WINES OF SPAIN: Murrieta Capellanía 2014

 

Bodegas Marqués de Murrieta (La Rioja):

If we talk about Rioja wine, we talk about the Marqués de Murrieta winery, since in 1852 Don Luciano Murrieta made the first Rioja wines and brought the Bordeaux practices to Spain.

Capellanía Reserva 2014:

Capellanía Reserva 2014 is a white wine that breaks all standards due to its complexity and structure. It is made with the magnificent Viura del Pago de Capellanía, a vineyard of more than 70 years located in the highest area of Finca Ygay, the most prestigious of Marqués de Murrieta. A white wine with character and great bouquet, born to surprise for its uniqueness. Perfect to accompany a wide variety of dishes from fish to meat and Iberian and with a great potential for longevity to evolve and last in the bottle.
Being raised for a year and a half in new French oak barrels and one year in bottle, it brings an amazing complexity, structure and elegance to this 2014 vintage, which has been rated as excellent. Bright golden yellow, its nose is complex and deep with flavours ranging from fresh almonds to delicate white stone fruits. The palate is voluminous and elegant, fresh and with a very good acidity. A great white with the soul of a red wine.

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11 Lunch & Lounges in Barcelona rooftops

1. Restaurante Martínez

Martinez will allow you to enjoy, in the part that overlooks the sea (be it the balconies or the terrace itself), a sensational panorama, with all of Barcelona and the Mediterranean at your feet. The whole restaurant is exterior, although a large part of the structure is under cover; there is interior, of course, but it is not for the guests but for the kitchen and the services. Its motto is ‘Paella, embers and sea’, and materializes in appetizers (anchovies, Russian salad, croquettes, cod fritters, seafood clams, prawns …) and in dishes such as fish soup, casserole lobster and monkfish, the sole, the turbot, the grouper … and the rice dishes (there are a dozen!). They always use fish from Catalan and Galician markets and the vegetables are organic and of proximity. If you go on a Friday afternoon, click on a ‘disc jockey’.

2. Pez Vela

Said Pez Vela responsible that it is a new concept of chiringuito. Let’s see, it is not precarious or planted in the sand, although it is located a few meters from the beach of Barceloneta that is under the Hotel W. That is why diners feel comfortable at their tables. This terrace does not look like Barcelona but rather Miami, with a walk where runners and skaters circulate, a beach shaped like a bay below and the skyline of the Diagonal Mar skyscrapers in the background. Its gastronomic proposal is short but direct, and it revolves around salads, wild fish of the day and rice dishes (for the most carnivorous there is beef steak grilled with natural coal.

3. H10 Cubik

An impressive panoramic view of Barcelona in which the Cathedral and the Gothic Quarter stand out. In the wonderful Atik Terrace, on the eighth floor of the H10 Cubik, you can enjoy your dishes and refreshing cocktails in the bar area during the day. From the afternoon it also opens the restaurant with a menu of avant-garde dishes, such as its succulent Paella or the duck magret marinated with kimchi and orange, lime and mango chutney. This luxury environment, which is completed with the plunge pool and the hammock area, is a perfect place for afterworks, occasionally enlivened by musical performances every Thursday and Friday from June to September at 7:30 p.m.

4. Hotel Mandarín Oriental: Terrat & Mimosa

Terrat is a six star terrace in the Paseo de Gracia. The experience of its views on Paseo de Gracia and its most emblematic buildings of modernism, should be rquired for anyone who can afford it. Bet for an exclusive gastronomic bet with reminiscences of the most remote places of the native Peru of Gastón Acurio, one of the most prominent chefs of the moment. The outdoor experience also becomes unforgettable at sunsets. And if you prefer the most secluded spaces, at the Hotel Mandarin you can enjoy the charming Mimosa Garden. It also has the Catalan cuisine that arouses more interest in Moments, led by the chef Carme Ruscalleda and her son Raül Balam, offering one of the best gastronomic experiences in Barcelona. Ruscalleda has become one of the most famous chefs in the country, and the seven Michelin stars of its restaurants in Spain and Tokyo endorse it.

5. Hotel 1898: La Isabela

The terrace of the Hotel 1898 takes its name from one of the most beautiful islands of the Philippines, La Isabela. From this oasis of calm in the Rambla, you can admire the best skyline of Barcelona at any time of the day, while sunbathing in our Balinese beds, tasting our exquisite signature tapas or enjoying our original cocktails; all this always enlivened with the best music and the atmosphere of the city. The restaurant El Nido is the ideal setting to savor the suggestions of our chef Carles Boronat, with its dishes and tapas made with the freshest products of the Boquería in a wise blend of Mediterranean roots and exotic ingredients.

6. Hotel The Serras: El Sueño de Picasso

The new terrace El Sueño de Picasso of the Hotel The Serras has been selected in 2017 as one of the 25 best terraces in the world for the Travelers’ Awards, being the only one in Spain. It is the same terrace that 120 years ago hosted the first studio of a young Picasso. It is a spectacular terrace overlooking the Mediterranean and the Port of Barcelona, which inspired the artist. The cuisine of Marc Gascons is recognized with a Michelin star, which he obtained after the enormous success of Els Tinars, his family restaurant in Girona. At The Serras, the chef is committed to seasonal dishes with his own signature: fresh, informal cuisine with a Mediterranean personality.

