Context Tours Offer FREE Barcelona Walks for TBEX Attendees

Context walking tour City of Chocolate Barcelona

Since Barcelona will be an arrival or departure hub for many TBEX Europe attendees, we are excited about this fabulous invitation from our friends and partners at Context Travel:  Context Travel invites TBEX attendees to participate in its series of Barcelona walking tours for FREE.

Context is a critically acclaimed network of scholars and experts who organize small group walking seminars in the world’s cultural capitals. The Barcelona tours were launched last year and they are thrilled to take visitors under the skin of the city to discover the true Barcelona, from understanding the mind of Gaudi to discovering the city’s links to the history of chocolate. Context is organizing several walks on Wednesday, September 19th and Thursday, September 20th before the conference, and then additional walks on Sunday, September 23rd. Spaces are limited, so contact them quickly to reserve your spot.

Take a look at the walking tours offered:

Wednesday September 19th

9:30 a.m. – Gothic Quarter: Accompanied by an urban specialist or archeologist, discover Barcelona’s Barri Gótic, or “Gothic Quarter,” from ancient Roman outpost, to capital of the Crown Aragon in the Middle Ages, to the making of a modern metropolis in the 19th century.

10:00 a.m. – City of Chocolate: A delicious exploration of the history of chocolate 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.  (Take a look at the photo up top and I know this one will be high on your list.)

Thursday September 20th

10:00 a.m. – Made in Barcelona design walk: Led by a design journalist, see first hand how the city’s vibrant design culture has developed from the whimsical fantasies of Gaudí and his fellow modernistas, to the cutting edge show pieces of the world’s starchitects in the new neighbourhoods, to astounding design hotels and restaurant interiors and beautifully crafted pieces of industrial and decorative design that make up the city’s everyday landscape.

10:00 a.m. – Farm to Fork the Boqueria and Beyond: This culinary walk goes to and around the reigning queen of Barcelona’s vibrant market network, La Boqueria. 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.

Sunday September 23rd

9:30 a.m. – Homage to Catalonia, the Spanish Civil War in Barcelona: A foremost expert of Barcelona and the Civil War leads this three hour walk in Orwell’s footsteps during the 1937 May Revolution, described in the author’s “Homage to Catalonia.”

4:00 p.m. – Gaudi in Context: In the company of an architect or urban specialist, enter the fantastic architecture of Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona’s most important architect, and situate his work within the context of Catalan society at the time, while also looking broadly at how Barcelona expanded in the late 19th and early 20th century and became a breeding ground for the modernist movement and, eventually, such luminaries as Miro and Picasso.

How to Schedule Your Spot: 

Space is limited, so act quickly to reserve your tour.  Contact Context Travel with your dates and preferred walk and they’ll work with you to make it happen.

Oh – if you’re arriving earlier or staying later? Let Context know and they’ll try to schedule you on another available walk.

A very big TBEX thank you to Context Travel (follow them on Twitter) for providing this terrific value-added for our attendees.

Haven’t registered yet?  There’s still time.

Photo credit:  Courtesy of Context Travel

Extend your Time in Catalonia: Barcelona’s Beckoning


Today we have a guest post from one of our sponsors, Go with Oh.  They were actually the very first sponsor to sign up for our TBEX Europe conference and we’re very excited about the support they’ve shown to travel bloggers.

They have a great offer for any TBEX attendees who are planning on staying in Catalonia, whether it’s extending the TBEX stay or planning a return visit.  You can count on quality from Go with Oh.  They only work with fully licensed and hand-picked apartments, so you are assured that they are well maintained and exactly as represented.

Here’s what Go with Oh has to say about your visit to Catalonia.


Barcelona at night

As a host city for TBEX Europe, Girona’s pretty original.  As Catalan as they come, this Costa Brava enclave remains an undiscovered part of Spain, straddling one hill, several cultures and countless centuries’ worth of history with aplomb. If you’re staying in the city itself you’re in for a treat.

Once TBEX is over, you might be planning on taking in the rest of what Catalonia has to offer. The good news is that a mere hour from Girona by train lies Barcelona – city of Gothic backstreets, Gaudí and gallons of Cava. Not to mention the biggest carnival in the Catalan’s capital’s calendar takes place September 21st-24th, 2013.  La Mercè is as feisty a fiesta as Barcelona hosts all year – complete with fireworks, sky-high towers of daredevil children and parades of friendly fire-breathing dragons. If you’ll be flying out right after TBEX, you might be able to take in a few of the festivities.

If you’re tempted by the prospect of killing two cities in one trip, we have a special invitation for you. We’re giving everyone attending TBEX Europe a 15% discount on apartment rentals in Barcelona – and the discount is valid through the end of 2012. Picture it:  acres of space in which to hang out, total flexibility over your schedule, and the option to get more for your budget by making meals in. Why not invite some fellow TBEXers over and make a proper party of it?

Hope you have a productive TBEX and looking forward to meeting you in September!

Photo credit:  Baikonur via wikimedia commons