5 Days Exploring Catalunya

5 Days Exploring Catalunya

This is was originally a Solo trip I planned for myself in the early summer of 2018, Which later became this group trip which has been one of my recent best. Karthik, Krisha, Pavithra and Aditi. We had 6 days to see how much ever we can before our universities started after the Easter Break. Spain was the destination simply because we got Ryan Air return fares for as low as £15.

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 The itinerary:

  • Day 1
    Arrival in Barcelona, Take train, Check-in Airbnb Roda de Berà,
    Dinner and a walk along the coast.

  • Day 2
    Explore the Town, Beaches, Coves, Roman Relics,
    Traditional Spanish Food, etc.

  • Day 3
    Day trip to Tarragona.

  • Day 4
    Travel up to Girona, explore town, dinner

  • Day 5
    Early AM train to Barcelona, Walk around the city,
    Lunch, Sagrada Familia, etc.

  • Day 6
    Explore Barcelona city, Flight back to Standsted, London.


Catalonia being undoubtedly one of the most beautiful regions in all of Spain, Between its coastal towns and historical cities, it’s easy to see why our choice was easy.

Also known as Catalunya, this part of Spain is simply gorgeous. If you are looking to explore more of this region but don’t know where to start, consider these cities below for a start. With the limited time we had we went Barcelona, Tarragona & Girona.

Day 1

Roda de Berà

 

Due to my profound dislike for Barcelona we booked an Airbnb 90mins away from Barcelona in this beautiful costal town of Roda de Bera. The cheapest way to get from Barcelona to Roda de Berà is to train via El Vendrell which costs £3 - £6 and takes 1h 40m. The area surrounding Roda De Bara boasts several beaches that range from being long sandy stretches or small and secluded coves. Many settlements in Tarragona date back to the Roman occupation and Roda De Bara is no exception. The Roman influence can be seen in the Arco de Bara, or Triumphal Arch, forming an imposing presence in the old Via Augusta.

Day 2

Tarragona

If you are staying in Roda de Berà or Barcelona and looking for a nearby day trip, booking a train ticket to Tarragona is just what you need to do. Undisturbed by major tourism and commercialisation, Tarragona is an ancient historical city built by the Romans with a scenic ocean view. Although its pristine location along the Mediterranean coast is enough to draw in visitors, this city attracted me for its  wide array of ancient ruins that once stood as the Roman Empire. In fact, Tarragona boasts some of the most intact Roman ruins in all of Europe, Its Sketching time! A walk through its old town and envision what life was like during this historical time period. 

Amphitheatre, Tarragona

Day 3

Girona

Girona has the charm that I fell for. I even told Karthik that I would move here one day. Forget the crowded tour buses and swarms of people. You won’t find that here. As you walk along the Onyar river surrounded by pastel-colored facades you begin to wonder, “How do places like this actually exist?” That is exactly why I fell in love with this city.

With its rustic cobblestoned pathways and its intermittently scattered bridges, Girona is truly amazing. Whether you stay for a day or a full weekend, Girona is an enchanting city that will leave an impression on you for life.

Basilica, Girona

Day 4

Barcelona

Now I couldn’t talk about this region without mentioning its capital, Barcelona. Known as the second largest city in all of Spain, Barcelona is a metropolitan city. It is home for the famous football club who lost to Liverpool (my team) being 3-0 up in the first leg. LOL :D

I’ve tried twice; the city just does not appeal to me at all.  Barcelona, or at least the Barcelona I’ve experienced, is crowded, geared toward tourists, and I’ve never felt like I could enjoy the place. The architecture in this city is beautiful though.

Talking about the architecture one must see places is the Sagrada familia, Designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, his work on the building is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Barcelona can be interesting once you venture beyond the touristy Parc Guell and Las Ramblas, you will be able to value the city for its truly unique qualities.

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

My time in Catalonia is more of a Sketch Log than a full fledged travel blo post,, Should any of you have specific questions on How to visit these places, expenses, accommodation etc, feel free to leave me a comment, I will be more than happy to help and shall respond to you as soon as I can. Thank you for visiting!

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