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Make Authentic Espadrilles in Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

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Experience hosted by Luis

2 hours
Includes drinks, equipment
Up to 8 people
Hosted in Catalan, German, English, Spanish, French, Korean, Russian, Chinese (Simplified)

What you'll do

Reviewed as one-in-a-lifetime experience by more than 1,000 guests, this is already a must-do in Barcelona according to BuzzFeed, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and others. During this Onsite Espadrilles Experience you will stitch your own traditional Catalan espadrilles, which you will keep afterwards as the most amazing souvenir.

We will meet at one of our workshops, where you can see the finished products and the materials. The artisans will be with you at all time leading and providing the materials and tools.

First, we will introduce you to the story of espadrilles and the materials needed for their construction. You will learn about this beautiful tradition, and how this shoe design passed from being built for humble people, to be one of the most trendy in fashion nowadays.

Then every guest will choose the size of the base, the color of the laces and the preferred style. Once ready, we will stitch our own traditional espadrilles, and then learn the different ways to lace them up. There will be more than 90K different combinations!

It will be fun, not difficult and you will have constructed your own pair of traditional "espardenyes"by the end of it.

Finally, each guest will leave with its own creation and with a really cool story to tell to friends, something that it is hardly available to the visitors, not even locals. A wearable memory of Barcelona.
Reviewed as one-in-a-lifetime experience by more than 1,000 guests, this is already a must-do in Barcelona according to BuzzFeed, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and others. During this Onsite Espadrilles Experience you will stitch your own traditional Catalan espadrilles, which you will keep afterwards as the most amazing souvenir.

We will meet at one of our workshops, where you can see the finished products and the materia…

Luis's commitment to safety

This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines—including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practicing good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.
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What's included

  • Drinks
    Surprise Cava might be available at the end! :)
  • Equipment
    Apron, espadrille needle, ribbon laces and espadrille base.
From $84
/ person
Thu, Jan 28
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
$84 per person
$84 per person
Fri, Jan 29
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
$84 per person
$84 per person
Sat, Jan 30
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
$84 per person
$84 per person

Meet your host, Luis

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 181 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Luis and his wife Kathe are the founders and artisans of HANDMADE BARCELONA® an ethical brand of handmade traditional shoes from Cataluña. They have been many years making shoes in their family-owned factories in Spain.

Together with Airbnb and for more than two years now they have been hosting a very successful workshop where they teach how to stitch traditional Catalan espadrilles. This unique experience has brought them many nominations in 2019 and 2020 as a must-do in Barcelona, highly recommended in Tripadvisor, New York Times, BuzzFeed, among others.

Luis and Kathe will stitch an espadrille with the guests and each of them will keep its own creation, an authentic espadrille handmade by themselves.

These artisans are not only experts when it comes to espadrilles, but also fun and entertaining with their anecdotes and stories.
Luis and his wife Kathe are the founders and artisans of HANDMADE BARCELONA® an ethical brand of handmade traditional shoes from Cataluña. They have been many years making shoes in their family-owned factories in Spain.

Together with Airbnb and for more than two years now they have been hosting a very successful workshop where they teach how to stitch traditional Catalan espadrilles. This unique experience has brought them many nominations in 2019 and 2020 as a must-do in Barcelona,…
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Where you'll be

We will have the experience in one of our workshops in the Gothic Quarter, a famous neighborhood known for artisanal products and little shops. Totally worth the visit. The workshop will be closed exclusively for the experience, and we will have a big space for the guests. We will be surrounded by materials and finished products. An amazing atmosphere for a very unique experience. An emblematic place in an iconic city.

Rated 4.98 out of 5 from 181 reviews.

Noam
October 2020
This is by far one of the most exciting things I've done in Barcelona. Luis and Kathe are such an amazing hosts - they are knowledgeable storytellers, makes you feel at home in seconds, like you're hanging with some of your best friends for the day. The shoes came out beautiful - way more than I expected, and I'm actually wearing them on a daily basis. If you are in Barcelona - take it! if not - you have to check their online experience.
This is by far one of the most exciting things I've done in Barcelona. Luis and Kathe are such an amazing hosts - they are knowledgeable storytellers, makes you feel at home in sec…
Carla
September 2020
Experiencia muy recomendable. Los anfitriones te hacen sentir seguro y súper cómodo en todo momento durante el taller, muy entretenida y divertida.
Cristina
September 2020
Ha sido una experiencia muy diferente, original y divertida. Los anfitriones muy atentos y agradables. Muy recomendable y además, con sorpresa!! :)
Virgin
August 2020
Very good experience with friendly hosts ! Luis and Kathe are so nice, you will immediately feel at ease. The espadrilles are fantastics and the possibilities are almost limitless ! Fun and unique experience thanks a lot for all your advices and your kindness !
Very good experience with friendly hosts ! Luis and Kathe are so nice, you will immediately feel at ease. The espadrilles are fantastics and the possibilities are almost limitless…
Alina
August 2020
I highly recommend this experience to anyone who hesitates. You should chose this activity as a one of the first to do in Barcelona. Firstly you will learn a unique things about espadrilles, secondly you will rock your new comfortable shoes and third you will be smiling for the rest of your stay because of this amazing friendly and helpful people!
I highly recommend this experience to anyone who hesitates. You should chose this activity as a one of the first to do in Barcelona. Firstly you will learn a unique things about es…
Illora
July 2020
Kate m'a reçu pour cette activitée, vraiment agréable et amicale. J'ai adorée faire cette activitée qui nous apprend pleins de choses sur les espadrilles et bonne humeur et rire garantie 👍👍

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 6 and up can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

What to bring

Awarded TOP5 Barcelona 2019 by BuzzFeed

Featured on Washington Post, New York Times and Daily Mail as a must-do in Barcelona