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Lloret de Mar: Catamaran Sailing Experience with BBQ

1. Lloret de Mar: Catamaran Sailing Experience with BBQ

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. Top off the experience with complimentary drinks including beer, sangria, soft drinks, and water. Return to Lloret de Mar with the music turned up, as you soak in the atmosphere.

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Girona and Figueres Full-Day Tour with Hotel Pick Up

2. Girona and Figueres Full-Day Tour with Hotel Pick Up

Escape the hustle and bustle of Barcelona for the day on a full-day trip to Girona and Figueres, two of the most scenic towns of the Costa Brava. First, visit the historic town of Girona to see Roman remains and medieval buildings. Lose yourself in a labyrinth of narrow streets, and travel through the best-preserved Jewish Quarter in Europe. Marvel at Girona Cathedral and the widest Gothic nave in the world. Then, see the colorful houses along the River Onyar. Go to the top of Girona’s medieval walls for panoramic views. Next, transfer to Figueres near the border with France, and experience one of the main destinations of the so-called “Dalí Triangle.” Explore the birthplace of Salvador Dalí, and enter some of the places he frequented as an adult. Go to the Dalí Museum, designed by Dalí himself on the ruins of an old municipal theater. Journey into the artist's mind as you explore the vast collection of his work, including some of the strangest artifacts imaginable.

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Girona and Costa Brava Tour with Hotel Pickup in Barcelona

3. Girona and Costa Brava Tour with Hotel Pickup in Barcelona

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.

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Salvador Dalí Small Group Full-Day Tour from Barcelona

4. Salvador Dalí Small Group Full-Day Tour from Barcelona

This full-day tour from Barcelona follows in the tracks of the surrealist genius Salvador Dalí, exploring the the landscape that inspired his art. You’ll visit his favorite haunts and secret hideaways, as well as the legendary Dali Museum at Figueres and his former home near Cadaqués. You’ll head from Barcelona to Figueres, where you’ll visit Dalí’s birthplace and the extraordinary museum dedicated to his work. Dalí wanted visitors to see his massive collection as a “whole,” so there are no catalogues and the work is not displayed in any organized manner. The tour continues to the beautiful coastal village of Cadaqués, famous for its whitewashed Mediterranean houses and narrow streets. With its charming bay, it is one of the most picturesque villages on the Costa Brava. What is particularly stunning is the dramatic scenery on the drive there. For lunch, you can enjoy local seafood specialties at one of the numerous terraces, or grab a sandwich and relax on the beach. You’ll soon understand why Cadaqués inspired Dalí and so many other artists. Travel up the coast to the smaller village of Port Lligat, where Dalí sought the peace and quiet that truly inspired him.  The winter schedule (September 1 to June 30) starts with a drive to Figueres, where you will spend the morning exploring the Dalí Museum. From the museum, drive to Cadaqués. After lunch at your own expense, continue exploring Cadaqués or head to Port Lligat, to visit Dali's House. The summer schedule (July 1 to August 31) leaves Figueres for Pubol Castle, once the home of Dalí and his wife Gala, located in the village of the same name. Visit the Gala Dalí House-Museum in the castle, and after lunch, venture to one of the many beautiful beach side towns that dot the Costa Brava coastline.

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From Barcelona: Girona, Figueres and Dalí Museum Day Tour

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

Discover the two 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. Set off from Barcelona after meeting your guide, and head first to Girona, a city founded by the Romans. 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. Learn about Girona's history with your guide, and admire a city used as a filming location for Game of Thrones. 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.

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Catalonia Medieval Villages Day Tour from Barcelona

6. Catalonia Medieval Villages Day Tour from Barcelona

Meet your guide in central Barcelona at 08:30 am before setting off for a drive through the heart of the Catalan countryside to the ancient town of Besalú. When you arrive, you’ll take a guided walk through this beautifully preserved village from the Middle Ages. Admire the town's arcaded streets, visit a restored mikveh (an old Jewish bath from the 12th century), and see the remains of a medieval synagogue. On this 10-hour tour you’ll continue by minivan to the village of Rupit. En route, you’ll pass Castellfollit de la Roca, one of the smallest towns in Catalonia with just 1,000 inhabitants living in just 3,280 square feet of space, located on the edge of a basalt precipice. When you arrive in Rupit, enjoy 2 hours of free time to explore this beautiful village at your leisure. Wander along the cobblestone streets lined with 16th-century country houses, stop by the hanging wooden bridge, and visit the Baroque-era Church of Sant Miquel. Have lunch at a local restaurant (at your own expense) and see the remains of the Castle of Rupit perched on a rocky peak. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to the top of the Cingles de Tavertet sandstone cliffs. You’ll pass a megalithic tomb (a field of funerary urns) and then the Iberian Wall before reaching the village of Tavertet. With your guide, tour this charming village, declared a National Property of Cultural Interest due to its 48 preserved houses from the 17th and 18th centuries. Learn about the village as you admire the houses and the 11th-century Romanesque Church of Sant Cristòfol. Enjoy a short break for coffee at a local café (at your own expense) or walk to the viewpoint to admire stunning views over the Panta de Sau Lake. Then, relax on the drive back to Barcelona and take in views of El Magatalls, a beautiful lush forest, and El Montseny, a UNESCO Man and Biosphere-listed natural park.

