Barcelona & Beyond: Sea, Gastronomy and Culture
Barcelona – Gaudi – Girona – Dali – Cadaques – Sitges – Tapas – Paella – Wineries – Sailing – Hiking
This is a unique opportunity to see Barcelona and the beautiful Costa Brava and Golden Coast through the eyes of our Catalan Co-Founder and luxury travel expert who has curated this unique itinerary with hidden coves, postcard perfect villages, stunning vistas, culinary feasts, wine traditions, cultural sights and her favorite hotels.
Highlights: Welcome dinner with Cathedral rooftop views | Luxury beach & sea escape | Quaint Fishing Village Tours of Cadaques, Sitges and Tossa de Mar | Hiking the Stunning Coastal Path | Winery Visit with Blind Pairings | Tapas & Wine Tour | Paella Cooking Class | Sagrada Familia and Palau de la Musica visits | Dali Museum | Sailing Afternoon | Farewell dinner by the sea | Beach Morning
Activity level: Low to Moderate, expect to walk 10,000-15,000 steps a day on uneven surfaces and cobblestoned streets.
No single supplements* | 14 spots | Photographer onboard
*Prices per person, we pair you with another solo traveler
15 – 23 Jun, 2024 – Photographer onboard – CONFIRMED
Ariadna Muñoz, our local guide
Take a peek at last year’s trip!
Every day will be an amazing!
- Day 1: Arrival and welcome dinner
- Day 2: Barcelona & Tapas tour
- Day 3: Sagrada Familia, Palau de la Musica & cooking class
- Day 4: Winery visit & Tossa de mar
- Day 5: Girona
- Day 6: Cadaques & Gaudi
- Day 7: Coastal hike, boating & Sitges
- Day 8: Sitges and beach time
- Day 9: Departure
Day 1 : Arrive in Barcelona
We will start the trip high, literally and figuratively, with a welcome dinner at a surprise rooftop bar with breathtaking views of the Cathedral where we will enjoy a casual tapas-style shared dinner and drinks to get to know each other as the sun sets behind the Cathedral and the Gothic Quarter.
Overnight at Hotel Midmost
Hotel Midmost is a newly opened hotel in the heart of the city, located 2min from La Rambla and Placa Catalunya on foot, right on the city’s famous “shoe street”.
We will stay in Superior rooms with balconies, all of which face a traditional pedestrian street famous for being the vinyl destination in the city.
The hotel has a lovely rooftop plunge pool and terrace and serves a wonderful breakfast.
Majestic Group, which Midmost is a part of, is a locally and family-owned hotel brand famous for its sustainable approach to gastronomy and for having its own vegetable and fruit garden just outside the city. It also manages Barcelona’s oldest hotel and has a long tradition in the hospitality industry.
Inclusions: Welcome dinner and wine / cava. Guests need to make their way to the hotel from the airport. Pick up can be organized upon request.
Day 2 : Barcelona & Tapas tour
Welcome to Barcelona!
This morning we will explore the city center on foot as we walk the 1000 year old streets and wander the pedestrian alleyways of the Gothic Quarter.
We will visit the Cathedral, the medieval quarter, La Rambla and El Born as we trace the steps from Barcino, the name the city had under the Roman Empire, and all the way to today’s Moderniste make up.
Our walking tour will include a bundle of sweet churros and hot chocolate to snack on.
We will finish before lunch with a traditional vermut with snacks at the popular Placa Reial.
Lunch and afternoon will be free for you to explore on your own or do some shopping before we meet again in the evening for a Tapas tour.
They say the best things in life are enjoyed in small doses and we are true believers of this theory, especially when it comes to satisfying the palate.
On the menu will be a few unique bars in which we will taste traditional and creative tapas paired with a drink you may not be very familiar with, the humble vermouth or ‘vermut’, as we say in Catalonia.
Vermut is an aromatised wine served with ice and usually a slice of orange that has an interesting history.
