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The Costa Brava Route: A Trip Through the Lesser Known Areas of Spain

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This article is written by Suprio, one of the top bloggers of the travel community. As a part of the #ByInvitation programme, we have invited him to write a blog on his experience.

Author Bio: Suprio is a man who dons several hats including his professional one which sees him travel across the globe promoting Trade & Investment for the region of Catalonia, Spain. When he is not wearing his ‘professional’ hat, he picks up the camera and follows his pursuit of exploring the world through his camera and express them on his Travel and Photography blog - www.supriobosetravels.com. Over the years, his blog has been featured on many tourism board sites including Catalan tourism board, Spanish tourism board, tourism boards of Girona, Val d´aran, Cardona and Malaysia.

Spain, the land of Paella, of Tapas and of Flamenco, has been a popular destination for tourists from around the world. The hit Bollywood movie “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara” successfully captured many of the beautiful places that now appear on most of the travel itineraries of Indians visiting Spain. However, there is so much more to Spain which doesn’t feature on many itineraries. Here we list out a few lesser known places along the Costa Brava route of Spain´s Mediterranean coast.

The Costa Brava Route: A Trip Through the Lesser Known Areas of Spain:

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Day 1. Barcelona

Barcelona
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To access the beautiful spots of Costa Brava, one will need to start the journey from Barcelona.


Parc Güell Barcelona - Suprio Bose Travel Diaries

The city is known for its vibrancy, its dynamism, it’s phenomenal architecture, Gaudi, Sacred Family Cathedral and Las Ramblas.


Casa Batllo Barcelona - Suprio Bose Travel Diaries

Most of the important parts of the city can be explored on foot but for the rest, there is a very efficient public transport system. We highly recommend you to get a T20 or T10 travel card which can be used on multiple modes of transport.


Cathedral of Barcelona Gothic quarters - Suprio Bose Travel Diaries

Do not miss out on La Boqueria farmers market and the paella on the promenade at Ciutadella. Do indulge in some bar hopping to try out some great tapas. 


Interiors Sacred family cathedral Barcelona - Suprio Bose Travel Diaries

Day 2. Montserrat

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A small train ride from Plaza España will take you to this monastery in the mountains outside the city of Barcelona. Montserrat translates to Saw Edge Mountain because of the topography of this unique range.


Montserrat - Suprio Bose Travel Diaries

Nestled in the high reaches of this mountain is a monastery which houses the altar of the famous Black Virgin who is the patron saint of Catalonia.


Montserrat range - Suprio Bose Travel Diaries

One can indulge in rock climbing as well as treks to the highest points of this mountain. This is a single day excursion from Barcelona

Day 3. Cardona

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Cardona is a small town one and a half hours from Barcelona and is probably one of the least known of all cities on this list.


Cardona - Suprio Bose Travel Diaries

For thrill seekers, the city boasts of one of the most haunted castles in Europe where one can spend the night if they are brave enough.


The salt mines Cardona - Suprio Bose Travel Diaries

Another great attraction of the place apart from phenomenal views are its now defunct salt mines which can be visited through the year.


Inside the salt mines Cardona - Suprio Bose Travel Diaries

Walking 1000 feet under the ground, one can admire the beautiful centuries-old salt stalactites and stalagmites, which is quite an enchanting experience. 

Day 4. Sitges

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This coastal city is well known for its beautiful beaches as well as for its alternative lifestyle.


Flower decorations in Sitges - Suprio Bose Travel Diaries

Every year this city along with Girona hosts a festival called Temps de Flors where the entire city is decorated with multi coloured flowers. Certainly, a very picturesque time to visit these cities.


Sitges beach front - Suprio Bose Travel Diaries

Any other time of the year, one can stroll along the seafront promenade, or visit the castle and cathedral by the sea or spend the afternoon strolling lazily through the narrow lanes of this city catching up on some quick tapas and some lovely wines from the Penedes region. 

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Day 5. Girona

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If you are a foodie and a Game of Thrones fan, then this city should appear on your MUST visit list.


Girona - Suprio Bose Travel Diaries

Home of one of the best restaurants in the world “El Celler de Can Roca”, the produce available around this city is so fresh that the quality reflects in the food served by all the restaurants out here.


Girona - Suprio Bose Travel Diaries

Watch out for the locally grown truffles as well as the local crustaceans called the Cigada when in the season.

Roam around the by-lanes of this city to explore the Casas and lanes which frequently appear on the hit TV show Game of Thrones.


Rocambolesc - Suprio Bose Travel Diaries

Do not miss out the ice cream shop “Rocambolesc” owned by the best patisserie of the world Jordi Roca (Co-Owner of El Celler de Can Roca) and indulge in some of his whacky creations like Oven Roasted Apple Ice cream and Pumpkin and Mandarin Sorbet.


Rocambolesc icecream - Suprio Bose Travel Diaries

Day 6. Tarragona

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The second largest port of Catalonia, this city used to be a Roman Colony and still maintains its heritage to a large extent.


Central Cathedral Tarragona - Suprio Bose Travel Diaries

Apart from a very magnificent central cathedral, the city also boasts of a Coliseum which is fairly intact (though much smaller than the one in Rome). The Roman quarters also house a Roman circus and one can visit the catacombs under it as well. This is a must-visit for all history buffs along with Girona

Day 7. Figueres

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This city is close to Girona and can be clubbed with the same. It is essentially a museum city that boasts of Salvador Dali´s museum which house all this most famous works as well as a Toys Museum.


Dali Museum Figueres - Suprio Bose Travel Diaries

There is a section of Dali´s Museum which is dedicated to the jewellery designed by him as well. This is surely a not to be missed experience for all the art buffs out there.


Inside Dali Museum Figueres - Suprio Bose Travel Diaries

This itinerary takes easily 6 days to complete keeping Barcelona as a base city where one comes back each day to spend the night. Barcelona by itself will require at least 2 days and the rest of the cities can be visited as a one-day excursion from this city. There are many small villages which are equally enchanting and one could opt for a road trip down Costa Brava visit all these cities and spend the night at small inns and/or bed and breakfasts along the way. 

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