Following in the Footsteps of Picasso

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We’re pleased to announce the launch of a NEW guided walking tour,  Following in the Footsteps of Picasso in the Terra Alta region of Spain’s Southern Catalunya region.

Largely unknown to tourism, the Terra Alta (High Land) is a region of lush forests, stunning rock formations, vineyards and farmland; all leading us to breathtaking panoramas over the Els Ports Mountains and the River Ebro as it flows into the Mediterranean Sea.  The Els Ports Natural Park is a botanical paradise as well, supporting over 1000 species of flora and fauna including Hispanic goats (Ibex) and Griffon vultures.

As a child, Pablo Picasso spent summers here living in the mountains and observing rural life. According to his biography, Picasso stayed in the mountains, sleeping in caves, or under the stars, cooking rice over bonfires. It is said he drew his inspiration for the cubism movement from the contrast of lighting and dramatic shapes of this stunning environment.

With our superb guide, Philippe, you’ll walk in and around the rugged Els Ports National Park where we enjoy a mix of walks, from gentle to much more challenging to take us off the beaten track into the, at times, barren and wild terrain of the Natural Park.  And no visit to this region would be complete without exploring the hilltop town of Horta de Sant Joan.  We’ll take a guided tour of the Picasso Museum here, home to some 200 works painted during his stay in the village.

The Hotel Mas del Cigarrer is your home for the week, a lovely rustic property with a small pool and great food. Try specialities such as charcoal-grilled rabbit or pigs’ cheeks braised in red wine, all washed down with the excellent local wines (included). Limited to a maximum of 12 people, this “2 boot +” walk is offered on selected dates in May, June, September and October, with custom dates on offer for private groups.