Barcelona – Costa Brava: Sun, Sea and Culture

Barcelona – Girona – Besalu – Dali – Cadaques – Empuries – Montserrat – Wineries

This is a unique opportunity to see Barcelona and the beautiful Costa Brava 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 Medieval and fishing villages, Exclusive experiences not available to the public, Winery visit with cooking show, Tapas & wine tour, Helicopter ride over Barcelona, Farewell beach party

No single supplements* | 14 spots | Local host & insider | Food & Wine | Seascape | Culture

*Prices per person, we pair you with another solo traveler

Exclusivity and flexibility: This trip combines exclusive experiences especially curated by Mar with free time to customise your trip to your personal preferences. There is limited sightseeing in Barcelona so you can add time to explore on your own. Likewise, if you have been to Barcelona before, we are confident there will be limited duplication between your previous trip and this itinerary.

 

Trip Overview

  • SOLD OUT: 5 – 12 Jun, 2022
  • AVAILABLE: 12 – 19 Jun, 2022
  • AVAILABLE: 17 – 24 Sep, 2022
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Max. 14 guests

Mar, Co-Founder Solo Female Travelers & from Barcelona (Jun 5th departure). Ariadna Munoz (other departures)

Europe’s best culture, food and wine: Our June departures start 5 days before our Florence & Tuscany culinary and cultural immersion which is enough time to explore Barcelona and Florence. Spend 2 additional nights at each city in between trips and enjoy the most incredible trip filled with history, amazing food, wine and culture with sprinkles of beach time and slow life. Reach out and ask how we can help you extend your hotel bookings. Our September departure ends in Les Festes de la Merce, Barcelona’s Patron’s Saint festivities, stay a couple of days and enjoy the many free concerts, fireworks, street parades, celebrations and folk dances!

Detailed Itinerary

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 Mimosa

Hotel Mimosa is a beautiful 4* hotel housed in a listed 19th-century Modernist building and located on the same block as the La Pedrera building.

The hotel’s design combines original elements of the building and of Eixample’s architecture with timeless, elegant decor in white and beige.

The hotel stands out for its spacious rooms, its balcony views of La Pedrera and for El Til·ler Restaurant and Lobby Bar which have access to a lush garden with a swimming pool, the perfect place for a book and a gin & tonic.

But the hotel’s jewel is its El Cel de Gaudí rooftop terrace and bar. Located on the top floor, the space has a plunge pool and exceptional views of La Pedrera’s famous chimneys and rooftop. 

Inclusions: Welcome dinner and drinks. Guests need to make their way to the hotel from the airport. Pick up can be organized upon request.

 


Day 2 : Tossa de Mar & Girona

We will start our first day by heading north towards Girona. On the way we will stop at the quaint Medieval village of 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 an official local guide and visit the small medieval town and the Villa Romana dels Ametllers.

We will then enjoy a traditional Catalan lunch in Tossa de Mar at the restaurant Can Sophia, housed in a beautiful stone house with a patio in the villa center.

After lunch, we will continue on our way to Girona and will arrive on time for an afternoon walking tour of the city now made famous by Game of Thrones.

Girona is one of the most charming cities in Spain and an undiscovered gem on the shore of the Onyar River. The city is unique for several reasons, and well known for its many legends.

One of its most important areas 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.

Our walking tour with an official local guide 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 guided walking tour, we will check in to Hotel 1901 for the evening. You will have free time to walk the city’s Roman walls, wander the pedestrian city center, photograph Eiffel’s famous red bridge and enjoy dinner wherever your heart takes you. We recommend sitting down by the city’s main square and people watching with a glass of wine.

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.

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 guided tours of Tossa de Mar and Girona, entry tickets to the sights in Girona, breakfast at the hotel and lunch in Tossa de Mar. Dinner at leisure not included.


Castellfollit de la Roca
Restaurant Pont Vell
Besalu
Besalu
Ruins of Empuries

Day 3 : Besalu & Castellfollit de la Roca

After a hearty and traditional Catalan breakfast in the tranquility of Hotel Nord 1901 garden, we will set off for a day of exploration in the land of extinct volcanoes, La Garrotxa, with two stops at two equally amazing villages: Besalu and Castellfollit de la Roca.

