Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Fiestas De La Pilar - Zaragoza's shining celebration

Zaragoza is often overlooked by those visiting Spain. Conveniently located halfway between Madrid and Barcelona, the capital of Aragon suffers in comparison to the glamour and draw of its larger neighbors. But for one week, from October 10-18, it rises head and shoulders above all others as the best place to be to see Spain in full color. The Fiestas del Pilar, which dates to the beginning of the 19th century (although related festivals can be dated back to the 1600s), began as a religious festival (the Cathedral of Zaragoza is dedicated to the Virgen of La Pilar). 


Nowadays it combines the ancient religious meanings with a showcase of the best of Aragonese culture. Join in for a week of parades, fireworks, music and more, and discover one of Spain's best Festivals! For more information or to include a private guided visit to Zaragoza on your next trip to Spain, contact The Spanish Touch.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Our cooking classes in Barcelona: tapas workshop


We know how good food is in Spain. We love it! And we also know sometimes it is not enough just to enjoy a good paella meal or a tapas dinner. If you want to go home after your vacation in Spain and surprise your family and friends with a Spanish meal or you want to able to eat it again as if you were still in Spain, this is your tour. Learn how to prepare different Spanish dishes with our Spanish chefs.


This is a 4 hour workshop where you will be able to learn how to prepare tapas with our chef.
  • First you will visit La Boqueria Market for a culinary walking tour and then
  • you will start cooking different traditional Spanish dishes.
  • After learning how to prepare them, you will enjoy a 12 dish menu: seafood paella, Spanish omelette, 'patatas bravas', assorted Iberian cold cuts, Andalusian-style fried fish, Shrimp scampi, traditional croquettes, Manchego cheese, Cantabrian anchovies, mussels with salsa, Galician-style octopus and Catalan cream. Wine, water or soda included!

We will give you the teaching material and recipes so you don't miss anything!

Here you have some pictures of our last tapas workshop in Barcelona. 
Contact us for more information:
1580 E. Butler Pike
Ambler, PA 19002
Toll free: 1-888-480-0013
E-mail: info@thespanishtouch.com

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Pictures of our new Wine Tour in Barcelona: Grape Stomping Harvest Experience

A few days ago we published a post about one of our new tours in Spain: Grape Stomping Harvest Experience in Barcelona, a unique wine tour in Barcelona that combines the traditional wine tour and tastings with the incredible opportunity to press the grapes with your feet to make grape juice like it was done before.

Today I want to show you some pictures of some of our clients enjoying it!


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Contact us for more information:
1580 E. Butler Pike
Ambler, PA 19002
Toll free: 1-888-480-0013
E-mail: info@thespanishtouch.com

Monday, September 21, 2015

How to order in Spain: our welcome meals


Every time we have a group travelling in Spain for the first time we always offer the opportunity of a welcome lunch or dinner at their arrival. Eating is a unique experience in every country. In Spain normally you order dishes (1st course, 2nd course, etc.) but there are also tapas, pintxos ... We will explain how to order, eating habits and customs in Spain, etc. It is also a chance to review the itinerary and answer any questions you may have. Welcome to Spain!

Contact us for more information!

1580 E. Butler Pike
Ambler, PA 19002
Toll free: 1-888-480-0013
Spanish office phone: +34 616-103-536
E-mail: info@thespanishtouch.com

Thursday, September 17, 2015

A disappearing tradition: a wood oven bakery

The weekend we spent a few days in the mountain zone outside Barcelona in a village called Sant Boi del Lluçanès. And while we were there amidst the tranquility of the wooded hills, the perfect late summer temperatures with a barbeque and a fireplace in the evening we were given a treat: the chance to see one of the few remaining wood oven bakeries where the traditional style has not given way to a more 21st century approach.  

The Sant Boi bakery is not only for the people who run it (wonderful people), but also for the quality of their products. There was a long line of people all day to buy the bread, different kinds of coques (a traditional pastry), croissants, etc. Their secret? Continuing on with the traditions of baking the different doughs the sme way they've always done it, with a wood-fired oven. The taste of the bread changes subtly, but it's definitely noticeable. It's tough to describe but I think the best comparison I can come up with is the difference between a nice steak cooked on the stove versus one grilled on the barbeque. It simply taste better!

Thanks to the Pujals bakery in Sant Boi and a few others scattered around that have maintained (and in some cases rescued) this traditional style, we can still enjoy our freshly-baked bread with the same taste that our grandparents enjoyed when they told us about the good old days. This shop actually forms a part of a "bread route" in the area, which takes us to different establishments to learn about the production of the bread and how it was traditionally made. The route shows us some of the secretes of the old bakers, from the wheat fields to a flour mill and finally to the bakery itself.

I'll leave you with an insider's photographic journey through the bakery to encourage you to come visit and get to know not only the traditions they are working to keep alive but also the people and the treasures hidden within the mountains just outside of Barcelona.


A special thank you to Ariadna Casas for some of the photos that she gave us and to the Pujals bakery for their hospitality and for showing us first hand how they are keeping the tradition alive.

Contact us for more information!

1580 E. Butler Pike
Ambler, PA 19002
Toll free: 1-888-480-0013
Spanish office phone: +34 616-103-536
E-mail: info@thespanishtouch.com

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

The sweet side of Barcelona Walking Tour


Discover our new Food Tour in Barcelona: "The sweet side of the city". This is a 4 hour tour. This walking tour takes you to some of the best and most important (historically and culturally) sweet sites and shops of Barcelona, where you will be able to try some of the local pastries, sweets and chocolates. 

Some of the highlights of this tour are:
  • The chocolate museum. 
  • The oldest pastry shop in Barcelona (1824). 
  • And try some of the local products such as: 
    • cookies and sweets made at local monasteries
    • 'chocolate con churros'
    • 'turrón'
You can check out some pictures of this tour on our facebook page!

Contact us for more information!

1580 E. Butler Pike
Ambler, PA 19002
Toll free: 1-888-480-0013
Spanish office phone: +34 616-103-536
E-mail: info@thespanishtouch.com

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Food tours in Spain: Saffron tour in Spain


The saffron of La Mancha is considered to be one of the best in the world and has been called “red gold” because of its value, given that it requires a very specific climate and a specific soil in order to grow. Alongside Greece, Spain is the leading producer of saffron in Europe. For just 1 gram of dried saffron to the public requires picking 150 flowers (locally referred to as “saffron roses”.

We recommend doing this route during the flowering period, which takes place in the latter half of October and the first part of November. If you get the chance to visit during this period, you will see wide violet fields that inundate the plains of Toledo, Cuenca, Ciudad Real and Albacete. If you go during the last weekend in October you will have the chance to attend the “Fiesta de la Rosa de Azafrán” (Saffron Rose Festival) and can learn how to extract the stigmas from the flower as well as learn about the local folklore and traditions. Here we can visit castles, the famous windmills, follow the route of Don Quixote and enjoy the beautiful landscapes and picturesque towns of the region.

We recommend combining this route with the Manchego cheese route, as both Manchego cheese and saffron are produced in the province of Castilla la Mancha.

Contact us for more information!

1580 E. Butler Pike
Ambler, PA 19002
Toll free: 1-888-480-0013
Spanish office phone: +34 616-103-536
E-mail: info@thespanishtouch.com