7. Hotel La Florida: Les Terrasses Bar & Lounge

Les Terrasses Bar & Lounge is the poolside bar with the best views over Barcelona. A choice as impressive for the eyes as pleasant for the palate. The ideal place to forget the day to day, breathe fresh air and fall in love again of our city thanks to its privileged location in the Tibidabo mountain and for being an oasis of peace and tranquility, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The gastronomic offer is designed by the chef Jordi Delfa.

8. W Hotel Barcelona: Wet Deck

Feel the impulse. Enjoy the outdoors on the terrace, where the perfect cocktails, light meals and small plates, appetizers and tapas are inspired by Barcelona, but with a modern touch. Savor your favorite cocktail while the DJ mixes daring rhythms. Carles Abellán, who won his first Michelin star in 2007 at his restaurant Comerç 24, puts himself in charge of the hotel’s gastronomic offer. Creative, innovative and avant-garde Carles Abellán represents the new paradigm of contemporary cuisine, the reintroduction of forgotten flavors in the form of modern gastronomy, creating a new culinary niche. He has been able to convert the most imaginative concepts of El Bulli where he started and formed, in affordable and playful proposals, while working from the maximum culinary solidity the Catalan tapera and platillera tradition and its projection to the avant-garde.

9. Casa Fuster: Blue View

The hotel has several spaces with its own personality where gastronomy, culture and leisure merge to create a unique experience. Its large modernist terrace with spectacular blue lighting will leave an unforgettable memory if you visit it on a warm summer night. From the terrace you can see many of the city’s landmarks such as the elegant Paseo de Gracia, the Sagrada Familia and the Tibidabo. The Jazz Club is another of the hotel’s highlights because it has featured artists such as Woody Allen, the Yoshina Brothers, Eddy Davis, Conal Fowkes, Doc Scalon Trio, the New Orleans Rag Trio or the Barcelona Swing Serenaders.

10. La Terraza del Hotel Claris

The restaurant run by the chef Aurelio Morales proposes an innovative Mediterranean cuisine based on the best fresh products, with Daniel Hernández at the head of the kitchen. An environment in which to feel at ease, with an elegant, discreet and intimate atmosphere. It also has Mr. Kao restaurant, based and inspired by the golden age of private clubs in Shanghai. It is the first Dim Sum Club of Barcelona and offers a cuisine that combines quality and technique in the preparation of each dish. Classic recipes of Chinese cuisine mixed with Mediterranean ingredients and the use of local products.

11. Hotel Arts: Restaurante Marina

Located on one of the terraces of the hotel, next to the pool, it offers coastal dishes from different parts of the world in fun, original presentations with summer touches. Taste seafood dishes in a gastronomic proposal prepared by our executive chef Antonio Sáez. Also at the Arola restaurant you will find the carefree creativity of its Michelin-starred chef Sergi Arola, who plays to fuse a key format of Mediterranean cuisine with the creativity of contemporary cuisine. And at the Enoteca de Paco Pérez you will discover the flavors of the Mediterranean interpreted by him, chef awarded with two Michelin stars. Savor the freshness of the sea fused with the products of the garden and the mountain.

WINES OF SPAIN: ALMAZCARA MAJARA 2010

 

Wines of Spain: Almazcara Majara 2010

El Bierzo:

The land of El Bierzo is located northwest of the province of León. It has a characteristic Mediterranean micro-climate, with milder temperatures than the bordering areas and its low altitude generally prevents late frosts which is quite benign for the harvest that is usually one month ahead of the rest of La Ribera del Duero and La Rioja. In El Bierzo, the vineyard is mainly oriented on soils of moist brown earth, slightly acidic and therefore with absence of carbonates, typical of humid climates. The determining factors of quality are in the terraces of little inclination where the vines are located very next to the rivers or in semiagcated hillsides or in vineyards of pronounced inclination and in altitudes between 450 and 1,000 meters.

Almazcara Majara:

Wine made from 100% Mencía grapes, from our vineyards located in the district of Los Barrios, Ponferrada. The first vintage was that of 2004. The vineyards are located between 500-600 meters above sea level. The climate is continental, with a contrast of temperatures, maximum-minimum, pronounced that favor the development of the aromas and the color of this wine.

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WINERIES & ARCHITECTURE

Places with history, renovated by prestigious architects to offer not only quality wines but also attractive spaces. Barcelona Private Experiences offers you a relationship of this magnificent symbiosis that wine and architecture have been able to combine.

The main winery companies have decided to bet on the architecture of the 21st century to create great works of art that go far beyond the classic work of storage and aging of the wine. In recent times, some of the best known wine companies in our country have opted for prestigious architects to design their wineries.

Marqués de Riscal & Frank O. Gehry

The famous Canadian architect has created a building that, although full of forms, is in perfect harmony with the landscape of the area. The vineyards of these lands of the Rioja Alavesa, the old Marqués de Riscal wineries and their extensive tradition and of course their wines, have inspired Gehry to create a building unprecedented in the world in architecture and, of course, in the one in the cellars.

Like the Guggenheim Museum, the designed building is covered with titanium, although in this case, the architect wanted to imbue his work with the representative colors of Marqués de Riscal: rose, like red wine, gold, like the mesh of the Riscal bottles, and silver, like the capsule of the bottle.

Ysios & Santiago Calatrava

In the most beautiful area of ​​the Rioja Alavesa, located at the foot of the Sierra de Cantabria, stands the extraordinary silhouette of Ysios. The winery surprises and fascinates those who visit this privileged land, considered one of the best areas in the world for growing grapes. The architect designed it through the sublimation of the lines of a row of barrels. Like its interior, which also follows its avant-garde stele. Ysios is an icon in the Rioja Alavesa.

