Staff Review

Explore the Costa Brava from Barcelona


18 Nov 2016

by The Kirker Team

Kirker Holidays

Although I have been to Barcelona before, I was very eager to return to this beautiful, artistic city and I was also looking forward to discovering the dynamic, natural beauty of the Costa Brava.

Barcelona is probably the perfect place to combine sun, sea and culture. After hosting the Olympics in 1992, the extensive regeneration and development that the city underwent over 20 years makes Barcelona a very attractive city for visitors. The Barceloneta beach, for example, located only a 5 minute taxi ride away from the centre of town, is a glowing illustration of the success of the city's rejuvenation. New hotels are still opening, and there are many great restaurants and efficient, refurbished public services.

A modern and energetic place, Barcelona is a city that well and truly belongs to the artist and architect Antoni Gaudi. The city itself serves as a canvas for Gaudi's most inspired and unique architecture and the close relationship the city shares with the artist helps to define it as an artistic haven. Whether or not you are an art-lover, it is hard to resist the attractions of the beautiful and imposing Sagrada Familia, or the tranquillity and fascinating shapes of Gaudi's 'Park Guell'. Set high above the city, the park is home to beautiful art works by Gaudi and offers panoramic views of the city itself.

Art may be the a staple diet in this city, but Barcelona should not be overlooked for its gastronomic delights. The city is home to a large number of wonderful tapas restaurants, both traditional and modern - the Kirker Concierge is a source of some wonderful recommendations. For a special occasion why not indulge in the city's famous 'Sunday brunch'; I can personally recommend the spread at the striking new Mandarin Oriental. What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than to relax in beautiful surroundings with a glass of Prosecco and a delicious feast?

For those who wish to explore a little further afield, just along the coast lies the beautiful bay of Aiguablava. Barcelona's setting on the coats means that It is a very short and easy journey into the Costa Brava region, with its picturesque countryside and rugged shore dotted with fishing villages. Hiring a car from Barcelona makes it a perfect twin centre - but Kirker can also arrange private transfers for those who prefer not to drive themselves. Aiguablava provides a stunning back drop for a relaxing break in itself and is a popular haunt with the local Catalans. Providing beautiful beaches and breathtaking scenery it is hard to believe it is only an hour from Spain's second largest city.

The added bonus of having a hire car also allows you to explore the rest of this beautiful region with ease and comfort.The Costa Brava does not just mean beautiful beaches, there are a number of local wineries that provide tours and tastings where you can easily while away the whole afternoon. Or why not visit the beautiful medieval city of Pals before enjoying a glass of wine on your balcony overlooking the tranquil bay back at your hotel in Aiguablava.

The only regret I had was not having enough time to take advantage of the beautiful tranquillity this area had to offer.

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