El Vendrell, hometown of Pau Casals | Cultural Heritage. Goverment of Catalonia.

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1. Platja de Sant Salvador / 2. Museu Pau Casals / 3. Orgue barroc / 4. Vinyes (Fotografies: Paisatge dels Genis. Autor: Joan Capdevila)

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El Vendrell, hometown of Pau Casals

The town where he spent his childhood
Tarragona
Pau Casals was born in El Vendrell in 1876. After the age of 23 he travelled around the world playing his music in the best auditoria, but he never forgot his home town. “Fortunately, during my journeys to so many foreign countries, I have never left the child from Vendrell behind", he said. Would you like to follow in his footsteps around this town?
 
PAU CASALS MUSEUM
 
The Pau Casals Museum, opened in 2001 after a refurbishment, is his former summer residence. It looks out over the sea and the Sant Salvador beach. The museum holds a wealth of artistic and documentary material that shows why he had such universal appeal. Pau Casals lived here until 1939, when he had to go into exile, never to return.
 
A ROUTE ON FOOT, OR BY BICYCLE
 
After visiting the museum you could go for a walk along the Sant Salvador beach before heading off towards the old town centre of Vendrell, following the signposts. (A little over an hour on foot, 20 minutes by bicycle or 10 minutes by car.)
 
THE OLD CENTRE OF VENDRELL
 
In the old centre of the town you can visit the house where Pau Casals was born and discover more about the life of the Casals family. Also in the centre is Vendrell church, where Pau Casals started playing the Barroque organ at the age of 9.
 
FAMILY WINE CELLARS
 
The following day you could visit the vineyards in the area, where there are a number of family wine cellars, to taste some of the Penedès DO wines and enjoy the surrounding countryside.
 
 
For more information: The Genius Trail
 
 
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