Tapas, Taverns & History Tour

Learn Barcelona's history while trying the city's classic tapas, and discover why you can't have one without the other.

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Includes: Tapas at 3 hidden and amazing tapas bars (enough for a full dinner) perfectly blended with a fascinating guided walk through historic Barcelona.
Tour Size: Small Group
Times: 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm
Duration: 3.5 hours, 1.6 miles

What's Included

  • Uncover Barcelona's secrets on this tour which includes a 50-minute walking history tour.
  • Visit a locally-loved bar that hasn't changed its menu since 1945!
  • Try the foods that shaped Barcelona and learn how history has shaped the food we eat today.
  • Taste Barcelona's classic bites at the few remaining traditional bars in the Gothic Quarter.
  • Test yourself in the ultimate local drinking experience: wine out of a porrón!

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Dietary restrictions

This tour is adaptable for...
  • Vegetarians
  • Pescatarians
  • Gluten free (not celiacs)
  • Dairy free
  • Non-alcoholic options
  • Pregnant women
  • We love providing delicious options for those with dietary needs. If you have a dietary requirement or food allergy, please note it when booking. Due to the risk of gluten cross-contamination, this tour is not adaptable for those with celiac disease. We do not recommend this tour for vegans.

    What to Expect on Your Tour

    TOUR SNAPSHOT

    From the Romans to the Moors to the present day, Barcelona's certainly not lacking in history. Each of the civilizations that passed through the current Catalan capital left their mark. You see it in our buildings and our language, but also in the foods we eat here today. Through the winding streets of the Gothic Quarter and its 75+ year old tapas bars, we'll show you how the story of Barcelona can't be told without its food.

    STOP-BY-STOP

    Tourism has changed a lot of things in the Gothic Quarter, but local institutions do still exist—you just need to know where to look. We'll start our evening at a bar that opened in 1927 and is a much a part of the neighborhood as the nearby churches and monuments are. Here we'll have vermouth and cava—because why stop at one aperitif when you could have two?—paired with cured meats, cheeses and more.

    Fortified by our first stop, it's time to dig into the history of Barcelona and the Gothic Quarter of the past. We'll start our 50-minute historic walking tour with Roman ruins and work our way through thousands of years of history, uncovering secrets and hidden corners as we go. While weaving through the Gothic Quarter, it will become clear to you that the food we eat in Barcelona today would be very different if not for all the twists and turns the city went through in the past.

    By now, we'll be ready for more tapas. Our second stop opened in 1945, and has been serving the same four tapas ever since! Of course by now, they've perfected each one, and these bites sum up what Spanish food is all about: fresh, local ingredients that shine with little intervention.

    On the way to the next stop, we'll weave through Barcelona's narrow backstreets and your guide will bring more of Barcelona's past to life.

    Finally, it’s time for a sit-down meal at a tapas bar that originally opened in 1935 as a shop selling ice, wine and olive oil. Here you’ll enjoy a selection of traditional Catalan dishes, along with local red wine. Dinner wouldn’t be complete without something sweet, so we'll finish the night with a classic dessert—the Catalan precursor to crème brûlée.

    By the time we part ways, you'll have seen some of Barcelona's top sights and eaten at the city's most beloved bars. More than that, you'll understand how the two go hand in hand.

    And as with all Devour Barcelona tours, you'll receive our Devouring Barcelona guide. Packed with all our favorite places to eat and drink in the city, put down your guidebook and get ready to experience Barcelona like a local!

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    About Our Expert Guides

    Your tour will be lead by one of our expert, English-speaking guides. They’re all gifted storytellers who are smart, passionate and talented and whose excitement for this country is contagious!

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    Map Your Tour

    Meeting point Plaça de Ramon Berenguer el Gran
    Places we'll visit Gothic Quarter

    Travel back in time and discover the secrets of Barcelona through the alleys and tapas bars of the Gothic Quarter.

    Ending point Plaça Sant Jaume
    The tour lasts approximately 3.5 hours (give or take 15 minutes). The tour covers approximately 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) and there is seating at 2 of the 3 stops.
    Don’t worry, you won’t be part of a massive crowd following a guide with a flag! We keep our groups small and intimate, so the tour can squeeze into small, hidden places and you get personal time with your guide. The maximum number of guests on this tour is usually 10 people, and all of our tours are guaranteed to operate, even with just one person.
    We want as many people to be able to enjoy our tours as possible. Scroll up the page a little to see what dietary restrictions this tour is adaptable for.
    This tour is a great fit for curious teens who would enjoy learning about Barcelona and Spain's fascinating history. We offer teen pricing and they will be served non-alcoholic drinks. Given the evening nature of this tour, we do restrict it to guests aged 13 years and older. If you're a family with younger kids, check out our daytime Tastes & Traditions Food Tour and our Gracia Neighborhood Food & Market Tour. We also have private family tours for kids 4–12!
    The tour does not include transport to the meeting place, or from the ending point (ask your guide for guidance at the end of the tour if you’re not sure where you are). Also, please feel free to tip your guide if you think they did a great job! The standard gratuity in the tour industry is 10% to 15%.
    Most importantly, your appetite! Keep in mind tours take place rain or shine, so please dress appropriately and bring an umbrella if it looks like rain. Also, we recommend you wear comfortable shoes as you’ll be walking a few kilometers. Finally, while we do serve water on the tour at some stops, we recommend you bring a bottle of water.
    Our tours are available as private experiences for groups of 6 guests or more. We also offer customized private experiences for groups of 11 or more. Email us your group size, the date you'd like the tour and anything else you'd like us to keep in mind, and we'll get back to you within 24 hours.

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