Hiking and daytrips into the surrounding regions

Your advantages with Rodamon:

  • Girona and Figueres
  • Montserrat
  • Sitges
  • Tarragona
  • Wine region Penedès

Our day starts with a journey through time into the medieval Girona. Along lanes, alleys and steps we climb through the well preserved Jewish Quarter up the mound on which the church rests, once an important centre for Cabbalism.

In the cathedral which has widest nave of the Gothic period – a total of 22,98m  – you will learn about the murdered Prince Cap d’Estopes and see the unusual Tapestry of Creation made by women 1000 years ago, depicting the view of the world at the time.

A walk on the Roman city walls to the Arabic Bathhouse rounds off our visit.

After lunch either in Girona or en route to Figueres, we progress to the hometown of Salvador Dalí. In the burned down city theatre, now an unconventional museum, his dream world found a home.
This comprehensive collection, with its rich legacy of paintings, installations and sculptures, brings us closer to Salvador´s artistic delirium, his idea of himself as the Saviour of Art.

You’ll be seeing the art of a man who once said: “If you want to be successful today you have to be a little bit of a cannibal.”

9 hour excursion using private or public transport
Entrance fees and meals not included

 

Tip:

  • Come to Girona during the flour festival Flors de Maig from the 13th to the 21st May 2017, when local florists decorate the entire townscape with exuberantly colourful floral arrangements.

The dramatic cliff scenery of the jagged mountain Mont-Serrat rises 50 km behind Barcelona, the setting of the 1000 year old Benedictine monastery. The Catalans come here to worship their patron saint, the Black Madonna, also lovingly called La Moreneta.

During our visit we are told local legends, informed about the religious background which led to the foundation of the monastery and guided to interpret the symbolism of its architecture so as to understand more about the political entanglements which made the monastery into a religious and political bastion of Catalanism over the centuries.

We listen to the Escolania, the oldest boy´s choir in Europe and visit the art collection of the monastery, with works by Caravaggio, Picasso and the most important Catalan painters.

During a walk to the viewpoint next to St Michael´s Cross we see the monastery in its breath taking setting of rock.

5 – 8 hour excursion using private or public transport
Interior visits possible, entrance fees and meals not included

 

Tips:

  • Travel towards the sky on the steepest funicular in Spain and see the monastery from above whilst enjoying further views across the country.

 

  • We can take an easy hike up to the highest peak of the mountain range with a fantastic round view or descend to the pretty village Collbató at the foot of the mountain.

 

  • An especially attractive approach to Montserrat is the route via the Tibidabo mountain, with a stop in Terrassa to visit its rare Early Christian churches.

 

  • The pretty town of Manresa is currently in the news as residence of Ignatius of Loyola, the saint who inspired the Jesuit movement. Ignatius lived here in a cave under the beautiful Gothic church for 11 months. Would you like to learn more about the Jesuits?

 

  • The Art Nouveau period was wonderfully productive. 2 festivals invite you on a journey back in time: the Fira Modernista in Terrassa between the 12th and the 14th of May 2017 and the Festa Modernista of the Colònia Güell between the 20th and the 22th of October 2017.

 

  • Extend your trip and combine it with a visit to the coastal town of Sitges, the wine region  Penedès or the Colònia Güell with its crypt built by Gaudí.

The white town on the rock terrace in front of the deep blue Mediterranean Sea today invites visitors who are tired of big cities and the Barcelonese. A hundred years ago the Catalan avant garde and the Indianos came here, bringing culture and money.

The bohemian artist Santiago Rusiñol, originally from a bourgeois family, made Sitges into an attraction with his controversial Festes Modernistes for writers, musicians and painters. We bring this period alive, visiting Can Ferrat, the home, workshop and exhibition space of Rusiñol´s curious collection, housed in a converted fisherman´s hut, a structure which unexpectedly blends in with elements of the demolished Gothic hospital.

Directly opposite, the American millionaire Charles Deering built a luxurious residence integrated into the maze of medieval streets, the Palau Maricel.

Afterwards we stroll through medieval streets and admire courtyards filled with flowers. The Art Nouveau villas on the pleasant beach promenade tell the story of the Indianos in detail: adventurers who became rich in the New World, trading textiles, wine and slaves and, after the last colonies were lost, returned rich and proud to their homeland. Do you know Bacardí?

With a glass of Malvasia, the local sweet wine, we end our day.

5 hour excursion using private or public transport
Interior visits possible, entrance fees and meals not included

 

Tips:

  • Stay a little longer and go for a swim at the beach of Sitges.

 

  • Visit Sitges during Corpus Christi and admire the magnificent carpets of flowers.

 

  • Extend your trip and combine it with a visit to a vineyard in the Garraf mountains, the Montserrat mountain with its monastery or the Colònia Güell with its crypt built by Gaudí.

Without Rome´s influence we cannot imagine Spanish culture, nor that of Tarragona. Woven into the medieval structure, the Circus, the Forum and the Amphitheatre above the sea have survived for centuries. They are so well preserved that they have been declared Unesco World Heritage Sites.

On the highest point of the mound of the old town, where once the Romans worshipped their gods and the Moors bowed towards Mecca, we visit the early Gothic cathedral.  Illustrations on the capitals in the cloister read like a comic strip of the past.

What has remained unchanged for ages is life in the narrow streets and the view of the blue sea which gives the town its easy, relaxed character.  For Hadrian, Tarraco was a ”place of eternal Spring”.

5 – 8 hour excursion using private or public transport
Interior visits possible, entrance fees and meals not included

Tips:

  • Visit Tarragona in May during the TARRACO VIVA Festival when history comes alive.
  • A very lively tradition are the Castells. Goose pimples are guaranteed when daring human beings assemble themselves into high towers of up to 10 storeys. The Xiquets of Tarragona are amongst the most successful Castellers.
  • Gastronomic highlight of any visit between December and April are the Calçotades, charcoal roasted spring onions with a tomato-almond sauce. Delicious.
  • Experience the cuisine of the Romans of Tarracos and sample ancient flavours. The Romans enjoyed savoury-sweet dishes, meat with fruit…intrigued?
  • An unknown jewel of Catalan Art Nouveau is the work of the architect Josep-Maria Jujol, a colleague of Antoní Gaudí. Near Tarragona you can visit his Casa Bofarull and the church Vista Bella.
  • Extend this half-day excursion and combine it with a visit to the coastal town Sitges, the wine region Penedés or the Cistercian monastery Santes Creus.

Towards the south of Barcelona, at the foot of the Montserrat mountain, extends the wine region Penedés where the Catalan Champagne is produced. Since the last 140 years the vintners have made this delicious drink according to the méthode traditionelle.  It used to be called Xampany but has now become world famous under the name of Cava. No family event in Catalonia is complete without it.

We take you to a family owned business in an old Catalan Masía, or traditional country house. Almost all the secrets of Cava production will be revealed to you as you are accompanied through the wine cellars, production hall and vineyards.

You will forever link the fresh tingle of Cava on your palate with the beauty of the Catalan countryside.

5 hour excursion using private transport

Tips:

  • Take time after the eventful days in Barcelona to let the tranquillity of the countryside have its soothing effect and combine the Cava tasting with tapas or a Paella meal on a terrace overlooking the vineyards.
  • Do you fancy a “cava tasting“? You will taste 3 types of Cava in different parts of the winery, together with nibbles which will bring out the variation in flavours.
  • Extend this half day excursion and combine it with a visit to Montserrat, the coastal town Sitges, the Roman city of Tarragona or the Cistercian monastery of Santes Creus.

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