Bodegas Portia (Grupo Faustino) & Norman Foster

In Ribera del Duero, in Gumiel de Izán (Burgos) stands the winery designed by Sir Norman Foster, who after receiving the order he stay a year to live among vines.

The inspiration came in the form of a flower with three petals. In the first a fermenting wine. In the second the barrels would be stacked. And in the third, the bottles would sleep in a vertical structure unique in the world. All this, based on concrete, glass, oak and steel.

Protos & Richard Rogers

Sir Richard Rogers, the architect of the T4 in Madrid, the Pompidou Center in Paris or the Millennium Dome in London, just to mention some of his most outstanding projects was entrusted with the expansion of this centenary cellar: an annex of 20,000 square meters, with storage capacity of 3.5 million bottles and 5,000 barrels. It is connected to the old winery and its 1,500 meters of underground galleries through two tunnels.

This modular form breaks the volume and overall scale of the building, creating a structure that is in tune with the adjacent buildings, the surrounding landscape and imitates barrels that are born from the earth.

Señorío de Arínzano (Bodegas Chivite) & Rafael Moneo

Rafael Moneo, the only Spanish Pritzker Prize, architect of the complex expansion of the Museo del Prado in Madrid, the multipurpose Kursaal Auditorium of San Sebastián, or the extension of the Atocha Station in Madrid, was the chosen one to submerge in a sea of ​​355 hectares of vineyard ordered by plots of different grape varieties, of which 128 are dedicated to the production of wines of the highest category. A total of 1,000 hectares make up this immense estate, which houses a relevant historical heritage dating back to the 16th century and which Moneo had to combine, develop and link with architectural structures of the 21st century.

Viña Tondonia (Bodegas López de Heredia) & Zaha Hadid

In Haro (Logroño) and on the occasion of its 125th anniversary and to commemorate so many years devoted to the production of quality wines generation after generation, the López de Heredia family decided to indulge in an architectural luxury, a jewel of modernism in a 19th century cellar. Today the structure is a permanent part of the winery because it integrates tradition and modernity, wine and aesthetics, nature and architecture.

Viña Real & Philippe Mazieres

In Laguardia (Álava), this winery designed by the French architect Philippe Mazieres, was designed with three buildings, the main one is built in red cedar and has the shape of a tub. The natural light, the caves excavated to store the wine and the leading technology -with the use of gravity, installation of the first vertical hopper in Spain- define this monumental work. As a curiosity, it was the first winery in Spain adapted entirely for the blind people by means of specialized signage to allow them a complete visit to the winery.

Otazu

We have also selected this winery for its uniqueness in transmitting emotions and wine and artistic sensations at the same time. Five unique buildings today make up the Señorío and the Bodega de Otazu. The church of San Esteban, from the 12th century, was the first stone of this natural amphitheater of great beauty. La Torre de Otazu, from the 14th century, one more point in the chain of medieval defensive towers that once abounded throughout the Etxauri mountain range and the vicinity of Pamplona.

The Renaissance Palace of the 16th century and the oak forest give back the splendor to a historically recovered area. The two remaining buildings are the old and the new winery. One in the shadow of the other. The old cellar, in the purest French style, was built in 1840 and today, in addition to housing the Bodega’s headquarters, it is an authentic wine museum, a historical journey through a honest way of understanding the care of the vineyard and the preparation of the wine.

The extraordinary examples of contemporary art that come together are again a historical reflection of their origins. Art courts wine and vice versa. Indeed, all these extraordinary works of art are clear symbols of a culture that evolves in one of the most beautiful places that can be known and recognized, where wine is not one more, but likes to look like it.

 

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RESTAURANTS OF SPAIN, Atxondo (Bilbao): Asador Etxebarri

Asador Etxebarri (Bittor Arguinzoniz): the Best Grill in the World. 1 Michelin ⭐

Nestled deep in the Atxondo valley, at the foothills of the magical Mt. Anboto, we find Etxebarri.

Far from the noise, the restaurant preserves ancient techniques of grill cooking using carefully selected firewood from different trees to work in harmony with the locally cultivated, natural produce, to offer endless possibilities of truly wonderful dishes. Etxebarri does not have to go back to try a new dish but to want to enjoy a good meal.

This philosophy connects perfectly with another of the trends in the catering sector. Many clients, tired of the special effects and the scarce connection with the origins, return to value the authentic and the ancestral. The Etxebarri barbecue proposal has been cultivating this line of work for years.

There is an important nuance that distinguishes Etxebarri from the rest of the restaurants that are above him – and all those that are below – and that is that they are radically different from Etxebarri. To enter the kitchen of any of them is to enter almost always immense spaces with the appearance of an aerospace laboratory, full of chefs and high-tech pots: siphons, Thermomix, Roners…

Bittor, on the other hand, only uses the embers, a spray with oil and the spatula. The kitchen of Etxebarri is a room of barely eight square meters in the basement of the building, with cranks on the walls to raise and lower the grills at will and a wood oven on the back. The feeling of being inside a submarine of World War II increases when we measure the temperature in the area where, two seconds before, Bittor’s face was: 76 degrees Celsius constant throughout the lunch service.

Green beans, oysters, squid, prawns, mushrooms, eels, caviar, butter, tuna, steak … are some of their proposals. And all of them grilled!

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RESTAURANTS OF SPAIN, BARCELONA: Estimar

Estimar: best fish and seafood Barcelona restaurant. 1 Michelin ⭐

Rafa Zafra, ex chef of the starry Hacienda Benazuza (Sevilla) and executive chef at Heart (Ibiza), has made his dream come true, a small shop near Santa María del Mar whose kitchen pays tribute to the raw material, and above all, to that fresh fish that comes to you from Roses every day, from the hand of Anna Gotanegra.

