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Costa Brava

A picturesque rocky coastline - home to charming towns, Spain's best diving spots, and Salvador Dalí.

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Lloret de Mar: Catamaran Sailing Tour with BBQ and Drinks

1. Lloret de Mar: Catamaran Sailing Tour with BBQ and Drinks

Enjoy the ultimate day of fun in the sun with a sailing trip along the Costa Brava. Climb aboard a beautiful catamaran in Lloret de Mar and set sail. Lie in the big net bow area and feel the sensation of floating over the sea while listening to music and having a drink.   After 1 hour of sailing past the stunning landscape of cliffs, caves, secluded beaches, and fishing villages, the boat will stop at a quiet spot. Swim in a small inlet, play on the giant floating mattress, or go snorkeling in the beautiful waters. Enjoy a barbecue onboard, beef hamburgers, marinated chicken dices, pasta with tomato sauce, salad, and dessert. Top off the experience with complimentary drinks including beer, sangria, soft drinks, and water. Return to Lloret de Mar with the music turned up, and soak in the atmosphere.

From Barcelona: Girona, Figueres and Dalí Museum Day Tour

2. From Barcelona: Girona, Figueres and Dalí Museum Day Tour

Discover the 2 most representative cities of northern Catalonia, Girona and Figueres, on a full-day tour from Barcelona. Explore Girona's medieval monuments on a guided walking tour, and plunge into Salvador Dalí's surreal world at the Dalí Theater-Museum in Figueres. Meet your guide and set off from Barcelona to head first to Girona, a city founded by the Romans. Learn about Girona's history with your guide, and admire a city used as a filming location for Game of Thrones. See some of the finest historic architecture in Spain, including medieval walls, Romanesque and Gothic monuments, Arab baths, baroque spaces, and one of the best-preserved Jewish quarters in Europe. Next, make your way to Figueres, the world capital of surrealism. Take advantage of priority entrance to the Dalí Theatre-Museum, which contains the largest collection of the artist's works and is a surrealist work of art in its own right. Step into a different universe when you enter the museum, and immerse yourself in Dalí's unique world on an orientation tour. Take some time to explore the permanent Dalí Jewels exhibition, then conclude your tour with a return journey to Barcelona and the original meeting point.

Barcelona: Costa Brava Kayak & Snorkel Tour with Lunch

3. Barcelona: Costa Brava Kayak & Snorkel Tour with Lunch

Try something different during your time in Barcelona and explore the wild coast of the Costa Brava by kayak. Travel by private coach from the city center to a picturesque beach. Navigate with a guide to places that are only accessible from the water. Meet your guide in Barcelona and being your kayaking adventure. Discover secret coves and small caves. Get up close to marine life and enjoy an activity that requires no previous experience. Discover a gentle and relaxing day out for all the family. Go for a dip and marvel at the rugged cliffs and coastline from a different perspective. Get the chance to jump from rocks and go for a swim in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea.  Refuel with a lunch of freshly prepared hams and cheese sandwiches on the beach. Don't worry about getting travel sports insurance as full injury insurance is included. In the unlikely event that anything should happen to you, you'll be covered.

From Barcelona: Girona and Costa Brava Full-Day Tour

4. From Barcelona: Girona and Costa Brava Full-Day Tour

Explore the stunning landscapes of the Costa Brava on a full-day tour to Girona from Barcelona. Depart the Catalan capital for the city of Girona, where the remains of its Roman and medieval past make an interesting contrast to the present-day city. Get lost in a maze of narrow streets, and venture into the best-preserved Jewish Ghetto in Europe. Admire the cathedral, home to the widest Gothic nave in the world. Marvel at the brightly colored houses on the banks of the Onyar River. Then, transfer to the breathtaking landscapes and villages of the Costa Brava, stopping at the medieval village of Pals en route. Stroll down cobblestone streets, and enjoy some of the best panoramas of the Mediterranean Sea whipped up by the fierce Tramontana wind. Marvel at the fields and plains of Empordà extending to the horizon. Discover dramatic views of the Catalan coast, surrounded by green mountains, sheer cliffs, and small villages of whitewashed houses. Stop in the traditional fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell, and feel as if you have been transported back to yesteryear. Explore the pristine landscape of Calella, and discover the ancient pathways of the Caminos de Ronda. Once used by fishermen, watchmen and smugglers, these paths allow you to explore the virgin coast at your leisure, where you will discover popular beaches and inaccessible coves and cliffs. Take a dip in crystal clear water, surrounded by unspoiled nature.

