Barcelona Tapas Tour “en el barrio”

Adult (14+)
€70

Join this food envy-inducing Barcelona tour for three hours of power eating - Spanish-style. Join locals as they indulge in the fine art of eating and drinking, something Spaniards are champions at. By the end of the tour, you'll know your banderillas from your pintxo, even if you can't pronounce them.

Barcelona Food Tour Highlights

  • Indulge in traditional Catalan tapas cuisine, from the famous pa amb tomaquet (bread with tomato) to highly elaborated appetizers accompanied by a glass of wine or a local aperitif
  • Immerse yourself in the buzz of street life and listen to stories of the past and everyday life of the once notorious Raval quarter
  • Experience the wine and cava (sparkling wine) culture of Catalonia
  • Mingle with the locals in their neighbourhood

Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, glass of wine or local aperitif and tapa in each place (four places), or a soft drink for passengers aged 14 to 17.

Exclusions: Items of a personal nature, and tips and gratuities for the guide.

Schedule details

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Meeting point: In front of the Arts Centre Santa Mònica, Rambla de Santa Mònica 7, (Metro Line L3, Station “Drassanes”)
  • Starting time: 5.30 PM
  • Ending point: Barcelona Parallel Street next to Metro Station “Parallel” (Metro Lines L2 + L3)
  • Full Itinerary
  • Meet your English-speaking guide in front of the Art Centre Santa Monica at the bottom of the Ramblas (Metro Station ‘Drassanes’) before setting off on a Barcelona food tour like no other.

    We take you away from the touristy spots and into local neighbourhoods, like the once notorious no-go-area Raval, which nowadays features a unique blend of ambitious, new architectural projects with the traditional, multi-ethnic life of the barrio. Just a stone’s throw away, you enjoy the first tapas experience of the night at a cosy little terrace bar, where you can pick up a pintxo of butifarra or some salmorejo, two truly traditional and tasty dishes.

    The next tapas bar awaits us and we navigate our way through a labyrinth of small streets that still retain their old-world ambience. Our next stop on this tapas tour of Barcelona is a warm bodega (wine cellar) with exquisite ham and cheese, and you experience these tasty flavours accompanied by a nice white or red wine (as you do!). From there, our tour continues as we cross the Rambla de Raval, the multicultural heart of the Raval, and have a look at the cat sculpture of the Columbian artist Fernando Botero.

    Next up on our Barcelona tapas tour is a typical Vermuteria, where you can have a vermut (vermouth) or tinto de verano (think sangría, but simpler) and indulge in a Spanish omelette. On the way to the adjacent neighbourhood of Poble Sec we cross Parallel, once known for its Montmartre-style entertainment, which is still cluttered with theatres, music venues, and cabarets. Poble Sec is attached to the Montjuic, Barcelona’s emblematic hillside. Still very central, it combines the charm of a lively neighbourhood with an authentic local feel away from the main tourist trails. Our next stop is a vibrant bodega, where you can choose your favourite Basque pintxo and top it all off with a glass of cava.

    Throughout this Barcelona tour, as you delight in the discovery of new tastes, flavours and dishes, your guide gives you insights into local gastronomic specialties and anecdotes of the city’s history and local neighbourhood life. Eating tapas is one of the best things to do in Barcelona, no doubt about that, and a great way to connect with the daily lives of the locals. At some point during this tour, you’re likely to meet some of the local characters in the barrio and perhaps even get drawn into a conversation or two. You never know what the night has in store!

    Additional information

    Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, glass of wine or local aperitif and tapa in each place (four places), or a soft drink for passengers aged 14 to 17.

    Exclusions: Items of a personal nature, and tips and gratuities for the guide.

    Dress standard: A good pair of comfortable walking shoes is advisable.

    Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

    Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point.  Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

    Child Policy: Children and teens under 14 years of age are not permitted on this tour. Please note that alcoholic beverages may only be consumed by persons aged 18 years and up. Travellers may be required to show ID.

    Local contact

    Office phone number: +34 (0) 685116949
    Email address: [email protected]

  • Reviews
  • Mr. Carol T. from Australia travelled on 30 May 2018:

    This was my second Urban adventure.Both consistent in style and enthusiasm. For a solo traveller it’s a great way to sample the delights of places as well as meeting like-minded souls who are keen to ‘go local’
    The bonus is having a guide ( looking at you Eddie!) who displays a genuine passion for their city and is proud to share it.

    Ms. Zoe B. from USA travelled on 18 Dec 2017:

    A wonder time with a great local guide.

    Mr. Tom C. from United Kingdom travelled on 27 Sep 2017:

    Thoroughly enjoyed, the host was fantastic, looking to book another trip now in another country!!

    Mr. allan s. from Australia travelled on 14 Jul 2017:

    Excellent guide and thoroughly enjoyed the experience

    Mrs. Suzanne C. from United Kingdom travelled on 10 May 2017:

    Our guide was absolutely brilliant. Really made our holiday and the perfect way of seeing Barcelona for its local charm. Beautiful food lovely company. Thansk you!!

