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During this tour, you will meet masters of wine who will talk about their passion and invite you to tastings. You will take an active part in the preparation of specialty food of the region and sit down to enjoy the unique pairings of the local cuisine and wines of Catalonia. Come admire the countryside variations, the Mediterranean coast, and Barcelona, a city founded by the Romans, who left grand monuments and the basis of today's Catalan gastronomy, which was later enriched by the Moors and traders from the north and eastern Mediterranean. This great tour is a feast for the senses.
During your vacation, you will spend three nights at Barcelona and two nights at Priorat.
This 3-star hotel is located in the Torroja del Priorat, the Priorato's geographical center, and was built over the old abbey of Torroja del Priorat, a construction of over 400 years old. You will have the chance to know the Priorato, a region that will surprise you by its marvellous landscapes and the combination of lush forests with vineyards and olives. You will also find possibilities of enjoying cultural visits and adventure sports, as well as a wine and olive region with Priorato qualified Designation of Origin.
Their Chef's professional experience in other regions and countries, has filled the hotel’s traditional and typically Priorato cuisine with innovative touches and diverse culinary options. Inside this hotel you can find suites, double rooms, single rooms, and rooms suitable for handicapped guests.
The hotel's general facilities are panoramic views, air-conditioning, 24-hour access to internet, background music, hair dryer, 12-hour room service, wine list, and coffee service.
The pub of the hotel is placed in the low part of the abbey, where it used to be the guardianship and warehouse of the former abbey. In this space, you will find a cozy place to take a few glasses with good music in a few comfortable sofas. The hotel's hall includes different rooms with coffee service, a conference room, a wine-tasting room, a wine club, a restaurant, and a wine store.
The 4-star hotel Condes de Barcelona is superbly located in the tourist heart of Barcelona, Paseo de Gracia, the most elegant avenue of the whole city, right in front of Gaudi's La Pedrera and within a walking distance to all of Barcelona's major attractions. It is located in a typical modernist building, declared monument of interest by the city's town hall. The hotel is formed by two old palaces from the 19th century, it has 235 rooms and the restaurants are run by Chef Martin Berasategui, who has seven Michelin stars.
All the pleasantly furnished rooms feature a private bathroom, hairdryer, direct dial telephone, satellite and cable TV, internet access, a minibar, double or twin beds, and a safe. The heating can be individually adjusted and the air conditioning is centrally regulated. There are two kinds of rooms in terms of decoration, classic and contemporary, but both are equipped equally. A wide range of restaurants, bars, clubs, and the best boutiques are located in the immediate vicinity.
The large reception is manned 24 hours a day and the hotel also has a safe, a currency exchange, and lift access. Further facilities include a piano bar, roof top terrace with swimming pool, and an a la carte restaurant. Business guests may take advantage of the conference facilities with internet access, WLAN access points, communication possibilities, and secretary and hostess services. Guests can additionally make use of the room and laundry services, as well as a garage and an open car park.
This cooking holiday will take place in Barcelona and Priorat in Catalonia, Spain. Pinned to the northeast corner of mainland Spain, Catalonia not only boasts some of the most varied scenery in Spain, but arguably its the most fascinating city and the most economically successful in the country. Made up of four provinces, Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, and Tarragona, Catalonia has been blessed with not just a fantastic location on the Mediterranean coast, tucked just under France and the Pyrenees, but also great natural resources, which have in part contributed to its tempestuous history.
One of the most exciting parts of this region is the amazing diversity that can be found in a relatively small area. From the snow-capped Pyrenees, that seemingly pierce the sky in the north, to the packed beaches of the Costa Brava, the culture-drenched city of Barcelona, and the quieter beauty of lesser-known stop-offs like Girona and Figueres.
The capital of Catalonia and well-known as Spain´s most cultured city, Barcelona, is a feast for the senses. From the bustling La Boquería market, just off of the Las Ramblas boulevard, to the soaring Gaudi's buildings, in all their colorful glory, and the warm breeze that comes in from the coast, it is a capital blessed with a unique combination of attractions which tempts millions of visitors every year. Pinned between the Mediterranean sea and the jagged Montserrat peaks, the city has been one of Spain's most important ports for centuries and has a long and established history as a successful capital in its own right, before the separate regions of Spain were united under one flag.
But Barcelona still boasts a proud Catalan culture, demonstrated by its bilingual signs and the St. George's Flag, Catalonia's patron saint, which flies from municipal buildings. Art lovers could easily end up with a sore neck from looking up at so many spectacular buildings designed by Antonio Gaudi, the city's favorite son. The still-unfinished Sagrada Familia, with its four sky-scraping peaks, is obviously the jewel in the crown, but it seems like every street has a colorful building, decorated with gargoyles, unusual balconies, and twisted balustrades. The touristic heart of the city is the Barrio Gótico, or Gothic Quarter, where the cathedral, built in the last century, dominates the many winding streets, which crisscross revealing pretty plazas that are perfect for an al fresco drink or dinner.
One side of the Barrio Gótico is lined by Las Ramblas, the enormous boulevard that is like a cross between Madrid's Paseo del Prado and London's Covent Garden. No matter what time of day or night, there is a steady stream of visitors and locals strolling down to find a bar or shop at the many market stalls. For those looking to do more than wander and soak up the atmosphere of Barcelona, the Picasso museum offers a fascinating insight into the man who adopted the city as his home.
Beyond that, Montjuic, a hill topped with a fortress and the Olympic stadium from the 1992 Olympic Games, is a great stop-off for views across the city but, if you are more interested in the good things in life, take to the promenade by the marina area, stop at the many glorious restaurants that line the walkway, and gawp at the stunning super yachts of the rich and famous.
Priorat is almost a small country in itself. Surrounded by mountains and with its own rugged climate, it has a long heritage of culture going back to the Carthusian monastery of Santa Maria d'Escaladei (ladder to God). The monks started making wine in the 14th century and has since become is one of the world's most prestigious wine regions. It is known for its slow cooked and delicious hearty stews, festivals, terraces of olive trees, vineyards, and inspiring walks.
On this vacation, you will be graciously delighted with exquisite dishes all along the tour, such as tapas in the Old Quarter and slow food in the countryside. You will enjoy daily breakfast, one tapas lunch, two lunches with wine in Barcelona and two more in Priorat, also with wine. After your cooking classes, you will have lunch with the delicious meals prepared by you.
Please arrive at Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN). The Unique Traveller will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.
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