From sweeping panoramas of snowcapped mountains to the hidden coves and fishing villages of its rugged coast, Catalonia offers an abundance of charming landscapes and authentic culture. In this entrancing Spanish region, you follow trails through the densely forested foothills of the Pyrenees, stroll cobblestone streets in medieval Girona, and explore whitewashed villages along Cap de Creus, the section of the Costa Brava where Salvador Dalí learned to paint. The ancient towns of Peratallada and Pals reveal quaint plazas, Romanesque churches, and stone towers dating back to the 11th century. On the slopes of Montserrat, discover the stunning geology of the region and an age-old monastery. Taste dock-fresh seafood in local restaurants just steps away from the waterfront in sleepy Cadaqués. Throughout your journey, partake in the infectious Catalan spirit—a defiant and delightful culture eager to share its quirks with you.
Hotel Midmost Barcelona
Hotel Midmost Barcelona is a newly renovated four-star boutique property near the Plaza Catalunya—a privileged location within walking distance to the city’s major attractions. The hotel is part of the Majestic hotel group, whose mission is to offer personalized and dedicated service. Its 56 guest rooms and suites are luminous, modern, and feature double soundproofing as well as complimentary Wi-Fi. Additional amenities include a pool with solarium, rooftop terrace with cocktail bar, and library lounge.
Hotel Nord 1901
Located in the historic heart of Girona, the Nord 1901 Hotel was completely renovated in 2009 to offer a sophisticated flair and modern amenities while still preserving the ambiance of its Old Town setting. Intimate and family-operated, it is within walking distance of Gironas’ main attractions, including the colorful houses along the River Onvar, the Plaza Independencia, the Jewish quarter, the cathedral, and a wide range of popular restaurants and cafés. Enjoy breakfast on the garden terrace and take advantage of the only garden with a swimming pool in the city center. Each luxurious room is equipped with climate control, a safe, hot-water kettle for coffee- and tea-making, flat-screen TV, free WiFi, and a private bath with shower, bathrobe, slippers, and hairdryer.
Hotel Playa Sol
This four-star family-run hotel sits right on the waterfront of the small fishing village made famous by Dalí and Picasso. Recently fully renovated in a casually elegant coastal style, guest rooms are bright and contemporary featuring air conditioning and in-room WiFi. With a perfect seaside location, the hotel features amenities ranging from its ground-floor entry with lounges, bar, and covered terrace to the grounds and outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and steam room, as well as tennis and basketball courts, table tennis, and even a pétanque (similar to bocce) area. Mountain bikes and kayaks are available to rent. Please note: this accommodation is available on limited departures.
A recently renovated traditional farmhouse on a mountaintop with panoramic views which, on a clear day, extend all the way to the sea, El Ventós is a rambling country home. Spacious, air conditioned guest rooms blend modern and rustic, with terracotta tile floors, white walls, large windows, and antiques. In addition to the main fireside lounge with exposed beams and cozy seating looking out onto a large terrace, there are other terraces, hammocks, a “cyber corner,” a reading room, and an outdoor swimming pool set in extensive grounds with gardens and trails. On almost 1,000 acres, the hotel raises its own cattle on surrounding pasture. The excellent on-site restaurant features the property’s own or very local products—such as an appetizer of figs, duck ham, and goat cheese, followed by a main course of local slow-cooked lamb, finished with a fig crumble topped with homemade ice cream. Please note that this family-owned hotel has a friendly dog and cats on the property.
Pre-Tour Extension - Barcelona
2 Nights From $548
per person, double occupancy
Please refer to your air itinerary for your specific flight details.
Upon arrival at Barcelona Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign will meet you as you exit the baggage-claim area. Please note that there may be up to a 45-minute wait if there are other guests arriving within the same time frame. A complimentary small-group transfer will be provided to your Barcelona hotel, approximately 35 minutes away. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).
Today you are perfectly poised to enjoy all the best of this unique city from your luxury boutique hotel. Just steps from the city’s main attractions, you are near some of Gaudi’s most flamboyant buildings, world-class art museums, and the carnival-like boulevard, Las Ramblas.
Another day awaits to discover a world of effusive architecture, moody gothic buildings, and authentic Catalan culture. Use your time to wander the intriguingly landscaped Park Güell or browse the countless stalls of La Boqueria, one of Europe’s largest food markets.
Flight + Tour Combo
|Two expert, local guides (for groups of 8 or more), with you 24/7|
|All meals included except one lunch and one dinner. Local wine and/or beer included with dinner.|
|All accommodations while on tour|
|Transportation from the meeting point to the departure point|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary|
|Destination information (weather, visa requirements, etc.) and other travel assistance available 24/7 provided by One Call International|
|The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the Country Walkers staff|
|Round-trip international airfare (includes airline fuel charges and taxes)|
|Small-group airport and hotel transfers|
|Two nights at Hotel Midmost Barcelona in Barcelona|
|7-day/6-night Spain: Barcelona to the Costa Brava guided walking tour with on-trip inclusions|
Experience your destination like an insider with people who call it home.
Isabel Santolaria considers herself fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel around the world—from the Pyrenees to the Himalayas—enjoying nature, meeting new people, and climbing mountains. Her goal has always been to gain a better perspective as she has explored France, Scotland, Argentina, Switzerland, Peru, Bolivia, Nepal, Pakistan, the US, and, of course, her native Spain. After years working as the director of a school for mountain guides, Isabel is now on her greatest expedition yet—raising her family and running a film production company.
The multilingual (she speaks seven languages!) Elisenda Balcells was born in Girona and eventually studied and worked in tourism in her hometown, having done everything from running restaurants and hotels to working at a local travel agency before becoming a certified guide in 2004. Elisenda loves sharing the unique culture and history of her native Catalonia with visitors from around the world.
Pol Roig Iniesta
Pol Roig Iniesta was born in Barcelona and first walked in the mountains with his father when he was just 3 years old, although it was not until 2009 when he realized his dream of becoming a mountain guide. He has travelled extensively in Scotland and Morocco, loves photography, mountain adventure sports like climbing, snowshoeing and canyoning, and grows his own organic food. He also enjoys cooking and has a tradition of preparing a tortilla, or Spanish omelette, whenever he returns home (in the Pyrenees) from a mountain trip!
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