2018 Primetime Emmy
& James Beard Award Winner

Catalunya

The Heights of Catalunya 

October 2-9, 2022

Legendary botifarradas—spirited fiestas of country fire and meat washed down with vino tinto. Markets and Michelin feasts nestled deep within Barcelona’s gothic glory. Coastal sailing to a beach cookout of rich, savory suquet and fresh seafood. This weeklong trip takes you into the heart and the heartland of Spain’s most remarkable cuisine.

Matt Goulding

Our Host

Author, Grape Olive Pig
Matt Goulding

Maria Vallès

Trip Guide

Sommelier and Bon Vivant
Maria Vallès

R&K Trip Itinerary

This weeklong trip takes you into the heart and the heartland of Spain’s most remarkable cuisine, where the simplest of ingredients power some of the world’s most incredible meals, from Barcelona’s boisterous tapas culture to the Penedès Cava trail to wildly inventive tasting menus–with time for siestas, naturally.

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October 2-9, 2022

Day 1

Oct 2 Sun

Welcome to the capital

  • HOTEL MERCER BARCELONA
  • Carrer dels Lledó, 7, Barcelona 08002
  • +34 933 10 74 80
  • Welcome cocktails at Hotel Mercer
  • A taste of Vermut—Barcelona’s traditional Sunday libation
  • Dinner with our friends at Bar Brutal

Day 2

Oct 3 Mon

Markets and Masters

  • HOTEL MERCER BARCELONA
  • Carrer dels Lledó, 7, Barcelona 08002
  • +34 933 10 74 80
  • An insiders’ tour of La Boqueria, Barcelona’s historic culinary heartbeat
  • Greenmarket lunch cooked by a Catalan chef with our haul
  • A visit to La Plata, the tiny, mighty bar by the harbor
  • Dinner at one of Spain’s great new restaurants, Disfrutar, run by a genial and genius team of El Bulli alum

Day 3

Oct 4 Tue

Penedès Wine & Calçots

  • HOTEL MERCER BARCELONA
  • Carrer dels Lledó, 7, Barcelona 08002
  • +34 933 10 74 80
  • A primer on Cava, the famous bubbly of Catalunya, with Pepe Raventós, whose family has made wines on the River Anoia since 1497
  • Adelina’s fricandó at Mas Palou, the 16th century vineyard of our host and guide Maria Vallès, celebrating the grill culture of Penedès, with copious amounts of vermut, grilled meats, and porrones of fine white wine
  • Transfer to our own country home in the Catalan heartland of Garrotxa
  • Plenty of libations, conversating and star-gazing the fresh Fall night air

Day 4

Oct 5 Wed

Vermut and the Roca Brothers’ Empire

  • MAS LA FERRERIA
  • Mas la Ferreria, sn, 17813, Girona
  • +34 972 29 13 45
  • Rise for an (optional) sunrise hot air balloon ride over the amber hills of Garrotxa Natural Park
  • Breakfast and a guided hike through those selfsame hills
  • Siesta followed by a light bite
  • Transfer to Girona and happy hour on Girona’s ancient walls
  • Dinner at El Celler de Can Roca, one of the world’s top restaurants
  • Return to Garrotxa

Day 5

Oct 6 Thu

The Garrotxa Breadbasket

  • MAS LA FERRERIA
  • Mas la Ferreria, sn, 17813, Girona
  • +34 972 29 13 45
  • SLEEP IN, what are we, monsters?
  • Tasting and lunch featuring Garrotxa cheese and local beers with award-winning cheesemaker Paula Fonollà
  • SIESTA you heathens
  • Drinks and Catalan heartland classics at Pont Vell in the devastatingly picturesque town of Besalú 

Day 6

Oct 7 Fri

Sailing the Sun‑kissed Coast

  • MAS LA FERRERIA
  • Mas la Ferreria, sn, 17813, Girona
  • +34 972 29 13 45
  • A harbor sail on the Costa Brava, the wild Catalan coast
  • A beach cookout in Cadaqués with the legendary team from Compartir restaurant
  • One last great Catalan countryside meal in Garrotxa

Day 7

Oct 8 Sat

The big Barcelona goodbye

  • HOTEL MERCER BARCELONA
  • Carrer dels Lledó, 7, Barcelona 08002
  • +34 933 10 74 80
  • Epic gourmet farm lunch with Els Casals
  • Exploring Barcelona from the Gothic Quarter to Gracia
  • Last night bacchanal in the Catalan capital with a surprise guest chef

Day 8

Oct 9 Sun

Adéu Catalunya

  • HOTEL MERCER BARCELONA
  • Carrer dels Lledó, 7, Barcelona 08002
  • +34 933 10 74 80
  • One last excellent breakfast at the Mercer Hotel
  • A sip of cava, or something stronger perhaps, and a fond farewell
  • Private transfer to Barcelona Airport

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