Spain: Barcelona and the Costa Brava
You can choose the cultural, the
painting or the cooking
tour to Spain:
Cultural Tour: Enchanted Spain
Discover hidden gems of Spanish history, art and culture
in Barcelona and Catalonia.
From Gaudi's masterpieces to the colorful La Boqueria market in Barcelona, from olive groves and
archaeological sites to fishing villages and vineyards on the Costa Brava, from tapas and paella to
the colorful and vibrant flamenco, let Spain seduce you!
Day 1: Welcome Reception
We will pick you up at a specific hotel downtown Barcelona and
drive you to our hotel located in one of the most exclusive
beaches on the Costa Brava, Calella de Palafrugel. Upon
your arrival at our hotel by the sea, take time to settle in or
start enjoying the wonderful white-washed and preserved fisherman
village on the beach.
Enjoy the beach in front of the hotel, walk along the pristine
seashore, take in the sun from the terrace or have a drink in
the Mediterranean breeze.
Before dinner, we will take an easy walk along the shore that
offers breathtaking vistas along the way.
In the evening, you will enjoy a welcome reception followed
by a delicious dinner.
Day 2: Rice, Paella and Medieval Village
Morning: Rice paddies of Pals
The expertise of local farmers for rice cultivation combined with
unique climate, sun and water have given Pals rice its well-deserved
acclaim. It is used in excellent rice dishes like paella.
After the guided visit in the rice paddles, you will be treated
a lunch in Pals, one of the best-preserved
medieval villages in all of Spain. You will indulge
in a pica pica lunch followed by the paella from Pals,
made with organic local rice.
Afternoon: Back in time
As you walk through the narrow village streets
of Pals, next to the city walls, towers and churches, you will
feel as though you have walked into a different time altogether.
The stone archways, cobblestone streets and wrought-iron balconies
adorned with flowers create a welcoming feel in this Romanesque
village. After your stroll and shopping, we will drive
back to our hotel so you will have time to enjoy the prestine
beach and blue water right in front of our hotel before dinner.
Day 2: From the Sea to our Plate
Morning: The pristine
seashore of the Costa Brava This morning, your guide will
take you walk along the most exclusive beach on the Costa Brava, our
village Calella de Palafrugell. If you prefer, you can take in the
sun from the patio of the hotel or have a drink in the Mediterranean
All about fish
In the afternoon, we will head off to Palamós, a cute small
fishing town on the Costa Brava, a place to enjoy with all the
Fishing is still an important business in Palamos. We will start
with a guided visit at the fishing museum, a public tribute to
old-fashioned fishermen and the Mediterranean lifestyle.
Then we will watch the arrival of the boats coming back from
their fishing day.
The visit will continue with a unique experience: we will attend
the fish auction -where chefs go and buy their fish
(not open to the public but we have our way
The best is to come: eating the fish!
We will then attend a cooking demonstration by a fisherman
chef. He will teach you typical recipes, like the aioli,
the figueoa (catalan version of the paella) and much more.
You are free to help the chef or relax with a glass of Catalan
Day 4: Jewish Heritage and Surrealistic Experience!
Morning: Mikvah or Jewish ritual bathhouse
We will visit the medieval town of Besalú, a magnificent
historic artistic site, renowned for its beauty and its 11th
century Roman bridge.
A guided visit will let us discover the 9th century Jewish
quarter of Besalú and the 12th century mikvah
or Jewish ritual bathhouse, the only one of its kind discovered
in the Iberian Peninsula and one of the few known in Europe.
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Surrealistic Dali experience
Dali created the largest surrealistic object in the world, his
own museum, the Dalí Theatre-Museu
in the town of Figueres, his birthplace.
His museum is like no other. Dalí wanted visitors to see
his massive collection as a ‘whole’ work and therefore
refused to have his works placed in chronological or subject order.
Inside is a world of fantasy mixed with architecture,
paintings and sculptures. It's a completely surrealistic experience.
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Day 5: Surreal Dali by the sea and Boat Ride
We'll head to the beautiful coastal village of Cadaqués.
Famous for its white-washed Mediterranean houses and sandy bay,
this is one of the most picturesque villages on the Costa Brava.
The dramatic drive there offers some of the best views in Catalonia.
This is the perfect place for lunch.
We will visit Dali's
house, the place where he sought peace
and quiet; another surrealistic experience.
Cadaques is a cute small fishing town on the Costa Brava,
a place to enjoy with all the senses.
We will spend the afternoon sailing the Costa Brava
in old-fashioned style on a classic gullet.
