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From Barcelona: Costa Brava Day Tour with Lunch

1. From Barcelona: Costa Brava Day Tour with Lunch

Escape the hustle and bustle of Barcelona on a full-day tour of Costa Brava. Travel north up the coastal highway to Blanes, the gateway to one of Europe’s most beautiful coastlines. Savor a local lunch and visit the charming town of Tossa de Mar.  Depart Barcelona in the morning aboard an air-conditioned bus. Relax and take in the scenery on the drive to one of the few remaining coves that is still free from the crowds and big commercial developments. Enjoy free time to lounge on the beach or go for a swim in crystal-clear waters. Have the option to stay on the beach for the next two hours, or visit the famous botanical gardens. Sit down to a delicious Spanish lunch in a family-owned restaurant. Feast on a mouth-watering selection of traditional dishes and a glass of Sangria, followed by your choice of main courses. Continue along the coast to Tossa de Mar, the last fortified town on Costa Brava. Walk along cobblestone streets to the lighthouse for a stunning view of the coastline. Wander back down through the old town and discover a maze of narrow streets lined with traditional whitewashed houses. Soak up the atmosphere with free time to purchase souvenirs, take a dip at the beach which lies beneath this historic town, or rent a kayak for a quick paddle under the cliffs. After a couple of hours exploring Tossa de Mar return to Barcelona by bus. 

Costa Brava: Kayak and Snorkel Tour with Lunch and Beach

2. Costa Brava: Kayak and Snorkel Tour with Lunch and Beach

Meet your guide and take the private transfer to the coast by air-conditioned bus from near the Arc de Triomf in Barcelona. It’s just over an hour up the coast of Spain in our air-conditioned minibus or bus. Arrive at the kayaking base camp and meet your kayak tour guide. Change into your swimwear, get snorkeling gear and equipment, and take part in a safety briefing to learn some basic kayaking techniques. Launch off the beach and into the water to start your 3-hour kayak tour. Hear about local flora and fauna from your guide as you admire the dynamic coastline. Stop along the way to try some snorkeling and exploring coves. Savor a classic Spanish Bocadillo with chorizo for lunch along the way. Have the option to take part in a kayak race. Keep a lookout for marine life like an octopus while you snorkel. Watch swooping bats, splash your guide, and be terrified by old pirate legends. After your tour, arrive on the beach and enjoy 3 hours of free time. Cool off and spend your free time exploring. Play a game of volleyball with the public nets, go for a cocktail or tapas in a local bar, or enjoy a walk along the coastline. Take the opportunity to have a beautiful walk along the coast of the bay to different viewpoints or to pick up some souvenirs. Return to Barcelona by bus at the end of the day.

From Barcelona: Alella Wine Tour by Electric Bike

3. From Barcelona: Alella Wine Tour by Electric Bike

Enjoy an exclusive wine tour as you ride along the coast of Barcelona by e-bike. Marvel at the beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea as you discover a family-run winery and historic vineyards. Taste 4 different wines and savor a picnic of local products at the winery. Begin the tour in the center of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. Ride your e-bike along the Mediterranean coast toward Alella in the protected Natural Park of Serralada de Marina. In the middle of the journey, take a short break to see the beaches where the locals spend the sunny days in summer. Once in Alella, visit a family-run organic winery. Stroll through the historic vineyards, where you will learn everything there is to know about the winemaking process of a winery that has wines on the lists of some of the most prestigious restaurants all over the world. Taste 4 very different wines presented to you by one of the cellar’s professional sommeliers. Once the wine tasting is done, enjoy a picnic in the wonderful surroundings of the winery. Try local and natural products such as bread, cheese, fruit, and more.

Barcelona: Full-Day Costa Brava and Dalí Museum Tour

4. 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.

From Barcelona: Costa Brava Coastline Medieval Village Tour

5. From Barcelona: Costa Brava Coastline Medieval Village Tour

The day begins with pickup from your accommodation in Barcelona then heads out of the city towards Costa Brava, where a medieval adventure awaits. Spend the morning exploring the small towns of Calella de Palafrugell and Llafranch, and soak up the rich-historical atmosphere of these charming locations. Admire the vista from the sprawling sea boulevard, walk along the Cami de Rondaad footpath, and learn about the region’s iconic Sant Sebastia Lighthouse viewpoint. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local tapas restaurant where you can really taste the flavors of authentic Spanish cuisine. After your break, hop back in the car and hit the road on the way to the towns of Pals and Peratallada. The afternoon is dominated with a visit to a 10th century village, where you can experience what life would have been like for locals long ago. Retrace the course of history as you uncover the secrets of the town’s medieval castle, then head to the city hall square and the village church. At the end of an unforgettable and insightful day, sit back and relax on the return journey to Barcelona.

From Barcelona: Costa Brava Coastal Path Hike & Tossa de Mar

6. From Barcelona: Costa Brava Coastal Path Hike & Tossa de Mar

After a 1.5 hour pleasant drive in an air-conditioned minivan, you will reach Tossa de Mar, located in the heart of Costa Brava. Get ready and start hiking across the famous Camí de Ronda coastline path. This trail connects all Costa Brava towns from north to south. Camí de Ronda will bring you to areas of great natural beauty. Enjoy unique views of the beautiful Mediterranean sea, breathtaking cliffs hanging over the sea and small hidden coves, where you have free time to swim in its transparent waters and sunbath. Fragrances from pine trees, rosemary and thyme will follow you along the way. The Camí de Ronda will bring you back to Tossa de Mar where you will enjoy some free time to have lunch. A traditional local restaurant can be booked for you. After lunch, you have the chance to visit Tossa de Mar, an ancient fishermen’s village with important historical background. Walk around the emblematic Vila Vella, also known as the old town, the sole remaining fortified medieval town on the Catalan coast dating from the 13th century. Behind the impressive city walls and defensive towers, you will find a labyrinth of narrow streets and alleys surrounded by beautiful white houses that give the town a true Mediterranean atmosphere.

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4.6 / 5

based on 243 reviews

Book this trip! The seaside is absolutely stunning, the castle was impressive, the beach front was beautiful. You get to see a bit of Spain that you wouldn’t see just staying in Barcelona (it’s about a 1.5 hour drive.) We were a small group of 7 on the tour, so it was nice and not overwhelming. Enrique our guide was great! He took us to a local place for lunch and ordered for us all - we never would have found this restaurant on our own. We ate like locals. Lots of walking on this trip, so if that’s not your thing, then it’s not for you. It was easy walking, though. Nothing too strenuous. My 17 and 20 year old kids were in awe all day. It was a fantastic day. I give it 5 stars all the way!

This experience was amazing. I highly recommend going on this tour with Sergio. He is an amazing tour guide and super fun! The tour was gorgeous and worth every penny. I did this tour as a young female solo traveler And it was the perfect experience for me. I met other solo travelers on this tour and became good friends with them. If you are solo traveler I highly recommend doing this tour

A very nice tour with a nice guide (Sergio) The views were beautiful and the restaurant chosen was cute with many good options. During off season, there are very few people since the water is too cold to swim in so it made for great people-free photos :)

Great fun day, botanical gardens were spectacular. Tour guide, Jordie, was informative and so nice. Overall 10/10 experience.

We have visited amazing places and have tried delicious food.