You’ve rented your beautiful private villa in Barcelona. You’ve visited cathedrals, museums, and so much more! But now, your stomach is rumbling and you need sustenance. But why settle for a normal dining out experience when you can choose something far more unique? Here are four restaurants where you can actually dine with the chef!
This indoor/outdoor bar is a gastronomic experience like no other. Abanik Bar ensures that each dish looks like a work of art. The walls in the bar are brick and under the bar top is brilliant lighting, which gives an interesting twist between modern and classic décor and atmosphere. Even their menu is unique, coming in the shape of a hand-held fan. You’ll not only want to try one of each unique, delicious dish, but you’ll definitely want one or two of their amazing cocktails as well!
Simple, clean, and modern can describe the restaurant interior of Uma. But it certainly cannot describe the food. Here you’ll enjoy seven “acts”, each a dish that offers unique flavors and culinary techniques, and looks like art. You almost won’t want to eat it, because it’s so beautiful. Not only are the dishes something you would never find in a “normal” restaurant, but each one is served in an exceptional vessel – from the normal white plates to wooden crates, to stones. This is an experience you don’t want to miss!
With a unique fusion between African and Asian cuisine, Chaka Khan is an interesting dining experience! The interior is an eclectic mixture of African culture with retro tropical décor. They offer two menus which have international dishes in a vast range and variety. If you have a large group, make sure everyone orders something different so you can all try the amazing flavors. Don’t forget to try their delicious desserts and cocktails, alcoholic or virgin.
This restaurant was originally an underground club until Spoonik decided to open its doors to the public. Now you too can experience the friendly hospitality, unique creativity, and avant-garde techniques of this amazing restaurant. You have a gastronomic experience like no other found in Barcelona. They offer a tasting menu that changes based on the season so that their products are always fresh and delicious. You can expect a blend of cuisines from Mexico, Columbia, and the Mediterranean with these amazing dishes.
When your gastronomic adventure has ended, head back to your Barcelona holiday rental to rest and relax with a cool evening breeze.
There are many family activities in Catalonia and Barcelona that are suitable for families with kids. Whether you go to the Ebre Delta or the Pyrenees, there are a myriad of options from which to choose that will delight and entertain your little ones. Catalonia has everything that families seek for a holiday in barcelona with children including some of the activities that are listed below.
Bike along a railway track
One of the family activities in Catalonia and Barcelona is biking without having to worry about cars and other vehicles. The Greenway runs from Aragon to Catalonia, which is the same route of the old railway track. At present, the rails are gone and in their place is a well-maintained track that is exclusive for hikers and cyclists, as well as horse riders. The track is relatively flat, which is ideal for the whole family. Just make sure that you bring a flashlight because there are tunnels along the way, and some of them are unlit. The total distance of the track is around 130 kilometres, but you don’t need to travel all the way. The Catalan side of the track takes your family through the Baix Ebre and Terra Alta regions, which are filled with wonderful sceneries.
Parc Guell is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites found in Barcelona. It was created by renowned architect Antoni Gaudi and feels like a scene right out of a fairy tale. Visiting the park and exploring the grounds is an ideal family activity in Catalonia and Barcelona. Children will be in awe of the Hansel and Gretel homes, leafy plazas, and dragons found throughout the park’s grounds. The best way to get to the park is to take the metro to Vallcarca and then travel up to the park via the escalator to the back of Parc Guell.
Coastline at Lloret de Mar
Kids who love to climb rocks and explore beaches will adores the coastline of Lloret de Mar. A list of family activities in Catalonia and Barcelona is incomplete without a mention of the wonderful beaches in the region. A rocky area just north of the main beach in Lloret de Mar is ideal for children who love adventure, and parents who love stunning scenery.
To complete your list of family activities in Catalonia and Barcelona, take a stroll down the famous La Rambla in the center of Barcelona. Enjoy the various street performers, human statues, painters, animal stalls, flower vendors, and a lot more. La Rambla is definitely a sight that visitors must see in Barcelona before heading back home.
When we think about Catalan wines (which are perfect for enjoying at your luxury villa with private pool in Spain!), we tend to think about the major wine-growing regions such as DO Empordà from northern Catalonia and DO Alella wines from the Mediterranean coast. We rarely stop to consider one of Catalonia’s smallest wine-growing regions: Pla de Bages, located within the Province of Barcelona.
About Pla de Bages
Covering just 600 hectares, Pla de Bages is the smallest DO region in all of Catalonia, but despite its size it certainly has a lot to offer. Believed to be named after Bacchus, the Roman God of Wine, a large number of grape varieties are grown here, including the red varieties of Garnatxa and Ull de Llebre and picapoll for white wines. Boasting two different types of soil, Pla de Bages is renowned for its diverse offerings.
Right on Trend
Believe it or not, Pla de Bages is actually one of the oldest locations in Barcelona for wine growing, but its agricultural challenges of the past have made growth and development slower than other regions. However, thanks to the influx of ‘boutique’ wines on offer here, Pla de Bages is said to the ‘the next big thing’ in Catalan wines, offering trendier reds, whites, and sparkling cavas than their competitors.
Visiting Pla de Bages
There are a number of tours that you can take of Pla de Bages, which take you right into the heart of the 13th-century chateau where the magic happens, and demonstrate the processes that help this region offer the highest quality wines in Barcelona. For easy access to the region, rent a house in Barcelona and rent a car locally; it’s less than an hour’s drive from the city centre to Pla de Bages.
Catalonian wines are usually quite high in alcohol content and are full bodied, which is due to the warm weather conditions in the region and the varieties of grape that can be grown. If you are looking for an amazing Catalonian wine to sip by the pool in your villa in Spain or would like to be more knowledgeable when ordering wine while dining at a restaurant, here are a few tips to help you out.
Catalonian wines focus predominantly on grapes of the Mediterranean variety, including the red grapes Carignan and Garnacha, and the white grapes of Garnacha Blanca and Xarel-lo.
Garnacha grapes produce low acidity wines with a fragrant wild strawberry or raspberry flavour. They are quite powerful and can also be used in fortified wines.
The Carignan is also a grape that is used to produce red wines but can be blended with other varieties. It’s quite high in tannins and acidity but makes it a great partner with fruitier and fuller bodied wines such as Syrah.
Throughout Catalonia you will find the grapes of the Cabernet Sauvignon variety, which are the base flavour for many California reds or Bordeaux wines. These grapes produce a deep coloured red wine with an oaky aroma and taste. Merlot can also be found in the region, which offers a supple texture and blend and can be drunk earlier than many other wines as it doesn’t need to be left to age as long. However, if you prefer a spicy full-bodied wine that has been aged, then hold out for a Syrah.
The most common grape in this region of Spain has to be the Tempranillo, the grapes of which make a very popular wine filled with berry and plum flavours, with spiced tobacco notes. The depth of flavours relates to the time it has been left to age.
All of these flavoursome wines can be purchased from local supermarkets close to your Catalonia villa rental or even local vineyards. Take a look at where your nearest vineyard is in relation to your villa in Spain and buy direct from the source. Gain a tour of the vineyard and understand the winemaking process by speaking with the local vintners. Salut!