Gourmet Catalonia tour – A perfect culinary vacation
Your English-speaking guide will meet you in the afternoon at the airport or train station and take you to your hotel in the beautiful countryside near Girona. This is how your culinary vacation will start: after you have a chance to settle in and take a rest, we will meet for an overview of the culinary vacation to come. Then, it’s off to your welcome dinner prepared by your chef and cooking teacher, Vicenc.
What a way to start your culinary holiday: We will travel to a charming village – the home of a very special workshop where a master chef prepares his beautiful and equally delicious chocolates. We will not only see his craft but taste it as well! Then, it’s off to another type of culinary creation – cheese! We will visit a small cheese factory to see the process of making an excellent local cheese. We will also visit Ullastret, a small, historic village with ancient archeological ruins and a medieval church.
Lunch will be at a traditional Catalan restaurant known for its use of local products. Our afternoon starts with a visit to a small Mediterranean port where we will see the fishing boats arrive with the catch of the day. Following will be a winery visit and a wine tasting, a perfect activity before enjoying a dinner of traditional tapas.
We’re off after breakfast to a typical Catalan market, where the greatest chefs go each morning choosing, of course, the freshest ingredients. You’ll see just how fresh these ingredients are when you have your first cooking lesson with our chef. Today’s menu will be devoted to traditional Catalan cuisine. Following the cooking comes the best part: Sitting down with the chef to enjoy the meal you’ve helped create.
In the afternoon, we will visit some lovely medieval villages, including Pals, and then go back to the hotel for a surprise dinner prepared by Chef Vicenc. Our culinary vacation also includes a selection of very good Spanish wines.
Today, we’re heading to the lovely and timeless Girona. Four rivers, affording lovely vistas and reflections, grace the city that traces its roots back several thousand years. The Old Town is rich with history, whether visiting the ancient walls, the well-preserved Jewish quarter, the 12th century Arab baths or the magnificent Gothic cathedral that holds the treasured “Tapestry Of Creation,” created in the 12th century.
For lunch, you will choose from the daily menu served in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we will go back to the hotel to meet Vicenc for our second Catalan cooking class, followed by dinner with the chef.
You’ll be picked up after breakfast for our trip to the medieval village of Pubol. Our culinary vacation is also cultural: this is the home of the Dali’s Castle-Museum, a medieval castle restored by Salvador Dali. The castle is rich in architectural beauty and works of art. Then, it’s time to get ready for the big event – dinner at a three-star Michelin restaurant. You’ll have some free time this afternoon to relax, shop and enjoy lunch on your own.
(We recommend that you eat a small lunch since dinner will be substantial!)
It’s dinnertime and we’re off to El Celler de Can Roca, considered by Restaurant Magazine as number 2 in the world! We will enjoy a unique and robust tasting menu with wines. This is a family affair: Chef Joan Roca will be in charge of all main dishes while his brothers, Josep and Jordi, will serve as your master sommelier and expert desert chef, respectively.
After breakfast, we will take you to your train station, airport or local hotel, hoping that you have spent a wonderful week with us