Wine and cava are a part of Catalan history. Each glass preserves a small piece of the past, which is why wine tourism in Catalonia is about much more than wine tasting. Catalonia is a land of contrasts, one being the agricultural landscape of Priorat where the elevated terrain in terraced llicorella soil requires the planting of small plots which gives the wine that unique taste.Another being the vineyards by the sea that are twisted by the winds of the Empordà DO where grapes are grown at 1,000 metres altitude on the Vi de Lleida route, and also the vineyards of Bages, which are protected by the bulk of Montserrat Mountains.On this tour, you'll discover the varied landscape and Catalan cultural heritage through more than 300 wineries that will open their doors to you. You'll cover two of the twelve wine designations of origin throughout Catalan including one cava Designation of Origin.
ItineraryDay 1: Arrive in BarcelonaPass By: Barcelona–El Prat AirportUpon arrival at Barcelona Airport you will pick up the car at the rental office and then drive to the hotel.Stop At: Plaça de CatalunyaArrival a Barcelona and free time to discover the cityDuration: 4 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Accommodation in BarcelonaDay 2: Barcelona - Emporda wine region - FigueresStop At: Plaça de CatalunyaToday you'll leave this cosmopolitan city behind and begin your drive across Catalonia's famous wine regions. En route to your next destination of Figueres, you'll stop in the Emporda wine region. After exploring the vineyard, you'll continue towards Figueres, the famous hometown of Salvador Dali. Once checked in you'll have time to explore this beautiful town and visit the Dali Museum home to the largest collection of the artist's work. Duration: 3 hoursPass By: La Rambla de Figueres, Figueres, Province of Girona, CataloniaArrival and accommodation in FigueresStop At: Dali Theatre-Museum, Figueres, Province of Girona, CataloniaSet in the heart of Salvador Dali's hometown of Figueres is the Dalí Theatre and Museum dedicated to the creative genius' life and works. The museum itself was inaugurated in 1974 and sits on the remains of the Municipal Theatre that Dali would have known as a child.The theatre was destroyed in the Spanish Civil War and remained as ruins until 1960 when the Major of Figueres and Dali decided to turn it into a museum of Dali's work. The Museum opened its doors in September 1974 and was where one of the first public exhibitions of Dali's work was shown.Nowadays, the museum displayed the single largest and most varied collections of Dali's work. The museum aims to enable visitors to capture the creative and artistic journey of Salvador Dali by displaying personal items and a large collection of his personal work, unique to this museum. Dali is buried in a crypt beneath the stage at this museum. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Figueres.Day 3: Figueres to GironaStop At: La Rambla de Figueres, Figueres, Province of Girona, CataloniaToday, you'll leave Figueres after breakfast and head towards the ancient Catalan city of Girona stopping en route to visit another Emporda winery.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: GironaGirona is an ancient city and one of the major cities in the heartof Catalonia. It sits on the confluence of the rivers Ter, Onyar,Galligants, and Guell which has made it popular since theRoman empire. Girona is often overlooked by travellers eagerto make their way to the nearby Barcelona but it is a beautifulcity with a lot to offer.Think of a large Spanish city with stunning architecture, butwithout the crowds. Girona's old town and Jewish quarter enticevisitors in to learn more about one of the most historicalcentres in Catalonia. The Girona Cathedral preserves elementsof the first Romanesque building, and the nave is the widestarched span in the world.Whilst in Girona, you should also visit the church San Pere deGalligans, the church of Sant Nicolau and the church of SantFeliu. The Jewish Quarter in Girona is one of the largest andmost well-preserved in Europe, where you'll also find Arabbaths.Girona's stone architecture, beautiful squares and steepalleyways offer spectacular views and photo opportunities asyou wander around this city. One of the most emblematic viewsbeing the Houses of the Onyar where the river flows past and itsits against a stunning backdrop made up of Sant Feliu Churchand the Cathedral.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Accommodation in GironaDay 4: Girona - Penedes wine region - BarcelonaStop At: GironaToday, you'll leave Girona and cross into the Penedes wine region. Here, you'll have a chance to visit the cellar, thevineyard, learn about organic wine production and even sample some of their delicious wines. Once you arrivein Vilafranca del Penedes, not far from Barcelona, you'll visit another winery that has dedicated over 140 years to wine production in the PenedesDuration: 5 hoursStop At: Plaça de CatalunyaFrom Vilafranca del Penedes,you'll make the 60-kilometre drive to Barcelona. Free time.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.Day 5: Barcelona and departureStop At: Plaça de CatalunyaDeparture to Barcelona airport where you will return your rental car and continue your onward journey to your next destination.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.