Costa Brava half-day tour
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Costa Brava half-day tour

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Free cancellation
Language: Italian , English , French , Spanish , German , Portuguese , Russian
Availability: Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 8 hours
Do this because
  • Discover the natural wealth and beauty of Costa Brava's territories and protected areas
  • Explore small fisherman towns
  • Admire Cap de Creus, the Emporda Marshes and the Marine Reserve Medes Islands
What to expect

On this tour we are going to visit the Girona coast, christened 100 years ago as the Costa Brava (wild coast). This name is due to its unique rocky, rugged and cut shape coastline, composed of small coves surrounded by pine forests and lapped by crystal water.

Its natural wealth and beauty is apparent in several territories and protected areas, such as Cap de Creus, the Emporda Marshes and the Marine Reserve Medes Islands.

Costa Brava is also famous because of its villages. Small fisherman towns with whitewashed walls and narrow winding streets, still retain their charm today.

This area has historically been a point of entry, transit, and settlement for different cultures and civilizations that have each left their own footprints.

In this half-day tour, we will discover the southern part of the Costa Brava visiting two villages that represent the essence of that coast. They are opposed to each other but, at the same time, complementary, and after few hours after leaving Barcelona, we will go back with a complete idea of what Costa Brava is.

ITINERARY

We will take the motorway and after 1h15m we will arrive at Lloret de Mar, the main touristic village of Costa Brava. Upon arrival you will immediately feel its bustle. Multiple coaches arrive from all over Europe to bring visitors to enjoy its beaches, hotels, shops, activities and, above all, its lively nightlife.

We will have about an hour to explore this colorful and dynamic village with a strong personality.

Along the unique beach promenade, we will be able to enjoy great views of its beaches, arising from the majestic beach of Lloret to the hidden Sa Caleta. In addition, two small hills on both edges of the beach promenade provide privileged viewpoints of the site and surroundings.

Walking through its narrow streets, which still have reminiscence of its recent maritime past, we will find plenty of shops to suit all tastes: from the latest brands to the typical beach bazaars.

In the middle of its most famous shopping street we will also be able to admire architectural jewels of great value such as Saint Roma church, with an exquisite modernism style, and inside the church, a 16th-century altarpiece which is still so well preserved.

At approximately 10.50am we will go on board Dofijets, which will lead us to the neighboring village of Tossa de Mar. During the sailing trip we will be able to enjoy the unique and characteristic landscape of Costa Brava; a procession of different huge cliffs which have been shaped in fanciful forms over the centuries by the strength of sea and wind.

At about 12.00pm we will get to the emblematic village of Tossa de Mar, considered “the pearl of Costa Brava” because in this small area we can find all those landscape and historic elements which have given it such well-deserved fame.

Its spectacular sceneries, from its shores, beaches, caves in the cliffs to its lush vegetation, turn it into one of the locations that has better preserved its natural environment in perfect harmony with the tourism industry.

History has left his footprints, from the Romans in the Vila Romana dels Ametllers, one of the most important villas in the ancient Roman province of Tarraco, which is a classic example of a Roman Mediterranean farming establishment, to its emblematic fortified Vila Vella or Old Town of Tossa, which was listed as an artistic-historic monument in 1931 as it is the unique remaining fortified medieval town on the Catalan coast. Today, little is left from the original 13th-century structure and today’s ramparts are the result of several restorations undertaken throughout the years, especially that one dating from the late 14th century.

Outside its walls, we can find the traditional fishing neighborhood known as Sa Roqueta, which still maintains the sailor atmosphere of these typical villages on Costa Brava.

Once we arrive in Tossa de Mar, we will begin a walking tour from the beach, following the fortified perimeter up to the lighthouse on the top, for those who are interested. Over there, you will appreciate stunning views from the coastline. When descending, we will go through the narrow streets and stony houses of Vila Vella until we get to the fishing district. From there on, you will have free time to have lunch. This village has the greatest gastronomic offer from all Costa Brava.

A peaceful walk around the beach will help us find places with unique perspectives on that site.

The Roma Vila dels Ametllers, with well-preserved mosaic floors, is located in the city center and is easily accessible, with free admission and explanatory panels. A complete visit is recommended.

You cannot leave Tossa de Mar without walking around the small and attractive shops on its typical streets.

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What's included
  • Comfortable bus with free Wi-Fi
  • Professional guide (English and Spanish)
  • Ticket for boat and taxes
What's not included
  • Lunch
Reduced price
  • Children (0-6 years): free
Where

Plaça de Catalunya, 20, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Meeting point:

Plaça Catalunya, Barcelona, in front of the Hard Rock Café.

What to remember
  • All of the guide's explanations on this tour are in English and Spanish. A free audio guide service is also available in Italian, German, French, Russian, Chinese and Portuguese
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When
  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from May to October at 8.30am
  • We recommend to be there about 15 minutes earlier
  • At 3.00pm the tour will be finished and we will go back to Barcelona, where we will arrive at about 4.30pm at Plaza Catalunya
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Provider
Barcelona Holiday
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the activity begins.
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