Culinary Vacations in Spain: Catalonian Tastes and Treasures
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Catalonian Tastes and Treasures
Costa Brava, Catalonia

About the location: This wonderful gourmet food and wine tour takes you to the Costa Brava, a land of outstanding beauty, filled with charming fishing villages and well preserved medieval towns in Spain’s northeastern region of Catalonia by the Mediterranean Sea. You will be based in the L’Empordá region where the enchanting landscape, filled with rolling hills and picturesque stone-built villages is a pleasure to explore as well as the beautiful beaches and cliffs of the amazing Costa Brava.

This lovely countryside is home to the stylish and intimate four-star hotel, situated right on the sea with beautiful gardens and pool and spa.   From here you will visit the nearby medieval villages of Pals, Ullastret, Peratallada and more of Dali’s route. You will discover the route of Dali’s amazing and surreal art, gorgeous villas and castles, lovely beaches and wonderful wineries, along with the discovery of a cuisine that is unique, imaginative and varied.

About the lessons:   You will be presented with the discovery of the Catalan cuisine that is unique, imaginative and varied. Cooking classes will be held at the prestigious cooking school of L’Empordá , where you will be introduced to the most traditional recipes of  Catalonia as well as a few avante-garde recipes called “Cocina de Autor.“ The staff of instructors are all professional chefs, speak English, and are delighted to pass on their secrets of this cuisine.

Other unique culinary activities will be some visits to artisan food producers, the local fish port or Palamós, and a professionally guided wine tasting.

Catalonian Tastes and Treasures Itinerary

Day 1


  • Transfer from Barcelona airport to the Empordá region to a beautiful and charming four-star Hotel Silken, Sant Jordi, well known for its unique design and beautiful surroundings. This is an ideal place to relax and enjoy a magical ambiance, and taste superb Mediterranean dishes.
  • Your guide will give you a briefing of your fantastic culinary tour.
  • Enjoy some free time, perhaps a stroll on the beach.
  • Welcome dinner (drinks not included).

Day 2

  • Following breakfast, your guide will take you to your first demonstration cooking lesson at the Cooking School of The Fish Museum (for small groups, the lesson will take place at Concha’s place with a local chef), a spacious and prestigious school that teaches the best specialties of Mediterranean cuisine. The class begins with a visit to a local market, followed by preparation of typical dishes of the region.
  • Lunch to follow based on your culinary efforts with excellent wines!
  • In the afternoon, visit the interesting Fishing Museum to learn about fishing methods, modern and ancient ones, as well as fish specialties and catches particular to the local waters.
  • Around 4 p.m., experience a guided visit to the “Lonja” to welcome boats coming back from a hard day of work and to see where the fresh fish of the day are sold.
  • Dinner on your own this evening.

Day 3

  • Delicious full breakfast followed by your second demonstration cooking class with lunch to follow.
  • In the afternoon, a visit to the fishing village of LLafranc, where you will enjoy a lovely seaside walk along a beautiful pine grove. At the top of the hill you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the Mediterranean sea.
  • Following the tour of Llafranc, visit a 350-year-old country house, which is situated in the middle of a vineyard and overlooking the sea. During the visit, experience a fascinating tasting of different Spanish wines.
  • Dinner on your own this evening.

Day 4

  • Following breakfast, you will embark on a full day excursion along Dali’s route. First you’ll visit Figures, a bustling country town and home to the Dali Museum.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • After lunch visit the ancient city of Girona, with its narrow medieval streets, Jewish quarter, Arab baths, and 15th century Gothic cathedral.
  • If you are on the 3-night program, transfer back to Barcelona airport or hotel.
  • If you are on the 6-night program, late in the afternoon return to the hotel for dinner.

Day 5

  • After a full breakfast, your third cooking class at the Cooking School of the Fishing Museum or Concha’s place. There you will continue learning how to prepare recipes based on the healthiest Mediterranean ingredients.
  • Lunch to follow, based on your efforts, complete with Empordá‘s wine.
  • Afternoon visit to an olive oil mill and learn about the “gold liquid” and sample the olive oil they produce.
  • Following the olive oil tour you will then visit a huge kitchen store where you can find anything you could imagine for cooking or your kitchen!
  • Return to the hotel where you will have free time to shop and explore nearby towns.
  • Dinner on your own this evening.

Day 6

  • Following a full breakfast, you will visit the open market of Palafrugell and its lovely town by the sea.
  • Excursion to nearby medieval villages such as Pals, Peratallada and Ullastret. Your guide will take you through the town’s cobblestone streets and amazing walled villages.
  • There will be some free time to shop, wander around, and have lunch on you own at any of the surrounding restaurants.
  • In the afternoon, you will visit a jam and preserves factory/museum. The visit includes an introduction to the museum as well as a demonstration in the workshop of the different methods for producing jams and preserves. The visit ends with a tasting of different jams and preservers and a glass of sparkling wine.
  • Back to the hotel where you will have free time to rest or have a inspiring walk around the hotels beautiful gardens.
  • Farewell dinner (drinks not included).

Day 7

  • Savour your last Mediterranean breakfast.
  • Transfer to airport or hotel in Barcelona.