Our first stop will be Castellfollit de la Roca. Located between the Fluviá and Toronell rivers, and hanging on a spectacular basalt wall, the church and houses of Castellfollit appear to defy the laws of gravity.

We will walk the narrow alleys and main street of this tiny village and get to the tip from where we will enjoy views over the river and valley below.

Afterwards, we will travel to the town of Besalú, declared a national artistic historical site in 1966, and whose historic centre is an expression of its great past.

Besalú is accessed by a fortified stone bridge over a Medieval mote and is entirely pedestrian. Its cobblestoned streets hide several gems which we will uncover on a guided walking tour.

But first, we will sit down for a Catalan lunch at Restaurant Pont Vell which has an outdoor terrace with views of the famous bridge.

With out stomachs full, we will visit the old flour mill, the Portal dels Horts archway, the Hospital de Sant Julià and the Medieval Church of Santa María. As it could not be otherwise, we will also visit the well-preserved Jewish Quarter, where we will find the old Synagogue and the Miqvé (the old baths used for the purification of the body) and end at the fantastically well-preserved Sant Pere Monastery.

After our walking tour, we will drive to the coast for check in Hostal Empúries. You will have free time in the late afternoon and evening to enjoy the area. Suggested activities:

  • Enjoy a treatment at the fantastic Spa of the Hostal Empúries.
  • Walk along the coast, on the pedestrian hiking paths of the Cami de Ronda, and hear the sound of the waves.
  • Chill on the beach, just a couple of steps away from the hotel.
  • Visit the stunning Greek and Roman ruins of Empúries which you can explore with their audioguide (6 EUR open until 8pm).
  • Rent a kayak or stand up paddle board from the hotel and go explore the beautiful coves of the Costa Brava.
  • Cycle along the coast on the Cami de Ronda with borrowed hotel bikes.
  • Walk to the tiny Medieval village of Sant Marti d’Empuries nearby and explore its quaint stone houses, its 16th century church and the remains of its Medieval wall and Castle.
  • Join one of the yoga classes offered by the hotel (15 EUR per class, check their schedule of classes).
  • Walk over and visit the town of l’Escala, famous for its long tradition in the trade of anxovies.

Note: Some of the above activities carry a fee directly payable to the service provider.

Overnight at Hostal Empúries

Hostal Empúries is an exclusive and unique property set right by the beach, a rarity on the Spanish coast where the laws prohibit any construction this close to the sea.

The reason for its unique location is found precisely on its origins. Built in 1907 and baptised Villa Teresita, the 5* hotel was designed to accommodate the first archaeologists who, led by Puig i Cadafalch, worked on the ruins of the Greco-Roman site of Empúries, which is just a few minutes walk away.

Since then, the Hostal has become a model of tourism development in the area, at a time when the denomination Costa Brava had not even been coined, and is a beloved destination of locals who appreciate its magical location, its sea views and its wonderfully fresh food.

White, grey and brown tones combine well with the blue of the sky and the sea which comes in through the windows. The rooms, floors, shower and bath walls have been lined with old hydraulic mosaics that were typical of Roman and Greek villas to preserve the spirit of an old beach hotel.

Hostal Empúries will be our home for the next 3 nights and makes for a wonderful setting for our Costa Brava seascape.

Inclusions: Included are the services of a local guide, transportation to all the sights, entry tickets to the sights, breakfast and lunch (no alcohol). Dinner and optional activities at leisure not included.

 


Day 4 : 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 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 the help of an expert official local guide and will then settle for lunch with sea views at a traditional restaurant housed in a stone house where fresh seafood will make your mouth water.

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 then drive back to Hostal Empúries for some more free time.

Why not take those bikes and cycle along the coast to L’Escala, famous for its anxovies? Or maybe make the time to explore the ruins of Empúries? Or perhaps today is the time to simply relax and take it all in with a book and a drink at the hotel’s terrace?

Inclusions: Included are the services of a local guide, transportation to all the sights, entry tickets to the Dali Theatre-Museum, breakfast at the hotel and lunch (no alcohol). Dinner and optional activities at leisure not included.


