IN SEARCH OF PICASSO IN TERRA ALTA
A unique balance between
tradition & innovation
Half Day (4 hours)
Full Day (8 hours)
Our privately led experiences in Terra Alta provide an insider's view into the art, architecture, culture & gastronomy of this unspoiled region. Discover picturesque villages, picnic with producers and learn the story which inspired Pablo Picasso's earliest Cubist works. Both Half & Full Day Experiences unlock the mystery and tradition of this region nestled between mountain & sea.
Sample Half Day Experience: A guided architectural walk through Horta de Sant Joan reveals the village's medieval affluence as reflected in exquisite Gothic & Renaissance styles of the church square. Through Horta's storybook backstreets we highlight the vernacular architecture which served as inspiration for Picasso's early forays into Cubism. Following a visit to the site of Picasso's 1909 atelier we tour the Picasso Museum, an exploration of the artists' development between his first and second visits to Horta in 1898 and 1909. We conclude with a private picnic lunch set between olive groves with an award-winning producer.
Sample Full Day Experience: Building on the half-day experience, the afternoon takes us to one of the region's picturesque villages. Miravet, perched on a hilltop along the Ebro River, boasts an artistic legacy second to none. Founded by the Moors and later conquered by the Knights Templar, a visit to its fortress-castle is a must and remains one of the most impressive in Spain. Today Miravet is known for its serene ambience and artisan ceramicists who we will visit. Nearby Corbera d'Ebre played witness to the watershed event in 20th century Spain, the Spanish Civil War, where re-tell the story in situ. Corbera's imposing church, now overlooking a shelled old city, is an evocative reminder of the past and a poignant cry for peace. The afternoon concludes with a visit to one of the region's organic wine makers to learn about Terra Alta's DO and delight in a private tour & tasting.
All experiences include expert guide, museum entrances, lunch & private transport. Itineraries are always tailored to interest.
Read more about Terra Alta...
Art & Architecture From the spectacular and mysterious 12th century constructions of the Knights Templar to the inspiration for Picasso's earliest Cubist works, Horta de Sant Joan's architectural styles span the centuries. Crowning the nearby village of Pinell de Brai is La Catedral de Vi, or Wine Cathedral - originally a wine co-op, it is a unique example of rural Modernist architecture built by Cèsar Martinell, a disciple of Antoni Gaudí.
Culture Terra Alta sits at the crossroads of the ancient Kingdoms of Catalonia, Aragón and Valencia. At 500m elevation, it is neither fully Mediterranean nor fully Continental, yet a unique blend of each. Picturesque villages dot a landscape of stunning natural beauty where artisan producers remain the guardians of the land & its traditions. Terra Alta played a pivotal role in the Spanish Civil War, a momentous event forever changing the course of Spanish history. Through insight & anecdote we share a 360 degree view of the region's culture.
Gastronomy Terra Alta is part of Les Terres de l'Ebre, the rich Ebro River Valley with rolling fields of grape, olive, wheat & almond. Where quantity was once valued over quality during the Franco regime, that philosophy is now inverted, and recent years have seen an influx of skilled artisans and world-class organic producers. Experience first-hand the wine, cheese and cuisine of the region in safe and stunning outdoor locations.