From Barcelona: Girona, Figueres, and Cadaqués Day Trip

5. From Barcelona: Girona, Figueres, and Cadaqués Day Trip

Explore the cities of Girona, Figueres and Cadaqués on this day trip from Barcelona. Admire the Jewish Quarter in Girona and see the Castle of San Fernando in Figueres. Head to the coast for a visit to the fishing village of Cadaqués. Meet your guide in Barcelona and hop aboard a spacious and air-conditioned bus. Settle in for the scenic ride to the city of Girona. Arrive in Girona and visit one of the most impressive historic centers in Catalonia. Soak up the vibe in the colorful Jewish Quarter. Continue to Figueres, an important communications hub that connects Spain with France. There, enjoy an optional visit on your own to the famous Dalí Theater-Museum, built on the grounds of the city's former theater, which has the largest collection of Salvador Dalí's works. Have some free time to try delicious Catalan cuisine. Get recommendations from your guide on where to shop, eat, and drink. Finally, reach Cadaqués, a dreamy fishing village in the easternmost point of the Iberian Peninsula. Uncover the charm of its narrow streets, the impressive church of Santa María, the artistic treasures of medieval times, and the quaint fishermen's houses that are in its historic center. Once the visit to Cadaqués is over, return to Barcelona by bus. 

From Barcelona: Costa Brava Kayaking and Snorkeling Day Trip

6. From Barcelona: Costa Brava Kayaking and Snorkeling Day Trip

Discover the Costa Brava on a day trip from Barcelona. Snorkel and Kayak in the Mediterranean. Explore caves and coves and learn about local flora and fauna. Savor a picnic in a stunning natural setting and end your experience with a refreshing drink at a bar in central Barcelona. Depart Barcelona and journey along the Costa Brava for approximately 1 hour to reach the start point of your exciting kayak and snorkel adventure. Upon arrival at the beach, get outfitted with all the necessary equipment and listen to the instructions from your guide. Explore secluded beaches and rocky caves by kayak, and swim and snorkel among the native marine life. Encounter volcanic cliffs towering above the shimmering waters, brimming with fish, sea urchins, coral formations, and more. Along the way, enjoy a picnic lunch and complimentary water, and get plenty of free time to chill out on a white sand beach. Head back into the heart of Barcelona at the end of your adventure, and enjoy a round of beer or sangria at a bar on arrival.

Barcelona: Montserrat, Girona & Costa Brava Guided Day Trip

7. Barcelona: Montserrat, Girona & Costa Brava Guided Day Trip

Enhance an exclusive experience on a full-day tour through 3 iconic sites: Montserrat, Girona, and Costa Brava, and discover Barcelona’s emblematic surroundings. The experience starts in the upper part of Passeig de Gràcia, before journeying to experience the natural splendor of Montserrat, Catalonia’s most emblematic mountain, topped by a Benedictine monastery. On the way to the Monastery, admire the Massif of Montserrat, a spectacular multi-peaked rocky range packed with unique needle-shape formations. Learn about the cornerstone of Catalan culture, history, nature, and spirituality. Enjoy an exclusive guided tour of the basilica—home to the revered ‘Black Madonna’ statue—and the atrium, cloister, and main square. Continue this amazing experience and head to Girona. In it's charming Old Town, discover the remains of a Roman and medieval past that coexist with the present, offering an image full of contrasts. Your guide will reveal all the secrets of the city. Explore the best-preserved Jewish quarter in Europe. Admire the cathedral, boasting the widest Gothic nave in the world, and marvel at the colorful spectacle of houses along the Onyar River, which splits the city in two. Cross over Pont de les Peixateries Velles and go to the top of Girona’s medieval walls to enjoy the best panoramic views. If you are interested in The Game of Thrones series, the guide will show the locations where the 6th season was filmed. Then you’ll have free time to have lunch and discover the city by yourself. End this exclusive tour in the beautiful village of Costa Brava. Feel the breeze, relax, discover amazing coves, and admire the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

From L’Estartit: Snorkeling Trip to the Medes Islands

8. From L’Estartit: Snorkeling Trip to the Medes Islands

Discover one of the best snorkeling spots off the Costa Brava on this wonderful eco-tour. Explore the seven islands of the Medes Islands archipelago, located just a mile from L’Estartit beach. See the incredible marine flora and fauna as you snorkel through this beautiful nature reserve. Meet your guide who will welcome you and give you the snorkeling equipment. Before we get on board, the guide will do an eco-briefing to show how the equipment works and what will you see on the activity. When we are ready, we will get on board of a small boat and depart for the islands. When you arrive at the archipelago, jump into the water in groups of 8 to 10 people with a guide who will show you the best spots to see the fishes. After 50 minutes of snorkeling, return to the boat and you enjoy time for swimming or relaxing on deck. Finally, if the weather is nice, take a short cruise around the islands before returning to the harbor. Conclude your tour docked at the harbor.