The Passion of the Gotanegra family by the sea dates back to 1895, when Dionisia Marco started buying fish in the Sant Pere de Rosas square to go to sell it walking to Figueras. More than 120 years have passed and five Gotanegra generations continue to buy fish at the Port of Rosas (Girona). It is his most personal project, where he tries to transmit his cuisine and the purest feeling of love towards the Mediterranean by paying homage and reflecting on the products of the sea.

The star dishes:

  • Anchovies in specially selected organic extra virgin olive oil oil.
  • Red shrimp carpaccio with Beluga caviar, tasting symphony.
  • The Tataki is a fresh and intense dish, where the bluefin tuna has a leading role.
  • Red prawn of Rosas, a delight of the sea.
  • Sea bass Donosti style.

In addition, the menu splashes foam with monumental oysters, clams style Bilbao, mackerel in vinegar, mussels grilled, crayfish carpaccio, pickled razor clams, fried squid with mayonnaise in its ink, stripe in marinade, turbot…

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UNIQUE EXPERIENCES AT BARCELONA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS

A new edition of MWC Barcelona will be held soon and we can offer you the most exclusive experiences for you and your guests in Barcelona.

Just as we are moving quickly towards a world where mobile devices will connect with everything, we must extend our reach beyond mobile. The MWC will revolve around intelligent connectivity and address hyperconnectivity, the 5G, the Internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence and Big Data.

Within these parameters, from Barcelona Private Experiencies we want that all those who visit Barcelona have the opportunity to make an experience outside the MWC that allows you to enjoy the city and its surroundings in a different and unique way, which we propose, different and exciting.

From enjoying the Estimar restaurant with Rafa Zafra and being able to go shopping with him to the market and later eat with him, take a helicopter flight or private jet to enjoy Catalan or Spanish gastronomy or have fun at night in the most elegant clubs in the city.

Let us outline some of them but, let us remind you that for the tailored service that we always like to offer contact us through our booking page

During the Mobile World Congress

Want to close a deal with a magnificient dinner with your client? Celebrate with your team the acomplishments achieved? Here are some ideas:

Before or after the Mobile World Congress

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WHY BARCELONA?

Barcelona; creative, gastronomic and bold

If you spend a weekend in Barcelona the only regret you will have afterwards is not having stayed longer. But, just one day can be enough to breathe in the atmosphere of a different city and understand a little more about its culture.

La Rambla, swarming with tourists and natives at all hours, night and day. The old neighbourhoods, with their winding, narrow streets that border the great avenues of Eixample and its modernist buildings. Since 1992, which brought the Olympic Games and some tidying up along the coast, the beautiful beaches extend spring and summer and survive the autumn and winter thanks to our moderate climate. Montjuic, with stunning views over the city from so close to the harbour. And Tibidabo, the old amusement park with plenty of green space overlooking Gracia, the local’s neighbourhood maintaining its bohemian spirit of the 30s.

The Catalonian land has many contrasts. The sea and the mountains cohabit so harmoniously, from the steep coasts of the Costa Brava to the endless beaches of the Costa Dorada. Culturally and artistically, all kinds of architectural style are here that comes from over two millennia of history, from the Roman vestiges to the medieval towns and the Cistercian monasteries to the modernist and avant-garde monuments. And let’s not forget that Barcelona and Catalonia offer a culture deeply rooted in its gastronomy, which is envied the world over.

Barcelona neighbourhoods

Barcelona was born in the Gothic Quarter. Around the cathedral of Santa Eulalia meander narrow cobbled streets hemmed by prestigious Gothic buildings, that gave name to the neighbourhood. Three icons of the neighbourhood shine brightly: Plaza Real, with its arches and palm trees, the vibrant Plaza del Pi, and of course La Rambla, the artery that separates the Gothic Quarter from the neighbourhoods of Raval, and Poble Sec in the foothills of the mountain of Montjuic. The neighbourhood here has become fashionable thanks to Ferran and Albert Adrià, who by opening restaurants have reanimated the area that was previously falling behind and Raval is reborn thanks to the MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona).

 

Barcelona architecture

At the top of La Rambla, Plaza Cataluña acts as the epicentre of town and the majestic Passeig de Gracia emerges to the north, perhaps one of the most beautiful avenues in Europe. Strolling and discovering the splendour of the buildings thanks to their modernist, neocentist and avant-garde facades, is a beautiful experience. The great Catalan architects let their imagination fly, and as a result, Casa Batlló and Casa Milà (Antonio Gaudí) or Casa Atmeller (Puig i Cadafalch) testify to its their genius. You can shop here during the day but to live its magic during the night is something special. And across the Passeig de Gracia, throughout Eixample, the stunning architecture continues, spearheaded by the Sagrada Familia.

Barcelona sea front

The old port, Barceloneta and the Olympic Port, offer three very contrasting views of the maritime side of Barcelona.

Built under the guidance of the architects Martorell and Mackay, and escorted by the twin towers, the Olympic Port is a symbol of modern Barcelona. It represents the changes of 1992 and Barcelona’s arrival as an international tourist destination.

Barceloneta retains its traditional feel despite the tourists who line the harbour edge that the surrounds the area of the old streets, and the old port still offers a traditional and picturesque Mediterranean character.

