From North to South, sample the best Mediterranean food and wines
Begin with a warm welcome to the Mediterranean lifestyle, a loosely defined fantasy of casual, healthful, and intimate experiences where food plays a crucial role. Then, travel all the way South to fall madly in love with Andalusia and its duende while you delight your taste buds with the greatest delicacies, admired all across the world.
Barcelona is undoubtedly one of the cosmopolitan European references. And Roses, a mere two hours north of Barcelona, has been at the heart of the world culinary rebellion with Ferràn Adrià being arguably the greatest culinary revolutionary of our time.
Now, at CÚRATE their kitchen is inspired by the Mediterranean and stocked with the greatest delicacies from Andalusia such as the prized Spanish tuna, jamón ibérico and sherry wines. Don’t miss the opportunity to know first hand their origins when we visit El Puerto de Santa María, Jabugo, and Seville.
Join CÚRATE Trips to taste the real flavors of Catalonia & Andalusia in this 9-night memorable journey.
Barcelona - Roses
Roses - Figueres - Perelada - Roses
Roses - Cap de Creus - Cadaqués - Roses
Roses - Barcelona
Barcelona - Sanlucar - Pto. de Sta. Maria
Pto. de Sta. Maria - Barbate - Jerez - Pto. de Sta. Maria
Pto. de Sta. Maria - Seville
Seville - Jabugo - Seville
Seville, end of journey
CÚRATE and the specialist food and wine travel designers Paladar y Tomar provide the most seamless journey that only two in-the-know insiders can assure.
It’s time to discover this signature 10-day program across Catalonia & Andalusia through enjoyable and comprehensive show-cooking and intimate visits, and only-well-connected experiences.
Join a dream program that contains unimaginable visits all along with the valuable insight only locals can give, leaving you well versed in many foundations and techniques of Portuguese gastronomic culture and the Mediterranean soul.
Welcome to Barcelona! Stay right at the heart of the city at the Quadrat d’Or (Golden Quarter) only a two-minute walk from La Pedrera by Gaudí.
After a welcome drink, discover the best of the Med capital and its seductive Modernist architecture, and explore the Sagrada Familia from Gaudí before sampling your first Catalan meal with a modern twist at one of our favorite taverns.Dinner
Gallery Hotel 4* Sup
Today we’ll head to Roses, one of the Most Beautiful Bays in The World. On the way we might have a chance to stop by elBulli Foundation (undergoing the final works for a new concept opening soon) leaving behind a legacy as one of the world’s most influential restaurants in history. The visit will depend on the works status.
Finally end by a stunning cove to have one of the greatest paellas ever at a fishing shelter and cooked by a fisherman himself! How does dinner at Cal Campaner restaurant sounds? It’s one of the historical seafood establishment for over 50 years run by the same family. The actual chef is the owner’s son in law and he left elBulli to lead the family business.Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Hotel Terrasa & Spa 4*
The Dali Theatre Museum in Figueres pays spectacular homage to a unique artist, you’ll be wowed with the spectacular collection.
Opened in 1974, the museum has over 1,500 artworks, including paintings, sculptures, sketches, photography, and much more. Lovers of arts will find the gallery “Dalí·Jewels” very interesting – which houses a gilded collection of gems, of which the old “Owen Cheatham” is the most impressive. This museum is one good more excuse to escape to northern Catalonia.
CASTELL DE PERELADA
Visit Castell de Perelada, making Dali’s preferred sparkling rosé and producing wine since Middle Ages. Enjoy a sumptuous castle hosting a private museum, a magnificent library – one of the most important private libraries in Europe – and of course, the winery. A wine tasting will be preceding an elegant lunch at the Michelin starred restaurant.Breakfast, lunch
Hotel Terrasa & Spa 4*
SPAIN EASTERNMOST POINT
Capture the magic of the Cap de Creus, we’ll take you to its lighthouse, offering stunning views in the heart of the Cap de Creus Natural Park, where the Greeks brought the cultivation of olive trees and vineyards.
Time to head to the charming Cadaqués and stroll around its meandering stoned narrow streets full of arts after an unmatched guided tour to Dali’s house. Lunch at Compartir restaurant (owned and operated by three former chefs of elBulli awarded with two Michelin stars in Barcelona) will delight your soul.Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Montebelo Vista Alegre Hotel & Spa, 5*
GOTHIC DISTRICT BARCELONA
Back to Barcelona (lunch on your own) and meet for an afternoon Gothic quarter hidden secrets private tour to discover a more relaxed, full of history, art, anecdotes, and, of course, secret Barcelona.
Most buildings in Barri Gotic date back to the 13th and 14th century. The prevalent gothic style gave the district its name.
