Walking up to 3 miles during group activities; periods of standing; city streets with many cobblestones and some uneven ground, stairs and steps. Extensive use of public transportation; flights of stairs at metro stations; elevators and escalators not always available. Extent and duration of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.
Setting out via public transport with our Group Leader, we’ll go for a narrated walk along Barcelona's most famous boulevard, La Rambla, and going past the Placa Reial. It stretches from Plaça Catalunya to the statue of Christopher Columbus. “Rambla” is derived from the Arabic for dry stream and until the 18th century, it was basically a dried-out riverbed located outside the walls of the city’s Gothic quarter. Today, it’s the throbbing, tree-lined heart of the old city, full of flower vendors, street theater, and crowds. There are other Ramblas feeding off this street, hence the name Las Ramblas, which actually refers to this network of streets. Plaça Reial is a major neo-classic square dating from the 19th century. While here, we’ll also discover street lamps designed by Gaudí. We’ll conclude the morning with an exploration of la Boqueria Market, the oldest and most iconic market in the city center, dating from 1836 and filled with a maze of colorful stalls. While here, we’ll get to taste some of the local produce on display.
On your own to enjoy what you like. You may wish to create a picnic from the specialties at the market or enjoy a meal at a nearby café.
Our Group Leader will remain around Las Ramblas pointing out some more hidden treasures of Barcelona's most famous street, such as Palau Guell, a UNESCO site designed by Gaudi; the Gran Teatre del Liceu, which dates from 1847; and the labyrinthine narrow cobbled streets.
On your own to explore the regional cuisine.
We will transfer via motorcoach to a local community center for an exclusive viewing of Esbart San Marti's dress rehearsal featuring traditional Catalan folk song and dances, and a chance to meet the performers afterwards. We’ll then return to the hotel.