Sketchbook Art Workshop in Spain

Join artist Koosje Koene for a weeklong vacation visiting lively Barcelona and Costa Brava's coastlines and backroads
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Dates: September 14-20, 2025
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Start: Barcelona, Spain
End: Barcelona, Spain
Visit: Barcelona, Palamós, Pals, Peratallada, Calella de Palafrugell
Cost: from $3445 based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: from $595
All prices in US dollars, land only. Solo traveler roomshares available.

Sketchbook Art Workshop in Spain

Join Koosje’s travel sketchbook workshop in Spain for a spontaneous and fun travel experience while nurturing your creativity. Immerse yourself in the joy of capturing your adventures in a personal travel journal. Laugh and embark on thrilling expeditions with both new and old friends during this leisurely paced, small-group vacation. Discover the perfect balance of bustling Barcelona and the enchanting Costa Brava off-the-beaten path. Each day, our small group walks and Koosje’s art classes will unveil the very best of both destinations.

The energy from Koosje’s Art Walk starts with such positivity, it carries throughout the entire week. By the end, we parted with bittersweet goodbyes and lifelong friendships.  I am so grateful to have this as part of my life! Nothing beats traveling and sketching with a mini art tribe.

Joanna Tseng

What to Expect

Sketchbook Workshop in Spain

Art Program

On this 6-night travel sketchbook workshop in Spain you will be immersed in equal parts travel and art program.

 Teaching artist Koosje will lead a daily, on-site class inspired by the places we visit. Using drawing, watercolor, and possibly writing and emphemera, your sketchbook journals will capture people, places, and moments experienced along the way. Perhaps more importantly, each page will be rich with vivid memories of your travels.

Koosje believes life is better when you draw it, and her methods will instill fun, approachable techniques. Throughout the tour opportunities to sit and sketch with like-minded artists spur creativity and presence. A week with Koosje can inspire new, or enliven established, daily creativity. The practice is to be present and in the moment.

Touring

Barcelona

First, you’ll arrive in beautiful Barcelona, Spain. Koosje’s art workshop begins with two nights exploring food, culture, and the historic center of Barcelona. Our urban strolls will introduce you to lesser known destinations off the usual tourist map.

Together, we will travel by metro to the district of El Poblenou. Caught in the flux between aging workmens’ housing and grandiose re-gentrification projects, El Poblenou is Barcelona epitomized. There you can treasure hunt at the Encants Vells Flea Market – one of the oldest flea markets in Europe. Another day we will tour the impressive Sant Pau. A former hospital, it has been beautifully restored and is now a spectacular Art Nouveau site.

There will also be options to visit La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s architectural masterpiece, or experience the passion of traditional flamenco so close you will feel the heat. In the heart of historic Barcelona, from our hotel you can easily explore the unique neighborhoods and nearby attractions such as the La Rambla or any of Gaudi’s Art Nouveau buildings.

Costa Brava

Next, it’s off to the coast. The Costa Brava extends northeast from Barcelona to the French border. It is known for its charming fishing villages and dramatic coastlines with stunning beaches, bays, and inlets. Here we spend five nights at Calella de Palafrugell. Still a small fishing village, it hosts an array of family run restaurants, cafes, and interesting  galleries. Each day, private transfers to our half-day walks will explore pristine coastlines and nearby towns. Our program will end the morning of the last day with a return to Barcelona.

What You’ll Love

Sketchbook Workshop in Spain

1. Small group classes

With no more than 14 guests, expect a friendly intimate feel and quality time during art classes

2. Movable Studio

Develop skills and techniques to use whenever you travel. Specifically, learn to pack light and create as you go.

3. Capture Your Experience

Your sketchbook will evolve into a personal travel journal filled with memories to last a lifetime.

4. Planning with Care

We take care of the details. You enjoy your vacation!

Barcelona historic center people walking vacation in Spain

What’s Included

Sketchbook Journal Workshop in Spain

  • The assistance of your Art Walk tour directors throughout the week
  • Daily sketchbook journal art classes with Koosje Koene
  • All transfers per the itinerary
  • Full buffet breakfast daily
  • All hotel taxes and service fees

Barcelona:

  • Two nights at our select, centrally located, 4-star hotel
  • Orientation meeting and walk
  • Welcome dinner
  • Admission to the Art Nouveau site Hospital de Sant Pau
  • Walk through El Poblenou District
  • Visit the Encants Vells Flea Market
  • Option to experience a traditional flamenco show in an intimate taverna

Costa Brava:

  • Private group transfer from Barcelona hotel to Calella de Palafrugell
  • Four nights at our waterfront, family-owned hotel
  • Orientation walk
  • Guided daily walking itineraries unique to The Blue Walk. (Walks are optional)
    • Calella de Palafrugell to Llafranc. (5K)
    • Cap Roig to Palamos (8K)
    • Pals to Peretallada (6.5K)
  • Farewell dinner
  • Private group transfer from Calella de Palafrugell to Barcelona Airport arriving by 10:00am.
  • All hotel taxes and service fees

Example Itinerary…

Travel Sketchbook Workshop in Spain

Actual daily schedules may differ.

