Costa Brava Tour: Empúries and Medes Islands

English, Spanish
11 hours
Departure on Tuesday and Friday at 08:30 h, from May to October. Return to Barcelona about 20:00h.
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Free! cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
Cancellation up to 24 hours before the date of the activity: no charge & 100% refund / Less than 24 hours, late arrival or no show: no refund will be provided.

Highlights

  • Visit the most emblematic of the Costa Brava places: Calella de Palafrugell, Llafranc, Pals, l’ Estartit and Empúries.
  • Walk along Camino de Ronda that border the Costa Brava.
  • Get on board Nautilus ahead to the Medes islands.
  • Contemplate the stunning cliffs of Sierra de Montgrí.
  • Explore the extensive Greek and Roman ruins of Empúries on a guided walking tour.

Included

  • Air conditioned motor coach from Barcelona to Costa Brava
  • Official guide
  • Ticket to Nautilus Boat tour, with submarine vision
  • Entrance ticket and guided visit to Empúries Roman- Greek sites

Not included

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Description

On this tour we are going to visit the Girona coast, named 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 and about 10:00am we are going to arrive in Calella de Palafrugell, a small fisherman’s village that still retains today the traditional appearance of the past.

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.

About 11:00am, we will start walking along Camino de Ronda, which is going to lead us to the neighborhood town of Llafranc. We will hike about 30 minutes, suitable for all ages, easy terrain for everyone.

The “Camino de Ronda” borders all the 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. Llafranc is also a small, elegant and captivating seaside town, with all the delightfulness of the towns on this coast.

About 12:00 we will travel to Pals, a town located inland and on the top of a hill. The village is built entirely in an integrated medieval site. At the top there is a cylindrical tower from the XII 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 only one kilometer 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 1200 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 15:00pm we will get on board Nautilus, a boat with submarine vision.

The sailing is about 1h30. 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 Montgrí 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 Empúries, in which we are going to arrive around 17:00pm. 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. Empúries 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 of the first century Before Christ, where in 1992 arrived the Olympic torch 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.

At 18:00 the tour is finished and we go back to Barcelona, where we will arrive at about 20:00h.

More information

Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the tour begins.

Be aware that the tour includes walking tours, we kindly advise you to use comfortable clothes and shoes and come prepared for some walking.

The boat tour, included in the tour, will be about 1 h 30 m approx.

Occasionally, for practical reasons, the tour could take place in two languages simultaneously, in the selected language and a second language.

Children aged 0-5 are free of charge on this tour. Seat on the bus is not included.

Starting point

Meet your guide on Balmes Street, 5. Barcelona.
Subway
L1, L2: Universitat
Bus
14, 59, N5, N9, N7, N11: Balmes - Pelai

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