World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies

Barcelona, July 19th - 24th 2010

Sitges & Cavas Codorniu

Duration: 8 hours
Dates available: Thursday 22 July, 2010
Departure from Hotel Serhs Campus at 09.00 am. And from Gran Hotel Catalonia – Barcelona (Balmes street 142) at 09.30 am.

The Cava is a very high quality sparkling wine made using the “methode champenoise.” This process consisting in a double fermentation which produces champagne-like bubbles. There are several Cava cellars located south west of Barcelona at about 30/40 minutes away, in the vicinity of San Sadurni de Noia. One of the most important cellars in this area are the ones owned by ‘Codorniu’, one of the biggest Cava manufacturers. Their plant buildings were designed by one of Barcelona’s leading Modernist architects in the early 20th century and have been considered a national monument. On the way to the famous Codorniu’s cellars the manufacturing process will be explained by means of an audio-visual presentation as well as a later guided tour around the plant in a small tractor drawn “train” through the labyrinthine tunnels.
On then to Sitges, an elegant and attractive coastal town located about 35 minutes drive southwards of Barcelona. Free time will be given in Sitges to wander on the seafront, explore the narrow streets of the old village centre and enjoy some drinks and Spanish ‘tapas’ in one of the many bars of the village. The area around the old parish church is particularly worth appreciating due to its many buildings constructed around the 17th and 18th century.
Price per person: 110,00 € lunch included

Minimum required in order operating the tour: 20 persons. In case that the tour will not operate, full reimbursement of amount paid will be done. Cancellation: from 1 March until 31 May 50% of total amount paid will be reimbursed; from 1 June no reimbursement will be done.