The tour was very informative, but not very filling sample wise we received a candy, small piece of marzipan, a small package of hazelnuts and at the end a drink wine, beer or water and some ham cheese for those who did not eat meat/pork. While the explanation of the cuisine and food culture had lots of facts and information, there were very few samples. This trip is sponsored by the city of Barcelona Tourist office and was meant to promote the city overall. They were accommodating to people on the tour that did not eat meat pork is a key part of the Spanish cuisine and the tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Unlike other food tours we have been on in other cities, this seemed less interactive with the guide as she led us from place to place. Overall a good tour for information, but if you want samples then this might be a second choice to take.
Our tour guide was great - friendly, knowledgeable, and incredibly patient with our children. The tastings could've been better (similar tours in Venice included much more substantial tastings). Also, the meeting point is NOT at building #2, but rather at the tourist info building on the plaza.
The title mentions gourmet food and Santa Caterina Market and walking but none featured highly on this dash around Barcelona. The guide knew her stuff about the history of the place, but the gourmet food was a pretty ghastly sweet, a handful of roasted almonds, a couple of thin pieces of chocolate, and finishing with some unidentified cubes of ham from the Ham museum where we were abandoned and the waiters couldn't be bothered to explain what type of ham we had been given. It was also cut into cubes not thinly sliced as I have seen in most places. The guide was rushing so fast she lost us when I paused to take a photo - and it was only because we knew the group would soon be at the Santa Caterina Market soon, and found it ourselves, that we were able to rejoin the group. The market visit was a visit to the old excavated ruins in a room at the rear and then a 2 minute dash from the back to the front of the market with no pausing to look at or taste any food. It was rushed and exhausting. Not at all what I expected having recently done a similar tour in Malaga which was really enjoyable and better paced with proper food tastings. Disappointing in the extreme.
This tour was lots of fun. He made sure we were able to try several different foods including chocolate, candy and several other small bites. We ended with a taste of Ham that was quite fun. It was easy to hear him as he provided headphones for each person. This made the tour much better than other tours because Barcelona is loud and crowded as well as fun. Sometimes, if the group is big, it is hard to hear but that wasn't a problem with this group because of the headphones. We went back to several of the places he recommended. It was one of the favorite tours for my teenage daughter.
Title of the tour is incorrect. You do not go into the market, it just gets pointed out to you at the end of the tour. It was advertised as 2 hour walking tour and it took 3 hours. Majority of tour is spent outside shops discussing what is inside. Thought I was going on a gourmet food tour but heard more about the Churches. Would not recommend this tour.