Day 5 : Peratallada, Winery & Cooking Show

On day 5, we will start the day with another seaside breakfast and then venture inland to the pretty villages of l’Empordà which are like small open-air museums.

Today’s tour will take you on a gentle stroll through the streets and squares of Peratallada (translated as carved stone), one of the most authentic medieval villages in Catalonia declared a historic-artistic monument of Catalonia.

We will listen and discover the beloved stories behind each stone, castle, tower or monastery, narrated by our local expert guide who is passionate about history, art or archaeology. With so many centuries of heritage to uncover, this is going to be a fantastic walk.

Costa Brava and the region of l’Empordà, are home to a few wine regions producing fantastic wines in very unique locations. You cannot explore the area without considering its culinary heritage and its wineries which have propelled the area to the international culinary stage.

At midmorning, after exploring Peratallada, we will have the opportunity to visit a singular family-owned winery nearby.

Located in a privileged setting, between the massifs of the Begur and Montgrí mountains, this very interesting family project will welcome us with open arms.

Native varieties of the area, organic farming, a unique microclimate conditioned by the proximity to the sea and the strength of the north wind, manual processes and a lot of passion create an interesting range of wines with their own identity, faithful to the territory that surrounds them.

We invite you to get to know the project from the hands of its young creators. We will walk around the winery and cellar, learn how wine is made, and taste their wines among the vineyards.

After the winery tour, we will follow with a show cooking and seasonal lunch based on local products.

Get ready to be mesmerized by the cooking skills of our expert chef who will pair the food with fabulous wines as you learn a thing of two about traditional Catalan cuisine.

On the menu may be traditional tapas, a fideua (similar to a paella but made with short spaghetti style pasta) or a paella, grilled meats, seafood and more depending on what’s available at the local markets.

Weather permitting, we will enjoy a long and lazy proximity lunch among the vines.

Note: For tours happening in September, we will be able to see the winery in action as this is the harvest season.

After a fabulous lunch, we will return to Hostal Empúries to enjoy another free evening to explore at your own pace.

Pick from the list of activities mentioned on Day 3. This is our last evening at Hostal Empúries so make sure to check out any pending items on your wishlist.

Inclusions: Included are the services of an official local guide in Peratallada, transportation to all the sights, wine tasting and winery tour, breakfast at the hotel, a cooking show with an expert chef and seasonal lunch with wine pairing in the vineyards. Dinner and optional activities at leisure not included.


Day 6 : Montserrat & Tapas + Wine / Vermouth

We will wake up at Hostal Empúries one last time before checking out and embarking on our holy mountain trip to Montserrat, located about 1.5h away by car and very near Barcelona.

The mountain of Montserrat is one of the most magical, spiritual and amazing places in Catalonia and one that is considered Holy by many Catalans.

As Mar will tell you, her father used to walk all the way to the top of the mountain every year as a sort of pilgrimage with his friends when he was young and this is also the place FC Barcelona’s players and coach used to cycle to after winning important titles.

In recent years, Montserrat has become incredibly popular and its easiness of access from Barcelona has made it a favorite day trip from the city, but its history dates back to several centuries ago.

Montserrat (translated as serrated peaks) is a rocky massif with strange shapes and rounded summits that project towards the sky and give it its unique and easily recognisable look.

Besides the natural park, Montserrat is also home of a famous Abbey and Monastery, one of the most underrated museums in Spain and many walking and hiking paths.

We will drive all the way to the Monastery and you will have free time to explore the mountain at your own pace and based on your personal preferences.

We recommend starting with a visit to the Basilica of Our Lady of Montserrat, with an optional chance to pay your respects to the icon of the black Virgin that is the patroness of Catalonia (queuing is required but access is free).

If we are lucky (and we will certainly try to be!), we will be able to listen to the world famous choir of the Basilica, L’Escolania de Montserrat, that has been in operation since the 13th century and is one of the oldest choirs in Europe.

From Monday to Friday at 1pm and on Sundays at noon, the choir performs the hair-raising Virolai (hear a sneak peak here), the hymn to Our Lady of Montserrat.

Next to the Basilica is the famous Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat which is not usually open to the public.

We also highly recommend visiting the Museum of Montserrat, a hidden gem, where one can find paintings by Picasso, Dali, Miro, El Greco and even Caravaggio.

