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If you crave beautiful weather, some of the best food in the world, and wish to see some of the most impressive gothic architecture in Europe then look no further than this holiday to Costa Brava & Barcelona. The Costa Brava has the perfect combination of superb beaches, stunning landscapes and secluded coves.

Located in the northeast of Spain, it is home to some of the best cuisine on the continent and in particular some magnificent seafood, which is enjoyed in the many tapas bars and restaurants dotted along the coast.

A short journey from the Costa Brava is the Catalan capital of Barcelona, home to Gaudi’s celebrated architecture, Las Ramblas and the spectacular Gothic Quarter. Enjoy two full days exploring these attractions and more, including Güell Park and Montjuïc Viewing Point. A further day will be spent discovering nearby Girona and Montserrat to view the Black Madonna. See this beautiful part of the Iberian Peninsula for yourself on our 7-night break.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Euro (€)
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Airport
Flight duration is approx 2 ½ hours. Barcelona Airport is approx 20 minutes from your hotel
Climate

The Mediterranean climate or Barcelona is warm and sunny. Expect temperatures of 13 to 19 degrees.

Food & Drink

Spanish food tends to be delicious, healthy, and full of flavour. Tapas, paella, fresh fish, grilled meat, seafood and chorizo are just some of the many things you can expect to find on the menus here. The food of the region is perfectly complemented by local wines.

Average Prices for Region

Coffee: €1.45

Beer: €4.00

Glass of wine: €3.50

Main course: €12.00

Soft Drink: €2.00

Bottled Water: €0.50

Packing List

We advise you to bring:

  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Homage to Barcelona by Colm Toibin

Holiday highlights

Las Ramblas

Las Ramblas is a tree-lined pedestrian mall and is the centre of the city for tourists and locals alike. Las Ramblas forms the boundary between the Gothic Quarter and El Raval and is filled with cafés, restaurants and shops.  It has many side streets, which lead to an array of squares and other interesting areas of the area. It is a must-see for any visitor to the city.

Montjuïc Park

Montjuïc, which translates as “Jew Mountain,” in medieval Catalan is the largest open space in the city and is a departure from the hustle and bustle of Las Ramblas. It houses some great attractions including the Fundació Joan Miró, which is a modern art museum. There is also an Olympic and Sports Museum which showcases the city’s hosting of the Olympics in 1992. The botanical gardens are another point of interest.

La Sagrada Família

The most ambitious work of Gaudi­, La Sagrada Família has to be seen to be believed.  Work began in 1882 and is still on-going. Describing Sagrada Família, art critic Rainer Zerbst said, "It is probably impossible to find a church building anything like it in the entire history of art”.

Museu Picasso

Barcelona's most visited museum shows numerous works tracing the artist's early years and is especially strong on his Blue Period, with canvasses like The Defenceless, as well as ceramics and early works from the 1890s. The rest of the museum traces Picasso's life and travels.

La Boqueria

Arguably one of the best food markets in the world, La Boqueria gives visitors the chance to sample local ingredients, witness cookery demonstrations and sample Catalan delicacies..

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Euro (€)
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Airport
Flight duration is approx 2 ½ hours. Barcelona Airport is approx 20 minutes from your hotel
Climate

The Mediterranean climate or Barcelona is warm and sunny. Expect temperatures of 13 to 19 degrees.

Food & Drink

Spanish food tends to be delicious, healthy, and full of flavour. Tapas, paella, fresh fish, grilled meat, seafood and chorizo are just some of the many things you can expect to find on the menus here. The food of the region is perfectly complemented by local wines.

Average Prices for Region

Coffee: €1.45

Beer: €4.00

Glass of wine: €3.50

Main course: €12.00

Soft Drink: €2.00

Bottled Water: €0.50

Packing List

We advise you to bring:

  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Homage to Barcelona by Colm Toibin

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to Spain

Morning

Travel to Spain

Depart for Barcelona, where you will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Your guide will provide lots of tips and information to help get a great holiday under way.

Day 2 - Panoramic Tour of Barcelona

Morning

Panoramic Tour of Barcelona

You will start your holiday with a panoramic tour of Barcelona to get your bearings in this stunning city. As you drive through the streets your guide will point out incredible pieces of art & architecture in the style of Antoni Gaudi and other Catalan Modernist Artists.  Your first stop is Montjuïc Viewing Point so you can see the entire city laid out before you. Next you move on to visit two of Gaudi’s most famous works, La Sagrada Família Church and Park Güell. 

Afternoon

Gothic Quarter

After lunch you will embark on a walking tour of Barcelona’s iconic Gothic Quarter. The Gothic Quarter or Barri Gòtic is the centre of the old city of Barcelona and many of the buildings date from medieval times, some from as far back as the Roman settlement. The area is made up of a labyrinth of small streets running off the famous Las Ramblas, many of which open up to squares, which contain churches and basilicas.

