Girona & Costa Brava Small Group Day Tour from Barcelona
Tour Summary -
Travel back in time as you get lost in the mediaeval city of Girona, before discovering the rugged and unspoiled beauty of the Costa Brava.
Journey to the Costa Brava and visit the colourful Roman city of Girona, a melting pot of cultures. Explore the winding medieval streets of the Jewish quarter, walk along the Roman wall that surrounds the old town, or discover the Arab Baths.
Afterwards, we visit the pristine mediaeval village of Pals before heading down the coastal route to admire the breath-taking sea-views, cliffs and coves of the Costa Brava.
We stop in Calella de Palafrugell where you can walk around the rocky coast, sunbathe and swim, or visit the botanical gardens set on the cliff tops of Cap Roig.
Full Tour Description
The tour leaves Barcelona at 8:30am from right outside the Hard Rock Cafe, the departure point for all our Day Tours from Barcelona and heads straight up to Girona, a well-established city that has survived many a siege in the course of its long history, since its founding in around 76 BC.
It has been dominated by many different people, and, as a result, has a great richness of architectural heritage.
The Cathedral, founded in 1038 on the site of a former Mosque, and the spectacular Roman walls, along which you can walk, are just two examples of this.
There are a wide variety of museums and sites of historical interest in Girona, such as the Jewish Call and the Arab Bath house. If you prefer, the narrow streets of the old town are very pleasant just to wander around, indulge in a spot of window-shopping, or find a secluded café and sit back to watch people pass by.
From Girona, the tour heads to the impossibly charming Pals, a small medieval village that grew out of what was once a fortress. The name of the city comes from palus, the Latin word for marshlands, as this is what the fortress used to be surrounded by.
More recently, the town’s beach became famous as the location of the masts for Radio Liberty, a US radio station used to broadcast pro-capitalist programmes into the Eastern bloc during the cold war; the masts can still be seen.
From Pals, we head to the fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell. This delightful escape has whitewashed houses that reach right down to the sea-front and a number of traditional restaurants - perfect for a leisurely lunch. You can also explore the rocky coastline, take a dip in the inviting waters, or follow the coastline round to the beautiful cliff-top botanic gardens at Cap Roig.
From Calella de Palafrugell we will return to Barcelona, arriving at 7:30pm.
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5 star rating: Highly Recommended Probably one of the most beautiful side trips out of Barcelona that we took. Had the same guide we had to the Pyrenees. She was wonderful and really knows her history. Had a wonderful meal in Calella. It was our last day in Spain before we headed home to the U.S., so we were really worn out when we got back to Barcelona. Reviewed by: Charles I, United States of America, April 2010
5 star rating: Highly Recommended Our guide was fantastic...we have an great trip...saw more than we expected and thoroughly enjoyed the entire day...WELL worth doing Reviewed by: Steven S, United States of America, July 2010
5 star rating: Highly Recommended Tour guide was excellent. They used a mini van and only a small number of travellers is the most pleasant way to go. This was a great way to get to Girona and the Costa Brava. The stop in between Girona and the Costa Brava was unnecessary. I would have liked more time on the Costa Brava and I would have preferred a more upscale town. The town we were in was very crowded and the beach was just OK. There were lots of restaurants to choose from. Reviewed by: Anonymous, United States of America, November 2009
Departure point: Tours depart from opposite the outdoor cafe of the famous Palau de la Musica off Via Laietana. The exact address in C/ Palau de la Musica, 1 - 08003 - Barcelona
Inclusions: Professional guide.
Lunch and refreshments
Entrance to the Botanic
Important information: Customers need to call during office hours to confirm their booking. Our office hours are: Monday to Friday, from 9:00 AM to 14:00 PM and from 16:00 PM till 19:00 PM. Lunches - are not included. However we stop in places where there are a wide range of lunch options to suit all budgets.
There is enough time to go swimming at Calella de Palafrugell, so if you want, bring your swimming costume. and a beach towel.
All return times are approximate.
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Price: 79 euros