Catalonia

Catalonia: When to Go

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TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

Getting There

Note: flight, boat, train and bus timetables change constantly, and airlines come and go, so please do not rely solely on this information for your travel planning. Check with relevant companies, or a flight search engine like Skyscanner, first.

BY AIR

Fly to Girona-Costa Brava or Barcelona for coastal towns. If you plan to visit the Pyrenees, you can also fly to Perpignan. Girona and Perpignan attract mainly small European airlines from Europe; Barcelona attracts both budget airlines and national carriers.

From the UK:

EasyJet flies to Barcelona from London Luton, Stansted and Gatwick, Belfast, Bristol and Newcastle.
Jet2.com flies to Barcelona from Leeds-Bradford and Manchester.
Ryanair flies to Girona from Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Manchester, London Stansted and Glasgow and to Barcelona from Leeds-Bradford and London Luton.
Monarch flies to Barcelona from Gatwick and Manchester.

From Europe:

Services to Girona include:
Transavia from Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
Transaero from Moscow.
Ryanair from Frankfurt and various destinations in Germany.

Services to Barcelona include:
TAP from Lisbon.
British Airways from Madrid.
Iberia from Madrid, Seville, Milan and Rome.
Air France from Paris.
Lufthansa from Dusseldorf and other destinations in Germany.

From North America, Australia and New Zealand:

There are no direct flights but there are reasonable connections via London and other European capitals.

Getting Around

Our best advice is to hire a car. Sure, you can just about do it by train, but you’ll miss out on visiting pretty medieval towns and some of the most spectacular drives in the world. Hire from the airport to make it easy; there are toll roads connecting the major towns including Girona and Barcelona. But don't hire a tall, wide 4x4 or similar because some of the prettiest towns have very narrow roads and tight corners.

For car hire see our car rental recommendations.

Our tip, if you like driving, is to tackle the dramatic road from Figueres to Cadaques, with sheer drops on either side, or to drive the Collada de Toses from Ribes to Puigcerda which is a mountain route with switchbacks and vertiginous drops straight from a James Bond film.

Bike hire is very popular in the region too, both mountain bikes and professional, Tour-de-France-style cycles.