Small-Group Catalan Adventure: Cava, Festival & Human Tower Experience
Leaving Barcelona behind you, travel in a luxury mini-coach with full air conditioning to the the wine-growing region of Spain, El Penedès, home to several prestigious vineyards -known locally as “cellers”. Learn all about Cava, a high-quality sparkling wine, as you visit a family owned winery in Spain. Learn how the famous wine and cava (local champagne) are produced, from the first pressing of the grapes to the fermentation in the cellars. After touring the vineyards and cellars, take part in a cava-tasting session, savoring the exquisite notes of the local champagne. You will see exactly why Catalan wine and cava have acquired such international fame. Continue the tour to experience a local festival. Spain, and specially Catalunya, is the land of traditions. In every single city, town and village there is a festival of some kind which gets all the townsfolk out in the street to celebrate. The most popular element in a city festival is ‘Castellers” or Human Tower Builders, who build up their best human towers in this special celebrations. This is an opportunity for the community to gather, to participate and to celebrate a shared heritage. Castells (or human towers) have existed for over two hundred years and today it is still the liveliest popular expression of Catalan culture. This is a unique practice in the world and UNESCO has declared it Intangible World Heritage. Human towers can be up to 10-people high. Hundreds of Catalans of all ages take part, from 60-year-old veterans that help to form “la pinya” (the solid base of the tower), to the brave “anxaneta” (a child of no more than six years old) who crowns the tower. Learn how important is courage, teamwork, spirit of improvement, self-esteem and teammates confidence in this traditional activity. Later on, you can have a go yourself! Entirely optional, the instructor will help you to form part of la “pinya” – the solid human base of the tower.
Things you should know about this activity
Highlights: Personalized guided tour of Catalonia from Barcelona Small group half day tour from Barcelona Tour of family owned winery, cellar and vineyards. Enjoy a wine tasting session (still and sparkling wines and cavas) in the Wine Capital of Spain Experience a Catalan festival and see a human tower display- a tradition noted as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Take part in a human tower display and form part of the tower base (optional) Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people ensures a more personalized experience Meeting locals and participate in the local activity Inclusions: Transport by air-conditioned minivan Tour of winery’s vineyards and cellars Local taxes included Exclusions: Gratuities Meals are excluded, however we always recommend good places to eat or typical food to taste Hotel Pick Up/Drop Off
Message From The Host
Days of operation: This tour is available every Friday at 14:15 and every Sunday at 9:00h, from March to November. This tour is not available January 1st and 6th, December 24th, 25th and 26th. Specific information: Minimum age for wine/cava tasting is 18 years. Minors will taste drinks with no alcohol This tour is available in English, Catalan and Spanish. Other languages available upon request Please arrive 15 minutes prior the tour There will be time off the bus at your leisure, so please bring suitable clothing and footwear. Please bring comfortable clothing if you would like to participate in the human towers activity Please, bring sun protection during summer season Meeting point: The meeting point is at Plaça Ossa Menor (in the Glories Shopping center), which is easily accessed from the entrance located in Diagonal Avenue. We meet next to McDonalds. We can also pick you up at your accommodation place. Tell us when you book in!