Optional excursion: The City of Barcelona

30 June (for accompanying persons)

8:30 Bus departure from the Congress Palace, with an English speaking guide to BARCELONA, at a distance of 99 kms from Tarragona.
11:00 Arrival to this Mediterranean city, with more than two thousands years of history, but innovative, friendly, plural and highly enjoyable.

Outside visit to the Expiatory Temple of the Sacred Family, Gaudi’s masterpiece, who began its construction in 1883 and could not end it before his death in 1926.

Nowadays, the works have been slowly resumed, followed by the controversy created by those who do not approve of the statues made by Subirachs and would prefer to leave the temple as it now stands, and those who fight for its conclusion.

Continuation of the panoramic visit to admire the Casas de Lleo Morera, Ametller y Mila (La Pedrera), considered the best examples of modernist houses.

The Güell Park, designed by Antonio Gaudí in 1900 by assignment of Eusebio Güell, who wanted to create a city-garden, for which only 3 out of 60 lots were sold.

Continuation to the Port, the Olympic Villa, Montjuic (which has a good panoramic view of the city), and the Stadium Avenue with the Olympic Stadium and Palau San Jordi.

13:30 Short tour and lunch in the Spanish Village, built in 1929 for the International Exhibition, to show a copy of the best monuments and the most interesting examples of rural and architectural constructions in Spain, as well as some handicraft workshops.

In the afternoon, walk along the Gothic quarter and Square of San Jaume, whose origin goes back to the Roman times; the always bustling Ramblas; etc.

Visit of The Cathedral

The original Cathedral existed in 559 when the Council of Barcelona took place. It was dedicated to the Holy Cross and it was destroyed by Almanzor in 925.

The construction of the actual Cathedral began in 1298 in Gothic style; and, although the main works were made in the XIV Century, its façade was not finished until the end of the XIX Century.

Its interior is formed by three almost identical naves in height. The high altar is supported by two capital of the former Visigothic cathedral, and the humans remains of Santa Eulalia are kept in a crypt under the presbytery.

Continuation of the Tour to the Port, Olympic Villa and Pº Colón.

18:00 Return by bus to TARRAGONA

Transfer to the Official Hotels.

To the main registration page