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Roses, Cadaques and The Catalan Coast

4.2 stars(57 reviews)
Small Group

Enjoy the unspoilt rugged beauty of the Costa Brava

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9 days From £1,795 per person

2023 Tour code: FCS23

About the tour

The beautiful, unspoilt town of Roses is our base as we explore the rugged Costa Brava, uncovering the region's cultural and gastronomic highlights, including the picturesque fishing village of Cadaqués, vibrant Barcelona and Figueres' Dalí Foundation.


What’s included


Day 1 - London and Roses

We meet at London St Pancras and take the Eurostar to Paris. Here, we join the high-speed train to Figueres, in Spain, transferring by coach to our hotel which overlooks Almadraba Beach in the town of Roses. Located in the north eastern area of the Costa Brava, a wild and rocky stretch of the Spanish coastline, our hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service into the centre of Roses, allowing you to enjoy the best of both worlds - the peace and quiet of our secluded location and the freedom and flexibility to visit Roses when you choose.

  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Day 2 - Discovering Roses

Enjoy a free day to relax by the pool or make your way, by shuttle, to Roses. Set within the beautiful Bay of Roses, the town of Roses is an authentic Spanish fishing port with typical Catalan charm and style. Running south is an almost endless stretch of fine sandy beach, set against a backdrop of distant Pyrenean mountain peaks. You could visit the beach or enjoy a drink in one of the cafés along the promenade, overlooking the Mediterranean. Alternatively, enjoy a walk out of the bay to discover rocky coves and secluded shingle beaches only accessible on foot or by boat.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 – Cadaqués

Boarding a boat at Roses' port, we cruise along a beautiful stretch of the Cap de Creus National Park, passing towering cliffs and small bays accessible only by boat. We disembark in Cadaqués, set in its own cobalt blue bay, where you have some time to look around before our return sailing. A picturesque fishing village of delightful white-washed houses that inspired much of Salvador Dalí's work, you could visit the famous painter's former house and studio, once a bohemian retreat for other artists. Picasso was known to have been particularly inspired by the incredible light and colour on display in Cadaqués. Afterwards, you may be ready for some tempting tapas or a dish of fresh seafood.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 – Roses

With another free day today, you could visit the mighty Castell de la Trinitat at the head of the bay or ride the 'Roses Express' road train along the seafront, up into the hills overlooking the Mediterranean. If you'd like to explore further, the medieval city of Girona is just a short journey away by local bus. A well-preserved example of a Spanish medieval town, Girona's bustling streets are a treasure trove of winding alleys, colourful buildings and diverse galleries and museums. The Gothic cathedral is well worth seeing - the site was first a primitive Christian church then converted into a mosque by Moorish rulers before being re-purposed as a church.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Barcelona

We travel by coach to the fabulous city of Barcelona for a guided tour. Beginning at the Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece, we make our way along bustling Las Ramblas, a tree-lined boulevard that runs from Plaza de Catalunya to the waterfront. Your afternoon is free to explore at your own pace, maybe walk through the city's impressive Gothic quarter to visit the Picasso Museum, housing a collection of the artist's finest work, or discover historic Port Vell. You could also admire more of Gaudí's distinctive architecture in the elegant Eixemple district, one of the city's most exclusive shopping areas.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 – Roses

Enjoy the day to yourself to make the most of the hotel's superb facilities or continue sightseeing around the local area.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Figueres and Besalú

Figueres is our first destination today, where we visit the fascinating Salvador Dalí Foundation. The gallery, designed by Dalí himself and built on the ruins of a former municipal theatre, is the largest surrealist object in the world. Exhibits include various collections of the surrealist's work, from different periods of his life. Afterwards, you're free to continue exploring Figueres before we transfer to Besalú - a grand old town dominated by its magnificent, 11th-century fortified bridge. You may like to visit the monastery of Sant Pere or you could hop on the tourist train for a scenic tour of the town.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 8 - Roses

We embrace the Catalan way of life today, heading out to a nearby vineyard for a traditional brunch of local specialties, followed by a tour of the vines and a tasting of different wines. Back at the hotel this evening, we enjoy a pre-dinner apéritif on the terrace followed by a farewell dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 - Roses and London

We bid farewell to the Costa Brava today. Leaving Roses, we transfer by coach to Figueres to join the high-speed rail service to Paris. Here, we board the Eurostar to London St Pancras.

  • Breakfast
  • Eurostar Meal

Additional information

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Almadraba Park Hotel, Roses

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4.2 stars4.2 / 5 · 57 reviews

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Keith Johnston

5 stars

Submitted 17/May

Apart from a tiring journey the holiday was very good. Our tour guide, Lin Martin, was extremely helpful and arranged all our planned activities. Nothing was too much trouble.

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4 stars

Submitted 17/May

We really enjoyed this trip. The travel was very easy and comfortable.1st class all the way and plenty of leg room for my husband who is over 6ft. Hotel was great with superb sea views. There was a coastal path down to two small beaches. This was a bit rugged but ok. Roses itself is walkable but more realistically it was a bus journey. As it was out of season the shuttle bus did not run which made travel around harder. Breakfasts were great. Dinner was good. Fish dishes were the best. Had choices but were a bit repetitive. Room was large and had a fantastic shower although we paid for an upgrade to get this. The tour was well organised and the tour manager was excellent. All the excursions were good and we also had an extra one to Girona which is well worth a visit. We would definitely recommend this tour and would return to this area again.

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1 stars

Submitted 13/May

Hotel to far from town and no way of getting into the town free days just left in hotel, food awful same menu each day no after dinner coffee, no coffee making in hotel room if you want a coffee you have to pay extra best thing about hotel was the view staff mostly surley would not recomend this holiday waste of money

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Lynne Townsend

5 stars

Submitted 12/May

Excellent hotel near the beach. Good included trips. Food delicious. Tour Manager very helpful. Hotel is not in Roses town so either longish walk along beach or shuttle bus to town.

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G Duggan

5 stars

Submitted 12/May

Lovely coastline. If you are visiting in the early or late season, make sure the shuttle bus in and out of Roses is running.

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David Lloyd

5 stars

Submitted 12/May

An absolutely wonderful holiday experience with a tremendous Tour Manager to guide us every step of the way

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