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Programme 12-17 May 2019

Minimum and maximum group sizes: 8-12

Language: English

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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 - activitat en anglès

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.

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."

 

We couldn't agree more and 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.

Accommodation

You will be based for your entire stay in Barberà de la Conca, a village perched on a hilltop crowned with a Knights’ Templar castle and a Baroque church. 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

What's included?

  • Five nights’ accommodation in a shared room (supplement payable for single-use room; tell me more)

  • Welcome breakfast

  • 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

  • Insurance

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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