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Christmas on the Costa Brava
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Christmas on the Costa Brava

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If spending Christmas surrounded by beautiful coastline, impressive gothic architecture and plenty of delicious food is something that appeals to you, then look no further than this December break to the Costa Brava.   

A short journey from the Costa Brava is the Catalan capital of Barcelona. You can enjoy all that beautiful Barcelona has to offer, with two guided excursions into the city to witness impressive gothic architecture and to see the famous Magic Fountain music, water and light display. A further day will be spent discovering Montserrat, home to the beautiful Benedictine Abbey, Santa Maria de Montserrat.  

Escape from the Christmas madness and let someone else worry about the preparations, the cooking and the washing up this year. 

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Euro (€)
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Airport
Flight duration is approx 2.5 hours.
Climate

The Mediterranean climate of Barcelona is warm and sunny from spring to autumn. During December the average daily temperature is around 8 degrees, with infrequent rain showers and a good chance of bright and crisp sunny days.

Food & Drink

Spanish food tends to be delicious, healthy, and full of flavour. Tapas, paella, fresh fish, grilled meat, seafood and chorizo are just some of the many things you can expect to find on the menus here. The food of the region is perfectly complemented by local wines.

Average Prices for Region

Coffee: €1.45

Beer: €4.00

Glass of wine: €3.50

Main course: €12.00

Soft Drink: €2.00

Bottled Water: €0.50

Packing List

We advise you to bring:

  • Your valid passport
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Warm jacket for watching the Christmas lights

Holiday highlights

Las Ramblas

Las Ramblas is a tree-lined pedestrian mall and is the centre of the city for tourists and locals alike. Las Ramblas forms the boundary between the Gothic Quarter and El Raval and is filled with cafés, restaurants and shops.  It has many side streets, which lead to an array of squares and other interesting areas of the area. It is a must-see for any visitor to the city.

Montjuïc Park

Montjuïc, which translates as 'Jew Mountain' in medieval Catalan is the largest open space in the city and is a departure from the hustle and bustle of Las Ramblas. It houses some great attractions including the Fundació Joan Miró, which is a modern art museum. There is also an Olympic and Sports Museum which showcases the city’s hosting of the Olympics in 1992. The botanical gardens are another point of interest.

La Sagrada Família

The most ambitious work of Gaudi­, La Sagrada Família has to be seen to be believed.  Work began in 1882 and is still on-going. Describing Sagrada Família, art critic Rainer Zerbst said, "It is probably impossible to find a church building anything like it in the entire history of art”.

Christmas Lights in Barcelona

‘Els llums de Nadal’ are switched on by the Mayor of Barcelona on 21st November and twinkle in over 400 locations, covering a distance of over 85km until January. The most spectacular display is at the breathtaking Montjuic Magic Fountain at the top of Avenida Maria Cristina. Every Friday and Saturday in December this fantastic music, water and light show mesmerises onlookers for two hours.

La Boqueria

Arguably one of the best food markets in the world, La Boqueria gives visitors the chance to sample local ingredients, witness cookery demonstrations and sample Catalan delicacies..

Montserrat

This towering mountain can be identified by its unique colour and jagged peaks that dominate the skyline northwest of Barcelona. The mountain is popular with cyclists, walkers and hikers who negotiate the winding paths to the top for breathtaking views. Thousands of tourists also flock here every year to visit the tranquil Benedictine Monastery that houses the famous Black Madonna. Travel Department groups are dropped close to the Monastery by coach and generally arrive just before midday to enjoy a performance by the choir inside the Basilica. There is free time afterwards to enjoy the many mountain-top attractions including walks, shops, restaurants and museums. There are numerous lookout points from which to take in the incredible scenery and the best views are seen by taking the San Joan funicular high above the Monastery to the peak of the mountain.  

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Euro (€)
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Airport
Flight duration is approx 2.5 hours.
Climate

The Mediterranean climate of Barcelona is warm and sunny from spring to autumn. During December the average daily temperature is around 8 degrees, with infrequent rain showers and a good chance of bright and crisp sunny days.

Food & Drink

Spanish food tends to be delicious, healthy, and full of flavour. Tapas, paella, fresh fish, grilled meat, seafood and chorizo are just some of the many things you can expect to find on the menus here. The food of the region is perfectly complemented by local wines.

Average Prices for Region

Coffee: €1.45

Beer: €4.00

Glass of wine: €3.50

Main course: €12.00

Soft Drink: €2.00

Bottled Water: €0.50

Packing List

We advise you to bring:

  • Your valid passport
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Warm jacket for watching the Christmas lights

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to Spain

Morning

Travel to Spain

Depart for Barcelona, where you will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Your guide will provide lots of tips and information to help get your great holiday under way.

