Early Thursday morning I am flying out to spend four fabulous days discovering the highlights of Costa Barcelona for families and as you can imagine, I am VERY excited!
I am fortunate to know Barcelona pretty well. The Catalonian capital was one of my favourite ports as Shore Excursions Manager because the city is home to many interesting places. My favourite excursions were a tapas and wine tasting tour visiting many of the tapas bars along Las Ramblas, a tour around the famous Park Güell designed by Gaudi and a visit to the largest football club in Europe – F.C. Barcelona. A couple of times I travelled from Barcelona to the mountains to visit Montserrat and rode on a rack railway up to the Monastery of Montserrat. Even though it was nearly ten years ago I can vividly remember the incredible views from over 4,000 feet.
Although I know Barcelona and Montserrat well I haven’t visited much of the countryside which surrounds Barcelona, or the many villages and towns dotted along the coastline. I was therefore absolutely delighted to receive an invite to join the Costa Barcelona tourist board and BritMums on a press trip along with four fabulous family travel bloggers – Jen from Jenography, Susanna from A Modern Mother, Maria from One Tiny Leap and Cathy from Mummy Travels.
Our itinerary arrived last week and I have to say I was like a kid at Christmas checking it out and researching every place we are visiting! I am particularly looking forward to the following highlights of Costa Barcelona…
**Visiting Alta Alella to learn about the vineyard, take part in a cookery workshop and of course try some of the wine! (Well it would be rude not to as apparently the vineyards organic wines are in the menus of some of the best restaurants of the world!)
**Exploring the three kilometres of golden sands in Calella. The beach resort has been awarded with a DTF (Family Tourism Destination) certificate for its facilities and special programme of family fun during the summer season. I’m fairly certain I am going to return home wanting to take my boys to visit Calella!
**Trying out some water sports at the Calella Water Sports Centre and the Canal Olimpic in Castelldefels. It will be the ideal opportunity to see if I can remember anything I was taught during my sailing lessons on our family holiday with Mark Warner in May!
**Visiting Malgrat de Mar and finding out what the appeal is of the resort where my parents in law have visited for the last 20+ years!
**Exploring the Natural Park of Montseny, a biosphere reserve which looks absolutely incredible on this photo!
**Relaxing (yes relaxing as my boys are staying at home being looked after by their Grandparents this week!) at the thermal baths in El Safareig. An ancient washing place built-in the mid 20th century.
**Visiting the Castelldefels Castle which dates back to the 16th Century and was used for centuries to control the area and defend against Arabian invasions.
As you can see it is going to be a full on and exciting four days!
Our group will be sharing their highlights of Costa Barcelona on social media so please follow along by looking out for #BMLcostabcn on twitter and instagram. I will also be sharing photos and videos via my facebook page and if you are on Pinterest you can check out our group ‘Discovering Costa Barcelona’ board.
Copyright – Water sports images copyright Pixabay. All other images copyright Costa Barcelona tourism. Disclosure – My flights, accommodation and expenses are being covered by Costa Barcelona. All words and opinions are, as always, my own.
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