Costa Brava: Sea Caves Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour

9. Costa Brava: Sea Caves Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour

Meet your small group at the Sant Pol Sailing & Kayaking School right by the beach and get ready for the activity. After a short introduction and a technical and safety briefing, you'll have time to get kitted out before taking to the waters. Explore secluded beaches and rocky caves and clifts by kayak. During the tour, your instructor will explain the history, nature, and curiosities of this coastal place so that you can take an even more complete experience. As a complement to the activity, stop the kayaks in a protected cove or bay to jump into the water with a mask and snorkel equipment to do some snorkeling. Refresh yourself while you enjoy observing the marine nature through the crystal clear blue and emerald green waters. Observe the local fish, as well as sea urchins, starfish, and with a little luck, an octopus. Re-energized, take the opportunity to explore the rugged cliffs and the coastline at your own pace. Or, if you're feeling laid-back, relax and sunbathe on the white sand beach.

From Barcelona: Costa Brava Day Tour

10. From Barcelona: Costa Brava Day Tour

Explore the rugged coastline of charming beaches, pine forests, and crystal-clear water on the Girona coast with this day trip from Barcelona. Travel aboard an air-conditioned bus to Lloret de Mar, and take a boat to to Tossa de Mar for a guided tour.  Depart from bus station "Estació del Nord" in central Barcelona in the morning for the drive to Lloret de Mar, the main tourist village of the Costa Brava. Upon arrival, find yourself immersed in the hustle and bustle of this vibrant town. Stroll along the promenade for breathtaking views of the majestic Lloret Beach and the hidden Sa Caleta. Walk through the narrow streets, which retain an ambiance of Lloret’s maritime past. Uncover the modernist architecture of the Church of St. Roma. Climb on board the Dofijets, and sail to the neighboring village of Tossa de Mar. Gaze at the characteristic landscape as you cruise, a procession of huge cliffs that have been shaped by the sea and wind into fanciful forms over centuries. Arrive at Tossa de Mar and explore its beaches and Medieval remains. Explore the Old Town of Tossa, listed as an artistic-historic monument since 1931, and one of the few remaining fortified medieval towns on the Catalan coast.  Discover traditional fishing neighborhoods, such as Sa Roqueta. Have free time for lunch in Tossa, where your can check-out an array of gastronomic offerings or visit the boutique shops. In the afternoon, head back to Barcelona by bus.

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4.6 / 5

based on 3,986 reviews

Second time in Barcelona. Had planned day trips out of the city by train These three locations were high on our list .this tour got us to all three in one long day. Worked perfectly for us . The guide yimenez(??) was excellent : organized. , enthusiastic and informative . We had enough time in every location for our needs Girona was great for lunch with multiple options. We chose vermuteria Lola in a side street near the cathedral. Perfect cheese plate with local wine. Too early for vermouth

Katrina (I hope I spelled our guide’s name) - she was great from the start! My parents and I had a wonderful time exploring and learning throughout this guided tour. Unfortunately the early start in the morning was not so disappointing due to the rain and heavy fog. We were looking forward to the Montserrat and the views from the mountain. The weather was out of our control. However this tour was more than money’s worth. Thank you!

The journey was truly fantastic, with breathtaking destinations, and the guide displayed exceptional professionalism. He was incredibly courteous and possessed a wealth of knowledge about the history of the sites and current attractions, delivering his expertise in an engaging manner. It is recommended to extend the duration of this trip, where there were numerous locations to explore.

Nuria as a guide and Lidia as a driver have been a great duo; attentive, very attentive to everyone. The tour is special; because there are three places to visit; but all good. It was a beautiful experience; it is recommended; especially on trips of a few days through Barcelona. Thank you,

Loved this trip, would recommend to anyone wanting to have a daytrip from Barca and to get yo know more about Dali. Our guide, Carlos, was also amazing. Very knowledgeable and nice!