We did this loop trip June-July of 2016. We loved loved loved this trip and so thought we should share it. Maybe our experiences will help others enjoy this part of the world as much as we did. We tend to stay in small villages if possible and use boutique hotels or b&bs. We find these to be friendlier and feel like we get a more authentic experience. We had a rental car for most of the trip. We are a couple in our early 60s and our health is good so we like to find hikes if possible. This is how it breaks down. Feel free to look at only the part you are interested in:
Barcelona, Spain- 3 nights
Languedoc France-3 nights
Cassis France-3 nights
Remoulins, France-4 nights
Dordogne, France-4 nights
Midi Pyrenees, France-2 nights
Getaria Spain-3 nights
Llano Spain-3 nights
Pamplona, Spain (area)-2 nights
Alquezar, Spain-2 nights
Barcelona, Spain-1 night
Barcelona-3 nights. We flew into Barcelona and took the airport bus and then a taxi to our hotel Circa 1905. This is a beautiful boutique hotel in a good location for sightseeing. The staff were wonderful in directing us to various restaurants and sites. Barcelona has many treasures to share. With only 2 full days we were able to see:
Day 1: Hospital San Pau-incredible mosaics and architecture-I’m so glad we made this a priority. We took the tram and then walked a couple of blocks. You have to book a tour to see this. We had booked it before we left home.
After a much needed nap we walked from our hotel to La Sagrada Familia: Again, booked this before leaving home although for some reason there were not any lines here. We saw this in late afternoon when the sun was streaming in the stained glass windows and it was stunning. A perfect time of day to get the full effect. You might think about this when planning a visit. I understand that mornings are good too.
That evening we enjoyed tapas at Paco Meraldo, which was recommended by our hotel. We sat at the counter and ordered tapas so we knew they were fresh. It was delicious and really fun.
The next morning, we caught the train and headed to Montserrat. We enjoyed some hiking and toured the cathedral. There is also a nice museum near the cathedral. That evening we returned to the same tapas spot because it was so good and easy to walk to from our hotel.
Day 3 After breakfast we walked down Las Ramblas to Boqueria Market. This was packed with people but really fun to experience. Then we toured Casa Battlo. We had again bought tickets for this from home and it paid off as there were long lines here. After that we walked down to the pier and I enjoyed some sangria and my husband got a beer. Off to Palau de Musica: Stunning…don’t miss this! (prebooked from home) They were rehearsing a play when we were there so we got to see some live action without the charges…I would book a performance here if the times work for you. It is a special place. After this we were off to the Cathedral of Barcelona: beautiful…go to the rooftop. This seems like a lot to pack into one day but it worked out good. That evening we enjoyed a dinner out at a restaurant recommended by the hotel called Farola. It was very good.
See the end of this trip report for our last day in Barcelona.