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Girona, Catalonia, Spain

Barcelona, Costa Brava & Pyrenees

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,875 pp incl. flights


Short description

Link beaches, hikes and medieval villages with castle stays and ultra-scenic drives


  • Discover hidden medieval villages in the Pyrenees
  • Relax on the Costa Brava’s white sands
  • Stop for scenic hikes or superb skiing
  • Drive spectacular routes through mountain valleys
  • Stay in the finest paradors, from castles to farmhouses

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Barcelona
  • 3 Nights Girona
  • 2 Nights Vic
  • 2 Nights La Seu d'Urgell
  • 2 Nights Cardona


Recommended for:
Beach | Food & wine | History & culture | July holidays | June holidays | Self-drive

Between golden-sand beaches, the rolling verdure of its interior and the towering peaks and ski slopes of its mountainous north, Spain’s northeastern corner certainly packs a lot in. You’ll explore it all on scenic driving routes that bring you to some of the country’s most evocative paradors. Stay in hidden mountain towns and medieval villages where the region’s perfectly rustic way of life lives on, not least in Romanesque cathedrals and the sumptuous dining; consider upgrading to a superb-value half-board offer to take full advantage.

Day by day itinerary

Days 1-2
UK > Barcelona

Begin your trip with complimentary airport lounge access before your flight to Barcelona, make your way to your city-centre hotel. You might want to relax in the heart of the city, or get out and explore, perhaps sampling some of the famed Catalonian cuisine, with spiced sausages and seafood salads among the highlights. The next day, explore the Catalan capital. While its great Gothic cathedral, extravagantly Baroque National Palace and medieval mansions that house Picasso’s masterpieces impress, it’s Gaudí’s icons that most excite. From the Sagrada Família’s twisted verticality to the Park Güell’s wild collection of colours and curves, these are the sites that inspired entire art movements.

Stay: Derby Claris Hotel & Spa, Barcelona (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Days 3-5
Girona & Costa Brava

This morning collect your car rental, and leave Barcelona behind to follow the Costa Brava's golden curves north, and then to your accommodation set inland among sprawling countryside, just 10 minutes from Girona’s cobblestone maze, there are even 20 Michelin-starred restaurants within a 530 mile radius. And, after hiking or cycling the nearby trails and visiting the nearby volcanic and botanic parks, you’ll want to spend some time in in Girona. This provincial capital is flooded with history, with everyone from the Moors to the Romans and Visigoths having left their mark on its twisting laneways. It’s a destination that’s inspired the likes of Salvador Dalí whose great works are memorialised in the region’s Dalí Triangle, a trio of sites that remember the great artist’s life and works.

Stay: Hotel Camiral, Costa Brava (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Days 6-7
Girona > Vic

Parador Vic-Sau, which sits next to the Guillerías mountains and overlooks the tranquil Sau lake. The rocky terrain provides the perfect opportunity to do some hiking. The village of Vic is home to the 9th century castle Montcada, the Romanesque bell tower of the cathedral, and the Roman-built Queralt bridge. A must-see is the beautiful monastery of San Pere de Casserres, one of the most important monuments of Catalan Romanesque architecture, which was declared a monument of historic and artistic interest in 1931.

Stay: Parador Vic-Sau (Superior)

Days 8-9
Vic Sau > La Seu d'Urgell

In the Catalan Pyrenees is La Seu d'Urgell where you will stay the next two nights at the luxurious Parador La Seu d'Urgell. Overlooked by the spectacular Sierra de Cadi mountains, the town is situated at the confluence of the rivers Valira and Segre in the province of Lleida.

La Seu d'Urgell is home to the nearly one thousand-year-old Church of Sant Miquel, as well as the Diocesan museum, which contains exceptional examples of medieval painting and sculpture. The nearby Natural Park of Cadi-Moixero has spectacular mountains and a variety of well marked hiking paths.

Stay: Parador Seu Urgell (Superior)

Days 10-11
La Seu d'Urgell > Cardona

The next night is spent at the Parador Cardona, a former medieval castle and fortress with exceptional panoramic views of the town of Cardona and the lush surrounding landscape. The hotel grounds encompass the Church of Sant Vicenc, an impressive example of the Romanesque architecture of Catalonia. Not to be missed nearby is the incredible formation known as Salt Mountain, which sits on the area salt basin and contains spectacular stalactites and stalagmites as well as various salt seams of sodium, potassium and magnesium.

Stay: Parador Cardona (Superior)

Day 12
Depart for UK

Dropping your car off at Barcelona, you’ll fly back to the UK. 

Meals: B



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Standard Superior

12-day tailor-made self-drive
from £1,875 pp incl. flights

Superior / Deluxe

Low Season

from £1,875 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £3,125 pp. incl. flights


  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • Return flights between UK and Barcelona
  • 11 nights accommodation on a BB basis
  • 11 days car hire in an Intermediate vehicle (from day 3)

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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