The Catalan Coast 2014
Relax and enjoy the stunning, rugged Catalan Coast from our base in the relaxing Spanish resort of Rosas. Visit magnificent Barcelona, charming Figueres and the incredible Salvador Dali Foundation on our Catalan Coast Rail Holiday.
Day 1 - London to Rosas
Our journey to the Catalan Coast begins at St Pancras International, where we board a morning Eurostar to Paris. After crossing the French capital by coach, we board the high-speed TGV on a direct service to Figueres in Spain, which means you can fully relax and unwind as the French countryside races by your window. On arrival at Figueres-Vilafant station we board a coach for the short transfer (30 minutes) to the town of Rosas. Set within the beautiful Bay of Rosas, on a rugged, rocky stretch of the Costa Brava, Rosas is an authentic Spanish fishing port which has retained its original charm and style. An almost endless stretch of fine sandy beach sweeps around the Bay of Rosas, set against a backdrop of the wild Cap de Creus National Park and the distant Pyrenean Mountain peaks. After checking into the hotel, we enjoy our first dinner together. Following dinner you may like to take a stroll along the wide promenade to enjoy a late drink in one of the many small Spanish bars.
Day 2 - Coastal cruise to Cadaqués
This morning we take a short stroll from the hotel to the harbour to board a boat for a gentle cruise along the rugged Catalan coast. As we cruise around the northern headland and out of the Bay of Rosas, you can start to see just how rocky and wild this stretch of coastline really is. As a protected National Park, the headland has not been developed, leaving a beautiful stretch of untouched, untamed coast between Rosas and our port of call, the pretty village of Cadaqués. This delightful fishing village is almost hidden within its own small bay - the village and its charming white-washed houses were the inspiration for much of the work of Salvador Dalí, the prominent surrealist painter. A statue of Dalí, who lived in a small house just behind the village, stands beside Cadaqués' small pebbled beach. You have time to explore Cadaqués at leisure - enjoy a gentle stroll through the narrow winding streets and visit the Church of St Mary's to see its beautifully ornate interior. We return to Rosas by boat in time for lunch. Your afternoon is at leisure.
Day 3 - A day at leisure in Rosas
Your day is free to enjoy at leisure in Rosas. You may choose to simply relax on the beach, enjoying the warm climate and sunshine, or to spend time people-watching from a café on the promenade. You could also explore Rosas, visiting the impressive Citadel (closed on Mondays), the medieval fortifications and the mighty Castell de la Trinitat at the head of the bay.
Day 4 - Barcelona
This morning we travel by coach to the magnificent city of Barcelona, capital of Catalonia. Filled with unique and intriguing architecture, Barcelona is a real city of style which is bursting with life and culture. During our time in the city we enjoy a guided tour of the main sights, including the fascinating, unfinished Sarada Familia and the bustling, busy main street, Las Ramblas. Following the tour you have time to continue exploring Barcelona at leisure. You could use the time to visit the remarkable Picasso Museum in the 'Barri Gotic' - the Gothic Quarter. You could also further explore Las Ramblas, undoubtedly the most interesting street in Barcelona and the beating heart of the Catalan capital, filled with street performers and lined with pavement cafés, bars and stalls selling all manner of curiosities.
Day 5 - A day at leisure
Today you are free to spend the day at leisure in Rosas. Perhaps visit the ancient and medieval city of Girona, just a short journey from our base and one of the region's true hidden gems. The compact city is filled with fascinating buildings and architecture, particularly in the Old Town, where a thousand years of history is packed into just a few streets.
Day 6 - Figueres, Dalí and Besalu
This morning we travel by coach to Figueres, a city best known as the birthplace of the artist Salvador Dalí. Here we visit the fascinating Salvador Dalí Foundation, a large museum designed by Dalí himself which offers you the chance to appreciate the incredible, diverse and often confusing works of the famous surrealist artist. We also enjoy free time to continue exploring Figueres at leisure. Highlights of the city include the pentagonal Sant Ferran Castle and the Gothic Church of St Peter. Later we visit the historic town of Besalu, a grand old town dominated by its magnificent 11th century fortified bridge.
Day 7 - A day at leisure
Today is free to enjoy at leisure in Rosas. You may wish to ride the 'Rosas Express' road train along the bay and up into the hills overlooking the Mediterranean. Alternatively, you could return to explore Cadaques further, possibly by visiting the former house of Salvador Dalí (now a museum), before enjoying lunch and returning to Rosas by coach. Or you could simply spend your final day in Spain relaxing on the beach or taking advantage of the leisure facilities at the hotel.
Day 8 - Homeward Bound
Today we leave Rosas and make the journey back to London. We transfer by coach to Figueres, where we board the high-speed TGV directly to Paris. After crossing the city by coach, we board the Eurostar to St Pancras International in London.
These meals, where shown, are included in the price of your holiday.
Please note that whilst every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order of the itnerary may differ from that given above.
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Enjoy Spain's beautiful Catalan Coast
Salvador Dalí is one of the most famous names to emerge from Spain. During a Catalan Coast rail holiday you have the opportunity to visit the Foundation in Figueres, Dalí's birthplace, where much of his surrealist art work is kept. Browse the itinerary for further details on the Catalan Coast rail holiday.