barcelona, catalonia, and the costa brava - travel notes

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    Day 1 - 4, Barcelona
    If you have never been to Barcelona before, we recommend that you spend at least four nights there. If you've been before, two nights may be sufficient, depending on your interests.

    For a list of our recommended accommodations in Barcelona, click here.

    If you want to stay in Paradores -- and there are many excellent, affordable ones on this itinerary -- Paradores de Turismo offers several different deals depending on your dates of travel. A five night card is available for 425EUR plus value added tax. Although black-out dates apply, you may use the card at non-participating paradores by paying the difference between the 85EUR per night rate and the lowest available rate at that property.

    Paradores de Turismo is also offering 20% discounts for stays of two nights or more at participating paradores during the off-season. You can get details about these and other offers at www.parador.es.

    We recommend that you use public transportation during your stay in Barcelona. You can purchase a two-, three-, or four-day Barcelona Card which includes unlimited transportation on the Metro and local buses as well as discounts at many of the city?s attractions. The Barcelona Card is available at the Tourist Information Office in Placa de Catalunya.

    Attending an opera at the restored Gran Teatre del Liceu is a highlight of any visit here. If you are interested, you can find performance schedules and purchase tickets at www.liceubarcelona.com.

    Another fabulous place to see a concert in Barcelona is at the Palau de la Musica Catalana. Performance schedules and information are available at home.palaumusica.org.

    Our Barcelona database contains information about dozens of attractions. For specific information including admission fees, hours, addresses, and phone numbers use our search engine or the links to the right.

    Day 5 - Cardona
    Driving in Spain can be challenging. The roads through the ancient towns are narrow and the clifftop road along the Costa Brava is spectacular but scary.

    The best deal we have found for rental cars in Spain is through Auto Europe. They work with all the rental companies to find the best deals, so their rates are attractive. You can make reservations at www.autoeurope.com.

    You can obtain maps and specific driving instructions through Mapblast at www.mapblast.com. Information about driving regulations, translations, and road signs is available through motoeuropa at www.ideamerge.com/motoeuropa.

    The Parador de Cardona is the only hotel we recommend in Cardona. Reservations and information are available at www.parador.es.

    Day 6 - Catalan Pyrenees
    There are two wonderful hotels in La Seu d?Urgell. For a list of our recommended accommodations in La Seu d?Urgell, click here.

    Our Pyrenees database contains information about attractions and activities in the area. For specific information including admission fees, hours, addresses, and phone numbers use our search engine or the links to the right.

    Day 8 - Vic
    The Parador de Vic is the only hotel we recommend in Vic. Reservations and information are available at www.parador.es.

    Our database contains information about attractions and activities in Vic. For specific information including admission fees, hours, addresses, and phone numbers use our search engine or the links to the right.

    Day 10 - Cadaques
    Accommodations in Cadaques are less luxurious than those elsewhere on this itinerary. Because Cadaques is much less crowded than the rest of the Costa Brava, we believe it?s a delightful destination despite the lack of four-star hotels. You can expect to find a clean, comfortable room with an ocean-view balcony here, but it won?t be deluxe.

    For a list of our recommended accommodations in Cadaques, click here.

    Day 12 - Costa Brava
    There are three destinations we recommended on the southern Costa Brava, depending on how much you want to spend and how much you want to do. Those who want to be walking distance to restaurants and attractions will enjoy the charming village of Tossa de Mar. Accommodations here are more basic than in S?Agaro or Begur-Aiguablava.

    If you want to stay at the nicest place on the coast and you?re willing to pay for it, Hostal de la Gavina in S?Agaro is just the ticket. But you?ll need to reserve it well in advance. If you want to explore Tossa, you can drive or ferry down the coast and see all the attractions.

    Those who just want lounge by the pool or on the beach will enjoy the Parador Costa Brava at Begur-Aiguablava.

    For a list of our recommended accommodations on the Costa Brava, click here.


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