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Tossa de Mar: PADI Discovery Scuba Diving

1. Tossa de Mar: PADI Discovery Scuba Diving

The "try dive" is an activity recommended for beginners in scuba. The entire experience lasts three hours, the first 35 minutes of which will consist of a briefing on how the equipment works, how to communicate underwater using hand signals, and how the tour will go. Afterwards, get kitted out in the provided wetsuit and boots in the changing room. Once you are ready, hop in the van for just five minutes and prepare for the fun to start. Because the dive site is directly connected with the beach, you'll be enjoying a shore dive off Mar Menuda Beach.  When you get to the water, your guide will break up the activity step by step, and you'll have plenty of time to get used to each one at your own pace. Starting from the beach makes everything easier, especially for your ears as you'll have more time to get used to the pressure. Stay under the water for about an hour — this, of course, depends on you, because the more nervous you are, the faster you breathe, and the quicker you'll go through the air in your tank. During the dive, your guides will snap some photos/videos, so you will have a souvenir from the activity.

Barcelona: Hot Air Balloon Flight with Snacks & Drinks

2. Barcelona: Hot Air Balloon Flight with Snacks & Drinks

Admire Catalonia's natural landscape while cruising in a hot air balloon. On this ride through the skies, you'll get to experience the beauty of the Montseny Natural Park region from a unique vantage point. On a clear day, you will be able to see Montserrat, Barcelona, and the Mediterranean sea. Your journey will begin just after dawn when you'll either be picked up at a meeting point in Barcelona or make your own way to the local partner's flying area. Upon reaching the take-off spot you will be able to participate, hands-on, in inflating your hot air balloon. Once in the air, the ride will last for a little more than an hour. Celebrate the flight at the landing spot with a Cava toast and brunch. As a souvenir, receive a first flight certificate signed by the pilot.

From Barcelona: Medieval Villages Day Tour

3. From Barcelona: Medieval Villages Day Tour

Discover the medieval villages of Catalonia on a guided small group tour around the area. Visit Besalú, Rupit, and Travertet, with a mix of free time to explore and storytelling from your guide. Meet your guide in central Barcelona in the morning before setting off for a drive through the heart of the Catalan countryside to the ancient town of Besalú. When you arrive, take a guided walk through this beautifully preserved village from the Middle Ages. Admire the town's arcaded streets, visit a restored mikveh (an old Jewish bath from the 12th century), and see the remains of a medieval synagogue. Continue by minivan to the village of Rupit. En route, you’ll pass Castellfollit de la Roca, one of the smallest towns in Catalonia with just 1,000 inhabitants living in just 3,280 square feet of space, located on the edge of a basalt precipice. When you arrive in Rupit, enjoy 2 hours of free time to explore this beautiful village at your leisure. Wander along the cobblestone streets lined with 16th-century country houses, stop by the hanging wooden bridge, and visit the Baroque-era Church of Sant Miquel. Purchase lunch at a local restaurant and see the remains of the Castle of Rupit perched on a rocky peak. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to the top of the Cingles de Tavertet sandstone cliffs. Pass a megalithic tomb (a field of funerary urns) and then the Iberian Wall before reaching the village of Tavertet. With your guide, tour this charming village, which has been declared a National Property of Cultural Interest due to its 48 preserved houses from the 17th and 18th centuries. Learn about the village as you admire the houses and the 11th-century Romanesque Church of Sant Cristòfol. Enjoy a short break for coffee at a local café at your own expense or walk to the viewpoint to admire stunning views over the Panta de Sau Lake. Then, relax on the drive back to Barcelona and take in views of El Magatalls, a beautiful lush forest, and El Montseny, a UNESCO Man and Biosphere-listed natural park.

Barcelona: Morning Hot Air Balloon Flight with Breakfast

4. Barcelona: Morning Hot Air Balloon Flight with Breakfast

Discover the magical landscapes of Catalonia from a high altitude on a hot-air balloon ride. You will fly across the sky and enjoy incredible views of mountains, forests, streams, and green hills before savoring an authentical Catalonian breakfast. You will be picked up at your accommodation for the drive to the Natural Park of Montseny, the take-off area. Choose between a shared and private tour to enjoy a lifetime experience of a hot air balloon flight that will last more than 1-hour. After landing, you will be invited to enjoy a Catalan-style breakfast in a typical country house. Savor some of Catalan's most popular dishes.

Tossa de Mar: Scuba Diving Experience for Beginners

5. Tossa de Mar: Scuba Diving Experience for Beginners

Set out on a scuba diving adventure in Tossa de Mar with this scuba diving tour great for beginners learning the basics of diving. Enjoy an introduction to the underwater world of scuba diving and learn all of the basics with an instructor. Learn to use equipment, breathe underwater, and earn your SSI Try Scuba recognition rating. Start the Open Water Diver course by learning the basics of diving over a three-hour course. Learn various basics of scuba diving, including how to breathe underwater and get used to the lack of gravity underwater. Enjoy an entry-level program designed to give you the opportunity to experience the underwater world in a controlled and confined environment while you get comfortable with the basics. Listen to the instructor as you are taught how to breathe, use your equipment, move underwater, and basic diving communication skills before starting your first dive. Set up with the necessary provided equipment before moving on to the beach to start your first dive. Put on your equipment and enter the water with the instructor who will supervise your first dive, at a maximum depth of 12m for around 40-45 minutes. Finish the dive and After an unforgettable experience, you will be brought to the center where you can shower and change and hopefully receive your SSI Try Scuba recognition rating.

