SEPT 19-26, 2018
José and PFA are dedicated to providing the best experience possible. This is an updated itinerary as of July 1, 2018. Subscribe to the PFA mailing list to make sure to be updated, as things might shift just a bit between now and our trip. But it's impossible in words and pictures to convey just how wonderful this journey is!
Please check out these links for images of past trips to Barcelona. Some are Instagram photos, so you might have to scroll down to see beyond the last part of the trips, or other people's posts to that hashtag.
But come back here before you do to book this fantastic trip-of-a-lifetime.
There will be other surprises not listed on this itinerary! But you can expect:
Sep 19 – Day 1
Arrive in Barcelona. We suggest arriving before 3pm so you don’t miss out on our welcome reception at the hotel at 6pm. If you would like to arrive the day before, please let us know. We can arrange extra days on either end of your PFA trip. A driver will pick you up at the airport and you’ll arrive at the H10 Urquinaona Plaza Hotel.
Once you’re settled, we will convene outside on the patio for a welcome reception with Chef Jose and your host Chris Angelus. We will kick off our 4th PFA in Barcelona in grand fashion with a fave -- #32 on San Pellegrino's list of 50 Best Restaurants in the World, Tickets. Reservations can be over a year out for this prized experience, and we've got your ticket in!
Sep 20 – Day 2
Our hotel offers a beautiful breakfast every day featuring a huge Catalan bounty with excellent jamon, smoked salmon, the freshest fruit, and great coffee. You don't want to get too full, though. Leave yourself time to digest for a very special lunch.
Our first lunch will feature spectacular views of the city, and fish preparations that will make your heart sing. The decor at this Barcelona hot spot features hints of Chef Chesa's Ataula. José will order a full complement of starters, first and second courses. We think you'll be knocked out in your first 24 hours of imbibing in Barcelona! That's our plan.
Sep 21 – Day 3
We’ll start the day with a short walk to The Boqueria, where Chef José will talk about the fresh fish he loves so much, and of course the jamon. We’ll sit down at one of José's favorite food bars there, and he will order up non-stop plates to start your Friday in the right direction.
The rest of this day evening are free for you to explore the city on your own. We can help you decide what to cover. It may be the Picasso Museum, or jaunts to Park Guell, or up to Montjuic. Our hotel is just blocks from the Passeig de Gracia, the 5th Avenue of Barcelona, where you'll also find two iconic Gaudi buildings, Casa Mila and Casa Batllo. We also suggest you jump on the open air tourist bus to take in this beautiful city. Or some time at the pool to relax and really catch up on your jet lag.
Sep 22 – Day 4
Today, we will start our morning for a delightful casual meal at The Boqueria. Chef José will choose his favorites from Bar Pinotxo for you, including some of the xuccos what were the inspiration for the sweet delights he serves at his own 180 and Ataula in Portland. Then we will stay in the Boqueria and retreat to a private space overlooking La Rambla, where we will meet one of Barcelona’s favorite chefs, Oscar Manresa. He will escort us back down to the market for a real treat. We will shop with him in preparation for a demonstration and lunch we will enjoy--and experience you wouldn't be able to secure yourself.. See something interesting that you’ve never had before? He may just buy some and prepare it for you. We'll also have some surprise visits in the Boqueria for some delicious appetizers and sips before our lunch,
Later in the evening, we'll enjoy a dinner at one of Jose and Chris' faves. We prefer to leave some spots unnamed so you may enjoy some surprises.
Sep 23 – Day 5
Today is Le Merce Festival, a holiday in Spain, Wake up slowly, enjoy coffee on the balcony off your room, then a delicious breakfast downstairs. The city will be very quiet today, so take the opportunity to relax and enjoy some down time,until the afternoon, when we have scheduled a private tour for you at the Segrada Familia with our fun guide. No lines, and an exceptional way to learn more about this incredible architectural icon than you would on your own.
