Flavors of Catalonia
9 Days October 8 - 16, 2022
$3,995 from Barcelona, Spain
The renowned rugged coast of Spain’s Costa Brava region is well known for its remarkable natural beauty, distinctive art, and unique architecture. Proudly known by its residents as Catalonia, the region has its own political as well as cultural identity. Beyond the storied history of the region, Catalonia’s independent spirit derives in part from what she sets before her guests. In this reprise of a popular Flavors tour of 2017, we’ll again discover how the gracious Catalans employ traditional ingredients fresh from farm and sea to create the region’s distinctive cuisine.
We’ll enjoy a beautiful boutique inn for our accommodations. Located just outside of Girona, El Racó de Madremanya, a Relais du Silence property, offers convenient access for exploring the region. Modern comforts and old-world charm blend together in a tastefully refurbished 17th-century property set within a medieval village and surrounded by lush gardens. The spacious common areas provide ample room for relaxation after an exciting day of exploration.
The region offers fascinations too numerous to mention in any detail here. Nearby Figueres is the birthplace of Salvador Dalí and the location of the world-famous Dalí Museum. Quaint villages in the rolling countryside tempt the visitor to bide a while, while larger towns like Girona, La Bisbal, and Cadaqués pull you into the region’s relaxed lifestyle. In addition to enjoying the historic sights of Costa Brava, we’ll devote each day to authentic experiences with chefs, winemakers, and artisan producers. We’ll savor many of the outstanding Catalonian recipes and wines in exclusive cooking classes, tastings, and guided tours. Join us as we revel in Spain’s celebrated art, architecture, and history with visits to world-famous sites and cultural monuments. Our tour will be led by W&L art historian and Catalonian expert Elliott King.
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Elliott King is an Associate Professor of Art History at Washington and Lee University, where he teaches courses in European and American modern and contemporary art. He is an internationally recognized authority on surrealism and Salvador Dali, with publications including Dali, Surrealism, and Cinema (2007), Radical Dreams: Surrealism, Counterculture, Resistance (2022), and contributions to exhibitions at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, the Centre Georges Pompidou, the National Gallery of Victoria, The Museum of Modern Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Palazzo delle Arti di Napoli, and the Morohashi Museum of Modern Art in Japan. Dr. King’s scholarship on Dalí has led him to research in Catalunya many times over the past two decades. He is excited to return in 2022 as a host to the dynamic culture and cuisine of the Catalan region.