Girona: Volcano Area, Besalú, and Banyoles Lake Tour

6. Girona: Volcano Area, Besalú, and Banyoles Lake Tour

If you are nature lovers and you like to discover new areas, this is the best option for you! On this full-day tour you will explore different areas. The first area you will explore is Besalú, where you will learn about the history and the medieval and Jewish heritage of the town.  Next explore the nature of La Garrotxa Natural Park, in the pre-Pyrenees area with more than 40 volcanoes none of them active for thousands of years. While there visit a medieval hermitage located in the middle of a crater. After, visit Castellfollit de la Roca to take some photos of the Basaltic cliff and Santa Pau a small village surrounded by volcanoes. To finish this amazing day, you will have the opportunity to walk along the shore or sail on Banyoles Lake, the largest lake in Catalonia.

Costa Brava: Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour

7. Costa Brava: Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour

Meet your small group at the Sant Pol Kayaking School right by the beach. After a short introduction and safety briefing, you'll have time to get kitted out before taking to the waters. Explore secluded beaches and rocky caves by kayak, and swim and snorkel among the native marine life for 2 hours with your French-speaking guide. Encounter volcanic cliffs towering above the shimmering waters, brimming with fish, sea urchins, coral formations, and more before heading back to the main beach. Re-energized, take the opportunity to explore the rugged cliffs and the coastline at your own pace. Or, if you're feeling laid-back, relax and sunbathe on the white sand beach.

Costa Brava: Kayak and Snorkel Tour with Lunch and Beach

8. Costa Brava: Kayak and Snorkel Tour with Lunch and Beach

Meet your guide and take the private transfer to the coast by air-conditioned bus from near the Arc de Triomf in Barcelona. It’s just over an hour up the coast of Spain in our air-conditioned minibus or bus. Arrive at the kayaking base camp and meet your kayak tour guide. Change into your swimwear, get snorkeling gear and equipment, and take part in a safety briefing to learn some basic kayaking techniques. Launch off the beach and into the water to start your 3-hour kayak tour. Hear about local flora and fauna from your guide as you admire the dynamic coastline. Stop along the way to try some snorkeling and exploring coves. Savor a classic Spanish Bocadillo with chorizo for lunch along the way. Have the option to take part in a kayak race. Keep a lookout for marine life like an octopus while you snorkel. Watch swooping bats, splash your guide, and be terrified by old pirate legends. After your tour, arrive on the beach and enjoy 3 hours of free time. Cool off and spend your free time exploring. Play a game of volleyball with the public nets, go for a cocktail or tapas in a local bar, or enjoy a walk along the coastline. Take the opportunity to have a beautiful walk along the coast of the bay to different viewpoints or to pick up some souvenirs. Return to Barcelona by bus at the end of the day.

Barcelona: Tossa de Mar Kayaking, Snorkeling & Cave Day Tour

9. Barcelona: Tossa de Mar Kayaking, Snorkeling & Cave Day Tour

Discover the Costa Brava region on a full-day trip of snorkeling, kayaking, and sightseeing. Enjoy a local guide, round-trip transportation from Barcelona in a private, air-conditioned van, Mediterranean coves and caves, wildlife sightings, a traditional lunch, and a tour of Tossa de Mar's Old Town. Meet your guide in Barcelona and travel to Tossa de Mar in a private van, complete with WiFi and air conditioning. Peek out the window for spectacular vistas, including the Mediterranean Sea, Costa Brava beaches, and stunning mountain peaks, before arriving in Tossa de Mar. Get outfitted with kayaking and snorkeling equipment, review the day's agenda, and then board your kayak to cruise up the coastline. Explore hidden sea caves, marvel at the rugged cliffs, and watch for local wildlife. Take a break from kayaking to swim or snorkel in the crystal-clear water. Continue your trip with a typical Mediterranean lunch before venturing to Tossa de Mar's Old Town. Marvel at the 13th-century Villa Vella, walk to the lighthouse, and visit local shops before meeting your guide, boarding the bus, and returning to Barcelona.

Costa Brava: Hot Air Balloon Flight

10. Costa Brava: Hot Air Balloon Flight

Discover the l’Empordà, Costa Brava region from the air in a balloon ride shared with other passengers. Admire the beauty of the scenery with the relaxing tranquility of a hot air balloon. You will see Rosas Bay, de Pals Bay, the Medes Islands, Montrí Castle, and medieval towns, like Peratallada, Ullastret, Pals, Monells, Sant Pere Pescador, Sant Miquel de Fluvià and all the Empordà Coast. The flight will take off at 6.45 AM from the traditional village of Colomers. Upon arrival, the crew will welcome you and give you a brief safety demonstration before jumping into the basket. Float across the sky over one and a half hours and enjoy incredible views of mountains, forests, streams, and the Mediterranean Sea Once you land, you can celebrate the flight with cava, almond cake and juices for the children.

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My first experience with scubadiving but definitely one of the most amazing experience, from the trip with Matias , with the training we had with the instructor Georgina which mad everything much more enjoyable as i was hesitate at the beginning, then the lunch at the local restaurant was another memorable experience, definitely will come back and explore further and highly recommend this tour guide.

I was worried that we'll spend not much time actually kayaking but in the end it was around 3 hrs which was enough. The via ferrata nearby is also great and relatively easy. I'd recommend doing it too

It was very successful trip and everything went well! The guide was very nice and helpful and it was nice that the guide took pictures throughout the trip. ☺️

Really fun activities. Awesome beach. Harry was amazing, guided all along as a friend, grateful he was our guide.

Brilliant day. Harry was great. We got a decent amount of time out on the water too