Catalonia Discovery Tour

Discover medieval towns, an impressive monastery and the rich history of the artist Dali


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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Culture
  • Hills & moorland
  • History

Holiday overview

Discover charming towns and monasteries including the village of Besalu whose 9th century count was known as Wilfred the Hairy! Immerse yourself in the rich artistic history of Dalí who made the area home for many years, attracted by the crystal blue waters and stunning light.

Holiday Highlights

  • Dalí! No holiday to this region is complete without seeing the many museums dedicated to the region's most famous son.
  • The stunning hilltop Sant Pere de Rodes Monastery
  • Exploring the medieval town of Besalu


Hotel & Spa Terraza in Roses, CataloniaHotel & Spa Terraza

The 4-star Hotel Terraza has held an enviable position on the Roses seafront since 1935, sandwiched between the Mediterranean and Roses’ large medieval citadel complex.  The hotel has a private area on the beach for their guests.  A promenade walkway is a pleasant stroll into Roses' shops and facilities.



Your room

The hotel consists of 88 spacious, en-suite bedrooms which offer:

  • air conditioning
  • heating
  • room safe
  • FREE Wi-Fi
  • complimentary toiletries
  • mini-bar fridge
Modern bedrooms at Hotel Terraza in Roses, Catalonia


Roof top spa pool at Hotel Terraza in Roses, Catalonia

As a guest, you can enjoy the use of:

  • wi-fi throughout the hotel
  • garden sunloungers
  • pool towels
  • gym
  • bike rental
  • tennis courts
  • Wellness & Spa - HF Holidays guests FREE 1x1.5 hour visit and then further visits at a supplement of €15 per person per day. Treatments extra. Take advantage of a 15% discount for HF Holiday guests for treatments and spa products on weekdays.


Our holidays at Roses are Half Board with continental breakfast and 3-course served evening meal featuring locally sourced dishes and Catalan fare.

Enjoy a glass of wine with your evening meal which is included in your holiday.

Wonderful fresh pastries at Hotel Terraza in Roses, Catalonia

Your evenings

The friendly atmosphere of our Guided Walking holidays continues into the evening.

Enjoy a glass of wine or beer whilst listening to your leaders outlining the next day's walks. Or just relax in the hotel bar or on the terrace outside chatting with your fellow guests.


Throughout the week we’ll visit the best parts of this stunning area. Dalí is the foremost cultural icon of the region so our tour ensures you visit the all of the ‘must-see’ Dalí museums and attractions along with other historical and cultural delights.


Cadaques is a picturesque coastal town in the most eastern point of Spain; it’s a delight to wander through its narrow streets.


Portlligat is a small fishing village, once home to Salavdor and Gala Dalí. We visit their quirky home made from 3 adjoining fisherman’s cottages now the Casa-Museo de Salvador Dali.


The Old Town has a relaxing historic square where you can enjoy a coffee and watch the world go by. Visit the local castle - Castell de Sant Ferran or regional museum but make sure you save time for the highlight of the Dalí Theatre-Museum – one of Spain’s most visited attractions.


Visit the Castle of Púbol, a medieval building which was Gala Dalí’s sanctuary.


Besalu is one of Catalonia’ medieval gems. This well-preserved town features some stunning architecture including the Viejo Bridge which links the opposite banks of the Fluvià river.


This city is famous for its natural landscape including 30 volcanic cones in the wooded areas surrounding the city. Local delicacies include a sweet herbal liquor, ratafia and the traditional cakes coca de llardons and tortell de matafaluga.

Santa Pau

The region Santa Pau sits in is made up of dormant volcanoes and the town itself has had protected heritage and artistic status since 1971. This fortified conservation area town is built around its medieval castle. Stroll around its streets to admire the fascinating architecture.

Sant Pere de Rodes Monastery

This former Benedictine monastery stands proud on the peaks of the Serra de Rodes mountain range looking out to the sea. The terraced buildings are adapted to compliment the natural landscape. Discover one the best examples of Romanesque architecture in the region.

Local area


A beautiful town, Roses has several beaches and little coves and is perfect for spending a day relaxing. There are also several attractions to visit. The Ciutadella is the remains of the Greek and Roman habitation; its museum explains the site and the monastery, dating back to medieval times, and the village walls, which enclose it. Boat excursions from Roses bay are a great way to get a different view of the Cap de Creus. Furthermore, the tourist train, named the ‘Roses Express’ runs in the area and offers a tour of the town on land.


12miles from Roses, Figueres is the birth place of Salvador Dali. IT is a unique town close to the Spanish Catalonian border with French Catalonia. A must see in Figueres is the Dali Museum, this was designed by Dali himself, and holds the largest and most diverse collection of his artwork. The Museu del Joquet is a museum of toys in Figueres. It houses a vast array of toys over the decades, and has interactive areas as well. Built in the 18th Century, the Castell de San Ferran is a large Fortress on a hill in Figueres. This Castle was originally built to guard against French invaders, today it is a popular tourist attraction within the city. Also worth a visit is the Placa de L’Ajuntament, the town hall square, which has some nice cafes and a lot of charm.

Cadaqués and Port Lligat

Cadaqués is a port town on the Cap de Creus Peninsula. The town is popular with artists, and is also visited as part of the Salvador Dali route. A very attractive town, with white and blue houses and beautiful clear water, the towns main trade was fishing until the tourism industry grew. Port Lligat is the famous village where Salvador Dali lived and worked. He built his own unusually styled home, which is now a museum for tourists to visit. The house was formerly several fisherman’s huts, which were built together and furnished in Dali’s signature whimsical style.

Did you know?

Roses was founded by Greek colonists, who named it after their home island, “Rodes”.


We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.

Travel by plane


‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle free option

Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Heathrow and Manchester flights to Barcelona airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.

If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes approx 2 and a half hours to the Terraza Hotel & Spa.

Please note London Heathrow and Manchester flights arrive into different terminals at Barcelona airport. Our coach transfer will depart from Terminal 1. Guests on the Manchester flight will need to make their way from Terminal 2 via the free shuttle bus located outside the arrivals hall. There is plenty of time for this journey as the London flight is scheduled to arrive later.


Driving to us


‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option

Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.

If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, below are some suggestions to help you reach your destination:

We can book you a seat on the HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Barcelona airport. This is timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights* (provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information). Cost per single journey is £27. Please note that if your flight arrives into Terminal 2 you will need to transfer to Terminal 1 via the free shuttle bus located outside the arrivals hall. Transfers are timed to meet the London Heathrow flight.

Transfers must be pre-booked.  Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details

* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach

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