Paella. Tortilla. Tapas. One of the joys of a trip to Spain is the food and wine. The climate helps to make this country an abundant land for farming (despite huge areas of desert in the center) and the heaped fruits and vegetables in every city market deliciously show this. A visit to the Boqueria Market on Las Ramblas will make you want to cook and eat, and taking a cooking class is a great way to take the tastes of Spain home with you. The market itself now offers classes at the Boqueria Food School where chefs will take you through selecting produce then making various dishes including essential skills and theory. Most cooking classes in Barcelona do include a visit to the market as deciding what to cook based on the freshest, season produce and then knowing how to choose the ripest and best is a big part of making great-tasting food.
There are a huge number of places offering cooking classes both in Barcelona and just outside in the town of Sitges or Validoreix. Within Barcelona there are also some that will come to your apartment (here’s one), or combine a class with a food and wine walking tour or specialize in organic cooking baking chocolate or classes for children. Remember that when in Barcelona you are in Catalonia, a fiercely proud and distinct region from the rest of Spain so there will be regional differences in food – for example all over Spain you find paella but each region interprets it a little bit differently. No matter where you are in the country, Spain will make you want to eat – and cook.