5 Holy Week Getaways
Holy Week and Easter are the first (well-deserved) holidays in the year for everyone. Whether you just have the four official days off or whether you are lucky enough to have all 10 days, a getaway over Holy Week is always synonymous to switching off and charging your batteries.
Here are some ideas for an Easter getaway in Catalonia, keeping away from the masses and the hustle and bustle of the large cities. Five local, charming suggestions, combining history, tradition and nature.
Manaies and Ecotourism in Girona
Girona has something I love: it is a beautiful city at any time of year, with surrounding areas and charming nooks and crannies just waiting to be explored, such as the Llèmena Valley and Les Gavarres Mountain Range. If the younger members of the family like farm animals, I recommend a guided trip to the Granja La Selvatana, where Anna will show you the whole process of milk production and will teach you how to milk cows. If you would prefer something livelier, I suggest going down the River Ter in a canoe-kayak. The company Kayak Del Ter organises kayak trips and will pick you up at the end to take you back to where you started. The River Ter in this section near Girona is calm and not very deep therefore it is not at all dangerous.
For those of you who enjoy hiking, the trip to the Gorg de la Font de la Torre is really attractive (from Canet d'Adri: 30 min there and back). You could also start the trip at the base of the Puig d'Adri Volcano and lengthen the excursion to 2 hr 30 min. For maps and further guidance, come to the Gironès Visitors Centre.
Holy Week in Girona would not be complete without going to see the parade of the Manaies every Holy Thursday and Good Friday. These Roman soldiers march through the streets of the historic city centre to the sound of drums. It's a really impressive parade! You can see the route at this link (be careful, the calendar applies to 2015). But if you would really like to feel shivers down your back, go to Verges to see the famous Dance of Death on Holy Thursday (Verges is a 30-minute drive from Girona).
Can Bo de Pau is a refurbished 18th-century house. The building has been renovated, yet retains the distinctive features and unmistakable style of the historical buildings in the Old Town.
Its blend of old and new combines the charm of the past with the modern comfort our guests expect. We have 9 rooms and can host up to 22 people.
Our friendly and personalized service gives the hotel a unique character, adding to the charming atmosphere of our facilities.
Furthermore, is the ideal destination, as well as a great base and meeting point, for all those visitors who want to combine activities, relaxation, nature and culture in their stay, as it is conveniently located a few meters from Salt’s Theatre and from Salt’s Countryside (green ways) and a 10 minutes by car from Girona.
The Casa Cacao Boutique Hotel from El Celler de Can Roca, is in the heart of the city of Girona, in a fully refurbished historic building. It is a welcoming space with 15 warm, large and comfortable bedrooms, and a splendid terrace on which you can have breakfast and relax while contemplating the lovely views of the Plaça Catalunya, the houses overlooking the River Onyar and the Old Quarter. On the ground floor of the hotel you can enjoy the experience of the traditional Casa Cacao chocolate workshop.
Old XV Century farmstead, in the centre of the medieval village of Madremanya. Stones, tiles, original barrel and Bohemian arches have survived and have been combined with present day finishes.
Costa Dorada and Modernist-Style Architecture in Reus
If what you need is the “sunshine vitamin”, a great option to ensure good weather over Holy Week is getting away to the Costa Dorada. If it isn't warm enough to stretch out on the sand in your swimming costume, you could enjoy an active tourism activity. For example, on Miami Platja, there is the Windcat Center: a sailing school where you can rent material and book classes for water activities: stand up paddle boarding, Hobie Cat catamaran and kayak. Near Miami Plat, in Vandellòs, you can try your hand at the Pitch and Putt La Figuerola. Entrance is free and you only have to pay for hiring the golf clubs, if you haven’t brought them with you, and the golf balls. A little further south, along the coast, you will come to Ametlla de Mar. As well as being one of the most beautiful towns on the Costa Dorada, you might be interested to know that tours for swimming with tuna fish can be taken here. A different, original experience only for the most daring people! The Tuna Tour team will take you out into the open sea, to their aquafarming pools, where you will be able to feed and swim with the tuna fish.
You could alternatively stay in Reus or its surrounding area. In my opinion, Reus is a somewhat forgotten city. Tarragona manages to attract a good deal of tourism thanks to its magnificent Roman ruins, but the truth is that Reus also offers a great deal of culture and fantastic gastronomy. Like Barcelona, Reus is one of cradles of the Catalan Modernist-style architecture. Stroll through the Gaudí Centre, an interactive museum dedicated to the great Catalan architect.
