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A little bit of history

About 2,000 years ago, the Romans decided they needed a new vacation spot and founded Barcino on the Mediterranean coast. They thought it would be a great place to build forums, aqueducts, and other Roman structures. Thus, Barcelona was born, with its first walls and an urban plan that we can still see in the Gothic Quarter.

After the Romans, the Visigoths moved in and said, “This is nice, we’ll stay!” So they took control and added their own touch to the city. In the 8th century, the Muslims arrived, bringing with them a rich culture and advancements in science and architecture.

Barcelona continued to grow, and in the Middle Ages, the city expanded beyond its ancient Roman walls. They built new medieval walls, and the city flourished as an important commercial and maritime center. 

Moving into the Renaissance, Barcelona became even more impressive with Gothic buildings like the Barcelona Cathedral. But it wasn’t until the 19th century that the city truly became artistic. Enter Antoni Gaudí, the mad genius of modernism, who left us wonders like the Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, and Casa Batlló. 

In the mid-19th century, the engineer Ildefons Cerdà presented the Pla Cerdà, a revolutionary urban plan that transformed Barcelona. This plan introduced a grid design with wide streets and interior courtyards, providing more light and ventilation to buildings. Thanks to it, today we enjoy wide avenues like Passeig de Gràcia and perfectly aligned streets in the Eixample district.

The 20th century was a roller coaster. Barcelona was a republican stronghold during the Spanish Civil War and suffered greatly during the conflict. After the war, Franco’s dictatorship left its mark, but the Catalans remained firm in their identity and culture. And then came the 1992 Olympic Games! Barcelona seized the opportunity to completely transform itself. The city was revitalized, new sports facilities and beaches were built, and Barcelona was put on the map as a modern and vibrant city. Thanks to the Olympics, we now have the beaches to enjoy the sun and sand.

Want to know more about the city and its neighborhoods? We’ve prepared some cool travel guides where you can explore every area, learn about the history of Barcelona, and eat the best way possible with our vegan recommendations.

Barcelona guides and routes

Gràcia boasts a unique identity within the city of Barcelona, blending a youthful and laid-back atmosphere with traditional Catalan culture. Discover the neighborhood’s delightful corners and immerse yourself in Gracia’s rich array of vegan eateries with my suggested itinerary and recommended rest stops.

Vegan Barcelona

As we were saying before, Barcelona has it all: friendly people, enviable weather, breathtaking architecture, and, of course, an incredible variety of vegan delights. In fact, the city is in the top 5 most vegan- and vegetarian-friendly cities in Europe. And Happy Cow is never wrong!

From a donut shop to an exclusively vegan tapas route, you can hop across the city from one vegan spot to another. It has never been easier than now.

Here we recommend a series of vegan guides to make the most of your time in the city: Are you a pizza lover? Looking for vegan tapas? Maybe you are traveling with an extra budget and want to indulge yourself? In any case, we’ve got you covered!

Barcelona vegan recommendations

Who hasn’t heard of Spanish patatas bravas? It’s believed that this popular Spanish dish has its roots in Madrid, where it began to be served in bars and taverns in the early 20th century. In this guide, I’m going to recommend places in Barcelona where you can enjoy this fantastic tapa in its vegan version. Get ready to lick the plate clean!

Alright, picture this: vegan pizzas are the rockstars of the culinary world. They’re not just your regular old pies; they’re the rebels with a cause, the mavericks of flavor-town. But let’s think in Vegan terms: with their wild combinations of veggies, plant-based cheeses, and meat substitutes, they can become a party in your mouth where everyone’s invited, even your taste buds are doing the electric slide.

Restaurants globally are incorporating plant-based cuisine alongside traditional fare, celebrating life through vibrant flavors, colors, and aromas. Despite common misconceptions that haute cuisine is exclusive to non-vegan realms, I aim to showcase that Barcelona offers gourmet vegan dishes and exquisite tasting menus, debunking this notion.

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This was definitely the best food tour I have participated in so far! (and I am not vegan!)

And to top it up, this was not just a food tour. Sandra took extreme care of us and introduced us to the unique history of Barcelona as a city and showed us some really interesting landmarks. She was very kind and genuine and it was really lovely to spend the day with her. I could not recommend her tour more - thank you! 🙂
Nate & Emily

Sandra was an amazing guide and we couldn’t recommend her food tour more

We really appreciated how the all the stops focused on vegan Catalonian dishes so that we came away both full and having tried food unique to Barcelona. On top of that Sandra was lovely to spend a day with. It’s clear from the moment you meet her how thoughtful and genuine she is. She goes the extra effort to help you feel connected to Barcelona city, it’s food, and the people. A great way to spend a day, thank you Sandra!
Nofar & Dima

The highlight of the whole trip!

The food was DELICIOUS, we were so full at the end of it we felt we needed to roll our way back to our apt lol. Last and most importantly, Sandra is the perfect tour girl! She was so so nice, so welcoming, honestly - it was the perfect tour and I'm very grateful for it and for Sandra 🙏
Angeline & Thomas

Sandra is super friendly, passionate about photography and very knowledgeable!

Sandra is super friendly, passionate about photography and very knowledgeable. She will share about how we can see from different perspectives so that we are able to take better photos! Most importantly, she made it very fun and was patient in explaining to us how the different elements and lines will bring our attention to the details in the photos. Highly recommended! She speaks good English too which is a huge plus since we don’t speak any Spanish. We also learn a lot about Spain from her!
Orla & Murray
United Kingdom

Highly recommended!

So much more than the food! Although the vegan tapas were delicious, and worth the walk, Sandra's passion and knowledge of Barcelona as well as food is what made the tour so special. Highly recommended!
Emily & Amanda
Seattle, US

We loved this tour and hope you will too!

Sandra was wonderful, she brought us to some amazing restaurants for delicious tapas, including the Mercat de Santa Caterina! She was also very knowledgeable about Barcelona and took us on a historic tour of the city. After the tour was over she gave us further vegan and vegetarian recommendations for Barcelona and other cities on our trip. We loved this tour and hope you will too!

I loved...

1. The very personal atmosphere due to the tiny size of the group
2. The combination of historical facts about the city and food
3. The variety of tapas
4. The very informative mini guide
Brigitte & family
Vancouver, Canada

All the family enjoyed it

We really enjoyed this afternoon spent with you, tasting the food of course (mostly places we wouldn't have otherwise found ourselves!) and learning about the local history and culture with you. Just wishing we had gotten you to talk more!
Brian, Lisa, David, Alisa, Joel, Fran
Los Angeles, US

Fabulous tour!

Sandra is warm, engaging, extremely knowledgeable, and fun.
We learned a lot about Barcelona, ate delicious tapas, and had a great time! I highly recommend Sandra and this walking tour.