If you are in the mood (and not scared of heights!), take the funicular of Sant Joan and climb up to 1,000 meters above sea level on the steep ride.

Once at the top, you can make a short hike through the natural park of Montserrat many paths and enjoy the stunning views above the clouds while you take in the spirituality of this sacred mountain.

We will reconvene at a set time to drive back to Barcelona where we will check in at Hotel Mimosa and enjoy some free time to explore the city, chill by the rooftop pool or the garden pool or read a book.

In the evening, we will meet at Placa Catalunya with our vermouth, wine and tapas expert, hailing from a family of Spanish vermouth-makers.

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. We will explore some of the best tapas in Barcelona during a gastro-cultural tour.

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 his passion for food but also for the city’s architectural, cultural and historical curiosities.

With our bellies full, we will stroll back to Hotel Mimosa for the night.

Inclusions: Included is breakfast at the hotel, transportation to Montserrat and Barcelona, tapas, wine & vermouth dinner and expert guided gatro-cultural tour. Lunch and tickets to any activities in Montserrat (eg. Museum or funicular to the top) are not included.

 


Day 7 – 8 : Park Guell, Helicopter & Beach Party

We will wake up in the heart of Barcelona ready for our fabulous day of exploration which will start at Park Güell.

Park Güell is one of the most emblematic landmarks of Barcelona and Catalonia and one of the most famous of Gaudi’s works part of his UNESCO World Heritage Site listing.

This beautiful park is a 20 hectares garden located on the hills above the city, about 30min drive from the city center.

It was originally designed by the architect for his main patron and sponsor, the Güell family, as a model of residential development with houses set among greenery and stunning views of the city.

Sadly, the project never received the interest expected and the bourgeoisie did not take to the idea of moving to that part of the city, so after developing a couple of model houses, the project was abandoned.

Nonetheless, the park showcases the famous Catalan architect’s imagination and is a great representation of his magical creations, not to mention that its location lends itself to stunning city views.

We will drive from the hotel to Park Güell and meet our local expert guide at the entrance. With our skip the queue tickets, we will go straight in and walk up to the balcony to enjoy the beautiful panoramic views of the city.

Accompanied by the song of the park’s cicadas, we will walk through the paths and admire Gaudí’s work, his architectural precision and his sensitivity and love for nature as we listen to the guide’s explanations.

We will have some additional free time to explore the park and get lost in its many spots, such as “The 100 columns room”.

After our visit, we will drive to a fantastic nearby restaurant with incredible views of the city for lunch.

Relaxing under the shade of Mediterranean pine trees and greenery, we will share plates and discuss Gaudi’s undisputable talent.

After lunch, we will drive back to the hotel and enjoy free time to explore the city or simply relax. Here are some of the activities you could enjoy:

  • Visit Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo or La Pedrera all of which are within walking distance from the hotel or a short metro ride away.
  • Considering a visit to El Palau de la Musica Catalana or the Hospital de la Santa Creu i de Sant Pau, both of which are also UNESCO-listed sites and absolutely stunning buildings.
  • If shopping is what you enjoy, Passeig de Gracia, a mere block away, is the destination for fashion lovers.
  • Interested to explore the Gothic Quarter further? You can reach it on foot in 20min.

We will meet again in the early evening to drive to the heliport, for a breathtaking (yet short) helicopter ride along the city’s coast. If Barcelona already fascinated you from the ground, imagine how beautiful it is from the sky?

This uber cool activity will set the tone for the last evening and our farewell beach dinner and party.

After the highlight helicopter ride, we will head to our Farewell beach dinner at a casual “xiringuito” right on the sand, in the Olympic area of Barcelona, and under the famous twin towers.

Xiringuitos are typical beach huts that serve tapas style food and drinks serenaded by summer vibes. The atmosphere is relaxed, laid back and all about the summer nights.

With sand in between your toes, and a drink in hand, we will see the sun set over the beach and the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy a tapas-style dinner. We will cheers to a fabulous trip and many new found friends until we return back to our hotel.

Overnight at Hotel Mimosa.

On day 8, your breakfast is included at the hotel and you will be able to make your way to the airport at the designated time.

