7 Day Catalonia Tour Itinerary
Your 7 Day Tour of The Catalonia Region
Are you looking to explore the beautiful and historic region of Catalonia in Spain? We have prepared the perfect 7 day itinerary for you. Our one-week tour of Catalonia includes stops in Barcelona, Montserrat, San Sebastian, and Girona.
Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or an outdoor enthusiast, our tour of the Catalan region has something for everyone. We’ll take you to some of the region’s most iconic landmarks, introduce you to its rich culture and history, and give you the opportunity to experience the region’s stunning natural beauty. And, if you have any specific interests or preferences, we’re happy to customize the itinerary to suit your needs.
Contact us today to start planning your seven-day tour of the Catalan region. We can’t wait to help you create an unforgettable vacation experience in this beautiful part of Spain.
Day 1: Barcelona Neighborhoods Tour
What better place to begin your guided tour of Catalonia than Barcelona?
Catalonia is an autonomous community in Spain, with its own unique culture and history. As the region’s most populous and economically significant city, Barcelona serves as the cultural, political, and economic center of Catalonia.
The city of Barcelona has a long and storied history and has been a significant cultural and economic hub for centuries. The city’s historic center, which you will explore with your guide today, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its beautiful Gothic architecture and vibrant cultural scene attract millions of visitors each year.
In addition to its cultural and economic significance, Barcelona is also a symbol of Catalonia’s distinct identity. The city has long been a center of Catalan nationalism and has played a key role in the region’s political and cultural history.
The Gothic Quarter, or Barri Gòtic in Catalan, is a historic neighborhood in the center of Barcelona. Many of the buildings here date back to the Middle Ages including Santa María del Mar Basilica, an architectural marvel of Gothic Art built between 1329 and 1383 by the Catalan architect Berenguer de Montagut. A guided tour here provides fascinating insight not only into the structure but also into its role in the city’s history
The Gothic Quarter is also home to many other interesting sights to explore with your guide, such as the Palau de la Generalitat, the city’s government palace, and the Plaça del Rei, where you can see the remains of a Roman settlement.
The museum is dedicated to the work of Pablo Picasso, one of the most famous and influential artists of the 20th century, and is home to a large collection of his paintings, sculptures, and other works including Las Meninas, Woman with Bonnet, and The Wait.
The museum is in five adjacent medieval palaces that have been beautifully restored and converted into exhibition spaces.
La Barceloneta is a neighborhood in Barcelona known for its vibrant atmosphere and beautiful beach.
During the tour, visitors would have the opportunity to stroll along the sandy shore and take in the sights and sounds of the city. They may also choose to stop at one of the many seafood restaurants in the area to sample some delicious local cuisine.
La Rambla Tour
This bustling boulevard runs through the heart of the city, from Plaça de Catalunya to the old port, and is filled with street performers, artists, and vendors.
Along the way, your guide will help you visit the Boqueria market, where you can see a wide array of fresh produce, seafood, and other local specialties. La Rambla is also home to many interesting buildings and sights to explore with your guide, such as the Liceu opera house and the Gran Teatre del Liceu.
Dinner at La Boqueria
La Boqueria is a famous market located on La Rambla and is known for its wide variety of fresh produce, seafood, and other local specialties.
The market is open every day and is a popular spot for locals and tourists to shop for ingredients or grab a bite to eat. There are many stalls and restaurants inside the market where you can try a variety of dishes, from traditional Catalan cuisine to international specialties.
Whether you’re looking to try some local delicacies or simply enjoy the lively atmosphere of the market, dinner at La Boqueria is a fun and delicious way to end your day in Barcelona.
Day 2: Sagrada Familia & More Gaudi Highlights in Barcelona
Throughout his career, Gaudi was deeply influenced by the culture and history of Catalonia. Today your guide will deliver you to some of his most famous works, including the Sagrada Família and Park Güell. Gaudi’s work is also known for its use of traditional Catalan motifs and materials, such as ceramic tiles and wrought iron, which are characteristic of the region’s architecture.
Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece began construction in 1882 and is the most iconic building in the city.
The basilica is known for its unique and ornate design, which incorporates elements of Gothic and Art Nouveau architecture. A private tour allows visitors to explore the basilica in a more intimate and personalized setting, with a guide who is knowledgeable about the history and architecture of the building.
Visitors will have the opportunity to see the basilica’s impressive interior, including its intricate stained glass windows and colorful mosaics. You can also take the opportunity to climb to the top of one of the basilica’s towering spires for a breathtaking view of the city.
We offer tours to the Montserrat mountain range which includes hiking up to the top of the mountain where you can enjoy a spectacular 360-degree panoramic view across the range and all the way to Barcelona. You can choose from various activities including walking, biking, horse riding, kayaking, etc. depending on your preferences.
The Santa María Benedictine Monastery located at the summit of the mountain is a highlight for many guests on their 7-day Spain itinerary. If you would prefer to avoid the trekking path to the monastery then there is the option to take the gondola lift up the mountain.
Inside the monastery, your guide will take you to peer over the main altarpiece to reveal the Black Madonna shrine: La Moreneta, which Christians consider to be carved by Saint Luke in Jerusalem at the time the faith was first established.
Another Gaudi masterpiece, La Pedrera is a grand example of the architect’s unique and ornate design. During the tour, visitors will have the opportunity to see the building’s beautiful rooftop terrace, which offers stunning views of the city.
Our team will discuss with you beforehand if you would like to reserve tickets for a particular Concert or event in the venue.
Day 3: Guided Tour of Girona
Girona is a beautiful city located in the heart of Catalonia, Girona has a rich cultural heritage and is an important center of the Catalan language, culture, and politics.
One of the key factors that make Girona a Catalan city is its history and culture. The city has a rich history dating back to Roman times and has been an important cultural and economic hub for centuries. It is home to many important cultural institutions, including museums, galleries, and theaters, and is known for its vibrant arts scene. The city is also a major center of the Catalan language, with many residents speaking Catalan as their first language.
Visit The Girona Cathedral
This stunning building is a prime example of Gothic architecture and is known for its impressive façade and beautiful interior. Along with your private guide explore the main nave, which is adorned with intricate stained glass windows and elaborate stone carvings.
You will also visit the cathedral’s cloister, a peaceful courtyard surrounded by elegant arches and colonnades. In addition, the cathedral houses a museum that offers an in-depth look at the building’s history and art.
The City Walls
These walls, which date back to the Middle Ages, offer stunning views of the city and the surrounding countryside.
On your tour, you will be able to walk along the top of the walls, which offer panoramic views of Girona and its historic buildings. Explore the towers and battlements along the walls, which provide a glimpse into the city’s past as a fortified stronghold.
Explore The Jewish Quarter
The Jewish Quarter, or “Call” in Hebrew, is a must-see for anyone visiting Girona. This historic neighborhood is known for its narrow streets and charming buildings, many of which date back to the Middle Ages.
During a tour of the Jewish Quarter, visitors can explore the winding streets and alleys, which offer a glimpse into Girona’s past. The Synagogue, which is the oldest in Spain, offers a unique look at the history and culture of Girona’s Jewish community. In addition, the Jewish Quarter is home to a number of interesting shops, cafes, and restaurants, making it a great place to explore and experience the local culture.
Day 4: Girona Continued
Join your guide in the morning as you continue to discover the uniquely Catalan sites and sounds of Girona.
Explore The Sant Pere de Galligants Monastery
This beautiful medieval building was once a center of learning and spirituality and is now a museum that offers a fascinating look at Girona’s past.
Your guide will take you to explore the cloister, which is a peaceful courtyard surrounded by elegant arches and colonnades, and the old refectory, which now houses a collection of medieval manuscripts and art.
