What was once renowned for its greasy tapas and sangria has, over the past ten years, become an international hub for foodies and culinary experts. Barcelona is one of the Mediterranean's most fashionable places for avant-garde cuisine and innovation in the kitchen. Thanks to the likes of Ferran-Adria and a host of other talented Catalan chefs, restaurants such as El Bulli, Cinc Sentits, ABac, 41 Degrees and Tickets have been attracting tourists to Barcelona's doors for many years. Whether it's Catalan Cuisine, Basque pinxos (tapas on sticks) or Spanish paella, Barcelona and Spain on a whole have greatly evolved on the gastronomic scene. As a result, Barcelona has a wide range of culinary schools and cooking classes for beginners and experts. Whether you're looking for a one day experience to get your feet wet in the kitchen, or a more intensive course with professional chefs, the city has plenty of high quality classes for those of all ages and all cooking styles and levels. Some of the more popular cooking schools are located in the city center, near the Rambla where the famous Boqueria market is situated. There are others however, that are outside the downtown core thus allowing you to visit more local markets, some that you might not have discovered if you weren't doing a class.