Sant Pere de Rodes Monastery is in northeastern Catalonia. It is one of the more scenic places I’ve been to before. I found out about this location from the travel bloggers I follow on twitter. If you happen to be in this region you have to make a stop at this Monastery. It is in the region of Cap de Creus National Park, providing lots of opportunities for other day trips as well.Below are a few pictures that illustrate the beauty of the monastery and the area. Continue reading
Before we planned this trip I had never heard of this Northeastern region in Spain. It wasn’t until I read a couple blog posts I was convinced this was a place we needed to see. A couple hours north of Barcelona is Costa Brava. Bringing it up in conversation I was surprised how few people usually go to this region. This is easily one of the most picturesque places I have visited. Continue reading
A medieval city, Girona, a few hours away from a popular tourist destination Barcelona. A hidden gem in the Costa Brava region. Colourful buildings lining the river that runs through, this is Europe. Catalonia is made of four provinces which include Barcelona and Girona.
Rent a car.
Three simple words, yet you will be thankful you followed the advice. When you rent a car you have more flexibility, and you can drive through more of the smaller villages in the area. It’s amazing what you can see in one day with a car. Through the Costa Brava region, the drive was manageable up until we started going up the mountain. The roads were slim. Cars were speeding by because I was driving slow. There were some parts of the mountain road that had no guard rails (why I was driving so slow). The roads were so windy it was making me nauseous.
After taking the wrong train to leave Girona to Barcelona (an extra two hours), finally the train station. Outside the train station a couple offered us their hop on hop off bus tickets. Pure luck! If we hadn’t got on the wrong train we wouldn’t have got those free tickets. The tickets were good for the rest of the night. It took forever to walk to the hotel. TIP: Be sure to know the subway stop of your hotel. After check in, a hop onto the bus for a city tour. I highly recommend hop on hop off bus tours, it’s a great way to see the city.
The Columbus Monument