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The Rugged Catalan Coast (Grade 1/2)

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Overview

Holiday Overview:

The route begins in the historic town of Begur. You will walk along the coast to the beautiful coastal village of Tamariu and then southwards along the famous “Camino de Ronda”, an incredible trail offering you some fantastic rugged coastal scenery. You will visit some beautiful fishing villages along the way, such as Llafranc and Calella de Palafrugell, which still preserve their original charm. You will finish your adventure at the lovely Sant Pol beach, in brief you will experience an adventure you will never forget!

Itinerary

Itinerary:

The Rugged Catalan Coast (7 Nights)

A beautiful coastal walk along the famous “Caminos de Ronda”

Nights: 7
Grade: 1/2, some short ascents and descents (click here to see our walking grades)
Terrain: coastal paths and trails

aiguablavaDay 1, Arrival: Arrive at Girona Airport/Centre or Figueres Vilafant Train Station (if travelling from Barcelona) where you will be transferred by one of our guides to your accommodation in Begur. Once there you will have a welcome meeting with our guide to discuss the weeks itinerary.

Begur with its numerous colonial-style houses, narrow streets and alleyways of the old town along with the fishermen’s huts that still remain in the coves testifying to a long and intense history in which pirates, sailors, coral gatherers, fishermen and multiple generations of Begur townspeople have populated these lands, which despite all the inevitable transformations, have not lost their roots or identity with the passing of time. Oh an don’t forget to visit the medieval castle overlooking the town offering some spectacular views over this region, a great place to start your Catalan Adventure!!

Accommodation: 3Hotel, Breakfast, Begur. 

Day 2, Circular route to Aiguablava: Today you will take a beautiful circular route to Aiguablava through the beautiful Catalan countryside, Aiguablava is situated on a beautiful bay with a lovely beach and surrounded by pine trees. (10km, 3 hours)

Accommodation: Same as above.

On Cap de CreusDay 3, Begur to Llafranc: Today you leave Aiguablava/Begur behind and head along a stunning coastal trail, you’ll pass the beautiful seaside village of Tamariu with a spectacular sandy beach, then onwards around the La Musclera Headland and the bay of Cala Pedrosa, finally you’ll reach the San Sebastián lighthouse with incredible views out over the Mediterranean and the majestic high Pyrenees, finally after a superb walk you’ll arrive in Llafranc.

Llanfrac with its tangle of narrow streets is animated even out of season. This beautiful white-washed seaside town was frequented by film stars and artists, including Salvador Dalí, throughout the 20th century. The Fishermen’s cottages, with boat houses on the beach which stretch around its coves will not fail to seduce you. (12km, 3 hours)

Accommodation: 3* Hotel, Breakfast, Llanfrac. 

Day 4, Llafranc to Calella de Palafrugell: Today you head inland giving you the opportunity to experience the beautiful Catalan interior. You will pass through the historic market town of Palafrugell (the market is every day apart from Mondays).What was traditionally a cork manufacturing town, has been transformed into a popular tourist area, a great place for couple and families. Palafrugell combines culture and commerce. It has a pedestrianised area where you can wander around the walls and the church with plenty of restaurants, bars, shops and museums. Then onwards to the beautiful white-washed seaside town of Calella de Palafrugell. (11km, 4 hours)

Calella de Palafrugell is spread along a half dozen beautiful sandy coves interspersed with pink-hued rocks. With fishing boats lying on the sands, and cafés and restaurants under the arches of pastel-coloured buildings, it is difficult to think of a prettier Spanish resort and the reason Calella Palafrugell has been voted one of the prettiest Spanish seaside resorts by many publications over the years, quite simply you’ll have to tear yourself away when it’s time to move on, however as most of our customers have said at the end of the tour, you will most likely want to make a plan to return here in the near future.

Accommodation: 3* Hotel, Breakfast, Calella de Palafrugell. 

Day 5, Free day in Calella de Palafrugell  : Time to relax in this beautiful sea-side village, perhaps a long lazy lunch and some time on thebotanic gardens at Cap Roig beach along with some snorkelling maybe be in order or a visit to the botanic gardens at Cap Roig, In 1927, Colonel Woevodsky and Dorothy Webster bought the land of this estate in Cap Roig where they began building a castle and a magnificent park. The works continued until 1974. The garden runs down in terraces from the castle to the sea. The first ones (Nuns’ Terraces, El Bassin Terrace, Lovers’ Garden) are connected by the Cypresses Staircase, and have a marked architectural character. From there on, the paths descend gently towards the coast. This area is home to the Spring Garden, Cactus Garden and Geranium Walk with stunning flowering seasons.