Barcelona developed to the most important harbor in the western Mediterranean. The gothic cathedral of La Seu is the greatest example for the architecture of that era.
The actual Barri Gotic stretches from Placa Catalunya to Port Vell (the old port).
Without leaving the Gothic district, you’ll find yourself in a singular space for a chic show cooking in a comfortable and state-of-the-art private kitchen. Feel free to participate or just observe how some of CÚRATE’s recipes are prepared.Breakfast, dinner
Gallery Hotel 4* Sup
SANLUCAR DE BARRAMEDA
Early flight to head South to Sanlúcar de Barrameda, a remote seaside town, immersed in wine aromas and marine fragrance, caressed by west winds and protected by the biggest natural park in Europe: Doñana Park. Enjoy some memorable food in the real way with a seafood hearty lunch.
CADIZ's CUISINE GODFATHER
By dinnertime, a degustation menu by chef Fernando Córdoba, considered “the father” of the local modern-twist in the cuisine of Cadiz province, will be served.Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Soho Boutique Vistahermosa 4*
BLUE FIN TUNA EXPERIENCE
Today is Tuna Experience day! Embark with us on a unique journey to discover all the secrets of the blue fin tuna and the ancient fishing tradition known as Almadraba, a fishing method on the Iberian Peninsula that dates back to a time of Phoenician rule over 3,000 years ago. An expert lecture is foreseen with Mr. Medina, Biologist and Professor at the Sea Science Faculty in Cádiz. Then watch first hand a whole tuna butchering process and finally enjoy the most amazing tuna degustation menu ever!Free evening to explore Évora on your own.
By the evening, gala dinner at the impressive sherry bodega Lustau in Jerez de la Frontera, after a full tasting of sherry wines at one of the most beautiful wine cathedrals.Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Soho Boutique Vistahermosa 4*
SEVILLE HAS DUENDE
Founded by Rome, conquered by Muslims and later incorporated into the Christian kingdom of Spain, Seville is still reinventing itself.
An unmissable landmark, the Royal Palace “Alcázar”, considered the oldest Palace in Europe still in use by a royal family since the 13th century. Once inside stroll across the three different palaces, like the one of the King Peter the 1st “the Cruel”. The Gothic Palace built by King Alfonso the 10th “the Wise”. We will walk across the royal gardens (5 hectares) and will get lost at the labyrinth garden around Charles the 5th Pavilion. Of course you will hear the legends and gossips hidden behind the walls of this magnificent Palace. Both monuments are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Seville’s magnificent Cathedral is the third largest in the word. The Giralda Tower at 98 m altitude, is the symbol of Seville. Admire the burial of Christopher Columbus, as well as the main altar of the Christendom.
After a farm-to-table lunch, free evening to enjoy the captivating city on your own.Breakfast, lunch
Hotel Palacio de Villapanés 5*
The world’s finest ham awaits you in Jabugo, in the heart of Sierra de Aracena Natural Park and Picos de Aroche, a UNESCO-protected Biosphere Reserve. In total exclusivity, Cinco Jotas welcomes you and you will see first-hand the secrets of one of Spain’s gastronomic icons. You will be side by side with the black pigs, discover the artisanal process that has been applied for over 130 years and of course, sample the most prized ham and understand what they call the art of well-being. An spectacular country lunch based on Iberian pork will be served.
Tonight, farewell dinner at one of the best Spanish fish restaurants to leave Spain richer and more refreshed than when you arrived.Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Hotel Palacio de Villapanés 5*
END OF JOURNEY
Following breakfast, private transfer to Seville airport or train station at your appointed time, or continue your journey if you decided to extend your trip.Breakfast
Price & Booking Terms
- MAY 18 -27, 2022 (9 nights / 10 days)
- 9 Nights accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
- 7 lunches and 8 dinners
- Domestic flight Barcelona – Seville
- Private deluxe transportation throughout
- Private individual airport transfers in & out
- Personal purchases and expenses
- Travel insurance
- Medical insurance with international coverage
- Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses
Total journey: €6,725
*Rates are in Euros per person, on double occupancy basis
At the time of reservation: 25% of journey cost per person
- 90 days before departure: Balance due
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
- Payment method: Bank transfer or major credit cards are accepted (Visa, American Express, Mastercard).
Chef Katie Button was born in the South, raised in the North, and educated in Europe. Four-time James Beard Award nominee and cookbook author, Katie Button is the co-Founder and CEO of Katie Button Restaurants in Asheville, North Carolina, including the beloved Cúrate Bar de Tapas, Cúrate Spanish Wine Club, and La Bodega by Cúrate. A Southern chef with a scientific mind, Button honed her craft in the kitchens of some of the world’s best chefs, most notably Ferran Adrià and José Andrés, before venturing out to open her own restaurant with husband Felix Meana and her family. Katie Button was featured as one of Food & Wine’s 2015 Best New Chefs. Cúrate was named as one of the “40 Most Important Restaurants of the Past 40 Years” by Food & Wine and one of the “Most Important Restaurants of the Decade” by Esquire.