During the tour, we will walk through the streets of the Gothic Quarter with our expert and fun guide and food lover, who will share her passion for food but also for the city’s architectural, cultural and historical curiosities.
With our bellies full, we will stroll back to Hotel Midmost for the night.
Overnight at Hotel Midmost
Inclusions: Breakfast at the hotel, guided tour of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, vermut, tapas dinner with wine. Lunch not included.
Day 3 : Sagrada Familia, Palau de la Musica and cooking class
Today is all about Gaudi and food!
In the morning, we will visit La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s most famous work.
La Sagrada Familia is Barcelona’s most famous landmark and the most visited tourist attraction in Spain with well over 170,000 reviews on TripAdvisor.
The basilica is Gaudi’s most exceptional project, and will take your breath away even though it remains unfinished. Trust us, the hype is well deserved.
Sagrada Familia’s construction started in 1882 and was supposed to be finished in 2026 for the 100th anniversary of Gaudi’s death. Unfortunately, COVID put a dent in this goal and the completion date is now unknown.
Why is that? Because La Sagrada Familia is built with donations and the profits from the sale of tickets, therefore, it relies on tourists for its financing.
Gaudi took over the project from its original architect in 1883 and decided to fully devote himself exclusively to it in 1914. He eventually moved in to the offices in the complex until his death in 1926.
We will start our visit with an explanation in front of the basilica’s 2 main facades, which are a work of art, and then go inside for a guided tour with Ariadna.
The allegories and representations of nature inside the nave will leave you speechless. The kaleidoscope of light pouring into the space through the rainbow stained glass is like something you’ve never seen before.
After Sagrada Familia we will continue to el Palau de la Musica, another modernist building and Barcelona’s most incredible music hall.
El Palau de la musica Catalana was finished in 1908 and designed by one of the most famous Modernisme architects, Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
We will visit El Palau inside and marvel ourselves at the pendant tear lamp that dominates the main auditorium and which has become the building’s most famous detail.
After our morning visits, you will have free time for lunch and to do some shopping or exploration on your own before we meet again for a Cooking class and dinner.
Overnight at Hotel Midmost
Inclusions: Included are transportation to all the sights, guided tour and tickets of Sagrada Familia and El Palau de la Musica, cooking class and dinner. Lunch not included.
Day 4 : Winery visit & Tossa de Mar
We will start our day by heading north towards Girona. On the way we will stop at the stunning winery Alta Alella.
The winery is located in the D.O. Alella appellation of origin region and makes organic wines from vines growing on a steep incline and with the most incredible sea views.
Our visit will consist of a winery tour followed by a blind tasting and wine pairing by the hand of two local female foodies, Gemma and Clara.
Gemma and Clara specialise in blind tastings and wine pairings where all your senses will be stimulated.
We will try a few local dishes and wines while blind folded and then try them again with our eyes wide open to see the difference.
Our time at the winery will also include a tour of the property to better learn how wine is made.
After lunch, we will continue on our journey north towards quaint Tossa de Mar.
Tossa de Mar is one of the most emblematic and photographed towns on the Costa Brava. Its spectacular fortified medieval nucleus, declared a National Historic-Artistic Monument, is surrounded by walls and watch towers and makes for a very photogenic location.
The town is practically isolated from the neighboring towns due to its rugged location and the Medieval core is sandwiched between the hills and hidden coves that make for picturesque spots.
We will explore the area with our guide and visit the small medieval town and the Villa Romana dels Ametllers.
After the tour, there will be free time to explore Tossa, do some shopping or walk along the beach.
Back in the bus, we will make our way to Girona and will arrive in the early evening for check in to our hotel.
Dinner is at leisure. Girona is a foodie destination, and home to the Best Restaurant in the World, El Celler de Can Roca, so no matter what restaurant you pick, you’ll be in good hands.
Don’t miss the chance of enjoying an ice cream at Rocambolesc, by the Roca brothers or the popular patatas bravas from Konig Sandwiches.
