On our mission to see all the major port cities in Europe, we journeyed to the beautiful Barcelona- the most cosmopolitan Spanish city and one of the busiest ports in the Mediterranean. It’s hard not to fall in love with Barcelona- Nestled between the ocean and the Collserola mountains, it is truly beautiful.
In one afternoon, you can admire the bizarre architecture and gothic churches of Gaudi and get inspired by the avant garde Catalan fashion on Passeig de Gracia. Barcelona is coloured with character, history and style.
Although Spain is not traditionally up there on the list of tea drinking cultures, we found some gems and stopped in at some of the finest tea shops in the city.
Tealosophy by Ines Berton is a warmly illuminated, luxury tea & gift shop with precious artifacts from different places and times in the past. Each flavour has been specially chosen (one by one) for the shop and the air is filled with aromas like Mediterranean citrus fruits and vanilla.
The highlight of Barcelonan food culture is that the Mediterranean diet is actually one of the best for you. Barcelonans like to bathe their dishes in a healthy dose of olive oil. Pair a tea with a locally fresh seafood dish and fruits in season from the Boqueria market, and you have a wonderfully balanced dinner.
For a more spicy evening get together, there are also plenty of tea houses that serve up tea spiked with alcohol like the local favourite ‘Te Con Rum’ (tea with Rum).