Day 2 – Montserrat & Cava Tasting

Full Day

Montserrat & Cava Tasting

Today’s full day guided excursion includes visits to Montserrat, 1,200 metres above sea level and home to one of Spain’s most important religious sites, and the winery of the region's famous Cava producers. The beautiful Benedictine Abbey of Santa Maria de Montserrat was founded in the 10th century. It acted as a sanctuary for many scholars, artists and politicians during Franco’s rule and from the 1940’s was seen as a symbol of Catalan nationalism. To begin the visit, you’ll walk towards the basilica and enjoy a commentary from your guide. There will then be free time to visit the Abbey, the on-site museum, or take a funicular to the highest part of the mountain range to admire spectacular views towards Barcelona and the coast. After a morning of discovery at Montserrat, continue your journey to the wine region of Penedès and take a tour of the winery and cellars of Codorníu or Freixanet, followed by a tasting of their sparkling wines.

Day 3 - Panoramic Tour of Barcelona

Morning

Panoramic Tour of Barcelona

You will start your holiday with a panoramic tour of Barcelona to get your bearings in this stunning city. As you drive through the streets your guide will point out incredible pieces of art & architecture in the style of Antoni Gaudi and other Catalan Modernist Artists.  Your first stop is Montjuïc Viewing Point so you can see the entire city laid out before you. Next you move on to visit two of Gaudi’s most famous works, La Sagrada Família Church and Park Güell. 

Afternoon

Gothic Quarter

After lunch you will embark on a walking tour of Barcelona’s iconic Gothic Quarter. The Gothic Quarter or Barri Gòtic is the centre of the old city of Barcelona and many of the buildings date from medieval times, some from as far back as the Roman settlement. The area is made up of a labyrinth of small streets running off the famous Las Ramblas, many of which open up to squares, which contain churches and basilicas. You will have free time for some Christmas shopping before returning to your hotel.

Day 4 - Girona & Dali Museum

Morning

Girona

After breakfast, your guide will take you to the small city of Girona. You will take a walking tour through the beautifully preserved Jewish Quarter to the Santa Maria Cathedral. The cathedral is built on the site of a mosque, which was built by the Moors and was rebuilt after their expulsion. The present edifice is one of the most important monuments of the Majorcan architect Jaume Fabre and is an excellent example of Gothic Catalan architecture. You will finish the tour in the town’s main Plaza where you can take lunch at your leisure in one of the many tapas bars.

Afternoon

Dali Museum

This afternoon you will travel to the town of Figueres to visit the Dalí Museum, widely regarded as the home of surrealism. Salvador Dalí was born in Figueres and has an eccentric artistic repertoire including film, sculpture and photography. The heart of the museum is the building that housed the Figueres town theatre when Dalí was a child and is where the young Dalí’s first exhibitions were showcased. The museum now displays the largest and most diverse collection of his works.

Day 5 - Christmas Eve

Full Day

Christmas Eve

You will have Christmas Eve to spend at your leisure. Take a short walk to the centre of Calella and watch the last minute preparations for Christmas. Friends and neighbours stroll through the streets wishing each other Merry Christmas before they settle in for their traditional Christmas Dinner.  It is customary in Spain to hold the main holiday festivities on Christmas Eve. This evening you will celebrate with a gala dinner and drinks. There will be a midnight mass in a local church for anyone who is interested in attending. 

Day 6 - Christmas Day

Full day

Christmas Day

Christmas Day is free to enjoy at your own pace. Enjoy Christmas lunch and drinks, followed by entertainment at your hotel. 

Day 7 - At Leisure

Barcelona

Barcelona

Today you can avail of a transfer to Barcelona, for independent sightseeing there. Revisit the Gothic Quarter and explore its atmospheric streets, stroll along Las Ramblas and have fun watching the street vendors and performers, try some delicious tapas!

Day 8 - Return Home

Morning

Return Home

Time to head for home, with some wonderful holiday memories.  Transfer from your hotel to Barcelona airport for your flight home, with guide assistance.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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Hotel Les Palmeres 4

Hotel Les Palmeres is located in the seaside town of Calella, 57 km from Barcelona.  The beach is on your doorstep and the town centre with its numerous restaurants, bars, cafes and shops, is just a short stroll away.  With simple but pleasant accommodation, a relaxing ... read more read more read more

Hotel Les Palmeres is located in the seaside town of Calella, 57 km from Barcelona.  The beach is on your doorstep and the town centre with its numerous restaurants, bars, cafes and shops, is just a short stroll away.  With simple but pleasant accommodation, a relaxing ambience and welcoming staff, Hotel Les Palmeres will be your home from home during your Costa Brava holiday. 

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