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Girona and Costa Brava Small Group Tour from Barcelona

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  • 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Discover the coastal splendor of the Costa Brava region on a full-day trip to Girona and Calella de Palafrugell from Barcelona. Travel through the scenic Catalan countryside, and discover the atmospheric streets of Girona’s medieval Old Town. Admire the flagrant fortresses of Pals, absorb the seaside charm of rural fishing village, Calella de Palafrugell, and admire the dramatic landscapes of Begur, the former home of an ancient castle. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour.
  • Girona and Costa Brava tour from Barcelona
  • Visit the rural fishing village, Calella de Palafrugell
  • Relax on the beach or go for a swim
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach

What's Included

  • Local guide
  • Small group tour
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Entrance fees to the Botanic Gardens at Cap Roig

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Explore Catalunya
    C/ Palau de la Música, 1, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

    All of our tours meet at our office, which is directly across from the outside cafe area of the Palau de la Musica. We advise that you arrive 15 minutes before the tour starts.

Start time

08:30 AM

End point

  • Palau de la Música Catalana
    C/ Palau de la Música, 4-6, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

    Depending on the size of the group and the traffic restrictions on the day of the tour, your tour will finish back at the office, or in Placa Catalunya, which is an easy 3-5 minute walk from the office.

What To Expect

Climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle at a centrally located pickup point in Barcelona, and admire the picturesque Catalan countryside as you travel toward your fist stop, the ancient city of Girona. Listen as your guide regales you with tales dating back to Girona’s 76 BC origin, and then embark on a tour of the medieval metropolis’ rich architectural tableau. 

During some leisurely free time, see the great Cathedral, founded in 1038 on the site of a former Mosque, admire the spectacular Roman walls that defended the city from attackers, or travel back in time at one of Girona’s comprehensive museums. 

Return to the vehicle and then head to Pals, a small city that grew from the foreboding fortress at its center. Continue to the charming fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell, and gaze at the dramatic hillside scenery as you travel past Begur, site of ancient castle ruins. 

On arrival in Calella de Palafrugell, relish the picturesque tableau of whitewashed houses and pristine sandy beaches, and set off to explore the rugged coastline. Sink your toes into the soft sands of the beach, take a dip in the refreshing waters of the ocean, or absorb the botanical beauty of the cliff top gardens at Cap Roig. 

Reconvene with your guide and group at a prearranged time, and relax during the journey back to Barcelona, where your tour concludes.

Palace of Catalan Music

8.15am - You will start your day at our main office, which is right next to the famous Palau de la Musica. You will meet your guide, have time to use the restrooms, and perhaps even grab a quick coffee before the tour begin. Your guide will explain all about the day ahead and what to expect as you wait for you tour to leave.

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Eixample (Pass By)

8.30am - You will leave Barcelona though the Example district of town. As you head out of the city, your guide will give you a brief history of Barcelona, before letting you sit back and relax on the 90 minute drive to Pals.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • There will be time off the bus at your leisure, so please bring suitable clothing, footwear, and sun protection.
  • You will also have an opportunity to go swimming at Calella de Palafrugell, so if you want, bring your swimming costume and a beach towel.
  • This tour is in English only.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Girona and Costa Brava Small Group Tour from Barcelona?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Girona and Costa Brava Small Group Tour from Barcelona?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Girona and Costa Brava Small Group Tour from Barcelona?

A:The policies on social distancing are:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Girona and Costa Brava Small Group Tour from Barcelona?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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Traveler Tips

