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icon10 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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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
  • Relax on the beach or go for a swim
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
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Small group tour
Air-conditioned vehicle
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop off
Entrance fees to the Botanic Gardens at Cap Roig
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.

8:30 AM
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.

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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
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.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Eixample
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.
Stop At:  
Pals
10.15 - The pristine medieval village of Pals, is one of the best preserved medieval villages in the region. Its picturesque cobbled streets are home to a number of interesting shops, selling everything from ceramics and local handicrafts to tradicional food and souvenirs. Your guide will give you a short tour, taking in the medieval defensive tours, the old church and the original villages walls. From Pals, we head to the fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Calella de Palafrugell
11.45am - Follow your guide as they introduce you to the stunning Costa Brava and to one of the most beautiful villages on this stretch of coast. You will have time to explore some of the coastal footpaths, take a dip in the water in a secluded cove, and try some local seafood in a traditional restaurant. This delightful escape has whitewashed houses that reach right down to the sea-front and a number of tradicional restaurants, perfect for a leisurely lunch. We have carefully timed this tour so you can eat in the restaurants before the locals arrive for their late lunches. From Calella, we head to the medieval Roman city of Girona.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Girona
3.30pm - Our last stop is the colorful medieval Roman city of Girona. Girona is a well-established city that has survived many sieges in the course of its long history, since its founding in around 76BC. Your guide will take you around the old part of the city, giving you information about the most important historical sites such as the Cathedral, founded in 1038 on the site of a former Mosque, the spectacular Roman walls, along which you can walk, and various sites of historial interest as the Jewish Call and the Arab Bath house. If you prefer, the narrow streets of the old town are very pleasant just to wander around, indulge in a spot of window-shopping, or find a secluded café and sit back to watch people pass by. Your guide will give you recommendations of what to do in your free time so you make the most of it. We also have custom made maps, if you prefer to set off on your own and follow our recommended walking itinerary. From Girona, we will head back to Barcelona arriving around 7:00pm.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Plaza de Catalunya
7.30 - We end the day in Plaça Catalunya. From here, you can easily take the metro or a taxi back to your hotel. Otherwise, your guide will be more than happy to make some recommendations of where to have dinner.
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Explore Catalunya
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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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
See all safety measures taken by Girona and Costa Brava Small Group Tour from Barcelona.
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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
See all safety measures taken by Girona and Costa Brava Small Group Tour from Barcelona.
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
See all safety measures taken by Girona and Costa Brava Small Group Tour from Barcelona.
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
See all safety measures taken by Girona and Costa Brava Small Group Tour from Barcelona.

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  • "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." See review
  • "I would recommend comfortable shoes as some of the stone walkways are old and hard on sandals." See review
  • "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." See review

