Art and Gastronomy in Catalonia
Experience the fine food, culture and history of Catalonia on this luxury 10 day trip to Barcelona and the Costa Brava
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A luxury ten-day trip to Spain’s north-eastern corner to imbibe the unique traditions, incredible cuisine and proudly distinct culture of Catalonia.
Start with five nights in Catalonia’s heart, the vibrant city of Barcelona, one of the most charismatic places to explore in Europe. Begin your introduction to the city – and to Catalan cuisine – with a food loving local who will show you around her favourite markets, patisseries, cafes, and speciality cheese and wine stores, tasting all manner of local specialities and foods emblematic of the region.
Next, learn about Barcelona’s beautiful and often eccentric Modernist architecture, a movement that flourished under Gaudí between 1888 and 1906 with iconic buildings such as Park Güell and La Sagrada Familia leaving an indelible mark on the city’s character. Later on, an expert guide will show you around the latest and best contemporary art exhibitions, studios, galleries and institutions, learning first-hand about Barcelona’s ever-vibrant creative scene from local artists and collectors.
Get further under the skin of the city with a cycling tour around the ‘real’ parts of town away from the tourist crowds, fuelled by numerous pit stops for tapas en route. You’ll also head to the spectacularly perched monastery at Montserrat and sample the region’s fine wines and cavas on a tour around some of our favourite vineyards in Penedès.
For the next four nights, depart the city for the dramatic coastline of the Costa Brava. See the rustic fishing towns and villages that inspired Dali and visit his museum in Figueres, the building itself being the largest surrealistic object in the world. Walk the medieval streets of quaint Girona, learn the secrets of Catalan cooking at the home of a Cordon Bleu Paris trained chef and spend a well-earned final day relaxing on the beach, thoroughly nourished culinarily and culturally.
Example Trip Itinerary
Meet and greet at Barcelona airport
Private transfer to your hotel in Barcelona
Accommodation in Barcelona
- 83 rooms and suites
- Rooftop pool
The luxurious Cotton House Hotel is located in a stunning 19th century neoclassical building and was the former headquarters of the Cotton Textile Foundation. As well as paying homage to its past, there are plenty of contemporary Spanish design features to admire, so enjoy all the comforts of a modern hotel with a side helping of history. Sophisticated and chic, many of the hotel’s original features have been preserved including ornate dark wood and gold ceilings, hand-painted frescos, and ceramic tiles. The beautiful spiral staircase is a real feat of engineering; rather than rising from the ground, it is suspended from the upper floor. The decor is inspired by the colours of the cotton plant, so expect soft tones of white, black, red and sepia. All 83 rooms are bright and airy, and you can be assured of a good night’s sleep as you wrap yourself in the bed linen made, naturally, from the highest quality Egyptian cotton. In the afternoons, relax on the roof terrace or take a dip in the outdoor pool and enjoy the views of Gaudi’s iconic Sagrada Familia. When evening falls, dine on classic Mediterranean dishes at the hotel’s restaurant and be sure to try one of the exquisite cocktails at the bar. Barcelona is a city of such beauty and you’re perfectly situation to go exploring with the Passeig de Gràcia, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera and the Gothic Quarter are all within walking distance.
- 120 rooms and suites
- Two Michelin-starred restaurant
- Seafood restaurant
- Rooftop pool
- Fitness centre
- Lap pool
Barcelona is a city famous for its striking architecture and eye-catching design, so pay homage to the beautiful Catalan capital at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Barcelona. Located on the famous Passeig de Gràcia, you’re just minutes from Gaudi’s Casa Batlló and within walking distance of Las Ramblas, the iconic la Sagrada Familia and the Gothic Quarter. The interiors are stylish and contemporary, whilst subtly reflecting the hotel’s oriental heritage. 120 rooms and suites look out over the boulevard or the peaceful mimosa gardens. Spain is a country fiercely proud of its rich culinary history and the hotel’s restaurant, Moments, has been awarded two Michelin stars for its innovative Catalan cuisine. There is also a restaurant specialising in seafood; the chef Ángel León, has been nickname the Chef of the Sea due to his passion and knowledge for everything from shellfish to seaweed and salt. For light bites, enjoy tapas at the bar or on the terrace. A tipple in the Banker’s Bar is a must; in a nod to its former life as a bank, the ceiling is fashioned from original security boxes. Barcelona’s beautiful skyline is best appreciated from the rooftop where you can relax in the pool or admire the view with a cocktail in hand.
