Catalonia, Calella de Mar
Boasting arguably Spain's most beautiful stretch of coastline, the 'wild' coast, and having as its capital, the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Barcelona, Catalonia has long been a magnet for travellers wishing to avoid the large, more commercial resorts which have become the norm along many of Spain’s other, mass market coasts. To the south lies the ancient Roman city of Tarragona; to the north lies France and the towering, snow-capped Pyrenees whilst to the east are the lakes, valleys and mountains of Girona and Lerida, two of Catalonia’s four provinces. All along the coast, especially the northern stretch from Barcelona to the French border, you will find rugged cliffs, sandy coves and bustling, picturesque resorts such as Tamariu, Rosas and Llafranch. Throughout Catalonia people are extremely proud of their history, their traditions and, above all, their language, Catalan. They enjoy a huge number of local fiestas, most of which take place during the summer months, and they maintain, with justification, that their cuisine ranks amongst the finest in Europe. The heat in this part of Spain is less intense than in southern parts of the Mediterranean and is especially agreeable in early and late summer, ideal times to explore this beautiful and very welcoming corner of the Iberian Peninsula.
Hotel Les Palmeres ★★★★
The 4 star Les Palmeres Hotel is located in Calella de Mar, some 30 miles from both Barcelona and Girona. It enjoys a central location and is close to Calella’s glorious wide beach of coarse sand. There are many open-air beach bars and, around the resort’s atmospheric old town, there’s a labyrinth of typical Catalan streets and squares filled with bars, shops and restaurants including an extensive pedestrianised shopping area which runs parallel to the attractive sea-front promenade.The coastal railway runs between the beach and promenade (with regular, safe crossing points onto the beach) providing visitors with an easy, inexpensive way to visit Girona and other resorts along the coast. The Les Palmeres 96 air-conditioned bedrooms are attractively furnished and each has its own bath/shower/wc (with hairdryer), a small balcony or terrace, flat screen TV, safe (payable locally) and direct dial telephone. There are two swimming pools (one indoor), a poolside bar, a bar and a restaurant. All rooms and public areas offer complimentary wifi.
Your Catalonia itinerary & what's included
Transfer from Girona airport to Calella. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Breakfast in hotel. Train to Canet de Mar for guided tour and a tapas lunch in Canet. Return by train to Calella. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Breakfast in hotel. Day at leisure for relaxing by the pool, on the beach or (optional) taking the train to Girona. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
BBreakfast in hotel. By coach to Emporda, visit the medieval villages of Pubol (and castle), Ullastret and Peratallada, visit an olive oil farm (with tasting), lunch in a local restaurant. Return to Calella. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Breakfast in hotel. Day at leisure. Enjoy one of the excellent optional excursions or an optional boat trip to Tossa de Mar. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Breakfast in hotel. Guided day trip by train to Barcelona. Visit the Gothic quarter, see Gaudi&s famous architecture and some of Pablo Picasso’s incredible work. Enjoy a &pintxos& lunch (similar to tapas). Free time for shopping/sightseeing or follow your guide to explore Barcelona&s &hidden places&. Return by train to Calella. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Breakfast in hotel. Morning at leisure. Lunch in hotel. Evening departure to a local restaurant for a Catalan Cuisine Tasting (with wine). Return to Calella. Overnight in hotel.
Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Girona airport for return flight to UK.
Average tempratures (*C)
Hotel Les Palmeres – prices for departures on these dates only
Prices are per person in a twin/double room for sole use, board basis as per itinerary
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Catalonia info at a glance
- Meal basis : as per itinerary
- Official category : 4 star
- Resort representative
- Welcome meeting
- Hotel telephone – 00 34 937 664130
- Friday flights (included in price)
- Free 20 kgs baggage allowance
- Transfer time from Girona airport – approx. 50 mins