Feast on traditional Catalan fare
Resist the urge to eat nothing but paella, and make sure to sample as many Catalan specialties as you can. Pa amb tomaquet
—bread rubbed with a tomato mixture and seasonings—is popular, and allioli
—a potent garlic and olive oil paste—is often served with bean, rice, and potato dishes. Seasonal vegetables like artichokes and calçots
—a late-winter varietal of green onions—are grilled and served up with Romesco sauce. Hearty fare like botifarra
sausage with white beans will appeal to meat-eaters and the very hungry. Can Culleretes (c/ d’en Quintana 5), the second-oldest restaurant in Spain
, serves up some of the best.