 

Barcelona gothic quarter walking tour vacation art workshop in Spain

Day 1

Start our art workshop at our centrally located hotel in historic Barcelona, Spain. It’s in a quiet location and situated just blocks from La Rambla. After a program overview and warm up art class, we will set out for an orientation walk to get to know the neighborhood. Then finish the evening with an abundant welcome dinner at our favorite tapas restaurant. Mixed media art workshop in Spain

Spain walking vacation Lapin Sketchbook, Water color, travel journal, Barcelona, Spain

Day 2

Begin the day in a sketchbook class with Koosje at a foremost Art Nouveau site, Sant Pau. Sant Pau is a former hospital, and it has been beautifully restored. Next, a short stroll will bring our art workshop in Spain to the imposing La Sagrada Familia cathedral. In the evening there is an option to see a traditional flamenco show in an intimate cantina.

Art workshop in Spain students in Poblenou art store

Day 3

After breakfast our small group of artists will visit the Encants Vells Flea Market. After a little retail therapy and sketching on the go, we’ll enjoy lunch at a family-run farm-to-table restaurant. In the afternoon we will transfer to the Costa Brava. Then, an orientation walk will introduce you to Calella de Palafrugell. Our sea-view terrace is a perfect place to fill your sketchbook.

Walking vacation in Spain Pals Peratallada

Day 4

Today your art workshop in Spain will be inspired by medieval towns and rolling countryside. Start in Pals, with its winding stone alleyways and many artisan shops. From there walk country lanes to the town of Peretallada. This is a beautiful walk through olive groves, oak forests, vineyards, and rolling fields. Along the way Koosje will choose an inspiring location for class. art workshop in Spain

Costa Brava walking vacation through fishing village

Day 5

Today is all about coastal views and trails. Join us for a walk through pine forests and along sandy beaches. We will pass fishing villages and Roman ruins before reaching our destination of Palamós. There, enjoy art class and then lunch at a family-run, Catalonian restaurant. Afterwards, our transfer will return us to the sunny beaches of Callela de Palafrugell. 

Woman walking on path by the sea Costa Brava Spain walking tour vacation.

Day 6

After a leisurely breakfast, Koosje will teach her final class. The afternoon is free to enjoy beautiful Spain. For those who would like to join us, we will walk the coastal path to the nearby village of Llafranc. The colors of sunset will lead us home on our return. Later, as we watch the moon rise over the sea, we will celebrate our sketchbook art workshop in Spain with a farewell dinner.

Stepped walking path Costa Brava Spain walking vacation Walk Level 2

Day 7

Finally it is time to say adiós to your art workshop friends. After breakfast a private transfer will deliver our group to the Barcelona International Airport by 10am. There we will bid farewell until the next time.

Koosje Koene artist student group picnic art workshop France

Leisurely Walks, Inspired Art Classes, and Copious Creativity

Where in the World?

Barcelona, known for its art, architecture, and cuisine, is located at the Mediterranean sea in the very north of the Spanish coast. It is certainly the most cosmopolitan and economically most active city in Spain. The Costa Brava is located to the north of Barcelona, and stretches for more than 200 km from Blanes to Portbou. It is renowned for the diverse landscape of its beaches and coves, the quality of its waters, its excellent cuisine and centuries-old cultural legacy. We are excited to introduce this region through our Spain walking vacation.

Spain map walking vacation art workshop

Airport

There is one international airport in Barcelona, El Prat (BCN), located about eight miles southwest of the city center. It has two terminals: Terminal 1 is the arrival point for international flights, as well as the Spanish carrier Vueling; Terminal 2 serves mainly low-cost European carriers, such as Ryanair and easyJet.

If you’re flying from the US, even if you’ve passed through customs in another European airport, you’ll likely be landing in Terminal 1.

There are a variety of transportation options from Barcelona’s airport to the city center including private driver, taxi, bus, train, and metro. No matter which you choose, you can get from the airport to the center in about a half hour.

Important Notes

Mixed Media Art Workshop in Spain

Deposits

Your place on a tour is secured once we have received and confirmed your deposit payment. Before the final payment date, a non-refundable deposit of $500 for walking vacations and $750 for art vacation workshops is required. After the final payment date, the entire tour amount must be received to hold a space on a program. 

You may cancel for any reason up to 90 days prior to departure and your non-refundable deposit may be forwarded to a future tour. Any balance on your account will be returned. For complete details please see our Terms and Conditions.

Solo travelers and single supplements

For our guests who are traveling solo... We offer a single supplement for an additional fee if you wish to guarantee a private room.

If you do not request a private room, you will share a twin room with another trip participant of the same sex (Roomshare). When you sign up, if no Roomshare is available, a 50% single supplement will be included on your invoice and is due at final payment. However, if a roommate is found before your trip departs, you will be matched and the single supplement will be removed or refunded.

A single supplement guarantees a private room. Whenever possible singles will be placed in the same room type as our double or twin rooms.

Twin / Double Rooms

Please be aware twin beds in Europe may have very little or no space between beds. Also, for double beds, instead of a king or queen mattress, double beds are often two adjoining twin mattresses secured together and made with double bedding.

Fitness

Walking is a part of this program. It is both a means of visiting locations and a way to immerse yourself in a place. Our scheduled walks are usually 1-2 hours long at a casual pace. We provide a general description of our walks here. It is your responsibility to know your own physical and medical condition with respect to the advisability of participating in a chosen trip. We suggest you prepare by doing at least 1 hour of walking several times per week, and a longer walk at least once per week. Ideally, include walks with elevation change and stairs. (There are always stairs.)

As with any exercise program, we recommend you consult with your physician prior to your arrival regarding the suitability of a walking tour.

Some of our guests find trekking poles helpful on steep or uneven terrain. In Europe they are quite common. Before using them on a vacation, please practice at home. We strongly advise you get comfortable using trekking  poles on familiar paths first.

 

For additional information on these topics and more, please see our FAQ page.

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