Highlights: Around Barcelona/Costa Del Sol
- Barcelona: Day 1
- Day 2
- Day 3
- Costa Del Sol: Day 1
- Day 2
- Day 3
|Barcelona: Day one
Barcelona is Spain's most modern, energetic and innovative city. Not only is it the prosperous capital of Catalonia, one of Europe's most dynamic regions, but also a major Mediterranean port. Hosting the 1992 Olympic Games was a turning point for the city, changing from an industrial port to one of the most popular European destinations.
|Experience Barcelona’s main highlights
and experience the charm of this old yet cosmopolitan city.
You will visit one of the most attractive parts of the city, Montjuïc Hill, which blends art, history, culture and sport. A stop at the Mirador will give you a stunning view of Barcelona and the port. Another highlight of this tour is the outside visit to the Sagrada Familia Cathedral, which was designed by Antoni Gaudi and is still under construction (as it has been for over 100 years!). On Paseo de Gracia, you will have the chance to view a number of ‘modernist’ buildings designed and built by famous modernist architects as well as Plaza Cataluña- the heart of Barcelona. We will also propose a more in depth visit of the historic Barri Gotic or “Gothic Quarter” with an inside visit of the Cathedral of Saint Eulalia, the Kings Square, St. James Square over to the colorful and lively world famous Ramblas, continuing down to the Christopher Columbus monument.
Enjoy a Typical Catalan Dinner
Barcelona is a very tempting city and the gastronomy is one of the many temptations it offers. Catalan cuisine, Mediterranean cooking at its best, is based on natural and seasonal products.
The numerous restaurants of the harbor will immediately put you in the Mediterranean ambiance and we will entertain this very first evening in our country with Spanish classic guitarists that make it perfect.
Barcelona: Day two
Cava (local sparkling wine) tasting at Codorniu cellars and visit of Sitges
After driving through the picturesque Catalonian countryside that leads to the wine region of El Penedès, you will arrive at the Cavas Codorniu in Sant Sadurní d'Anoia.
The winery is owned by the Raventos family. Even though it is one of the biggest Cava producers in the world, Codorniu has kept the charm and atmosphere from its earliest days.
After a 30-minute journey, you will discover Sitges, a charming little village with picturesque streets and broad beautiful beaches.
This old fishing village, one of the most popular tourist sites in the Barcelona area, retains its original style. Its promenade and its baroque style church give Sitges its unique atmosphere.
There is no doubt that one of the most important attractions of Spain is its gastronomy. That is why taking part in the Tapas’ Trail is almost mandatory.
In a setting without equal, among mansions, churches, convents and narrow streets, we will encounter pubs, bars, inns and traditional restaurants where the local soups and tapas can be tasted.
Barcelona: Day three
Visit the Picasso Museum and Gothic Quarter
Enjoy an hour visit to the Picasso Museum. This museum clearly confirms the ties that unite Pablo Picasso with the city of Barcelona. He did not only finish his academic training here, but the artistic effervescence that he experienced in the city set him on the path to his modern approach to art. The museum has the most important and extensive collection of the works of his youth and education, in particular the ones he did between 1895 and 1904, the years in which the young artist lived in Barcelona.
The museum collection has examples from the various stages and periods during Picasso’s life from modernism and post-impressionism to the blue and rose periods. The museum also displays a very wide representation of his engravings and lithographs along with a set of forty-two pieces of ceramic, bequeathed by Jacqueline Picasso in 1982.
This tour also includes a visit to the historic Barri Gotic or “Gothic Quarter” where you weave through quaint, narrow streets with a stop at the Cathedral of Saint Eulalia, the Kings Square, St. James Square and then over to the colorful and lively world famous Ramblas!
Time at leisure to explore the neighborhood galleries.
An unforgettable Dinner at the Casa Batlló
One of Antoni Gaudi’s most complete works, Casa Batlló, offers you an extraordinary space where its beauty is expressed in the most refined artistic and architectural details, designed with the greatest creativity and the foremost craft of the artists and professionals of the time. Casa Batlló - built between 1904 and 1906 - is the expression of astonishing conceptual freedom and intense yet abstract naturalism. Decorated with ceramics of both brilliant and subtle colors, it produces an indefinable sensation of lightness in spite of the profusion of forms and motifs.
