It described itself as ‘three hours of power eating – Spanish style’.
Of course I was intrigued.
I booked my Barcelona tapas tour with Creative Holidays and arrived at the designated meeting point at precisely 5:30pm on a Thursday evening in Barcelona.
What followed really was no less than power eating, as we visited a total of four tapas bars and tried different wines/local aperitifs at each place, which was of course accompanied by a variety of tapas.
As it turns out, the ‘power eating’ aspect was not something to be overlooked. Whilst I had expected one small tapa at each bar, I was actually met with a small plate of food at each bar, so much so that by the second bar I had to skip the food in order to save room for the others.
This is truly the only way to indulge in an evening of tapas like a local – as your guide takes you from one place to the next in a local neighbourhood and makes recommendations on what each establishment is renowned for/what their specialty is.
At the first bar I tried patatas aioli – Spanish potatos in bite size, covered in aioli. SO YUM. I also had grilled veggies with goats cheese (being a vegetarian), whilst the rest of the group tried Spanish sausages and a variety of peppers and meats.
At the second bar I had to skip the food, but here there were small pieces of bread with toppings, much like bruschetta (uh oh, yes, I did just describe a SPANISH food by referencing an ITALIAN one!!!!).
At the third bar things got a little more serious as the owners decided to bring out plates and plates and plates of food to show off their Spanish cuisine (they are proud people!). There were cold meats, calamari, Spanish tortilla, tuna, bread with tomato, and so much more I can not remember.
At the final bar it was time for a glass of bubbly and a sweet tapa – CHURROS! I was so happy to finish off the evening with a churro coated in gooey chocolate sauce – bliss!