Tapas and Picasso in Barcelona, Spain

Feeling better rested after an early night in, we started our second day in Barcelona with a morning food tour. I had found a company called Devour which offers food tours in various cities around Europe, and booked us in for their Tastes & Traditions of Barcelona tour.

We met our guide at Santa Caterina Market and were joined by about 10 other travellers, including a couple families. It was nice to see some parents travelling with young kids, as this is what I aspire to do in the coming years!

We started the food tour in the market, where we tasted assorted cheeses and cured meat. Unfortunately, I had to skip the meat and had a special selection of pasteurized cheese set aside for me, and also had to miss out on the cava. However, I was able to fully participate in the remainder of the tour, which took us to the neighbourhoods of El Born and Barceloneta where we tried some pastries, a mashed potato ball tapa called a bomba, and finished off with a meal of seafood paella at Can Ramonet.

A stroll on Barceloneta Beach

After being sufficiently fed, we said goodbye to our tour group and went on a short walk through Barceloneta. This seaside neighbourhood is best known for its expansive beach bordering the Mediterranean Sea, which interestingly was manmade. Although the weather was nice and sunny, it was not quite warm enough for swimming so we just stuck on the boardwalk.

Appreciating art at the Picasso Museum

Our next stop was the Picasso Museum. Although pre-booked tickets are recommended, I managed to snag a couple tickets for us without issues while we were finishing up on the food tour.

The museum is set in five adjoining medieval palaces and features an extensive collection of over 4000 Picasso pieces. Opened in 1963, it was the first museum dedicated to Picasso’s work and the only one created during his lifetime.

Arc de Triomf and Ciutadella Park

We spent a couple hours at the museum and then decided to take another walk outside. We found Barcelona’s version of the Arc de Triomphe, which was built by architect Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas as the main access gate for the 1888 Barcelona World Fair.

Nearby was Ciutadella Park, the largest green space in Barcelona with several attractions including the zoo and Catalan Parliament.

We only took a quick zip through since my calves were hurting, so we headed back to our hotel afterward for a break. On the way, we stopped at Pasteleria Hoffman to try one of their cakes that we had seen from the window during our food tour.

We didn’t do much for the rest of the day. We went for a swim in the hotel pool, returned to Bar Lobo for some tapas for dinner, and spent the evening watching television in bed. The following day would be our final one in Barcelona before heading off to our next destination in Basque Country.

14 responses to “Tapas and Picasso in Barcelona, Spain”

  1. A city by the sea yet encircled by wooded mountains, with gorgeous architecture, beautiful churches, and a pedestrian thoroughfare that is one of the prettiest you will ever see. It’s been more than a decade since my trip to Barcelona, and seeing your photos stirs up a lot of lovely memories. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. Thank you for reading Aiva!

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  2. One of my dreams is to visit the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, but I didn’t realize how many other wonderful things there were to see there. Thanks for sharing your trip!

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    1. Barcelona is probably my favourite European city. Lots to see and it’s beautiful!

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  3. That looks a pretty amazing beach for man-made! Is that crooked construction a lifeguard station? The moon cake looks a bit dry…what was it like?

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    1. I think that crooked construction is just an art exhibit. The moon cake was filled with black sesame and I thought it was really good, hard to capture it in a photo though. 🙂


  4. Love the Picasso museum!

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    1. Yes it was definitely a worthwhile exhibit to see!

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  5. On my last visit to the Picasso museum in Barcelona last year I was amazed at the increase in exhibition space compared to the past, there is now a retrospective of all his work and being very eclectic there is something for everyone. Barcelona has no shortage of good places to visit and you have filled your day with them.

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    1. I really enjoyed the Picasso museum and I’ve never seen so many of his works in one place.

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      1. I agree, there is now a collection of works that allows us to follow Picasso’s evolution over time and to begin to understand his intentions.

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  6. So how was the moon cake? It doesn’t look all that appetizing, but it looks pretty cool! I’m considering booking a food tour for our trip to Portugal next March, but I’m afraid all they’ll serve us is sardines! Ewww.

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    1. It was hard to capture in a photo but it had a black sesame filling and I really liked it! You should definitely try the food tour; I’m sure there will be enough variety (beyond sardines!). I’ve never been on a bad food tour. 🙂

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      1. Several months ago when I was looking at the Portugal trip, it included the option of a food tour. Now it doesn’t, so I guess it’s up to me.

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