In addition, the monastery’s church is an impressive example of Romanesque architecture, with its thick stone walls and soaring arches.
Visit The Arab Baths
These well-preserved baths date back to the 11th century when Girona was under Arab rule.
During a visit to the baths, visitors can explore the different rooms, which were used for different purposes such as bathing, relaxation, and socializing. They may also learn about the history and culture of the Arab civilization that built the baths.
Walking Along The Onyar River
A stroll along the Onyar river is a great way to experience the beauty and charm of Girona.
The Onyar flows through the heart of the city, and its banks are lined with beautiful buildings and charming bridges. During a walk along the river, visitors can take in the sights and sounds of Girona, and maybe even stop for a drink or a snack at one of the many outdoor cafes and restaurants.
Girona Art Museum
The museum is housed in a beautiful building that was once a convent and features an impressive collection of works by local and international artists.
The museum houses a collection of art that spans from the 12th to the 21st centuries, featuring works by prominent Catalan artists such as Mela Muter and Rafael Maso Valenti.
Day 5: Priorat Wine Region
To begin your full-day tour of the Priorat wine region, a private driver will pick you up at your hotel or a designated meeting point and take you on a scenic drive to the region.
As you make your way to the Priorat, your driver will provide information about the area and its history, giving you a glimpse into the culture and traditions of this beautiful region. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to admire the stunning landscape, with its rolling hills and terraced vineyards.
When you arrive in the Priorat, you will be ready to start exploring this fascinating wine-making region and discover its rich history and world-class wines.
Carthusian Monastery of Scala Dei
This monastery was founded in the 12th century and is considered one of the most important religious buildings in the region. The monastery is known for its impressive Gothic architecture and beautiful gardens, which are a sight to behold.
During your visit to the Carthusian Monastery of Scala Dei, you will have the chance to explore the monastery grounds and learn about its history from your tour guide. You will see the stunning cloister, where the monks would have lived and prayed, as well as the church, which features beautiful Gothic-style stained-glass windows. Your tour guide will also provide information about the Carthusian order, which was known for its strict religious practices and secluded way of life. This is a unique opportunity to learn more about the history and culture of the Priorat wine region and to see a beautiful historic site.
Priorat Wine Estate
A tour of a winery in Priorat is a wonderful way to learn about the art of wine-making. During the tour, guests will have the opportunity to visit the facilities and see firsthand how the winemakers at the winery produce their delicious wines.
The winemaker will reveal the secrets to different grape varieties that are grown in the vineyards, and how the winemakers carefully select and blend the grapes to create unique flavors and aromas in their wines.
Additionally, guests will learn about the aging process, where the wines are stored and allowed to mature, developing their complex flavors and aromas. Overall, a tour of a winery in Priorat is a great way to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the art and science of winemaking.
Stay overnight in Priorat.
Day 6: Montserrat Hill & Dinner
As a beautiful mountain range located in the heart of Catalonia, Montserrat has a rich cultural heritage and is an important center of the Catalan language, culture, and politics.
One of the key factors that make Montserrat Catalan is its history and culture. The mountain has been an important religious and cultural site for centuries and is home to the famous Montserrat Monastery.
Hill Walking Experience
One of the best ways to experience the beauty of Montserrat is to take a hike on one of the many trails in the area. The trails range from easy, leisurely walks to challenging hikes that offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
For those looking for a moderate hike, the Santa Cova trail is a great option. This trail takes hikers through the woods and offers beautiful views of the monastery and the surrounding hills.
Those looking for a more challenging hike can try the Sant Jeroni trail, which takes hikers to the highest peak of Montserrat Mountain. This trail is steeper and longer, but the views from the top are truly breathtaking. No matter which trail you choose, a hike in Montserrat is a wonderful way to experience the natural beauty of the area.