Hotel Nord 1901
We have chosen the 4* Hotel Nord 1901 because it is centrally located just a few steps away from the famous Eiffel Bridge (yes, the same Eiffel from the Paris tower) and from the river and city center. From here, you will be able to walk anywhere in the city center safely.
The family-owned hotel is housed in a historical and traditional Catalan stone building that was fully renovated in 2009 and has spacious rooms and a pleasant patio garden with greenery and a pool to cool down after a day of exploration. It is the only garden with pool in the city center.
Breakfast consists of a traditional Catalan spread including cheese, cold cuts and ingredients to make your own bread with tomato. These are all best enjoyed in the open air patio.
Inclusions: Included are transportation to all the sights, winery visit and blind tasting lunch at Alta Alella winery, tour of Tossa de Mar. Dinner at leisure not included.
Day 5 : Girona
After a hearty and traditional Catalan breakfast in the tranquility of Hotel Nord 1901 garden, we will set off for a day of exploration.
We will start with a tour of the city now made famous by Game of Thrones, an undiscovered gem on the shore of the Onyar River.
One of its most important areas in Girona is the Jewish quarter (“el Call”), one of the best preserved in the world and a labyrinth of cobblestoned streets and stone archways that have survived from the 15th century.
Its beautiful houses and narrow alleys are testimony to the city’s rich Jewish heritage and Spain’s rich history.
Our walking tour will start by the colourful spectacle of the houses by the Onyar river that have become the city’s icon.
We will then stroll through the old historic centre and the Jewish Quarter most picturesque areas all of which are pedestrian only. We will visit the massive and famous 11th century Cathedral, featured on Game of Thrones, which has the widest Gothic nave in the world, and wonder how they managed to build such an epic structure 1,000 years ago.
After the Cathedral, we will continue onto the Benedictine Abbey of Sant Pere dels Galligants nearby.
After the tour, we will head over for brunch at the rooftop of Casa Cacao, by the award-winning Roca brothers, owners of the World’s Best Restaurant for 3 years on a row Can Roca.
Casa Cacao’s brunch will include seasonal dishes with a refined touch and the best views in town, all the way to Girona’s Cathedral and the city’s pastel colored houses.
In the afternoon, you will continue exploring Girona with our host and then have free time to continue on your own.
Do some shopping or enjoy the city’s famous xuixos as an afternoon snack. Dinner will be at leisure.
Overnight at Nord 1901
Inclusions: Walking tour of Girona, breakfast at the hotel and brunch with a drink at Casa Cacao.
Day 6 : Dali Museum & Cadaques
Day 4 will start bright and early with a wonderful breakfast with sea views; there is something magical about waking up to the sounds of the waves and we know it’ll set the right mood for a wonderful day of art and coast.
We will start off by driving to Figueres about 1h away, to visit the Dalí Theater-Museum, the largest surrealist object (yes, object, not museum!) in the world, which occupies the old municipal theater of the city, destroyed during the Spanish Civil War.
The museum is already a work of art in itself, but it also houses many famous works by Dalí, one of the most iconic surrealist painters of the 20th century and an absolute genius who focused his art in the exploration of the subconscious.
His museum isn’t just a place to see paintings but also some of his interactive installations that will make you participate in the display, a must-see.
We will then drive towards the Cap de Creus for a traditional shared lunch with the most incredible views of the entire cape and the peninsula.
After lunch, we will drive to the coast to discover the beautiful Mediterranean village of Cadaqués, one of the most picturesque and fairytale-like fishing villages in the Costa Brava located in an isolated and hard to access bay in the Cap de Creus Cape.
This tiny town can only be reached via a winding one lane road that goes all the way down from the mountains to the sea. Its small beach full of fishing boats, its white houses and its steep cobblestoned streets full of bright red roses and pink bougainvilleas make Cadaqués a magical place.
We will explore the village on foot with Ariadna first. There will be free time in the afternoon to take photos in the pretty alleys, stroll along the beach or simply enjoy a long ice coffee in an open-air restaurant.
