Catalonia is one of Spain’s most beloved regions. See the best of it on a four-day tour from Barcelona to northern and southern Catalonia's most popular destinations. Starting north, you’ll visit Vic, the Salvador Dali Museum in Figueres, the magical medieval town of Girona and the world-famous Montserrat monastery. Heading south, combine history, beach fun and great wine on visits to Roman-era Tarragona, Santes Creus, the fascinating coastal village of Sitges and Bodegas Torres, one the most famous wineries in Catalonia.
After departing Barcelona on your four-day Best of Catalonia Tour, your first stop will be the old market town of Vic. Here you will have a chance to stroll around the town center, admiring its cathedral and its magnificent Renaissance and Baroque buildings. Visit the beautiful arched square where the market and other major events are held.
Continue to Figueres, hometown of Salvador Dali, where you will have free time to visit the Salvador Dali Theatre-Museum (admission included).
On your second day, visit the beautiful walled city of Girona, originally built by the Romans as a fortress. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the Jewish quarter – one of the best preserved in Europe – and the exterior of the cathedral. After lunch, head to the incomparable setting of craggy Montserrat mountain, which rises majestically up from the plain to 4,051 feet (1,235 meters). Visit the Benedictine monastery, where you’ll find amazing views.
On your third day, you’ll journey into southern Catalonia to coastal Sitges. Discover the authentic Mediterranean atmosphere of this old fishing village, fashionable since the 1890s, when it became an avant-garde art-world hangout . You'll have free time so you can soak up the sun on one of the town’s 17 beaches. In the afternoon, head to Tarragona, where you will feel like you are traveling back to the days of the ancient Romans. Enjoy a guided visit of the city, including the Old Quarter and admire the stone walls, the Roman Forum and the amphitheater.
On your last day, visit Santes Creus, a beautiful Cistercian monastery dating back to 1158. After a traditional local lunch, stop at Bodegas Torres, one of the most famous wineries in Catalonia. On a tour of the winery, you'll learn about the region's fabulous wines, enjoy a tasting and have a chance to buy wine to take away with you.
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