Painting Tours: Spain – Barcelona/Costa Brava

spain-introLet Spain seduce you! Costa Brava, where the mountains meet the sea, is the setting of this exciting painting tour in the province of Gerona. Craggy cliffs, sandy coves, pristine beaches and inland, the fascinating, ancient history all await to be painted and experienced.
This region was also the home and setting for the surreal world of Salvador Dali.
The magical Barcelona will also be part of this unique plein-air painting workshop in Spain.
Itinerary of the Painting Workshop in Spain - Day 1: Arrival at the Costa Brava

We will pick you up at a specific hotel downtown Barcelona and drive you to our hotel located in one of the most exclusive beaches on the Costa Brava. Upon your arrival at our hotel by the sea, take time to settle in or start enjoying the wonderful white-washed and preserved fisherman village on the beach.

Enjoy the beach in front of the hotel, walk along the pristine seashore, take in the sun from the terrace or have a drink in the Mediterranean breeze.
Before dinner, we will take an easy walk along the shore that offers breathtaking vistas along the way.

In the evening, you will enjoy a welcome reception followed by a delicious dinner.

Days 2-3: Painting One of the Most Beautiful Villages on the Costa Brava

spain-day2bspain-day3aThis “little fishing village” is a hidden gem among all other villages along the Northern Costa Brava. This village is made up of endless rocks, cliffs and extremely beautiful beaches.

The parish church lies in the center of the village and is surrounded by numerous small, windy alleys, which lead down to the beach and give the village its picturesque charm.

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Day 4: Flowers and Castle at the Botanical Garden

spain-day4-gardenTen minutes up the road, lies The Jardi Botanic de Cap Roig. It is considered one of the most important botanical gardens in the Mediterranean.

These ornamental and extremely beautiful gardens contain over 1000 species of plants and flowers from all over the world. A must see and a must paint…

High above the bay, the garden offers stunning views towards the ocean.

In 1927, a Russian Colonel and his English wife built a castle in this magnificent park.

Day 5: Pals, a Unique Preserved Medieval Village

spain-day5-pals2spain-day5-palsAs you walk through the narrow village streets, next to the city walls, towers and churches, you will feel as though you have walked into a new time altogether.

The stone archways, cobblestone streets and wrought balconies adorned with flowers create a welcoming feel in this Romanesque village.

Day 6: The Surrealistic World of Salvador Dali

After our morning plein-air painting session by the sea, we will go to see the largest surrealistic object in the world created by Dalí,  the Dalí Theatre-Museu in the town of Figueres, his birthplace.

We will step inside the surreal world of Salvador Dalí and find a museum like none other. Dalí wanted visitors to see his massive collection as a ‘whole’ work and therefore refused to have his works placed in chronological or subject order.

Inside is a world of fantasy mixed with architecture, paintings and sculptures. It’s a complete surrealistic experience.

Day 7: Magical Barcelona: Market, Gaudi's Architecture, Tapas and Flamenco Show

We will drive to Barcelona and settle into our new hotel in the center of town. You will have free time for lunch. Why not go to the Market of la Boqueria with all of the best products from Catalonia in one place such as fruit, vegetables, fish, seafood and the world famous ham de Belota, the “pata negra”?

Afternoon: Guided Tour of the Medieval and Gothic Quarter
On this guided tour, we will walk through the ancient narrow streets of one of the best preserved medieval districts in Europe. Discover the secrets behind the stones of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. You will learn about ancient and current traditions of Catalonia, the differences between being Spanish or Catalan while discovering the stunning Gothic architecture of Barcelona’s most magical neighborhood.


Evening: Dinner and Flamenco Show

In the evening, we will have our farewell dinner together followed by a wonderful and unforgettable Flamenco show. Flamenco singers, dancers and guitar players will be offering a powerful staging and musical event.

Day 8: Departure

It is time to say Hasta Luego! But don’t worry – you’ll be back. We just know it!

You can choose to stay a few more days in Barcelona or fly home if you have to.

2017 Dates - SpainTeachers in SpainPainting Tour Type SpainBooking Status
May 1-8Annie StrackWatercolor Painting WorkshopSold Out
May 8-15Howard FriedlandOil Painting WorkshopSold Out
May 8-15Susan BlackwoodWatercolor and Oil Painting WorkshopSold Out
May 15-22Brenda SwensonWatercolor Sketching WorkshopSold Out
May 22-29Brenda SwensonWatercolor Sketching WorkshopLast Spot!
2018 Dates - SpainTeachers in SpainPainting MediumBooking Status
April 30-May 7Cherry SweigWatercolor Painting WorkshopAvailable
April 30-May 7Gail SibleyPastel WorkshopAvailable
May 14-21Kristi GrussendorfWatercolor Painting WorkshopAvailable
Sept 3-10Trish McKinneyWatercolor Painting WorkshopAvailable
Sept 17-24Georgia MansurWatercolor Painting WorkshopAvailable
Accommodation on the Painting Workshop to Spain: A Peaceful Hotel by the Sea on the Costa Brava

img-spain-roomWe have chosen this friendly and peaceful hotel located in the heart of la Costa Brava. Come and let yourself be carried away by emotions!

The hotel sits on bluffs overlooking the coves of a hidden preserved beach of the Costa Brava.

Besides magnificent views, the hotel grounds boast a shaded terrace and beautifully wooded gardens.

The village’s narrowing streets and picturesque fishermen’s cottages form an idyllic backdrop to the stunning Mediterranean coast.

Some rooms have a balcony with sea view (very few available so book early). Enjoy exceptional views of the white fishing village and the blue sea in a comfortable, intimate and relaxed atmosphere. All rooms have TV, satellite, air conditioning, heating, hairdryer and safety deposit box.

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How to book

To Make Your Reservation for a French Escapade Tour please follow the steps below and review our Cancellation Policy:

 

1
Check Availability

Send us an e-mail to check availability. Include the dates you are interested in and the number of people you will be reserving a spot for.


2
Submit Registration Form and Send $600 Deposit

After receiving confirmation of availability, complete and submit the Reservation Form and send your $600 deposit check to:

French Escapade LLC
2389 Blackpool Place
San Leandro, CA 94577

If you live in the US:

  • pay by check, payable to French Escapade (if you live in Canada, it needs to be a money order)
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If you live outside the US please contact us for other payment options.

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Receive Confirmation

We will send you a written confirmation of your reservation along with an information package for your trip (info about pick up and drop off, recommended insurance, name of a travel agent, what to bring, etc…).


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Submit Remaining Balance

Your remaining balance is due 90 days prior to departure.


Cancellation Policy

Days Prior to Tour StartCancellation Fee per Person
More than 90 Days$600
(deposit forfeited, but transferable to another trip with a $50 admin fee)
61-90 Days50% of total cost
31-60 Days75% of total cost
0-30 Days100% of total cost

Thank you for traveling with us!

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