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The Pyrenees, Andorra & Catalonia
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The Pyrenees, Andorra & Catalonia

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If you’re looking for a holiday that combines stunning mountain scenery, beautiful beaches and varied culture, then look no further than this 7 night holiday to The Pyrenees, Andorra and Catalonia.  Based in Andorra La Vella for the first part of your holiday, you will be ideally located to explore the surrounding Pyrenees Mountains on included excursions to La Cerdanya and the French border, as well as Spanish markets in La Seu d’Urgell. 

You will also spend time on the lovely Maresme coast outside of Barcelona. Take a guided tour of Catalonia’s capital, taking in its impressive Gaudi architecture, including the Sagrada Familia, as well as its historic Gothic quarter and the bustling Las Ramblas. You will also have the opportunity to take additional optional excursions to the famous monastery at Montserrat and to the towns of Girona and Figueras, home of the Dali museum.

 

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 with their embassy. 
Airport
Flight duration is approx. 2 ½ hours. Barcelona–El Prat Airport is located 12 km southwest of the centre of Barcelona city, roughly 2hrs 45 minutes from your hotel in Andorra La Vella and 1 hour from your hotel in Calella. 
Climate

The Mediterranean climate of Barcelona is warm and sunny, and weather in Andorra should be similarly pleasant in September. Expect temperatures of 18 to 26 degrees. 

Food & Drink

Cuisine in Andorra tends to be quite simple, and blends influences from the surrounding areas of France, Spain & Catalonia. Spanish food itself is 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. There are countless shops and markets throughout Barcelona where you can pick up meats and cheeses to bring home. 

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

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Homage to Barcelona by Colm Toibin

Andorra: A Novel by Peter Cameron

Holiday highlights

Gaudi’s Barcelona

Antoni Gaudi is Barcelona’s best-known and most renowned architect and his still unfinished Sagrada Família is the most visited monument in Spain.  Work began in 1882 and is still ongoing, with an anticipated completion date of 2026. Each side of the building displays a different style of art & architecture, true to Gaudi’s original design but also displaying influences from other architects who have worked on it over the years. You will also visit the incredible Park Güell, containing some of Gaudi’s most ornamental and creative works, as well as some of his magnificent buildings along the Paseo de Gracia Boulevard. 

The Pyrenees

Stretching for over 400km along the border between France & Spain, The Pyrenees Mountains are truly one of Europe’s most remarkable sights. Visit some of the picturesque towns in the border region as you take in the beautiful scenery of this world renowned mountain range.

Andorra La Vella 

The capital of the tiny independent principality of Andorra is situated high in the Pyrenees Mountains. The town has a rich history and is home to some a number of impressive Romanesque churches. The charming Old Town is characterised by its by narrow cobblestone streets and pretty squares, and is home to the 16th century Casa de la Vall, now Andorra's parliament. It’s also a great spot for some duty free shopping. 

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 with their embassy. 
Airport
Flight duration is approx. 2 ½ hours. Barcelona–El Prat Airport is located 12 km southwest of the centre of Barcelona city, roughly 2hrs 45 minutes from your hotel in Andorra La Vella and 1 hour from your hotel in Calella. 
Climate

The Mediterranean climate of Barcelona is warm and sunny, and weather in Andorra should be similarly pleasant in September. Expect temperatures of 18 to 26 degrees. 

Food & Drink

Cuisine in Andorra tends to be quite simple, and blends influences from the surrounding areas of France, Spain & Catalonia. Spanish food itself is 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. There are countless shops and markets throughout Barcelona where you can pick up meats and cheeses to bring home. 

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

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Homage to Barcelona by Colm Toibin

Andorra: A Novel by Peter Cameron

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to Andorra

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Morning

Travel to Andorra

Upon arrival in Barcelona airport you will be met by your friendly local guide who will accompany you to your hotel in Andorra La Vella. 

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Afternoon

At Leisure

Spend the afternoon settling in to your hotel and exploring the capital of Andorra at your own pace. Your guide will be happy to make suggestions of activities to suit your interests.

