The baldie is fled, long live the baldie!

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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    • in 4 hours without feeling like a stupid tourist.
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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 - Limestone hills with small towns and beautiful Benedictine priory

This walk takes you from village to village over part of the wild massif behind Sitges. We start out taking the 1924 funicular to a hilltop village with some rather nice modernista villas, a 16th century baronial fortified town house, and a a scarey castle. Then it's up through some wonderful damp natural forest, with splendid views back over the Penedès plain to Montserrat and forward to the coast. Next stop is an 11th century Benedictine priory (mass and visits on first Sunday of the month), after which we head down into small town on the other side of the hills, with a lovely little church street and opportunities to chat up the petanque players.

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Basic data
Grade moderate
Base Barcelona
Location tags Alt Penedès, Baix Llobregat, Catalonia, Gelida,
Theme tags architecture, history, nature,
Your guide Mr Baldie
Walking distance 12 km / 7.46 miles
Walking time, excluding breaks 3.15 hr
Total return travel time from base to walk 1.30 hr
Total time from "hello" to "goodbye" 4.92 hr
Fiestas and markets in places we go through - combine a walk and some partying or shopping!
  • January 20 (feast of St Sebastian)
  • Sunday nearest January 25 (feast of St Paul)
  • Easter Monday (feast of the Mother of God/homage to old folks)
  • Easter Sunday (folk singing in the streets - rather like carols)
  • July (festival of music and dance in castle)
  • around third Sunday in August (village fiesta mayor)
  • September 21-23 (village fiesta mayor)
  • December 13 (feast of Santa Lucia)
  • weekly market Mondays

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)