Luxury hotel holiday Hotel Gran Claustre Catalonia

Hotel Gran Claustre is a four star hotel in the mediaeval town centre of Altafulla, just 14km from Tarragona in Catalonia. The hotel makes an ideal base for exploring coastal and inland areas, thanks to the superb location just one hour's drive along the coast from the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona. There are many pretty beaches and coves to discover nearby and opportunities to take part in water sports or activities such as cycling and horse riding, or visitors can head further west past Tarragona towards the natural scenery of the Ebro River Delta. Alternatively, guests may wish to just spend a few days relaxing in the hotel's spa and wandering around Altafulla and nearby Tarragona, or to stay as part of a longer touring holiday around eastern Spain.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Barcelona
  • Hire of a group A car for the duration of the holiday
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, car and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Gran Claustre, Tarragona

Hotel Gran Claustre is a 4-star boutique hotel in a beautiful location in the centre of a mediaeval village. Delicious gastronomy, excellent spa facilities and a tangible sense of historicity afford guests a truly relaxing and idyllic experience.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4

Location The hotel is 20-minutes' walk from the beach

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Barcelona

Distance from airport The hotel is about 1-hour's drive from Barcelona Airport

Hotel facilities and services

Restaurant with Wine Cellar, Outdoor Swimming Pool, Pool Bar, Lobby Bar, Solarium, Rooftop Jacuzzi, Spa and Wellness Centre, Tennis, Maritime Beach Club, Outdoor Parking, 24-hour Reception, Room Service and Bike Rental (on request).

Out and about nearby

The mediaeval centre of Altafulla with its castle, Tarrogona's Archaeological museum, cathedral and nearby beaches.

Sports nearby

Hiking, Cycling, Golf, Horse Riding.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard double room for 7 nights

From about

£950 low season

£1,160 high season

Holiday Code EXH1799

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Gran Claustre, Tarragona

Hotel Gran Claustre is a four star hotel in the coastal town of Altafulla, less than 15 minutes' drive from the centre of Tarragona. The gastronomic hotel is found in the mediaeval old town beside an 11th Century castle , combining historic architecture with modern interior design. The hotel's terracotta coloured exterior, intricate arches and balconies exude Mediterranean luxury, while exquisite comfort and intelligent designs of the cooling stone floors and long windows unify the hotel's interior. 39 rooms and suites are divided between the historic and modern wings and are decorated in a tonal range of sophisticated colours, from earthy greys and sand yellows to fiery reds and muted oranges. The hotel's restaurant incorporates local and seasonal ingredients into dishes that epitomise the authentic flavours of Tarragona, with an open kitchen that encourages diners to admire the chefs' skill. The vast range of vintages housed in the restaurant's cellar, including wines from Priorat, Penedes, Rioja, and Somontanos, accompany the delicious food. Head to the rooftop Jacuzzi to relax against the beautiful backdrop of the town's mediaeval buildings or discover the hotel's outdoor swimming pool in the original courtyard. The Spa and Wellness centre has a range of treatments and facilities, such as whirlpool baths, saunas, and hydromassage, which ensure complete relaxation. While staying at the hotel, guests can explore the historic buildings along Altafulla's narrow streets, discover the natural beauty of the surrounding coastline and hinterland or visit nearby Tarragona.

Room descriptions

Hotel Gran Claustre has 39 rooms, with 20 rooms found in the historic building and the remaining 19 rooms in a modern building. Rooms include air-conditioning, bathroom, flatscreen TV, minibar with complimentary water and juice, safe and telephone.

Standard Double Room
Superior Room
Suite
Gran Claustre Room

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard double room for 7 nights

From about

£950 low season

£1,160 high season

Holiday Code EXH1799

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Gran Claustre, Tarragona

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to the Hotel Gran Claustre, Tarragona, Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Barcelona. Flights may be available from other UK airports with Easyjet, Jet2 and TUI for example. If you are combining this hotel with stays elsewhere, you may want to consider flying into one airport and out of another. We can arrange this for you. The hotel is about 55 minutes’ drive from the airport and we recommend that we book for you either a private car transfer or a hire-car, depending on the itinerary.

Additional information

Children: Children under the age of 2 stay free of charge when sharing with parents.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard double room for 7 nights