Inclusions: Included is breakfast at the hotel, lunch, Farewell dinner and drinks, guided tour of Park Güell, helicopter ride, skip-the-queue entry tickets to the park and transportation between activities.


About Your Host

Our June 2022 trip will be escorted by Mar, Co-Founder of Solo Female Travelers, and native Catalan.

Mar is a former telecoms management consultant and xGoogler turned content creator and online entrepreneur. She is the Editor of Once in a Lifetime Journey and the Co-Founder of Solo Female Travelers.

Mar was born in Barcelona and is excited to share her passion for Catalonia and her endless curiosity and knowledge of fun facts with you.

She has personally curated and experienced every activity in this itinerary and can’t wait to show you the hidden parts of Barcelona and Costa Brava that most tourists don’t see.

Mar will tell you more about Catalan culture, the political nuances and the rich heritage of her country over glasses of wine and delicious food.

Exclusive: On June 5th departure, Mar will take photos of the group and guests as a memento of this once in a lifetime trip.

Our June 12th departure will be escorted by the lovely and very knowledgeable Ariadna who is both a Barcelona, Girona and Catalonia certified guide. 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: Ariadna hosted our live tours of Barcelona and is excited to show you all our beloved land.


Inclusions

✔️ 7 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, entry tickets as mentioned in the itinerary

✔️ Where available, entry tickets to attractions will be on “skip the queue” basis

✔️ Daily Breakfast. Lunch on Day 2 to 5 and on Day 7. Dinner on Day 1, 6 and 7

✔️ Photography pack with candid individual and group shots (only for June 5th 2022 departure)

✔️ Transportation to and between activities as listed in the itinerary in a small minibus or van

✔️ English speaking local drivers

✔️ Female Guides in Tossa de Mar, Peratallada, Girona, Dali Museum, Cadaques, Winery, Besalu, Castellfollit de la Roca and Park Guell. Male guides at the Show Cooking and Tapas & Vermouth gastro-tour

✔️ 6 minute helicopter ride over Barcelona

Exclusions

✘ Optional activities not included in the program

✘ Lunch in Montserrat on Day 6, Dinner on Days 2 to 5

✘ Transportation from and to the airport in Barcelona. We can organize pick up or drop off, but local taxis, metro or airport buses are frequent, affordable and convenient

✘ Visa, if required, we can provide invitation letters if needed.

✘ Travel & Medical Insurance (Required)

✘ COVID Vaccinations Pre Arrival (Required)

✘ Alcoholic drinks at meals unless specified (eg. Welcome and Farewell dinners, Wine pairing lunch, Tapas & vermouth tour, etc.)

✘ Souvenirs

✘ Tips for Drivers and Guides (at your discretion)

✘ Departure COVID Testing. If required which we can help organize

Payment Info June 2022

Only 14 Spots Available

3,145 EUR

Payment Plan:

200 EUR to reserve your spot

30% non-refundable deposit due 120 days before departure

Final balance due 60 days before departure

*The initial 200 EUR is refundable if the minimum number of guests is not reached. By joining our trips you agree to our T&C.


Reach Out to Book One of 14 Spots

Interested in joining us in Barcelona – Costa Brava?

We are keeping the group to 14 guests maximum so don’t wait and reach out to us today.

Contact us at community@solofemaletravelers.club or Pick a convenient time and date on the right to talk to us, we’d love to meet you!

 


Frequently Asked Questions

This is a trip of a lifetime and we know there are many things you’d like to know more about.

What are the COVID measures in Catalonia and how will you ensure everyone is safe?


We care deeply about the wellbeing of our guests and our trip follows all local regulations. We require our guests to be fully vaccinated to join the tour so that we ensure the safety of everyone on the trip.

We will also monitor the situation for changes in regulations and COVID specific rules both at the Spanish level and at the level of Catalonia. In case a departure negative Covid is required, the itinerary may change to allow for enough time to receive the results.

At current time, travelers from any nationality are allowed into Spain with either a negative PCR test, proof of having recovered from COVID or proof of vaccination. Full details of current COVID restrictions in Catalonia can be found here

Note: Spain has different regulations at a country level and at an Autonomy level (eg. Catalonia being an Autonomy) so please do check with the official website for Catalonia mentioned above.

