Tapas, small bite-sized dishes, are a popular alternative to full meals in Spain. This tour will enable you to experience a major part of the Spanish culinary and social culture through its tapas.
Your tour departs from the port en route to the upper Eixample area, where you'll stop for photographs of one of the city's best-known landmarks, SagradaFamilia, also known as the Church of the Sacred Family. Construction on this multi-spired sanctuary began over 100 years ago and today it stands not quite half-completed. Since the 1992 Olympics, the church has become a city hallmark and is a lasting tribute to the ecclesiastical work of its designer Antoni Gaudi.
From the outside, guides will provide a descriptive narration of its features such as the magnificent Nativity facade complete with its flamboyant spires, stained-glass windows and sculpted figures that make La SagradaFamilia an architectural masterpiece. Your guide will introduce you to local history and architecture prior to introducing you to the local cuisine.
Generally eaten with drinks or as a mid-morning or evening snack, tapas range in size and content, and every ingredient of Spanish cuisine makes an appearance in some type of tapa. Their name comes from the verb "tapar,"meaning to cover. It is hypothesized that they started out in the mid-18th century as simple ham and cheese "finger sandwiches" used to cover wineglasses. Tapas have come along way from their humble beginnings.
During your outing, you will visit two different "tascas" or restaurants to taste these Spanish delights. Hopping from locale to locale, gobbling tapas is a great alternative to a full sit-down meal and a fun way to sample food that you might never dream of trying.
Please note: Guests must be able to walk approximately one mile over uneven and cobblestone surfaces with several steps. A single glass of wine, sherry or beer will be provided per person at each restaurant. Guests must be at least 18 years of age in order to have the alcoholic beverages. Additional beverages can be purchased separately. Local currency will be required should you want to make additional purchases.