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The business (basically a CRM database) passed into better hands in 2012. These materials remain here for cannibalisation and amusement.

The baldie meanwhile has found pastures new: as a singing organ-grinder for your event in the UK, France, Belgium, the Netherlands or Spain!

 
FollowTheBaldie.com: Town and country walking and study tours in Barcelona and the Western Med
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  • Why FollowTheBaldie?
    • Language All our guides are native English speakers and speak the local language fluently.
    • Knowledge Our local and subject knowledge is profound and up-to-date.
    • Interactivity See someone interesting? We'll interpret. Tired/full of energy? We can adapt the programme.
    • Individuality We don't do herd tourism. No silly flags. No headsets.
    • Responsibility Unlike most "green" tour businesses, we only use public transport--cheaper and generally more interesting.

Barcelona tours - Fishing village to hilltop chapel

All photos © Mr Baldie. More.

This walk takes you from a the peaceful main square of a seaside village (breakfast and picnic supplies if you need them) up via a hillside village to a beautiful 18th century sanctuary, with a cool tapas bar next door. The next leg continues climbing through Mediterranean woodland over crumbling granite boulders to a sacred spring and then to a 10th century Romanesque hermitage with splendid views of the coast and inland (Barcelona, Montserrat, Montseny) and meadows where we'll have a picnic. The return route takes us to the posh end of the hillside village, with a 16th century church and sundials and some beautiful 18th and 19th century (farm)houses and villas, one of which has a lovely family bar and terrace. At the end you'll have the option of staying on to hang out on the beach or in the village, or you may want to visit the local textile museum in an art nouveau gas factory. (More photos over at the blog.)

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Basic data
Grade leisurely
Base Barcelona
Location tags Maresme, Premià de Mar,
Theme tags architecture, gastronomy, history, nature,
Your guide Mr Baldie
Walking distance 14 km / 8.7 miles
Walking time, excluding breaks 4.50 hr
Total return travel time from base to walk 1 hr
Total time from "hello" to "goodbye" 6.18 hr
Fiestas and markets in places we go through - combine a walk and some partying or shopping!
  • end of June (village fiesta mayor)
  • beginning of July (village fiesta mayor with pirate battle and general chaos)

Note that there are also events in most places on January 6 (Three Kings), Carnival, Easter, April 23 (St George), June 23 (St John), and September 11 (Catalan regional/national day)