It entices and seduces its visitors with its extreme design, the repertoire of visual solutions and the creative use of materials and color. Casa Batlló provides a unique venue for a gala evening and this added to an amazing dinner and magic entertainment will really make this night unique
Costa Del Sol: Day one
The Costa del Sol (the sunny coast) stretches along just over 150 kilometres of Málaga province. The area's mild climate is the root attraction that makes it possible to enjoy the beaches and a wide variety of outdoor activities year round.
Located approximately 50 km west of Malaga airport is the fabulous city of Marbella. It is one of the most popular destinations in the Costa del Sol area as this luxurious resort town seems to have it all. It is, once again, rising to the forefront of the scene as a favorite location for the rich and famous, and just about anybody who would like to experience southern Spain's answer to St Tropez. However for the ultimate in coastal charisma it would be hard to beat Puerto Banus, just west of the town. The nightlife is buzzing here with alfresco bars, piano clubs and discos, which are open dusk until dawn.
City tour of Malaga
Málaga is a bustling commercial and residential center that boasts pretty streets, leafy boulevards and lush gardens. Her history dates back nearly 3000 years when the Phoenecians landed here and turned the harbor into a centre for salting fish and named it 'Malaca' from the word meaning 'salt'. And now it's your turn to discover it for yourself! Visit the old town, discover why the City’s beautiful Cathedral is called “La Manquita” – the one armed lady. The Alcazaba, Plaza Mercedes and the house where famous painter Pablo Picasso was born.
Welcome dinner at La Cabane
Open year-round, this exclusive Beach Club joins with the Mediterranean Sea as the undisputable star of this Spanish paradise. Nature is in perfect harmony with the design of the swimming pool, the solarium, along with the bar and restaurant. It creates an incomparable scenario for a wonderful holiday by the sea.
|Costa Del Sol: Day two
Granada is approximately 2 1/2 hours from Marbella and is located in the center of a mountainous region. It is one of the pearls of Spain and one of the most visited cities by travelers from all over the world. The long-time capital of Moorish Andalusia, it maintains all of the enchantment and mystery of eight centuries of Moorish influence, which lasted until the re-conquest by the Catholic Kings in 1492. Among the monuments is one of the most brilliant jewels of universal architecture, the Alhambra, a series of palaces and gardens built under the Nazari Dynasty in the 14th Century.
This mighty compound of buildings – including the summer palace called Generalife, with its fountains and gardens - stands at the foot of Spain's highest mountain range, the Sierra Nevada, and overlooks the city below and the fertile plain of Granada. The unequaled beauty of the Alhambra makes for an unforgettable visit.
Dinner at La Meridiana
La Meridiana is a magnificent restaurant situated atop a hill and set in a beautiful Marrakech style villa with a lovely garden and an incredible terrace. Open since 1982, it is characterized by the elegant atmosphere that has kept it fashionable for nearly two decades. The food is truly outstanding and the service is superb.
Adjoining the restaurant, is LA NOTTE, probably one of the most unique bars in the area, in terms of decoration and ambiance, where guests enjoy after dinner drinks and dance to the music of their delight .
|Costa Del Sol: Day three
Walking tour of Mijas
Located about 35 minutes from Marbella, Mijas is a typical Andalusian village, perched high above Fuengirola and Mijas Costa with spectacular views of the coast and surrounding mountain forests. There are no main thoroughfares here, instead a web of narrow cobbled streets complete with terraces overflowing with geraniums, red tile roofs, archways and, of course, the bullring (the only square one in Spain!). It contains a small bullfight museum that can be visited. Mijas is well known for its wide variety of handicrafts, especially leather goods, woven fabrics and tapestries and articles of stained and carved wood… a shoppers paradise!!!
Traditional Gala Dinner at Cortijo de Cortes
This enchanting Andalusian hacienda is divided into four courtyards, decorated with mosaics, fountains and plenty of orange trees. It offers a beautiful patio for a cocktail reception and several private rooms for dinner. There is a bullring behind the patio for horseshows or maybe a mock bullfight. This evening is sure to offer the perfect taste of Spain!
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