A guest blog post by John Dunphy
Lynn and I recently indulged in a delightful 3-night escape at Les Voltes, nestled in the charming village of Barberà de la Conca, just south of Barcelona, Spain. This serene interlude preceded our embarkation on a cruise from Barcelona.
As seasoned group tour operators accustomed to urban stays, our decision to explore this picturesque locale was a departure from the norm. Anne, the proprietor of Les Voltes, crossed our paths during a training program for short-term rentals earlier this year. Intrigued by her property’s description and encouraged by positive reviews, we opted for a 3-night sojourn.
Les Voltes greeted us with a spacious 2-bedroom apartment adorned with a generous living room, well-equipped kitchen, and a large bathroom. The ambiance immediately evoked a sense of home, and the kitchen’s functionality, complete with a handy dishwasher, added convenience. The bedrooms, perched over an arch, offered charming views of the street below, enhancing the overall experience.
Ascending to the 3rd-floor chill room, we discovered a haven for relaxation. True to its name, this space invited us to unwind, enjoy vinyl albums from a diverse collection, and savor panoramic views of the countryside. Despite the chilly November weather, the balcony became a favorite spot, equipped with warm blankets. The well-stocked bar fridge provided reasonably priced options for wine, beer, and spirits.
Surrounded by scenic landscapes dominated by farms and wineries, the Barberà de la Conca countryside beckons exploration. A car rental facilitated visits to nearby towns, including the medieval marvel of Montblanc, as well as architectural gems like Forès and Conesa.
The essence of our Les Voltes experience extended beyond the confines of the property. Through connections made by Anne and Jordi, we found ourselves welcomed into the lives of locals like Felipe and Chris. Invitations to a gourmet meal at their home enriched our journey, highlighting the genuine hospitality of the community.
In navigating language differences with Jordi, Anne served as a bridge, allowing us to share conversations and learn about each other’s lives. Les Voltes, beyond being a haven for relaxation and exploration, excelled at fostering connections—a vital need that became more pronounced after our hiatus from travel during the pandemic.
In a world gradually recovering from the pandemic’s grip, the yearning for connection and community is palpable. Les Voltes, with its warm embrace and commitment to creating a community of travelers, resonated deeply with us. For those seeking a place to unwind, explore, and forge meaningful connections, Les Voltes stands out. We eagerly anticipate our return to this idyllic retreat.