In Search of Picasso in Horta de Sant Joan
Jonathan took us on an incredible 3 day adventure exploring Horta de San Joan. This region is so beautiful and we had the best time - even with a bit of a snow storm! Jon is a wealth of knowledge and he did an wonderful job organizing activities for our young family. After only 3 days we already felt part of the local community! Amazing food, amazing tours, amazing visits. Thank you Jon!
Discover the stunning beauty of Terra Alta -
the land that inspired Picasso
Our privately led experiences provide an insider's look into the art, architecture, culture & gastronomy of one of Spain's most exciting up and coming regions - Terra Alta. Inspired by the geometry of the hilltop village of Horta de Sant Joan, it is here that Pablo Picasso created his first Cubist works. Our Full & Multi-Day Experiences unlock the mystery and tradition of this inspiring region of natural beauty, nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and Els Ports mountains.
What to expect?
Sample Full Day Experience
A guided walk through Horta de Sant Joan reveals the village's medieval affluence as reflected in its exquisite Gothic & Renaissance styles, its storybook streets inspiration for Picasso's earliest Cubist works. We follow the footsteps of Picasso, from his 1909 atelier to the mountain vistas he immortalized. Next we descend into a 12th century oil mill where we visit an award-winning olive oil artisan and picnic between thousand year old olive trees. The afternoon takes us to Els Ports Nature Park for a stunning walk through its craggy limestone peaks and gushing rivers.
Sample Multi Day Experience
With more time we explore the extent of the region's artistic & cultural heritage. From the world-class ceramic tradition of Miravet - perched above the Ebro River and home to one of Spain's most impressive castles built by the Templar Knights - to Corbera d'Ebre, a solemn reminder of the Spanish Civil War - and Gandesa, the heart of Terra Alta's booming wine culture. Private visits to artisan ceramic makers and artisan vintners bring our experience to life.
All experiences are led by an expert guide & include all entrances.
Private transportation to and within Terra Alta are available.
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 student of Antoni Gaudí.
Culture At 1,800 feet of elevation, Terra Alta sits between mountain and sea at the crossroads of the ancient Kingdoms of Catalonia, Aragón and Valencia. Picturesque villages dot this 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, an event which forever changed the course of Spanish history. Through insight, anecdote and intimate visits we share a 360 degree view of this spectacular region.
Gastronomy Terra Alta is the source of Les Terres de l'Ebre, the rich Ebro River Valley whose rolling fields of grape, olive, wheat & almond descend to the Mediterranean. An influx of skilled artisans and organic producers is producing a world-class revival of wine, cheese and olive oil.