We will return to Girona and you will have free time for dinner.
Overnight at Nord 1901
Inclusions: Included are transportation to all the sights, entry tickets to the Dali Theatre-Museum, breakfast at the hotel and lunch with wine.
Day 7 : Cami de Ronda & Boating
Today is all about living the coastal life as we explore the beautiful coastal paths that follow the sea all the way from France to the Strait of Gibraltar, called Cami de ronda.
The Cami de ronda, as this coastal path is known, is a hidden gem only known to the locals and rarely frequented by tourists.
This hike is a gift that best represents what a summer holiday should be like.
Our walk will take us about an hour and will start off at the postcard perfect beach of El Golfet.
From there, we will make our way towards Llafranc with a stop at the picturesque village of Calella de Palafrugell, famous for its Havaneres music & rum festival and its white washed fishing homes right on the beach.
On our way, we will spot plants and herbs, the traditional vegetation of the Mediterranean Sea and the prettiest coves and beaches of La Costa Brava.
When we arrive in the quaint village of Llafranc we will board our comfortable speed boats for a boating and swimming morning along the Costa Brava red cliffs towards the beautiful Aiguablava Beach in Begur.
We will make a few stops along the way at quiet coves we may have just to ourselves and enjoy the sea breeze and the clear waters of Costa Brava.
When we arrive in Aiguablava, we will jump on taxi boats that will take us to the beach where our seaside paella lunch will top a dreamy beach day.
With the smell of the sea breeze and the balmy weather, it will be tough to leave, but we have to make our way to Sitges, another picture-perfect seaside town.
We will arrive in Sitges in the late afternoon and check into our hotel with free time to explore this quaint and mostly pedestrian village.
Dinner will be at leisure. Pick one of the town’s casual tapas bars or restaurants.
Overnight at Hotel MIM 4*
Hotel MIM is located one street from the sea promenade right in the center of Sitges and is a partnership between hotelier family Soldevila-Casals who also owns the hotel we will stay at in Barcelona, and famous football player Messi.
We will stay in a combination of suites with sea views (shared spots) or single superior rooms (single spots) with large windows.
The 4* hotel has a fantastic rooftop bar and small pool with sea views that is THE place to be in the summer months and a fabulous spa and wellness area we will have access to at half price. Get a massage or enjoy the heated pools, sauna or steam bath.
Inclusions: Included is transportation, guided hike on the Cami de Ronda, speed boat morning and lunch by the sea with wine.
Day 8 : Sitges & Beach time
Today we will start later in the day with a walking tour of Sitges. This pretty small town is famous for its picturesque church, sought-after for weddings, for being LGBTQI+ friendly and for the many festivals that fill every weekend of the year.
We will walk the streets of this bohemian town as we discover its history and connections to the 19th century migration wave of Spaniards to the Caribbean, especially Cuba, in search of new fortunes.
Some of them, like the founder of rum Bacardi, became famous. Others accumulated wealth which they returned with and built large mansions that are still inhabited.
We will then get into our swimming costumes and head over to one of the best beach spots for all day lounging, enjoying the beach and relaxing.
This is your chance to recharge, soak in the sun, swim and maybe try your luck at stand up paddle boarding or kayaking.
Sitges is of the most famous spots in the Golden Coast, the stretch of coast that starts south of Barcelona and gets its name from the golden sands of its beaches.
The small town boasts more than 3km of continuous beaches that are popular with various groups such as families, LGBTQI+ community, locals, sports lovers, etc. There are also 3 nudist beaches within the municipal borders, one of which is mixed and right by the city center.
We will pick a beach club with a beloved chiringuito, or beach hut, an essential element of any Spanish beach, where you can get a casual lunch of tapas.
Enjoy the beach as much or as little as you’d like. You will have one last afternoon free to do some shopping, explore the town on your own or enjoy the hotel’s rooftop pool or spa.
