Girona Offers Free City Tours to TBEX Attendees


Jewish Quarter Girona Spain

The city of Girona has an illustrious history.  It’s undergone 25 sieges, been captured 7 times, and been devastated by disease and famine.  The defensive walls of the city were taken down to allow for expansion, although recently some of the walls have been reconstructed.  The city of Girona wants to share this fascinating history with TBEX attendees with a FREE city tour that will familiarize visitors with the city’s Old Town and Jewish Quarter (in photo), the colored houses along the river, and the surroundings of the Cathedral, among other hidden spots.

The FREE city tours start at Punt de Benvinguda.  The tours will be offered on Thursday, September 20th, at 4 pm and 5 pm.  The tours last about an hour and a half, and will give participants a brief glimpse at the history and architecture of Girona’s past  as well as a look at the Girona of today.  And they’ll get participants finished in plenty of time to catch the shuttles to the opening night party at St. Gregori’s Castle.

Participation in the tours require an RSVP.  Feel free to bring a guest, but please sign them up so the city of Girona can get an accurate head count.  The tours will be launched in groups of 30 people, and everyone who is interested will be accommodated.

Photo credit:  Naevus via wikimedia commons

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