Accommodation: Same as above.

Day 6, Calella de Palafrugell to La Fosca: Today you’ll reluctantly leave Calella de Palafrugell behind and carry along a very scenic coastal trail with many beautiful secret coves, you’ll then head inland across fields and through hills clad in pine, olive and oak trees, you’ll pass the protected fishing hamlet of S’Alguer and finally arriving at La Fosca.

La Fosca is a lovely small village/urbanisation on the seafront, it has a really nice sandy beach and the perfect place for a swim to cool off. (10km, 2.5 hours)

Accommodation: 3* Hotel, Breakfast, Palamós/La Fosca.

Day 7, La Fosca to S’Agaró : Leaving La Fosca behind you head towards Palamós, you travel along the promenade at PalamósCala Pedrosa SAgaro before picking up the beautiful Cami de Ronda coastal path, this is a lovely scenic route along the coast with the Mediterranean sparkling in the sun on your left and pine clad hills on the your right. You’ll pass the harbour at Playa de Aro and cross the sandy beach at Sa Cuenca Bay and finally onwards to your final destination, S’Agaró.

The elegant resort town of S’Agaró was made famous by movie stars during the golden age of Hollywood, but, unlike them, it has weathered the time between then and now with a bit more panache. Originally the area was a private resort, but now anyone can come and spend their weekend here. S’Agaró has several main attractions, the most important of which is the beach side walkway that houses much of the city’s most important architecture. Also not to be missed is the Sant Pol Beach. A great place to end your Catalan Adventure! (14km, 4 hours)

Accommodation: 3*  Hotel, Breakfast, Sant Feliu de Guíxols.

Day 8, Departure: Today you say goodbye and we’re sure you will have some great memories from your Catalan adventure!

What your holiday includes:

  • Transfer from Girona Airport/Centre or Figueres Vilafant Train Station (if travelling from Barcelona) to your first accommodation
  • Welcome meeting with local English speaking guide
  • 24/7 local support
  • Seven nights’  B&B accommodation
  • Moving of luggage between accommodations
  • Detailed route notes/maps
  • Personal information pack

 

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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 is a grade 1/2 holiday

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.

There is an optional (see availability and price section) transfer back to Girona or Barcelona Airport, however you can also make your own way by bus with Sarbus, Sarfa .

Bus Options
There are several buses a day from Sant Feliu de Guíxols to Barcelona Airport, starting at 07.05, they take 2 hours and cost €8.75 per person.

There are 3 buses a day from Sant Feliu de Guíxols to Girona Bus Station, starting at 07.35, they take 2 hours 5 minutes and cost €8.30 per person, you then need to take a bus or taxi (approx. €30) to the airport, the optional transfer from your last accommodation to Girona Airport for €120 is the best option.

Availability and Prices

Prices and Availability:

Prices 2017

DatesPrice (2 people
sharing a twin/
double room)
Single supplement Single supplement (2 + people)
1 Mar to 8 April€729€449€224
9 April to 17 April€798€487€248
18 April to 13 May€729€449€224
14 May to 27 June€798€487€248
1 Sept to 11 Sept€798€487€248
12 Sept to 30 Sept€749€461€231
1 Oct to 21 Oct€729€449€224

Optional Extras

Private transfer from the last accommodation to Girona Centre/Airport (€70, max 8 people)
Private transfer from the last accommodation to Barcelona Centre/Airport (€200, max 8 people)

Supplement for half board (€ 195 per person)

Extra nights at accommodations (Please contact us)

What your holiday includes:

  • Transfer from Girona Airport/Centre or Figueres Vilafant Train Station (if travelling from Barcelona) to your first accommodation
  • Welcome meeting with local English speaking guide
  • 24/7 local support
  • Seven nights’  accommodation
  • Seven breakfasts
  • Moving of luggage between accommodations
  • Detailed route notes/maps
  • Personal information pack

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    • Tremendous. We have many wonderful memories and photos.The walks began at an easy pace and became more challenging and always there were wonderful views.


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    • We had the most enjoyable walking holiday from start to finish – our first abroad. We were a little apprehensive before we started but this soon disappeared. Your attention to detail was excellent, the accommodation and food wonderful, and the walks each day very interesting and varied.


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    • Really wonderful! It exceeded my expectations. Steve could not have been more helpful in coordinating and supporting us in this holiday. We loved the places we stayed, enjoyed the people and small towns. The food was excellent. The hikes we great. I felt like we really got to see the country and small communities.


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