There are dozens of wonderful reasons for some 30 million people to flock to enchanting Barcelona, Spain, every year. This mega-popular vacation destination attracts visitors to its extraordinarily pristine beaches along the mysterious Mediterranean Sea, and others want to take advantage of the fabulous and famous nightlife scene. However, most people come to explore the rich history and culture that can be found in every nook and cranny of this extraordinary city. There are many enjoyable ways to discover Barcelona’s history, but those who enjoy hiking, nature and history are going to want to be sure to participate in one very special activity.
Heart of Catalonia: Guided History and Hiking Experience
If you’re healthy and energetic enough for an eight-hour adventure, then this is the perfect choice for you. You’ll be led into the true heart of Barcelona through picturesque areas near the Pyrenees mountain range, and your feet will touch on trails that have been used to navigate the area since way back in the Middle Ages. Your guide is a knowledgeable local who is extremely familiar with the history of the area, and he will bring the past to life with his vivid storytelling as you make your way through local villages and among historical landmarks.
You’ll visit a few historic mountain villages during your tour, and there will be plenty of time to explore the treasures that can be found in each one. Many of the locals like to talk with visitors and share their knowledge, and your guide is always happy to translate a conversation.
The history of this village dates back to the Bronze Age, and visitors will see tombs from both the time of the Romans and the Visigoths. You may also expect to see the village’s famous Benedictine monastery, Santa Maria de Ripoll, which was built in the incredible Romanesque style. This village will be your first stop in the morning, and there are several cafes that serve a traditional Catalan breakfast.
You’ll stop at this village for an authentic Catalan lunch, and there will be ample opportunity to explore the narrow streets and the huge market square, which has held the weekly market for many centuries. Signs of Vic’s ancient origins are everywhere, and visitors may expect to see a Roman temple, the church of La Pietat, the Palau Episcopal and the convent of Sant Domenech.
Sant Joan de les Abadesses
This spot actually dates all the way back to prehistoric times, and the village formed when Wilfred the Hairy founded the Monastery of Sant Joan de les Abadesses in 887. This was Catalonia’s first nunnery, but it was shut down by Pope Benedict VIII in 1017 because the nuns were behaving badly. It’s open today as a place of worship, and you can take some time to see it during your visit.
A Personalized and Private Tour
While there are several wonderful tours to be found in Barcelona, many people dislike the large crowds that often show up at the same time. With that in mind, this tour is offered only in small groups so that you may receive as much personalized attention as possible. This means that you can book a tour for the people you are traveling with, and as little as two people may make up a tour. It’s a wonderful option because you can be assured of having the opportunity to get answers to any questions that you may have for your tour guide.
Transportation comes with this tour, so you should expect to be picked up and delivered straight back to your vacation rental at the end of the day. If you’re staying with us here at Exceptional Stays, then we’ll be happy to make all of the necessary arrangements for you to enjoy this tour.
Come Stay With Us
For the very best vacation experience, we invite you to stay in one of our luxury villas, which feature the most wonderful services and amenities. Make your reservations with us here at Exceptional Stays, and our friendly staff members will get busy making sure that your vacation is absolutely fabulous.