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Full Day Costa Brava tour from Barcelona

Costa Brava

Itinerary

On this tour we will visit the coastal area of Girona, named a 100 years ago as Costa Brava. The name is due to its unique rocky, rugged and cut shape coastline, composed of small coves surrounded by pine forests and lapped by crystal water.

We will discover the southern part of the Costa Brava visiting two villages that represent the essence of that coast. They are completely opposed but, at the same time, both complement each other perfectly. Consequently, we will go back to Barcelona with a complete idea of what Costa Brava is.

We will take the motorway and after 1h15m we will arrive in Lloret de Mar, the main touristic village of Costa Brava. As soon as we get there we will perceive its hustle and bustle. The city welcomes visitors from all over the world who are willing to enjoy its beaches, hotels, shops, activities and especially its lively nightlife.

We will have about an hour to explore this colorful and dynamic village with strong personality. Along its unique beach promenade we will be able to enjoy great views of its beaches, from the majestic beach of Lloret to the hidden Sa Caleta. In addition, two small hills on both edges of the beach promenade are privileged view points throughout of the place and surroundings.

Walking through its narrow streets, which still have reminiscence of its recent maritime past, we will find plenty of shops to suit all preferences: from the latest brands to the typical beach bazaars.

In the middle of its most famous shopping street we will also be able to admire architectural jewels of great value such as Saint Roma, a church of an exquisite modernism style and inside the church, a 16th century altarpiece which is still so very well preserved.

At approximately 10:50AM we will go on board the boat DOFIJETS, which will lead us to the neighboring village of Tossa de Mar. During the sailing trip we will be able to enjoy the unique and characteristic landscape of Costa Brava: a display of different huge cliffs which have been shaped in fanciful forms over the centuries by the strength of sea and wind.

At about 12:00 pm we will get to the emblematic village of Tossa de Mar, considered “the pearl of Costa Brava” because in this small area we can find all those landscape and historic elements which have given its well-deserved fame. Its spectacular sceneries; from its shores, beaches and caves in the cliffs to its lush vegetation, turn it into one of the locations that has best preserved its natural environment, in perfect harmony with the tourism industry.

Nowadays it is the only existing model of a medieval fortification on the Catalan coast. Built at the beginning of the XIII century, it has been object of numerous refurbishments that have given it its current structure. Outside its walls we can find the traditional fishing neighborhood known as Sa Roqueta, which still keeps the sailor atmosphere of these typical villages on Costa Brava.

Once we arrive in Tossa de Mar, we will begin a walking tour from the beach, following the fortified perimeter up to the lighthouse on the top, for those who are interested. From there, you will appreciate stunning views of the coastline. When descending, we will walk past through the narrow streets and stony houses of Vila Vella until we get to the fishing district. From there on, you will have free time to have lunch. Doubtlessly, this village has the greatest gastronomic offer from all Costa Brava.

At 3:00 pm the tour will be finished and we will go back to Barcelona, where we will arrive at about 4:30 pm. (8hrs tour)


11hrs tour

On this tour we will visit the coastal area of Girona, named a 100 years ago as Costa Brava. The name is due to its unique rocky, rugged and cut shape coastline, composed of small coves surrounded by pine forests and lapped by crystal water.

We will take the motorway and around 10:15am we are going to arrive in Calella de Palafrugell, a small fisherman’s village that still retains today the traditional appearance of the past.

It is a village of great beauty in both architecture and landscape. The town, splashed with small bays, becomes a fusion of land and sea that is an incomparable setting. We will have free time to explore the village, enjoy the scenery and for sure, take great photographs.

Approximately 11:15am, we will start walking along Camino de Ronda, which is going to lead us to the neighborhood town of Llafranc. We will hike about 30 minutes, suitable for all ages, easy terrain for everyone. The “Camino de Ronda” borders all the Costa Brava and was used to control the maritime smuggling. Today, thanks to this, you can discover beautiful spots that wouldn’t be otherwise accessible. Llafranc is also a small, elegant and captivating seaside town, with all the delightfulness of the towns on this coast.

Around 12:00 we will arrive to Pals, a town located inland and on the top of a hill. The location is entirely built into an ancient medieval village.

The enclosure is crowned with a cylindrical tower from the XII century, visible from far away. It has an excellent terrace that offers stunning views of the Costa Brava and its immediate surroundings. Walking through the cobbled streets you will feel like you have gone back in time. Take time to appreciate the round arches, facades with pointed windows arches and stone balconies, all perfectly restored.

Our next visit is to l’Estartit, seaside village with an important port famous worldwide for being a great diving center because the Medes Islands archipelago lies only one kilometer from the coast. Medes islands are of great interest for the wide variety of flora and fauna that inhabit in the whole marine area, with more than 1200 classified organisms. The ecosystem has been identified as the best marine reserve in the occidental Mediterranean. It has been declared National Natural Park and ZEPIM. (Special protected area of importance in the Mediterranean).

You will have free time to have lunch and take a small stroll around town and at 15:00pm we will get on board of Nautilus, a boat with submarine vision.

The sailing lasts about 1h30m. We will steer towards the outer islands, which we will tack.

The views are spectacular, as they are, through submerged cabins with large windows, you can enjoy an exceptional view of a sea floor full of life, as if you were diving! The itinerary continues to the stunning cliffs of Sierra de Montgrí only accessible by boat and one of the most preserved, unspoiled areas of Costa Brava.

Our last stop is at the extensive Greek and Roman ruins of Empúries, to which we are going to arrive around 17:00 pm. Once there, we will start a guided tour around the whole site. It is the only site in Spain where both Greek and later a Roman city coexisted. Empúries is also located in a privileged surrounding, right in front of the sea.

In the Greek city we can admire the remains of city walls, the acropolis, the market square and numerous buildings. Outside the archaeological site we can see the Greek port, which dates back to the 1st century B.C. To this same location was where in 1992 arrived the Olympic torch for the Olympic Games in Barcelona.

In the roman city the highlights are a mosaic floor in excellent condition, the forum, remains of an amphitheater, several statues and traces of street frameworks.

At 18:00h the tour is finished and we will go back to Barcelona, where we will arrive at around 20:00h

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Pickup

Carrer de Balmes nº 5, Barcelona

Dropoff

Carrer de Balmes nº 5, Barcelona

Things to bring

  • voucher
  • camera

Inclusions

  • Air conditioned motor coach
  • Bilingual guide.
  • Audio guide in four languages
  • Ticket Boat Dofijet

Exclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Any other service not specified.

Cancellation

  • Cancellations more than a week in advance only administration costs of 15%
  • Cancellation between a week and 48 hours prior to departure date: 100% of the total amount
  • Cancellation less than 48 hours prior to departure date: 100% of the total amount
  • No show: no restitution

Additional Info

  • Please be aware that the tour includes walking we kindly advise you to use comfortable clothes and shoes and be ready for some walking.