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Figueres: Dalí Theater-Museum Guided Tour

7. Figueres: Dalí Theater-Museum Guided Tour

Learn about the life and art of the most famous surrealist Spanish painter, Salvador Dalí, on a 2.5-hour guided tour of the Dalí Theater-Museum. Marvel at his paintings hanging on the walls of the museum based in the artist's hometown of Figueres as an expert local guide explains their meaning. Explore the 1,500 works of art on exhibition at the theater and museum, which has been paying homage to Dalí's work since its inauguration in 1974. Built on the remains of the former Municipal Theater of Figueres, the museum is considered to be one of Dalí's last great work of art. Visit the stage area in the museum, which sits above the crypt where the controversial artist is buried.

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Figueres: City Walking Tour & Dali Museum

8. Figueres: City Walking Tour & Dali Museum

Explore this gem of Catalonia with an expert-led walking tour based around the life and work of Dali. Enjoy skip-the-line access to his Museum, together with other key sights of this delightful city. Meet your expert guide to stroll the streets of Figueres. See where Dalí was born, and walk from sculpture to monument celebrating the city's most famous son. Hear fascinating facts about Dali's life from your informative guide. Then, wander through the beautiful historic center of Figueres towards the highlight of the tour, the Dalí Theater-Museum. Observe all the details inside and outside of this bombastic museum, considered to be the artist's last great work. Enjoy a space where everything within it was conceived and designed with the purpose of taking the visitor inside a unique world.

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Discover the Costa Brava Full-Day Tour from Barcelona

9. Discover the Costa Brava Full-Day Tour from Barcelona

Escape the hustle and bustle of Barcelona on a full-day tour of the Costa Brava. Travel north up the coastal highway to Blanes, the gateway to one of Europe’s most beautiful coastlines. Depart Barcelona early to see one of the few remaining coves still free from the crowds and big commercial developments along the coast, and to enjoy the beach on your own. Enjoy a secluded swim in the crystal clear waters. You have the option to stay on the beach for the next two hours, or leave the sand for another day and go to the famous botanical gardens. You may even find time to do both. Next, enjoy a typical Mediterranean lunch in a local restaurant. Your feast will start with a selection of traditional local dishes and a glass of Sangria, followed by a choice of main courses. All the dishes in this family owned restaurant are lovingly handmade and they have built a deserved reputation as one of the best kept secrets in town. Continue along the coast to Tossa de Mar, the last remaining preserved fortified town on the 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 and shops.  Enjoy an hour to soak up the atmosphere and purchase souvenirs from the local craft shops. If you've not had enough of the water, you have one last chance to take a dip beneath this historic town, or even rent a kayak for a quick paddle under the cliffs.  After a couple of hours exploring Tossa de Mar you will head back to Barcelona.

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Girona: Small Group Walking Tour

10. Girona: Small Group Walking Tour

The ancient walled city of Girona stands on a fortress-like hill, high above the confluence of the Onyar and Ter rivers. As the provincial capital, it has a long and distinguished history. Founded by Iberians, the Romans later named it Gerunda and established it as an important stopping point on the Via Augusta, linking Iberia with Rome. But the most important time for the city was the middle ages, due to its location near the french border the city was under siege several times, so its main buildings are from that time. Girona has the huge 15th century cathedral, boasting the widest unsupported gothic arch in the world which dominates the skyline. Much of the city's attraction lies in exploring the medieval streets, especially around the charming Jewish quarter. In the lower part of the city, you will enjoy spectacular images of steep alleyways and the brightly painted façades of the houses overlooking the Onyar river which provide the most emblematic image of the city.  Among the bridges that span the river are the lightweight Gómez bridge and the Ferreries Velles bridge which was designed by Gustave Eiffel in 1877. Also, if you are interested in The Game of Thrones series, the guide will show the locations where the 6th season was filmed. This extensive visit will show you the most important monuments of Girona, its history, its Jewish heritage and also its legends. Join local guides who know all the secrets of the city.

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Our group consisted of three adults and five teens ranging from 13-18. We booked this tour as a final day trip at the end of our two-week Christmas trip through Spain and Italy. This was a fantastic tour - I cannot say enough positive things about it. Our guide, Gaspar, was so knowledgeable and eloquent. We walked away from the Dali museum with a real appreciation for the artist. Gaspar was sensitive to providing the right level of detail and he captured even those who were not Dali fans prior to the trip. The trip to Gerona was equally appealing. The town is amazing and Gaspar gave us all a real sense for the long history of the city. It was very moving to think of the all of the people who have walked the streets throughout ancient history. (Bonus if you are a Game of Thrones fa - much of Season 6 was filmed here.). Do this tour and request Gaspar if you can. You won’t be sorry.

Very good experience Vincent is a very good guide and is an incredible story teller with a lot of knowledge about the region

Matt is an excellent guide. The tour went smoothly with some free time allocated to explore the sites. Highly recommended!!

Gaspar was the best tour guide we could have asked for. Took us to so many beautiful spots and the BEST lunch in Girona

Matt was an excellent guide. Very friendly and informative. I highly recommend this company & Matt!