However, in Reus, the main protagonist of Modernist-style architecture is, in fact, Lluís Domènech i Montaner - the architect who designed the Palau de la Música in Barcelona. By walking through Reus, you will discover beautiful palaces and stately homes belonging to this architectural style. Make sure you don't miss Casa Navàs, Casa Rull and Casa Gasull. You can visit Casa Navàs by booking in advance on this website. To delight your palate, don't forget to try the authentic "Vermut de Reus” and taste the oil at the Oil Mill - Mas La Boella, where you will also be able to admire one of the most beautiful train sets you have ever seen.
Mas Mariassa is a small gastronomic hotel, ideal for relaxing in intimate surroundings and relishing in good food. Hidden amongst the olive groves, in rural Catalonian countryside, relaxation and disconnection are guaranteed thanks to a little secret paradise that breathes only silence and tranquillity. The destiny of emotional well-being, where the time passes but is never wasted. The Hotel has 7 rooms full of calm. It is a starting point for many routes of interest. It hasThe essence of a village, the freshness of nature surroundings as the ingredients of our cooking. Our rooms have been created so one surrenders to absolute rest. Noble materials used such as oak or metal, pale colours cover the walls, white towels, soft white sheets and the comfort of the mattresses. Everything has been carefully considered to guarantee our guests rest. The alarm clock replaced by the morning call of the birds.Each bedroom has air conditioning, television and free wireless connection to internet.
Hiking and Peace and Quiet in Solsonès
The Solsonès region is set in a mountainous area which is not too high. Wherever you look, you will enjoy the beautiful views of the green mountains and the far-reaching fields. It is still a destination that is not full of crowds and this gives it a huge advantage: peace and quiet. This is why Solsona is my recommended destination for Holy Week for those of you who enjoy hiking and nature and for those of you who wish to switch off and enjoy rural life.
I suggest visiting the city of Solsona: the old centre is full of narrow streets and charming pebbled squares. Over Holy Week you will have the chance to discover the city thanks to the Caramelles: popular songs and dances performed in the streets of the city. The Solsona Caramelles take place on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.
The Port del Comte ski resort is just half an hour from Solsona and could be a great option if there is still snow around during Holy Week. As well as ski slopes, it has a leisure-time park which is open all year round, whether or not there is snow, with toboggan slopes, tubing in donuts and an entertaining snake gliss.
If you’d prefer a more cultural getaway, why not visit Sant Llorenç de Morunys, the second largest town in the Solsonès region. It is absolutely charming and is just half an hour by car from Solsona following the mountain road. On the way to Sant Llorenç, why not stop off at the Llosa del Cavall, a highly photogenic reservoir, which has been used on several occasions as a natural backdrop for advertisements and films. Near Sant Llorenç there is also the Lord Valley Sanctuary, which can be reached after climbing up seemingly endless stairs for some 20 minutes!
Placed in an emblematic pre-Pyrenean valley, Lord’s valley, only 1 km. away from Sant Llorenç de Morunys, lays El Monegal, a refurbished Catalan farmhouse turned into a 10-room hotel where to give pleasure to the senses. The hotel offers a familiar treatment and extreme attention to detail, as well as an exquisite cuisine for the more demanding gourmets.
The Puigpinós Japanese Hotel is located in an unbeatable natural setting, in the municipality of Lladurs, in the north of Solsonès. It is a 12th century farmhouse that has been restored, combining the historical structure of the farmhouse with the minimalist and elegant design and atmosphere of the Japanese style. The hotel is an oasis of calm and relaxation, where you can disconnect from the noise in which we live immersed and connect with the seasons, a place where you can let yourself be pampered and enjoy a different experience.
It has 8 rooms, five of them with a comfortable mattress on a parquet floor and three in the purest Japanese style, with futons that stretch out on a tatami (rice straw matting) floor. Five of the rooms are double rooms, two are quadruple rooms and one is an adapted room. All have en-suite bathrooms with bath or shower, whaslet (toilet with built-in electronic bidet), hairdryer, heating and air-conditioning, TV, kettle with teas, wifi and views of the outside. You can try on yukatas (traditional Japanese cotton dress) and zouris (Japanese sandals) to wear during your stay at the hotel.
We have common areas where you can read, relax or contemplate the fireplace and an honesty bar for hotel guests. Terrace area, garden and outdoor swimming pool.
