Are you fascinated by the Middle Ages? Or maybe want to learn about the local Jewish Heritage? Does lunch by the beach sounds like a great plan? Combining a visit of Girona with lunch in the Costa Brava gives you the perfect mix of all this!
But did you know that for some weird reason many tour operators sell “Girona & Costa Brava tours”… that don’t take you to the coast at all? They take you to the Dali Museum in Figueres, which is inland. I’ve never understood why they call that Costa Brava day excursions, if they don’t take you there at all…
Well, that won’t happen with ForeverBarcelona: we call things by their real name, and our Girona and Costa Brava tour, REALLY takes you to the Costa Brava (we can take you to the Dali Museum if you prefer, too, but that’s a different tour).
The city of Girona is a beautiful town by a river with a maze of medieval alleys and backstreets that lead to a magnificent Gothic Cathedral and an old Jewish Section next to it. Located in the inland, it’s about 1 hour drive from the rocky cliffs of the Costa Brava. This tour will take you to one of the most scenic seaside villages there: Tossa de Mar, with the imposing towers of its walls rising over the beach.
There is no easy public transportation combination that would allow to do that on your own, as there is no train taking you to Costa Brava. Either drive your own car… or let us handle all the logistics and take you there in a private tour!
Final itinerary and timings might vary due to many factors (traffic, your pace and main interests…)
Your guide and your driver will pick you up at your location to take you to Girona. During this loverly ride past the woods and farmlands at the foot of the Montseny mountains, you’ll start learning about the history of Girona and Catalonia, so you have a good background that allows you to take the most out of your visit to Girona once you get there.
The Old Town of Girona is one of the most beautiful medieval areas in our land. Its medieval Jewish Quarter, also called Call, hides a fascinating (and unfortunately sad) history. And the Christian remains, including a magnificent Cathedral, some charming Baths and ancient city walls makes for a well-worth morning of history and sightseeing. Follow your guide to discover its secrets.
Drive from Girona to Costa Brava across the Cadiretes range and its shady oak woods on a winding road that takes you to the seaside.
Costa Brava is the name that in 1908 the journalist Ferran Agulló gave to the Coast extending from the town of Blanes to the border with France, inspired by its rocky cliffs.
Tossa de Mar is one of the most dramatic villages in Costa Brava, with its main beach crowned in one end by the medieval enclosure, surrounded by imposing medieval towers: it is the only seaside town that has preserved its medieval fortifications in Catalonia.
You’ll love walking down the cobble-stoned streets of the Old Town, where still nowadays people leaves. Ava Gardner was here shooting a movie, and Sinatra came quickly when he heard rumors of her having an affair with a bullfighter…
Before lunch there is time to walk around the village, or if you have the stamina, climb the hill up to the defense towers that once protected the locals from the pirates. The view over the bay is worth the walk.
Enjoy a lovely lunch at a local restaurant of the seafront. Paella and seafood are very popular, but you might also want to try one of the local specialties that once were the poor food of the fishermen at sea, and now are considered gourmet delicacies.
Back to the car, continue discussing with your tour guide what you’ve seen today, ask as many questions you have left, get recommendations for the rest of your stay or… enjoy a nice nap to help you digest the meal!
You’ll be dropped back at your hotel or apartment or other location of your choice within the city limits.
This tour works great for people interested in Jewish Heritage and/or the Middle Ages that want to spend a nice day out of town away from the tourist crowds and see the seaside. It works best in the warmer months (Easter through end of September).
If you are traveling October through March, please note that the Costa Brava is windy and damp, and since it’s low season in the beach areas, it’s empty of people… and most restaurants and shops are closed.
If you are traveling with kids, this tour is child-friendly as we can focus the tour on the exploration of the sites, instead of the academic part of it.
If you have walking issues or use a wheelchair, please note that the visit of Girona involves sections of stairs and uphill cobblestone streets. We recommend to ask your guide to take you on the little tourist train instead of walking you around. As for Tossa de Mar, the seafront and the low part of the village are easy to walk, but you might not want to do the hill where the walls and the oldest cobble-stoned streets are.
Mercedes car or minivan upto 6 of you + guide & dedicated driver
Expect to pay €20-30/person, depending on your order.
OPTIONAL – Not included.
PAID ON SITE skipping lines:
* Fees given as an orientation only. Sites might decide to change them without notice. Discounts might apply for students and/or seniors.
We can only secure a guide for you after full payment has been received. Don’t wait until last-minute: we often book out in high season, and Park Guell & Sagrada Familia tickets sell out, too.
This day trip to Girona and Costa Brava is:
|AVAILABLE||Monday through Sunday|
|SOME SITES CLOSED||Monday: the Museum of History of the Jewish of Girona is closed.
Sunday: the interior of the Cathedral of Girona is not available for visits as there is mass going on (you can visit the Cloister and the Treasure Museum, though.
|UNIQUE||In May, Girona celebrates the “Time of Flowers” festival. A great time to visit it and see the usual sites covered in flower decorations.|
Tour starting time:
|9 AM||This tour starting time is not flexible.|