Originally from Roses, a small town on the Costa Brava in Catalunya, Spain, Felix Meana jumped in to the deep end of the hospitality industry at 19 and finally worked as front of the house service manager for five years at Ferran Adrià’s world famous restaurant, elBulli. Then he moved to Washington DC with José Andrés at ThinkFoodGroup (it was here where he met Katie Button), and he worked as Director of Service and helped with developing and opening new restaurants, including The Bazaar by José Andrés in SLS Hotels across Beverly Hills, CA, Las Vegas, South Beach, Miami, and Puerto Rico. Co-partner at CÚRATE, Felix’s close relationships with Spain, coupled with a sense of adventure and desire to share that with others, has helped him build a unique travel experience through Cúrate Trips.
Valeska inherited a taste for gastronomic culture from her French father and a talent for cooking from her Basque grandmother, a good reputed chef in that times. After studying Economics and Journalism in her native Barcelona, she went to Switzerland to pursue hotel management studies and she worked at some of the most prestigious hotels. Valeska speaks five languages. She is a Certified Sherry Wine Cellar Advance Expert, WSET 2 certified and WSET 3 candidate. Valeska is co-founder at Paladar y Tomar, she is marketing director and manages client relationships and operations at CÚRATE Trips.
Fernando Paredes is the CEO, financial director, and wine responsible of Paladar y Tomar. The Barcelona native was well into a career in economics when he discovered his true callings—travel, food, and wine. He entered the tourism industry as General Manager of a bespoke travel group, earned a degree in Food Event Design from the European Design Institute, became a Certified Sherry Wine Cellar Advance Expert and passed WSET 2 (Wine & Spirits Education Trust) with distinction. He is now a WSET level 3 candidate. Fernando’s journeys, and passion for food, have taken him to all corners of the world and now besides his many responsibilities he personally leads every tour at CÚRATE Trips.
8 Reasons to join us
At CÚRATE Trips the excellence of the landscape’s cuisine along with its breathtaking natural surroundings, exceptional wine varieties, and tranquility of the hand-picked singular accommodations create a getaway unparalleled in value and authenticity. Participate in a transformative trip.
CÚRATE Trips benefit from the expertise of Paladar y Tomar curating every hotel in search of the most unique nature of each location. This allows us to cater for every different type of personality and taste and have selected for this occasion singular hotels with immense value that enhance every moment. Our stories start from the moment you arrive.
You were truly instrumental in making our trip fantastic. Truthfully, I wish I were still there.
Many thanks and looking forward to something we can plan together again in the future. Abrazos,
Your restaurant choices were all very good as well.
As for the sherry and bodega visits, those were even more impressive. We had such a terrific time and the experiences were very personalized.
Thank you so much for arranging special tastings for us. It was absolutely incredible.
Everyone we met were so kind and welcoming. We are Sherry wine fans for life!!
We signed up and took a chance, and were rewarded greatly. The happy group is a testament to not only your planning and professionalism, but your kindness as well.
Hands down, best tour trip ever 🙂
So grateful for the opportunity to get to know all of you!
The trip was amazing in all aspects. We were really impressed with everything. The hotel choices were wonderful, the locations were perfect, the guides were terrific and very knowledgeable. Your restaurant choices were all very good as well.
As for the sherry and bodega visits, those were even more impressive. We had such a terrific time and the experiences were very personalized. Thank you so much for arranging special tastings for us. It was absolutely incredible. Everyone we met were so kind and welcoming. We are Sherry wine fans for life!!
I was so impressed with everything you arranged and your promptness and professionalism. Dillon had a wonderful time and was very complimentary.
Thank you for everything.
With gratitude, Star
Thank you so much for this helpful list! Gary and I are still talking about what a great time we had on the trip to Spain and how much we enjoyed meeting you, Fernando and Felix. You did an amazing job and we so appreciated seeing Spain's beautiful cities, historical treasures and of course the wonderful food, wine and people!
Gary and I wanted to thank you again for your continued care and concern as we spent three additional days in Madrid with the Millars. You and Fernando were so nice to make sure all went well and to see us off when we finally had to depart.
We are wishing you all the best and a wonderful holiday season ahead,
We had a winderful time particularly thanks to your superb arrangements. We will return! Arrivederci Marco
All the private excursions that she arranged were excellent. At some point during every tour our guide received a message from our agent checking in on how everything was going. We felt very well taken care of during our honeymoon and very thankful for all the assistance Valeska provided in making this dream vacation come true.