Day 3 – Cava Tasting & Montserrat

Full Day

Cava Tasting & Montserrat

Today your guide will take you to the mountain top location of Montserrat, just under an hour away from your hotel. Along the way you will stop in the wine region of Penedès, to take a tour of the winery and cellars of the famous Cava producers Codorníu, followed by a tasting of their range of sparkling wines.  Afterwards you will travel on up into the impressive peaks of Montserrat. Once there you will visit the beautiful Benedictine Abbey, Santa Maria de Montserrat. The Abbey acted as a sanctuary for many scholars, artists and politicians during Franco’s rule and from the 1940’s was seen as a symbol of Catalan nationalism.  The Basilica is notable for enshrining the famous statue of the Virgin of Montserrat. This is one of the black Madonnas of Europe and although it is believed by some to have been carved in Jerusalem in the early days of the church, it is more likely a Romanesque sculpture from the late 12th century. The school choir sing daily at midday in the Basilica.  You will have the afternoon to explore Montserrat at your own pace. You might like to visit the gallery housing art from many famous artists or take the funicular to the top of one of the highest peaks for breathtaking views of Barcelona and the coast.

Day 4 - At Leisure in Barcelona

Full Day

At Leisure in Barcelona

Today you will have a guided transfer into Barcelona where you can spend the day exploring the city at your own pace.  You might like to revisit some of the places you saw during your city tour. You can return to La Sagrada Família to enter the church and take time to explore the interior. Another option is to take the cable car to the top of Montjuïc and spend more time enjoying the views and walks. Take a trip to one of the many markets or museums in the city and stop for some refreshments in one of the many bars & restaurants by the port or at La Boqueria, the famous food market off Las Ramblas.  You will have a guided transfer back to your hotel this evening. 

Day 5 - Girona & Dali Museum

Morning

Girona

After breakfast, your guide will take you to the small city of Girona.  You will take a walking tour through the beautifully preserved Jewish Quarter to the Santa Maria Cathedral. The cathedral is built on the site of a mosque, which was built by the Moors and was rebuilt after their expulsion. The present edifice is one of the most important monuments of the Majorcan architect Jaume Fabre and is an excellent example of Gothic Catalan architecture. You will finish the tour in the town’s main Plaza where you can take lunch at your leisure in one of the many tapas bars. 

Afternoon

Dali Museum

This afternoon you will travel to the town of Figueres to visit the Dalí Museum, widely regarded as the home of surrealism. Salvador Dalí was born in Figueres and has an eccentric artistic repertoire including film, sculpture and photography. The heart of the museum is the building that housed the Figueres town theatre when Dalí was a child and is where the young Dalí’s first exhibitions were showcased. The museum now displays the largest and most diverse collection of his works. 

Day 6 - At Leisure

Full Day

At Leisure

Today you can avail of a transfer to Barcelona, for independent sightseeing there. Revisit the Gothic Quarter and explore its atmospheric streets, stroll along Las Ramblas and have fun watching the street vendors and performers, try some delicious tapas!

Day 7 - At Leisure

Full Day

At Leisure

Another chance to relax by the beach, do some souvenir shopping and perhaps enjoy an al fresco drink or lunch in the Spanish sunshine.

Day 8 - Return Home

Morning

Return Home

Time to head for home, with some wonderful holiday memories.  Transfer from your hotel to Barcelona airport for your flight home, with guide assistance.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

Hotel Promenade 4

Located on the beautiful beachfront of Pineda de Mar, the popular Hotel Promenade has stunning views and is in a great location for enjoying the sea or travelling to Barcelona or Girona. The bright and comfortable rooms provide all the modern amenities needed to ensure an enjoyab... read more read more read more

Located on the beautiful beachfront of Pineda de Mar, the popular Hotel Promenade has stunning views and is in a great location for enjoying the sea or travelling to Barcelona or Girona. The bright and comfortable rooms provide all the modern amenities needed to ensure an enjoyable and stress free stay. The Promenade Bar-Café is a great place for those wishing to take the edge off or just relax and talk to other guests. The outside pool and terrace is perfect for enjoying the sun or taking a lazy swim. 

Hotel address
Hotel Promenade
Passeig Marítim, 7
Mail box 82

Pineda de Mar
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Best Western Hotel Les Palmeres 4

Best Western Hotel Les Palmeres is located in the seaside town of Calella, 57 km from Barcelona.  The beach is on your doorstep and the town centre with its numerous restaurants, bars, cafes and shops, is just a short stroll away.  With simple but pleasant accommodation... read more read more read more

Best Western Hotel Les Palmeres is located in the seaside town of Calella, 57 km from Barcelona.  The beach is on your doorstep and the town centre with its numerous restaurants, bars, cafes and shops, is just a short stroll away.  With simple but pleasant accommodation, a relaxing ambience and welcoming staff, Hotel Les Palmeres will be your home from home during your Costa Brava holiday. 

Hotel address
Best Western Hotel Les Palmeres
C/ Diputacion, 1 - 08370 CALELLA (Barcelona)


Costa Brava
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*Some hotel facilities are seasonally operated and may not be available at the time of your stay. Charges may apply for certain facilities.

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