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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 - Rootsy market town to hilltop castle and back

The route takes us out of the ancient town of Vic, off the silty plain and up through marl-based hills. You'll find an assortment of pines and broad-leaf oaks sliding down the slopes, with scrub dominated by evergreen oaks. We'll pause at a 12th century church, wander between farms to a chapel commemorating the 1885 cholera epidemic, and climb steeply to the remains of the castle on the summit, with excellent views of the Pyrenees, Montseny, Vic, and Tavertet. On the way back we'll pass a classic smelly old Catalan farmhouse with an affectionate doggie.

Optional extension to ancient town centre, with reconstructed 2nd century Roman temple, 11th century cathedral, classic market square, 1892-3 sugar factory, famous pork products etc. Lots for Romanesque and other architectural freaks, so tell us if you're interested in anything in particular.

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Basic data
Grade moderate
Base Barcelona
Location tags Catalonia, Osona, Vic,
Theme tags archaeology, architecture, gastronomy, history, nature,
Your guide Mr Baldie
Walking distance 13 km / 8.08 miles
Walking time, excluding breaks 3.30 hr
Total return travel time from base to walk 2.30 hr
Total time from "hello" to "goodbye" 6.10 hr
Fiestas and markets in places we go through - combine a walk and some partying or shopping!
  • last Thursday before Lent and the two succeeding days (Fat Thursday celebration of eating and in particular pork products)
  • March 1 (big antiques market)
  • mid-March (livestock show)
  • late August (week-long antiques fair - 3rd biggest in Spain)
  • late October fair detailing with medicinal herbs
  • mid-November (big antiques fair)
  • early December (medieval market)
  • antiques market first Saturday of the month
  • bad art market second Saturday of the month
  • big general market on Saturdays
  • smaller market Tuesdays

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)