The surroundings of the hotel are ideal for hiking, cycling or mountain biking, yoga, forest bathing, watching spectacular sunsets and a whole range of activities that will allow you to connect with the territory.
In our hotel you can enjoy Japanese cuisine made with local products and with an artisan style by two Japanese chefs with great sensitivity and long experience in this type of cuisine.
A charming hotel located in the Solsonès, Lérida, in the middle of Catalonia, the Hotel La Vella Farga, is a luxurios charming establishment in a large farmhouse originally built in 1036. It has been refurbished but still preserves the charm of large rooms to favour comfort and relaxation in the heart of nature.
It has 13 rooms, a magnificent large outdoor heated swimming pool, a massage room in which body treatments are offered and a restaurant that serves signature prepared using local products.
Cultural Hiking in the Núria and Camprodon Valleys
Vall de Núria is a comprehensive destination, able to attract families with children, hikers and skiers. It is a valley at a height of almost two thousand metres, surrounded by rocky mountains of up to three thousand metres all of which add up to a highly impressive, beautiful landscape. To get to Núria, you should take the rack railway which departs from Ribes de Freser. The views from the rack railway are truly spectacular!
If you go with children, they will have a wonderful time at the Parc Lúdic de Núria, full of activities designed for them: tubing, zip lining, rock climbing and, of course, toboggans. If the snow is still around, there is a small ski resort in Núria. If you enjoy ski touring, you will discover a genuine paradise! However, the star activity at Núria is walking. Whether you prefer climbing to the top of a summit or going for a simple walk over flat land, there are a whole host of excursions with different levels of difficulty. The most famous and usual excursion is the Old Path from Núria to Queralbs. As it has a steep slope, it is best to go up to Núria in the rack railway and walk down to Queralbs, from where you can get the rack railway back down to Ribes. During the thaw, it is a delightful excursion due to the number of springs and small waterfalls you will find along the way.
If you wish to spend all the days of your getaway carrying out activities and excursions in Núria, the best thing would be to stay in Ribes de Freser. Another good option would be to sleep in Setcases or Camprodon and to make the most of your getaway to visit the Eastern Pyrenees and its villages. Make sure not to miss Setcases, Sant Joan de les Abadesses and Molló. And don't forget that you can also go up to the Vallter 2000 ski resort!
The Caçadors is an ecological mountain hotel located in the Catalan Pyrenees -at the gates of Vall de Núria- which surprises for a combination of tradition and vanguard. Both its charm of family-run hotel and its rooms comfort will captivate the guest, who will also be able to enjoy a restaurant, an exterior hot tub, a terrace and the Moons Room.
Hotel Les Planes del Grau is a completely refurbished 14th-century farmhouse, which used to belong to Sant Joan de les Abadesses Monastery.
It has 10 bedrooms, all of which have a small sitting area and a bathroom. The hotel also has a dining room, bar and living room, a large garden and an adjoining cattle breeding farm.
Located in the agricultural plain of the Ter, between San Juan and Abadesas Camprodon Plains remains a degree in a field of crops and livestock land, covered by pine forests and meadows of the Sierra Natural Guaitada and the slopes of the Sierra Cavalry. It offers an ideal space for standing, walking and horse riding or cycling in a unique place within the Natura 2000 network.
The Costa Brava without Rushing: Cycle Tourism and the Coastal Paths
If the weather is on your side, Holy Week is a great time to discover the towns and the beaches of the Costa Brava without the crowds or the heat of the summer. By making the most of temperatures that are still mild, Holy Week is the best time to put on your walking boots and discover the Empordà territory on foot or by bike.
I recommend you to try some of the sections of the Coastal Paths that link up the beaches all along the coast. The Coastal Path from La Fosca to Calella de Palafrugell is one of the most beautiful, spectacular ones. We also highly recommend the section from Sant Antoni de Calonge and the one that goes from S'Agaró to Sa Conca. The Coastal Paths are part of the great network of GR footpaths, they are very well signposted and are easy routes, although it is true that they tend to have climbs and some sections with stairs.
If you prefer cycling, you can explore a section of the Costa Brava by bike (by taking a route that covers several days, for example), stopping off at different villages to sleep or choosing one of them as your base camp. There are 250 km of bicycle lanes, away from the transit of other vehicles. A good area to visit on a bicycle is around La Bisbal d'Empordà, with its charming mediaeval villages. Your route should include stops at Pals, Monells, Cruïlles, Palau-Sator, Peratallada, Ullastret, Púbol, Madremanya and Vulpellac
Casa Calella is an accommodation located in the old centre of Calella de Palafrugell, Baix Emporda’s most beautiful costal town. It is next to the church, a few meters away from the sea.
