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A decent priced wine tasting close to Placa de Catalunya in Barcelona, where you can taste four wines and get advice on wine purchases.
Though this tasting takes place in a shop rather than the romantic setting of a winery, the advantage is that you will not be tied to one wine producer. Your expert is not trying to sell you his wine, just good wine.
If you're in Bilbao and have already taken a trip to San Sebastian, you'll probably start looking to traveling south, to the wine country. But without a car, some of the sights are hard to access (and then, with the car, you have the problem of needing a designated driver). Which makes this tour of Vitoria and La Rioja ideal.
To be honest, Vitoria could be missed out, but if you want to see modern at its most famously liveable (the quality of life here is said to be outstanding), a tour is better than wandering around the city aimlessly (as I have done!).
But the real appeal here is the wine. The tour stops at Laguardia, where you will get a tour of the town and you'll visit a Rioja wine cellar, complete with wine tasting.
Take a two-hour walking tour of central Barcelona, followed by a stop where you will received three tapas and a glass of wine (or beer or cider if you prefer).
Start the day with a wine tour of the Torres winery before visiting the impressive mountain of Montserrat. After that you have free time in the seaside resort of Sitges.
This is a long day (12 hours) but you get a lot done at a price that would be almost impossible on your own.
The Torres Winery is also featured on these longer tours:
Departing from Barcelona, this tour takes you either via the popular beach town of Sitges or the jaggedy mountains of Montserrat to the Freixenet wine cellars. Freixenet is probably the world's most famous cava producers. Cava is Spain's version of champagne, made in the Catalonia region for a fraction of the cost of its French counterpart. Can you tell the difference?
- Book a Sitges and Freixenet's Cava Wine Cellar Tour
- Book a Montserrat and Freixenet's Cava Wine Cellar Tour
Mot only does this tour take you to try some 'vino de Jerez' ('Jerez wine' or sherry) You will also see an equestrian ballet at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in Jerez and have some free time in El Puerto de Santa Maria. I lived in El Puerto de Santa Maria for two months - it really is a nice place to spend some time away from the big cities.
On this tour you will visit the Timanfaya National Park to see geothermal demonstrations and the Volcano Route and get panoramic views of the salt mines at Janubio. You will then visit Teguise (once the island's capital), Los Valles, Haria (to see the Valley of the Thousand Palm Trees) and Los Jameos del Agua.
This tour is expensive, but remember this is a private tour, so it's just you and your guide. A great way to have lunch with a local expert and have the freedom to ask any question you want - if you can afford it!