 

Barcelona Parks

Large parks such as Park Güell, Montjuic or Collserola, are very popular during the hottest months but are also wonderful on a sunny winter’s day, of which we have many. In Park Güell you can enter fully into the universe of Gaudí. The mountain of Montjuic is perfect for walking and offers views of the harbour and a feel of the real Barcelona. The more adventurous might prefer to escape through the Collserola mountain range to experience nature.

Barcelona by night

At night, Barcelona awakens in El Born, one of the most fashionable neighborhoods that borders the east side of the Gothic Quarter. Both day and night it is a neighborhood in which visitors, and locals, like to get lost in the alleyways in search of surprises. Bars, pubs, chic restaurants and concerts in basements are intermingled to guarantee a night that rivals that of any city in the world. If you crave an even more lively and chic experience, things really turn on in the club district where you’ll find all the big names of the clubs in Ibiza.

If there is an art that the Catalans have preserved and reinvented, it is that of the kitchen. Between the sea and the mountains, between its heritage and its innovation, Catalan cuisine is rich, diverse and often breathtaking, and each region offers its specialties. Traditional and family oriented, or creative and modern, our recipes do not leave anyone indifferent.

 

For all these reasons, we would love to create a tour of our beloved Barcelona for you. Get in touch now by email, WhatsApp or phone for a no commitment chat:

 

Wine of Spain

WINES OF SPAIN: Las Umbrías

Spain has over 2.9 million acres of vineyards, making it the most widely planted wine producing nation and the third largest producer of wine in the world. With so much choice and such high quality, you might enjoy a little steer in the right direction. Our wine picks:

Wine of the Week

Las Umbrías

A true jewel, subtle and elegant.

Las Umbrías is a red wine made by Comando G in the Sierra de Gredos, in Madrid. Comando G is a project to recover old abandoned vines of the Garnacha variety, hence the ‘G’. Las Umbrías is a variety of Garnacha, coming from a small plot with tricky access, located 900 meters above sea level. The climate, very hard at that altitude, makes the grape ripen in a balanced way so it ends up becoming a fresh and elegant wine. The vineyard faces east, on granite terrain, with sand and clay on the surface.

The winery practices agriculture based on the principles of biodynamics, with the highest respect for the land. Production is very limited. Just over 1,000 bottles, which are only produced in the coldest vintages. It is a light and fine wine that travels north away from the Mediterranean character of the vintage, with delicate and floral character like any of the parcel wines of Comando G. Like its siblings it is remarkably pale in colour but looks are deceiving as the aromas and subtle red fruit flavours are deftly balanced by fine tannin and a mineral acidity. Hand harvested, native fermentation, long maceration and ageing in 500 litre barrels for 12 months.

 

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INTERVIEW WITH OUR FOUNDER, EDGAR BALAGUER

Edgar has more than 20 years experience in the world of communications and public relations, and a unique passion for giving visitors to Barcelona and Spain the most memorable experience of his homeland that he can. We decided that the best person to explain his vision is himself! So here he is.

Barcelona Private Experiences Founder Edgar BalaguerWhat was your motivation to set up Barcelona Private Experiences?

For me, working and travelling have always been closely related and both are my passion. I have travelled a lot, both in Spain and abroad, and I feel that I have been lucky to have seen so much. Travelling should be fun and bring unique experiences. Those experiences are always best when you feel that they are special and that you’re a part of a small group who’ve had them. That’s why I created Barcelona Private Experiences. This project is the result of a lot of work and the thousands of kilometres that I have travelled. I want to offer a lifestyle experience that is different to the regular limits of tourism. I draw on my experiences to give people a really special travelling experience so they get to know Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain in a unique and intimate way. My service is for those in search of something light years ahead of the mass tourist offerings out there. I can show them all the secrets I know!

 

Can you tell us about the best experiences for each of the four seasons, perhaps including some we may not have thought about?

There are experiences for all seasons and all ages. In summer, the Balearic Islands, with Ibiza and Formentera as essentials. They are magical, exciting places to spend a few days with friends and family. We recommend a trip by private plane and yacht, to the best beaches, chiringuitos, restaurants and clubs.

In autumn, our specialities are trips to the Bodegas of la Rioja, the Ribera del Duero or Penedes, accompanied by visits to the most special places nearby, and to see incredible landscapes. Those who like hunting can also enjoy the Montes Universales or Castilla la Mancha. A gastronomic route through Catalonia is another option for discovering new horizons and having some amazing food along the way!

In winter, snow is the star with Baqueira Beret and Andorra. But thanks to the temperate weather we enjoy we can also organise lots of alternative experiences in Winter.

Spring is ideal for a road trip on a Harley Davidson, in the style of the Route 66! And the Costa Brava is beautiful at that time of year.

Whatever the season, I have only one goal, to make sure people enjoy the best experience they possibly can.

 

What are your favourite experiences?

In Barcelona, gastronomy is at the heart of the culture. But I love to go to the places that the tourists don’t know about. The restaurants of the best-known chefs are always fabulous but what really brings me joy is going to the hidden gems. I also love to go on cultural and architectural tours of the Modernism of Antonio Gaudí and Josep Puig i Cadafalch in the city. You can feel the artistry in the air in Barcelona and I love to show it to people. Guided tours of the best wineries in the Penedes are also amazing fun, and you can learn a little about wine too!

 

You also offer the option to easily travel to different parts of Catalonia and Spain. What are your recommendations for short breaks in other areas of Spain?

