WINE ROUTE OF CATAOLINA
- Visit to the bay of Rosas declared one of the most beautiful in the world by UNESCO
- Eno-gastronomic activity at the Agrícola Falset Marçà
- Visit at the Baronia del Montsant winery and wine tasting
- Get to know the Monastery of Poblet, a Cistercian abbey that was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco
WINE ROUTE OF CATAOLINA
TRAVEL DESCRIPTION WINE ROUTE OF CATAOLINA ⇢
DAY 1: BARCELONA – GIRONA – EMPURIES RUINS – SANT PERE DE RODES -CADAQUES – WINE TASTING IN ALT EMPORDA
We will departure from Barcelona to the North of Catalonia to reach Girona and explore its main sites of interest such as: The Eiffel Bridge, the Sant Pere Monastery and the Arab Baths. After this, we will continue on our way to Empures, where we will visit its Ruins, the Roses Bay, declared as one of the most beautiful in the world by UNESCO. We will continue our day on our way to Port de la Selva and Sant Pere de Rodes, followed by reaching Cadaques and its coastal area and finally arriving at Figueres, capital of Alt Emporda, recognized for its cellar wineries and beautiful coast.
Day 2: DALI (Fiqueres) – TRAIN – WINE TASTING IN FALSET (PRIORAT)
We will start with a visit to the Theater-Museum of Salvador Dalí. After this interesting visit, we will departure to Tarragona by train and arrive to Falset, the Wine catedral and discover one of the most representative wineries in Catalonia. We will see the castle of the counts of Prades and end with a enogastronomic activity in the “Agrícola Falset Marçà”, where we will have some wine tastings.
Day 3: FALSET – TASTING IN GRATALLOPS – SCALADEI – SIURANA OIL MILL – WINE TASTING IN SIURANA – MONTBLANC
We will departure early from Falset until we reach Gratallops, one of the most authentic villages, after this, we will visit a winery and we will enjoy a wine tasting.
We will move to Escaladei to visit the facilities of La Cartuja de Santa Maria, and after we will continue on our way to Siurana, with its streets and cobbled houses,
and visit the most important buildings. Our day will continue with a stop in Cordunella and a visit to the Baronia del Montsan winery. Our day will end in Montblanc.
Day 4: POBLET’S MONASTERY- VILAFRANCA DEL PENEDES – BARCELONA
On our last day we will visit the Monastery of Poblet with its a Cistercian abbey that was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, followed by road to Penedes with its varied wineries and enjoy a fantastic bubbly cava tasting in the Cavas Winery.
COMPLETE TRAVEL INFORMATION WINE ROUTE OF CATALOINA ♥
DAY 1: BARCELONA – GIRONA – EMPURIES RUINS – SANT PERE DE RODES – CADAQUES – WINE TASTINGS IN ALT EMPORDA
We will departure from Barcelona early in the morning to the north of Catalonia, almost at the border, to reach the city of Girona, a romantic city, with countless places to meet.
In Girona we will have the opportunity to know some places of interest such as:
- The Eiffel bridge, built in the encounter of 4 rivers
- The Cathedral of Santa María de Girona, with the largest altar of all European Gothic art
- Sant Pere de Galligants Monastery
- The Arab Baths of Girona, 12th century
- The Jewish Quarter, of the Middle Ages, one of the best preserved in Europe
We will continue on our way to Empuries, a privileged place located in the municipality of La Escala, on the south side of a bay that was declared one of the most beautiful in the world by UNESCO, the bay of Rosas. These ruins can be visited in summer every day from 10 to 20 hours, in winter from 10 to 17 hours, and the rest of the year from 10 to 18 hours.
In the Greek part you can see remains of the urban wall of the 5th century BC, the market square and other buildings, but in the Roman part you can see mosaics of ancient domus very well preserved, also remains of an amphitheater and the forum, next to several statues.
We continue in the direction of Port de la Selva to reach Sant Pere de Rodes, a monumental complex, formed by the monastery of Sant Pere, the town of Santa Creu and the castle of Verdera,
In the afternoon we take the route to the coastal town of Cadaques, with its labyrinthine streets and a promenade.
Lunch time at one of the restaurants in Cadaques.
Figueres is the capital of the Alt Empordá region rich for its wine cellars and its coast, with an oenological tradition that goes back to Roman times. In this place we will make part of the D.O. Empordá, which runs along a transverse line from the sea to the mountain.
Accommodation in Figueres
DAY 2: DALI (Fiqueres) – TRAIN – WINE CAVA IN FALSET (PRIORAT)
Early in the morning we will visit a unique museum in the world, the Theater-Museum of Salvador Dalí, with a collection of works donated by SalvadorDalí himself, the famous Spanish artista. This place has more than 1 M visitors a year. It is not a museum of classical painting, it is a unique museum, which will open our minds, and leave us hesitant about the different creations.
We will departure to Tarragona by train.
At the Tarragona station, our guide awaits us to take us to Falset.
In Falset we will discover the “Cathedral of wine”, this is a modernist building built by the architect of VallsCésar Martinell, a disciple of AntoniGaudí. It is one of the wineries with the most representation in Catalonia.
