Best Kept Secrets French-Spanish Borderland Sojourn
SLIDESHOW & SUMMARY
Catalonia has been one of the most prized destinations for artists and art lovers for over a century. Catalonia is a nation, not a country, with the border that separates France from Spain running right through it.
This sojourn invites you to walk in the footsteps of some of the most renowned painters and writers of the 20th century as you explore their most beloved Catalan towns. You'll be treating yourself to a sojourn in a mountainous Mediterranean coastal region where you'll discover the enchanting historical heritage and vibrant Catalan culture on both sides of the border. You'll drink sun drenched local wines and dine on regional specialties in fabulous restaurants that reflect the sophisticated, yet laid-back Catalan lifestyle.
On this trip you'll unpack your bags in a French-Catalan fisherman's village and take day trips to explore the region. Many of the charming towns you'll visit are still home to thriving contemporary artist communities and abound with galleries and art studios that you can visit. Your first day trip is a short hop inland and over the border to the Spanish city where Dalí grew up. Your second excursion is a road trip that will take you further inland to gain access to some of the area’s most inspirational spots, including a village with the coveted title “Most Beautiful Village in France”. The third day trip will whisk you back across the adjacent border where you’ll enjoy mouthwatering Spanish food, visit the fisherman's cottage where Dalí lived and vacationed, and ride along the scenic Costa Brava (or Wild Coast). When you see the bright white buildings that stretch across the rugged coastline and jagged mountains like a beaming smile, you'll instantly understand why this was Dalí's favorite place on earth.
You'll be based in the port-town beloved by painter Matisse & author Patrick O'Brian. Sojourning in one hotel for the whole trip means you can unpack your bags and make yourself at home in town for a relaxing trip, without having to repack or change hotels. You have options throughout the sojourn so you can choose according to your interests and make this an active walking tour or a relaxing getaway. Options include:
Take a guided tour of Salvador Dalí’s House Museum, Teatro Museo Dalí,
Stroll through Collioure to discover spots painted by famous artists including Matisse;
Browse through contemporary art galleries in Collioure and Cadaqués;
Visit traditional wineries and taste the unique local wines and sweet Banyuls aperitif;
Take easy walks in the mountains and along the coast;
Explore remote cobblestone villages;
Shop in a traditional Mediterranean outdoor market;
Take part in the French lifestyle in restaurants, cafés, and historic town centers;
Enjoy a Michelin star restaurant experience;
Enjoy free time for strolling along the beaches, exploring the local church & castle, shopping, or extra wine tasting in Collioure.