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Catalan Cuisine: A Mediterranean Morsel

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 12 people
Destination(s): Spain  
Specialty Categories: Food & Wine  
Season: May - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2470 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2850 Euro (EUR)

Catalonia has enjoyed a delicious and refined cuisine embracing plain, sea and mountain, a cuisine which on the coast has recourse to a wide array of fish, and inland, to typical dishes such as escudella (a meaty broth with pasta, usually followed by carn d'olla, a hearty stew) and roasts.

The rest of the cooking holidays you will be lodged at Mas Ses Vinyes, one of the numerous "masias" (traditional rural house in Catalonya) a charming and comfortable small hotel close to the Costa Brava in a unique combination of mountain and coastal scenery.

Naturally, being less than an hour away from several houses and exhibits of Dali (Figueres, Cadaqués), you will have enough time to explore this Dali's route coupled with culinary visits to traditional bakeries, markets, as well as participating in a wine tasting. The Medieval villages and towns of Girona, Pals, Peratallada, Palafrugell. Historical sights placed on beautiful landscapes of shaped cliffs, the unforgettable Mediterranean sea, olive groves and vineyards. A real opportunity to experience and understand what the Mediterranean has been for these people along the centuries.

We will organize a series of three cooking classes during these days at different venues in the area, to bring you up on the most traditional recipes of Catalonya. Two of them will take place at the prestigious Aula Gastronomica del Ampurdá. You will enjoy a third one with a local gastronome and foodie.
The area also accounts for a good number of upper quality restaurants featuring the local cuisine of L' Empordà, which has become famous for the constant references in the books of famous Catalan writer Josep Plà.

Your Itinerary:

Day 1: Barcelona

Group transfer from the Barcelona airport to your charming four-star hotel, located in the heart of the city. This evening you'll meet your guide for a delicious cava, the sparkling white wine that Catalonia is so famous for. You will enjoy our delicious welcome dinner at a traditional restaurant of Barcelona. Overnight in Barcelona. Includes: (D).

Day 2: Barcelona - The Gothic Quarter, La Boqueria Market And Gaudi's Creations

Breakfast. This morning your guide will lead you on a tour of the old Gothic Quarter and the port of Barcelona. You'll visit the famous market of La Boqueria. Then it's on to Las Ramblas, Barcelona's best known promenade, and other sites, as famous architecture Gaudi's creations. Lunch today features traditional tapas dishes. Your afternoon is free. You will have dinner on your own this evening. Suggestions will be provided. Overnight in Barcelona. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 3: Barcelona - Calella - Llofriu - Tamariu – Palafrugell

Breakfast. Morning check out and transfer to Palafrugell, close to the beautiful Costa Brava. Lodging for the rest of the trip at Mas Ses Vinyes, a small rural quiet, family owned hotel surrounded by beautiful Mediterranean countryside. Lunch will be in a traditional rural restaurant in the area. First evening cooking lesson at "Aula Gastronomica del Ampurdan", a professional cooking school at the culinary heart of the region. Dinner follows the lesson, accompanied by regional Spanish wines. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 4: Palafrugell - Pals - Peretallada - Ullastret - La Bisbal – Palafrugell

Breakfast. This morning you will meet Miguel, local cook and foodie, to visit the open-air Palafrugell market to do the shopping for your second cooking lesson. Stop at a traditional bakery along the way to purchase bread for the meal. You will participate in an excellent wine tasting conducted by an expert. Today's cooking lesson will feature traditional Catalan dishes. You will enjoy for lunch what you have prepared. After lunch, visit nearby medieval villages, such as Pals, Peretallada, and the Iberian settlement of Ullastret as well as La Bisbal, the capital of the district known for its ceramics. Dinner will be on your own. Overnight in Palafrugell. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 5: Parafrugell - Girona - Palafrugell

Breakfast. This morning, third cooking lesson at Aula del Gastronomica del Ampurdan, focused on different Catalan recipes. Lunch will follow. Afternoon excursion to Girona: you'll visit the old part of the city with its Gothic cathedral, remains of walls from the Romanesque period, numerous stately houses, and the old Jewish quarter. Dinner at best restaurant in Girona, one of the most acclaimed in Catalonia, two Michelin stars. Overnight in Palafrugell. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 6: Palafrugell - Excursion Along The Dali Route

Breakfast. Full day excursion along the Dali Route. In the morning, visit Cadaques, a typical Mediterranean fishing village and Portlligat, where Dali lived. Lunch free in Cadaqués. After lunch visit to the Dali Museum in Figueras. If the trip takes place between June and September you may have the opportunity of enjoying an unforgettable dinner at the world famous Restaurant El Bulli, whose chef Ferran Adria has been recently acclaimed as the best chef in the world (supplement has to be paid in this case, limited availability). Otherwise, farewell dinner will take place at an excellent restaurant, close to Mas Ses Vinyes, one Michelin star, that combines the traditional cooking with creative cuisine. Overnight in Palafrugell. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 7: Palafrugell – Barcelona. Breakfast. Transfer to Barcelona airport. Includes: (B).

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Notes: Prices above are per person based on 6 people traveling. This tour is available for as little as 2 people. Please inquire for exact prices. When you book your vacation, an agreement is made between you, our company and others who provide services. Upon request we can provide you with our general terms and conditions governing the provision of these holidays. A non-refundable upfront initial deposit of € 200 Euros is due within 7 days of the initial booking request. Final payment is due 45 days before the tour departure. Within 45 day full payment is due upon booking request. All prices, itinerary etc. listed are subject to change without notice.

No unused portion of the vacation can be refunded. Cancellation penalties apply and change fees after booking is confirmed, refer to our general terms. Please inquire for pre or post tour add-ons / hotel stays.

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We are a specialty tour operator based in Galicia, Northwestern Spain, where our founder Sean O'Rourke is dedicated to personally escorting many of our food and wine tour departures to this intriguing corner of Spain. Our services include many types of unique tours and customized travel to Spain and Portugal....

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