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Gourmet Catalonia – Discover the Delicacies of Northern Spain

  • Sant Pere de Rodes Monastery - photo by Rafael Lopez-Monne

    Spain, Catalonia, Cap de Creus nature reserve, Sant Pere de Rodes monastery, photo by Rafael Lopez-Monne NCN
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  • Local Produce Tasting in Cap de Creus

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  • Cathedral in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter © Turisme de Barcelona

    Spain, Barcelona Gothic Quarter, Cathedral, Group Travel © Turisme de Barcelona
9 day tour
From £539 per person - minimum 25 passengers

Get a taste for Catalonia with this sensational gastronomic tour

Catalonian cooking has incredible character. Its innovative cooking has sought inspiration from many different cultures as has Catalonia in general. Although ultimately Mediterranean, the Greeks, Romans, the Italians in the eighteenth century and the French have all left their mark on this complex cuisine. Catalonia has absorbed the best of each country and created a culinary package which forms Gourmet Catalonia.

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The Catalonian cuisine uses the same ingredients as in many other Mediterranean regions: tomatoes, garlic, fresh herbs, olive oil. Gourmet Catalonia is sometimes reminded of dishes from such areas as Provence, Rosellon, Sardinia, Naples or Sicily: cities which invaded the Kingdom of Aragon of which modern Catalonia formed part of. During this food tour, you will have the opportunity to learn about the process of making wine, olive oil and even cheese. Enjoy a visit to a local winery, enjoy the beautiful surroundings and taste the produce. Furthermore, you can take part and stomp the grapes yourself! Visit a sheep farm and make your own sheep cheese! This interactive and engaging experience gives you the satisfaction of tasting cheese you made yourself – perhaps share with loved ones on your return home!

Then, discover the incredible Cap de Creus Nature Reserve and the Sant Pere de Rodes monastery at its core. While in these picturesque surroundings, enjoy some tapas and special wines, giving a taste of the past. This tour is food galore, with local produce at every turn. Enjoy tapas in Barcelona and feast your eyes on the marvels of this iconic city.

As you discover this beautiful region, you will explore the food and flavour of Catalonia. To see more of Catalonia on a cultural and historic tour, why not check out our tour Barcelona & the Jewels of Catalonia.


Dates

Dates throughout 2021


Suggested Itinerary

Day 1/2

Welcome to Catalonia!

Depart from the UK, heading to Dover for your ferry crossing to Calais. Head south, through France, stopping for an overnight in the Orléans area. The following day, continue through France into Spain and travel to your hotel in the beautiful resort of Roses on the Costa Brava. Check in in time for dinner.

Day 3

Wine and Oil

Today, enjoy a guided visit of a typical local winery, and learn about their wine-making process. You can even stomp the grapes yourself! Sample the wine with a tasting and then enjoy a picnic of typical Catalan specialities in the vineyard. Afterwards, visit a local olive oil producer to learn their oil-making procedures and have an oil tasting. Return to the hotel in time for dinner.

Day 4

Sheep Cheese

Visit an ecological farm specialised in sheep dairy products. There, you will get the opportunity to learn how an ecological farm works and how they make their dairy products. Then, it will be your turn: you will make your own Catalan sheep cheese! Afterwards, head to a typical Catalan restaurant for lunch and choose from different Catalan specialties. Spend your afternoon at leisure, perhaps enjoying the Spanish sunshine.

Day 5

Relax and Unwind

Spend today at leisure. Take some time to relax on the beach or potter through the town of Roses. Alternatively, stay in resort and make the most of your hotel’s facilities.

Day 6

Cap de Creus

This morning, venture into the breathtaking Cap de Creus Nature Reserve. In its heart is the Sant Pere de Rodes monastery, where you will have a guided tour. This Benedictine monastery is built into the side of the Verdera Mountain and affords visitors stunning views. After the guided tour, enjoy tapas combined with special wines that will help you understand the monastery’s history and life-style. Afterwards, enjoy some time at leisure by the sea, before returning to your hotel.

Day 7

Barcelona

Start your visit to Barcelona with a guided sightseeing tour to help you get to know this remarkable city. The tour ends at a tapas bar with a tapas and pinchos buffet. Refuelled, explore Barcelona at leisure this afternoon. Admire the remarkable architecture and works of Gaudi, explore the enthralling Gothic Quarter or perhaps visit Camp Nou – home to Barcelona FC.

Day 8/9

Departure

The time has come to leave Catalonia behind and begin your homeward journey. Retrace your steps into France, stopping in the Orléans area overnight. Continue back to Calais for your return ferry crossing to the UK.


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Suggested Hotel

Hotel Victoria Elit, Roses ***

This property is just a 2 minute walk from the beach and 10 minute walk from the centre of Roses. Rooms in the Victoria have satellite TV, private balconies and wooden floors. The bathrooms have hairdryers. Free WiFi is offered throughout. There is an outdoor pool and a spa area which features saunas, a heated indoor swimming pool, a hydromassage bath and experience showers. There is also a relaxation area and gym, and massage is available on request. Victoria’s buffet restaurant offers a variety of Mediterranean and international dishes. The hotel has a bar and terrace.

 9 day tour by land and sea Half Twin Single Supplement
Dates throughout 2021 Price on request Price on request
Price based on exchange rate of £1.00 = €1.116. All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with a free place in a single room, both are based on a minimum 25 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include UK coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Greatdays Holidays Limited are a member of ABTA (Y0380) which means you have the benefit of ABTA's assistance and Code of Conduct. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. Greatdays Holidays Limited has an ATOL licence (4279) and all of our air package tours are protected under this licence. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the Civil Aviation Authority will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any monies you have paid to us for an advance booking. All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this tour are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate. Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at info@greatdays.co.uk

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