Cooking Tour in Barcelona and the Costa Brava
Catalan cuisine is internationally
renowned for achieving a balance between innovation and tradition
through the work of world famous chefs like Joan Roca, Santi Santamaria
and above all, Ferran Adria who revolutionized the world gastronomy
The secret of Catalan cuisine
is in the quality and uniqueness of the products used, plus the combination
of what is offered by the land and the sea.
Day 1: Welcome Reception
We will pick you up at a specific hotel downtown Barcelona and
drive you to our hotel located in one of the most exclusive
beaches on the Costa Brava, Calella de Palafrugel. Upon
your arrival at our hotel by the sea, take time to settle in or
start enjoying the wonderful white-washed and preserved fisherman
village on the beach.
In the evening, you will enjoy a welcome reception followed
by a delicious dinner.
Day 2: From the Sea to our Plate
Morning: The pristine
seashore of the Costa Brava This morning, your guide will
take you walk along the most exclusive beach on the Costa Brava, our
village Calella de Palafrugell. If you prefer, you can take in the
sun from the patio of the hotel or have a drink in the Mediterranean
All about fish
In the afternoon, we will head off to Palamós, a cute small
fishing town on the Costa Brava, a place to enjoy with all the
Fishing is still an important business in Palamos. We will start
with a guided visit at the fishing museum, a public tribute to
old-fashioned fishermen and the Mediterranean lifestyle.
Then we will watch the arrival of the boats coming back from
their fishing day.
The visit will continue with a unique experience: we will attend
the fish auction -where chefs go and buy their fish
(not open to the public but we have our way
The best is to come: eating the fish!
We will then attend a cooking demonstration by a fisherman
chef. He will teach you typical recipes, like the aioli,
the figueoa (catalan version of the paella) and much more.
You are free to help the chef or relax with a glass of Catalan
Day 3: Wine Tasting and Cooking in Dali's Surreal World
Surrealistic Dali experience
We will start the day by visiting the largest surrealistic object
in the world, the Dalí Theatre-Museu
in the town of Figueres, his birthplace.
Inside is a world of fantasy mixed with architecture, paintings
and sculptures. It's a completely surrealistic experience.
Now, time to activate your senses for a superior wine tasting
from different tripologies.
Live the experience
of visiting an authentic winery full of excitement from the Emporda
region. You'll be immersed in an unique landscape of vineyards
and centenary olive trees.
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Cooking in the cellar
Your chef Jordi has worked in two prestigious Michelin-starred
restaurants and is currently the cooking teacher at the Ripoli
School of Culinary Arts.
The location for this hands-on workshop is unique: not only will
we be in the winery but we will be cooking inside the
Chef Jordi will immerse you in the Catalan traditions through
his famous recipes
Day 4: Hands-on cooking in a peaceful paradise setting
The Emporda region is a little paradise of gentle hills,
with the village of Madremanya at its heart. The village
has an Italian look where time seems to stand still. The jewel
at the heart of this little paradise is the restaurant where we
will be cooking, surrounded by a sweet-smelling garden and looking
out over the green hills.
You will be preparing a three-course lunch, guided by a professional
Followed the preparation, you will enjoyed your lunch served with
La Bisbal d'Emporda is now one of the leading pottery centre
in Catalonia. The brand name "Ceramica de la Bisbal"
a guarantee of authenticity is engraved or stamped by local
producers on all types of ceramic products.
You will be able to find all shapes, all colors, all design and
all sizes of ceramic.
Day 5: Cava and Tapas with Michelin Chef
The Penedes region is famous for the quality of its cava, a natural
sparkling wine, produced following the method used in
the Champagne region. You will learn about the process of creating
cava and of course have a chance to taste it.
Leaving the countryside for a more urban atmosphere, we will drive to Barcelona and settle into our new
hotel in the center of town.
A night of fusion tapas under the Barcelona stars
In the evening, you will be treated a gourmet tapas
dinner at a chef's house. He will cook exclusively
for our group.
You will first be welcomed with a glass of cava (Spanish Champagne),
then the gourmet dinner will include dishes such as homemade
gazpacho andaluz, Spanish Jamon, Truffle goats cheese with caramelized
red onion, Catalan "Pa amb Tomaquet", escalivada, lamb
chops and much more.
Day 6: Market & Cooking Catalan Specialties.
The morning class will start with a visit to the Boqueria
Market where all the best products from Catalonia
can be found: fruit, vegetables, fish, seafood and meat.
The chef will give you plenty of tips on picking local, seasonal
products. You'll be taught how to distinguish fresh fish from
a friendly fishmonger and invited to taste iberian jam in
an exuberant cured meat shop. The chef will instruct you on
a wide range of Mediterranean produces like olives and cheeses
Back at the school, you will continue your cooking experience,
learning how to prepare some Spanish's authentic and
typical dishes. You will prepare them yourself with
the aid of the chef.
Back home, you will be able to impress
your guests with these tasty recipes!
You will end today's adventure enjoying the food you have
prepared and of course drinking some fine wine.
Day 7: Under the Barcelona Stars
Morning: Barcelona is of course famous for
Gaudi's work. We will get up close to one of the best Gaudí's
grand designs by visiting the most impressive house
in the center, la Casa Batlló.
Casa Batlló is the most emblematic work of
the brilliant Catalan architect with a facade full coloured
glass and ceramic discs. Just amazing!
For your last afternoon, we are giving you some free time
for shopping or visiting a musem. Barcelona is such a rich
- Ramble down the colorful Ramblas, one of the
most famous boulevards in the world. It bustles with artists,
musicians, vibrant flower stalls, newspaper kiosks and cafés.
- Follow in the footsteps of the artistic genius Picasso
at the Museu Picasso, a gallery
that records his formative years.
- Head to the Fundació Joan Miró,
one of the greatest Miros's museum in the world or lay
on the beach by the harbor in the center of town.
Dinning at Michelin-Star Restaurant
for our farewell dinner, we will treat you to an upscale
one Michelin Star Restaurant. Hope you didn't have
a big lunch because this dinner will just be over the top.
A nice way to end our wonderful gourmet week.
Day 8: Departure
It is time to say Hasta Luego! But don't worry - you'll be back.
We just know it!
After our last breakfast together, you can decide to extend
your stay in Barcelona for a few days or fly home if you have
Enjoy exceptional views of the white-washed fishing
village and the blue sea in a comfortable, intimate and relaxed atmosphere.
All rooms have TV, satellite, air conditioning, heating, hairdryer and
safety deposit box.
For the hotel on the Costa Brava, we have chosen a friendly
and peaceful hotel overlooking the coves of
a hidden and preserved beach.
Come and let yourself be carried away by emotions!
The village's narrowing streets and picturesque fishermen's
cottages form an idyllic backdrop to the stunning Mediterranean
Bedroom's terrace with sea view
Bedroom with sea view
View from the terrace
Dates & Rates 2017:
Only a few rooms have a sea view, so
sign up early to get one.
Aug 24-31, 2017: US $3,590
(double occupancy room)
+ US$800 for a room with sea view (single or double)
+ US$450 single standard room
- Pick-up and drop off at a specific hotel downtown Barcelona
- A welcome reception
- 4 nights at the hotel by the beach and 3 nights at the hotel
- All breakfasts
- 3 lunches and 4 dinners (incl drinks and wine)
- Transportation in a comfortable van with A/C
- A personal chauffeur/guide throughout the week
- A complementary cooking apron
- Entrance fees to all sites on the tour
- Flights to and from Barcelona
- 4 lunches and 3 dinners
- Optional activities (those not described in the itinerary)
- Personal expenses and tipping