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Catalan Coast & Mountain (Grade 1/2)

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Overview

Holiday Overview:

From the coast to the mountains, from sea to crag, from sandy beach to shady Mediterranean forest – the diverse and changing natural landscapes in Catalonia exert a powerful attraction to walkers.

As self guided walking holidays go, this has got to be one of the best, you will:

  • Walk along the “wild coast” with its miles of golden beaches and secluded coves.
  • Walk inland through the Aiguamolls Nature Reserve where innumerable seabirds and songbirds have settled.
  • Walk along stunning mountain trails offering spectacular views sweeping far into the Pyrenees.
  • Discover Romanesque and Gothic buildings and the region’s acclaimed gastronomy.
  • Discover medieval villages.
  • Visit the Greek and Roman Ruins of Empuries.
  • Visit the beautiful whitewashed coastal town of Cadaquès and the famous Salvador Dali house museum.

Itinerary

Itinerary:

Catalan Self Guided Mountain and Coast Walking Holiday (7 Nights)

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Nights: 7
Grade: 1-2 (click here to see our walking grades)
Terrain: farm tracks, coastal paths and mountain trails

Day 1: Arrive at Girona Airport/Centre or Figueres Vilafant Train Station (if travelling from Barcelona) where you will be transferred to your accommodation in L’Escala. The old centre of the town still retains the character of a typical Spanish working town with its bustling narrow streets and good selection of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. There are two small, popular beaches in the old town that add to the overall charm and atmosphere of the area.

Accommodation: Hotel, L’Escala. At only 300 meters from the historic centre of L’Escala with stunning sea-views and only 30 meters walk from the beach of Riells, you will find the perfect location for the start your Catalan Adventure.

Day 2: Leaving L’Escala behind you will make your way onto the coastal trail. You will pass the walled settlement of Sant Martí d’Empúries, which is well worth a visit. The real highlight, however, is the fascinating Greek and Roman ruins at nearby Empúries (pay locally). The ancient city was used by the Romans as their base for the invasion and dominance of the Iberian Peninsula. There are some excellent mosaics and other remains, most dating from 218BC onwards. From Empúries, you walk along the southernmost part of the Bay of Roses, past several beaches where you could pause for a swim.

You will finally arrive at Sant Pere Pescador. Surrounded by a wonderful landscape and natural interest, and crossed by the River Fluvià, St. Pere dates back to the year 974 when it was still a possession of the Monastery of St. Pere de Rodes. (11km, 5hrs) Grade 1

Accommodation: 4* Rural Farmhouse (Casa Rural), Sant Pere Pescador. The house is situated next to the River Fluvia and is surrounded by fields of fruit trees. It is right at the beginning of the natural reserve “Parc de Mig de Dos Rius”, where there is a great diversity of fauna.

The house was constructed in century XIX and is completely restored and furnished with care. It has five en-suite rooms, all with heating, television and air conditioning. The dining room is very sunny with views to the garden; the living room has a chimney, television, music equipment and board games. In the lounge you will be able to relax, read or simply enjoy the nature.

Day 3: Today’s walk takes you along the banks of the River Fluviá, along the beach at its mouth and then through the Aiguamolls Natural Park, dotted with hides. At any time of the year you are likely to spot birds such as Ibis, Herons, Tufted Ducks, Pochards, snipes, Redshanks, Marsh Harriers and Sandpipers, but if you are lucky you can make some exciting sightings during the spring and autumn migrations: Grey Herons, Golden Plovers, Flamingos, Black Storks and Spoonbills.

You will eventually arrive at Castello D’Empuries. Castello is a beautiful medieval village steeped in history. There are many historical buildings to visit; however the landmark of the village, visible from afar, is the Parish Church of Santa Maria which is often called the “Cathedral of the Empordà” because of its size and gothic influenced architecture. (12km, 4hrs) Grade 1

Accommodation: Hotel, Castello D’Empuriès. Located in the heart of the town, built on the ruins of the former home of the Count of Castello, each of the uniquely designed rooms are fitted with fully reversible air conditioning. They all have en-suite bathrooms, and offer lovely views of the village.

