Espadrilles Handcraft Workshop in Barcelona at La Manual Alpargatera

Espadrilles Handcraft Workshop in Barcelona at La Manual Alpargatera


 Small Group guided Tours of maximum 10 people
 Promotes diversified tourist attractions and products
 Locally made products and locally owned services are offered
 Steps are taken to minimize energy consumption
 Climate friendly transport options are used

Join us in this fun Alpargatas Handcraft Workshop in Barcelona, ​​an experience with the purpose of discovering the espadrille, a way of creating fashion in a more conscious and sustainable way with the planet. The workshop will be in an accessible space, in the center of the city near La Rambla.

The history of espadrilles dates back to ancient Egypt, although it was in Spain where women’s and men’s espadrilles would achieve greater fame. So much so that they became the footwear of armies, peasants and nobles, since esparto espadrilles have very varied uses. A shoe that, today, we are still using. Espadrilles take their name from the Catalan word, espardenya, used to describe the canvas shoes with rolled rope soles and vertical seams worn by 14th-century peasants in the Spanish Pyrenees.

La Manual Alpargatera was founded in 1941 in the heart of Barcelona, ​​in the iconic Gothic Quarter where we will get lost in its labyrinthine streets from medieval times and discover endless hidden squares, traditional shops and charming bars. Each corner will tell you a historical story and this store is no exception. During this Workshop you will be able to see first hand how the masters make this traditional footwear. Then, you can customize your own espadrilles. Choose a flat or heeled sole, select your favorite basic color (among ten available) and combine it with the ribbons in the tone that you like best. There is a wide variety!

Do not miss this Espadrilles Handcraft Workshop in Barcelona, enjoy the experience and your favorite espadrilles!



Getting to La Manual Alpargatera is a short walk or wheel from La Rambla and Ferrán Street. The route is through flat paved streets with sidewalks. The entrance to the shop is step-free and all the space inside the shop too. Tables where the activity takes place are lowered (70cm high) but have an obstacle at the bottom side for  wheelchair to wheel below the table.


  Suggested Wheeling / Walking Distance to cover: None

  Route goes through paved streets with sidewalks

  Route avoids stairs or slopes with >12% gradient

 Flat solid pavement 



  Step-free entrance​ at venues​

  Accessible bathrooms available during the activity

  Route includes a suggested local Restaurant with Accessible toilets


Entrance to the Shop

Transport & Mobility

  Accessible Transport available with ramp access and tie-down system to reach the Meeting point

  Electric Handbike – Batec for manual wheelchairs users available

  Mobility equipment such as power wheelchairs or scooters available

Tour Guide

  The Tour Guide does not have training assisting people with disabilities

  The Tour Guide does not have training on Audio description

  The Tour Guide has training communicating with people with a learning disability

  The Tour Guide does not speak the International Sign (IS)


  • All local taxes
  • Optional Hotel pick-up and drop off private transport in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle with a wheelchair ramp and wheelchair tie-downs
  • Starting time: Flexible
  • Duration: 1.5 Hours


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