A welcome return to the brochure for Spain’s second city and one of the world’s great centres for cultural and architectural excellence.
Our programme embraces everything that has made Barcelona Number One on many lists of ‘Cities that you must visit!’ The most extensive Medieval Quarter in Spain, breath-taking early twentieth century architecture, wonderful museums, brilliant food, and, ‘the pièce de résistance’, a performance by a living legend of the operatic stage in the wonderful Gran Teatre del Liceu.
DAY 1: Our flight brings us into Barcelona early evening. Our hotel is the excellent Colon, a luxurious and welcoming hotel in the heart of the old city opposite the Cathedral. We shall have time on our first evening for a gentle exploration of the so-called Gothic Quarter, which includes the city’s finest church, Santa María del Mar.
DAYS 2 & 3: On our first full day we continue our exploration of the early history of Barcelona. We visit the excellent Museum of the History of the City, which features stunning excavated remains of Roman Barcino, the 12th-century Catalan parliament and the great cathedral. The Saturday will be devoted to Montjuic Hill – home to two of Spain’s major art galleries; the Joan Miró Foundation and the remarkable National Museum of Catalan Art where, among many other treasures, the interiors of over forty Pyrenean churches are replicated with their original frescoes.
In the evening, we shall attend a performance of Massenet’s little-heard but gloriously tuneful and fascinating Opera, ‘Thaïs’. The principal role of Athanael will be taken by the great Placido Domingo, who, in the twilight years of his career is achieving enormous success in a carefully-chosen range of baritone roles.