The 19th century house is restored fully, keeping its original atmosphere, with all the modern comforts. It also has a cheerful 170m2 garden where you can relax, read, or have a drink. On the terrace under the lemon tree we serve our breakfast.
The accommodation has 5 bedrooms. This elegant rooms are made to enjoy the maximum comfort, space and quietness. They are elegantly furnished and perfectly equipped
Casa Calella is an exclusive place to enjoy a pleasant stay in a unique area.
This is the only Hotel in Sa Tuna cove, a place caressed by nature in the heart of the Costa Brava. We have 5 double rooms each with a terrace from where you can have breakfast while admiring the amazing views. It will be pure pleasure for your senses. Contemplating the sunrise from your room will make your day become a series of relaxing sensations.
In the restaurant you will find mediterranean cuisine, a wide variety of tapas and the best paella with ingredients of our sea and our land, great variety of fish and sea food which comes on a daily from the nearest market.
Don’t miss our rice dishes!
Allow yourself the pleasure of tasting our food next to the Sa Tuna cove
Can Liret is a charming hotel, a result of the sustainable restoration of a traditional house (1894), former cork manufacturing, where corks were made. Located in the center of Palafrugell, the capital of Empordanet, a perfect location to discover the best stretch of the Costa Brava and the Empordà.
A total of 9 rooms with stone walls, Empordà vaults and wooden beam ceilings. Tradition and comfort, complemented by modern design. Can Liret is the personal project of a couple in love with the small country.
The house has a cottage for breakfast, garden and swimming pool.
In the emblematic house Vincke of Palamós and a few meters from the beach, it has recently opened Casa Vincke Hotel.
The hotel is the result of the rehabilitation of the well-known Vincke house, one of the most emblematic buildings of Palamós and included in the Inventory of the Architectural Heritage of Catalonia.
A total of 9 rooms where original elements of the old palace combine with current elements offering cozy spaces that invite you to feel at home. An environment that combines classic elegance with a modern and comfortable style.
The house has a breakfast room, reading room, meeting room, a large garden and swimming pool.
Cluc Hotel Begur is a charming little hotel located in the historic city center of Begur, at the heart of Empordà, one of the most wonderful place in Costa Brava. Our hotel is an old colonial house first dated at late 1800s and formerly known as Can Pallí. In 2012 we have restored the building respecting the materials and architecture of the original house and we have given it the name of CLUC hotel Begur. We have also enabled spaces like living rooms, terraces and a library. We have 12 cozy and unique rooms to enjoy a peaceful stay and dive into the magic of the Mediterranean. The rooms have been furnished taking care of each and every one of the little details that make a stay enjoyable. To create and intimate and cozy environment, the 12 rooms at CLUC Hotel Begur are exterior, equipped with complete bathroom, hairdryer, heating system with its own regulation, and a balcony or terrace. If the weather allows it, we prepare delicious breakfast outdoors made with local, ecologic and carefully selected products. We want our clients to feel comfortable in a casual and natural way. For this reason, we focus on the personal treatment, the relaxed environment and the quality of our services.
Just a few meters from Begur's historical medieval centre, nestled between Indian houses, castles and cobbled, flower-lined streets, you will find this typical rustic house which has been perfectly renovated and beautifully decorated. At this three star hotel, our wish is to look after you and make you feel at home while you breathe in the unmistakeable, welcoming Mediterranean breeze from this rich region of the Empordà. Your stay here will be one of pure indulgence and relaxation under the silent moon and vibrant sun. We invite you to discover some of the finest, most romantic beaches in the Mediterranean such as Aiguafreda, or some of the most beautiful towns on the Costa Brava such as Ullastret, while it will be our pleasure to guide you on a culinary tour of the most exquisite cuisine in the area.
Our charming hotel on the Costa Brava offers ten tastefully renovated rooms for a restorative and comfortable rest. Brightness, practicality, serenity and views of the Indian and historical buildings in the medieval town, as well as the spectacular and wild landscapes of the Empordà.
Light. Silence. Class. These perfectly equipped rooms with serene décor offer you the true essence our historical listed building, but with all the technology and modern comforts of a contemporary relaxing hotel.
