But two of the biggest reasons to love Barcelona are the food and drink. Particularly notable are the many wines made by several nearby wineries operated by worldwide brand Freixenet, and also the many guises of Spanish jamón (ham) to pair with your wine. Visit the huge outdoor marketplace La Boqueria and marvel at the dozens of varieties of ham on display—from huge joints on hooks to small vacuum-sealed packages of thick or thin slices. They love their jamon so extravagantly that they eat it at breakfast, lunch and dinner and have even created a tribute in the form of a tourist attraction, Jamon Experience, where you can watch videos, taste and pair 6 different types of ham.
Your experience of Barcelona would be seriously lacking without a visit to one or more of the Freixenet wineries situated in the rolling hills surrounding Barcelona. They include Segura Viudas, Viticultors del Priorat—where dynamic winemaker Judit Llop makes Morlanda wines, Casa Sala and nearby La Freixeneda, and Freixenet—home of the world’s most well-known cava. Nearly any of these wines would make a perfect complement to a heaping plate of Jamón ibérico.