Flavors of Spanish Cuisine: Barcelona & Madrid Vacation for Foodies

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Countries Visited

Spain

Places Visited

Suggested Duration

8 Days

Barcelona's sunny weather and light ocean breeze warrant a refreshing glass of sweet, fruity sangria. Just beyond the hustle and bustle of city life, idyllic vineyards stretch for miles and offer a picturesque wine tasting oasis. In the vivacious city of Valencia, renowned chefs cook up traditional saffron-induced paella in massive iron skillets for entire families to enjoy. En route to Madrid, the city of Toledo tucks itself along the Tagus River and boasts some of the world's most potent...

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Trip Highlights

  • Tour Barcelona's Gothic Quarter and dine along the scenic boulevard of Las Ramblas
  • Admire the whimsical architecture of Antoni Gaudi and partake in a locally-sourced lunch along La Barceloneta's romantic oceanfront
  • Bike along Valencia's winding public parks and marvel at the futuristic architecture of Santiago Calatrava in Valencia
  • Stroll through the halls of Toledo's opulent Alcazar fortress and learn about Spain's indigenous saffron spice during a captivating demonstration
  • Traverse through Madrid's eclectic downtown plazas and indulge in an immersive tapas tour of tantalizing variety
  • Experience Madrid's vivacious neighborhoods of Malasana and Lavapies, and immerse yourself in the trendy bar and live music scene
  • Roll up your sleeves for a hands-on paella cooking class and enjoy your masterpiece against a moonlit city backdrop
  • Relax in the distinguished Parque El Retiro and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride or paddle boat tour at the park's center

Detailed Description

Jagged mountain peaks, shimmering coastlines, and scenic flatlands broadcast Spain's abundant beauty. In addition, ornate cathedrals and stoic fortresses unfold as you discover each city's charm. At every turn, friendly locals will welcome you, but to reach the heart of Spain's, you must also immerse yourself in the delectable cuisine of this magical country. Over the next eight days, you will sink your teeth into some of Spain's best bites from Barcelona to Madrid as you fall in love with each city along the way.

You will begin your gastronomic tour of Spain in the picturesque city of Barcelona. Sparkling shorelines will greet you as you begin your adventure. First, you will tour the beautiful Gothic Quarter, where intricate stonework and idyllic European cafes are the norm. Later that day, you will venture beyond the city limits to visit a renowned winery in Catalonia's scenic countryside. An expert sommelier will teach you about local wine production and lead you through a delectable wine tasting experience. In the days to come, you will marvel at the whimsical aesthetic of Antoni Gaudi and visit some of his most acclaimed architectural artwork, including the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, La Sagrada Familia, and Park Guell.

As your taste buds yearn for new flavors, you will indulge in visits to the charming cities of Valencia and Toledo, where you will take part in an authentic paella cooking class. You can keep pace with your renowned private chef as you practice the infusion of rice, vegetables, chicken, seafood, and saffron. The final leg of your journey will bring you to central Spain to explore the nation's bustling capital of Madrid. After settling into your luxurious hotel, you will amble along the cobbled streets of the city's downtown and visit local highlights such as the Royal Palace, Gran Via, and Parque El Retiro. Of course, an expedition to Madrid would be incomplete without a dive into local culinary delights.

Throughout your culinary excursion, you will get to know the city best as you sample tantalizing tapas and visit several esteemed local eateries. On your final day in the city, you will venture beyond the buzzing downtown to experience the eclectic neighborhoods of Malasana and Lavapies, which are beloved for their bustling arts and music scene. You can unwind on your final night as you enjoy a variety of tapas and the acoustic melodies of lively bands.

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Starting Price

$1,915 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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  • Some or all activities and tours
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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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