About Us

Castlexperience offers day trips to Montserrat Monastery and beautiful wineries in the wine country surrounding Barcelona. Our daily tours depart throughout the year from the very Barcelona center. We bring our guests closer to Spanish and Catalan wine culture and gastronomy through an array of experiences. Our English-speaking local guides lead our guests in small groups of up to 18 people. 

Although, more than just that, Castlexperience is the group of people it composes of. And we are a very hard-working, committed and enthusiast group of people. But, on top of it, we are cheerful, vibrant and passionate. This is our personality and so that is of our tours! Our vocation is to reach the perfect blend between history and wine tradition, between so much culture and so much fun! Let us pass our enthusiasm on to you. Meet our team!

Our Local Guides

 

Pol Salomó

Pol was born in 1989 with a strong interest in the culture of the land he was living in. During his childhood, he would spend his summers enjoying the breathtaking views of Montserrat from his family's countryside "masia" while sharing good company and delicious food. He later graduated in History, specializing in the history of his hometown, Barcelona. As he developed a deep desire to explore new worlds, he decided to travel the world, which left a lasting impact on him. He has now decided to take a break from his travels and share his passion for Catalonia with visitors.

Mariana López

With roots in Catalonia and Venezuela, Mariana was raised in the land of sparkling wine "cava" and grew up surrounded by cultural diversity. She inherited the talent to express herself artistically from her family. In search of new opportunities, she moved away from Penedés to the beautiful city of Barcelona to deepen her two greatest passions: sociology and music. Being a guide is another way for her to express herself artistically. Whether on our tours or up on stage, her outgoing personality, positive energy, and social knowledge will create the perfect harmony to make your glass of wine an unforgettable experience.

Anays Alexander

Anays is a wonderful person who was born in New York City to a Panamanian mother and a Catalan father. She moved to Spain with her mother when she was eight years old and has been living in Barcelona ever since. She considers herself a Panamanian-American-Catalan and is passionate and very proud of her heritage. Anays is full of energy, light, and enthusiasm, and wherever she goes, she's the life of the party. She is a big fan of the arts in any discipline and is also an artist herself, with hobbies that include abstract painting and making music. She's like Pandora's box, but in a good way, of course. Her career began in Law School and Social Work, but being the people person that she is, she needed something that would allow her to connect more closely with people. So, she worked as an English teacher to pre-K children. Luckily for us, she found herself immersed in the world of wine culture and has been obsessed with everything about wine ever since. According to her plan, she should be an expert in wine in no time. She can suggest the best wine for you just by the music you listen to. Anays is definitely a force to be reckoned with.

Nuria Fraile

Nuria was born in 1990 in l'Hospitalet de Llobregat, the second largest city in Catalonia by population. She has always been fond of the visual arts, literature, and cinema. Consequently, she graduated in Media Studies. However, after some years of travelling and meeting individuals from all walks of life, she realized that what she was passionate about was working with people and being able to share and exchange cultural and historical insights about Barcelona. After finishing a Master's degree in Arts and Cultural Management, specializing in Heritage Education, she made the decision to quit teaching and become a tour guide. Knowledgeable and funny, she likes to think of herself as a storyteller with the added value of being able to recommend the perfect wine for you.

Javier Rodríguez

Javier was born in Argentina and raised in the countryside of "La Pampa Argentina". Since he was a boy, he was a very charming and curious person. He studied music, several languages, and business. In his twenties, he found his passion in the wine world and started to work and learn about them. After many years of living in Buenos Aires, he decided to travel around the globe and lived in places like Brazil, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, and finally Spain, all while working in the wine industry. He loves to meet people from all over the world and to travel. Of course, as a musician, he loves to play music, and finally, we have to say that he's a crazy nature lover. That is why being a guide at Castlexperience is the perfect mix for all his passions: meeting people, wine, and the music of nature.

Iván Guzmán

Iván Guzmán is a knowledgeable and sensitive tour guide born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1990. He graduated as an architect, but he spends most of his time pursuing a multi-disciplinary art career, with a focus on painting and sculpture. Iván came to Barcelona 5 years ago with the intention of studying a Master's in Architecture, but this beautiful city changed his course towards art and nature. His long-lasting interest in architecture, nature, and beauty has led him to gain a wealth of experience and knowledge in Montserrat and Castlexperience wine tours, providing visitors with detailed and enriching experiences.