Day 4: You will be transferred to Platja Canyelles. You will head east along the coast following a spectacular coastal trail that is destined to fulfill every walker’s hopes and dreams. You will pass many secluded beaches and coves with ample opportunities for a dip in the crystal clear sea. Eventually you will cut inland through hillsides packed with tiers of old olive groves and finally on to Cadaqués

Cadaqués was a favourite of both Picasso and Salvador Dalí where Salvador Dalí once famously said in 1920: “I have spent a delightful summer, as always, in the perfect and dreamy town of Cadaqués. There, alongside the Latin sea, I have been quenched by light and colour”. (16km, 5hrs 30min) Grade 2

Note: Cadaqués is a great place for eating out; it has a great selection of places ranging from small Mediterranean family run restaurants, to fresh fish restaurants, pizza cafes and tapas bars. We would recommend you get stuck in to the seafood during your stay in Cadaqués- it’s always very fresh and delicious when washed down with a bottle of chilled Catalan white wine.

Accommodation: 2* Hotel, Cadaquès. Very close to the beach and the centre of Cadaqués this family run hotel is simple, clean and friendly. All the rooms have en-suite.

Day 5: On your free day in Cadaqués you could spend the day exploring the numerous small winding alleyways, and a visit to the Parish Church from XVII. Century should not be missed. Perhaps a walk to Port Lligat and Salvador Dalí’s house (closed Mondays until mid-April and from mid-September; pay locally) would be in order. (3 Km, 45min) 

You may want to walk to the Cap de Creus lighthouse, the most easterly point of the Iberian Peninsula is spectacular; the rock outcrops are one of the most significant features of the Parc Natural, with its complicated and beautiful forms which often cause the visitor’s imagination to get carried away. One sees images of real or mythical animals in the area (lions, dragons, camels, eagles, cats, rats…), despite the fact that it is the wind and the sea, and not the Gods, which have gone on shaping the geological landscape of the Creus cape right up to the present day. You could also eat lunch at the wonderful restaurant there. (11Km, 3hrs 45min) 

Accommodation: As above

Day 6:Leaving Cadaqués behind you make your way north through the heart of the famous Cap de Creus national park. You will follow a deeply rural path with beautiful views of the Catalan countryside before arriving at El Port de la Selva.

El Port de la Selva is outstanding for its varied landscapes, its beaches and its mountains. The first historic references to the settlement go back to 974, although it did not become a fully-fledged village until the 18th century, with the construction of its first church. The village retains the charm of a small fishing village and a great many monuments and historical buildings remain such as the Taballera Dolmen, and the Serra de Rodes medieval site, made up of Sant Pere de Rodes Monastery, Sant Salvado Castle (13th century), Santa Elena Shrine, the village of Santa Creu and Sant Fruitós Church. The village has some of Catalonia’s best beaches. (12Km, 4hrs 30mins) Grade 1

Accommodation: 4* Hotel, El Port de la Selva. The hotel is an old manor house from 1864 made with stones from the Cap de Creus. It’s been a hotel since 1960, was totally refurbished in 2005 and is just a few meters from the beach. It has two restaurants (one of them in front of the sea) and a panoramic lounge.

Day 7: Leaving El Port de la Selva behind you, travel South West ascending up to the Sant Pere de Rodes cloister (Open Oct 1st to May 31st 10am – 5.30pm, June 1st to Sept. 30th from 10am to 8pm, closed on Mondays). Its origins date back to the first century after Christ. Christian doctrine understands Sant Pere de Rodes as one of the most important Monasteries in Spain. You will then make your way up to the ruins of Castell de Sant Salvador, from here you will have a breathtaking view of the Alt Emporda, across to the Albera Mountains and far into the Pyrenees. You also have stunning views over the Bay of Roses and the entire Cap de Creus. You will then make your way down past the little white chapel of Sant Onofre into the village of Palau Saverdera and finally the end of your journey. (12.5Km, 5hrs 30min) Grade 2

Palau Saverdera is a small medieval village with a beautiful little church in the centre, there are a few local bars in the village to enjoy a well deserved drink at the end of the day.

Accommodation: 4 *Hotel, Palau Saverdera. The hotel, renovated in 2006, is a charming hotel situated in a small Catalan village, only 5 km away from the sea.

Day 8: Pick up and transfer to Girona Airport/Centre or Figueres Vilafant Train Station (if travelling to Barcelona).

