So, I usually try to keep this blog to being about art and life and how they intertwine. Yet, I felt that I wanted to share about my recent road trip through northern Spain and the Costa Brava. I actually had a hard time finding information when I was planning this trip - so I hope there are other fellow travellers that find this information useful.
We did our booking before we left home. I got my rental car here and my hotel here. I also found trip advisor to be a wonderful resource for hotel ideas as well as other information. Check with your credit card company - many of them will provide damage insurance coverage on a car charged on the card. You do need to confirm the details on this before you leave. Also, get the GPS - its worth it.
I found this book to be really useful for Spain car trip itineraries. Do remember that when you leave Barcelona - all shops in the outer cities take their siesta time from 2-5 in the afternoon and they are closed. Also, the banks close at 2 and do not reopen but the cash machines are plentiful.
View from the roof top terrace at Hotel Davallada
We also left Sitges on Day 1 and drove to Vilafranca Del Penedes - the home of yummy cava (sparkling Spanish wine in both white and rose) which we girls grew very fond of on our trip to Spain. We hit the wine museum and had a walk about and lunch in the square.
|Vilafranca Del Penedes|
The city of Vic is directly en route to Girona. Being that we fell deeply in love with Spanish ham and sausage it seemed a likely stop as it is the sausage capital.
Home of the sausage
Day 3 - We had spent most of the day in Girona and left mid afternoon. On the way to Begur (our next hotel destination) we stopped in La Bisbal which is the pottery capital. No problem finding lots of pottery shops with many choices. Beautiful and colorful and worth the stop if you like Spanish pottery. We arrived in Begur around 6PM to the - hotel El Petit Convent. It is a new and small extension of the Convent Hotel in Begur. There are 11 rooms, they are beautiful and new. The location is perfect in the old town and the staff was very nice and helpful. The breakfast was great. Our first night we drove to Aiguablava to eat at seaside at the Toc Delmar - fresh grilled fish.
Day 5 - We headed back to Barcelona. But, before leaving the area, we drove to Sa Tuna. Its a cute little seaside town close to Begur. Its just 1 hour round trip walk from Begur if you are up for a hike.
Our last night in Barcelona we wanted to be in La Rambla area. We stayed at Petit Palace Bouqueria. For location, this hotel is great - 1/2 block off the Rambla and just a couple of minutes from the Bouqueria market, and right in the heart of where you want to wander and shop. It claims to be a 4 star - its questionable about the rating and if you stay here don't set your expectations to 4 star level. We were a bit disappointed with the hotel itself - but breakfast was yummy and they offer a free 2.5 hour walking tour of the area every day, and the location is perfect.