Insider Tapas Tours in Barcelona

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Sep 04, 2013 / 0 comments

Context, organizer of critically acclaimed walking tours, expands its Barcelona culinary program with a new walk on the city’s tapas scene, Pica-Pica in Poble Sec, led by its network of chefs, food writers, or gastronomes.
The walk takes place in the hip, up-and-coming Poble Sec area, far removed from Las Ramblas and touristy parts of the city. The private or small-groups visit several bodegas or tavernas bars, hidden local establishments, more known venues such as neighborhood classic Quimet y Quimet or latest hot bars that keep popping up in the area.


Chefs and food writers take visitors to Barcelona on a genuine local “tapas” experience.

Chefs and food writers take visitors to Barcelona on a genuine local “tapas” experience.

“Catalans didn’t use to have the same tradition of tapas as the rest of Spain,” says Context docent and local food expert Esther Dotras. “However, they did have the tradition of “pica-pica,” sharing small portions of different types of food, such as almonds, olives, croquettes or cheese.”
The walk starts with learning the foundations of pica-pica at a traditional-style bodega. Here the group may even make their own pa amb tomaquet (tomato bread) to taste along with regional cheese or fuet sausage. The group will then visit several other venues in the area discussing local traditions, seeing the influences brought from other regions of Spain and also venturing into more experimental gastronomic terrain that the city’s inventive chefs are famous for.
This walk nicely compliments the Context Barcelona food program with its five other experiences including cooking classes and thematic culinary strolls and an exciting annotated dinner at an avant-garde Michelin-starred restaurant.
Launching in early September, Pica-Pica in Poble Sec walks are offered both privately on request and as regularly scheduled shared group walks. Private walks will start at €335 for the party, and group walks from €75 per person.


Context Travel is a network of English-speaking scholars and professionals, including art historians, writers, architects and gastronomes, who organize and lead “walking seminars” in twenty-one world cities, including: Florence, Rome, Venice, Naples, Paris, London, Edinburgh, Madrid, Barcelona, Berlin, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, D.C., Istanbul, Athens, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, and Kyoto.

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