From America to Spain, learning the
authentic Spanish food
CÚRATE, THE TRIP takes you now to Spain through a tour of the life and work of Katie Button and her inseparable partner and husband Félix Meana, originally from Roses, the hometown of elBulli where both have been trained.
This is a unique journey guided personally by Félix to uncover first-hand the real Spain through the authentic Spanish food, living some of the most admired experiences from the North to the South.
CÚRATE not only brings Spanish cuisine to Asheville, NC in the United States, but invites you to accompany them across Spain to get the real feel of the authentic Spain in a sui generis 10-day trip from October 3 to 12 2018. Learn more about CÚRATE here.
CÚRATE has joined forces with the specialist food and wine tour operator Paladar y Tomar to provide the most authentic experience. It’s time to discover this signature 10-day program from Barcelona to Seville through enjoyable and comprehensive show-cooking sessions and only-well-connected experiences under the expert purview of Félix Meana and the most illustrious local cooks and professionals.
Félix leads a dream program that contains unimaginable visits all along with the valuable insight only locals can give, leaving you well versed in the foundations and techniques of Spanish cuisine and the Mediterranean culture.
DATES: 2018, MAY 16 -25 (9 nights / 10 days)
DAY 1, May 16 | BARCELONA
Welcome to Spain! You will be privately transferred from the Barcelona airport to your hotel right in the heart of the city at the Quadrat d’Or (Golden Quarter) only a two-minute walk from La Pedrera by Gaudí. Relax and get ready for an afternoon private-guided tour of Modernism including a visit to Sagrada Familia. Welcome dinner at a renowned tavern to start sampling some of the best Catalan cuisine with an innovative twist.
DAY 2, May 17 | BARCELONA – ROSES
After breakfast today we’ll head to one of the Most Beautiful Bays in The World. On the way you’ll stop at elBulli (undergoing important renovations for a new concept opening in 2018) and finally end by a stunning cove to enjoy one of the greatest paellas at a fishing shelter and made by a fisherman himself! Free time in the afternoon to relax or enjoy the spa before dinnertime at Rafa’s restaurant, one of Ferran Adrià’s favorite places.
DAY 3, May 18 | ROSES – FIGUERES – PERALADA – ROSES
Following breakfast by the sea, morning transfer to Dali Museum in Figueres with a private guide, and then visit the stunning winery Castell de Perelada, making Dali’s preferred sparkling rosé and producing wine since Middle Ages. Enjoy a visit to the castle hosting a private museum, a magnificent library – one of the most important private libraries in Europe – and the winery. A wine tasting will be preceding an elegant lunch. After lunch, imagine taking a walk and at the same time discovering some of the best kept secrets of the famous Mediterranean cuisine! From ancient plants used by our ancestors to flowers used by the most awarded Michelin starred restaurants, today open your senses and let go!
DAY 4, May 19 | ROSES – CADAQUÉS – ROSES
Time to head to the charming Cadaqués and stroll around its meandering stoned narrow streets full of arts after an unmatched guided tour. Lunch at Compartir restaurant (owned and operated by three former chefs of elBulli and friends of Félix) will delight your taste buds. Before driving back to the hotel if you want to capture the magic of the Cap de Creus, we’ll take you to its lighthouse, offering stunning views in the heart of the Cap de Creus Natural Park, where the Greeks brought the cultivation of olive trees and vineyards. Evening, traditional and casual tapas style dinner in a typical local restaurant in Roses.
DAY 5, May 20 | ROSES – BARCELONA
Morning transfer to Barcelona and check-in. Free time for lunch to enjoy as you please. In the afternoon a great Gothic Quarter hidden secrets private tour to discover a more relaxed, full of history, art, anecdotes, and, of course, secret Barcelona. Without leaving the Gothic district, you’ll find yourself in a singular space where the first cooking class will take place in a comfortable and state-of-the-art private kitchen.
DAY 6, May 21 | BARCELONA – EL PUERTO DE SANTA MARÍA
Early morning transfer from the hotel to Barcelona airport to take a flight to Seville. Upon arrival, be directly transferred to Sanlúcar de Barrameda, a remote seaside town, immersed in wine aromas and marine fragrance, caressed by west winds and protected by the biggest natural park in Europe: Doñana Park. Enjoy a memorable tapas tour in the real way! Afternoon hotel check-in at El Puerto de Santa María. Free afternoon for relax and spa-time. Dinner at restaurant El Faro de El Puerto, a degustation menu by chef Fernando Córdoba will be served.
