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Catalan Wine and Tapas in Barcelona's Gracia District Audio Guide

Feast on Catalonia's cuisine, Modernist art, and full-blooded legacy of liberty
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Audio Guide Details
Duration
1 hour 15 minutes
Product Type
Audio Guide
Venues
  • GrĂ cia
  • Casa Vicens (Exterior)
  • Various speciality food shops
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Audio Guide Description
  • Put your map away and take your time to enjoy Barcelona's most delicious treats as a local guides you through the city's best spots for food and wine
  • Hit play together and stroll the city or wander solo, but always with an expert in your ear as your personal guide

Barcelona's Gràcia District is a fiery blend of history, culture, and outstanding architecture. Join Context Travel expert Alessandro Panagiotis Nerantzis, on a walk that reveals the essence of this vibrant neighborhood, where each step shows you a little more about Barcelona's rich history. On this walking tour, you'll find out about the roots of Catalonia's unique identity, as a wave of urbanization shaped a distinct Catalan middle class in the late 1800s. You'll discover how industrial prowess, cultural pride, and regional autonomy found an outlet for expression in the Modernisme movement and ended up defining Catalonia's cultural landscape for generations. You'll also have plenty of opportunities to enjoy local culinary delights in this bustling neighborhood’s many tapas and wine bars. 

Your tour starts in Saint Salvador Gardens, or Jardins de Salvador Espriu as it is known in Catalan. Here, we begin tracing the evolution of Gràcia, once a collection of farms and retreats that transformed with the onset of industrialization. You'll pass the iconic Hotel Casa Fuster with its Modernist facade which emphasizes individuality and a departure from traditional norms, a defining feature of Catalan identity. En route to Plaça de la Virreina, you’ll discover sangria's humble origins, long before it became one of Spain's best-loved contributions. Your tour concludes at Plaça de La Vila de Gràcia where you'll hear the legendary story of its bell tower, la Marieta, a reminder of resistance against the Spanish army’s attempts to quell the district’s revolutionary spirit during the Revolta de les Quintes of April 1870.

On this self-paced tour of Barcelona’s Gràcia district, you'll also have a chance to:

• Travel back to 1872 when Gràcia and Barcelona were connected by a tram, and discover the historical links between the communities 
• Discover how Antoni Gaudí's love affair with Barcelona birthed architectural marvels at Casa Vicens Gaudí
• Understand how Modernisme was Catalonia's answer to the European Art Nouveau movement and the region's means of self-determination 
• Spot the small, surprising details within Catalonia's architecture, adding a layer of depth 
• Dive into the vibrant celebration of Festa Major de Gràcia, a festival that encapsulates the spirit and energy of the community
• Gain insight into principles of sustainable living at Antiga Masia de Can Trilla 

As we delve into the district's story, you'll also be able to eat and drink like a local by:

  • Trying an Ensaladilla Rusa (Russian Salad), a rustic mixture of vegetables, paired with a glass of wine at Bar Bodega Quimet
  • Learning about the vast array of regional wines on offer at the Celler Can Dani
  • Immersing yourself in regional eating habits at Bodega Cal Pep, a neighborhood bodega that connects locals to their culinary and cultural heritage
  • Indulging in the traditional dishes of the area such as oxtail, beef cheeks, or wild boar at Bodega MarĂ­n
  • Sipping on a mojito at Bar Raim, a Cuban bar, while you also hear about the historical ties between Cuba and GrĂ cia 
By the end of this 60-minute tour, you'll have a taste of Barcelona's Gràcia District and the rich history of artistic,  intellectual, and culinary contributions that Catalonia has made to the Iberian Peninsula.
Meet Your Expert
Alessandro

Alessandro's passion for history and art drove him to study Archaeology and History in Italy, where he completed his BA in 2012. Eager to communicate his love for culture, Alessandro wrote articles for the university newspaper and produced radio programs about cultural heritage, modern society, music and anthropology. His Italian and Greek origins inspired him to continue his studies in Barcelona, where he completed a MA in Cultural Heritage Management and Museology at the University of Barcelona. In 2015, Alessandro chose to become a professional tour guide, specializing in the Barcelona and Catalonia regions. His academic focus centers on the study of cultural exchanges across history, from trade and gastronomy to art, languages, and religions. An avid adventurer, Alessandro explores archaeological sites, underwater antiquities, museums, flea markets, and relishes delicious cuisine.

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