It’s National Cruise Month, so we’re taking you on a 14-day virtual cruise to our top destinations, giving you the lowdown on everything you can do. Whether you’re an outdoor adventurer, a history buff or a cocktail-enthusiast, we’ve got it covered. Today’s port of call is Spain…
From the charming port of Palamos, all of the wonders of the spectacular Costa Brava are at your fingertips. Relish the best this region has to offer, from the coveted sights of Barcelona to the truly surreal imagination of Salvador Dalí at the mind-blowing museum dedicated to his life and work.
In one whirlwind tour, see the top spots in the incredible Catalan capital. Get lost in the ancient streets of the labyrinthine Gothic Quarter, where the sky becomes a slice of blue cut into strips by the narrow cobbled alleys. Feed on the bustling energy of La Rambla and relax in the seaside charm of Barcenoleta. Marvel at the luxury stores lining the elegant Passeig de Gracia as you make your way to view Gaudi’s greatest hits. Fill your camera with a panoramic view from the castle ramparts at Montjuic. Be delighted by the colourful dancing sprays of the Magic Fountain at the foot of the grand staircase leading to the Palau Nacional.
The craggy coastline of the Costa Brava is embedded with charming villages and quaint towns that feel untouched by time. Visit two lovely Catalonian gems – LLoret de Mar and Tossa de Mar – while exhilarating in the impressive landscape. In Lloret de Mar, the ornately manicured Santa Clotilde Gardens offer tranquil green spaces and magnificent views of the rocky shoreline. In Tossa de Mar, browse the eclectic collection of shops as you make your way to the impressive castle.
A veritable mecca for football fans, a tour of the venerable Camp Nou, the world-famous home of FC Barcelona, is a spectacle not to be missed. After driving by the hallowed training grounds of La Masia, where the brilliance begins, take your time at the iconic arena. Be humbled by the packed trophy room, admire the perfection of the pitch, delve into the long history of the prestigious club, and explore the stadium inside and out. Up your awe even further by paying homage to Olympic greats at the former site of the 1992 games in Montjuic, where incredible views stretch across all of Barcelona.
The wildly popular Dalí Museum in Figueres is a feast for your eyes and your imagination. Explore the full breadth of the famous surrealist’s life and work, from his deceptively simple woodblock prints to his most outrageous flights of visual fancy. The collection includes mind-bending paintings, sculptures, drawings, sketches and more. Surprises await around every turn at the second most visited museum in Spain.
With the medieval town of Pals as your base, explore a fascinating rural region in the north of Spain from a seat on a whimsical trolley train. As you pass through the sun-drenched countryside, your guide will fill you in on the painstaking process of making rice for a proper paella. Expansive rice fields stretching at the foot of the towering Montgri Mountain will serve as the backdrop for an explanation of seeding, harvesting, milling and merchandising this special type of rice. Step back in time at a 15th-century mill before returning to Pals, where you can find some respite from the sun in the cool stone streets of the Gothic Quarter.
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Author: Thomson Holidays
Published: September 27, 2015
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