A month ago we organised a trip for some clients who wanted something exceptional. We wanted to really deliver so we gave them a private jet trip to Menorca, to taste the famous Caldereta de Langosta (lobster stew) at the best restaurant on the island. Then there was last April, when we took a group who wanted to see the April Fiesta in Seville. They enjoyed Flamenco, the bulls, and a private experience of one of the most amazing fairs in our calendar of fiestas. There are many more examples but we will organise them to the specific tastes of any client, so they have a truly unique experience.

 

What makes people go home happy after an experience in Barcelona?

Madrid, Paris, London, Milan, Rome, New York… They are incredible cities but I believe that Barcelona truly fascinates. Its climate, its geography, its culture, its gastronomy, its tradition, its history and art, generate something truly special, and the friendliness of the people finish off the effect. Barcelona has a vibe that invites you to stop, sit down and appreciate the details. It is a city that keeps the past alive while keeping an eye on what’s new. Catalonia is a tapestry of wonderful towns and landscapes. The Costa Brava, the Empordà, the Cerdanya, the Aran Valley, the Pallars, the Montseny, the Montsant… all of them are of a singular beauty but at the same time completely different.

 

Can you say a few final words about your love of Catalonia?

Between the eastern Pyrenees and the Mediterranean Sea, the Baix Empordá region encompasses several villages, from the interior to the Costa Brava. The landscape is of bucolic beauty, similar to Tuscany. The gastronomy is classic and classy, the medieval architecture, and the beaches are exquisite. In few places, the Mediterranean offers a purity like this. Despite the overwhelming presence of visitors over the years and decades, the charm of our coast is preserved and it is still the place I grew up enjoying and will always love.

 

Gems of the Costa Brava

GEMS OF THE COSTA BRAVA

The Costa Brava, or the “rugged coast”, offers visitors a taste of real Catalan beach life. Despite an out of date reputation as a package holiday location, if you go to the right places you’ll find a quintessential Mediterranean experience. There are so many wonderful places it can be hard to pick one. So, to give you a flavour of what you can expect from a Barcelona Private Experience to the Costa Brava, and starting with the closest to the French border and working back toward Barcelona, here is an introduction to some of our favourite towns.

The region is beautiful at any time of the year, but in September and October, it is truly exceptional when the intense summer heat has passed but the water is still warm and welcoming and the best restaurants, chiringuitos and hotels are full of life.

 

Gems of the Costa Brava

Cadaqués

You can’t really mention Cadaqués without also mentioning its most famous ex-resident, Salvador Dalí, who lived there for decades, and if you’re interested there’s the Casa-Museo de Salvador Dalí (House-Museum of Salvador Dalí) to visit. The white village with its gorgeous surroundings is arguably one of the most unspoilt parts of the Costa Brava, but it still manages to offer some high-end restaurants and great nightlife. As with most of Spain, there are festive events all year round. The old town is made of cobbled streets with bright white buildings, and interesting shops, bars and restaurants scattered throughout. Then there are the amazing beach coves of the Cabo de Creus Natural Park, with crystal clear water and amazing views, easily accessible by a walk around the headland.

 

Empuriabrava

By far the most modern town on the list, Empuriabrava is perhaps a surprising inclusion for some. The 25 kilometres of canals that can be found at Empuriabrava explain why it is sometimes called the ‘Venice of Spain’. It’s the largest residential marine area in the whole of Europe and it’s surrounded by an amazing mountainous backdrop making it a breathtaking sight. The town has a feel of luxury about it and a visit here will leave you feeling that you’ve seen a spot on the Costa Brava that’s different to most. There are long stretches of golden sand nearby that extend into the natural park of L’Empordà, and of course, beautiful restaurants and bars for refreshment along the way.

 

Gems of the Costa Brava

L’Estartit

L’Estartit takes its spot in the world where the Montgrí Massif mountains and the Mediterranean meet, so you can get adventurous in the surrounding country or head to the beach for some relaxation. Or, maybe a quick trip to the Medes Islands which are very close. The town is also placed close to medieval villages like Pals, which makes a wonderful afternoon out. The restaurants, terrace bars and beachfront promenade are a fantastic choice to see in the evening with a few cocktails, but L’Estartit is particularly great for families if you’d like to make it a stop on a Catalan experience with the kids.

 

Begur

Begur is a part of the Baix Empordà region. During the summer the population can exceed 40,000 people so we’d recommend keeping this one for out of the main season. It has plenty to offer though with medieval remnants in the city, like the castle of Begur and the Romanesque Esclanyà and Fornells. The main reason to stop here though is the choice of amazing and prestigious beaches like Sa Riera, Aiguafreda and Aiguablava.

 

Gems of the Costa Brava

Tossa de Mar

Tossa is a special place. As you make your way north from Barcelona you pass some towns that make perfectly decent holiday spots but Tossa is the first one that really shows what the Costa Brava has to offer. There is one large beach and a couple of smaller coves, all of which have crystal clear water and will give you the feeling of really getting to know Catalonia. It is the last fortified medieval town on the Costa Brava. When strolling around you’ll notice the tall walls that house cobbled streets, vibrant restaurants with amazing food, and the real atmosphere of the Mediterranean.

 

Whichever of these towns take your fancy, we will design the best possible visit for your tastes to the Costa Brava. Of course, we will arrange exclusive access wherever possible, and don’t forget, arriving by yacht can make your visit truly spectacular. You can read more about visiting your preferred parts of Spain in our Yacht Hire Barcelona article, or if you’re ready for us to start designing your itinerary, just leave us a few details now and we’ll get to work.