Later in the evening, we will enjoy an incredible meal at Barcelona’s coolest pop-up featuring delicious, unusual sake pairings. Chef Sebastian was the opening chef at Barcelona's Tickets years ago, and now he's ventured out to pop up his original fare all over the world, with a base in Barcelona. It's been listed on Forbes' list of best meals in the world. He and his wife Sussi put the European passion into their wonderful meals and you'll savor every bite and moment in their beautiful space a few floors up in an otherwise inconspicuous industrial building. You will not forget this meal.
Sep 24– Day 6
Midday, we'll head down to the Platja de la Nova Icària, a beautiful beach to enjoy a fantastic Catalan meal featuring some of the best paella available in Barcelona. We'll enjoy excellent seafood and get to see another side of the city, overlooking the sparkling Balearic Sea. Bring your towel if you'd like to stay afterward and take in the sun.
We'll enjoy a delicious, casual dinner again at another gem. Remember, Jose does all the ordering, so you can relax and have some great chef's faves and really enjoy the experience our host wants to share with you.
Sep 25 – Day 7
We've saved for last what for many on our tours have cited as the best meal they've ever had. And today is a day that Chef José cherishes more than any other; a venture an hour northeast of Barcelona through the countryside to a place where Jose worked long ago with one of his early mentors, Can Jubany. We will meet Chef Nandu Jubany and his family, and tour the farm that supplies the produce for many of the dishes you’ll savor. After a long meal, we will return and your evening is free to digest and reflect on what just took place and prepare and pack for wherever you're headed tomorrow, whether that be back home or somewhere else in Europe to continue your adventures.
Sep 26 – Day 8
AM: Adios! We will transport you to the Barcelona Airport (BCN), or you may continue your adventure on your own! We may have something up our sleeves for three days afterward. We will let you know if this is a possibility. Also, we have another PFA in Sicily, Italy on 9/30. You are welcome to join us there! And stay tuned for 2019 adventures now being planned to Melbourne, Australia with Nolan Hirte from Proud Mary in March, or Mexico City with Mi Mero Mole's Nick Zukin in October.
* Itinerary subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances, activities may change so that we can provide you with the best trip possible. WE ARE UPDATING THE TRIP AS WE GET CLOSER.
About José Chesa
José Chesa is a chef. Cooking is not just his job, it is his life. The son of an Aragonian chef, José was exposed to incredible foods from day one. He grew up cooking alongside his father and grandmother, and he began to display his own talent and acute palate at a very early age. It became clear that he had inherited his family’s passion for gastronomic excellence, with this and an undenying love for his craft José began traveling the globe, honing his skills at prestigious Michelin-starred restaurants including Arpege, Can Fabes, and Fleur-de-Sel, with mentors such as Alain Passard, Cyril Renauld, Santi Santamaria, Dominique Bouchet and Nandy Jubany.
Portland, Oregon became home for his family and his first restaurant, Ataula, opened in 2013, with his wife and partner Cristina. In early 2016 he co-founded 180, Portland's first xurreria.. When he is not delighting guests with his authentic Spanish cuisine, you can find him cheering on FCBarcelona, reading about cars, or spending time with the family and Mason (his dog).
Take a listen to Chris Angelus' inteviews with José - one alone, and one with his wife Cristina - here:
Listen to the podcasts with Jose here
A little taste of Barcelona here
8 days/7 nights
Pricing until July 25, 2018: $5295/pp Double Occupancy
After July 25, 2018, $5595/Double Occupancy
$800 single supplement (see deposit and payment details below)
50% of cost of trip due upon reservation. Then, balance of full cost of trip due by 6/01/18. All payments made after 12/31/17 are non-refundable. Payments other than initial $500 deposit (fees added) may be made by check only.
While our trips feature smaller groups for maximum enjoyment and interaction, this trip is subject to a low minimum number of guests. Please do not buy airfare until we inform you that the minimum has been met.
Our trips include accommodations in a beautiful, 4-Star hotels, hotel taxes, buffet breakfast, all transfers to and from the airport, all dining experiences cited in itinerary, a welcome lunch in Portland to meet your fellow travelers ahead of time, and transportation to our excursions away from the city. They do NOT include airfare or trip insurance (can be purchased online), tips, mini-bar, incidentals, gratuities and personal expenses.
We can help you with excursions before, during and after as well.