I was very lucky to be invited on a Kirker Fam trip to Catalonia. Having been to the Costa Brava many years ago, this trip was so different as our small group of 7 got to experience and enjoy the real Catalonia.
It was a short drive into Barcelona then lunch at the MUSSOL restaurant which did not disappoint. The 360 degree views over the city from the top of this old bullring were amazing. We were treated to typical Catalan farmhouse cuisine. The character and attention to detail in every course made this a very memorable first meal. Although we didn't have time, the Arena was also a shopper’s delight.
Off next on a walking tour, which included the beautiful architecture of the Passeig de Gracia and Casa Ametller house and museum. Even if you are not usually interested, please give the Casa Ametller a visit if you are thinking of going to Barcelona. Private tours of the house and its history can be arranged and the chance to buy and sample their famous chocolate on site. Followed by the famous Sagrada Familia. Our first night was at the Gallery hotel, with its beautiful courtyard patio and within 3 minute walk of the exclusive shops of Passeig de Gracia.
The following morning we headed off to S’Agaro, around 65 miles to the Hostal de La Gavina, one of The Leading Hotels of The World. After a quick check-in, we were off walking the coastal paths which included some of the most impressive panoramic views of the Costa Brava. Alfresco lunch was cooked and served by La Gastronomica, Jaume and Clara a husband and wife team, delicious!! Before dinner, we had a little free time at this wonderful hotel to enjoy the gardens, pool and tranquil setting, one of the prettiest I have stayed.
Day 3, we headed inland to the city of Lleida, around 105 miles, stopping en-route at Vic-Sau to visit the Monestir Sant Pere de Casserres, nearly 1000 years old and stunning mountain scenery all around. This is a fantastic area for walking and cycling. Lunch at the Parador Vic-Sau, one of many Paradors you can stay or stop for a meal in Catalonia.
On arrival in Lleida, it was time to explore the Cathedral and climb the 200 or so steps in the bell tower. The city looked very modern from above, only on checking in at the Parador de Lleida, did I notice all the wonderful cobbled streets and history this city holds.
Sadly, the following morning it was time to say goodbye and head home. Before this trip, I thought of Catalonia as Barcelona for a city break and Blanes etc for a coastal holiday. I now know there is so much more to do, see and explore.
Kirker have their own concierge, so can not only arrange a city break, beach or tailormade holiday, but will be more than happy to book restaurants, museums, and exclusive experiences to make those special memories. Please feel free to contact me in Bath with any questions or arrangements you may wish to discuss.