We will meet in the evening for our farewell vermut drinks at the hotel’s rooftop or another nearby location followed by dinner at a restaurant perched above the waves.
Inclusions: Included is breakfast at the hotel, walking tour of Sitges, sun loungers at the beach, farewell dinner with wine by the sea.
About Your Host, Ariadna
Our trips are specially curated by Solo Female Travelers Co-Founder Mar Pages and hosted by our fun and licensed local guide, Ariadna Munoz.
Ariadna is both a Barcelona, Girona and Catalonia certified guide and is currently pursuing a degree in art history.
Born and raised in Girona and having guided visitors through Barcelona and Catalonia for over a decade, we couldn’t hope for a better ambassador in Catalonia!
Bonus: Our June 2024 trip will be accompanied by a professional photographer who will take pictures of the group for you to treasure, share and keep.
Izzy – “I would highly recommend! The tours organised by Solo Female Travelers Club are worth every penny!
I just came from Barcelona & Costa Brava tour and it was life changing! We visited many hidden gems, not only the well known landmarks (those everyone can visit on their own). It’s undescribable how fantastic the people were, how well the tour was organised, how amazing hotels, food and drinks were and how passionate and kind-hearted our guide Ariadna was. Meeting other travelling women and listening to their stories was magical and I’m sure we’ve all ended the trip as a family. I would rate it 11/10 if I could.
The tour greatly exceeded my expectations and most likely I will travel with SFTC again in the future!”
Alexia – “I would highly recommend Solo Female Travelers Club for their travel tours. I just returned from the Barcelona/Costa Brava trip. It was excellent. The accommodations were spacious. The food was more than you could ask for. I really enjoyed seeing places that were a bit more off the tourist grid. I wouldn’t have even known to visit some of these places and they were well worth the trips. Sometimes I would have wanted a little bit more free time, however, I really appreciate not having to do all the planning and just going along for the ride. Mar made the trip stressless. If you are looking for a tour that is a bit more high end, this will meet your expectations.”
Maya – “I returned from the Barcelona/Costa Brava trip a couple of weeks ago. What a fantastic experience! Mar and Ariadne were excellent, accommodating, and knowledgeable guides. They’re very generous and go out of their way to make sure all is well. The itinerary, hotels, and especially the food were all wonderful. I loved the balance between days in Barcelona and the small villages and other places that you’re less likely to visit on your own. Go early and/or stay late to see more of Barcelona—there’s so much to see and do. I highly recommend Mar’s and Meg’s tours. And I love the company’s philosophy of promoting employment opportunities for women in each of the countries they visit.”
Laura – “I traveled to Barcelona & the Costa Brava with Solo Female Travelers, and it was a great experience! For my first international solo trip it was great to have all the things the group offers: private transfers between locations, AMAZING meals at the best restaurants, a knowledgable local tour guide (hi Ariadna!), and visits to places off the beaten path that you wouldn’t even know about if you had planned the trip yourself. An unexpected benefit of traveling with a group: I unfortunately became ill, but I felt safe and taken care by Mar and the rest of the group. Mar even delivered Churros & Hot Chocolate to my hotel room so I wouldn’t miss the experience! I definitely am planning to travel with Solo Female Travelers Club again… highly recommend!!”
Melanie – “My trip to Barcelona with Solo Female Travelers was excellent! Mar and Ariadna were amazing guides, the food was excellent and we really got to experience things that were local and felt special. I’m headed to Greece next year and can’t wait to go on even more trips with this fabulous tour company!”
Katherine – “10/10 This trip was incredible! I went on the Barcelona & Costa Brava trip with a group of amazing ladies, lead by the most wonderful tour guide Adriana. From the food, the wine, the excursions, and the hotels, everything was beyond my expectations. Worth every penny! Mar was so helpful all year leading up to the trip and made me feel prepared for the trip! If you want to see the world but need a little help navigating your trip the Solo Female Travel programs are an amazing way to go!”