What your holiday includes:

  • Transfer to/from Girona Airport/Centre or Figueres Vilafant Train Station (if travelling from Barcelona)
  • Welcome meeting with local English speaking guide
  • 24/7 local support
  • Seven nights’  B&B accommodation
  • Moving of luggage between accommodations
  • Detailed route notes and maps
  • Local maps (to be returned)
  • Personal information pack including information about local history, culture, traditions, restaurants, shops and local attractions etc
Stop Press……….We are offering a €50 per person discount for all bookings “made” in October for this holiday!!!!!!

Other Info

Other information (what to bring etc):

What to bring:
With regards to equipment to bring, your most important item is of course a pair of comfortable walking boots with ankle supports if possible and soles that grip, as some of the terrain can be rugged at times. And, just in case . . . a waterproof, we hope you won't need it, mostly you will be walking in dry warm weather, so casual, comfortable walking clothes will generally suffice. A hat and sun protection cream is essential and a small rucksack for carrying lunch and water is also recommended, and you might consider a walking stick, as some of the ground is a little rough.

This holiday has 3 x Grade 1 walks and 2 x Grade 2 walks:

Grade 1
Walks: 3-6 hours
Ascent: 50-600m
Paths: Good paths, not too steep.

Walks have a relaxed pace with time to take in the views and surroundings. If you’re a fit and active person these walks will be perfect for you.

Grade 2
Walks: 5-8 hours
Ascent: 450-750m
Paths: Good with some steeper sections

Slightly longer walks than grade 1 with routes still on good paths and at a relaxed pace although there are a couple of steeper sections.

Grade 3
Walks: 5-10 hours
Ascent: 700-1200m
Paths: Rockier, steeper paths

For those that like longer days in the higher mountains. Routes are steep in places and a good standard of fitness is required.

Grade 4
Walks: 6-10hours
Ascent: 700-1400m
Paths: Steep!

High mountain paths that may require the use of crampons during certain months of the year. Previous hiking experience in the mountains and a very good level of fitness essential.

Travel Options

Travel Options:

There are regular flights from many European cities to Girona airport, the closest airport for this holiday, most of which are operated by Ryanair. The transfer from Girona airport to your first accommodation takes approx. 1 hour.

There is a wider choice of airlines flying into Barcelona including Ryanair and Easyjet. You need to take the shuttle train to Barcelona Sants from the airport; they leave every 30 mins and take approx. 20 mins. You then change trains at Sants and take a train to Figueres or Figueres Vilafant depending on the train you catch. The transfer from Figueres or Figueres Vilafant to your first accommodation takes approx. 20 mins.

The fastest train is the AVANT from Barcelona Sants to Figueres Vilafant , there are approx 9 trains a day, take 53 mins and cost approx. 20.20 euros each way. You can buy the tickets at the station before you board the train.

The other option is to take a Regional or MD (Medium Distance) train from Barcelona Sants to Figueres, there are approx. 20 trains a day, they take between 1 hr 50 mins and 2 hrs 10 mins and cost between 11.20 euros and 15 euros each way. Tickets can be purchased at the station before boarding the train.

Availability and Prices

Prices and Availability:

Prices 2017

DatesPrice (2 people
sharing a twin/
double Room)
Single supplement Single supplement
(if travelling with 2 +
people)
14 Jan to 8 April€723€408€230
9 April to 17 April€799€504€269
18 April to 7 July€723€408€230
1 Sept to 14 Dec€723€408€230

Stop Press……….We are offering a €50 per person discount for all bookings “made” in October for this holiday!!!!!!

Optional Extras

Upgrade to a hotel with a sea-view room, balcony and outdoor pool in Cadaquès (2 Nights)

€70 (per person based on 2 people sharing a double twin room)

€124 (single person)

Extra night before or after the holiday in a 3* hotel in Girona

€54 (per person based on 2 people sharing a double twin room)

€100 (single person)

What your holiday includes:

  • Transfer to/from Girona Airport/Centre or Figueres Vilafant Train Station (if travelling from Barcelona)
  • Welcome meeting with a local English speaking guide
  • 24/7 local support
  • Seven nights’  B&B accommodation
  • Moving of luggage between accommodations
  • Detailed route notes and maps
  • Local maps
  • Personal information pack including information about local history, culture, traditions, restaurants, shops and local attractions etc

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