Programme 12-17 May 2019
Minimum and maximum group sizes: 8-12
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Day 1: Sunday 12 May
Pick-up from Montblanc train station at 14:00, 16:00 or 19:00. Optional pick-ups from Reus Airport, Tarragona or Barcelona Airport by arrangement.* Contact us if you need help with your travel arrangements.
20:00: Welcome drinks and dinner
Day 2: Monday 13 May
08:30: Group breakfast
09:30: Transport to medieval town of Montblanc
09:45: Loop walk to hilltop chapel in Montblanc (Ermita de Sant Joan) (7 km)
12:00: Explore Montblanc/lunch*
14:30: Walk from Montblanc to Barberà, along part of the Camí de Sant Jaume (8 km, gentle terrain)
20:00 Option to join a group dinner*
Day 3: Tuesday 14 May
09:30: Transport to Poblet Monastery
10:00: Visit to monastery
11:30: Walk/picnic in the woods of Poblet (3 km)
13:30: Walk from Poblet to Montblanc along part of the Camí de Sant Jaume (12 km, gentle terrain)
17:00: Departure for Barberà (walk or transport)
20:00: Option to join a group dinner*
Day 4: Wednesday 15 May
08:30: Walk from Barberà to Sarral to Pira (8 km, gentle terrain)
12:00: Guided tour of Carles Andreu cellar with wine and cava tasting
13:30: Picnic lunch
14:30: Walk from Pira to Barberà (3 km, easy uphill walk)
19:00: Vineyard dinner at Els Tossalets (2 km walk)
Day 5: Thursday 16 May
08:30: Loop walk Barberà-Cabra del Camp-Barberà (10 km, easy)
12:30: Guided visit of modernist wine cellar in Barberà
14:00: Group lunch in village restaurant
15:30: Optional activities (by prior arrangement) such as: guided tour of Knights’ Templar castle in Barberà; self-guided walk to hamlet village of Ollers (10 km total, easy); guided tour of Clos Montblanc wine cellar (3 km total, easy); visit to organic wine vineyard and cellar; revitalizing massage, etc
20:30: Farewell dinner
DAY 6: Friday 17 May
Drop-offs at Montblanc train station at 08:00, 14:00, 16:30 or 18:30. Optional drop-offs to Reus Airport, Tarragona or Barcelona Airport by prior arrangement.*
* Not included in price
As I walked out
The guided walking routes in this activity mostly follow a largely unknown and little frequented section of the Catalan Camí de Sant Jaume (Way of St James). The different routes take in the majestic World Heritage monastery where the former kings of Catalonia are buried (Poblet), a beautifully preserved medieval walled town (Montblanc) and quaint villages and hamlets — some (like Barberà de la Conca itself) historically associated with the Moors and Knights Templar, and others boasting modernist ‘wine cathedrals’ or traditional artisanal wine cooperatives, as befits the winemaking traditions of the region.
Well off the beaten track to more traditional tourist destinations like Barcelona, Tarragona and the Costa Daurada, the area has much to offer walkers and nature lovers seeking more intimate connections with nature and rural communities. In late spring and early summer, weather conditions are ideal (warm and sunny but not too hot) for walks in a gently undulating landscape that is lush and green with fields blanketed with poppies and wild flowers in full bloom and carefully tended vines beginning to put out shoots.
Our rural community
We came, we saw — but they conquered! How your hosts ended up in a rural Catalan village is one story — but why they stayed is the people they met there. As summed up by a US visitor who came to spend 5 days in the village and ended up staying for 4 months:
"I found the entire village of Barberà de la Conca beautiful, welcoming and full of people who enjoy helping and spending time with one another. The amazing architecture, stunning vistas, and happy people have truly made an impression on me that I won't soon forget."
A longstanding dream of ours is to help preserve our community, whose economic mainstay has traditionally been the millenary agricultural practices that encapsulate all of what it means to be Mediterranean — practices that have shaped the history and culture of this region, not to mention the landscapes that you will see from afar and experience on your walks.
You will be based for your entire stay in Barberà de la Conca. Accommodation will be in traditional-style self-catering apartments with all modern comforts. Included will be essential food supplies for breakfasts and packed/picnic lunches. There will be plenty of opportunities to sample superb Mediterranean-style cuisine — a blend of Spanish tapas and local culinary mar i muntanya traditions — washed down with wines, including cava, from local vineyards, the traditional mainstay of the local economy.
€690 (incl. VAT)
per person sharing
Five nights’ accommodation in a shared room (supplement payable for single-use room; tell me more)
Food supplies in your apartment for breakfast, two packed lunches/picnics and snacks (please let us know if you have any special needs)
Pick-ups and drop-offs at Montblanc train station and local transport as necessary during your stay
Guided walking routes (around 50-60 km total)
Visit to Poblet Monastery
Visits to two wine cellars
Three lunches (one restaurant and two packed/picnic lunches)
Welcome drinks and dinner, vineyard dinner and farewell dinner
What's not included?
Any pick-ups/drop-offs from/to Reus Airport, Tarragona or Barcelona Airport
Lunch in Montblanc on medieval Monday
Dinner on Monday and Tuesday (options available)
Tourist tax (€0.90 per person >16 years per night)
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