Costa Brava Day Trip w/ Medes Islands and Empuries Archaeological Site
Product Code: 2554-48715
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Costa Brava
  • • Calella de Palafrugell
  • • Llafranc
  • • Pals
  • • l'Estartit
  • • Empuries
  • • Medes Islands via the Nautilus
  • • Greek and Roman ruins of Empuries
Tour Code
2554-48715
Duration
11 hours
Departure City
Barcelona
End City
Barcelona
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English, Spanish
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Itinerary

Barcelona - Calella de Palafrugell - Llafranc - Pals - l’Estartit - Empuries - Barcelona

We'll tour the beautiful Girona coast, christened 100 years ago as the Costa Brava. The 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.

We will take the motorway to arrive in Calella de Palafrugell - a small fisherman’s village that still retains today the traditional appearance of the past - at approximately 10:15am.

It is a village of great beauty in both architecture and landscape. The town, splashed with small bays, becomes a fusion of land and sea that is an incomparable setting.

We will have free time to explore the village, enjoy the scenery and for sure, take great photographs.

At about 11:15am, we will start walking along Camino de Ronda, which is going to lead us to the neighborhood town of Llafranc. Llafranc is also a small, elegant and captivating seaside town, with all the charm of the towns on this coast. We will hike about 30 minutes. The hike is suitable for all ages and easy terrain for everyone.

The Camino de Ronda borders all of Costa Brava and was used to control the maritime smuggling. Today, thanks to this, you can discover beautiful spots that wouldn’t be otherwise accessible.

We will travel to Pals, a town located inland and on the top of a hill, at about 12:00pm. The village is built entirely in an integrated medieval site. At the top, there is a cylindrical tower from the 12th century, which is visible from far away. It has an excellent terrace that offers stunning views of the Costa Brava and surroundings.

Walking through the cobbled streets, you will feel like you have gone back in time. Take time to appreciate the round arches, facades with pointed windows arches, stone balconies, all perfectly restored.

Our next visit is to l’Estartit, seaside village with an important port famous worldwide as being an important diving center because the Medes Islands archipelago lies less than a mile from the coast.

Medes islands are of great interest for the wide variety of flora and fauna that inhabit in the whole marine area, with more than 1,200 species classified. The ecosystem has been identified as the best marine reserve in the occidental Mediterranean. It was declared as a National Natural Park and ZEPIM. (Special protected area of importance in the Mediterranean).

You will have free time to have lunch and take a small stroll around town and at 3:00 p.m. we will get on board Nautilus, a boat with submarine vision.

We'll sail for about an hour-and-a-half. First we will go ahead to the outer islands. The views are spectacular, but also, through submerged cabins with large windows, you can enjoy an exceptional view of a sea floor full of life, as if you were diving! The itinerary continues to the stunning cliffs of Sierra de Montgri only accessible by boat and one of the most preserved, unspoiled areas of Costa Brava.

Our last stop is at the extensive Greek and Roman ruins of Empuries, in which we are going to arrive around 5:00 p.m. Once there, we will start a guided tour around the whole site. It is the only site in Spain where both Greek and later a Roman city existed together. Empuries is also located in a privileged surrounding, just in front of the sea.

In the Greek city, we can admire the remains of city walls, the acropolis, the market square and numerous buildings. Outside the archaeological site, we can see the Greek port where the Olympic torch arrived in 1992 for the Olympic Games in Barcelona.

In the Roman city, the highlights are a mosaic floor in excellent condition, the forum, remains of an amphitheater, several statues and vestiges of street frameworks.

The tour will finish at 6:00pm and we'll go back to Barcelona, where we will arrive at about 8:00pm.

Tips:
At the end of the tour we will return to the meeting point.
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Transport via air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Multilingual official guide
  • Guided tour of Costa Brava as per itinerary
  • Boat ride on the Nautilus to Medes Islands
  • Entrance to, and guided tour of, Empuries Archaeological Site

Package Excludes

  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pick-up, drop-off
  • All personal expenses
Special Notes
  • This tour starts from Balmes st nº 5, Barcelona at 8:30am.
  • Print your voucher and give it to your guide.
  • Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the tour begins.
  • Please be aware that the tour includes walking; we kindly advise you to wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
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* Children under 6 years of age ride for free.
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    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
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    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
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