    Mr. George L. from USA travelled on 29 Apr 2017:

    You should be very proud of the way Alicia represented your company

    Ms. Gwendolyn D. from Canada travelled on 18 Apr 2017:

    We had an excellent tour with our guide, Alicia (spelling may not be correct) on April 7. We were fortunate that we only had two people in the group so it felt very personalized. On the other hand, a larger group would also have been helpful…. others may have been able to contribute to a rich experience as well. We actually went back to one of the ‘stops’ along the way on the following Monday, however, that location was closed that day. Nevertheless, because we were in the neighborhood (barrio), we found another absolutely fantastic place for dinner, which we would not have discovered without the Urban Adventure experience. Thank you!

    Mr. David S. from United Kingdom travelled on 05 Apr 2017:

    Wonderful tour in a very wet Barcelona. Tour guide lovely very informative and great with our teenage children.

    Mr. Kathi S. from Canada travelled on 27 Mar 2017:

    Our guide Alicia was fantastic. She had a bubbly personality and was very knowledgable of the area. The tapas bars and pubs chosen were all distinctly different and each was a learning and gastronomic experience. I can’t recommend it highly enough. One of the highlights of my trip!

    Mr. Chris B. from United Kingdom travelled on 17 Mar 2017:

    First trip to Barcelona and this was a great introduction… good food and drink in the non tourist areas. Our guide Alicia was friendly and full of useful and interesting information (including a top restaurant tip)

    Mrs. Sylvia R. from USA travelled on 13 Nov 2016:

    Our guide, Alicia, was fabulous! She was knowledgeable and informative. She explained food and beverage choices.

    Mr. Stephen M. from Singapore travelled on 08 Nov 2016:

    Barcelona’s eating and drinking culture were opened up to us by our excellent and charming guide. It was a fabulous experience.

    Mr. Angeline L. from Australia travelled on 30 Oct 2016:

    Sorry for the late review – we only returned after 4 weeks in Europe and Barcelona was our first stop. The guide was excellent – she was enthusiaric and engaging. We thoroughly enjoyed the places and food in the tour.

    Ms. Natalie B. from USA travelled on 24 Oct 2016:

    Matthias was wonderful! Definitely enthusiastic and knowledgeable, but also interesting to get to know and an overall cool guy. Not only that, everyone in the group was awesome; a few of us even went to one more bar together after the tour was over. The food and wine were fabulous, and I really loved that we didn’t stick to the beaten path. I felt like I saw more of the real Barcelona.

    Mr. Alexander K S. from Australia travelled on 18 Oct 2016:

    Alicia was great and very enthusiastic! She made us all feel very welcome.

    Mr. Wayne M. from Australia travelled on 09 Oct 2016:

    Fun, entertaining time

    Ms. Erina P. from New Zealand travelled on 25 Sep 2016:

    Dago was a delightful guide- knowledgeable , interesting and fun.
    Great orientation to Barcelona, we have been back to a couple of places already.
    Gave a sense of the Barcelona away from the tourist hustle .
    Tapa were amazing – we’ve been in Spain for 3 weeks and they were the best!
    Fab experience .

    Ms. Michelle K. from Australia travelled on 02 Sep 2016:

    Love this tour and all the Urban Adventures Tours. Such a great way to learn about a city from the people who live in it. A wonderful way to learn about hidden gems, history and culture.

    Ms. Claire A. from United Kingdom travelled on 25 Jul 2016:

    Fantastic tour and gave us a real insight into Catalan Culture and, for us, most importantly the food!! Our guide Alicia was brilliant, taking us to some great Tapas Bars away from the typically tourist areas and made sure we all had a choice of different tapas and drinks to choose from. Alicia also ensured she spent time talking to everyone in the group individually, giving everyone personal tips tp enable we all got the most of our time in Barcelona and the region she clearly was so passionate about!

    Mr. Jean Marie K. from Australia travelled on 16 Jul 2016:

    The guide, Alethea, was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Spent time with everyone. The tour was like a great night out with friends. Last year, I booked two Urban adventure walking tours in Lisbon and loved them.

    Ms. Jennifer H. from Australia travelled on 27 Jun 2016:

    I loved this tour. It was so much fun, very informative and delicious. Our tour guide was a delight.

    Mr. Greg S. from Australia travelled on 08 Jun 2016:

    Guide was excellent, friendly, passionate and knowledgeable

    Mrs. Vicky M. from Australia travelled on 27 Apr 2016:

    A fabulous tour. More expensive than others I have been on but the food and drink were of a much higher quality. We had a great guide, very laid back but extremely knowledgable.

    Mr. Lisa M G. from Australia travelled on 20 Apr 2016:

    We loved it! Our guide was fabulous and so was the food. Loved every minute of it!

    Mr. Wilson L. from Australia travelled on 29 Mar 2016:

    Terrific tour guide. Great range of tapas and beverages.

    Ms. Neena K. from United Kingdom travelled on 15 Nov 2015:

    Ah what a great introduction to the food and drink culture of Barcelona with a great guide and such a fun group. The tapas and the drinks were plenty so don’t eat beforehand…you won’t go hungry on this adventure! I got to learn the ropes of what and how to order at the bars, from which drinks to keeping the cocktail sticks (used to determine your bill). As I was in Barcelona for 10 nights this was a great starter and gave me confidence when going to tapas bars myself. So if you’re in Barcelona…book this adventure!

