Five go to Costa Barcelona

A great way to get more from your holiday is to talk to people who have been to your resort. Whether your interest is food, culture, relaxation or wellness, BritMums influencers went to Costa Barcelona recently to find out about everything on offer. Our writer, Catherine Boardman tells us more….

Have you been to Barcelona? Did you just go from the airport to the city and back again? A group of us headed off to explore Costa Barcelona, beyond the city, with the Barcelona Province Tourist Board. Camera’s clicked and several reams of paper were used for notes as the five of us (Clare from Tin Box Traveller, Jen from Jenography, Susanna from A Modern Mother, Zena from Zena’s Suitcase and me Catherine’s Cultural Wednesdays) took in all that was on offer.

We flew into Barcelona Airport and made the short transfer to our home for the week the AC Hotel Gavà Mar. Right on the beach and with a stunning pool, read more about the hotel in Clare’s review.

AC Gava Mar room view

Once we were unpacked we headed over the road Wellness Accura Gavà Mar for mindfulness session, the perfect was to unwind after a flight. Then it was gladrags on for a welcoming party at Kauai Gavà Mar with a feast of local food.

One of Catalonia’s cultural gems is the UNESCO listed Castellers, or human towers, the Colla Jove de Castellars de Sitges came to teach us how to make the towers and then show how it is done properly.

Castellers lesson

Cava, the sparkling Spanish, wine has its origins in Costa Barcelona, we visited the beautiful Cava Llopart vineyard and then had lunch, and a glass of cava, at the Mirador de les Caves. Whilst we are on the subject of food, Costa Barcelona has a wealth of local ingredients, Jen has written a post all about the great Catalan food.

 

If wines are your thing then #costabarcelona will be perfect for you! They have 765 wineries and they also make the most delicious cava. If you want to truly appreciate this aspect of the region then a visit to @llopartcava. Not only can you sample the Cava, but they have a range of experiences to take it to the next level. We took a horse and cart to this spot in amongst the vines. Not a bad view, right? @bcnmoltmes . . . . . . . #costabarcelonaweek #barcelonamuchmore #visitSpain #LoveSpain #Barcelona #travelblogger #Spain #FromBarcelonaToTheWorld #Espana #Travelbloggers #Catalonia #BCNMuchMore #catalunyaroadshow #barcelonagram #visitBarcelona #igbarcelona #catalunyaexperience #igersbarcelona #total_barcelona #igbcn #igerscatalunya #discover_catalonia #VisitCatalonia #ig_catalonia #incostabrava #igerscatalunya #igersspain #costabrava #igerscatalonia

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Costa Barcelona has miles of beaches and lots of opportunities to mess around in boats. Our next stop was Vilanova i la Geltrú where some kayaked and others meandered round the town discovering its fine museum and squares.

Next morning saw us cycling along the coast in the Maresme region or exploring the amazing city park at Malgrat de Mar.

 

I’m not a big fan of coach tours. Unless you can feel the breeze on your face and pause to appreciate a view then are you really experiencing a place? Cycling is a fab way to explore. Yesterday I peddled 10km along the Maresme coast as part of an organised excursion #presstrip. Parts may have been a bit difficult for my five and three-year-old daughters but this area has three family-friendly cycle routes and wheels for hire so you can have a bike adventure at your own pace. 🚴‍♀️ 🚴‍♀️ 🚴‍♀️ 🚴‍♀️ #presstrip #CostaBarcelona #CostaBarcelonaWeek #cycling #cycletour #bicycle #Maresme #Spain #loveSpain #Barcelonamuchmore #VisitSpain #snaphappybritmums #ukftb #travel #writetotravel #lonelyplanet #travelawesome #exploring #familytravelblog #familytravel #travelinspiration #adventure #ftb100 #LandsEndUK #bcnmuchmore

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Grand Prix have never been my thing, our next stop took us to the Circuit de Catalunya on a Formula 1 test day. Wow! Find out how I fell for fast cars.

Our final destination was Sant Cugat, home Sant Cugat Monastery with some of the best cloisters in Europe you read all about the markets and traditions of Sant Cugat over on Cultural Wednesdays.

Sant Cugat Cloisters

Barcelona is so much more than just the city, we discovered some real gems, take a peek at Susanna’s Postcards from Costa Barcelona, and ate like kings.

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