From North to South of Catalonia, sample the best Mediterranean food and wines
Join CÚRATE Trips on this Barcelona & Catalonia Food & Wine Tour and experience a warm welcome to the Mediterranean lifestyle, a loosely defined fantasy of casual, healthful, and intimate experiences where food plays a crucial role.
From northern to southern Catalonia fall in love with the colors and flavors of a land shaped by the most admired sea, backed by incredible mountains ranges, crossed by sneaky rivers and blasted by the northerly Tramuntana winds that inspired some of Dali’s surrealism.
Barcelona is undoubtedly one of the cosmopolitan European references; have you ever asked yourself what is Barcelona’s traditional food? 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. Speaking about Priorat and Penedés wine regions will immediately make wine lovers turn their head.
Join CÚRATE Trips to taste the real flavors of Barcelona & Catalonia in this 8-night memorable journey limited to 18 eager explorers.
Barcelona - Penedes - Barcelona
Barcelona - Roses
Roses - Figueres - Perelada - Roses
Roses - Portlligat - Cadaqués - Roses
Roses - Bràfim - Escaladei
Escaladei - Barcelona
Barcelona, end of journey
It’s time to explore their exclusive 9-day itinerary through Barcelona & Catalonia, featuring delightful show-cooking demonstrations, intimate wine tastings, and hands-on experiences that only their extensive connections can provide.
Embark on a dream program that includes extraordinary visits, accompanied by valuable insights from locals, leaving you well-versed in the foundations and techniques of Catalan and Spanish gastronomic culture, as well as the Mediterranean soul.
Welcome to Barcelona! Stay right at the heart of the city at the Quadrat d’Or (Golden Quarter) only a two-minute walk from La Pedrera by Gaudí.
After a welcome drink, discover the best of the Med capital and its seductive Modernist architecture, and explore the Sagrada Familia from Gaudí before sampling your first Catalan meal with a modern twist at one of our favorite taverns.Dinner
Gallery Hotel 4* Sup
PENEDÉS & BUBBLES
Bubbles represent spirit of joy and celebration, and today we are ready for it! Head southern Barcelona to learn everything about Cava and Corpinnat, sparkling wines born at the end of the 19th century following the same méthode traditionnelle as for champagne but in this case with a trilogy of 3 white grapes whose names are Macabeu, Xarel·lo and Parellada. Let's visit one of the well established and most prestigious houses; enjoy an exclusive wine tour and tasting. Lunch will be a feast of Catalan products in a casual rustic atmosphere in the heart of the Penedés countryside.
Free evening today in Barcelona to explore on yourselves.Breakfast, lunch
Gallery Hotel 4* Sup
This morning we'll head to Roses, one of the most beautiful bays in the world and the birthplace of El Bulli, one of the most influential restaurants in the history of gastronomy.
PAELLA BY THE BEACH
The drive will pay off as we end by a stunning hidden beach (cala) to have one of the greatest paellas ever! In Costa Brava the seafood rice and the fish stew suquet are not to miss for a great Catalan lunch!
We’ll then go to Roses and enjoy some free time before we meet for a traditional and casual tapas style dinner in a typical local restaurant in Roses.Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Hotel Terrasa & Spa 4*
The Dali Theatre Museum in Figueres pays spectacular homage to a unique artist, you’ll be wowed with the spectacular collection.
Opened in 1974, the museum has over 1,500 artworks, including paintings, sculptures, sketches, photography, and much more. Lovers of arts will find the gallery “Dalí·Jewels” very interesting – which houses a gilded collection of gems, of which the old “Owen Cheatham” is the most impressive. This museum is one good more excuse to escape to northern Catalonia.
CASTELL DE PERELADA
Visit Castell de Perelada, making Dali’s preferred sparkling rosé and producing wine since Middle Ages. Enjoy a sumptuous castle hosting a private museum, a magnificent library – one of the most important private libraries in Europe – and of course, the winery. A wine tasting will be preceding an elegant lunch at the Michelin starred restaurant.Breakfast, lunch
Hotel Terrasa & Spa 4*
PORTLLIGAT & CADAQUES
Time to head to the charming fishing town of Cadaqués, one of the most idyllic spots in Costa Brava. You will have a change to stroll around its meandering stoned narrow streets full of arts and chic boutiques and cafés. But we'll first do a short stop at Portlligat, a small beach with transparent water dotted with a few white houses where Salvador Dali had his residence.
