Five days culinary & cultural tour in the Costa Brava, Catalonia
B: Breakfast / L: Lunch / D: Dinner
Day One – Medieval villages & olive oil experience
Make yourself at home at your charming boutique hotel in Pals, a relaxing spot in the heart of the beautiful Costa Brava, at just 1 ½ drive North from Barcelona.
Meet your local English speaking guide for a first tour of Pals, and get familiar with this enchanting medieval village. Then, chauffeured transfer to a nearby glamorous farm with organic olive groves, where you will learn all about this Mediterranean treasure, extra virgin olive oil. Taste their exclusive olive oils in the gorgeous garden displaying avant-garde artwork, an amazing sensorial experience!
Then, enjoy lunch with a local flavor at a specially selected restaurant, where you will get in contact with the acclaimed Catalan cuisine.
Continue your exploration of the medieval heritage of the region, stopping at nearby picturesque villages such as Peratallada and Ullastret.
The evening is free for you to wind down on your own.
Night in Pals
Day Two – Farmers market, cooking & coffee by the sea
This morning you will visit the colorful open-air farmers market at Palafrugell, where you can stop at a traditional bakery for a delicious bite along the way.
Your private cooking class will follow… held in a cozy private home, just minutes away from the market. Your local instructor will help you prepare a complete and delicious regional menu. No hurries here, relax whilst cooking, ask questions… and, when you’re done, sit down and savor what you’ve prepared as lunch – accompanied by fine Spanish wines, of course!
Then, to Llafranc, a lovely coastal town, where you’ll take a coffee at the seaside and a walk along the cliffs overlooking the sea, if you feel like.
The rest of the day is free for you to do your own.
Night in Pals
Day Three – Cheese, wine & magical Cadaqués
Today you’ll be taking a full day excursion along the Dali trail, one of Spain’s best-known and most versatile artists.
First stop to visit a traditional cheese farm, where native sheep are the source of the exquisite range of cheeses that you will taste.
Then, on to a family-run farm and wine cellar; stroll through the delightful vineyard and olive grove before visiting the winery. Taste their Empordà Designation of Origin wines and savor a delicious picnic right in the vineyard, featuring a selection of their products, including home-made charcuterie and artisanal cheese.
Continue your trip to Cadaqués. You´ll love this pretty small fishing town, found in a magical enclave, where the Mediterranean meets the Pyrenees.
It is here that Dali established his usual residence. Take a visit to his House-Museum in nearby Portlligat, where Dali lived and worked, and a nice walk along Cadaqués before returning to your hotel.
Indulge in a relaxing dinner at the hotel.
Night in Pals
B, L, D
Day Four – Girona food & cultural tour
Your excursion today is to Girona. In a bit more than an hour you´ll be there to join your local guide in a wonderful private food and wine tour of town; discover the enchanting medieval center, in a mix of local food, local life and local stories.
Learn how traditional bread is made and bring it to the food market, it will be the perfect accompaniment for extra virgin olive oil and other Catalan specialties, as you stop by different stalls and check what´s in season.
You´ll also have the opportunity to taste different Ibérico hams with a glass of Cava, the famous sparkling Catalan wine. Then, the feast will continue with a last stop to bask in some exquisite tapas, based in regional recipes.
All this sprinkled with small and big stories about Girona, its past and present.
This complete gastronomical experience will be a perfect ending to your stay with us!
On your way back to Pals, have a coffee with stunning views at the Parador de Aiguablava, and take in the essence of the Costa Brava and the Mediterranean.
Upon returning to the hotel, time at leisure.
Night in Pals
Day Five – End of the tour
A relaxing breakfast at the hotel will put the finishing touch on your stay at the Costa Brava.
4 nights’ accommodation in a charming boutique hotel
Local English-speaking guides, specialized in gastronomy, joining you for activities throughout the itinerary
Private, chauffeured transfers for all excursions
3 lunches (1 at the cooking class, 1 as a picnic), accompanied with fine Spanish wines
1 dinner at the gastronomic restaurant of the hotel
A 4 hour private food and wine walking tour of Girona
A private cooking class, including dossier with recipes in English
Culinary and cultural visits and activities, as per the itinerary
Entry fees as per the itinerary
All local taxes
Our suggestions of additional local restaurants and activities, according to your taste