Most of us don’t need an excuse to plan a holiday. But if we did here it is – the best value holiday you’ll ever have: the off-peak break!
An off-peak holiday is not only a great treat before winter kicks in; there are also lots of practical benefits. All you need to do is to pick a destination.
5 reasons to visit Spain’s Catalan Coast
Beautiful beaches, impressive architecture and with Barcelona just down the road, it strikes the perfect balance between relaxing sun holiday and cultural adventure.
If you’re still not convinced, here are 5 good reasons an October break in Catalan is a good idea:
1. Calella was named best for tranquility
The Express named Calella ‘Best for Tranquility’
in the Costa Brava. In the summer, it’s not quite as calm and serene, but the rest of the year, you’ve got one of the most unspoilt and peaceful stretches of the Mediterranean there is.
Take advantage of Calella’s two miles of beautiful golden beachfront. Gran Beach and Garbi Beach are the most popular choices, but if you’re willing to explore a little further, you’ll find rocky coves and gorgeous secluded beaches. On Sunday evenings, if you’re feeling brave, you can join the locals who gather to do traditional Sardana dancing on the Manuel Puigvert promenade.
2. It’s only a stone’s throw from Barcelona
Around an hour on the train and you’ll find yourself amid the hustle and bustle of Barcelona city. It’s a cosmopolitan city that’s steeped in history, and there’s plenty to explore. The Palau de la Musica Catalana
, a concert hall and UNESCO World Heritage site, is well worth a visit, whether you’re taking the guided tour, or hoping to catch a show in the evening.
The Gothic Quarter and the Spanish Village are perfect for rambling around during the day, to experience the mix of famous Spanish architecture and traditional artisans at work.
3. Experience incredible architecture
Some of the main tourist attractions in Barcelona are Gaudi’s most famous works
. The incredibly detailed façade on the impressive La Sagrada Familia is well worth a visit. Even those without so much as a passing interest in architecture will find themselves seeking out more of his works. Casa Battlo, Le Pedrera and the Cascada Fountain should be on your list after the Cathedral.
4. October is the perfect time to go
Calella and Catalonia on the whole, are incredibly popular destinations in the summertime, for everyone from teens to young families, to more mature tourists.
5. Old world charm
Most resort areas become so overrun with hotels and holiday amenities that they can lose what made them popular destinations in the first place. Calella has retained its old world charm. You can spend hours wandering around its narrow, cobbled streets sampling some of the traditional tapas bars along the way.
Make sure to stop into the beautiful parish church of Santa Maria, to admire its original baroque entrance. The 14th century Casa dels Salvadors is another worthwhile attraction and you could also enjoy a couple of hours in the Muncipal Museum’s 12 exhibition halls.
Planning an over 50s break to the Catalan Coast?
We can help you organise the perfect break away along the Catalan Coast for this autumn. We’ve come up with a Catalan Coast Package
, specifically geared towards over 50s, and it’s one of the best deals around.
Give us a call at Abbey Travel on 01 804 7100 to arrange your break away this October.
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