ALL ABOUT DEVOUR SPAIN

Hi there! Hola! We’re a small team of food lovers who call Spain home and who are passionate about sharing this country’s spectacular food and its fascinating story with you.

We hope you’re hungry!

We know it’s tough to get past the tourist traps and eat like the locals do. So our mission is to give you an insider’s peek into the real Spain, and a taste of the country’s true local cuisine. Day and night, we eat our way through neighborhoods, local markets, tapas bars and restaurants (research never tasted so good!), searching for the most delicious dishes and tastiest bites.

And only the best ones make it onto a Devour Spain food tour.

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Founders: Lauren, Alejandro & James

It All Starts With Amazing Food

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Mama Carmen presents her homemade fideúa on a Barcelona food tour.

But we don’t stop there. Our tours are not just about food. You’ll also discover the local culture, history and traditions behind the neighborhoods we visit– because where, what and how people eat is one of the best ways to understand a place. And behind each delicious taste on our tours is a proud, passionate local, and telling you their story is an essential ingredient in every Devour Spain food tour. In an age when chains are taking over, we’re committed to supporting the little guys. Local chefs, specialty food shop owners, and neighborhood food entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of their communities, and the true soul our tours.

Rosa Tosca in her Gracia restaurant.

Rosa Tosca in her Gracia restaurant.

“Without rent controls, so many emblematic places are closing, and everything is starting to look the same,” Rosa says. “We’ve had two tough years. It’s been difficult to meet our expenses. That’s why this tour has been crucial for us.”– Rosa Tosca
Devour Barcelona Tour Partner (as quoted by NPR)

You’ll be in the Best Hands

And what about our guides? We know that along with the food, the most important thing on a food tour is your guide. And that’s why we are very selective about who we work with, resulting in a team of guides who are the smartest, most passionate, most talented bunch of Spain gurus around.

They not only know and love this country, but are gifted storytellers and have a rare knack for making you just as excited about Spain as they are! 

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Wine expert Fintan leads a group through a vermouth tasting.

So why not join one of our fun and fascinating food tours; why not see and taste the real Spain? Guidebooks might tell you where to eat. But we’ll show you what to eat and why. People have told us that our enthusiasm is contagious – we think you’ll agree!

MEET OUR TEAM

Any company is only as good as the sum of its parts. Luckily, our parts are pretty incredible! Our amazing team includes the best, brightest, most lovely and passionate professionals, each of whom put their heart (and stomachs) fully into their work.

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Lauren Aloise
Managing Director
 Lauren grew up in an Italian-American family where 3-hour meals were the norm. After 10 years in the restaurant industry, she moved to Spain where she launched her popular Spanish food blog, Spanish Sabores, and soon after lead groups on the first Devour Madrid Food Tours.

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James Blick
Managing Director
A former lawyer turned filmmaker, New Zealander James finally found his calling leading hungry, curious travelers through the tapas bars, markets and winding streets of Spain. He also writes about travel and hosts a popular YouTube channel about Spain.

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Alejandro Cabrera
Managing Director
Alejandro hails from the very south of Spain, and grew up in the sherry-producing town of El Puerto de Santa María in Cadiz. He traded beachside barbecues for the buzz of the Spanish capital, where he enjoys promoting his country and its diverse cuisine at every opportunity.

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Amy Bingham
Customer Service Manager
As the daughter of a barbecue master and a pseudo-vegetarian, Amy’s culinary obsessions run deep. She spent time in Galicia before settling down in Madrid, where you’ll usually find her browsing the bottles of a local bodega or ogling the produce at the weekend Producer’s Market.

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Renee Christensen
Barcelona City Manager
Renee is originally from San Francisco but has called Spain home for the past six years. She’s lived in both Madrid and Barcelona, but won’t tell you which she prefers! She will forever love Spanish food, and credits it with teaching her how to cook! Her signature dish? Croquettes!

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Katherine Barnes
Barcelona Product Manager
With over ten years international event management experience, Katherine has created and delivered events in over 27 cities. Tired of London, she moved to Barcelona to pursue her dream of living in Spain. Now a true Barcelona guru, she’s constantly out and about trying restaurants and exploring the city.

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Esther de Graaf
Barcelona Tour Guide
Esther comes from the Netherlands, but has spent the past five years living in different parts of Catalonia. Finally she decided to take on the capital, and make her food obsession her job! When she’s not out guiding, she’s cooking or running the city’s beautiful streets.

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Victoria Batz
Barcelona Tour Guide
Victoria is from Sweden but has been visiting Spain each year since the age of 10, retreating to her family home in southern Spain. She adores everything about Spain: the language, the people, the culture and (most importantly) the food!

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Fiona Goodfellow
Barcelona Tour Guide
Born and bred in England, Fiona came to Barcelona never thinking she’d stay… but ending up falling head over heels for the city! When she’s not guiding or teaching, she loves trying new Barcelona cafés and restaurants.

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Fintan Kerr
Barcelona Sommelier & Tour Guide
 Fintan traded the grey skies of Manchester, England for the sunnie skies of Barcelona. It’s here where he fell in love with wine, leading to a WSET Diploma and an intention to become Barcelonas first Master of Wine. He adores Barcelona for the laid back approach to life and the wonderful relationship people have with food, drink and nature.

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Norah Pineiro
Barcelona Tour Guide
Norah is from northwestern Spain, though boasts having lived in 13 of Spain’s 17 states! After studying law and spending 7 years in the UK, she felt the call to come home and focus on her passion for food and wine (her family owned two restaurants!). She now translates for food & travel e-magazines in addition to giving awesome tapas and history tours.

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WHAT WE BELIEVE IN

  • Always eating well and in good company!
  • Supporting the local economy– we are proudly locally owned, pay our taxes in Spain and love working with small businesses instead of big chains.
  • Knowing the names and stories of the people behind our food.
  • Buying and using local and seasonal ingredients.
  • Responsible and sustainable tourism that educates and enlightens.
  • Working with the very best people, and rewarding them generously for a job well done.
  • Food connects the world; it’s the true universal language that we all speak.
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You’ll support local business owners like José– not big chains.

Check out our feature on NPR: “Barcelona’s Mom-And-Pop Tapas Bars Take On The Big Tourist Chains” and hear how we’re impacting the local community with our Barcelona tours!

Everyone love churros dipped in chocolate!

Just try and keep the chocolate off you face with this delicious breakfast treat!

Devour Spain – Why You Should Choose to Tour with Us!

Not all tours are created equally. We pride ourselves on offering incredible tours, and responsible tourism is at the heart of all we do. What does this mean? 

Small, family-run businesses-- no chains!

World-class, qualified tour guides.

Equal opportunity employment and excellent pay.

Spanish owned and operated company, fully insured.

We pay all of our taxes in Spain, supporting our local economy.

We use public transport and our tours are offered on foot, reducing carbon emissions.

We give back to our local communities through charitable organizations like Serve the City.

We ensure we are accurately representing Spain and its cuisine at all times-- no tourist traps here.

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