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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. With a knowledgeable guide, 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.  


  • Personalized small group and commentary
  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Transported by air-conditioned coach

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What You Can Expect

Girona and Costa Brava Small Group Day Trip 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 towards 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 the tour concludes. 

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Customer Reviews

Lynnette N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Despite the awful weather, our guide made the most of this day. Loved the old city of Girona, I'm now watching S6 GoT again to recognise parts of the town. It would be spectacular in better weather. Pals and Costa Brava lovely, and the restaurant, La Vela was happy for us to wile away the time there with a yummy lunch of char grilled fish and a glass of vino. Our guide wisely assumed we'd all be happy to get back to Barcelona a little earlier due to weather.

Jeanette H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Plenty of free time to explore each city stop on your own. Beautiful cities you should definitely see - tour price well worth the transporation alone

Mauricio H D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

It was a fantastic experience. From the designated tour guide to the places we visited, everything was first rate. Highly recommendable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017


Frederick W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This tour took us back in time. We got to see the antiquities of early Spain. The Roman wall and stone streets in Girona were alone worth the price. The Jewish Section was a wonderful experience. Our guide Joseph was an affable chap with a truly intrinsic knowledge of the area. The visits to the city of Pal and other stops along the beach gave us a flavor of life in Spain long ago plus a guide who talked to us about the intricacies of Spanish life today. Great will not be disappointed

Margaret J. B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Wonderful trip to Girona, Pals and Costa Brava on what would have been Thanksgiving Day in the US. Lovely medieval villages and beautiful country side seen on this trip. Last stop was a beautiful town on the Costa Brava where we had a leisurely late lunch looking at the Mediterranean with our terrific guide, Arnu. The coast was rocky and the sea was glistening in the sun. Would highly recommend.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Excellent guide full of history and information.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This tour was great - Feliciano was engaging and lively and full of information. I particularly liked the stop in Pals. One caveat: in mid-November, the resort town of Calella and the other resort towns, I'm sure are closed up until April. I suggest bringing your own lunch, otherwise you are stuck with the very limited options available this time of year.

Alan P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Amazing trip--especially once you get to Costa Brava--mixing it with the rich and famous--make sure you take your bathers and a towel--beautiful spot--take time to find a cafe and have a meal and a beer and watch the world go buy

Lin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

If you like history, beach, seafood and Game of Thrones, go for it!

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