Picasso Country

Paint in spectacular surroundings with Julia Cassels.  The ancient kingdom of Aragon with its picturesque hilltop towns and villages and striking landscapes of mountains cloaked in... Read more

£2466 pp sharing (excl. flights)
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12 Jun - 19 Jun 2022

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EUROPE / Spain

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Watercolour; mountainous landscapes and medieval villages

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Julia Cassels

A gorgeous summer painting break in the tranquil and beautiful Matarraña region of known as the 'Spanish Tuscany'

Paint in spectacular surroundings with Julia Cassels.  The ancient kingdom of Aragon with its picturesque hilltop towns and villages and striking landscapes of mountains cloaked in holy oak and pine, spectacular rock formations, and ravines cut through by crystal clear rivers is a fabulous location to explore and learn new artistic skills.

You will be living in luxury with a hint of rustic charm on this Art Safari.

Picasso spent time here in his early years, and it became an important chapter in the artist’s life. On this Art Safari we will visit some of the wonderful places that fed his creativity – the breath-taking 13th Century fortress of Morella, the delightful sprawling medieval village of Horta de Sant Joan, and beautiful town of Valderrobres with its fine collection of Gothic buildings.

Enjoy the nature of this wonderful region.  This unspoilt corner of Spain may be off-the-beaten track, but it is steeped in history. Iberians, Romans, Moors, Templars, and the Bourbons to mention a few have left a rich legacy of architecture and history. There is so much inspiration for sketching and painting – walled towns, churches, grand plazas, stately buildings, and charming villages with higgledy-piggledy streets…

Throughout the week, Julia will help you progress your artwork, working both one to one and in a group. She is a very enthusiastic and generous tutor and will be sharing her watercolour techniques through demonstrations and discussion.

We spend time painting at our stylish lodgings at Mas de la Serra, a luxurious converted farmhouse set in an extensive almond grove in the remote Matarranya hills. There are 7 individually decorated rooms, all en suite, an infinity pool, several secluded patios and verandas, and a top floor sitting room looking out over the National Park, where if you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of an Ibex on the cliff tops….

Mas de la Serra is an ideal base for this new Art Safari – welcoming, full of character, with views to die for, not to mention delicious Mediterranean cuisine!


Day 1Arrive Valencia and transfer to Mas de la Serra
Day 2 Painting at the masia
Day 3Painting in a local village
Day 4Painting in Morella
Day 5Painting in Horta
Day 6 Afternoon visit to Valderrobres
Day 7 Relaxed day painting at the masia
Day 8Departure for Valencia Airport
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Per person sharing from £2466 excluding flights.

Single supplement £552 (only 5 single rooms available)


The joining point for this tour is Barcelona Airport for our group transfer to Mas de la Serra.

Group flights will be with British Airways from London-Heathrow to Barcelona.  Please ask us for details.

Please liaise with us for flight timings; we aim to have the group all travelling on the same flights.  If arriving at a different time from the group, there will be an additional charge for separate airport transfers.


Airport transfers from/to Barcelona (to meet group flight times), accommodation, all meals, drinks with dinner at Mas de la Serra, excursions, art tuition and guiding.


Flights, covid-19 testing, visas (if required), drinks when eating out, and gratuities.

Enquire now on 01394 382235 or [email protected]

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