From about

£950 low season

£1,160 high season

Holiday Code EXH1799

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Gran Claustre, Tarragona

About Catalonia and Eastern Spain

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to eastern Spain feature some of the best four and five star hotels in Catalonia and Valencia, including luxury beach resorts on the Costa Brava, mountain retreats in the Catalan Pyrenees and city hotels in Barcelona and Valencia. Eastern Spain is a diverse area with buzzing cities and mediaeval towns, rugged coastline and sandy beaches, soaring mountains and lush river deltas. There is a great wealth of historical and cultural sights throughout Catalonia and the Valencian community, both within the main cities and hidden away in the countryside. Although Barcelona is the main draw for visitors to eastern Spain, the rest of the region is well worth visiting and offers tremendous diversity. During a holiday in eastern Spain, visitors can trek or partake in mountain sports, relax on the beach and visit historic towns and cities all within the space of a few days. Catalonia itself is a unique region which provided inspiration for a number of famous artists such as Dali and Picasso, and retains a strong regional identity which is evident in its language, distinctive cuisine and lively local festivals. In the north is Catalonia, whose capital is the dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Barcelona. With unique architecture and a rich culture, gourmet restaurants and lively bars, golden beaches and tranquil parks, it is not surprising that Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in Europe. Away from the city there is an abundance of cultural and historical attractions as well as areas of stunning natural beauty. The entire region retains a strong regional identity, with its own commonly used language, distinctive cuisine and lively local festivals. Towns and cities including Girona, Tarragona, Vic and Lleida are home to a variety of highlights including mediaeval castles, cobbled old towns, ancient Roman ruins and modernist architecture. Stretching north towards the French border are the pretty coves, jagged cliffs and golden beaches of the Costa Brava, where you can still find wild and untouched stretches of coastline in between busy coastal towns. Meanwhile, inland are the snow-capped Pyrenees, a towering mountain range which forms the border with France and is dotted with remove villages, an ideal setting for trekking and partaking in mountain sports. Past the vineyards and rice fields of southern Catalonia is the Valencian Community, whose capital is Spain's third-largest city. Valencia has reinvented itself in recent years with futuristic architecture and a sophisticated port area which contrast with the historic buildings of the atmospheric old town. Further south are the sprawling beach resorts of the Costa Blanca, but if you head away from the Valencian coastline you will find craggy mountains, peaceful nature reserves, colourful citrus groves, traditional villages and ancient fortresses.

Highlights of Catalonia and Eastern Spain

Barcelona's Gothic quarter, a maze of narrow streets and plazas which is home to historic buildings including La Seu Cathedral. Modernist architecture throughout the region, particularly in Barcelona where Gaudí­ designed works including the Sagrada Familia church and Park Guell. Green spaces within Barcelona such as Montjuic, a fortress-topped hill, and Parc de la Ciutatella, a popular park with a zoo and several museums. The City of Arts and Sciences and the Fine Arts Museum in Valencia. Historic monuments within Valencia including a 15th century silk exchange and a Cathedral, home to a Holy Chalice which is said to be the Holy Grail. The Monastery of Montserrat, a religious complex in a spectacular setting atop craggy mountains with chapels, hermits' caves and numerous nature trails. Wineries in towns such as Sant Sadurní d'Anoia and Vilafranca del Penedès. Tarragona, a port city with fascinating Roman remains. The ancient walled city of Girona. Vic, a quintessentially Catalan town with an outstanding market. Cardona, a picturesque town with an impressive fortress. The renowned Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres. Charming towns along the Costa Brava such as Cadaques, as well as those further inland such as the colourful town of Begur. Pretty villages in the Pyrenees, where visitors can also hike and partake in mountain activities. Wildlife in the wetlands of the Albufera Natural Park.

Festivals in Catalonia and Eastern Spain

March: Las Fallas festival of fire (Valencia), 23 April: Celebration of Catalonia's patron saint, April: Barcelona April Fair, May: Girona flower fair, 23 June: Midsummer's Eve Festival, July: Valencia July Fair, July/August: Begur Music Festival, August: La Tomatina tomato throwing festival (Buñol), 11 September: National day of Catalonia, September: Celebration of Barcelona's patron saint, September/October: Human tower festivals (near Tarragona).

Gastronomy in Catalonia and Eastern Spain

Cuisine in eastern Spain takes inspiration from both nearby France and from central Spain whilst making use of local ingredients available including seafood, fresh vegetables, meat and game. Paella, the rice dish which is known the world over originated in Valencia. Barcelona is home to some of Spain's best restaurants, with gastronomic chefs creating innovative cuisine and over 20 boasting at least one Michelin star. Typical dishes include unusual ‘sea and mountain' combinations which use both meat and seafood, ‘Pa amb tomàquet' (bread with tomato, oil and garlic), ‘Fideuá' (a variant of Paella with pasta), ‘Zarzuela' (a seafood stew), ‘Escudella’ (a stew containing vegetables, meat, rice and pasta) and ‘Crema Catalana' (a Catalan version of a Crème Brûlée).

Climate in Catalonia and Eastern Spain

Eastern Spain enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, although mountainous areas are somewhat cooler. Late spring and early autumn are great times to visit coastal areas as the weather is warm with temperatures of around 20 degrees centigrade, although some rainfall can be expected. Summer in the cities can be unbearably hot, but the coastline is cooled by sea breezes. Winter is generally mild with occasional rain and average temperatures of 10 degrees, whilst temperatures regularly drop below freezing in the Pyrenees and snow often falls.

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