The ice on the cake will be our lunch at Compartir restaurant (owned and operated by three former chefs of elBulli awarded with two Michelin stars in Barcelona) will delight your soul.
Back to Roses, free evening on your own.Breakfast, lunch
Hotel Terrasa & Spa 4*
For too long irrelevant, vermouth is living a real rebirth and it's now in the list of the coolest aperitifs. But what is really vermouth? Today it's all about it and we will experience what a tradition from 1886 looks like nowadays in the hands of the fifth generation. Passion, technique, savoir faire all in a bucolic atmosphere await you!
PRIORAT, THE ECHO OF CALM
Unwind tonight in the rustic flair of the arid Priorat landscape. Welcome to Terra Dominicata, an ode to tranquility and good wine. If in its monastic past these "lands under the domain of a lord" (the Latin translation of his name) were carved by a hundred peasant families, now design dominates every corner. We did not come up to here randomly, but with a purpose; to absorb the raison d'être of these worldwide highly reputed wines and family Vives' project is the best start.Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Hotel Terra Dominicata
PRIORAT IN FULL
The origins of Priorat are at a mere 0.6 miles from our hotel, at the Carthusian Monastery of Santa Maria d'Escaladei, founded in the 12th century and considered to be the first charter-house on the Iberian Peninsula. During seven centuries the monks developed farming techniques and planted vineyards.
After this short historical introduction we'll focus on wine visiting two well renowned wineries, tasting some of their most desired wines and enjoying a rustic lunch at our best friend cozy bodega.
Tonight's time is yours, enjoy the pleasure of doing nothing or keep exploring some of the restaurants in the area.Breakfast, lunch
Hotel Terra Dominicata
GOTHIC DISTRICT BARCELONA
Back to Barcelona (lunch on your own) and meet for an afternoon Gothic quarter hidden secrets private tour to discover a more relaxed, full of history, art, anecdotes, and, of course, secret Barcelona.
Most buildings in Barri Gotic date back to the 13th and 14th century. The prevalent gothic style gave the district its name.
Barcelona developed to the most important harbor in the western Mediterranean. The gothic cathedral of La Seu is the greatest example for the architecture of that era. The actual Barri Gotic stretches from Placa Catalunya to Port Vell (the old port).
Without leaving the Gothic district, you’ll find yourself in a singular space for a chic show cooking in a comfortable and state-of-the-art private kitchen. Feel free to participate or just observe how some of CÚRATE’s recipes are prepared. This will be the ice on the cake of a dream week of culinary explorations.Breakfast, dinner
Gallery Hotel 4* Sup
END OF JOURNEY
Following breakfast, private transfer to Barcelona airport or train station at your appointed time, or continue your journey if you decided to extend your trip.Breakfast
Price & Booking Terms
29 MAY - 06 JUN 2024
READY TO JOIN A DREAM TRIP
Dates: 29 MAY - 06 JUN 2024
Single suplement: €1,600
Available spots: 2
READY TO JOIN A DREAM TRIP
- 8-night accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
- 6 lunches and 4 dinners
- Private deluxe transportation throughout
- Private individual airport transfers in & out
- Travel insurance (cancellation & medical assistance)
- 2 Tour directors throughout
- All taxes
- International flight
- Personal purchases and expenses
- Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses
- Rates above are in Euros per person, on double occupancy basis
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).
Chef Katie Button was born in the South, raised in the North, and educated in Europe. Four-time James Beard Award nominee and cookbook author, Katie Button is the co-Founder and CEO of Katie Button Restaurants in Asheville, North Carolina, including the beloved Cúrate Bar de Tapas, Cúrate Spanish Wine Club, and La Bodega by Cúrate. A Southern chef with a scientific mind, Button honed her craft in the kitchens of some of the world’s best chefs, most notably Ferran Adrià and José Andrés, before venturing out to open her own restaurant with husband Felix Meana and her family. Katie Button was featured as one of Food & Wine’s 2015 Best New Chefs. Cúrate was named as one of the “40 Most Important Restaurants of the Past 40 Years” by Food & Wine and one of the “Most Important Restaurants of the Decade” by Esquire.
