should be made 1 day prior to itinerary start date.
TARRAGONA > SITGES > TARRAGONA
Wednesday, September 5th
After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll have a guided tour of the port city of Tarragona. Many ancient ruins remain from its time as the Roman colony of Tarraco. You will have free time to explore the city and enjoy lunch on your own.
In the afternoon, we will visit the coastal town of Sitges, southwest of Barcelona, backed by the mountainous Parc Natural del Garraf. It’s known for its Mediterranean beaches and seafront promenade lined with grand mansions. The compact old town and surrounding streets are filled with shops, restaurants and bars. Tonight we will dine together at Maricel.
TARRAGONA > LA BISBAL DEL PENEDÈS > TARRAGONA
Thursday, September 6th
This morning we’ll head to the village of La Bisbal del Penedès where we’ll tour and have lunch at the Torclum Company, an Extra Virgin Olive Oil producer. You will have the rest of the day to yourself – shop, explore and enjoy dinner on your own in Tarragona.
Friday, September 7th
After breakfast, we’ll head to the local market to buy all our ingredients for the cooking class today. We’ll have a light lunch at the hotel and spend the afternoon preparing an authentic Catalan meal. Tonight, we’ll enjoy the meal that we prepared in our class as a group! The cooking class is ALWAYS a highlight.
TARRAGONA > ARGAMUNT > GIRONA
Saturday, September 8th
Pack your bags, we are off to Girona! On the way, we’ll head to the town of Agramunt for a tour and tasting lunch at Xocolate Jolonch, an artisan chocolate producer. From there we’ll drive 2 hours East to the city of Girona, beside the River Onyar. It’s known for its medieval architecture, walled Old Quarter (Barri Vell) and the Roman remains of the Força Vella fortress. Tonight, we’re staying at the modern, centrally located, Hotel Nord 1901.
GIRONA > BESALÚ > GIRONA
Sunday, September 9th
After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll head to Besalú, “the best little secret village you never heard of!” It’s old world charm makes you feel like you’ve stepped into a time machine. You will have the morning to explore the city and grab lunch on your own. This afternoon we will have a guided tour of Girona and enjoy dinner together at Restaurant El Celler de Can Roca, ranked #1 restaurant on Trip Advisor!
GIRONA > ALELLA > BARCELONA
Monday, September 10th
Pack your bags because after breakfast, we’re off to Barcelona! On the way, we’ll stop at Marfill Alella, a family winery, where we’ll get a tour and have a tasting lunch. From there we’ll head to our next hotel, Acta Atrium Palace, which is centrally located in Barcelona. You will have the rest of the day to shop, explore the city and grab dinner on your own.
Tuesday, September 11th
After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll head out for a guided tour of Barcelona. After, we’ll enjoy a tapas lunch. You will have the afternoon free to shop and explore and enjoy dinner on your own tonight.
Wednesday, September 12th
After breakfast, we’ll take a tour of Mercat de la Boqueria, a popular produce market in Barcelona which has one of the greatest sound, smell and color sensations in Europe. It’s overflowing with bounties of fruit and vegetable stands, and seemingly limitless varieties of sea critters, sausages, cheeses, meats (including the finest Jabugo ham) and sweets.
Later, we’ll visit Art Escudelleres, a ceramic shop where you can see how they’re made. Enjoy lunch on your own while enjoying the city. Tonight we’ll have our last group dinner at Restaurant Mirabe, which has spectacular views of the city and excellent reviews.
BARCELONA > BARCELONA AIRPORT
Thursday, September 13th
After breakfast, we’ll head out as a group to the airport where we’ll say our goodbyes! Please be sure to coordinate flights with us before booking.
Guide and co-owner of aTTavola, Gioacchino Passalacqua, is an artisanal Italian food exporter, gastronome and native Sicilian who divides his time between Sicily, Italy and New York. As a native Mediterranean, Gioacchino has developed relationships with food producers, restaurateurs, olive oil companies, chocolatiers, vintners and confectioners. He has traveled the world in his business as an importer/exporter, taking part in food shows from Paris and San Francisco to Chicago and New York City.
Gioacchino has a keen sense of quality foods and wines which he passionately shares through his unique tours, tastings, and products. You’ll be pleased to know, every one of our guests has rated him a 5 star tour guide!