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Yacht Hire Barcelona

YACHT HIRE BARCELONA

There is almost literally nothing quite like the feeling of taking to the sea in a luxury yacht, on a trip to seek out the most beautiful spots of the Mediterranean. Whether you’d like to take a tour of one or all of the Balearic Islands or to explore further along Spain’s beautiful coastline and many stunning islands, you should arrive at every destination on your itinerary by sea, in true style.

 

Yacht Hire BarcelonaIbiza Party Packages

If you’re looking for a trip that takes in the best nightclubs and beach bars of the Mediterranean, with the precious luxury of returning to your home on the water when you’re ready to escape the crowds (or to travel to the next party spot!), a luxury yacht charter in Ibiza is right for you. From smaller vessels that will escort you to your destinations of choice in the utmost style, to something crazy like a boat with a helicopter pad for those who really want to make their mark, there is a wealth of options to choose from.

Marina Botafoch is one of Ibiza’s most sought out marinas, attracting some of the most beautiful yachts in summer. Then there’s Marina Magna with its city centre location, beneath the Old Town. For those who like to really be in the thick of the action, Club Nàutic Sant Antoni is the spot to step from yacht direct to a club. Whatever you choose, Ibiza yachting will truly show you the meaning of a luxury party life.

Don’t forget, there are many options for Barcelona partying by night or alternative express getaways. Or, you can book your luxury Ibiza yacht right now.

 

Yacht Hire BarcelonaBalearic Cruises

A Balearic adventure can begin at Barcelona, or you can get started on the island of your choice. The major Balearics: Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera, are only a short hop away. Whichever yacht tour of the Balearic Islands is on your wish list, we can design the perfect luxury cruise for you.

Formentera Boat Hire

A private boat to Formentera is a wonderful option to extend your adventure, particularly if you’re visiting neighbouring Ibiza. The smallest and arguably most unspoiled island of the four is not reachable by plane, meaning that a trip there by boat feels all the more exclusive. The natural world is at its best in Formentera, and when you sail into the perfect snorkelling waters and see the never-ending stretches of white sand on offer, you are sure to agree.

Mallorca Superyacht Hire

For those with a desire for something a little bigger, another option is to hire a superyacht for a day trip to Mallorca. The largest of the Balearics is truly beautiful if you know where to sail, and it has something for everyone. When it comes to finding a port, the Andratx Marina offers direct access to crystal clear blue waters, or Club de Mar Mallorca is the prestigious yacht club that offers spots for small boats and mega yacht charters alike. Whichever your preferences, we can show you the Mallorca that is right for you.

Menorca Luxury Yacht Hire

Don’t forget the perfect beaches of Menorca, which are perhaps the best of the Balearics. On your luxury yacht, you will have exclusive access to the tranquil turquoise coves of Cala Turqueta or Cala Pregonda and will be able to see Menorca in the best way imaginable.

Wherever you set sail, before you know it you’ll be relaxing on the deck surrounded by crystal clear blue water champagne in hand (if that’s your thing), sailing the Mediterranean on your way the most beautiful spots we know. Our luxury yacht charters can be in the form of a day trip or can last as long as you’d like to explore Spain from the sea.

Leave us some details now and we can start planning your perfect luxury yacht trip right away

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Michelin Starred Restaurants

OUR TOP 7 MICHELIN STARRED RESTAURANTS OF BARCELONA

Fine Dining in Barcelona

Barcelona is home to over 20 restaurants with Michelin stars, adding up to 30 stars in total! Food lovers are spoiled for choice in this foodie-friendly Mediterranean city but with so many options it’s hard to know which restaurants to put at the top of your list. From traditional Catalonian tapas to Asian fusion, all infused with creativity, innovation, and intense flavours, these 7 restaurants are not to be missed on your trip to Barcelona.

Discover our Barcelona Exclusive Dining Experiences and how we can make your visit to Barcelona a remarkable gastronomic exeperiencies. Or would you dare to take a jet and go for a gastronomic getaway in the Basque Country or Balearic Islands?

Restaurante LasarteLasarte

With the personal stamp of restaurateur Martin Berasategui and head chef Paolo Casagrande, this Barcelona restaurant offers a unique Michelin starred dining experience. The food is a Catalonian take on Basque cuisine, with a Mediterranean twist from the sea. Every dish involves intense colour and overwhelming aromas, and each will engage all of your senses. There are no average dishes at Lasarte, and as the only Barcelona restaurant with 3 Michelin stars, it is a must for the gastronomic itinerary of any luxury traveller.

EnotecaEnoteca

Located in the bright and open Hotel Arts in the centre of Barcelona, the warm lighting and rustic design of Enoteca make it the perfect place for relaxed dining. The outdoor terrace is beautiful if you would like an al fresco experience of the contemporary Mediterranean cuisine of Catalan chef, Paco Perez. Perez has trained alongside great icons like Michel Guerard and Ferran Adria and has a total of five Michelin stars attached to his name. Constantly in search of culinary innovations, Perez places great emphasis on locally sourced ingredients, especially fish and seafood. Enoteca’s wine cellar has over 700 labels sure to please every connoisseur. With two Michelin Stars, Enoteca is one Barcelona restaurant you really shouldn’t miss.

Restaurante Koy ShunkaKoy Shunka

If you know Catalonian food and are looking to branch out a little, Koy Shunka is the place for you. As the only Michelin starred Japanese restaurant in Barcelona, Koy Shunka offers upscale Japanese cuisine made from the freshest Mediterranean ingredients. The unobstructed view of the kitchen from every corner of the restaurant means you get to witness every aspect of the meal preparation, right in front of your eyes. For an authentic experience with a twist, try the superb nigiri and sushi.

