Catalan Coast & Mountain (Grade 1/2)

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

7 Night Catalan Coast & Mountain Walking Holiday

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Nights: 7

Grade: Easy/Moderate (Grade 1 & 2) (click here to see our walking grades)

Terrain: Coastal and mountain trails


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Day 1 (Arrival)

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 (1 hour private transfer with a local guide). 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 it the perfect location for the start of your Catalan Adventure.


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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. St Pere is a scenic little world set in one of the most beautiful bays in the Mediterranean. Surrounded by areas of authentic natural beauty and bordered by the River Fluvià, Sant Pere keeps a perfect balance between land and sea, between the greens and yellows of its orchards and the blue and gold of the village’s extensive beaches. 14.8km (9.2 miles), 3 hrs 30 mins walking time

Accommodation: Hotel, Sant Pere Pescador. This is a modern, family run hotel set in extensive gardens. The 26 comfortable and individually decorated en-suite bedrooms all have air conditioning and satellite TV. Many of the rooms have hydromassage baths and a balcony.


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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. 11.1km (6.9 miles), 3 hrs walking time

Accommodation: Hotel, Castello D’Empuriès. This charming restored hotel dates from 1924. It offers fantastic views from its terrace over the Empordà and the beautiful Bay of Roses. The outdoor pool is set in the former Sant Agustí Convent, 100 m from the hotel. The hotel restaurant specializes in traditional Catalan cuisine, which is served on the terrace or under the arches of the dining room.


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Day 4

Today after breakfast you will be transferred by one of our guides to the start of the rugged coastal walk to Cadaquès. You will head east along the coast following a spectacular coastal trail that is destined to fulfil 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 onto the beautiful white-washed coastal town of 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”. 15.5km (9.6 miles), 5 hrs 30 mins walking time

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: 3* 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. Optional upgrade: With this recommended optional upgrade you can upgrade to a hotel on the beach with a sea-view room and terrace (see prices and availability section).


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Day 5

On your free day in Cadaqués you could spend the day exploring the numerous small winding alleyways and a visit to the 17th century Parish Church should not be missed or 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. 3km (1.9 miles) 45 mins walking time 

You may want to walk to the Cap de Creus lighthouse, the most easterly point of the Iberian Peninsula. The rocky 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 right up to the present day. You could also eat lunch at the wonderful restaurant there, with spectacular views out over the peninsular  19.9km (12.4 miles), 6 hrs walking time

Accommodation: As above


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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 interior before arriving in 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 also has some of Catalonia’s best beaches. 12.6km (7.8 miles), 3 hrs 45 mins walking time

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.


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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. 

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. 14.8km (9.2 miles), 4 hrs 30 mins walking time

Accommodation: 3 *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.


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Day 8 (Departure)

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


What your holiday includes:

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

Prices 2024

Dates Price (2 people sharing a twin/double room) Single supplement Single supplement (2 + people)
1 Sep to 7 Nov €870 €577 €256

Prices 2025

Dates Price (2 people sharing a twin/double room) Single supplement Single supplement (2 + people)
14 Feb to 12 Apr €915 €607 €270
13 Apr to 20 Apr €1036 €636 €324
21 Apr to 28 Jun €915 €607 €270
1 Sep to 31 Oct €915 €607 €270

Optional Extras

Private transfer from the last accommodation in Palau Saverdera to Barcelona Airport/Centre: €252, max. 8 people

Room Upgrades

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

2 people sharing a twin/double room: € 105 per person

1 person in a double/twin room (solo occupancy): € 181 per person  

Additional stay in Girona Old Town

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

2 people sharing a twin/double room: € 79 per person

1 person in a double/twin room (solo occupancy): € 139 per person  

What your holiday includes

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

NIGHT 1

Hotel Rallye

L’Escala

A very familiar and welcoming hotel with light and modern rooms, located right next to the seafront promenade. Enjoy delicious local gastronomy at their restaurant and gorgeous views from the rooftop terrace.
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Hotel walkway under the arches

