Costa Brava & Barcelona
Discover Costa Brava with us on one of our guided holidays to this spectacular region of Spain. All of our Costa Brava holidays include return flights, half-board accommodation, transfers and our specially selected excursions with expert, local guides – so you can spend your time relaxing instead of planning.
On our Costa Brava holidays, we’ll see the best sights in Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia and one of Spain’s most exciting cities. It’s home to many architectural gems created by Antoni Gaudi such as La Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. We’ll also explore the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter in the old part of the city and there will be plenty of time to discover Barcelona at your own pace.
Girona or the “City of the Four Rivers”is a small Catalan city, yet it is full of rich history and colourful architecture. We’ll take a walking tour through the Old Jewish Quarter, see the Santa Maria Cathedral and the colourful houses ‘Les Cases de l'Onyar’.
Founded in the 10th Century, the Benedictine Abbey of Santa Maria de Montserrat is located high in the mountains overlooking the Costa Brava coast. The Abbey is a key symbol of Catalan nationalism, as it was used as a hiding place for many of Franco’s opponents during his reign. We’ll visit this religious site and there will be an opportunity to explore further by taking the funicular up the mountain.
We’ll learn more about the famous movement of Surrealism by visiting the birthplace of Salvadore Dali, one of Spain’s most influential artists. We’ll visit the Dali Theatre and Museum, which was designed by Dali himself and where he is also buried; home to one of the best collections of his art in the world.
Explore the Pyrenees and experience one of the most scenic railway journeys in the world with us. On our Little Trains of the Pyrenees guided holiday, we’ll be staying in Costa Brava in the lovely seaside town of Roses. On our various and wonderful train journeys through the Pyrenees, we’ll discover the Spanish side and French side of this mighty mountain range, which divides the Iberian Peninsula from the rest of Europe.
Explore Costa Brava on your next holiday to Spain and uncover the best of Catalonia with us. We'll visit the colourful cities of Barcelona and Girona, have plenty of leisure time to relax in the Spanish sunshine and enjoy some of countries best beaches.
Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas of the hotels for your use. Entertainment, including live music is provided in the bar most evenings, adding an extra layer of enjoyment to your holiday.
When notified in advance, Travel Department can inform our Costa Brava hotels of your dietary requests, such as gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan foods. Please note that choices may be limited compared to the offering found in hotels at home.
For restaurants and hotel dining rooms there’s no need to dress up, but we would recommend to avoid wearing “beach wear” attire, such as swimsuits and flip flops. When visiting churches and holy places, cover up bare flesh; shoulders, chest, legs. Sturdy shoes are recommended during excursions that involve walking.
Generally, the areas around the hotels on the Costa Brava is well suited for those with walking difficulties, with wide, open, flat promenades and most facilities such as the beach being located a short walk away from the hotel. However, the excursions involve periods of walking, and Girona, Montserrat and Barcelona do have some cobbled streets and hilly areas. Therefore, a reasonable degree of health and mobility is required. For all our tours we have an activity level guide to help you decide which holiday suits you best. For specific advice regarding our Costa Brava holidays and to discuss any special needs, please contact us directly and we will be happy to assist.
A wide range of international and Spanish style food is available on the Costa Brava, but do make sure you try some of the food local to the Catalonia region. Basics include pa amb tomàquet, which is simply bread or toast smeared with tomato, salted and drizzled with olive oil. Fish is also eaten widely in this seaside region. For dessert you can have a regional favourite, crema Catalana ; a Spanish custard very similar to a creme brulee. Among many superb wines produced in Catalonia is the sparkling and refreshing Cava, which you can try during one of your included excursions on this holiday.
The Costa Brava is known for its sunny coastline and beautiful climate that brings heat and the sun to the region all year-round. In spring and autumn, days are generally warm and sunny with temperatures of around 20 degrees with cool breezes, making it an ideal time for sightseeing as well as relaxing without the high heat of peak summer.
The Costa Brava is an ideal holiday destination if you are looking to combine a relaxing stay on the beach with experiencing the culture and sights of Catalonia. From the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona and smaller historical towns like Girona and Figures, the Costa Brava has it all.
To make your holiday as smooth as possible, we've outlined some general information that may be helpful to you when planning your next trip to Costa Brava.
The Costa Brava enjoys a standard Mediterranean climate. Expect it to be hot and dry during the summer months and mild during the winter.
Spain is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) throughout the year. The currency in Spain is the Euro.
Spanish food tends to be delicious, healthy, and full of flavour. Tapas, paella, fresh fish, grilled meat, seafood and chorizo are just some of the many things you can expect to find on the menus here. The food of the region is perfectly complemented by local wines.