Restaurante AbacÀbac

Located in a hotel sharing its name, on the edge of the city, Àbac boasts a luxurious, designer dining room for those looking to taste its modern and innovative cuisine. New food textures, combinations, and culinary methodologies await here, along with perfect presentation and a comfortable ambience that makes for an exquisite dining experience for any traveller. Àbac classifies its food as 50% tradition and 50% avant-garde for a 100% perfect meal. Head chef Jordi Cruz earned his first Michelin star at the age of 25 and is considered to be the rising star of Catalan cuisine. One of his most loved dishes is a deconstructed version of the Spanish childhood dessert known as ‘the pink panther’ – a cream-filled cake with pink icing.

MomentsMoments

Within the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the centre of Barcelona, is Moments, one of the city’s best restaurants. The menu features Ruscalleda cuisine from Catalan-style cod ceviche with Indian cress petals, to Galician scallop (petxina de pellegri) or Sea urchin fritters (bunyols) that offer a truly unique experience. Head Chef Raul Balam creatively delivers exquisite dishes that will overwhelm your senses through flavour and texture. This Barcelona restaurant is innovative and able to reinterpret tradition through contemporary cuisine. If you are looking for a high-quality dining experience in a luxurious setting, Moments is for you!

GaigGaig

In the heart of Eixample Esquerra, one of Barcelona’s most desirable districts, elegance and culinary skill come together at Gaig. The interior with its clean lines and modern feel sets the stage for Catalonian flavours with a contemporary twist. The head chef, Carles Gaig, was trained in his former family restaurant where he worked as a child and until taking over the reins in the 70s due to his mother’s blindness. He cooks traditional Catalan recipes from his roots, with passion and creativity. Founded in 1869, this restaurant is a Barcelona institution that you don’t want to miss and by which your taste buds will surely not be disappointed. If you do visit Gaig, do not pass up the famous cannelloni!

Dos PalillosDos Palillos

Albert Raurich, the former chef de cuisine in elBulli, says: “Life in elBulli shaped our way of thinking, understanding and doing our passion for the cuisine and our utmost respect for the raw material, and the concept of the tapa as a way of understanding gastronomy through simplicity within complexity.” This is what shapes the menu at Dos Palillos, through a fusion of Asian and Catalonian cuisine. The restaurant is the perfect blend of a blue-collar bar and haute-cuisine Asian restaurant, a place where there are no tables and you sit right in front of the kitchen. The way to authentically experience Dos Palillos is through the tasting menu, but if you prefer something smaller, try the dim sum and a la carte street food at the bar.

 

If you’ve had the pleasure of dining at one of these restaurants, leave your review in the comments to help other luxury foodies decide!

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Caldereta of Menorca

CALDERETA DE LANGOSTA OF MENORCA

Our Gastronomic Getaway

Almost every part of Spain has a food type or a dish that it is best known for and most proud of. So, in a country as gastronomically rich as Spain, travelling can very easily end up being a delicious experience! In the future, we’ll be sampling the seafood of Galicia or the fine restaurants of the Basque Country, but our latest trip was to Menorca for the typical Balearic classic, Caldereta de Langosta.

Restaurante Es CrancBarcelona to Menorca by Private Jet

After a short flight by private jet with a little Krug Champagne to start things off, we’d transported our guests from Barcelona to Menorca in no time. Menorca holidays are less common than those to many other parts of Spain, meaning this island paradise is one of the most authentic and unspoilt parts of the Balearics. It would take no more than a quick trip to one of the stunning beaches on offer for you to see what we mean, perhaps the aptly named Cala Turqueta (turquoise bay) in the west.

Restaurante Es Cranc

Having taken in a few breathtaking vistas it was time to seek out the driving force behind this pilgrimage of the palette; lunch! Restaurante Es Cranc is in the north of the island. It is traditional but not stuffy, unfussy but unsurpassed in service, a little rustic (you will receive a bib), and overall a wonderful Mecca of Red Lobster.

Now, we would suggest that food like this is best enjoyed with the finest white wines that are available to the lucky diner, but there is plenty on offer in the food alone, for teetotallers and beer drinkers alike, so let’s get started with the gastronomy…

Tortillitas de Gambas

First up were the Tortillitas de Gambas, a nod to the food of Andalusia (watch this space for more). This delicious tapa consists of crisp fried prawn cakes, which proved to be a mouthwatering and perfect opener to our Menorcan food fiesta. Next, Cigalas a la Plancha, better known in English as grilled crayfish. This time around the ingredients were allowed to do the talking. A simple preparation of the freshest and highest quality crayfish was just delicious.

Caldereta de Langosta

Then the main event, Caldereta de Langosta. This dish came about in the early twentieth century when, as with so many coastal classics, fishermen would eat it daily. Today, Caldereta is the hallmark of the Bay of Fornells, home to Es Cranc. The crustaceans are brought to their flavoursome potential in a clay pot, on a base of tomato, peppers, onion and few more essentials. The richness of the flavour (coupled with a little vino blanco) was worth the trip alone.

And so, replete after some of the finest cuisine that the Balearics have to offer, and having enjoyed one of the best things to do in Menorca, we re-boarded our airborne taxi to Barcelona to plan our next gastronomic getaway. It won’t be long before we return. With the amazing beaches on offer and many more foodie treats to enjoy, how could we not come back soon? And did anyone say Menorca gin…

 

For more information on where to go in Menorca or the other Balearic islands, or to start discussing and planning your perfect trip with us, just leave us a few details.

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