Day trips in Catalonia to enjoy with holidays to Costa Brava

Wednesday, 27 April 2011 4:17 PM

If you are looking for an affordable break with beautiful surroundings, warm weather and plenty of cultural attractions, there are few better choices than holidays to Costa Brava.

This region of north-eastern Spain is famed for its beaches and nightlife, with destinations like Lloret de Mar, Blanes and Platja D'Aro attracting thousands of families and groups of young adults looking for fun every year.

But there is much more to do on a Costa Brava holiday than simply sunbathing and clubbing and you will discover there are lots of places for fascinating and fun days out.

The most popular destination for visitors to Catalonia is Barcelona, which is located within easy travelling distance of resorts in the west of the Costa Brava, such as Tossa de Mar, S'Agaro, Blanes and Lloret de Mar.

One of Europe's most cosmopolitan cities, it can count the Picasso Museum, Montjuic park, FC Barcelona and the busy La Rambla district among its attractions.

Perhaps its most notable features for sightseers are the structures designed by the late Antoni Gaudi. The architect is famed for his ambitious and quirky buildings, such as La Pedrera, Casa Batllo, Palau Guell and his masterwork, the Sagrada Familia, which is still under construction more than 80 years after his death.

If you have been tempted by holiday deals in the east of the Costa Brava, you may prefer to take a day trip to Perpignan, a city that was part of the historic principality of Catalonia but is now in France.

Perpignan has the feel of a traditional Mediterranean town, as well as lots of sights to explore, including a beautiful 14th century cathedral and the Palace of the Kings of Majorca.

If you have an interest in history, you may also enjoy a day trip to the city of Girona, which is located within easy travelling distance of all the main Costa Brava resorts.Day trips in Catalonia to enjoy with holidays to Costa Brava

It boasts some spectacular riverside architecture and landmarks such as the 12th century Arabian Baths and Carlemany Tower, as well as museums dedicated to art, archaeology and cinema.

Cadaques is a great place for a quiet day out, as you can visit a museum dedicated to Salvador Dali, before relaxing on one of the Costa Brava's most idyllic beaches.

But if you really want to get away from civilisation completely, simply head inland a few miles to enjoy the stunning scenery. You won't have to travel far from the coast to find hills covered in lush forests - the perfect terrain for a day of walking.

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