Here's a bit more detail on our tour*:
On day 1, after everyone has settled into the boutique hotel, we will gather for a meet and greet and unveil the full itinerary for the trip. We will celebrate our reunion over a tapas dinner at an authentic neighborhood tapas restaurant.
After a nice Catalan breakfast at the hotel, day 2 begins with a visit to Casa Batlló, Camila's favorite Gaudí building on the famous Passeig de Gracia. In the afternoon, we'll have some free time to work off any jet lag, and then a dinner cooked by staff, so that you can relax a bit more.
Day 3 is our first market visit, this time to the charming Gracia neighborhood, where you will love to stroll around and visit local artisanal shops. We will do an olive oil tasting at a specialty shop owned by a friend of Camila's and fellow Slow Food member. Then comes lunch at a wonderful local restaurant owned by another colleague of Camila's. In the evening we will have our first cooking lesson and then sit down to feast on the fruits of our labor.
On day 4 we will visit an organic farm on the outskirts of the city. Lunch will take place there, under the trees, with a fresh meal that could not be more local. You'll have some free time in the afternoon for optional activities and in the evening we'll share dinner at a local bistro that's one of Camila's favorites.
On day 5 we'll head to the beach after breakfast, and stroll around the popular Barceloneta neighborhood. A lunch of rice by the sea is a typical way to spend a Sunday. Laze around a bit or take a stroll, and then we'll meet up for another cooking lesson in the evening.
Day 6 is a choice day so that you can either spend time exploring on your own, or enjoy an herb walk in the Collserola hills, with an expert gastro-botanist to guide the way. We'll all meet up again for a drink and aperitivo the Catalan way, and then you can make your own reservations for dinner (recommendations will be given, of course!).
On the 7th day we finally visit the famous Boqueria market, one of the oldest markets in Europe. We will see some of Camila's favorite Gothic quarter highlights, and have a second breakfast of chocolate con churros at a beautiful traditional hidden café. Free time for lunch and then another cooking class for dinner.
The morning of day 8 will be spent in the Born neighborhood, aka the Soho of Barcelona.
Our final full day will hold an out of town excursion to visit a cava cellar in the neighboring town of St. Sadurní d'Anoia, where we will also have lunch (with a tasting of cava, of course!). Our trip will go out with a bang as we share a once-in-a-lifetime meal at a secret fine dining venue.
Finally, after breakfast on day 10, we will say our goodbyes with full stomachs and hearts!
* Subject to change according to availability