I think 2009 will be my year to reconnect with lost friends. I am very much looking forward to this new activity so if you know me send me a note. I wanna hear what you've been up too.
Our 1st stop was Girona which was a lovely medieval city with a fortress wall that you can climb to and walk along. I enjoyed doing so very much. After walking along the wall I came down and explored several gardens (public) that are in several locations though the city and also entered I church. I then went shopping in several of the small markets and bought a delicious dessert, some fruit and some cold drinks. We then were driven to Pals. Pals is the most charming and romantic little village and I would have loved to spend more time here but all they gave us was 20 min. I think we must demand a longer day tour so that we can spend at least 1 hr in Pals! The last stop was a gorgeous seaside village and the views were spectacular. The guides pointed out 2 trails to hike. I chose the one that had you hiking thorough tunnels and it was charming, deserted (which I like) and easy to walk but still a good work out. The beaches there are lovely too so plan on a swim. Now this is where they tell you to plan on eating. This last stop. Well: the prices were very high and the food was bad. If I knew now, I would have bought a picnic lunch in Girona where there were lots of shops and then had my delicious picnic on the beach in the seaside village. I recommend you consider doing that.
Even through there was a bit of a communication problem on their end and thus they picked us up late after letting us wait for 1 hr the trip itself was awesome. The caves were impressive, the views were great, the seashore time was wonderful and the paella lunch was out of this world! I mean it was good! I mean I dream about that paella. Yum! Anyway the tour took us to 3 different villages and we had time on the beach in 2 of them and my only regret is that there was not more time. So this tour just needs 1 more hr added to the length of it so allow for more swim time.
Pros: They serve you a very nice meal of the catamaran and on the way back they go slowly to several nice areas around Palma so you can see the building and take pics from the boat.
Cons: We did this in May and the fast ride with lots of wind was chilly and the water was ice cold. They pulled into a beach area but to get to the beach you had to swim so we were trapped on the boat and were soo cold that the whole thing just sucked. If you do this do the tour in July or Aug and only if the weather is good. The crew were sweet but did not talk to any passengers nor did they actually explain what the sites we were seeing were. So as far as a tour...this did not fit the bill.
This tour was amazing. We were the only 2 that booked it so it ended up being a private tour. So I asked our guide about Caldes de Montbui and he took us there. The town is on top of a hot spring and it has roman baths which are closed off and roman wash rooms which are still usable so you could do your laundry. This was amazing to see. I loved it. Then we went to st. Miquel and did the hike which was fun and tough and then the monastery was just visually stunning and the little caves around it were a treat. The guide then had us sit and have a picnic lunch he brought along and it was good. The guide was very friendly and charming. This little known tour is absolutely worth doing. The waterfalls and stunning and the water pools that they create and ice cold. I put my aching feet in one of the pools and it was soo cold but felt so great after the hike!