Chocolate Tourism in Spain

ALICANTE AREA

Museo del Chocolate Chocolates Clavileño

Location: Villajoyosa
Address: 187 Calle de Colón, 03570 Villajoyosa, Alicante, Spain
Type of experience: chocolate museum
Details: A retrospective look at historic chocolate production at Chocolates Clavileño, featuring antique machinery and equipment.
Note: The website is only available in Spanish

Museo del Turrón

Location: Jijona
Type of experience: confectionery museum
Details: A museum dedicated to the production of turrón (nougat) and marzipan products (Turrón originated in Jijona over 500 years ago).
External reviews: Alicante Spain

Valor Chocolate Museum

Location: Villajoyosa
Type of experience: chocolate museum
Details: Housed in a 19th century rural house, the museum exhibits a range of machines, tools, objects and documents relating to the history and production process of chocolate. It also introduces the history of the Chocolates Valor company.

BARCELONA

A Trip to Chocolate

Location: Barcelona
Type of experience: chocolate experience
Details: Short tour package (for groups of 4+, reservations required) combining the services of a chocolate specialist, a chocolate tasting session and a chocolate gourmet meal with pairing wines.

Aqua Urban Spa

Address: Carrer Gran de Gràcia 7, 08012 Barcelona, Spain
Type of experience: chocolate therapy
Details: The Spa offers two chocolate therapy treatments: a cocoa face treatment including the application of chocolate fondue, and a cocoa and five-spice body treatment.

Caelum

Address: Carrer de la Palla 8, Barcelona, Spain
Type of experience: confectionery cafe and store
Details: Caelum specialises in traditional sweets such as marzipan, tarts and biscuits made by nuns and monks according to traditional recipes. There's a cafe area where you can enjoy a selection of sweets, and a shop selling packages, each marked by the monastery or convent that produced it.

Espai Sucre

Address: Carrer de la Princesa 53, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Type of experience: dessert restaurant
Details: Espai Sucre brands itself as the world's first "dessert restaurant", serving a range of set menus from 3 desserts up to a much larger "tasting" menu. They even have a special Chocolate Menu.
External reviews: Frommers | Virtual Tourist | ChuckEats

Gran Hotel Balneario Blancafort Thermal Centre

Location: La Garriga
Type of experience: chocolate therapy
Details: The Blancafort Chocolate Therapy program, offered by the Thermal Centre, includes a body cleansing sugar peeling, then continues with a melted chocolate wrap before ending with a relaxing massage using chocolate and orange cream.

Museu De La Xocolata

Type of experience: chocolate museum
Details: Barcelona's Chocolate Museum offers an introduction to the history of chocolate and of chocolate manufacturing techniques, as well as a gallery of chocolate sculptures and artworks. The museum shop sells thick cups of hot chocolate with melindros biscuits to consume on the premises, as well as various chocolate souvenirs.
External reviews: Places Online

ELSEWHERE IN SPAIN

Confitería Santo Tomé

Location: Toledo
Address: Calle de Santo Tomé 3, 45002 Toledo, Spain
Type of experience: confectionery store
Details: Toledo has a long history of marzipan. In fact, everywhere you go in the city, you'll come across specialist shops, their windows piled high with marzipan goodies. The Confiteria Santo Tome has been making marzipan since 1856, following a secret recipe handed down since the alleged invention of marzipan in the 13th century. It's possible to watch the confectioners at work by prior appointment.
Note: The website is only available in Spanish
External reviews: Via Michelin

El museo del Chocolate de Sueca

Location: Valencia
Address: Calle de San José 29, 46410 Sueca, Valencia, Spain
Type of experience: chocolate museum
Details: A step-by-step introduction to the chocolate manufacturing process, complete with historic machinery, and tasting opportunities.
Note: The website is only available in Spanish

Monasterio de Piedra

Type of experience: chocolate exhibition
Background: In 1534, the kitchens of this monastery were used to prepare chocolate for the first time anywhere in Europe.
Details: As well as exploring older sections of this historic 12th century monastery, visitors can enjoy the History of Chocolate Exhibition, located in the kitchen where the original batch of chocolate was prepared.

SPECIALIST TOURS AND ACTIVITIES

For Chocolate Lovers; A Blissful Affair

Location: Barcelona
Type of experience: gourmet chocolate sightseeing tour
Details: A luxurious multi-day tour of Barcelona focused almost exclusively on chocolate, from a 3-course dinner at a dessert restaurant to visits to the Chocolate Museum and to leading chocolatiers across the city. The tour also includes guided tours of Gaudi's architecture and the Gothic Quarter, as well as a visit to the famous La Boqueria market.