Barcelona and Catalunya are famed for their gastronomy, restaurants such as Ferran Adria’s Ell Bulli or the brothers Roca’s El Celler de Can Roca in Girona have held places one and two respectively in the prestigious San Pellegrino Top 10 Restaurants Award.

If these luminaries seem a bit over budget for your trip then you would do well consider the twice annual Barcelona Restaurant Week, which in spring runs from Friday the 8th of March to Sunday the 17th of March 2013. Around 35 of Barcelona’s top restaurants, including some Michelin starred restaurants (if the French influence is your thing) offer a fixed price menu so that everyone can afford to enjoy some of the best food in the city.

The 2013 menu price is set at €24 plus a 1€ donation for charity. Sales tax is not included though, so the full menu price is €25 plus 10% IVA/VAT. But €27.50 is little to pay for fine food in Barcelona, even without drinks.

The concept of a week of affordable dining in top city restaurants first originated in New York in 1992. Since then the idea has since spread to over 100 cities worldwide, including Madrid, Seville and Barcelona in Spain.

See a list of participating restaurants here (in Spanish).