Barcelona takes its food and wine seriously, and no trip to the Catalan capital would be complete without savoring some tapas—bite-sized Spanish appetizers—washed down with a glass of wine or sangria. Here are some of the best tapas experiences in the city.
- Visit Barcelona’s top tapas bars with a local guide.
- Learn about local wines, like cava and Rioja, while savoring traditional Spanish food.
- Take a small-group cooking class and learn to make delicious tapas at home.
- Head outside the city to learn about Catalonia’s famed wine regions.
Tapas Walking Tours
One of the most popular ways to enjoy tapas is standing up, on the way from work to dinner or between one bar and the next. The historic streets of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter and El Born are dotted with tapas bars, and guided walking tours take you to some of the best hidden gems, with opportunities to sample classic dishes like boquerones (white anchovies in vinegar), croquetas (golden fried croquettes), or patatas bravas (fried potatoes served with aioli and spicy tomato sauce). Barcelona tours can last two to four hours.
Tapas Combo Tours
For a more comprehensive Spanish experience, combine your Barcelona food tour with an electric bike tour of the city, an evening flamenco show, or a day trip into the countryside to sample Spanish wine in the Penedes and Pla de Bages regions where it’s grown and produced. Day trips outside the city can last upwards of six hours.