Originally from Roses, a small town on the Costa Brava in Catalunya, Spain, Felix Meana jumped in to the deep end of the hospitality industry at 19 and finally worked as front of the house service manager for five years at Ferran Adrià’s world famous restaurant, elBulli. Then he moved to Washington DC with José Andrés at ThinkFoodGroup (it was here where he met Katie Button), and he worked as Director of Service and helped with developing and opening new restaurants, including The Bazaar by José Andrés in SLS Hotels across Beverly Hills, CA, Las Vegas, South Beach, Miami, and Puerto Rico. Co-partner at CÚRATE, Felix’s close relationships with Spain, coupled with a sense of adventure and desire to share that with others, has helped him build a unique travel experience through Cúrate Trips.
Valeska inherited a taste for gastronomic culture from her French father and a talent for cooking from her Basque grandmother, a good reputed chef in that times. After studying Economics and Journalism in her native Barcelona, she went to Switzerland to pursue hotel management studies and she worked at some of the most prestigious hotels. Valeska speaks five languages. She is a Certified Sherry Wine Cellar Advance Expert, and WSET 3 certified with merit. Valeska is co-founder at Paladar y Tomar, she is marketing director and manages client relationships and operations at CÚRATE Trips.
Fernando Paredes is the CEO, financial director, and wine responsible of Paladar y Tomar. The Barcelona native was well into a career in economics when he discovered his true callings—travel, food, and wine. He entered the tourism industry as General Manager of a bespoke travel group, earned a degree in Food Event Design from the European Design Institute, became a Certified Sherry Wine Cellar Advance Expert and passed WSET 3 (Wine & Spirits Education Trust) with merit. Fernando’s journeys, and passion for food, have taken him to all corners of the world and now besides his many responsibilities he personally leads every tour at CÚRATE Trips.
8 Reasons to join
Barcelona & Catalonia Food & Wine Tour
At CÚRATE Trips 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. Participate in a transformative trip.
CÚRATE Trips benefit from the expertise of Paladar y Tomar curating every hotel in search of the most unique nature of each location. This allows us to cater for every different type of personality and taste and have selected for this occasion singular hotels with immense value that enhance every moment. Our stories start from the moment you arrive.
You were truly instrumental in making our trip fantastic. Truthfully, I wish I were still there.
Many thanks and looking forward to something we can plan together again in the future. Abrazos,
Your restaurant choices were all very good as well.
As for the sherry and bodega visits, those were even more impressive. We had such a terrific time and the experiences were very personalized.
Thank you so much for arranging special tastings for us. It was absolutely incredible.
Everyone we met were so kind and welcoming. We are Sherry wine fans for life!!
We signed up and took a chance, and were rewarded greatly. The happy group is a testament to not only your planning and professionalism, but your kindness as well.
Hands down, best tour trip ever 🙂
So grateful for the opportunity to get to know all of you!
The trip was amazing in all aspects. We were really impressed with everything. The hotel choices were wonderful, the locations were perfect, the guides were terrific and very knowledgeable. Your restaurant choices were all very good as well.
As for the sherry and bodega visits, those were even more impressive. We had such a terrific time and the experiences were very personalized. Thank you so much for arranging special tastings for us. It was absolutely incredible. Everyone we met were so kind and welcoming. We are Sherry wine fans for life!!
I was so impressed with everything you arranged and your promptness and professionalism. Dillon had a wonderful time and was very complimentary.
Thank you for everything.
With gratitude, Star
Thank you so much for this helpful list! Gary and I are still talking about what a great time we had on the trip to Spain and how much we enjoyed meeting you, Fernando and Felix. You did an amazing job and we so appreciated seeing Spain's beautiful cities, historical treasures and of course the wonderful food, wine and people!
Gary and I wanted to thank you again for your continued care and concern as we spent three additional days in Madrid with the Millars. You and Fernando were so nice to make sure all went well and to see us off when we finally had to depart.
We are wishing you all the best and a wonderful holiday season ahead,
We had a winderful time particularly thanks to your superb arrangements. We will return! Arrivederci Marco
All the private excursions that she arranged were excellent. At some point during every tour our guide received a message from our agent checking in on how everything was going. We felt very well taken care of during our honeymoon and very thankful for all the assistance Valeska provided in making this dream vacation come true.