The Plaza de la Quartera is surrounded by old porches and is one of the few in Catalonia built on a slope. In this same square are the two palaces, that of the Dukes of Medinaceli, of Renaissance style (1630) and that of the Counts of Azara or Casa Grande.
We will also see the CASTLE OF THE CONDES DE PRADES, currently a Wine Interpretation Center and known as Castell del Vi. (S. XII).
Reaching the end of the day, there will be an eno-gastronomic activity in the “Agrícola Falset Marçà”, where we will enjoy a small wine tasting.
DAY 3: FALSET – CAVA DE EN GRATALLOPS – SCALADEI – SIURANA OIL MILL – CAVA WINES IN SIURANA – MONTBLANC
We will departure early from Falset
We will arrive in Gratallops, this is one of the most authentic villages of the Priorat, soaked in viticulture and surrounded by vineyards and wineries. This trip will take between two and three hours, between vineyards and the most authentic and beautiful roads of the whole region. We will visit a Gratallops winery and enjoy a wine tasting. We will end with a panoramic view of the wineries in the area and their vineyards.
Later, we will go to Escaladei, this town was originally the Conrearía of the Carthusian monastery that was established near there. It was the headquarters of the businesses of the house, from where the prior procurator directed the workers, monks or not, who took care of the wineries, herds and diverse fields. Here we will visit the facilities of CARTUJA DE SANTA MARIA DE ESCALADEI, this is the main monument of the región and currently belongs to the Museum of History of Catalonia. La Cartuja was founded in the 12th century by Alfonso el Casto, and was the first in the Iberian Peninsula. The prior and his domains were those that gave name to what is called the historical Priorat and also to the whole region. With other extensions since it was founded, it was finally abandoned in 1835 due to the exclamation and confiscation of Mendizábal. It is highly recommended to visit a restored cell, which clearly shows the way of life of this community.
We will continue on our way to Siurana, a charming town of cobbled houses and streets and the remains of the Saracen fortress, located at the entrance of the town. At its feet, a swamp of clean and calm waters offers the possibility of practicing all kinds of water sports.
The most important building in SIURANA is the Church, in a Romanesque style, has a cover with a figured eardrum framed by three semicircular archivolts; that rest on six columns with capitals decorated with diverse motifs.
From the town of Siurana you can enjoy stunning views of the Sierra de Montsant, the Gritella and the Prades Mountains.
After a small stop in Cornudella de Montsant, we will have time for lunch and after that, we will visit the Baronia del Montsant winery, where we will have a tasting of 7 wines accompanied by a delicious appetizer.
We will finish the tour of the day in the direction of Montblanc, where we will visit the Convent of San Francisco, a 1230 building, in Gothic style, but without cruise ships, with arches and wooden deck, which in its time was polychrome, and a facade very austere.
It has one of the best views of the wall. We will continue along the Wall and towers of Montblanc, which was built between 1366 and 1397, during the well-known War of the Pedros, the wall currently has 25 defensive towers. This fortification and its towers began to be recovered during the last century, and now it is a wall in excellent condition, and several towers enabled to climb to the top of them, from where you have stunning panoramic views of the town of Montblanc and from its surroundings. We finished our passage through Montblanc in The Church of Santa María de Montblanc, a first Romanesque church located in a high area of the town was built in 1163, but it was in 1310 when it was decided to lift the building from what was to be a great cathedral Gothic Several Peruvians led to it not being completed, so that in the fifteenth century the works were completed without the construction of the main facade and the bell tower. Therefore, now when we go to visit it we will go up some stairs to the square where a Renaissance-style side door opens, and by its current interior configuration we will verify that it was unfinished.
DAY 4: MONASTIR DE POBLET – VILAFRANCA DEL PENEDES – BARCELONA
Early departure from Montblanc to tPoblet’s Monastery in the Southwest direction.
This is a Cistercian abbey that was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. A large architectural ensemble with about 1000 years of history, among the 3 largest and most complete in the world, which surrounds the church built in the 12th century and linked to a fortified royal residence. You can also see, still a community of 140 monks living in the monastery.
We will be able to see the dining room and the library, which conserve the original 13th century cruiser ceiling; the chapter room; the old kitchen or the old living room bedroom among many other spaces.
From there, we will go in the direction of Penedes: a unique rural landscape environment, which is characterized by its large vineyards, with rural tourism accommodation, unique heritage elements and the varied cellars and cellars that have made an international recognition of this area, here We will enjoy the last tasting of our trip in a CAVAS Winery and taste the bubbly champagne from Catalonia.
This is the end of the tour and we will go back to Barcelona
TRAVEL DATES WINE ROUTE OF CATALOINA ≔
All year except Christmas, New Year and St. Stephen
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE CATALOINA WINE ROUTE TRIP ★
•Private Vehicle Transfer or Minibus
• Visit to all places named on the
• 3 nights´s accommodation in tourist hotel
• Named activities in the tour description
• Guide throughout the entire tour
CONDITIONS AND CANCELLATION POLICY ☜
- Maximum capacity: 15 people.
- Meeting point: Pick up at the Hotel of Hospedaje.
- It is essentialto have received the reservation confirmation.
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