The captain and his crew will sail us along the wonderful coast
while we can enjoy a sunbath on the flat or a swim in the deep
Flamenco night, watercolor by Keiko Tanabe
Day 6: Barcelona: Gaudi's Art and Flamenco
Leaving the countryside for a more urban atmosphere, we will drive to Barcelona and settle into our new
hotel in the center of town.
Lunch: Free time for lunch and eat at the
Market of la Boqueria with its incredible contrast between
colours and activity, an ideal place to discover why Mediterranean
cuisine is internationally known due to its ingredients.
All of the best products from Catalonia in one place: fruit,
vegetables, fish, seafood and the world famous ham de
Belota, the "pata negra".
Afternoon: Barcelona is of course famous because
of Gaudi's work. We will get up close to one of the best Gaudí's
grand designs by visiting the most impressive house in
the center, la Casa Batlló.
Casa Batlló is the most emblematic work of
the brilliant Catalan architect with a facade that is original,
fantastical and full of imagination. Gaudi redesigned the original
facade to give it a wavy shape and covered it with a mosaic
of coloured glass and ceramic discs. Just amazing!
In the evening, we will enjoy a wonderful and unforgettable
Flamenco show. Flamenco singers, dancers and guitar
players will be offering a powerful staging and musical event.
Day 7: Barcelona under the Stars
Morning: Guided visit
Barcelona is such a rich city: art, shops, museums, food, architecture,...
We will start the day with a guided visit (either
biking): the visit will include the Sagrada Familia,
the giant Basilica, one of Gaudi's most famous works in Barcelona.
It has been under construction since 1882!
Afternoon: Free time in Barcelona
You will have plenty of choices for your free time:
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site, Park Guell,
one of the most famous legacies Gaudi left to this world.
Park Guell is one of the most beautiful and innovative
parks in the world. The whole park
is sprinkled with
twisting pathways and some private residences.
- Follow in the footsteps of the artistic genius Picasso by
visiting the Museu Picasso, a gallery
that records his formative years.
- Head to the Fundació Joan Miró,
one of the greatest museums in the world about his art.
- Ramble down the colorful Ramblas, one of
the most famous boulevards in the world. It bustles with artists,
musicians, vibrant flower stalls, newspaper kiosks and cafés.
- Do some great shopping: Style comes with
kinds of price tags in Barcelona. High street shoppers will
easily recognise the Spanish labels Mango and Zara, but fashionistas
should check out the colorful Desigual.
- Lay on the beach by the harbor in the center
Guided tour in Barcelona
Evening: A night of fusion tapas under the Barcelona
In the evening, you will be treated a gourmet dinner
at a chef's house. The chef and his wife will welcome
you to their house for an exclusive evening.
You will first be welcomed with a glass of cava (Spanish
Champagne), then the gourmet dinner will include dishes such as
homemade gazpacho andaluz, Spanish Jamon, Truffle goats cheese with
caramelized red onion, Catalan "Pa amb Tomaquet",
escalivada, lamb chops and much more.
Day 8: Departure
It is time to say Hasta Luego! But don't worry - you'll be back.
We just know it!
After our last breakfast together, you can decide to extend
your stay in Barcelona for a few days or fly home if you have
For the hotel on the Costa Brava, we have chosen a friendly
and peaceful hotel overlooking the coves of
a hidden and preserved beach.
Come and let yourself be carried away by emotions!
The village's narrowing streets and picturesque fishermen's
cottages form an idyllic backdrop to the stunning Mediterranean
Enjoy exceptional views of the white-washed fishing
village and the blue sea in a comfortable, intimate and relaxed atmosphere.
All rooms have TV, satellite, air conditioning, heating, hairdryer and
safety deposit box
Sea view bedroom's balcony
Bedroom with sea view
View from the terrace
Dates & Rates 2014:
Only a few rooms have a sea view, so
sign up early to get one.
June 20-27, 2014: women-only tour
US $3,290 (+ $550 for single suppl)
Sept 16-23, 2015: women-only tour
+US$350 pp double room with sea view
+ US$350 single standard room
+ US$750 single room with sea view
- Pick-up and drop off at a specific hotel downtown Barcelona
- A welcome reception
- 5 nights at the hotel by the beach and 2 nights at the hotel
- All breakfasts
- 5 dinners (incl drinks and wine)
- A Flamenco show
- 1 gourmet paella lunch
- Transportation in a comfortable van with A/C
- A personal chauffeur/guide throughout the week
- Entrance fees to all sites on the tour
- Flights to and from Barcelona
- 6 lunches
- 2 dinners
- Optional activities (those not described in the itinerary)
- Personal expenses and tipping