London to the Catalan Coast
Our journey begins on the morning Eurostar from St Pancras
International to Paris, travelling in Standard Premier Class. We
join the high-speed TGV from Paris directly to Figueres in Spain.
From Figueres we make the short transfer by coach to the town of
Roses, located at the north-eastern end of the Costa Brava, a wild
and rocky stretch of the Spanish coastline. The exact translation
of 'Costa Brava' will differ depending on which guidebook you read,
but whether it is 'wild coast', 'fierce coast', 'rugged coast' or
even 'savage coast', it is a coastline of outstanding natural
beauty, where steep cliffs have been eroded by the sea, creating
numerous hidden bays and tiny coves. Set within the beautiful Bay
of Roses, Roses is an authentic Spanish fishing port which oozes
charm and style. Running south from Roses is an almost endless
stretch of fine sandy beach, set invitingly against a backdrop of
the distant Pyrenean mountain peaks.
We spend nine nights at the superb 4-star Almadraba Park Hotel,
located on a small, sandy cove approximately three kilometres from
the centre of Roses. The hotel offer a complimentary shuttle
service into the centre of Roses, which allows you to enjoy the
best of both worlds: the peace and quiet of the hotel's private,
secluded location, together with the freedom and flexibility to
visit the centre of Roses whenever you choose. The hotel's superb
facilities are complemented by its excellent restaurant, which
offers a wide choice of meals from its daily menu of local dishes.
We enjoy dinner in the hotel every evening, served with an included
glass of wine.