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.
- 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!
We had a great evening tour with Luke. We explored Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter while visiting 3 taverns. Great way to sightsee, learn history, meet other travelers, and have dinner at the same time! The best part to us was that Luke took us places we never would’ve visited. We wouldn’t have even walked down those small streets, yet we entered taverns full of local people eating delicious food. We learned about Spain’s food culture and history in a small group setting. We would do it again.
I usually shun tours, but, unlike most, Devour Tours actually takes you away from the tourist hordes – and the economy that panders to them – and puts you among locals in places you'd likely never find on your own. Our guide, Pamela, was super knowledgeable and engaging, our group small and intimate. We all had a great time, and were given a bunch of great recommendations to explore on our own afterward. We'd definitely consider doing more Devour tours in other cities in the future.
I was expecting this tour be good but upon meeting Fintan, the guide, I knew I was in for something much more special than that. He imparted so much knowledge and history of the city, the history and the food culture, but also with so much passion and was so engaging and fun. What a great way to explore the city, eat amazing foods and learn so much too. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
What to Expect on Your Tour
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.
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!
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!Meet them here!
Map Your Tour
Travel back in time and discover the secrets of Barcelona through the alleys and tapas bars of the Gothic Quarter.