Costa Brava Girona, land of contrasts
You have just three days to live an epic adventure in Girona, compete in a team on the lake of Banyoles and learn about the fishing tradition in one of the Costa Brava’s fishing villages, while you also test your ingenuity and creativity by taking part in a light-hearted competition. Ready?
Day 1. Afternoon
The meeting place is just 20 minutes’ drive from Girona’s high-speed railway station at Sant Gregori’s Castle, a unique venue combining a medieval atmosphere with modern, state-of-the-art meeting rooms.
The Humanside Experiences team will be there to welcome you with a team building activity to organise the three-day competition with iPads, in which you will have to do amusing games based on the visits and activities.
You’ll then be ready to discover the old town of Girona through the places where the sixth season of Game of Thrones was shot. As you do so, you’ll come across numerous anecdotes from the filming of the series in Girona along with some of the city’s best kept secrets.
The afternoon will end with check-in at Hotel Carlemany in Girona, where you’ll be able to recover from all the excitement and enjoy the excellent local food and wine at the hotel’s Índigo Restaurant.
After breakfast at Hotel Carlemany, you’ll leave for Banyoles. During the 30-minute journey you’ll have another iPad game to play as part of the itinerary competition. The coach has Wi-Fi so there’s no excuse!
The lake of Banyoles will be the magnificent setting for the Dragon Boat race, an ancient Chinese folk ritual involving a human-powered watercraft. Everyone can take part in this fun activity where teamwork plays a crucial part.
Lunch at the Clubhouse Bistro at Hotel Camiral, the five-star hotel set in the heart of PGA Catalunya Resort, will be the best reward for the morning’s exertions. The restaurant’s terrace affords superb views of Spain’s number one golf course.
You can spend a relaxing afternoon in the hotel’s gardens, leisure facilities and spa areas before getting ready for the last item on the day’s agenda.
The evening heralds the part of the programme that food lovers look forward to most: dinner at Mas Marroch. At El Celler de Can Roca’s event venue you’ll enjoy some of the finest cuisine in the world in the very setting where the 2017 Michelin stars were awarded.
In Palamós you’ll take part in the Costa Brava’s most authentic fishing tradition. You’ll start with an experience that will take you back to the time when the villages in the Empordà made their living from the sea. Onboard Rafael, the centenary lateen sailing boat lovingly restored and refurbished by Tela Marinera, you’ll discover different places along the coast and sailors’ and fishermen’s yarns, you’ll see the coastal paths from the sea and you’ll get to taste the famous freshly-fished Palamós prawns.
Once back in the harbour, it will be time to visit the Fishing Museum and participate in a show-cooking session led by the cooks from the Espai del Peix. As your lunch is prepared you’ll learn all about the most important techniques and ingredients in Empordà seafood cookery.
To finish the cycle, you’ll attend the auction at the fish market before leaving for Hostal de la Gavina in S’Agaró, one of the Costa Brava’s most historical hotels and a pioneer in luxury tourism.
There you’ll wine and dine at the hotel’s restaurant, Candlelight by Romain Fornell, where the creative dishes combine tradition and the avant-garde.
The end of dinner will be the time to find out which groups have won the #inCostaBrava talent competition prizes and to celebrate the end of your stay in style.