Enjoy Dinner At A Local Restaurant & Try Some Traditional Catalan Dishes
Catalonia, the region where Montserrat is located, is known for its delicious cuisine. When dining at a local restaurant in Montserrat, be sure to try some of the region’s specialty dishes. One must-try dish is calçots, a type of green onion that is grilled over an open fire and served with a rich, flavorful sauce. Another popular dish is escalivada, a roasted vegetable salad made with eggplant, bell peppers, and onions. For seafood lovers, be sure to try suquet de peix, a hearty fish stew made with a variety of fish, potatoes, and tomatoes. And of course, no meal in Catalonia would be complete without some delicious pa amb tomàquet, a simple but tasty dish made with bread, tomatoes, olive oil, and garlic. Try these dishes and more to experience the flavors of Catalonia at its finest.
Day 7: Visit The Montserrat Monastery & The Black Madonna
The Montserrat Monastery is a beautiful and historic religious site located in the mountains of Catalonia, Spain. The monastery is a popular destination for pilgrims and tourists alike and offers a range of activities and sights to see.
Visitors to the Montserrat Monastery can take a guided tour to learn more about the history and significance of the site. The tour will take you through the monastery’s beautiful Gothic architecture, and will introduce you to some of the important religious artifacts housed within its walls. After the tour, you will have the opportunity to visit the basilica and see the Black Madonna for yourself.
The Black Madonna Statue
The Black Madonna is a medieval statue of the Virgin Mary that is housed in the Montserrat Monastery in Catalonia, Spain. The statue is believed to have been created in the 12th or 13th century, although the exact date of its creation is unknown. The statue is made of a black stone called “bituminous schist,” which gives it its dark color.
The Black Madonna is a significant religious artifact for Catholics and has been the subject of many legends and stories over the centuries. According to one legend, the statue was carved by St. Luke the Evangelist and brought to Spain by St. Peter. Another legend says that the statue was found in the Holy Land and brought to Spain by angels.
Regardless of its origins, the Black Madonna has long been a center of devotion and pilgrimage for Catholics. The statue is highly revered, and many people visit the Montserrat Monastery each year to see it and pay their respects. The statue is also a popular subject of art and has been depicted in many paintings and sculptures over the years.
Visit The Montserrat Museum
The Montserrat Museum is located within the Monastery and offers visitors a chance to learn about the history of the monastery and the surrounding region. The collection includes a range of artifacts and artworks that provide insight into the monastery’s rich history and cultural significance.
One of the highlights is investigating the collection of religious art with your guide. These artworks include medieval manuscripts, illuminated books, and other important religious artifacts. Additionally, the museum houses a collection of sculptures by some of Catalonia’s most famous artists, including Josep Clarà and Frederic Marès.
Montserrat Abbey & The Escolania de Montserrat
The abbey is home to the famous boys’ choir, the Escolania de Montserrat, which has been performing for over 800 years. The choir is known for its beautiful and intricate vocal harmonies, and regularly gives concerts at the abbey for visitors to enjoy.
Attending a concert at the Montserrat Abbey is a unique and unforgettable experience. The abbey’s beautiful Gothic architecture provides a stunning backdrop for the choir’s performances, and the acoustics of the space makes for an exceptional listening experience.
After spending seven days exploring the beautiful Catalan region, you’ll be left with unforgettable memories of your time in Spain. From the bustling city of Barcelona to the historic Montserrat Monastery and the picturesque city of Girona, there’s no shortage of incredible sights to see in this region. And, of course, a trip to the Catalan region wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the stunning coastal city of San Sebastian.
Build Your Own Tour of the Catalan Region
If you’re interested in arranging a custom tour of the Catalan region, our team at Guided Spain Tours would be happy to help.
We offer a range of customizable itineraries that can be tailored to your specific interests and preferences. Whether you’re looking to spend your time exploring the vibrant cities of Catalonia or taking in the region’s stunning natural beauty, we can help you plan the perfect trip.
Contact us today to start planning your customized tour of the Catalan region.