PreBEX April 28

Context Travel pre-bex tours will meet at Place Catalynya (Hard Rock Cafe). They will have a clearly marked sign for each tour.

Tuesday, April 28

10:00 AM (3 Hours) Farm to Fork, the Boqueria and Beyond

The reigning queen of Barcelona’s vibrant market network, La Boqueria attracts Michelin-starred chefs and local grandmothers equally. As the center of the city food scene and epicenter of Catalan gastronomy, La Boqueria offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience the sites, smells, and tastes of culinary Barcelona. During this three-hour walk, we’ll explore the market and its surroundings, tracing the history of food in this culinary city, and getting a basic overview of regional Catalan gastronomy. Includes tastings.

Degree of fitness required: Low

Max number of people: 8

Farm to Fork
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3:00 PM (3 Hours) Gràcia and the Spirit of Catalan Independence

September 2014 marked the 300th year anniversary of the loss of independence of the region of Catalonia to Spain. With this important date in mind, the Catalans held a referendum late in the year on regaining their autonomy. This walk, taking place in the highly Catalan neighborhood of Gràcia, aims to provide an introduction to the special attributes of Catalan culture and history in addition to giving us a better understand of what it means to be Catalan, how Catalans feel different from Spaniards and why they might want to separate.

Degree of fitness required: Low

Max number of people: 10

Gracia
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4:00 PM (3 Hours) City of Chocolate

From its quiet beginnings to its global dominance as an affordable luxury, chocolate has shaped Barcelona’s eating culture. This three hour walking seminar will follow the course of chocolate history in Barcelona through the narrow streets of the old city and out onto the Ramblas, from 19th century bomboneries famous for dark truffles to the adventurous palates of 21st century chocolate masters. We’ll sample liquor-filled bonbons, watch freshly fried churros emerge from their oily baths, and duck into a traditional grocer stocked with fine local goods. Throughout the walk, we will explore chocolate’s roots as an Aztec import and its eventual adoption by all of Europe. Includes tastings.

Degree of fitness required: Low

Max number of people: 8

City of Chocolate
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6:45 PM
(2:15 Hours)

Gaudí and the Palau Güell (After-hours access)

On this two hour tour, led by an art historian, we’ll discover the fantastic architecture of Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona’s most celebrated architect, situating his work within the context of Catalan society at the time. Beginning with the iconic Block of Discord on the Passeig de Gràcia, we’ll introduce Catalan modernism, Gaudí’s contribution to it, and the influence on his work of the other major modernist architects of the time. We’ll then continue on to an after-hours tour of Gaudí’s spectacular Palau Güell, commissioned by one of his most enthusiastic patrons, Eusebi Güell. We’ll emerge from the experience with an understanding of Gaudí’s genius and his influence on the rest of the world.

Max Number of people: 10

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