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Retreat Location

The Area

Nestled between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean, Costa Brava, Catalonia is Spain’s sunny cousin to southern France and Italy’s Tuscany. Fall weather is usually pleasant; in September the day-time high temperatures average 79F (26C) with nighttime lows around 60F (16C).

Can Nató

The retreat is held at Can Nató - a beautiful Gothic stone 14th century restored house. This house was built in approximately 1325. It offers a private, quiet and spacious ambiance with very comfortable accommodations.


The Village

Can Nató is located in the village of Rupiá, about 1½ hours from Barcelona by train, in the county Baix Empordá, or Lower Emporda.

Rupiá is a small, about 30 homes, most of them historic farmhouses rebuilt by affluent homeowners as well as  resident farmers providing local produce and other goods.

Rupiá is also 15 miles from the beach town of Begur and 3 miles from the Flaça train station, which has frequent trains to Girona and Barcelona. 

The region has been inhabited for more than 2500 years imbuing it with a deep history and culture. In this region you will find Roman ruins, medieval towns, walled villages, castles, Romanesque and Gothic architecture, and small intimate museums.


There are rolling hills and valleys to paint in every direction. Our painting workshop will include a day of seaside painting in or near one of the coastal towns and a day of painting Rupia’s  medieval architecture.