About us

Enthusiasts with a passion for travel

My name is Bernat Criado, founder of and guide for Trails & Culture. I love what I do; and I love sharing the most interesting aspects of my country’s culture with people from afar. I was born and raised in Barcelona; a city I know like the back of my hand. Three years ago I moved to the province of Tarragona, an hour’s drive south of Barcelona. Tarragona’s climate (300 days of sunshine per year guaranteed), its beautiful beaches of golden sand, its fantastic cuisine and a culture stretching back over two thousand years have captured my heart.

This year, 2020, I have created Trails & Culture with the goal of showing visitors to my country all that there is to see with passion, enthusiasm and the very best of our culture as well as our magnificent countryside.

I earned a degree in Tourism & Cultural Management at the University of Barcelona. I am an Official Tour Guide of Catalonia, Hiking and Trails Guide and Manager of the Catalan country house B&B “Finca La Gunilla”. I have many years’ work experience in the tourism and culture sector, both in Spain and in Scotland. A people person, for me travel and culture are my vocations.

I have traveled all over the world and have lived in many countries, amongst which are places as diverse as Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, India, Indonesia and New Zealand. I am always on the lookout for new trails and historical places. I have walked “The Pilgrims’ Way” to Santiago de Compostela, the Trans-Pyrenean Trail and many more.

Mission Statement

Private tours and authentic experiences.

We are a local agency specializing in private tours for small groups. We offer quality tours that are original, combining the very best of our architecture, nature, cuisine, wine-tasting and culture. We take care of every detail so that our clients can simply relax and enjoy their experience to the full. Our tours take you away from the madding crowds and off the beaten track with a personalized and exclusive service. Our clients are inquisitive people who want to experience to the full, and in maximum comfort, our country’s rich cultural inheritance, accumulated over the centuries: the cities of Barcelona, Tarragona and Girona; Mediterranean landscapes, enchanting villages, hidden beaches, nature parks, our cultural traditions and architecture; not forgetting our world famous wines and cuisine.

Some of our tours are taken on foot, but with a very low degree of difficulty. Walking is a way to experience a place in greater intimacy, besides being good for the health! We also offer custom-designed and tailor-made experiences for all kinds of client, taking care of all of their needs and expectations, collaborating with exclusive and reliable private transport services. This year, 2020, I have created Trails & Culture with the goal of showing visitors to my country all that there is to see with passion, enthusiasm and the very best of our culture as well as our magnificent countryside.

Just an hour’s drive south of Barcelona, Tarragona and the Costa Daurada (the Golden Coast) have so much to offer; they are the hidden secrets of Catalonia and Spain. We are the ambassadors for southern Catalonia, a region which will surprise you for its authenticity, serenity and beauty, all in equal measure.

Whilst we are Official Guides of Catalonia we are also local; we are experts on Barcelona and the rest of Catalonia. With us you will skip the line at all monuments and places of interest. Need something different? Let us know what you want to see; we are fully adaptable to your needs.

Staying in our country house, amongst its vines and olive groves, you are just ten minutes from the Mediterranean coast and fifteen minutes from the city of Tarragona. You will enjoy many unique and memorable experiences as you unwind and relax in a beautiful setting: Finca La Gunilla country house B&B.

Our philosophy and values

Sustainable and responsible tourism delivered by local professionals.

As the famous Cambridge University historian Mary Beard has said:

“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”

With that philosophy in mind, we have painstakingly taken care to ensure that, on all of our guided tours, you will enjoy many memorable experiences.

Our goal is to bring you to see our culture and landscapes in the most authentic way possible, always in small groups, with a quality, personalized service. At Trails & Culture we believe that your time is precious and it is our mission to make sure that you enjoy your trip to the full – but without the hassle. For this reason, we have created unique experiences for you to make the most of your free time and vacation.

We have immense respect for nature and our heritage. We strive to offer a brand of tourism which is sustainable for the environment. We sincerely believe that responsible tourism can have a positive impact upon society. For this reason, we only deal with local sources and services in order to bolster the regional economy.

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