What if I cannot travel because of COVID restrictions?

Once the 30% down payment is made, the trip is non refundable unless there are travel restrictions imposed by the Government of Spain that force the cancellation of the trip. In that case, the trip will be moved to a later date. We require all guests to purchase travel insurance that covers unforeseen circumstances which would prevent them from traveling, and this is how you would recover your costs from needing to cancel. Please read our Terms and conditions here.

Do I need a visa for Spain?

Most travelers do not need a visa for Spain. In cases where a Schengen visa is required it will be issued by the Spanish embassy in your country of origin.

What is included in the trip?

For this trip we have opted to include special activities and meals and leave free time for every guest to customise their experience, after all, our trips are aimed at solo female travelers and we all like to have a bit of me-time.

All inclusions and exclusions are detailed in the section above. This trip includes 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners and 5 lunches and does not include 4 dinners and 2 lunches. Depending on your arrival and departure times, there may be other meals that you should consider (eg. if you arrive in the morning of Day 1 or depart in the evening of Day 8). Alcoholic beverages are not included except for the drinks during the Welcome and Farewell meals, the tapas & wine / vermouth gastro-tour or the wine tasting lunch at the winery.

Can I have a room to myself?

All costs above are considered on a sharing basis with two guests per room in twin bedding; we will pair you with another solo female traveler on the trip. If you wish to have your own room, a single supplement of 815 EUR applies.

I want to bring my partner to the trip

This is a female-only small group trip specifically designed for women traveling on their own. If you wish to travel with a female friend, partner, family member, etc. they are absolutely welcome, however we are not able to book male travelers on this trip.

I want to bring my daughter

How wonderful! If your daughter is above the age of 16, we will be glad to have her with us.

Will the guides be female?

Yes, this trip will be co-hosted by our Co-Founder, Mar Pages who is from Barcelona, or by Arianna, our local guide specialised in Barcelona, Girona and Costa Brava. Wherever possible we have engaged the services of female guides. The only exceptions to this are the cooking show at the winery on day 5 and the vermouth, wine & tapas tour on Day 6.

How does this trip help local communities in Catalonia?

We believe that travel can be a force for good and we work with local travel companies in the country who can help us make a difference and ensure that the tourism dollars benefit local communities.

For this trip, we have partnered with Premium Traveler Barcelona who are a locally owned company. All the guides, hotels and restaurants we have picked are also locally-owned and all but the hotel in Barcelona are small family-run businesses.

What medication do I need to take for a trip to Catalonia?

Catalonia has one of the best healthcare systems in the world and there aren’t any specific diseases you need to get a vaccine for (barring COVID). However, it is a good idea to visit your doctor and get refreshers for vaccines such as tetanus.

What should I pack for this adventure?

Once your trip is confirmed, we will send you a detailed packing list with everything you need to take. Since this is a trip that has a lot of inbuilt walking tours, comfortable walking shoes are a must. Summertime in Catalonia can be really hot so light linen clothes, flowing dresses and a hat are welcome; sunscreen a must. We recommend bringing a light cardigan for the evenings and a swimming suit as there are lots of opportunities to enjoy the beach or hotel’s swimming pools. September is generally a dry month but an umbrella is always a good idea.

What happens if I get sick?

The prospect of getting sick while alone in a foreign country is daunting, and this is why we require all our guests have comprehensive travel and medical insurance that includes international evacuation. Should you fall sick, we will escort you to the nearest medical facility so you can get the help you need.

What travel and medical insurance should I get?

While the cost of medical healthcare in Spain is really affordable, travel and medical insurance is mandatory to come on our trips and we recommend you get the most comprehensive coverage that includes international evacuation. We recommend checking with an aggregator such as Travel Insurance Master to compare quotes and coverages.

Can I make various installments for this trip?

Our payment plan includes 3 instalments: a 200 EUR deposit to book a spot, a 30% payment 120 days before the trip and the remaining 70% payment 60 days before the trip. If you wish to make more payments that is also possible.

Can I pay by credit card?

Yes payments will be taken by credit card. A small fee of 1.8% will be added if you choose to use Visa or Mastercard and 3% if you pay using American Express.

 

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