Do you get excited when you travel abroad to meet your good friend who will show you around town? When you go out at night, your friend will take you to all the local places to eat, order the best food for you in the local dialect and arrange an extra special treat for you. But what if you travel somewhere where you haven’t made any friends just yet? Like Girona in Spain maybe? You’d still like to go out for wine and tapas in Girona, but you have no local friends to show you around? I have a solution for you: book a Girona Tapas Tour with Girona Food Tours and you have an instant insider friend in Marc!
He will show you the old city, take you to local restaurants where they serve the best food and wine and Marc from Girona Food Tours will share an abundance of foodie information for your stay in Girona as well as the surrounding area!
I was invited by Girona Food Tours to join them on their Girona Tapas Tour. I tasted all the foods myself, drank all the wine, and listened to all the stories myself. Therefore I formed my own opinion and like to share them with you!
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Short introduction to Girona and Tapas and Wine
Barcelona, the capital of the Catalan region is a dream: Urban vibe, culture and world famous sights to see and the beach nearby. But Catalonia has more to offer to tourists and travelers to Spain. Girona is another major attraction in the Costa Brava area.
Medieval city of Girona
Only 1 hour by motorway from Barcelona, this small medieval city is famous for its colorful houses along the river.
The Eiffel Bridge is a famous landmark but nowadays needs to rival the Games of Thrones locations that attract many day-trippers from Barcelona or road trippers through the region like myself.
Tapas and Wine in Girona
Just like any other region in Spain, it is perfectly normal to have your three-course warm meal in the afternoon.
You eat and enjoy the siesta. As you finish work or other duties at the end of the day, you meet with friends and family and enjoy the warm evenings. You share a bottle of wine and share some tapas or pintxos.
Delicious bite-size pieces of food that you can share and reorder as much as you like.
But where to find the best place to eat tapas in Girona? Where do the locals go and what to order?
Luckily, Marc from Girona Food Tours was there to show us around Girona, explain the history of the city and the food.
Why go on a Girona Tapas Tour with Girona Food Tours?
Of course, you can go to Girona on a day trip from Barcelona or travel to Girona yourself. You can eat wherever you like and stuff your face with all the good food Girona has to offer.
Although I like to travel independent, I highly recommend the Girona Tapas Tour. Here is why!
Let’s do some HAM!
We entered a shop as Marc exclaimed: Let’s do some HAM!
Of course, you can walk into any deli shop and order 100 grams of meat yourself. But when you join the Girona Tapas Tour, you get a whole lot more.
Marc and the staff explained all the different kinds of hams to us. What their prices are and why the Pata Negra is so expensive.
As he opened a bottle of Cava, we tried our first slices of ham. Not bad, not bad. As the meat got darker, the flavors intensified and we really did a lot of ham!
The lady at the shop even handed me her knife and slowly I sliced off wafer-thin slices of delicious Iberian ham!
This wasn’t my first sampling of Jamon Iberico but to slice it myself was a really cool experience!
Best local places to eat tapas and wine in Girona
As we continued walking through the old city of Girona, we went from little side streets to main archways. Marc pointed left and right, stopped for a cool anecdote or landmark.
We visited a few shops where the specialties were already waiting for us. We sat down at two local restaurants where he asked for the menu of the day, making a good selection of foods for us to try.
Normally, when I eat out in Spain, it takes about half an hour to study the menu (if they have any). Then I try to order in my basic Spanish, which is frustrating for the waiters as they speak Catalan and don’t understand my broken Spanglish. In the end, I order what I know and just take a beer to go with it. Not on the Food and Wine Tour of Girona!
Marc does all this work for you! Once you finish one plate, the next is already placed in front of you.
You can taste things like ratafia and possibly the best patatas bravas I ever had. All paired with great local wines to intensify the flavors!
Cut the queue for an ice cream sandwich
At the end of the Girona Tapas Tour, it was time for something sweet.
If you ever visit Girona and crave ice cream, you have to visit Rocambolesc. This ice cream parlor, owned by the same chefs as the 3 Michelin Star winning restaurant from the Roca Brothers, is THE place to be for something sweet.
No wonder the line almost goes around the block. Everyone wants to get a taste of the special ice creams they sell here.
But what to order?
Luckily, Marc was able to cut the queue AND recommend us the signature ice cream sandwiches.
Now, I’m not going to reveal too much, but if you ever want an ice cream experience, listen to Marc and let him order you the ice cream sandwich at Rocambolesc.
Detailed information for the Tapas and Wine Tour of Girona Food Tours
The Tapas and Wine Tour only runs in the evenings. You can join a tour Tuesday’s till Saturday’s. The tour runs with a minimum of 4 people.
You meet at the office of Girona Food Tours in Girona centre. The Girona Tapas Tour takes around 3 to 3,5 hours but we said goodbye to Marc after 4,5 hours of foodie delights.
You will walk during the tour, but it is not far and there are plenty of options to rest and sit down. If you have food allergies or other needs, you can discuss this upon booking.
The price for the Girona Tapas Tour is €79 for adults.
For more detailed information about the Girona Tapas and Wine Tour, check the website.
The Evening Tapas and Wine Tour is a great food tour for your evening in Girona, you will not need dinner and drinks once you’re done exploring night time Girona with this tour!
Are you planning to visit Girona? Are you looking to try some amazing local food? Why not try the Girona food tour. If you did, let me know what was your favorite pintxos!