Spain by Design

Group trip hosted by Steven de Groot

About the trip

Embark on a transformative experience with our product design-focused group trip across four diverse regions of Spain – Catalonia, Basque Country, Madrid and Andalusia. 

Start with the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, renowned for its art and architecture. Next, discover the northern region of Basque Country and explore its exquisite cuisine, strong character and stunningly green natural landscapes.

Explore the Spanish capital of Madrid, a modern city that has preserved its charm, character and where each neighbourhood has its own expressive identity and style. 

Finally, head to the city of Seville in the region of Andalusia and soak in the vibrant spirit of the South of Spain, rich with multicultural past, folklore and charm of the locals. Spend a day admiring the countryside and exploring some of the most unique villages of the region.

Immerse yourself in the dynamic blend of tradition and innovation at each step, on this product designer-led journey. Don’t just travel, get ready to be inspired, learn, and create lasting memories!

The Experiences

Discover the best of both worlds

Explore the blend of old and new architecture in each of Spain’s regions – Catalonia, Basque Country, Madrid and Andalusia. In Barcelona, modern designs harmonise with historic landmarks. The Basque Country showcases a unique mix of traditional and contemporary styles. Madrid seamlessly blends traditional architecture with modern skyscrapers, while Seville exudes timeless charm with its blend of Moorish influences and contemporary designs. This exploration reveals how the past and present come together to shape the character of each city.

Take insightful walks

Delve deeper into the cities' history and culture through guided walking tours in Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Seville. Let our knowledgeable guides weave captivating stories as you explore the hidden gems and iconic landmarks of each city, enriching your travel with insights and anecdotes.

Get inspired by the artistic and design heritage

Immerse yourself in Spain's vibrant artistic and design heritage with curated visits to iconic museums and cultural experiences. Explore the Design Museum and National Art Museum of Catalonia in Barcelona, then venture to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao for a captivating blend of avant-garde architecture and contemporary art. In Madrid, uncover the city's urban art scene with a street art tour and workshop before concluding your journey with a visit to the renowned El Prado museum, offering a profound insight into Spain's rich legacy.

Uncover the secrets of the regional cuisine

Dive into the Catalan cuisine as a local host leads you to some of Barcelona's oldest and most authentic food establishments. Discover the traditional dishes and flavours that have stood the test of time, gaining insight into the culture and history behind each bite.

Take a detour to escape the ordinary

Live the charm of the Basque and Andalusian countryside with two private day trips. Begin by exploring the rugged Basque coastline, marvelling at dramatic cliffs and geological wonders. Then, venture inland to Ronda, Setenil de las Bodegas, and Zahara de la Sierra, where you'll discover charming villages, hilltop castles, and stunning landscapes. Take a delightful detour from the city to explore picturesque landscapes, unique architecture, and the rich cultural heritage of these Spanish gems.

Witness mesmerising landscapes

Experience the breathtaking beauty of Spain's diverse landscapes at San Juan de Gaztelugatxe and Urdaibai Nature Reserve. San Juan de Gaztelugatxe's island boasts rugged cliffs and historic charm, while Urdaibai enchants with black sandy beaches, marshes, and cliffs within a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Together, these destinations contribute to Spain's rich tapestry of natural wonders.

Feel a part of the Jurassic era!

Visit the UNESCO Geopark in Basque Country to witness Flysch, a unique geological phenomenon formed over millions of years. Step back in time and feel the Jurassic era come alive.

Turn site visits into a dynamic classroom

Delve into the technicalities as each site visit transforms into a lesson, providing a comprehensive understanding of design intricacies and innovations. Navigate through a diverse spectrum of architectural marvels, art spaces, design museums and more...

Enhance your design knowledge at every step of the way

This product designer-led journey is a transformative experience, providing you with a toolkit of design concepts and understanding. Explore the impact of angles and focal points and discuss the balance between design and functionality. Gain hands-on experience and valuable feedback to master materials, colour theory, and minimalist design principles. Uncover the enduring legacy of mediaeval design and its influence on modern aesthetics. Each day deepens your comprehension and sharpens your creative instincts, preparing you for the challenges ahead in the design world.
Inclusions

11 nights of accommodation with breakfast in centrally located hostels. Beds in 6,8 or 10-people mixed dorms in hostels.

Transportation

Private bus from Barcelona Airport to Barcelona Hostel

High-Speed Train Barcelona to Bilbao

High-Speed Train Bilbao to Madrid

High-Speed Train Madrid to Seville

High-Speed Train Seville to Madrid

Private bus from Madrid to Madrid Airport


Private Guided Experiences in English

Barcelona Local Gastronomy Walking Tour

Park Guell and Sagrada Familia Private Tour

Bilbao and Guggenheim Museum Private Tour

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe and Flysch Private Day Tour 

El Prado Museum guided visit

Las Letras Madrid Private Walking Tour

Madrid Street Art Tour & Workshop

Monumental Seville Private Walking Tour

Private day trip to Ronda, Setenil de las Bodegas and Zahara de la Sierra

Food included

Dinner during Local Gastronomy Walking Tour

Entry tickets to:

Barcelona
Sagrada Familia 
Park Guell
Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
Casa Vicens
Museu del Disseny 
Bilbao
Guggenheim Museum 
Madrid
El Prado Museum 
Seville
Real Alcázar of Seville
Las Setas 
Tourist taxes 
Mealplanning,recommendations and restaurant reservations (complimentary)

Recommendations and support for activities during free time (complimentary)

24/7 support during the trip

Add-ons

Flight Tickets 

Travel Insurance

Travel pack with Sim card/e-sim 

If anyone wants to extend the trip to Madrid or other parts of Europe, we’d be happy to assist and organise.  

Exclusions

Meals and beverages except when mentioned in the inclusions

Transportation and transfers not mentioned in the inclusions

Personal expenditures

Dates: 11th to 22nd October ’24 (11N / 12 Days)
All-inclusive pricing per person – 2250€

Non-refundable deposit of 700€ to book the spot (It will only be refundable if the trip is cancelled)

The rest to be paid by 1st August 2024.

Spots open – 15

NOTE: Train prices are subject to change. We have taken a buffer but if it goes higher we will need to communicate that separately.

A note from Steven

Welcome, everyone!

I am happy to see that are interested in our little journey of culture and design! We hope that our trip will enhance your understanding of essential design principles like contrast, proportionality, and details to make you a better designer or to improve your hobby. You will be traveling with people who are like-minded and love learning new things.

We will be engaging in hands-on workshops and exploring various techniques and tools. You’ll participate in sketching exercises, receive personalized feedback, and delve into the debate between design and function. Together we will enjoy the Spanish culture and learn more about design.

I hope to see you soon!

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