- Free snacks included
- Small group ensures personal service
- Lunch included
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
Continue to Santa Cecília, a former Benedictine monastery that is today a mountain shelter and a great example of early Catalan Romanesque architecture. Enjoy a short stop here to learn interesting facts about the history of the region, as how the monks influenced the farming and the gastronomic traditions. As you listen to your guide, sample locally grown treats like almonds, peaches, honey or home-cured meats, depending on the season.
Next, relax on the drive around Montserrat and discover the south face of the mountain, which has a different climate and landscape from the north side, making it ideal for olive trees and vines. Get closer to nature as you leave your minivan and follow your guide through a path between fields of olive trees.
Arrive at a 16th-century farmhouse, originally the property of the Monastery of Montserrat. Visit the farmhouse's old olive mill and the medieval water tanks, and learn about olive oil pressing and the different types of olive oil. Sample some of these, then enjoy a traditional lunch of products grown at the farm (upgrade your experience by traveling on a Sunday, where the menu features typical local Catalan dishes)
After lunch, head to the Penedés, a vibrant wine region known for its production of cava (Catalan sparkling wine). Stop at a local winery, where you will learn how cava is made on a guided tour of the winery's underground cellars and barreling room, and finish with a tasting of four different types of cava and wine.
Then sit comfortably in your minivan and admire views of the landscape on your way back to Barcelona.
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Small-Group Tour: Traditional Food and Wine Day Trip from Barcelona
- Local guide
- 3 food tastings
- 4 wine and cava tastings
- Winery tour
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Minimum age for wine tasting is 18 years
- Not wheelchair accessible
- A moderate amount of walking is involved
- Products you taste are subject to change depending on the season
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: jane.andrews, February 2017
Fantastic day out with an engaging, knowledgeable guide. We especially enjoyed eating in authentic local establishments and feeling off the beaten track
food was excellent, as was the scenery and the wine tasting!!
all six of us agreed it was a highlight of our Barcelona trip and gave us a different perspective than just sitting in the city. Well worth the day out!
Reviewed by: Beverly D, January 2017
We had a wonderful starting with a traditional breakfast of meats, cheese, country bread, tomato and of course wine. We then took a scenic tour including picking a few local wild berries along the way. The guide was fantastic, the food was fantastic and the scenery was beautiful. We love going to Barcelona and have been many times so it was wonderful to take a leisurely drive into the country and see how the locals live daily lives.