Barcelona is a beautiful place to visit and I couldn’t wait to explore the city. Since I had 10 days I decided to spend some time out of the city, I took a day trip to Costa Brava which is about 2 hours drive from Barcelona city centre, along the way we stopped at Calella, L’estartit, Illies Medes, Pals and Empuries. All these places I visited had different vibes and things to offer. There are loads of companies that do day trips from Barcelona, I went with Viator, the price wasn’t too bad at £71 for the entire day and that included all the entry fees etc but unfortunately not food. The tour guides were bilingual and spoke highly of each destination and included any stories or fun facts.
Calella de Palafruguell
First stop on the tour was the beautiful Calella, we were given 1 1/2 hour to go off and explore. I did debate sitting on the beach the entire time but then I would miss so many amazing photography opportunities, I got some great scenic shots. I spend my time wondering around and enjoying the view, naturally I couldn’t resist indulging in a chocolate ice cream when I came across a little shop, and yes it was worth it.
L’estartit & Illes Medes
Second stop was L’estartit port, boats everywhere and there is nothing more I love than photographs of boats! Luckily we stopped for lunch here and it was the best timing as I was very hungry. Since it was 29 degrees I didn’t fancy anything too heavy, in the end I had a chicken Caesar salad and it was delicious. I always love to eat where you have a great view. Afterwards it was time for the boat trip in a submarine boat, this was a new experience for me and was great because you could see everything as if you were diving.
I was very excited to see this medieval town after researching beforehand. We stopped here for 20 minutes and I wish we had longer as it’s not enough time to explore this pretty place. I don’t know about you but when I visit somewhere I don’t like to be rushed and when we were here it felt very rushed. I understand its because they have a lot of tours coming and going but I think 40 minutes would have been a good amount of time so you could truly enjoy everything Pals has to offer. Overall I did love my time here and I would recommend to anyone to visit while in the area.
Final stop on the day trip was Empuries, this is greek and roman ruins site. I don’t know about you but I always find it interesting seeing ruins and learning about the history, as you can tell from the photos not a lot remains of these ruins. I felt like I didn’t enjoy this as much as the other destinations due to the fact I had heat stoke! Yes heat stoke, I struggled to walk in a straight line at this point and had blurred vision, next time I NEED to wear a hat throughout the day to prevent this.