- 28 rooms
- Terrace pool
- Kresios restaurant
- Le Bouchon by Giuseppe wine and tapas bar
- Cocktail bar
Set in the heart of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, among Roman fortifications and medieval arches, the Mercer Hotel is a luxury five-star property, located within walking distance to many of the city’s major sights, such as the Cathedral, the Rambla and the Barcelona History Museum. The cosy, yet elegant rooms retain as much of the original features as possible from bare brick walls to wood-beamed ceilings, and are decorated with sleek furniture and low lighting. The open-plan bathrooms also add a touch of cutting-edge and stylish design. Dine on classic tapas and local specialties made from local products created by chef Xavier Lahuerta at Le Bouchon, an informal and relaxed restaurant which offers diners the perfect atmospheric mix of traditional neighborhood bars. In the heat of the day, head up to sunbathe on the roof terrace or take a dip in the plunge pool, and by night nibble on tapas in the French bistro-inspired bar or order a drink in the intimate cocktail lounge.
- 105 rooms
- Rooftop terrace
- Rooftop pool
Barcelona is a city known for its beautiful architecture, and Hotel Casa Fuster is no exception. Behind the elegant façade is a hotel that effortlessly blends modern design and comfort, befitting of the stylish Catalan capital. Located on the Passeig de Gràcia, you’re ideally situated to explore the city; the Casa Milá, Casa Batlló and the iconic Sagrada Familia are all within walking distance. When you’re not out exploring, relax in one of the 105 rooms, decorated with warm neutral tones and designer furniture. Some also come with a hydromassage tub and a balcony. Spain is well known for its culinary heritage and the hotel restaurant serves modern Mediterranean cuisine using fresh, seasonal produce. With its colourful décor and eye-catching columns, the lounge is the perfect place for a thirst quenching cup of tea or cocktail, and on Thursday evenings you can tap your toe to live jazz music. Barcelona deserves to be seen from every angle and it takes on a whole new character when viewed from the rooftop terrace. Look down on the bustling streets below and out across to skyline to Tibadabo Mountain. There is an outdoor pool and plenty of seating from which to sit and watch the world go by.
In Spain’s northwestern corner sits the proudly independent comunidad autónoma of Catalonia, with the charismatic city of Barcelona as its capital.
One of Europe’s greatest cities, Barcelona has a rich history with iconic architectural treasures dating from Roman temples to winding gothic streets, with Gaudi’s uniquely playful modernism cut with stark millennial flashes of glass and steel. There is a tangibly buzzing culture in the streets and squares, an inspiration for some of the 20th century’s greatest artists and writers, that makes exploring tucked away bars, cafes, restaurants, museums and galleries endlessly captivating.
Your host for today will gastronomic writer and passionate foodie Regina Rodriguez Sirvent, who has spent a decade immersed in Spain's food and wine culture.
This gastronomic experience takes you through Barcelona’s most emblematic food. Start the tour at La Boqueria, the most symbolic market in the city. At the market, learn about local products like Iberian hams, cured sausages, olives or chocolates, and see some rare products such as swan eggs. There, you will also visit a shop to taste a great variety of products along with a local wine. Afterwards, stop at patisseries, cafes, and speciality cheese and wine stores.
Barcelona is known for its beautiful and often eccentric architecture, and on this tour you will learn about Catalan Modernism that flourished between 1888 and 1906. Discover some of Gaudí’s most famous works including the bright mosaics of Güell Park and La Sagrada Familia which, although not finished, is considered his masterpiece and is a real feat of engineering incorporating stone, brick, tiles and glass.
Depending on the length of your tour, you'll also visit the otherworldly Casa Batllò, and Casa Milà, popularly known as La Pedrera (stone quarry), an exhibition space and the last of Gaudí's civic works.
Feel the pulse of Barcelona´s creative art scene by visiting some of the most significant sites such as artistic institutions, landmarks, architecture, theaters, art auctions, galleries, studios, as well as many unexpected buildings with an expert local guide. You will also have the chance of meeting some art collectors, gallery owners, local artists and other contemporary Spanish art players.
Hop on two wheels and enjoy exploring some of the less well-known areas of the city. Your bike tour takes you off the beaten path and allows you to see the real Barcelona. Wind your way through the streets and squares, visiting the districts of San Antoni, Eixample and Gràcia, passing the Plaça de Espanya, Casa Terrades and Barcelona University. In each district you will stop to visit the market and enjoy some tapas.
Some of the world’s finest wines and cava are produced in the Penedès region of Catalonia, located between the plains of the Mediterranean coast and the mountains. You’ll visit the Can Ràfols del Caus winery which has its own cellar carved out of the Dolomitic limestone, totally invisible from above ground. Enjoy a wine tasting and a tapas lunch with cava.
Montserrat translates as 'saw mountain', a reference to its many jagged peaks. Its history dates back to 880 when a small group of shepherd children saw a bright light descend from the sky in the Montserrat Mountains. At the same time, they heard angels singing and when the town explored the nearby caves they found an image of the Virgin Mary. From that moment it became a holy sanctuary.