    Ms. Monica S. from Germany travelled on 04 Nov 2015:

    Alicia did a fantastic Job!

    Ms. Nancy B. from USA travelled on 18 Aug 2015:

    Our tour guide, Aletha, did a fantastic job of shepherding us through the lesser known streets of Barcelona. Getting off La Rambla and back into some real neighborhoods was refreshing and fun. We visited four different tapas bars, each with its own style and flavors. Our favorite was Blai 9 with the stunning displays of pinchots lining the bar/buffet for you to choose from. Also got to sample some of the Cava and Spanish vermouth which were very tasty. We had a great group of people from all over – New Zealand, Hong Kong, NY, etc which made for lively conversation. We did run late by almost an hour because everyone was so engaged and having such a great time. Highly recommend this adventure!

    Mr. mark d. from USA travelled on 12 Aug 2015:

    Our guide Alicia was fantastic; enthusiastic, engaging and knowledgeable

    Ms. Kristy H. from USA travelled on 13 Jun 2015:

    Great tour – especially enjoyed visit to Poble Sec neighborhood as I would not have ventured there on my own.

    Ms. Danielle B. from Australia travelled on 10 Jun 2015:

    Alicia was fantastic! Super enthusiastic and we were able to try an awesome variety of food and drinks across the evening. The pace of the tour was excellent with plenty of time to leisurely enjoy our surroundings at each stop. Would definitely recommend to anyone travelling to Barcelona!

    Ms. Athena D. from Australia travelled on 21 May 2015:

    We enjoyed this tour that allowed us to explore off the beaten tourist track. It was a fantastic experience to have a drink and dine where the locals dine – places we wouldn’t have discovered on our own. Our guide had excellent cultural and historical knowledge and made us feel very comfortable.

    Mr. Charles L. from United Kingdom travelled on 16 Apr 2015:

    Thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Thank you Alicia for making it so successful and going the extra mile to ensure we could take part.

    Ms. Sarah E. from New Zealand travelled on 12 Apr 2015:

    Alicia was excellent – right on time, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Great background into Barcelona and the food

    Mr. Peter O. from United Kingdom travelled on 28 Mar 2015:

    Dago’s knowledge and enthusiasm was just what I needed to start a visit to Barcelona and provided the insight into the food and local sights en-route ready for my week ahead. I was the only person on this tour but that didn’t have any bearing on what we did.

    Mr. Anne M. from Australia travelled on 25 Oct 2014:

    Fantastic tour, our guide Alicia was so knowledgeable, enthusiastic and good fun. Everyone was catered for and she was a most attentive host. Our first Urban Adventure and we loved it.

    Ms. Kim S. from Canada travelled on 04 Sep 2014:

    Great tour. Had fantastic time discovering Barcelona, the tapas and wine were awesome!

    Mrs. Sarah G. from United Kingdom travelled on 12 Aug 2014:

    We had done a similar tour on our trip to Venice but had been unable to do this until the end of our stay which meant that we had very little time to go back to the places that we visited. This time we decided to arrange this for our first evening in Barcelona. Our guide was very friendly and gave us lots of information about local culture, food and drinks. She gave us her recommendations at each stop. Each and every one of these were delicious.
    A brilliant tour that I would highly recommend to friends and family!

    Mr. ira g. from USA travelled on 06 Jul 2014:

    Last year we took your Ciccetti Tour in Venice and enjoyed it and Cecelia so much that we booked your Tapas tour in Barcelona and could not have been happier. Alecia was as interesting and well versed as Cecilia so we are very happy with our decision.
    Thank you

    Mrs. Sarah G. from Australia travelled on 20 Jun 2014:

    The guide Ali was excellent! She made everyone feel comfortable. She stayed much later than the set time which allowed us to visit an extra pin is bar! What a great guide

    Ms. Therese O. from USA travelled on 15 Oct 2013:

    Initially I was disappointed to have a German guide in Barcelona, but Mathias had lived there for years and had really done his homework. Definitely took us to non-tourist areas, and gave us a lot of extra historical and cultural information.

    Mr. Scott S. from USA travelled on 27 Sep 2013:

    Enrique did a wonderful job guiding us to three tapas bars and sharing interesting historical and cultural facts along the way. We saw a part of Barcelona that we would have otherwise missed and ended up going back to an area he recommended for lunch the next day

    Mr. Lucas M. from travelled on 07 Sep 2013:

    The other couple didn’t turn up, so we were able to really go into the non tourist areas, eat and drink like the locals

    Mrs. Susanne S. from Germany travelled on 01 May 2013:

    Our guide, Matthias, was great. It was fun to spent the time with him. The only negative thing to mention was the female employee from urban adventures who was on the phone when I called because the guide was late. She was very impolite and unfriendly and not willing to help. Fortunately the guide arrived after a while and explained his lateness. He just extended the tour which wasn’t a problem for the participants.I would suggest that urban adventure leaves the phone number from the guide in future than we don’t bother the female employee.