Barcelona is a modern, cosmopolitan city, with a history among the oldest in Europe. Its location and the open character of its inhabitants are reasons why the city is being culturally enriched all the time.
The city of Barcelona has a valuable architectural and monumental heritage, the most splendid exponents of which are its Gothic and modernista buildings. Five of its buildings have been designated World Heritage Sites.
The entire city guarantees that visitors will enjoy taking a stroll around its streets which are replete with charm.
Barcelona is located on the Costa Dorada in Spain and overlooks the Mediterranean. It is the capital of Catalonia.
The city is well-served by land, sea and air links. Getting there is easy. Barcelona is just an hour and a half's drive away from France.
Barcelona is the arrival and departure point for flights from around the world. The airport is within easy reach of the city. The airport is located 12 kilometres outside the city, direction south. Most European airlines, and many international ones, operate flights from Barcelona airport.
Top Ten Things to do in Barcelona:
1 - Las Ramblas: This unique, lively and colourful boulevard runs from Plaça de Catalunya down to the port, lined with newspaper and book stands, and interspersed with bird and flower stalls. Las Ramblas is a mile long and is bustling with tourists, artists, street performers, restaurants and the La Boqueria Market.
2 - Gaudi: Gaudí is the city's most internationally renowned and emblematic architect. His buildings are a must-see attraction which leave everyone who sees them speechless with wonder - The Sagrada Famíliatemple in the city is Gaudí's most emblematic work. Park Guell is an English garden complex which is home to sculptures, tiling and buildings created by Gaudi himself. Guell Park has a terrace with great views of Barcelona.
3 - Port, Barceloneta and Vila Olímpica: The Barceloneta is a traditional sailing and fishing district which is renowned for its fish and seafood restaurants. There area has some must see attractions such as L'Aquarium, The Olympic port, The IMAX Cinema and Barecloneta Beach. The beach is 15 a minute walk from Las Ramblas
4 - Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC): See one of the world's most important collections of Romanesque and contemporary art at this Barcelona museum. It is a short walk to the Magic Fountain of Montjuic which preforms at night with lights, motion, music and colour.
5 - Tibidabo Amusement Park: A magic mountain where you can enjoy exciting, fun rides and attractions. Located just 30 minutes north of Barcelona by shuttle bus.
6 - Parc de la Ciutadella: The park is the perfect place to relax and has a peaceful and welcoming atmosphere and pleasant attributes such as the spectacular waterfall, the pond, flower gardens, and an abundance of trees. Another area of the park is occupied by the large zoo.
7 - Montjuïc: Barcelona's foremost cultural area with attractions such as the Museu d'Arqueologia, the Museu Etnològic, the Fundació Joan Miró, the Fundació Fran Daurel and the Fundació CaixaForum, which is housed in the old Casaramona factory. You can get a funicular to the top of the hill and visit the Montjuic Castle which houses the military Museum. If you walk down the hill you can walk past the Olympic stadium, which has free admission and a cafe.
8 - Gothic Quarter: The remains of the Roman city survive here alongside the city's medieval buildings, witnesses to a splendid past.
9 - Barri de la Ribera: This district houses one of Barcelona's most visited museums, the Museu Picasso.
10 - Nou Camp: Barcelona Football Club Home Ground - See a match or take the museum tour.
Slow Food Break in Spain - With Tapas Dinner, Iberian Ham Tasting and Cookery Workshop
Discover your cooking skills in Spain! Learn the secrets of our tastiest recipes, all which you can easily re-create at home. Enjoy this delightful getaway, only for those with discerning palates. Tapas, Iberian Ham, wine and Cava are just some of the specialities you get to taste. This cooking package includes two sessions in the cooking workshop using local produce and 4 nights in a 4* hotel
- Enjoy a gastronomic holiday in Spain
- Iberico-bellota ham tasting in a traditional delicatessen shop.
- A tapa tasting allows you to experience a wide variety of Spanish cuisine in one meal!
- Accommodation in 4* All Events Hotel
- Bed & breakfast basis
- Welcome drink
- Dinner in beach club near the sea
- Iberian ham tasting in a delicatessen
- Tapas bike tour with 3 stops
- English-speaking local guide
- Return airport transfers
- Meals & beverages – unless otherwise specified above
- Local taxes where applicable
- Everything not specified above
We will visit a delicatessen shop specialising in Iberian produce.
There are thousands of reasons to sample a good Iberian ham: its intense flavour, its pleasant texture, its enticing aroma, the sensation it produces on the palate, the way it makes you crave for more... What is more, it is healthy and has become the image of traditional gastronomy. If you have never tried Iberian ham, you haven't really tried ham! Give your palate a gourmet treat and enjoy Iberian ham here.
Spain has delicious gastronomy, and this is especially true if you are eating ham. The mark to look for is Ibérico, an exclusive, top-quality cured meat. Its quality and unmistakable flavour have made Iberian ham into a product that is highly rated even outside Spain.
We will try it as we do in Catalonia: with bread and tomato and a glass of wine or cava.
Tapas are an exquisite, varied sample of popular regional cuisine. You can share dishes and enjoy a broad selection of produce. All the taste of Spain in just one meal. In all of Spain’s cities, towns and villages you will find bars and taverns specializing in tapas. These wonderful establishments offer a broad range including chorizo (a type of salami), morcilla (a type of black pudding), pickles, smoked meats and fish, cheeses, salted fish, anchovies, croquettes, migas (dish with fried breadcrumbs)… You may find over 100 specialties in total.
In each region of Spain you will find a different selection on offer. This is unique experience of eating tapas.
Dishes depend on the season and availability of local ingredients.
Return airport transfers are not included, however private transfers can be organized at an extra cost.
Hotel Volga or similar 4*
The Volga Hotel is located in the center of Calella, capital of the tourist area of Costa Barcelona - Maresme, about 50km from Barcelona and Girona.
Calella, the tourist capital of the Maresme coast, is well-known as being a cosmopolitan and fun town, and enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate. Well located, 50 km from both Barcelona and Girona, excellent road/rail connections and the possibilities of a varied excursion/leisure activity programme make it the ideal holiday destination.
The beach at Calella is a public beach, popular in the summer months with locals and tourists. The beach is just over 2km long and its southern stretch is quieter than the central and northern portions. The beach has been consistently awarded the European quality Blue Flag.
Nearest Airport: Girona Costa Brava Airport (33mins)
Other airports: Barcelona El Prat Airport (40mins), or Reus Airport (1hr40mins)
Take the N-156 before leaving at the 2nd exit, to C-25. Then onto the A2, N-II, and C-32 to Carrer Torrent dels Frares in Calella. Take exit 122 from C-32. Continue onto Carrer Torrent dels Frares and finally to Carrer de Jovara.
By Public Transport
Take the A2 bus towards Pl. Catalunya - Fontanella and alight at Pl. Catalunya - Fontanella, where you should get the R1 train to Calella. Alight at Calella, hotel is a 2 minute walk from the station.
By Private Transfer
Taxi available outside airport. Private transfer available on request after main booking.
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