Barcelona: a must for chocolate travel to Spain
Barcelona is an important stop on any chocolate lover’s quest to Spain. I particularly enjoyed meeting Enric Rovira–an incredible chocolate maker who is profiled in detail in my book, Chocolatour: A Quest for the World’s Best Chocolate (volume 1.) Rovira makes truly excellent concept chocolate to challenge your mind and your senses. His shop is a must for anyone in search of excellent chocolate in Barcelona.
chocolate in Barcelona
Barcelona is also home to an amazing chocolate museum you will find to excite your senses. The Museu de la Xocolata is a must for your chocolate travel to Spain. You will learn about the history of chocolate, see an extensive assortment of equipment used for chocolate making, and be enticed and entertained by a broad assortment of chocolate creations. And yes … you can taste, buy, and even learn how to make chocolate on site.
I’ve been to several chocolate museums around the world. Each has its own personality, just as every culture–and its chocolate–has its own unique personality. What’s special about Barcelona’s Chocolate Museum is that it showcases life-like, and in some cases, life-sized chocolate creations that really show you how chocolate masters are using our favourite confection to entertain, inspire, and entice us with chocolate-based art. Here’s a look at some of the examples you will see!
We didn’t have time to take a class at the museum (they hold chocolate making classes, and also special chocolate tasting and celebratory functions here.) But if you plan your visit ahead, you can do just that. Spend some time perusing their website to learn more.
Indeed, Barcelona is a city that will satisfy every one of your senses. I learned that one of my favourite celebratory libations, Freixenet, is made in the Catalan region of Peneds, just south of Barcelona! What goes better with decadent dark chocolate truffles than a glass (or two!) of dry sparkling wine? And Freixenet is the world’s number one sparkling wine! Learn how to pronounce Freixenet here.
Enjoy all of the indulgences of Barcelona–especially the pleasures of its chocolate–and be sure to visit this blog again when we’ll continue our chocolate travels with a visit to Torino, Italy.