The Empordà is a county within Catalunya, situated to the north of Barcelona in the province of Girona. The impressive landscapes, beautifully restored medievel towns, stunning Costa Brava beaches and unique traditions and cuisine make it an inspiring place to visit.

Barcelona is well known as an excellent cultural and arty city-break location. Strong with artistic history, it is a cosy city set between the beach and the mountain, it is easy to see why Picasso, Miró and Tapiés were so attached to the Catalan capital.

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untitledBCN is a Barcelona based Arts Organisation. Founded by two friends, Xavier Kaye and Jessica Casey in 2008. Over the years we have worked with artists from all around the world, collectives and individuals, young and old, professional and non-professional. Our focus is to show and recommend the best of Barcelona to our visitors, introducing the city from a locals artists’ point of view and helping them come away from the trip with a strong understanding of Catalan culture and art, both current and past.


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During ‘City & Country’ visitors will experience a bit of both in a six night inclusive trip. The first half will be spent exploring and painting the Empordà. Travelling around by car (and sometimes foot) the group will stay in a small historic village called Ullastret. They will learn about and enjoy the local cuisine, with most meals cooked at home and with dinning taking place on the terrace with stunning views. Ten hours of tutored painting time are included during the time in the Empordà, led by local painter Marc Badia ( For accompanying partners who don’t wish to paint, they can learn how to make a Paella, or visit a local vineyard and select Cava or Wine to accompany the meal. Across the three days the visitors together with the tutor Marc and Jess or Xev from untitledBCN, will take in the scenery, beaches and nearby villages and towns, as well as having some free time to spend as they please.

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Fully refreshed and recharged with good food and company, the next half of the trip will be spent in the city of Barcelona. With specialised guided walks provided by Xev & Jess from untitledBCN, museum and gallery visits, and meals at specially selected local restaurants. There will not be any tutored painting time in Barcelona, although we can always recommend excellent spots if artists wish to continue during the rest of the trip. Further to the planned itinerary Xev and Jess will provide local recommendations for exhibitions (large and small) restaurants and other points of interest for the couples to get the most out of their free time in the city.


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Jess or Xev from untitledBCN will collect visitors from the airport and be the point of contact (and at times, translator) for the trip. The trip is designed to help visitors enjoy all angles of Catalunya, discovering its beauty and vibrancy.

We’re excited to spend the week with you! Please get in touch by email or to arrange a skype meeting with any questions about the City&Country holiday package with untitledBCN!




Accommodation information:

Empordà – During the three nights at Ullastret, L’Empordà the accomodation for the two couples will be together with Jess or Xev and Marc the painting tutor in a large three bedroom apartment. The apartment is within a typical catalan ‘Masia’ (old country house). It is fully equipped with sheets and towels, a fully equipped kitchen and a bathroom with a shower and bath. The apartment has a large terrace, with BBQ, with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.

Each couple will have a private room with a double bed.

Ullastret is a small (just 280 habitants) village, which dates back to the 1400s, much of it has been beautiful restored making it very picturesque. There are a few restaurants, a church (c. 899) and a small shop.

Barcelona – There are various options for your stay in Barcelona.

Lower budget : Each couple will have a private double room within Xev from untitledBCNs apartment. The apartment is a typical Barcelona apartment in the Eixample area, near the Sagrada Familia, and Xev often rents his spare rooms out to visiting artists.

Mid budget : A rental apartment for both couples together, we can organise the rental of a holiday apartment in a good area of the city.

Mid-High budget : A hotel / private apartment.

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The basic rates are as following:

1900€ // £1335 per couple             
2950€ // £2070 for  a group of four

These prices cover:
Airport pickup
Transport to and from Barcelona to the Empordà
All meals at the Empordà
Breakfast and lunches in Barcelona
Painting tutor
Entrances to all museums visited
Accommodation for the 6 nights in shared apartment

*The prices will vary depending on your preference of accommodation.
*Flights are not included


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