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Thursday 21st June – Full day tour

Montserrat & Sitges

This is a good excursion to combine mountain and beach on the same day.

Bus meeting point: 08:45h at the lobby of the Hotel Fairmont Juan Carlos I
Bus (departure): 09:00h
Dress code: Casual
Estimated duration: 9 hours
Official language: English
Lunch included

Our first destination is Montserrat, a unique Natural Park and a massive  rock (4050 ft. /1235 m) visible from miles away, with weird shapes and rounded peaks that jut into the sky; there are paths, stairs, caves, chapels and hermitages scattered over the mountain, extraordinary landscapes and wonderful views.

The next place we visit is Sitges where we will have lunch, a town located on the Catalan coast 40km from Barcelona. It has always been a place that captivates many artists, tourists and, in general, visitors from everywhere. Here, we can still find modernist buildings and streets that preserve the charm of the white coastal town. The visit will start in the Old Quarter where the Town Hall and the Bacardi’s House are located, and afterwards we will see the Quiet Corner and the Cau Ferrat Museum.

Finally we will go to San Sebastià beach where we will have some free time until the return to Barcelona.

Friday 22nd June – Half day tour

The Gaudí Tour

You cannot leave Barcelona without visiting the exceptional creations of the most famous Catalan modernist architect, Antoni Gaudí.

Bus meeting point: 08.45h at the lobby of the Hotel Fairmont Juan Carlos I
Bus (departure): 09:00h
Dress code: Casual
Estimated duration: 5 hours
Official language: English
Lunch is not included

The tour starts in Passeig de Gràcia, one of the main boulevards of the city and the street for luxury and design shops where we will see different modernist buildings. First, we will be able to appreciate the Casa Batlló’s façade. This colourful jewel by Antoni Gaudí is not only original; it’s beauty and the orig – inality and creativity of its forms has earned it the nicknames ‘house of bones’ or ‘dragon house’. Then, in the same street, we will see the façade of La Pedrera. This residential building was built by Gaudí for the Milà family and finished in 1911 and its sculptured form has made it a reference piece and it has been declared World Heritage by UNESCO.

The second part of the tour will consist of two different guided visits. The first will start in the Park Güell, the unfinished project of a garden suburb by Antoni Gaudí. The park brings together all the characteristic features of modernism and the architect’s own particular vision (sinuous and organic shapes, integration with nature, broken tile mosaics). This site, too, has been declared World Heritage by UNESCO.

The other visit will be to La Sagrada Familia, the unfinished temple by Antoni Gaudí who dedicated the latter part of his life to this work, the synthesis of his overall concept of architecture. The richness of detail and its significance need explaining in order to fully appreciate this fascinating and extraordinary building.

 

Saturday 23rd June – Post Congress Tour
Walking tour around the Rambla, the Gothic Quarter and the Palau de la Música

Book the last day to discover the heart of Barcelona and visit the incredible Palau de la Múscia, named by the UNESCO a world heritage site.

Bus meeting point: 08:45h at the lobby of the Hotel Fairmont Juan Carlos I
Bus (departure): 09:00h
Dress code: Casual
Estimated duration: 5 hours
Official language: English
Cocktail included

This excursion will give you a general impression of the city in which you are staying during the Congress and will also be interesting for those who have visited Barcelona before. What will we visit? Read on.

The Ramblas is a boulevard known around the world. Pure Mediterranean in nature, it leads the visitor down to the sea through a variety of contrasts: oldstyle shops, ultramodern cafés, landmark buildings like the Liceu Opera House, and, in the centre of the boulevard there are street artists, newspaper, flower, and other varied stalls.

There will be several stops. We’ll see the Plaça Reial’s lampposts designed by Gaudí, the Plaça del Pi with its beautiful gothic church Sta Maria del Pi, Plaça Sant Jaume which is the centre of the city’s political activity with the City Hall facing the Palau de la Generalitat. The Plaça Reial right in the centre of Barcelona, used to receive ambassadors and hold banquets. Plaça Sant Felip Neri, one of the most beautiful squares away from the tourist circuit and the Gothic Cathedral with 3 naves, built on top of an early Christian basilica.

Our walking tour culminates at the Palau de la Música, a jewel of Catalan Art Nouveau, and the only concert venue in this style to be listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (4 December 1997). This modernist building is designed around a central metal structure covered in glass, which exploits natural light to make Domènech i Montaner’s masterpiece into a magical music box that brings together all the decorative arts: sculpture, mosaic, stained glass and ironwork.