NIGHT 2

Hotel el Molí

Sant Pere Pescador

This family run hotel offers an oasis with a swimming pool, large garden and even a pine forest with hammocks. With comfortable rooms, it’s a perfect place to unwind and relax.
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Pool set in a former convent

NIGHT 3

Hotel Canet

Castelló d’Empúries

Dating back to 1924, this charming hotel blends Catalan tradition with modern comforts, offering beautiful terrace views over the Alt Empordà region and an outdoor pool set in a former convent.
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View from the hotel room through the blue balcony windows

NIGHTS 4-5

Hotel Octavia

Cadaqués

Located in the heart of Cadaques, just 50 meters from the beach, this hotel is an ideal spot for exploring the village and wandering through its bustling streets and little shops. The hotel offers functional and spacious rooms for a comfortable stay.
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Bird view onto the hotel with the sea and coast next to it

NIGHTS 4-5

Llané Petit (Upgrade Hotel)

Cadaqués

This hotel is a peaceful retreat on the western side of the village, tastefully designed with local artwork to create a cozy and welcoming atmosphere. It offers direct beach access and a saltwater pool with stunning views over the village. The upgrade includes sea-view rooms with private terrace.
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NIGHT 6

Hotel Spa Porto Cristo

El Port de la Selva

Situated just a block from the sandy beach, this mid-19th century Empire-style building has been tastefully transformed into a hotel with all desirable amenities, complemented by spa services and massage treatments.
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NIGHT 7

Hotel Boutique Niu de Sol

Palau-Saverdera

The setting of this favorite hotel is truly unique, stylish and smartly furnished to create a natural and calming atmosphere that makes you feel at home. Enjoy the view from the rooftop terrace or relax on the comfortable sofas by the fireplace.
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Travel Options

Arrival Girona Airport

There are regular flights from many European cities to Girona airport, the closest airport for this holiday, most of which are operated by Ryanair & Jet2. The transfer from Girona airport to your first accommodation takes approx. 1 hr. If you are staying in Girona before the holiday/tour we can also collect you from your accommodation.

Arrival Barcelona Airport

There is a wider choice of airlines flying into Barcelona see here. You need to take the Airport Train to Barcelona Sants (Estació Sants) from the airport (Terminal 2B); they leave every 30 mins and take approx. 20 mins, see info here.  If you arrive at Terminal 1, you need to take one of the shuttle buses to the station.

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. 1 hr.

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. You can buy the tickets at the station before you board the train. https://www.renfe.com/es/en.

Departure

Your departure transfer to Figueres Vilafant (if returning to Barcelona), Girona centre or Girona Airport is included.

FAQ’s

Our “self-guided holidays” give you the freedom to start your holiday any day you want and travel along a trail at you own speed with all the tools and information you need to make it a great adventure. All your needs are taken care of, so all you have to do is focus on enjoying every moment, taking in the rich culture, history and spectacular scenery this region of Europe has to offer.

Check out the holiday/tour "price and availability" section to see what what is included

YEs, and arrival transfer from Girona Airport/Centre or Figueres Vilafant Train Station (if travelling from Barcelona) and a a departure transfer to Girona Airport/Centre or Figueres Vilafant Train Station (if travelling to Barcelona) is included in the price.

All our accommodations have been selected for their character, comfort and friendly atmosphere. There is also the option to upgrade to sea-view room with a balcony in Cadaques (night 1 & 2), you can see a list of the accommodations in the "Accommodations" section

We think that travelling light is key to ensuring a really enjoyable and relaxing time. So put your camera, binoculars and bits and pieces in a day rucksack and leave all the heavy stuff to us.

Every morning we’ll pick up your bags containing anything you don’t need for your day. By late afternoon, we’ll have them waiting for you at your next evening’s accommodation.

Of course, you will need to be reasonably active, but we want our guests to enjoy rather than endure their holiday, so you do not need to be super-fit. This holiday/tour has 2 x Grade 1 (Easy) walks and 3 x Grade 2 (Moderate). The optional walk out to the Cap de Creus on your free day in Cadaquès is grade.

You can see the grades here https://www.catalanadventures.com/our-walking-grades/

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