Day 2 – Andorra City Tour

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Full Day

Andorra La Vella

Today you will have a full day tour of Andorra La Vella, including a walking tour of the sights.  Explore the historic part of the city, including a visit to the 300 year old parliament building and the main square, with its beautiful view over the town and surrounding countryside.  After lunch, pay a visit to Ricard Bofill’s famous church in Mertixell, which houses the guardian angel of Andorra. You will then take a scenic trip up into the mountains where there will be the option of a lake side walk, reaching a high point of 1,600 metres above sea level. If you prefer, stay in the city and spend some more time exploring its sights and attractions. 

Day 3 – La Cerdanya and the French border

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La Cerdanya and the French border

Today, enjoy beautiful scenery as you travel towards the French border through the valley of Cerdanya along the River Segre. Admire the stunning backdrop of the Pyrenees Mountains as you cross into France at the town of Bourg Madame before continuing on to the town of Mont Louis. There will be time for a stop at the old station of Porta for lunch with a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains, before heading back to Andorra through el Pas de la Casa, at a height of 2000m.

Day 4 – Market Day in Spain & Travel to Calella

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Morning

La Seu d’Urgell

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and travel into Spain to the city of La Seu d’Urgell for the traditional weekly market. You will have time to explore the market at your own pace, as well as the fascinating old town, with its narrow streets and charming arcades. You may also choose to visit the Romanesque cathedral of Santa Maria, one of the oldest churches in Spain. 

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Afternoon

Travel to Calella

Continue on your journey, with stops in Bellver de Cerdanya for lunch and in the beautiful medieval town of Besalú for afternoon coffee, before arriving at your beachside hotel in Calella on the Costa del Maresme.

Day 5 – Barcelona

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Barcelona

After breakfast, travel along the Mediterranean coast to Barcelona for a full day excursion. Spend the morning discovering some of Antoni Gaudi’s finest architecture, including the famous Park Güell, a number of magnificent buildings along the Paseo de Gracia boulevard, and of course, the recently dedicated Sagrada Familia. There will also be a visit up to the mountain of Montjuic, which affords great views over the harbour and city. Here you can also visit the Expo area from the world exhibition of 1929, as well as the stadia from the 1992 Olympic Games. Return to the Plaça Catalunya in the city centre to enjoy some free time for lunch. In the afternoon, your guide will take you on a walking tour of the old town, through the narrow streets and charming square of the Gothic quarter.  Wander along Las Ramblas, with its many flower stalls, cafés and street entertainers. Las Ramblas stretches all the way down to the harbour, where you can see the famous Columbus Statue. Make the return journey to your hotel in Calella in time for dinner. 

Day 6 - At Leisure OR Montserrat

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Optional excursion to Montserrat

Today you may choose to spend the day at your leisure in Calella or take an optional excursion to the Benedictine monastery of Montserrat. The monastery is situated high in the mountains, among the incredible rock formations that give the area its name, meaning “serrated mountain”. In the monastery you can see “La Moreneta” (The Black Madonna), an intricate statue carved from wood around 1000 years ago. On the return journey to Calella, there will be a stop in Catalonia’s famous “Penedès” wine region, where you can sample some of the local produce.  *Optional excursion to Montserrat may be booked in advance for a supplement of €55. Minimum numbers are required for the excursion to operate.*

Day 7 – At Leisure OR Figueras and Girona

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Optional excursion to Figueras and Girona

On your last day in Spain, you may choose to spend the day enjoying the beautiful sunshine and beaches of Calella, or embark on an optional excursion to Figueras and Girona with included entrance to the Dali museum.  The journey to Girona passes through the fertile plains of the Empordà, one of the richest agricultural regions in Catalonia. In this small yet beautiful city you can see the impressive cathedral and explore the well preserved Jewish quarter, as well as the many pretty squares and houses overlooking the river.  After some free time for lunch, continue on to Figueres, where Dalí was born and spent his childhood. The museum, which was a burnt-down theatre refurbished by Dalí himself, is a work of art in its own right and houses three floors full of the artist’s extravagant creations. *Optional excursion to Figueras and Girona may be booked in advance for a supplement of €46. Minimum numbers are required for the excursion to operate.*

Day 8 – Return Home

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Morning

Return Home

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and transfer with your guide to Barcelona airport for your flight home.  

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

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