Try to make a reservation BEFORE you get there or else you will be eating gelato out of a stall instead of an actual meal.
I would recommend comfortable shoes as some of the stone walkways are old and hard on sandals.
The tour starts at 8.30am and you get back around 7pm so it’s a big day with about 1.5 hours travel each way but it is well worth it.
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Great Day Trip
Christine_B, Nov 2022
Wonderful day trip! I really enjoyed Steve, the tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and has a great personality. The scenery is beautiful.
Nice sidetrip
Janet_F, Nov 2022
Girona and costa brava seaside stop was a worthwhile visit and our guide was super. Highly recommend.
LOTS packed into this day excursion! Beautiful places to see! Highly recommend.
Sarah_S, Nov 2022
I booked this excursion as a solo female traveler enjoying a week of adventures in Barcelona, Spain! Maria was our tour guide, and she was FABULOUS! She was sooooo funny and sweet and had so much information to share with us. We started by traveling to Girona, which was incredibly beautiful, and I loved that we had some free time to walk around and explore. The second stop was Pals, which was stunning. The last stop was in Costa Brava where we had a lovely lunch and time to swim or dip our feet in the ocean. This tour packed in a lot for your money and is well worth it. Maria, I loved how you called our group "my people" :)
Great Sites outside Barcelona
Jill_M, Oct 2022
Really enjoyed seeing the countryside of Spain. Pals and Calella de Palafrugell were especially lovely. Ludo was informative and helpful.
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Beautiful day
Joseph_T, Oct 2022
We loved all of the stops but our favorite was Pals, the Medieval Village. It was lovely. Be aware if you are booking this trip there is a lot of uphill walking on uneven surfaces. We are all in our early 70’s and we were fine.
Best day trip from Barcalona
Anthony_C, Oct 2022
Our guide Jordi was great and this was one of the best and most memorable experiences of my life. This is a must when visiting Barcalona
Incredible day trip
Tammy_P, Oct 2022
Fabulous tour. Our tour guide Stephen was incredibly knowledgeable and funny. Liked that the had a balance of time with the tour guide as well as free time to explore. Girona and Costa de Brava are absolutely beautiful, worth going to visit.
Worth the trip
Catherine_H, Oct 2022
Beauty of countryside and Costa Brava. Stories of the history of the region. Fabulous hiding by star guide - Gloria !
Charming trip of older settlements and a lovely beach town
Lyndsey_B, Oct 2022
Great tour of both old and new. The costal town is beautiful and lunch options are also really nice. There isn’t much shopping in the final stop but the two older Roman towns do and the history and charm of those first two towns was great!
Too Ambitious of a Tour
Cliff_B, Oct 2022
Carlos did the best he could with a difficult schedule. The time in Girona is painfully short and people should not do this tour if they want to explore the city in any meaningful way. The time at the other two stops was adequate and they delightful places.
Need to provide better separation among passengers for better health safety.
Stephen_W, Oct 2022
This is supposed to be small group of 8 people but found out the tour has 22 and the mini bus has capacity for 22 passengers and plus driver and tour guide made it total of 24 which make it at full capacity. With current Covid situations still not 100% under control, this raised the Covid safety concerns among some passengers. *some people needed to sit next to complete stranger in tightly packed seats arrangement due full capacity..
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Hello, I am so sorry that this torur was so full. However, I just want to point out that we don't advertise it as maximum 8 people. We say maximum 16 people, however, on this occasion we had extra people due to some customers turning up on the wrong day. We could have denied them, but we felt bad that they had got the wrong date. I guess that we helped them, but upset you. I am sorry for this. Re the seating. I am afraid it is impossible to keep 1 or 2 metres between people. All of our customers must have been vaccinated, and we feel that now is the time to try and get back to some kind of normality. My personal opinion is that if anybody is worried about cover, it's perhaps better not to do any group tour with strangers, or even take a plane where you will be also sat next to complete strangers. The bus we use is very spacious and there is plenty of room. If you are travelling as a couple you will be sat together, but individuals will have to sit next to somebody. I hope this helps a bit. Best regards, Robert
Amazing!! A must!
Sharon_D, Oct 2022
Stephen was amazing!! So knowledgeable and lovely! Our driver Raffa was great. We couldn't have had a better experience!
Great tour!
Paula_A, Oct 2022
The day was very well planned. I loved all of the towns we visited. Wished we had more time, but that's always true when you're enjoying yourself. Guide did a wonderful job of providing interesting information/context and giving space for questions.
Avoid the Costa Brava and Girona tour
Thomas_E, Oct 2022
This tour should be canceled when weather is inclement. Having said that the tour tries to cover too much territory in the time period. Two stops maximum.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Hello, I am sorry you feel this way. We have no control over the weather and we are proud to say we never cancel a tour due to the rain. Most of our customers have travelled half way round the world and are only here for a few days. From experience, they would rather do a tour even if it's raining rather than waste a day in Barcelona. We try and adapt the tour to avoid very heavy rain, but we will always try and do something. Regarding the tour, we want to offer you value for money and we don't think just two stops is enough. All of our tours normally include three quite varied stops and on this particular tour the stop as are all quite close together. Best regards, Robert
Highly recommended
Samir_E, Oct 2022
The guide Xavier was very nice and knowledgeable. We stopped at Pals, Calell and Girona all were beautiful places. Xavier Tapas restaurant recommendation was perfect. I highly recommend this tour.
Fun trip!
Chirag_G, Oct 2022
A lot of fun on this trip, our guide was knowledgable, kind and entertaining! I just wish we had more time in Girona and Pals to explore.
Costa Brava!!
Rene_P, Oct 2022
We had a wonderful time! The season to come to this quaint beach town, is late summer up thru September! The day we had gone, it was raining and closed for the season/summer. Most restaurants were closed and it wasn’t the same. It all was very beautiful!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Hello, I am sorry that it was rating that day, but that's something totally out of our control. You say you had a wonderful time, but you gave a really low rating! regards, Robert
Explore Catalunya is amazing
cassidyhunt0325, Oct 2022
This was a great tour! Girona is a charming medieval village, and our tour guide, Ludi, walked us around to show us all of the most important and beautiful locations. We had free time to walk around and shop on our own, as well. Then, we went to a small village called Pals, which we thought was amazing. We didn't have free time here, but we wish we did! It was very quiet and beautiful. The last stop was Costa Brava. Ludi gave us a short tour and then let us free for (I think) and hour and a half. We had time to have food at a restaurant on the water and go for a dip in the water. It was quite cold in the water when we visited in October. We also walked around and got gelato. There were not a lot of souvenir shops. We highly recommend visiting Costa Brava, and we LOVE Explore Catalunya!
Quick Time in Costa Brava
Jessica_P, Oct 2022
We had an enjoyable time on this tour. We had a mix of walking with the guide and free time in Girona (1 hr) and Calella de Palafrugell (2 hr). Pals was too small to need time on your own. Our guide was informative and helped us by mentioning some places to see on your own. We wished we would have had an hour longer of free time at both locations as the time given wasn’t quite enough to see a lot of the first town and to eat and have some beach time on the coast. We were happy with doing a day trip vs. spending more time in these towns as it was great to see three in one day, but not large enough of towns (except for Girona) to want to stay for an extended period of time. Would definitely recommend this tour for someone who wants a small taste of what Costa Brava has to offer.
Beautiful views
KIM_T, Sep 2022
Beautiful sites and a great way to see different towns nearby. Lodi was outgoing and an interesting guide. Just the right amount of touring to free time and exploring.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Hello, Thank you for a lovely review. Robert


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