DAY 7, May 22 | EL PUERTO DE STA. MARIA – BARBATE – EL PUERTO DE STA. MARIA
Today is Tuna Experience day! Embark with us on a unique journey to discover all the secrets of the blue fin tuna and the ancient fishing tradition known as Almadraba, a fishing method on the Iberian Peninsula that dates back to a time of Phoenician rule over 3,000 years ago. As the almadraba season is off by October, this time you will have the privileged company of Mr. Medina, Biologist and Professor at the Sea Science Faculty in Cádiz. Then enjoy the most amazing tuna degustation menu ever at El Campero! Today, gala dinner at the impressive sherry winery Lustau in Jerez de la Frontera, after a full tasting of sherry wines at one of the most beautiful wine cathedrals.
DAY 8, May 23 | EL PUERTO DE STA. MARIA – SEVILLE
Following breakfast, private transfer to Seville. Check-in at the palace five stars hotel Palacio de Villapanés. An you’ll be immediately taken to the heart of Seville for a charming walking tour that will take you into the Cathedral and the Royal Palace (Reales Alcázares), a guided tour led by the best official site interpreter. Once the tour is over it’s time for some tapa and vino to act as a local! After lunch, Free time. Dinner tonight will be at one of the most traditional restaurants in Seville!
DAY 9, May 24 | SEVILLE – JABUGO – SEVILLE
Following breakfast, today you’ll head to Jabugo, in Sierra de Aracena Natural Park and Picos de Aroche, a UNESCO-protected Biosphere Reserve. For the very first time, Cinco Jotas opens its doors so the public and you will see first-hand the secrets of one of Spain’s gastronomic icons. You will discover the artisanal process that has been applied for over 130 years and of course, sample the most prized ham and understand what they call the art of well-being. Traditional countryside lunch. Tonight, farewell dinner at one of the best Spanish fish restaurants, Tribeca, to leave Spain richer and more refreshed than when you arrived.
DAY 10, May 25 | SEVILLE, END OF JOURNEY AND DEPARTURE
Following breakfast, a private transfer to Seville airport at your appointed time or continue your journey if you decide to extend your trip.
If you are interested in a pre or post extension trip:
Total journey: 6.550 EUR
*Rates are per person, on double occupancy, in Euros
– At the time of reservation: 25% of journey cost per person
– 90 days before departure: Balance due
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
– Payment method: Bank transfer or major credit cards are accepted (Visa, American Express, Mastercard)
At CÚRATE, THE TRIP the excellence of the landscape’s cuisine along with its breathtaking natural surroundings, exceptional wine varieties, and tranquility of the hand-picked singular accommodations create a getaway unparalleled in value and authenticity.
CÚRATE, THE TRIP benefits from the expertise of Paladar y Tomar curating every hotel in search of the most unique nature of each location. They cater for every different type of personality and taste and have selected for this occasion singular hotels that enhance every moment.
Gallery Hotel Barcelona, 4* Sup. boutique
La Terraza & Spa Hotel, 4* Roses, 20 meters from the sea
Los Jándalos Vistahermosa & Spa, 4*
Palacio de Villapanés, 5* Seville
Katie’s and Félix’s lives are marked by the flavors, scents, sceneries and memories of Spain. When traveling to Spain, you have to visit Barcelona. It is undoubtedly one of the cosmopolitan European references. And Roses, a mere two hours north of Barcelona, has been at the heart of the world culinary rebellion with Ferràn Adrià being arguably the greatest culinary revolutionary of our time. Not to mention the fact that Félix is originally from Roses and Katie did one of her most crucial internships at elBulli.
Now, at CÚRATE their kitchen is inspired by the Mediterranean and stocked with the greatest delicacies from Andalusia such as the prized Spanish tuna, jamón ibérico and sherry wines. Don’t miss the opportunity to know first hand their origins when we visit El Puerto de Santa María, Huelva, and Seville.