Independent Barcelona: People, Arts and Architecture For Women

Discover beautiful Barcelona on a learning adventure just for women. Learn about famed works by Picasso, traditional Catalan folklore dance and the surreal works of Gaudi.
Program No. 23920RJ
9 days
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At a Glance

Join other inspiring women for an immersive learning adventure in Spain’s cultural epicenter, Barcelona. A metropolis on the Mediterranean and the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is a history-soaked region with its own culture, language and cuisine. The city’s love for architecture are showcased in both its Gothic Quarter and the masterpieces of architect Antoni Gaudi. Experience these and the many other identities of dynamic Barcelona on this program that combines expert-led field trips and abundant free time to walk, eat and explore with other women who are equally fascinated in the beauty and history of Spain.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to three miles per day; some uneven terrain, cobble stones and stairs without railings. Extensive use of public transportation.
Independent City Discoveries
Independent City Discoveries
Learn with a Group Leader and enjoy educational programming while also getting independent time to explore on your own. Most Independent City Discoveries include lectures, self-guided excursions and passes for public transit and museums.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Join a group of fascinating women for a city excursion of Barcelona to see many of Gaudi’s imaginative architectural creations.
  • Go behind the scenes to watch a dress rehearsal of the Esbart Sant Marti, an award-winning Catalan folkloric dance group.
  • Discover some of Picasso’s renowned masterpieces on an expert-led visit to the beautiful Museu Picasso.
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Maevon Canter
Maevon Canter has been leading U.S. and European groups around the historical and cultural sites of Europe for the past 12 years. As an art historian, with qualifications in interactive teaching methods and visual communication, Maevon delights in sharing his wealth of knowledge of European culture, history and current affairs with Road Scholar participants. Fluent in Spanish, French and German, as well as his native English, Maevon provides a highly informative, insightful and humorous touch to each and every program that he leads.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Gaudi, A Biography
by Gijs van Hensbergen
A vivid account of the famous architect and his work, which forever changed the landscapes of Barcelona and Catalonia.
by Robert Hughes
A Longitude favorite, this big, thoroughly enjoyable cultural history of the city touches on architecture, art, religion and literature from Roman outpost to today.
Food and Wines of Spain
by Penelope Casas
This classic collection of 400 recipes, interwoven with cultural commentary and culinary history, is a pleasure to read, but prepare to become hungry.
Homage to Catalonia
by George Orwell
Orwell's portrait of the Barcelona uprising and the spirit of a city at war is a classic, an observant and heartfelt report from the streets.
Gaudi of Barcelona
by Melba Levick (Photographer), Lluis Permanyer (Editor)
Featuring nearly 150 large-format (11in x 9in) reproductions, Permanyer and Levick provide an overview of Gaudi's innovative architectural style. The artist's undulating roofs, towers like tentacles and lavishly decorated chimneys are presented in full color.
The Shadow of the Wind
by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Set in the brooding atmosphere of post-WW II Barcelona, this gripping story-within-a-story has it all: murder, doomed love and a mysterious book which draws the young hero, Daniel Sempere, into the city’s dangerous underworld.
Ghosts of Spain
by Giles Tremlett
Tremlett captures the Spanish character, history and modern politics in this masterful portrait, interweaving the story of his love for the country (where he has lived for 20 years) with interviews, anecdotes and observation.
Eyewitness Guide Barcelona & Catalonia
by Eyewitness Guides
Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this superbly illustrated guide features color photography, dozens of local maps and detailed information on the region's attractions.
Barcelona Map
by Borch Maps
A detailed city map, laminated and folded for easy reference.
Antonio Gaudi, Master Architect
by Juan Bassegoda Nonell
This pocket-sized collection of Gaudi's work captures the evolution, imagination and exuberance of one of the most influential architects of the 20th century.

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