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Virtual FAM Series: Spotlight Catalonia

To all those who were able to make it to our webinar, it was great to see you! For those of you who couldn't join us, check out some great info below from the first webinar in our new series. Have a look at some key takeaways, questions and answers and additional resources for more information.



Key Takeaways


Barcelona

  • Sagrada Familia entrances are skip-the-line and timed with a 15-minute window if purchased in advanced. Everyone who enters must pass through metal detectors for security and check large bags and backpacks. Visitors' shoulders should be covered.

  • Head to Park Güell early in the morning or in the late afternoon to beat the crowds.

  • La Boqueria Market is closed on Sundays.

  • The Hospital de Sant Pau is a marvel often overlooked by tourists. Spend some time there for a breather from the crowds and combine it with your Sagrada Familia visit (15-minute walk).

  • The Palau de la Musica Catalana in the trendy neighborhood of El Born is worth a visit even if only to snap a few photos. Check their program for great shows and performances.

  • Explore some neighborhoods that are off the beaten path like Sant Antoni - a hip, cool area with lots of great eateries, Sants - a locals-only authentic corner of the city, and Vila de Gràcia - a bohemian, plaza-filled area with tons of small, family-run shops and cute bars and restaurants.

  • Tibidabo is great for hiking and exploring a greener side of the city! Spend a day at the amusement park at the top of the mountain (more info in the questions section below).


Monsterrat

  • Early 8am pick up for departure is highly recommended to beat the crowds. It takes about an hour to arrive from Barcelona.

  • The boys choir sings every day Monday to Friday at 1pm and on Sundays at 12pm. They do not perform on Saturdays. There are normally no performances for Christmas or in July for summer holidays.


Girona area

  • Girona is great for anyone interested in Jewish Heritage or Game of Thrones fans! The Dalí Museum in nearby Figueres is closed on Mondays except in July, August and September.


Costa Brava

  • Entrances to the Dalí House in Port Lligat must be reserved with notice as they sell out quickly, sometimes up to a month ahead of time. Entry times are very strict, and you must arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled time slot. Ask us about setting up a day with a Dalí expert to make the most of your time on the coast!

  • There are endless opportunities for hiking, kayaking and more. We can help put together the perfect mix of culture, activity and delicious local food by the beach.


Wine regions

  • There are 12 wine appellations in Catalonia alone! Day trips are a wonderful addition to your trip or you can spend up to a whole week exploring the distinct wines of the region.

  • Terra Dominicata is an incredible 5-star hotel in the Priorat wine region. Ask us for more information on how to arrange a great package with guided activities in the area.


You asked, we've answered!


Can I plan a trip to Girona, the Costa Brava and the Dalí House or Museum in the same day?

We highly recommend that you stick to two elements in one day for a more relaxing and enjoyable experience.

Can I see Andorra as a day trip from Barcelona?

It can be done, but we don't recommend it! Most of your day will be spent in the car!


Should I see the towers at the Sagrada Familia?

If you are an art lover or a huge Gaudí fan with time to spare, check them out! If not, take into account an estimated 30-45 minutes extra to add the towers to your visit.


Can you give me more information about Tibidabo?

Tibidabo is the name of both the tallest peak that rises up behind the city of Barcelona and the iconic amusement park located near the top. Tibidabo is located within the larger Collserola natural park, offering miles of idyllic forested trails. The park is often referred to as the lungs of Barcelona; easily reachable by car and public transport, it's a wonderful place to visit for active travelers, nature lovers, and families alike!


Can you set up a human tower training with a local group?

Have a look at this great article about Els Castells, the human towers of Catalonia. We can set up a workshop for your clients to learn about this unique tradition and participate in their own tower with Catalan locals. Our best recommendation is to schedule a workshop in the Penedès wine region. We can set up a delicious lunch and a visit to a family-run winery in the afternoon. If you can't make it to the area, there are other options available in Barcelona and the surrounding areas that can easily be accessed from the Costa Brava.



Want more?

Check out our other blog posts for information about local Catalan festivals and activities like the Calçots season between January and April, St. George's Day in April, the Girona Flower Festival in May, Sant Joan in June, the Festa Major de Gràcia in August and La Mercè Festival in September.


Want to see the recording of our webinar? Have a look here!


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