Spain Travel Package – “Catalan Spain”

 

The

"Catalan Country"
package

This northeast corner of Spain is as diverse an area as you will find anywhere in the country.  You’ll discover the beauty of the ragged headlands and beaches along the Costa Brava, the awe inspiring Pyrenees mountain range,  countless hidden valleys that seem little changed since medieval times, some of Spain’s premier wine vineyards,  tiny fishing villages – and Barcelona.  

Barcelona, one of the most fascinating cities in all the world, is the cultural center of Catalunya (Catalonia in Spanish).  This great city is where your trip will begin and end. 

The "Catalan Country" tour will leave you with so many wonderful and varied memories – you’ll feel as if you’ve just visited several different and magical countries. 


The Paradors at which you’ll stay comprise an exciting mix of mountain chalets, castles, fortified monasteries, and grand old country manor houses.  They are described below in the order they will be encountered in your  circular tour of this amazing area of Spain.

 

Aiguablava –



Spain Parador Aiguablava

 

The Costa Brava is beautiful.  Driving along here, you will come upon many  enticing inlets and nearly hidden bays.  Cute and timeless villages abound.  It has been fairly well built up, but unlike some of the other "Costas" – it remains aesthetically pleasing.


Don’t miss Pals and Peratallada – you’ll have them to yourselves on weekdays.  Ullastret is the best preserved of the ancient Iberian
settlements and is an archaeological work still in progress.  Walk up to the lighthouse and hermitage at Sant Sebastia near Llafranc – you’ll be
rewarded with spectacular views.


The "Dali Triangle" is a must see for all art buffs.  The
southern point of the triangle is the Castell de Pubol
– a Gothic-Renaissance mansion re-done by Dali in his outlandish and wonderful style.  The other "points" of the triangle are alluring Cadaques – where Dali lived for a time (several of his works are in the Cadaques museum)  and Figueres, where is located perhaps Europe’s most unusual museum – the Teatre Museu
Dali

The modern Parador Aiguablava occupies its own small, pine covered
peninsula that juts out into the Mediterranean Sea.  All bedrooms
have incredible panoramic views of the ocean.  The grounds are a delight to stroll. 
There is a seaside dining room, and a short walk brings you to your own
beach.  As well, you can arrange boat trips to completely private,
nearby
coves.  With so much to do in the area, you will stay here for your
first two nights.

 

Vic –




 

Located on the shores of the Sau resevoir,
the Parador Vic offers wonderful views over the lake and
countryside.  This is a haven of tranquility and the perfect
"next stop" after the bustle and excitement of the
Costa Brava.

The serene environs are the attraction here – as well as the massive stone
Parador Vic with its unusual stained-glass, skylight covered lobby and cozy
sitting rooms with fireplaces and vistas of the lake.  Completely relax here for a day, 
then off to the magnificent Pyrenees on
the following morn.

 

La Seu D’Urgell –



Spain Parador La Seu D'Urgell
 

A drive of around 107 miles through very
remarkable geography and up into the lower elevations of the Pyrenees will
bring you to La Seu D’urgell.

The Parador La Seu D’Urgell appears modern from the outside, but it has been built
over and around a 14th century convent. It has a unique sky-lit lounge (pictured
to the left at night) that must be experienced to be really appreciated.  It is
located right next to a Romanesque cathedral (Seu) that was built in the 12th century.  A short jaunt up into duty-free
Andorra makes an
interesting side trip.

 

Vielha




 

The next day’s leisurely drive runs through
incomparable mountain scenery –  among the heights of the mighty Pyrenees
to the Parador at Vielha.  

Here you are
surrounded by majestic peaks and overlook the beautiful
Aran valley
The Parador Vielha is a
modern structure that boasts a unique restaurant housed in its own
glass-walled building – with incredible 360 degree views!  Vielha is a ski town – if you love skiing, or
mountain hiking – you’ll be right in your element here.

The Parador Vuelha has thermal spas, saunas, multi-degree swimming pools,
mud baths, and a host of health-related services not usually found in
other Paradors.

 

Alcañiz –



Spain Parador Alcaniz

 
This monumental Parador Alcaniz is actually located
just inside the border of Aragon.  Though  not officially in
Cataluñya, it fits in the circle you are making and is a great place to
stay.  It is built high up on top of a hill that looks out over the
countryside and town below.

This Parador was built in 12th century
as a castle/convent and became the headquarters of the Order of Calatrava – a group of monks trained in war (?!) – whose
responsibility was to form a protective garrison for the populace in the
surrounding countryside.

The conversion into a first class hotel was accomplished with the
usual grand style of the Parador system.   Parts of the Gothic
walls and baroque facade have been left pretty much untouched.  Be sure
and dine in the restaurant – the views are as outstanding as the cuisine.

 

Tortosa –



Spain Parador Tortossa
 
 

Another fortress-style castle, the
Parador Tortosa commands
wonderful views out over the city below.  Constructed in the 10th century,
it has
a regal feel, and with its thick stone walls and Gothic windows, it is an altogether
enjoyable and medieval presence.

The town itself has a few worthwhile
attractions that can be discovered by walking around the center, but for a real treat – take a drive out into the delta of the
Ebro river
You’ll discover a paradise for birdlife – there are 95 species of nesting birds
that make the area home here for at least part of the year.

 

Barcelona –


          

Barcelona

 
(click on image to enlarge)

Barcelona is a wonder, and a city of juxtapositions. 

Stylishness
and funkiness go hand-in-hand here.  Incredibly unique, world-class
architecture coexists with carnival-like street scenes.  Wealth
and poverty – locals and foreigners – the busy port and tranquil city
parks – it’s all here. 

Barcelona requires some time.  This is
not the kind of city you try to see in a day – or even two. One
day could be spent just seeing the the main buildings designed by
Catalunya’s most famous architect – Antonio Gaudi.

The Sagrada Familia is an absolute must-see.  This truly is a
miraculous building and the superlatives use to try and describe it all fall far short. 
Set aside a full morning or afternoon for this alone.  Walk down
along the new port area – AND – meander up and down the incomparable
"La Rambla." 
This ‘mother of all streets’ provides a non-stop kaleidoscope of fascinating action and activity at
any time of day or night!  

 

You’ll stay at a 4-star hotel, and it
will be one of Barcelona’s finest
.

We currently put our travelers into one of those below:

       


 The Gran Hotel Catalonia The Husa
Avenida Palace
 

 
 

The Rivoli Ramblas

 

The Colon

 

 


 

    
   
              
                                

       

 

*
Package Price – 9 nights, includes:

– All Paradors and hotels
– Car rental for all days except last two
in Barcelona

Contact us for current prices for your dates.


Adios Travel Services will take care of arranging every aspect of this special
journey for you.  The "Catalan Spain"  package will not fail to live up to the billing,
"magical."  The variety and enchantment of this area
will provide you with a travel experience you will long remember. 

 

Contact us today and
begin planning your vacation into Catalan Country.


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