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Doing inital planning so please forgive me if this is a dumb question. We are in Barcelona 8 1/2 days this July. I'm considering an in-town hotel for the 1st five days, and thought it would be nice to tour the countryside and get a taste of coastal towns within 3-hour driving distance of Barcelona. Can you suggest destinations? Is it advisable to visit the South of France for a change of pace or are there similar towns on the northeastern coast Spain with that fishing village ambience?

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