Enjoy exploring the Benedictine monastery, with its statue of the Black Madonna - patron saint of Catalonia, and the museum. The Escolania boy's choir perform most days and is a real highlight - performance times may vary. The highest peak is San Jerónimo at 3,400 feet and offers spectacular bird's-eye-views of the surroundings.
Tarragona is home to the Tarraco Archaeological Site, filled with impressive Roman ruins including an amphitheatre perched on the rocky coast. The historic centre of the city unfolds between the old city walls and Mediterranean sea and it is easy to see why this was considered the most elegant and cultured city of Roman Spain.
Private transfer to your hotel on the Costa Brava
Accommodation in Costa Brava
- 37 suites
- Two restaurants
- Swimming pool
- Tennis courts
Set in and around a converted 18th century farmhouse in a particularly charming rural region of Catalonia, the elegant Mas de Torrent is renowned for its elegance and luxury. A little over an hour from Barcelona, some of the best beaches of the Costa Brava are just minutes away, as are a number of rustic medieval towns and villages such as Begur and Pal, together encapsulating the best of the area. There are three types of rooms available – suites with cozy spaces and the charm of the original structure; the Garden suites, with well-lit, airy rooms and their own private gardens; and the Luxury suites, with two bathrooms and garden with private pool. The Mas de Torrent restaurant is a well-regarded establishment in its own right, offering traditional Catalan cuisine with an exquisite tasting menu and an extensive wine list. During the summer months, head to the more informal and modern pool-side restaurant to enjoy the simplicity of Mediterranean cuisine. masSPA, the Mas de Torrent spa features a sauna, steam room, indoor pool and gym, among other facilities, and includes a wide selection of massages and treatments. Tennis courts can also be found among the extensive gardens. This is an area that demands exploring and guest enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities from here, including hiking, horseback riding, cycling, boat trips and guided tours from the hotel.
- 74 rooms and suites
- Two restaurants
- Three bars
- Indoor and outdoor pool
Located in the heart of the Costa Brava perched on a small peninsular in between two secluded bays, is Hostal de la Gavina. The pretty Sant Pol beach lies just in front of the hotel so you can enjoy the turquoise waters and rocky coastline that have made this part of Spain famous. 74 rooms and suites are impeccably styled with fine silk upholstery, Venetian glass lamps, marble bathrooms and antique furniture. For those wanting a little more privacy, the villa has two bedrooms, a kitchen, living room and a private yard. Seafood is brought in on local fishing boats and can be enjoyed at the hotel’s two restaurants. Guests can choose to dine by the poolside or at the romantic Candlelight Restaurant, surrounded by fragrant gardens. For when you want to sip a crisp glass of wine, head to the terrace and enjoy the views across the sparkling blue water. With both an outdoor seawater pool and an indoor pool, Jacuzzi and sauna there is ample opportunity to relax. For those wanting to explore the local area, the nearby coastal path is highly recommended.
Aptly named, the Costa Brava, meaning rugged coast, stretches up Catalonia to the French border, with wild pine covered cliffs hiding secluded sandy beaches and bays, punctuated by fishing towns such as the beautiful Cadaques, Llafranc and Calella de Palafrugell, and scenic Greek, Roman and Iberian archaeological sites. Of course the food is also fantastic, Catalonia hosting a number of Michelin starred restaurants, and there are a profusion of superb, locally produced wines.
The last resort on the Costa Brava before the French border, Cadaques is a pretty Mediterranean town that looks out over fishing boats bobbing on the bright blue sea. It is filled with old whitewashed houses and a 16th-century parish up on a hill. Visit Port Lligat, a fishing village where Dalí and his family enjoyed their holidays and whose windswept lunar landscapes inspired his work. Figueres is the beautiful town where the Dalí Theatre and Museum is located. The museum itself is the largest surrealistic object in the world, built by Dali over the ruins of a 19th century theatre destroyed at the end of the Spanish Civil War.
The old centre of Girona has preserved the remains of its long history. Take a private guided walking tour to see its imposing Gothic cathedral, which contain a textile jewel, the medieval Creation Tapestry. You'll also stroll through El Call, the old Jewish quarter, and see the Arab baths.
Chef Pilar Latorre will welcome you into her wonderful home where you can attend a professional cooking class in her atelier. Born in Barcelona, she is known in Spanish culinary circles for her Mediterranean cuisine, but also for her French and Asian specialties to which she adds always a creative touch. Pilar studied at the prestigious Cordon Bleu School in Paris and has developed convivial relationships with the top Spanish Chefs such as Ferran Adria? of El Bulli and Juan Mari? Arzak, picking up many of their secrets in the kitchen.
The cooking lesson event will last between 3 and 4 hours and you will prepare four courses - an appetiser, first course, main meat course and a dessert. Then enjoy your meal in her dining room accompanied by Spanish cava and wine will be served.
Private transfer to Barcelona airport
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