Within a stone's throw from the enchanting Tamariu beach, it still maintains the seaboard façade of a small fishing village. A peaceful, relaxing spot which becomes very busy at weekends in summer and all through the month of August. Ideal for a restful break and for short excursions by the sea.
In a typical 16th century Ampurdan farmhouse on the outskirts of Pals, a mediaeval hamlet in the Baix Empordà region, this hotel has 9 bedrooms, a 10,000 m2 garden, a pool exclusively for hotel guests, a gastronomic restaurant and summer terrace for enjoying the fresh air. It offers Ampurdan cuisine with a subtle modern touch, using local produce with flavours and aromas from a mountain and marine landscape. Enjoy unforgettable experiences at Es Portal Restaurant & Hotel Boutique.
The "Indiana de Begur" is born from our love for the Empordà. Its splendid landscape is tasted in sips of green and yellow contrasts, hypnotizing plains, blue and toasted capturing the coast.
Its people, its temperance, the natural warmth that they transmit and the products they make enrich the soul and the senses.
The gastronomic experience between vineyards, fields and boats is a collage of aromas and textures of an exquisite naturalness.
Our house Indiana dances to the rhythm of a piano of the last century with current lyrics. We want to be part of the incredible natural scenery, adding the comforts of the 21st century.
We believe that aroma, that just point of decadence, leads us to locate ourselves in the heart of the Empordà, in the center of a seaside town full of glamor, in a colonial house that awaits its guests with the illusion of sharing and offering them the maximum quality.
That is why we project a business that we are passionate about. At first we captured the environment and we ended up drawing a style of understanding life, to share it with you as hosts.
Our house is located in the center of Begur: near the Church, the Town Hall, surrounded by picturesque little shops, terraces and small charming restaurants.
From our terrace Chill-Out we have the best views of the Castle of Begur, which rises above the village whitewashed and mottled Mediterranean colors, wrapped in pine forests and holm oaks. Begur is surrounded by coves that range from emerald to turquoise, seen from small fishing villages, rocks and sand.
Hotel Mas Rabiol is a restored 16th-century farmhouse with large stone walls, which still preserves the essence and original structure. Set in a rural environment, it has eight welcoming bedrooms, a dinning room with a spectacular “ampurdanesa” vault, a reading room with fireplace and TV and several salons.
The Mas Rabiol garden, with 50,000 m² and a swimming pool, will delight young and old: a huge area to relax by the large pool to enjoy a nice swim in the summer heat.
Mas Rabiol is an ideal place for relaxing and switching off while enjoying the impressive Empordà countryside. It is the ideal starting point to explore the Empordà and enjoy any time of the year of all the possibilities offered by this very privileged area in the Costa Brava.
An old XVIII Century Inn located alongside a hermitage and a watchtower on one of the highest headlands in the Mediterranean. It has a central courtyard which separates the hotel from the hermitage, with spectacular terraces and a restaurant. The only one of its kind to enjoy both spectacular views over both the sea and the beaches of Tamariu, Llafranc and Calella de Palafrugell. It is an incomparable balcony overlooking the Costa Brava and the Empordà.
The Hotel-Spa Classic Begur, a small romantic hotel ideal for couples in the center of Begur, one of the most charming towns on the Costa Brava. Located in the pedestrian center of this beautiful town on the Costa Brava.
This Indian house converted into a hotel, It has 12 magnificent suites (some rooms with hydromassage bathtubs) with personality and their own stories, a gastronomic restaurant and a fabulous free spa for hotel clients with the option of private use.
The hotel has an elevator. All the rooms of the HOTEL-SPA CLASSIC BEGUR are elegant and have a pillow menu, flat screen TV, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities and private bathrooms with toiletries and hairdryer.
On the ground floor is the La Cocina Restaurant, a gastronomic restaurant where you can taste dishes made with local products.
In our exclusive Spa located in the basement of the building is the old winery, transformed into an area of ??water and relaxation. It has a swimming pool with hydromassage, water games, hot marbles, a hammam (Turkish bath), and contrast showers with different water temperatures.
We also have relaxing and therapeutic massages available to clients that we can perform in the same SPA or in the SAME room if the client wishes.
For hotel guests the Spa is open from 11am to 9pm and is included in the room price. For an additional fee, the spa is available for private use for couples, for an hour, from 9pm. Entry to minors under 14 years is prohibited.
Have a great time!