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INTERVIEW WITH OUR FOUNDER, EDGAR BALAGUER

Edgar has more than 20 years experience in the world of communications and public relations, and a unique passion for giving visitors to Barcelona and Spain the most memorable experience of his homeland that he can. We decided that the best person to explain his vision is himself! So here he is.

Barcelona Private Experiences Founder Edgar BalaguerWhat was your motivation to set up Barcelona Private Experiences?

For me, working and travelling have always been closely related and both are my passion. I have travelled a lot, both in Spain and abroad, and I feel that I have been lucky to have seen so much. Travelling should be fun and bring unique experiences. Those experiences are always best when you feel that they are special and that you’re a part of a small group who’ve had them. That’s why I created Barcelona Private Experiences. This project is the result of a lot of work and the thousands of kilometres that I have travelled. I want to offer a lifestyle experience that is different to the regular limits of tourism. I draw on my experiences to give people a really special travelling experience so they get to know Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain in a unique and intimate way. My service is for those in search of something light years ahead of the mass tourist offerings out there. I can show them all the secrets I know!

 

Can you tell us about the best experiences for each of the four seasons, perhaps including some we may not have thought about?

There are experiences for all seasons and all ages. In summer, the Balearic Islands, with Ibiza and Formentera as essentials. They are magical, exciting places to spend a few days with friends and family. We recommend a trip by private plane and yacht, to the best beaches, chiringuitos, restaurants and clubs.

In autumn, our specialities are trips to the Bodegas of la Rioja, the Ribera del Duero or Penedes, accompanied by visits to the most special places nearby, and to see incredible landscapes. Those who like hunting can also enjoy the Montes Universales or Castilla la Mancha. A gastronomic route through Catalonia is another option for discovering new horizons and having some amazing food along the way!

In winter, snow is the star with Baqueira Beret and Andorra. But thanks to the temperate weather we enjoy we can also organise lots of alternative experiences in Winter.

Spring is ideal for a road trip on a Harley Davidson, in the style of the Route 66! And the Costa Brava is beautiful at that time of year.

Whatever the season, I have only one goal, to make sure people enjoy the best experience they possibly can.

 

What are your favourite experiences?

In Barcelona, gastronomy is at the heart of the culture. But I love to go to the places that the tourists don’t know about. The restaurants of the best-known chefs are always fabulous but what really brings me joy is going to the hidden gems. I also love to go on cultural and architectural tours of the Modernism of Antonio Gaudí and Josep Puig i Cadafalch in the city. You can feel the artistry in the air in Barcelona and I love to show it to people. Guided tours of the best wineries in the Penedes are also amazing fun, and you can learn a little about wine too!

 

You also offer the option to easily travel to different parts of Catalonia and Spain. What are your recommendations for short breaks in other areas of Spain?

A month ago we organised a trip for some clients who wanted something exceptional. We wanted to really deliver so we gave them a private jet trip to Menorca, to taste the famous Caldereta de Langosta (lobster stew) at the best restaurant on the island. Then there was last April, when we took a group who wanted to see the April Fiesta in Seville. They enjoyed Flamenco, the bulls, and a private experience of one of the most amazing fairs in our calendar of fiestas. There are many more examples but we will organise them to the specific tastes of any client, so they have a truly unique experience.

 

What makes people go home happy after an experience in Barcelona?

Madrid, Paris, London, Milan, Rome, New York… They are incredible cities but I believe that Barcelona truly fascinates. Its climate, its geography, its culture, its gastronomy, its tradition, its history and art, generate something truly special, and the friendliness of the people finish off the effect. Barcelona has a vibe that invites you to stop, sit down and appreciate the details. It is a city that keeps the past alive while keeping an eye on what’s new. Catalonia is a tapestry of wonderful towns and landscapes. The Costa Brava, the Empordà, the Cerdanya, the Aran Valley, the Pallars, the Montseny, the Montsant… all of them are of a singular beauty but at the same time completely different.

 

Can you say a few final words about your love of Catalonia?

Between the eastern Pyrenees and the Mediterranean Sea, the Baix Empordá region encompasses several villages, from the interior to the Costa Brava. The landscape is of bucolic beauty, similar to Tuscany. The gastronomy is classic and classy, the medieval architecture, and the beaches are exquisite. In few places, the Mediterranean offers a purity like this. Despite the overwhelming presence of visitors over the years and decades, the charm of our coast is preserved and it is still the place I grew up enjoying and will always love.

 

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