Gustavo Celis

Gustavo was born and raised in the tropical valley of Caracas, Venezuela. Growing up in a city surrounded by mountains and facing the Caribbean Sea, he developed a deep connection with nature and a passion for hiking and surf trips. However, his greatest passion to date has proven to be music. After graduating in Sound Engineering and Social Communications, he moved to Spain 6 years ago in search of the Mediterranean diet and a brighter future. After founding an independent record label in Barcelona and working in the tech industry for a while, he decided to become a tour guide to share his enthusiasm for history, nature, and wine with new people every day. His kindness, sense of humor, and easy-going vibe will make your experience a memorable one.

Guillermina Rodriguez

Guille, an Argentinean adventurer with Spanish and Italian roots, Guille was born and raised in one of the southernmost cities in the world, Ushuaia, located in Patagonia. She has always been in love with traveling and spending time in nature. She first moved to Oahu, Hawaii, where she spent a year studying English. There, she realised that she loves to get in touch with people from all over the world and learn about their culture. Therefore, she decided to seek a career that combined all her passions; in 2018, she came to Barcelona to study Tourism and Leisure Management. Since then, she has worked in the tourism sector, and has been enjoying life by sharing and learning about all aspects related to culture and traditions, while getting to know people from different countries. The first item in her ‘to do list’ wherever she travels to: try the local food and wine!

Lorena Rosado

Lorena was born in Madrid to a British mother and Andalusian father. Having grown up with two cultures in a bilingual household, as well as studying in an English school in Madrid, surrounded by many international students, has given her a strong appreciation for the different languages, cultures and traditions we have in our world. Lorena likes connecting with people, listening to their stories and learning from others, their culture and lifestyles. She has had the opportunity to travel and discover many different countries and also lived abroad for sometime before landing here in Barcelona. She has worked in the languages and teaching field for some years. She also loves art and design and currently enjoys sharing her creative skills working as a freelance illustrator.

Vincent Lacombe

Meet a fascinating individual—a French Catalan, born amidst the lush beauty of his grandfather's vineyard. With a lineage boasting 50% Cabernet blood, he is intricately connected to the art of winemaking. In a comical twist of fate reminiscent of Obelix's adventures, he playfully shares that he once fell into a wine barrel during his youth, possibly further entwining his destiny with the world of wine. His passion for the natural wonders and rich historical heritage of his beloved region is undeniable. As if a redneck's unyielding affinity for his roots, he cherishes the timeless traditions and stories that have shaped the land he calls home. But what sets him apart is a truly magnificent moustache—a defining characteristic that speaks of his uniqueness and personality. A redneck with a touch of elegance, he wears this splendid moustache with pride, a symbol of his identity. In his vibrant presence, the essence of winemaking, nature's wonders, and the captivating tales of history all converge, creating an extraordinary individual whose journey and interests continue to inspire those around him.

Susana Gómez

Susana was born in Barcelona to an Andalusian mum and a Castilian dad who emigrated to Catalunia in search for better opportunities. Since early childhood she developed a passion for arts, and spent most of her time writing, drawing, acting or dancing. In her teens she started attending acting schools, and soon became a theater actress. She graduated in drama soon after, and toured around Spanish theatres for about 8 years. But her curiosity and thirst for traveling took her to an uninterrupted 10 year adventure around the globe; she replaced stages and scripts for a backpack and a camera. She's worked as a photographer in countries like Nepal, Australia, India, China, Hong Kong, Mexico or Sweden. She is an excelent portrait and comercial photographer, with a soft spot and a strong eye for documentary photography and photojournalism. Now back at her hometown she loves meeting people from all around the world and showing them some of the most beautiful corners of her beloved country!

María José

Born in the Caribbean, Maria Jose is a dedicated soul and artist of existence. As a yoga teacher, she practices mindfulness, harmonizing spirituality, science, and creativity. Her multifaceted personality blends insights of an economist, expertise of a designer, and vision of an artist. Ignited by quantum physics, she unravels the universe's dance. After transitioning from the corporate world, she now forges connections and passionately shares the Catalan culture with people from diverse corners of the globe, weaving enchantment across the landscapes of Montserrat. Being a lover of Oller del Mas wines, she deepens her presence, adding a delightful dimension. Maria Jose's life story unfolds like a canvas painted with strokes of exploration and consciousness, inviting others to join her journey.

OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM

 

Joan Ramón Juncàs

Has a Master's Degree in Business and Administration. After a profitable period of time in the UK working for serval companies and gathering experience and knowledge he came back to Barcelona, his native city, to start up a new business: an appartments building managed with bookings per days and weeks. Getting the experience and the know-how of the complicated Barcelona's tourism market. Now this quest is accomplished and the building is almost self-managed, he is looking forward to put himself into a new challenging adventure in the business world.

Pedro Ávila

Lawyer and entrepreneur. After many years dedicated to law in one of the country's most important law firms, he decided to change course in his career. Along with his friend Joan Ramón, he founded Castlexperience, an ambitious project that they have turned into one of the leading companies in the sector in Barcelona. He enjoys cinema, travel, food, wine, and life in general. He describes himself as a traveler on leave while he, together with his wife, dedicates himself to his most personal and exciting project, watching their three children grow up. He tries to put into practice the rule he learned in "Gone with the Wind," which his father instilled in him from a young age and which he now begins to value and understand: "Don't waste time; it is the substance from which life is made."

Víctor

Since the beginning, he has managed to stand out in his team, demonstrating his versatility, dedication, and ability to create a relaxed and pleasant work environment. He is a cheerful person with a positive spirit, who enjoys talking about current affairs and history, discussing any topic in general, making friends, and, above all, making people around him feel comfortable. With extensive work experience in the tourism and commercial sector, he has worked in countries such as Morocco or the United Kingdom, although undoubtedly, Barcelona is the perfect place he has found to live.

Beatriz Mirambell

Free-thinker, Mediterranean, passionate, and fascinating. Barcelona is her favorite city, and tourism is the most enjoyable sector for her to work in. She enjoys working with numbers, loves wine, and appreciates her colleagues and even her bosses! Raised in a convent school, she spends her days between accounting entries, balances, and wine varieties. She hasn't found anything that makes her happier than working at castlexperince, where time flies by. Castlexperience is her perfect match, and she believes this is the start of a beautiful friendship.

Carolina Castellano

She was born on a sunny summer day in 1993. She was raised among pillars of golden sand and drops of the Atlantic Ocean, right in the Canary Islands. Her mother professed her a great passion for the English language and, therefore, Carol not only ended up studying Translation and Interpreting, but she also spent her high-school and university years bringing foreign friends home. That is when she started being an amateur tour guide around her lovely island. Also, along these years, she developed a deep connection with nature and sport that she still conserves. This help her to keep her restless character under control :P When she went to Germany due to an exchange and there she found out that it was time to explore the world a bit. After loads of adventures, she has decided to settle in Barcelona for a while. Or perhaps not only for while! She is having fun in this gorgeous city, climbing up Catalan mountains (such as Montserrat) and being a tour guide in Castlexperience where she is meeting new people every single day.

Luis Domingo Santana Deniz

Luis was born in sunny Canary Islands during the summer of ‘92. He grew up in a country house in the middle of the mountains, and so he quickly developed a deep enthusiasm towards animals and nature. Climbing trees, looking for small bugs and running around in the muddy roads were his hobbies when he was little, but it eventually led him to become a hiking and climbing guide in his hometown.  With time, the island where he was living started to feel a little too small, and so Luis left the nest hungry for new adventures all around the globe. In the meantime, he discovered his second biggest passion: movies. After devouring movie after movie, he decided to study filmmaking, and as soon as he finished his degree he settled down in Barcelona, a city that gathers everything Luis was looking for: both an inspiring and vibrant atmosphere in a big city, and gorgeous, breathtaking natural surroundings!

WORK WITH US

If you are eager to work in a dynamic and growing company and believe your experience can add value to our team, don’t hesitate to send us your resume at info@castlexperience.com.

We are currently seeking a tour guide to join our team. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals with extensive knowledge and passion for the city of Barcelona. A native level of both English and Spanish is required. If this opportunity appeals to you, please send your CV via InfoJobs or to our email address.

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