Bec – “The June 2023 Barcelona and Coata Brava tour exceeded all my expectations. This was a perfectly curated tour for me, it had history, amazing food, beaches and a wonderful group of women who, over the course of the week, have become my good friends. Travel is all about connections and SFT understands connections- with people, places and communities. Our guide Ariadna is exceptional. She is an engaging and knowledgeable storyteller, with a deep understanding of history, geography and culture which she can contextualise in meaningful and interesting ways, as a professional historian I know this is a rare gift. We were also lucky enough to travel with an amazing photographer, Anastasia, who made everyone feel confident and took beautiful photos. The hotels we stayed in were lovely, my room mate was perfectly matched, and the food was delicious! I highly recommend SFT tours and I will definitely be booking another myself.”
Ann – “This is my first female solo travel and am I lucky I found SFTC!!!! My trip to Barcelona and it’s surrounds was beyond wonderful. The planning was easy with their help, the sites visited were exactly what i was hoping for and the women I met have become traveling friends. We just booked another trip. There are so many options of places to see around the world and from the women I met here, who have been on several other trips with SFTC, they come away with new friends each time. Ariadna our tour guide was 5 stars – incredibly educated on spanish history, art, translation, architecture and culture. Did I say excellent food and drinks!!!!! Warm and funny – she made this trip accessible for all levels of interests. If you are at this site – just book something – you won’t regret it!”
Lauren – I joined the Barcelona / Costa Brava trip and it was a magical experience to say the least. Mar is so passionate about what she does and it shows. I met some incredible women, all who made me feel safe and whom I had the best time with! It was a wonderfully curated trip and I am already booking another 🙂
✔️ 8 Nights in shared twin accommodation in 4/5* hotels. We pair you with another traveler so you don’t have to pay a single supplement
✔️ All activities and entry tickets as mentioned in the itinerary. Where available, entry tickets to attractions will be on “skip the queue” basis
✔️ Daily Breakfast, 4 Lunches and 4 Dinners.
✔️ Wine and water during all included meals.
✔️ Transportation to and between activities as listed in the itinerary.
✔️ Female guide and local female hosts at every activity except for the boating
✘ Optional activities not included in the program that you book yourself.
✘ 4 Lunches and 4 Dinners. Our included meals are very complete so free meals are expected to be small.
✘ Transportation from and to the airport in Barcelona. Regular taxis cost 20 EUR (Barcelona) and 60 EUR (from Sitges), buses 8 EUR.
✘ Visa, if required, we can provide invitation letters.
✘ Travel & Medical Insurance (Required)
✘ COVID Vaccinations Pre Arrival (Required)
✘ Tips for the Guide (at your discretion)
✘ Departure COVID Testing. If required which we can help organize
June 2024 (with photographer)
30% deposit to secure your spot (non refundable*)
Final balance due 90 days before departure
*The initial 30% is refundable if the minimum number of guests is not reached. By joining our trips you agree to our T&C.
The Solo Female Travelers difference – What makes us unique
All our tours follow the same values and philosophy that makes us who we are which you can find here. Our Barcelona and Beyond trip is 100% female powered and we only support businesses owned by women, with the exception of hotels because sadly there aren’t any luxury hotels owned by women and the boat which is a local family owned business.
In addition, this tour is close to our hearts because it’s our chance to take you on an immersive journey through our Co-Founder’s country and city. Experience one of the most visited and loved destinations in the world like a true local, though its food, its women and its culture. No cliches, no umbrellas and no mass experiences designed for production-line tourism.
Interested in joining us in Barcelona & Beyond? We are keeping the group to 14 guests maximum so don’t wait up. Select your package below and click the Book button or pick a time to book a video call with us and get all your questions answered. Note: Please do not book any flights until the trip is confirmed.
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IMPORTANT: Due to the nature of the trip and the many traditional gastronomic experiences, we are unable to accommodate severe food allergies or vegan diets. If you are unsure, please reach out before booking.
15th to 23rd June, 2024 (Photographer
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