Luxury hotel holiday Parador de Aiguablava Costa Brava

The Parador de Aiguablava is a four star hotel located atop the cliffs just outside Begur on the Costa Brava, set amid exquisite coastal scenery with outstanding views. With its contemporary architecture, an outdoor pool, access to the nearby Aiguablava beach and regional cuisine at the restaurant, this is a simple coastal retreat with plenty of style. Guests can spend their days visiting picturesque Begur where they will find shops, bars and restaurants, or drive along the winding coast roads which pass pine tree-covered cliffs, pretty coves and Cuban-style mansions. Located near to the mediaeval town of Pals and under two hours' drive from Barcelona, the Parador de Aiguablava is an excellent base for a luxury holiday on the Costa Brava.
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 Parador de Aiguablava, Costa Brava

Parador de Aiguablava is a 4-star stylish and contemporary hotel in a stunning clifftop location. It offers delicious local cuisine and supremely comfortable accommodation, as well the opportunity to explore the picturesque coves and clifftop villages of the Costa Brava.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4

Location The hotel is located on the bay of Aiguablava just outside Begur on the Costa Brava

Annual opening All year except 8 January to 16 February

Closest airport Barcelona

Distance from airport The hotel is under 2-hours' drive from Barcelona Airport

Hotel facilities and services

Restaurant, Bar, Outdoor Swimming Pool (seasonal), Gym, Sauna, Parking and WiFi.

Out and about nearby

Begur, Pals, Aiguamols National Park.

Sports nearby

Diving, Tennis, Horseback Riding, Cycling Trails.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard double room for 3 nights

From about

£820

Holiday Code EXH1584

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 Parador de Aiguablava, Costa Brava

The Parador de Aiguablava is a four-star hotel located atop the cliffs of Punta d'es Muts just outside the picturesque village of Begur, a contemporary seaside villa amid exquisite coastal scenery. Located on a bluff that extends into the sea on the Costa Brava, the hotel enjoys stunning panoramic views: to one side is the Mediterranean, to the other is the rugged coastal outline that descends to the crystal clear waters of Aiguablava Cove. From here, the hotel appears as a white-washed vision on the headland, amid swathes of pine trees. The architecture is contemporary, with its clean lines and angular nature promoting laidback seaside stays. At the tip of the peninsula, discover an outdoor pool with unrivalled views, and the feeling of freshness evident here is one which pervades throughout the property. From the lobby to the bar and even into the guestrooms, the hotel's spacious interiors offer an effusive energy, filled with light and space. In some places, wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows invite sunlight and spectacular views to illuminate spaces filled with minimalist furniture, modern artwork and soothing tones uplifted by colourful accents. Also embracing clean lines and a fresh colour scheme, the hotel's guestrooms accommodate guests in true simplicity. Where some show a nautical theme, others offer wall-to-wall whites with modern tones thrown in. Almost all open onto a private balcony from which guests can relax and enjoy beautiful views. Guests can choose to dine in the hotel's restaurant, which offers a selection of local dishes at a very reasonable price, or at the beachside Mar i Vent restaurant in Aiguablava Cove. Around five minutes' walk away from the hotel, this elegant dining room is the setting for indulging on seafood delicacies and other flavours of the region and promises lovely views of the sea. After dinner drinks can also be sought at the bar, and the rustic terrace beckons as a charming spot after dark. Nearby Begur is a charming village with a number of restaurants and bars, only a few minutes' drive away along winding roads with stunning views of the cliffs and out to sea. The Parador de Aiguablava is an excellent option for a relaxed holiday on the Costa Brava, where the outstanding setting is the main attraction.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard double room for 3 nights

From about

£820

Holiday Code EXH1584

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 Parador de Aiguablava, Costa Brava

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to the Parador de Aiguablava, Begur, 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 1 hour and 45 minutes’ drive from Barcelona airport and we recommend that we book for you either a private car transfer or a hire-car, depending on the itinerary.

Additional information

Minimum stays: Minimum stay of 2 nights, Friday & Saturday or Saturday & Sunday from 1 June to 30 September.

Children: Children are welcome and those under 2 years stay for free. For children under 13 years there are special rates when sharing a room with 2 parents.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard double room for 3 nights

From about

£820

Holiday Code EXH1584

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 Parador de Aiguablava, Costa Brava

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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