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Costa Brava Full-Day Tour from Barcelona

Activity provider: Barcelona Holiday

Costa Brava Full-Day Tour from Barcelona

Activity provider: Barcelona Holiday
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From US$ 87.23 per person

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Explore the Costa Brava on a full-day tour from Barcelona, and discover beautiful coastal landscapes, charming villages, and important marine reserves.

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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Audio guide included
German, Italian, Russian, French, Chinese, Portuguese

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the beautiful cliffs and coves of the Costa Brava
  • Walk around charming fishing villages
  • Follow in the footsteps of the Greeks, Romans, and Medieval period
  • Hike along the Camino de Ronda
  • Take a boat trip to the Medes Islands’ archipelago
Full description

This 12-hour tour from Barcelona explores the Girona coast, christened as the Costa Brava 100 years ago, due to its rugged coastline of small coves. Its superb natural beauty is apparent in several territories and protected areas. The area has also historically been a point of entry, transit, and settlement for different cultures and civilizations. Each has left a footprint, evidenced by the Greek and Roman sites in Èmpuries. Depart from Barcelona at 8:30 AM, and take the motorway to Calella de Palafrugell, a small fisherman’s village of great architectural and natural beauty, where you will visit its incomparable bays for spectacular views. Take an easy hike along the Camino de Ronda to the town of Llafranc. The Camino de Ronda borders all of the Costa Brava, and was historically used to control smuggling. Today, you will discover beautiful spots that wouldn’t otherwise be accessible. Explore the small seaside town of Llafranc, before heading to Pals at around noon. Located inland, on the top of a hill, the village is built entirely in an integrated medieval site. At the top, there is a 12th-Century cylindrical tower, which is visible from far away. Get stunning views of the Costa Brava and surroundings from the terrace, and walk through the cobbled streets of the old town, to appreciate the round arches, façades with pointed windows arches, and perfectly restored stone balconies. Continue to l’Estartit, an important diving center due to its close proximity to the Medes Islands’ archipelago, of significant interest for the wide variety of flora and fauna that inhabit the area. You'll have free time to eat lunch and then board a boat at 3:00 PM to explore the area from the water. Cruise for 1 hour and 20 minutes to the outer islands for spectacular views, then continue to the stunning cliffs of Sierra de Montgrí, only accessible by boat. Your final stop is the extensive Greek and Roman ruins of Èmpuries. An expert guide will take you on a guided tour of the site, the only one in Spain where both a Greek and later a Roman city existed together. Admire the remains of the city walls, the Acropolis, Market Square, and numerous other buildings. See the Roman city highlights, such as a mosaic floor in excellent condition, the Forum, remains of an amphitheater, and several statues and vestiges of street frameworks. Return to Barcelona at approximately 6:00 PM. You will arrive back at around 8:00 PM.

Includes
  • Transport by comfortable bus with free WiFi
  • Guide
  • Boat trip
  • Tickets
  • Guided visit to the Greek and Roman ruins
  • Audio guide service in German, French, Italian, Russian, Portuguese and Chinese
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Meeting point

Please meet at the Barcelona Nord bus station at Platform 19

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Please note that this tour is not wheelchair accessible
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 131 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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The guides (especially Monica) were great! They did an awesome job explaining the journey and kept everyone on task. The tour was well organized and efficient. The sights, oh my, so incredible. Costa Brava was absolutely worth the visit. Each area was beautiful in its own way and I took a million pictures. I’d suggest the following: wear/pack your bathing suit (surprisingly you have time to take a dip), bring sunscreen, portable phone charger, a hat, water and some light snacks. I used a lightweight backpack to hold everything I needed. Last thing, you do lots of walking up and down hill so wear comfy shoes.

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July 16, 2022

This tour is a great opportunity to visit a huge area of Costa Brava and it is a good combination of different and contrasted places. Nature and history are mixed and turns into a very good experience with a very good taste at the end of the day. Places are gorgeous and is full of very interesting explanations. Recommended!

December 10, 2019

The stops in the fishing villages were beautiful but there was not enough time to enjoy it. It felt rushed. the last stop with or guide about the Greek and roman ruins was extremely interesting; however our guide's command of english was sometimes difficult to understand. However, she was charming and enthusiastic

September 10, 2019

Product ID: 24460