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Mom & Daughter Driving Barcelona to Costa Brava

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My 19 year old daughter and I are flying into London from NYC on August 16 where we are connecting to a flight to Barcelona. We fly back to NYC from Heathrow on August 26.

The (vague) plan is to stay in Barcelona for three nights and then head to the Costa Brava for five nights. The thought is to take a train from Barcelona to Gerona to pick up a car and drive to Begur where we'll stay 5 nights, doing day trips from there.

We have no hotels (or car) booked yet, though I am confident we'll find a good hotel in Barcelona. I just sent an email to Hotel 1898 and am waiting to hear if they have availability. Begur is another story; that town's hotels seem to be sold out - at least the three I tried: Aiguaclara Hotel, El Convent and Mas Comangau.

I am debating what to do. Barcelona will be amazing - lots of people also vacationing, charming and interesting streets to explore, the art of Gaudi and Picasso, and tapas and wine!

For the second leg of our trip we are looking for the charm of the Costa Brava villages, beautiful scenery, and some historic sites related to the Spanish artists. But also restaurants and cafes for people watching. We are not into large, charmless hotel but also not ones totally isolated or popular only with retirees or honeymooners. I know, I am asking for a lot. Traveling with a college junior who will be chomping at the bit to get back to school, who will only have been home a couple weeks this summer, I am especially
eager to plan a trip that will be fun for the both of us!

Thank you for any shared wisdom!
Rachel

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