Spain - Barcelona and Costa Brava

Barcelona

Barcelona has the reputation of being the most cosmopolitan, modern and avant-garde city in Spain with a history amongst the oldest in Europe. The variety of artistic treasures, the Romanesque churches and the great names in modern art and architecture, Dali, Gaudi, Miro, Picasso ...

Sited between the sea and the mountains it has everything to please the majority of visitors with the bonus of the beautiful beaches in La Costa Brava.

Costa Brava

It’s one of the most romantic, gorgeous, unspoilt stretches of coast in Europe. Wild in parts and tastefully manicured in others, the Costa has some of the finest Blue Flag beaches in Europe, broad and sandy stretches to elegant horseshoe bays and secluded smugglers’ coves. Rugged pink rocks with the teal-coloured Mediterranean glimmering below, framed by grand, arabesquing pines. In fact, this stretch of the coast is a foodie’s paradise and Catalonia – where the Costa Brava lies – has one of the highest concentrations of Michelin-starred chefs in Spain, not to mention superb, locally produced wines. Little wonder that this has been the holiday spot of choice for well-heeled Barcelonesas and in-the-know French for years. The Costa is also home to some of the most scenic and important Greco/Roman and Iberian archaeological sites in Europe. If you just want to enjoy the spectacular surroundings, there are exceptional coastal walks and world-class golf courses, as well as extensive swimming, diving, snorkelling and sailing.

Girona

Our riding holiday location is only half an hour drive from Girona – which is 100km from Barcelona.

The city of Girona is not dependent on tourism and so it isn't empty in the winter like many coastal towns. The climate is mild in the winter and so Girona is also a great destination at this time. It has a peaceful feel all year round and is an excellent place to enjoy everything a small city has to offer.

Girona has a beautiful Historic Jewish quarter that is easy to see on foot. There are lots of museums there, and the buildings are all of stone, and squashed down narrow cobbled streets. You'll see lots of quaint bars and restaurants in this area too, and it's great for antique shopping.

The Dali Museum

Weather

What is the best time of year to go to Girona in Spain? Here are some average weather facts we collected from our historical climate data: On average, the warmest months are July and August. July is the driest month. On average, the coolest month is January. October is the wettest month. The average annual maximum temperature is: 21.0° Celsius (69.8° Fahrenheit) and the average annual minimum temperature is: 15.0° Celsius (59° Fahrenheit)

 

How to get there

The most direct route is to fly to Girona airport with Ryan Air from regional airports throughout the UK. Flight time approx. 2 hours. Once at the airport you can either hire a car or a pick up can be organised (35 mins). If you fly into Barcelona you can easily get the train/bus to Girona for a collection.

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