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Barcelona: Full-Day Costa Brava and Dalí Museum Tour

1. Barcelona: Full-Day Costa Brava and Dalí Museum Tour

After meeting up at your bus, you will take the motorway before arriving in Calella de Palafrugell at around 9:45 AM. Calella de Palafrugell 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 has an incomparable setting. Enjoy some free time to explore the village, enjoy the scenery, and take great photographs. Later, start walking along Camino de Ronda, which is going to lead you to the neighborhood town of Llafranc. You will then hike for about 30 minutes over terrain which is easy to navigate for everyone. The “Camino de Ronda” borders all the Costa Brava, and was used to control maritime smuggling. Today, thanks to this, you can discover beautiful spots that wouldn’t be otherwise accessible Heading back to the bus, you will go onward to Pals, a town located inland on the top of a hill. The location is entirely built into an ancient Medieval village, and the enclosure is crowned with a cylindrical tower from the 12th century. It also 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. In the afternoon, arrive at Figueres where you can enjoy an hour and a half to grab lunch (own expense). Spend your time exploring the quaint streets of the old town before visiting the incredible Dalí Theater-Museum, which houses the largest collection of his artworks.

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Costa Brava Full-Day Tour from Barcelona

2. Costa Brava Full-Day Tour from Barcelona

This 12-hour tour from Barcelona explores the Girona coast, christened as the Costa Brava 100 years ago, due to its rugged coastline of small coves. Its superb natural beauty is apparent in several territories and protected areas, such as Cap de Creus, the Emporda Marshes, and the Marine Reserve of the Medes islands. The area has also historically been a point of entry, transit, and settlement for different cultures and civilizations. Each has left a footprint, evidenced by the Greek and Roman sites in Èmpuries. Depart from Plaça Catalunya at 8:30 AM, and take the motorway to Calella de Palafrugell, a small fisherman’s village of great architectural and natural beauty, where you will visit its incomparable bays for spectacular views. Take an easy 15-minute hike along the Camino de Ronda to the town of Llafranc. The Camino de Ronda borders all of the Costa Brava, and was historically used to control smuggling. Today, you will discover beautiful spots that wouldn’t otherwise be accessible. Explore the elegant seaside town of Llafranc, before heading to Pals at around noon. Located inland, on the top of a hill, the village is built entirely in an integrated medieval site. At the top, there is a 12th-Century cylindrical tower, which is visible from far away. Get stunning views of the Costa Brava and surroundings from the terrace, and walk through the cobbled streets of the old town, to appreciate the round arches, façades with pointed windows arches, and perfectly restored stone balconies. Continue to l’Estartit, an important diving center due to its close proximity to the Medes Islands’ archipelago, of significant interest for the wide variety of flora and fauna that inhabit the area. You'll have free time to eat lunch and stroll around town, then board a boat at 3:00 PM to explore the area from the water. Cruise for 1 hour and 20 minutes to the outer islands for spectacular views, then continue to the stunning cliffs of Sierra de Montgrí, only accessible by boat. Your final stop is the extensive Greek and Roman ruins of Èmpuries. An expert guide will take you on a guided tour of the site, the only one in Spain where both a Greek and later a Roman city existed together. Admire the remains of the city walls, the Acropolis, Market Square, and numerous other buildings. See the Greek port, dating from the 1st-Century BC, and the Roman city highlights, such as a mosaic floor in excellent condition, the Forum, remains of an Amphitheater, and several statues and vestiges of street frameworks. Return to Barcelona at approximately 6:00 PM. You will arrive back at Plaça Catalunya at around 8:00 PM.

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From Barcelona: Private Girona and Costa Brava Guided Tour

3. From Barcelona: Private Girona and Costa Brava Guided Tour

Discover the ancient city of Girona and two typical cities along the Costa Brava on a day trip from Barcelona. Explore the region’s culture, history, and scenery with this private guided tour. Start your tour with pickup in Barcelona and drive to the historic town of Girona. Get lost in the maze of narrow streets in the medieval city center, and travel back in time as you explore the vibrant Jewish neighborhood. Pass the Gothic cathedral, and admire colorful houses along the river. Continue towards Costa Brava, and the picturesque village of Pals. Wander down cobbled streets and through picture-perfect plazas, stopping to soak in views of the Mediterranean. Drive along the Catalan coast to the fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell, where you can enjoy a delicious local lunch. From Calella de Palafrugell, follow ancient pathways once used by fishermen and smugglers to discover the area’s most beautiful beaches. Explore hidden coves and admire the views of cliffs and coastline. Take a refreshing dip in the crystal clear waters, before returning to Barcelona.

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What people are saying about Pals

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 121 reviews

I was a little anxious because the price was much lower than other tour companies, but I felt it was a wonderful tour worth more than the price. It was a pity that there was no hotel pick-up, but the meeting place was easy to understand at the tour desk, clean and comfortable. The only hot thing was the day of the bus which was quite warm, but the air conditioning was too effective and it was very cold. Everyone says it's cold, and I think it would be better to have a warm clothing that can be taken off and put on. The guide woman took pictures and was very kind.

This tour is a great opportunity to visit a huge area of Costa Brava and it is a good combination of different and contrasted places. Nature and history are mixed and turns into a very good experience with a very good taste at the end of the day. Places are gorgeous and is full of very interesting explanations. Recommended!

Really recommend this tour. Lovely to visit a coastal town, a medieval town and the wonderful Dali museum. Great balance of guided walking tour and free time to explore. Very comfortable coach. The guide was excellent - good humoured, well informed, communicative. She made this a really special day.

Absolutely worth it. We covered a lot of ground for one day so it's a good value tour if you want to see Costa Brava. The 3 guides did an incredibly good job keeping everyone together and informed. A truly good tour and all spots are awesome.

Amazing trip!

Excellent way to see Costa Brava in one day, very nice and well-planned tour. Our guide was very enthusiastic and informative. Places visited are awesome and I especially enjoyed the Greek and Roman ruins. Wonderful tour!