Relax and explore Barcelona and Valencia
This fabulous Spanish coastal holiday is based in Peñíscola, 'the city in the sea'. Explore Barcelona and Valencia, visit delightful Morella, and enjoy plenty of time to relax on the town's golden sandy beach.
Meet at our dedicated Departure Office at London St Pancras International before travelling to Paris. Here, you continue on the high-speed TGV directly to Barcelona. On arrival, transfer to your hotel.
This morning, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Barcelona, including the fantastic Sagrada Familia, Gaudí's undeniable masterpiece, and the bustling Las Ramblas, the beating heart of the city, where tourist and locals alike soak up the atmosphere, and enjoy the many and varied street performers. After some time to explore at leisure you transfer by coach south to Peñíscola for a six night stay at the Hotel Don Carlos. Located on Spain's 'Orange Blossom Coast', the small fishing port of Peñíscola is known locally as 'the city in the sea'. The walled town is dominated by its magnificent castle, which looks out majestically over the water from the highest point on the headland. Away from the port and the Old Town, Peñíscola has a perfect golden sandy beach and a delightful seafront promenade, which you may wish to take advantage of tomorrow.
Today is free for you to explore Peñíscola and the surrounding region at leisure. Laden with history, you might like to take the opportunity to explore the Old Town today. The imposing castle, once belonging to Pope Benedict XIII, or Padre de Luna, standing proudly at the peak is certainly one of Peñíscola's most distinctive features, and the views over the glittering azure of the Mediterranean and of the surrounding town make it worth the gentle ascent. You could also take a relaxing stroll, weaving through the quaint tangled network of narrow streets, as you descend back down to the main town. Having been captured and recaptured by various civilisations, Peñíscola's Old Town bears testament to its many influences over time.
Today you visit the enchanting Gothic town of Morella. Crowned by its stunning castle perched above the town, Morella is a beautiful fortified town built by the Knights Templar in the 13th century. Located high up in the mountains on the Valencia-Aragon border it has an impressive defensive position. Topped by a Moorish castle, which has been extensively remodelled over the years, and last saw action as recently as the 19th century Napoleonic wars, you will learn all about the history of this citadel, which is a joy to discover.
Today is free for you to relax and explore this beautiful section of the Orange Blossom Coast further. Peñíscola is arguably one of the most enchanting stretches on the Orange Blossom Coast, boasting miles of sun-drenched, golden sandy beaches with the inviting Mediterranean a serene, ever-present feature. Perhaps take the opportunity to simply relax and take advantage of the hotel's excellent leisure facilities. Later, why not head for a seafront café, perhaps enjoying a spot of lunch, or even just sit back with a refreshing drink and watch the world go by?
This morning you head south along the Mediterranean coastline to cosmopolitan Valencia, one of Spain's hidden gems, for a guided tour. Spain's third largest city, behind Barcelona and Madrid, Valencia is energetic, cosmopolitan and charming, with striking architectural monuments from the city's golden ages, including Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings. During your time here, explore the city's main sights and attractions, including the cathedral, home to a chalice thought to be the original Holy Grail, as well as some impressive Italianate frescoes. You could take a walk through the lush Turia Gardens, or stroll through Valencia's central market, an architectural masterpiece. Alternatively perhaps pay a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts, boasting a fascinating collection, including works by Goya and El Greco, and some fascinating alter pieces from the late medieval period.
You are free to relax by the beach and enjoy the final full day of your holiday at leisure. As it is your last full day in Spain, you will want to take this final opportunity to soak up as much of Peñíscola's charms and beauty. Perhaps take a stroll up to the lighthouse, followed by a pleasant walk along the promenade, or you could choose to simply spend the last full day of your holiday relaxing.
This morning you will be picked up from the hotel for an early coach transfer to Barcelona, from where you travel by TGV on the direct service to Paris. On arrival in the French capital, cross the city by coach, and board the Eurostar service back to St Pancras International.
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.
Please note: This tour may not be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.
Relax and explore Barcelona and Valencia