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star-5
Great tour for a Sunday
Nkechinyere_O
, Nov 2021
A great way to spend a Sunday in November . Really enjoyed this tour and the guide was well versed on the historical facts.
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star-4
Costa Brava is lovely, but I would skip Pals
Tracy_G
, Nov 2021
Tour to Girona & Costa Brava - Pals was quaint & lovely, 20-30 minutes was enough. We visited the town during the off-season, so the village was a bit dead. There wasn’t the liveliness of open shops and people milling about - The beach town along the Costa Brava was gorgeous. Lovely paths for walking. I Wish we had stayed here the rest of the day The drive from the beach town to Girona is about 1 hour. And the drive back to Barcelona is about 2 hours because of traffic - Girona - the historic center was beautiful. But again 20-30 minutes would have been enough to take the photos of the Game of Thrones filming locations, instead of the 90 minutes we spent there. Also, there are some German gardens in Girona that were recommended. They are really not worth visiting. They aren’t gardens. They are the ruins of what once was a garden. Not beautiful. - I would have preferred to stay more time in Costa Brava - Note for tour: Enrique played a playlist 90% of which had nothing to do with Barcelona or Spain. (Artists included Massive Attack.) It would be nice to hear a Spanish music playlist to keep the tour focused on Spain. This is what other tour operators have done. - Enrique spent a lot of time talking about his bar businesses in Barcelona & Mexico. While it was somewhat interesting to hear about Enrique’s bar businesses, I would have liked him to tell us more about the old villages we were visiting. Did we miss any stories or legends because he was telling us about his bar businesses? - He also told me that he really did not like living in Mexico and that everyone in Guanajuato, Mexico was terrible. He told me this right after I had told me that my mother was from there and that I still had family there. Is it acceptable to insult the family of your clients? - COVID mask Safety. At no point during the all day car trips did Enrique wear a mask that covered both his nose and mouth. He wore a mask that was loosely hanging in front of his mouth. So the mask he used had no safety effect at all. I would have preferred that Enrique announce that he was fully vaccinated and would not be using the mask so that people in the car could hear him speak. (to be clear I do not know if Enrique is vaccinated.) - Note for tour: I would choose to visit either Pals or Girona, not both. You basically spend too much time driving in the car. If I had to choose, I would choose Girona.
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star-5
Really enjoyable!!
Stephanie_T
, Oct 2021
Really enjoyable tour! We hit Calella de Palafrugell last and we wish we knew that we should’ve made a reservation if we wanted paella. Food we ended up ordering was amazing though. Definitely wear good walking shoes and dress in layers if you go in october. Views were INCREDIBLE!! Girona and Pals were both amazing as well.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hello, You picked a great tour. The village of Calella is just stunning. I'm glad you had great day. Thank you, Robert
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star-5
Outstanding combo of perfect medieval towns and trip to coast
Michael_S
, Oct 2021
Sergio was a wonderful guide, full of local and historical knowledge to accentuate the journey and experience. I love medieval and Roman history (and also am a GOT fan) and Girona and Pals were picture perfect snapshots into the periods. Finish the day with a trip to the coast and the picturesque whitewashed seaside village. Great trip and highly recommended.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hello, Sergio will be very happy to read this. Thank you for the kind words. Best regards, Robert
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star-5
Great locations
Luis_M
, Sep 2021
We were 6 people in this tour and had a great experience. Plenty of time to take a swim and have a great meal and explore interesting places. I was interested in Girona because of Game of Thrones so I saw the different filming locations but you may not have enough time to see all else that is in Girona (big city) so I would recommend taking another tour specific for this city but don't get me wrong, I think the timing of the tour is well balanced.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hello Luis, Thank you for your review. Kind regards, Patricia
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star-4
Nice trip
Mariana_P
, Sep 2021
The places we visited were all beautiful places. I would recommend to visit. I liked very much all of them, particularly Pal. The bus was very small and crowded, this is what I liked less.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hello, This is one of my personal favourite trips. I am really happy you liked it. What could we have done to get that extra star? Regards, Robert
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star-5
I had really great time
Marcela_K
, Aug 2021
This was amazing and easygoing trip and I would recommend it to everyone. Rod was perfect guide, really nice and knowledgeable. I was with my mum and she has issues with legs but we were not in hurry so she did not have any problem to walk with group. Group was really small, just 6 people. Girona and Pals were beautiful cities and we had also enaugh time to swim in sea on one of Costa Brava beaches. It was wonderfully spent day!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hello, Thank for the review. I'm especially pleased your mum found it easy to do. We really try and make sure that every single person in the group has the best time possible. Thanks, Robert
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star-5
Go ahead and book this one.
Darwin_M
, Aug 2021
Love this excursion! Costa Brava is amazing, they have us enough time to be able to swim and have a good lunch, then we drove to Pals, the to Girona. Overall amazing trip. The driver and guide, Enrique, is very funny, such an awesome guide, very knowledgeable and friendly.
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star-5
Fun day trip from Barcelona!
Shannon_C
, Aug 2021
A fun day trip from Barcelona. Our tour guide, Sergio, did a great job and was friendly and knowledgeable! We made friends on the excursion and really enjoyed our time!
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star-5
Great day trip
Claudio
, Jul 2021
Great trip to get a quick taste of this beautiful area of Spain. Rodrigo, our guide was excellent, vey knowledgeable and friendly!
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