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The stunning Catalan coast and enigma of Salvador Dalí

8 days From £899 per person

2023 Tour code: 23RFS

About the tour

Discover the stunning Catalan coast from your base in relaxing Roses. Cruise to beautiful Cadaqués, explore magnificent Barcelona and charming Figueres, basking in Catalan culture.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London & Roses

Meet your group and Tour Manager at London St Pancras, before boarding the Eurostar to Paris. In the French capital, change trains and continue through the countryside to Figueres in Spain. Continue by coach to your hotel in lovely Roses. The town is set within the beautiful bay of the same name on a rugged stretch of the Costa Brava.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - Roses

You have a free day to relax and explore Roses. The authentic Spanish fishing port has retained its original charm and style. Maybe visit the sandy beach that sweeps around the Bay of Roses, set against a backdrop of the wild Cap de Creus National Park. Or head to one of the town's wonderful cafés or restaurants to sample some delicious Catalonian cuisine. Food here is typical of the Mediterranean, with freshly-caught fish and seafood, fresh and roasted vegetables, pasta and olive oil.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Cadaqués

Enjoy a cruise to Cadaqués, soaking up the scenic beauty of the area from the water. As a protected National Park, the headland remains a beautiful stretch of untouched, untamed coast between Roses and the pretty fishing village of Cadaqués. You have free time to explore its charming white-washed houses - the inspiration for much of the work of surrealist painter Salvador Dalí. You could also visit the Church of St Maria, the town's main church. The 16th century church overlooks the village and was built in a late-Gothic style, with ornate interiors including an intricately sculpted 18th-century altar.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Barcelona

This morning, travel by coach to the magnificent city of Barcelona. The Catalan capital is a stylish city bursting with life and culture, filled with unique architecture. A guided tour shows you the main sights, including the unfinished Sagrada Familia. This stunning Antonio Gaudí masterpiece has a predicted completion date of 2026, the centenary of Gaudí's death, but has already earned UNESCO World Heritage status. Its soaring, mosaic-tiled towers bring a modern feel, besides its significant religious symbolism. Inside, the light from its stained-glass windows floods the stonework with bright colours. After, you're free to explore. Maybe visit the Picasso Museum in the 'Barri Gotic' - the Gothic Quarter - or take a stroll along Las Ramblas, the beating heart of the city, where you'll find street performers, pavement cafés and market stalls.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Roses

Today is another free day in Roses. In the town itself, you could visit the mighty Castell de la Trinitat at the head of the bay. You could also ride the 'Roses Express' road train along the bay and up into the hills overlooking the Mediterranean. If you like, maybe visit the medieval city of Girona, an attractive town with a striking Gothic cathedral. Girona also has one of the best-preserved Jewish Quarters in Europe, El Call, a fascinating maze of winding cobbled streets - with bars, restaurants and antique shops - that is easy to explore on foot.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Figueres & Besalú

This morning, you travel by coach to Figueres, the birthplace of Salvador Dalí. Get an insight into the life and work of the artist as you visit the Salvador Dalí Foundation, a museum designed by Dalí himself that features much of his famous works. You have time to continue exploring Figueres, possibly discovering the pentagonal Sant Ferran Castle and the Gothic Church of St Peter. You could visit Salvador Dalí's birthplace on Monturiol Street, or head to Figueres' own Las Ramblas, filled with shops and restaurants. Afterwards, continue to the historic town of Besalú, dominated by a 11th-century fortified bridge built in Romanesque style across the River Fluvia. Here you could visit the remains of the Benedictine monastery of Sant Pere. There are several other churches and synagogues to explore, or you could hop on the tourist train for a scenic tour of Besalú.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - At leisure in Roses

Make the most of your last day in Roses, maybe revisiting your favourite beach, café or restaurant. If you haven't explored the Citadel of Roses yet, this is a fascinating Renaissance fortress built in the mid-16th century. It is an unusual star-shaped walled enclosure with two main gateways, the Sea and Land gateways. Inside is an archaeological site where the remains of the Greek colony 'Rhode' was discovered; excavation also revealed signs of a paleo-Christian church relating to a Visigoth settlement and the 11th century church and monastery of Santa Maria de Roses. If you're feeling energetic, you might enjoy a walk in the nearby Aiguamolls de l'Empordá or Cap de Creus Natural Parks.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - London

After breakfast, it is time to leave Roses, travelling by rail to Paris. Here, you connect with the Eurostar for London St Pancras.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Please note

Please note that whilst every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order of the itinerary may differ from that given above.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotel

Hotel Roses Platja, Roses

Hotel Roses Platja, Roses

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4.6 stars4.6 / 5 · 98 reviews

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Thomas

5 stars

Submitted 22/Oct

Lovely resort. Good excursions and lovely to have 2 free days

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R Allen

5 stars

Submitted 22/Oct

Excellent holiday, good value for money. Well organised, good mix of free time and organised trips. Very good tour manager.

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A Willacy

3 stars

Submitted 21/Oct

Travel to resort on day 1 too long, especially in seats that had no view. Hotel room small, without chairs and uncomfortable beds. Shower broken on day 1, but repaired on request. Provision for coeliacs very poor, with no labelling of different dishes. Organisation of days out very good. Stuck in the same train seats going home, so had very restricted views through dirty windows.

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B Chagger

5 stars

Submitted 21/Oct

Great value and central location for visiting local places of interest and planned outings. Train journey scenic but be prepared for long train travel. Roses is simply great place to be.

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Vincent Eno

5 stars

Submitted 19/Oct

A lovely area of Spain

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bond

5 stars

Submitted 11/Oct

Thoroughly recommend this holiday, hotel excellent value. Interesting trips but still left time to relax in the lovely resort of Roses. Brilliant tour manager Ian.

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