Catalonia and its hidden gems in 9 days
Normally when we travel to Catalonia we usually make a stop in Barcelona and then travel to somewhere else. Self-Drive routes are magnificent in this area and this is why we decided we should create one so that the traveler can explore and get to know this magnificent region full of flavor, landscapes, culture and just peace.
Wonders to Discover
Day by Day Itinerary and suggested Accommodation
Day 1: Arrival private transfer to Barcelona.
Accommodation for three nights at: Hotel Arts Ritz Carlton *****
Day 2: Barcelona at leisure. Let us know if you wish to organize a tour. Don’t miss out on the Sagrada Familia Cathedral.
Day 3: Barcelona at Leisure.
Day 4: Check out and car rental delivery start your road trip up north of Catalunya. Don’t forget to visit the Cathedral of Montserrat as well as the surrounding fishing villages.
Accommodation for two nights at: Hotel Mas de Torrent Relais & Chateaux *****
Day 5: Explore the region. The emporda region is one of the most enchanting areas in Catalonia, the Mediterranean woodlands, beautiful secluded beaches will take your breath away.
Day 6: Hotel check out and Road trip inland.
Accommodation for two nights at: Torre del Remei Relais & Chateaux *****
Day 7: Day at leisure.
Day 8: Hotel Check and commence your trip through the Pyrenees.
Accomodation for one night: Hotel Castel de Ciutat Relais & Chateaux *****
Day 9: Check out and departure to the airport of Barcelona to drop off your car rental.
CITIES AND TOWNS ON THE ITINERARY
If you wish to know a bit more about the places to go
Catalonia: One of the most charismatic regions of Spain. Known by strong traditions and for being particular different from the rest of Spain. Having their own language (Catalan) and a remarkable cultural art legacy, embodied by the stunning works of Antoni Gaudí and Salvador Dalí, places Catalonia as a world reference. A marked geographical diversity: spectacular beaches and an impressive mountain landscape allows a wide range of vacation activities. Prepare yourself for a world-class gastronomy, a Mediterranean flavour experience with outstanding traditional recipes.
Barcelona: The capital of Catalonia, is located at the Mediterranean Sea in the very north of the Spanish coast. With an old history heritage, here you will find monuments of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance periods. From the legendary modernist architecture legacy by Antoni Gaudí to the spectacular coastline that opens the city to the Mediterranean, Barcelona and leader in leisure and cuisine seduces the visitor in numerous ways. Strolling around the streets will bring surprises at every turn. Pedestrian streets in the old quarter, green spaces, and a splendid seafront with a range of modern facilities are a reflection of its multi-faceted character. Barcelona has cleverly succeeded in embracing its past without forgetting its commitment to the future. A city that is always pulsating creativity and life.
"Sagrada Familia": In 1883 the brilliant architect Antoni Gaudi agreed to take on this project. The first architect to undertake the project originally planned a neo-Gothic building. However, Gaudi took over following his death, and while conserving the original layout he soon stamped his own personal imprint and distinctive style on the building. Antoni Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece, this great basilica work still continues today but already become Barcelona’s most important landmark. It is filled with religious symbolism and meaning: Gaudi’s intention was to express Christian belief through the architecture and the beauty of the building and communicate the message of the Evangelists.
Montserrat: The Montserrat Natural Park, which emerges as if from a dream, protects the spiritual essence of Catalonia. For almost 1,000 years, a Benedictine community has lived in these mountains located 60 km away from Barcelona. Their Basilica houses the serene image of the Virgin of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia.
"Costa Brava": If you want to be surrounded by the blue water of the sea, golden sands and intensely green landscapes, Costa Brava is your destination. A beautiful environment bordered by the Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrenees Mountains. Costa Brava stretches along 214 kilometers of coastline where beaches and coves alternate in world-famous places. In addition to its spectacular beaches, the Costa Brava has impressive natural spaces and also several cultural landmarks. Costa Brava has it all: spend a few unforgettable days in charming towns, fishing villages or major tourist destinations.
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