• Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Duration: 11 hours (approx.)
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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
  • Catch sight of the Girona Cathedral
  • Relax on the beach or go for a swim
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach

What You Can Expect

Girona and Costa Brava Tour from Barcelona

Pals, Spain

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.

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Customer Reviews

Shelley H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

This was a fantastic tour. Driving up the Costa Brava and stopping along the way at Girona, Pals and Calella was a wonderful way of experiencing Spain. Miguel, our guide, was so enthusiastic and informative. We had a great time. Highly recommended.

Tara Lee L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

great tour guide and sights...loved it!

Maureen O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

This is a beautiful full day. The medieval cities are amazing. The ending at the beach with a stunning view was great. Our guide (Camilo) or Cam was awesome. Request him if you can. Lunch is not included but Cam made a reservation for us at Tony’s right on the water and it was excellent. Highly recommend this side trip from Barcelona .

Sherin E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

My husband and I enjoyed this trip very much. Cam, our tour guide, had us engaged throughout the entire trip. He was very informative and funny! We are glad we had the opportunity to visit the charming city of Girona. The highlight was visiting the beach!! I definitely recommend adding this tour to your itenerary.

Gracie C. United States Minor ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Jordi was our tour guide and he was very nice and funny. He explained many things along the way during our bus ride and trips to small towns in between before we reached Costa Brava. If you're a Game of Thrones fan, you have to visit Girona to see some the sights were they filmed this epic show. Pals, which is a small town before Costa Brava is just charming. They are known for their rice fields there, so if you have a chance to pop in a store and buy some rice to take back home, I would definitely do that. The smells from the paella being made at some of the restaurants were just intoxicating, but as this was just a quick stop, we did not eat there. Our last stop was Costa Brava...and just WOW. This place was amazing. The ocean is crystal clear, the beaches are family friendly and there are restaurants all along the coast. We only had time to eat lunch and about a little over an hour to swim in the water, but man was it worth it. Book this trip now, you will be amazed at all the sites and the of course the clear waters of Costa Brava!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Three friends of mine and I went on this day trip and we had a fantastic time. Our guide, Lorea, was amazing throughout the trip - she was very informative about the histories and quirks of each place as well as Catalonia as a whole. She even gave recommendations for where to eat in Barcelona. Loved her and loved this trip. Thank you for a most memorable experience, Lorea!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

We had a fantastic time on this tour. Miguel, our guide, was very informative, entertaining, and personable. He did a good job of sheparding our group of 20 so that we stayed on time. The van was clean and comfortable, and we left Placa Catalunya right on time. The tour company, Explore Catalunya, is a professional operation and did a super job on this tour, and on others that we took.

Girona is very picturesque and we enjoyed walking the streets and seeing the sites. We had a delicious and inexpensive meal on the 'parking lot' side of the river. However, the real star of the tour was the stop on the Costa Brava. We arrived on a picture-perfect day and the view was simply amazing. We did not spend a lot of time on the sandy beach by the shops. Instead we followed a walking trail that Miguel recommended. If you have mobility issues then this trail might not be for you, but by following it we had wonderful views of the cliffs, waters, boats, and beaches. We highly recommend!

RoseAnn F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

What a wonderful tour and fabulous tour guide. The medieval town of Girona is wonderful, Pals is charming, and the beach town on the coast absolutely beautiful. What a great trip!

Margaret L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This was our highlight of our trip to Barcelona. While we enjoyed the big city of Barcelona and particularly La Sagrada Familia, this tour outside of the city was amazing. Our tour guide Gloria was excellent and referred to her guests as


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Our day touring Girona, Pals, and Costa Bravo was wonderful. Our guide Jordi was an excellent communicator and source of knowledge about the area as well as all of Spain. He also made sure to get to know a little about each of his guests. The transportation was comfortable and cool. The free time allotted was also nice to get to explore on our own.

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