Visit Girona, a well-established city that has survived many a siege in the course of its long history since around 76 BC. Resulting from the domination of many different individuals is the richness of its architectural heritage.
The tour will leave Barcelona at 8:30am and will head straight up to Girona, a well-established city that has survived many a siege in the course of its long history since around 76 BC. Resulting from the domination of many different individuals is the richness of its architectural heritage.Among the examples of this are the Cathedral, founded in 1038 on the site of a former mosque, and the spectacular Roman walls along which you can walk when into. The river Onyar neatly divides the city in two, separating the old from the new town. There is a wide variety of museums and historical sites in Girona. The narrow streets of the old town are in themselves very pleasant just to wander around, to window-shop at, or to quietly sip coffee at while people-watching.
From Girona, the tour will head on to the Santuari dels Angels, a spot of such beauty that Salvador Dali chose it for his wedding. On a clear day, this spot offers panoramic views of the whole Girona region.
We will then make our way to Pals, a small city that grew from a fortress. The name of the city comes from palus, the Latin word for marshlands, as this is just what the fortress used to be surrounded by despite having long dried out. 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 today.
From Pals, we will head to the fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell, passing Begur on the way. Begur, with its hilly landscape and therefore commanding views of the surrounding area, was also the site of a fortress and a castle; these were destroyed three times throughout their long history, and now only ruins remain. There will be opportunities to stop for photographs along this road.
We will stop for lunch in Calella de Palafrugell, where the coastline is more than stunning and the seafood restaurants are of good value and quality. In Calella de Palafrugell, you will be struck by the clean lines of the whitewashed houses that almost reach right down to the seafront. Here, you can explore the rocky coastline, perhaps take a dip in the inviting waters, or can follow the coastline round to the beautiful clifftop botanic gardens at Cap Roig, the result of a romantic 1920s love story that took 50 years to complete.
From Calella de Palafrugell we will return to Barcelona, arriving at 19:30.
- Transport in a small luxury mini-coach with full air-conditioning
- Services of a professional English-speaking guide
- Meals and drinks (unless specified)
- Tips and gratuities
- Personal expenses
- Entrance to the Botanic Gardens at Cap Roig
- To ensure that you will receive our guide's undivided attention, this tour is limited to 15 participants only.
- Lunches are not included. We stop, however, in places where you have a range of lunch options to suit your budget. There are picnic options available.
- Because we believe in giving you opportunities to get off the bus and get out and about, please bring suitable clothing, footwear, and sun protection.
- You will also have the opportunity to go swimming at Calella de Palafrugell. You could bring your swimwear and a beach towel.
- All return times are approximate.