Girona Nature & adventure

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Girona: Volcano Area, Besalú, and Banyoles Lake Tour

1. Girona: Volcano Area, Besalú, and Banyoles Lake Tour

If you are nature lovers and you like to discover new areas, this is the best option for you! On this full-day tour you will explore different areas. The first area you will explore is Besalú, where you will learn about the history and the medieval and Jewish heritage of the town.  Next explore the nature of La Garrotxa Natural Park, in the pre-Pyrenees area with more than 40 volcanoes none of them active for thousands of years. While there visit a medieval hermitage located in the middle of a crater. After, visit Castellfollit de la Roca to take some photos of the Basaltic cliff and Santa Pau a small village surrounded by volcanoes. To finish this amazing day, you will have the opportunity to walk along the shore or sail on Banyoles Lake, the largest lake in Catalonia.

Costa Brava: Hot Air Balloon Flight

2. Costa Brava: Hot Air Balloon Flight

Discover the l’Empordà, Costa Brava region from the air in a balloon ride shared with other passengers. Admire the beauty of the scenery with the relaxing tranquility of a hot air balloon. You will see Rosas Bay, de Pals Bay, the Medes Islands, Montrí Castle, and medieval towns, like Peratallada, Ullastret, Pals, Monells, Sant Pere Pescador, Sant Miquel de Fluvià and all the Empordà Coast. The flight will take off at 6.45 AM from the traditional village of Colomers. Upon arrival, the crew will welcome you and give you a brief safety demonstration before jumping into the basket. Float across the sky over one and a half hours and enjoy incredible views of mountains, forests, streams, and the Mediterranean Sea Once you land, you can celebrate the flight with cava, almond cake and juices for the children.

La Garrotxa Volcanoes Half-Day Hot Air Balloon Flight

3. La Garrotxa Volcanoes Half-Day Hot Air Balloon Flight

Glide with the breeze over the Natural Park of La Garrotxa, located between the Pyrenees and Costa Brava, and discover from the sky how the volcanoes of Catalonia are a paradise for nature lovers. The half-day tour lasts approximately 5 hours, with about 1.5 hours flying time, and baskets for those with reduced mobility are available, including 3-door baskets that are suitable for the elderly. See how the landscape was shaped by volcanic activity in a way that is simply not possible from the ground. You will cruise over charming valleys, thick oak forests, and tiny villages settled on the top of towering cliffs. Experience the silence that only a hot air balloon ride can offer, with 360-degree views all around you. Sip a glass of Cava and enjoy a local pancake as the breeze and your pilot navigate the route, subject to the whims of Mother Nature! The balloon is constantly monitored by a 4WD car that will be ready to pick you up on landing. Then, it’s back to the launch facilities, where you will celebrate your balloon experience with a typical country breakfast of pa amb tomàquet (bread and tomato), cold cured sausage and beans from Santa Pau, roasted sausage, Catalan wine, and a glass of the local ratafia liquor.

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

4. 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.

Sant Feliu de Guíxols: Morning Guided Kayak Tour

5. Sant Feliu de Guíxols: Morning Guided Kayak Tour

We will carry out the activity with sea kayaks, that is, closed kayaks with bathtub covers, no previous experience is necessary to carry out the activity, the guide will show you everything you need about the kayaks. We will start the activity getting ready to go into the water, we will equip ourselves with kayak covers and wetsuits if necessary and we will take oars. Next we will make a brief introduction on the handling of the kayaks so that you can take them with the maximum guarantees. Once the explanation has been made, we will start the route with the guide, who will show you all the beauty of the route as well as its coves and hidden corners for approximately 2 hours, he will also be there to help you handle the sea kayaks if you need it. The route starts and ends at the same point, once completed we will return to the beach and we will end the experience. We will make the route to the north visiting the coves of Cala Jonca, els esculls d'en Blanc, Cala Atmetller, Cala Ventosa and finally Cap de Mort and the Bat Cave.

Costa Brava and Medieval Villages Full Day Tour

6. Costa Brava and Medieval Villages Full Day Tour

Begin this day trip with a visit to Calella de Palafrugell, where it seems that time stands still. Move on to the beach of Port Bo where you'll see the boats on their daily fishing trip. Along the coast, admire the low and whitewashed cottages that have been renovated but retain all the charm of yesteryear. The coastline in this area has been saved from the building frenzy has affected our coast lately. Uncover the Indiano Colonial-style houses, built for people who emigrated to America and Cuba and returned with a fortune. Some returned home with the memory of those foreign lands and its sweet and sad music, the Havaneres. On the beach of Port Bo, admire the packed boats filled with people singing their melancholic songs. Take a 15-minute walk along a sea path to Llafranc, a small Cove of golden sand with a small promenade, terraces, and restaurants. From here, the surrounding hills where the lighthouse of Sant Sebastià stands provides magnificent views over the coast. From Llafranc you'll go to Begur, another fishing village, with a castle at the top overlooking the coast and the plain of the Baix Empordà. Wander through the intricate narrow streets and small squares, discovering little gems that stand out over the other buildings. Stop for lunch in Pals, where you can taste the delicious rice that is grown in this area. After lunch, visit the Gothic quarter known as Pedro, the Church of Sant Pere, the Tower of the hours, and Peratallada, a marvel of medieval civil architecture. See how this small town retains its feudal inheritance intact, with narrow, winding streets and stone buildings. Visit the moat, the Castle-Palace, the square with porches, and other little streets that take your fancy.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 319 reviews

We were a group of 7. The meeting point was easy to find. Van was comfortable with good air conditioning which felt great on a hot day. Alvar had lots of great history to share. All stops were as advertised. Incredible views of ancient locales. We learned a lot more than if we had. visited on our own. Best surprise was the tasty stop for lunch at a place serving Catalonian food. A bargain for 15 euros! Highly recommend.

A great experience to have done during our vacation. The organization for the hot air balloon ride was perfect! Really clear to know what can be done via email and apps. And of course what was expected of us. TOP!! Nice and skilled pilot, together with the others of the crew, to make this balloon flight a special experience. Recommended!!!! Tjeerd Hummel, Holland

The organization and information in advance worked very well. The balloon ride was wonderful and could have been a little longer. The flight attendants were very friendly and helpful. Conclusion: again at any time - an impressive experience!

In good weather, very nice view over the bays and countryside

Interesting itinerary and excellent guide in alvar