Your English-speaking guide will meet you at the airport or train station and will take you to your hotel near Palamos, a 12th century town on the Costa Brava. Before dinner, we’ll meet for an overview of the days to come. Your first night’s dinner will be in a traditional restaurant near the hotel.
This morning, we will visit Pals with its cobbled streets, charming archways and ancient walls. The town dates back to the 12th century. It is part of the international “Cittaslow” (Slow City) movement for its beauty, peacefulness and commitment to maintaining the quality of life of its residents.
Next is the beautiful city of Girona. Four rivers, affording lovely vistas and reflections, grace the city that traces its roots back several thousand years. The Old Town is rich with history, whether visiting the ancient walls, the well-preserved Jewish quarter, the 12th century Arab baths or the magnificent Gothic cathedral that holds the treasured “Tapestry Of Creation,” created in the 12th century. You will be on your own for lunch today and this afternoon in Girona. There is a lot for you to explore before meeting for dinner at a restaurant known for its fantastic selection of wines.
First of the itinerary is a visit a typical market in the town of Begur, near the coast. Lunch will be in a local restaurant. After lunch we will have a short walk around the scenic area.
In the afternoon, you will have your first cooking lesson of time-honored Catalan recipes in a friendly atmosphere. You’ll enjoy dinner and local Catalan.
Off we go to experience the making of a local artisan cheese. We will visit a small cheese factory to see the process. Our second stop is a charming village – the home of a very special workshop where a master chef prepares his beautiful and equally delicious chocolates. We will not only see his craft but sample it as well!
Lunch will be in a restaurant with local recipes that are high on tradition. We’ll head for the coast in time to see the fishing boats come back in from the sea. We’ll watch the fisherman sell their catch and visit the local fish market. We’ll then go to our second cooking class that will feature Catalan and Spanish tapas. We’ll enjoy our tapas with our chef, accompanied by Catalan wines.
This morning, we walk back in time as we visit a historic Iberian settlement to learn about the influence the ancient Greeks had on Spain. The Greeks are credited, for example, with bringing us the skill of wine making. You’ll see how far today’s wine makers have come in perfecting the art of the grape. We will visit a vineyard for a tour and a special wine tasting.
You’ll have some free time this afternoon to relax, explore the village and enjoy lunch on your own. (We recommend that you eat a small lunch since dinner will be substantial!)
Your dinner will be a complete menu with Spanish wines.
After breakfast, we will take you to your train station, airport or local hotel, hoping that you have spent a busy – but relaxing – week with us.