SPAIN AND THE BASQUE COUNTRY

PINTXOS/TAPAS IS NOT A WAY OF EATING …. IT’S A WAY OF LIFE!

11 day Culinary, Cultural and Lifestyle tour

15 May – 24 May 2020

Spain is passionate, sophisticated and devoted to living the good life.  The passions of Spain’s people are the fabric of daily life – this is a country with music in its soul and where food and wine are a national obsession!

 

Spain is a country that lives very much in the present and ‘fiesta’ is one of the best-known words in the Spanish language. It’s because life is itself a fiesta here and everyone seems to be invited. Perhaps you’ll sense it at night when all of Spain comes out to play. Or maybe that moment will come when something unexpected happens, and touches something deep in your soul. Whenever it happens, you’ll find yourself recognising that, THIS IS SPAIN!!

 

Our first stop is Barcelona.

This is Spain’s most innovative seaside city and it offers a staggering array of attractions.

 

The city was reborn with the Olympics in 1992 and stresses the importance of Catalan history and culture.  Take in the Passeig de Gracia, the most stylish street of Barcelona, lined with boutique shops and art galleries. Also La Rambla, with its outdoor cafes, flower stands and equally colourful street performers.

Just off La Rambla are the antique stalls at La Boqueria, Barcelona’s outdoor market considered to be one of the best markets in the world. Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter rests on the ancient Roman city of Barcino, today full of buildings from the 13th to the 15th century. Then of course Sagrada Familia, Gaudí’s most famous work and a worldwide symbol for Barcelona.

We will relish strolling the cobblestone lanes of the Gothic quarter, thinking about all the people in past centuries who walked these same streets.

 

The city streets are an extension of the lives of its inhabitants; they are part of their homes, their way of sharing and living together in what is, in short, their home or everyone’s home. If we walk through Barcelona, we’ll see that every street has its own unique story to tell. If you ask any Barcelona local to name the best Catalan invention of all time, nine out of ten will probably reply “el pa amb tomàquet!” (bread rubbed with tomato). More than a simple recipe, culinary technique or custom, the gesture of rubbing tomato on a piece of bread is a sign of Catalan identity.  Just wait until you taste it!  My absolute best!

We will tour the city taking in all the history, culture, food and a cooking lesson – and of course free time to explore or shop on your own.

A train trip takes us to one of my favourite places I have ever been to, San Sebastian in the Basque country. The Basques are one of the great mysteries of Europe.  Nobody knows where they come from or when they arrived in this little corner of the Iberian Peninsula. Although the Basque people speak French north of the border, and Spanish south of the border, many consider Euskera their first language.

San Sebastian is a sophisticated place arched around one of the finest urban beaches in the world.  The best way to take in San Sebastian is on foot.  The promenades and pathways reveal postcard perfect views.

Every corner of Spain has its own culinary identity, but San Sebastian’s refined fare is in a league all on its own.  In fact, San Sebastian has more Micheline stars per capita than anywhere else in the world.  It is truly Spain’s gourmet capital. Many restaurants and pintxos (tapas) spots are mostly in the old quarter called Parte Vieja on the east of the bay.  You will fall in love with the charm and lifestyle here.  Here you will truly see and feel how the locals live.  The quality of life and food will have you dreaming.  I have never had so much amazing food in one place ever before.  We will trawl the pintxos spots tasting their specialities before moving on to the next one.  A wonderful way to eat, and in between you can wander the pedestrian only streets to see what’s in the windows of this shopping town, and I have no doubt something will pull you in.

On to Mallorca.  A beautiful Spanish island in the Mediterranean where the beaches are gorgeous, and the market shopping is just like France.  The charming little villages, with their cobblestone streets and pretty old buildings are a treat.  The citrus and almond orchards are like no other.  We will taste their wine and olive oil, have a cooking lesson to discover the island’s food, and experience wood-fired cooking, pork and lamb, Mallorcan style. We will eat paella cooked on open fires in a restaurant with a view like this…

Exploring, eating, shopping and cooking are all on our menu in Spain!

INCLUDED:

  • 3 nights Barcelona
  • 3 nights San Sebastian
  • 4 nights Mallorca island
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Lunch or dinner everyday
  • Arrival transfers
  • Departure transfers
  • All transfers in the organised daily activities
  • All gourmet tours and activities in Barcelona, San Sebastian and Mallorca
  • Market tours and cooking lessons in Barcelona, San Sebastian and Mallorca
  • All cultural and lifestyle activities in Barcelona, San Sebastian and Mallorca
  • Expert, local guides
  • Local taxes

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Airfares (I can advise and help you with this) Johannesburg to Barcelona to Mallorca to Johannesburg

  • Train ticket Barcelona to San Sebastian

  • Travel insurance to protect you should you have to cancel etc.

  • Meals and drinks, not specified, however everyday includes breakfast and either lunch or dinner.

  • Tips/gratuities

COST: 3450 Euros sharing  | 700 Euros single supplement

These prices are based on 6 people travelling


Deposit:
1000 Euro (non refundable) upon booking (travel insurance is imperative)


15 March 2020:
  2450 Euros

You pay the Euro equivalent in rand on the day you pay.

 

BOOKING PROCEDURE:


Please give me a call on 082 413 7020 or email me macbay@mweb.co.za or info@tablememories.com to check availability.


Once availability is confirmed, I will let you have the necessary details.

I LOOK FORWARD TO SHARING A MAGICAL TRIP WITH YOU!!

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