One does not soon forget a visit to Catalonia, if ever. Governmentally a part of Spain, yet independent in every other way, the Catalan people are warm, welcoming, and filled with pride for their unique part of the world.
Catalonia is where the mountains meet the sea, anchored by the energetic Barcelona, and flanked on all sides by old stone villages, Moorish architecture, and wide open countryside.
This trip features a little of everything--walks on the beach, visits to small wineries, shopping at colorful markets, and some free time to explore small towns, eat tapas, or slurp a glass of Cava.
Where we'll go:
We'll start in the beautiful walled city of Girona, not far from the French border, and work our way south. There will be a beach day in the fantastic town of Begur, a few small hikes through vineyards, and a few stops at local markets in lesser-known Catalan cities like Vic and Lleida.
We'll stay in Private homes for most of this trip, (with a pool of course) so we can relax in comfort and have meals together.
Who we'll meet:
Catalan wine has taken on a life of its own, distinct from the rest of Spain--Cava, Emporda, Priorat, Montsant and many more. You'll come away from this trip with a real appreciation for the variety of wines produced here--red, white, rosato, sparkling, sweet, dry, young, old, spirits, and more...
We'll meet about a half dozen mom-n-pop winemakers, some on hidden farms that don't show up in guidebooks, taste their wines right in their vineyards, and maybe even have them get our hands dirty disgorging Cava.
What we'll eat and drink:
Catalans seemingly eat constantly, never to excess, but always with great passion. Jesus del Riu Mateu will make Paella for us in his wood-fired oven, we'll drink Priorat and taste Jamon Iberico with Xavy and Michelle at Sao del Coster, and have a picnic among the pines at Terra Remota.
Oh, and how about Pesca a la Plantxa along the sea in Sitges?