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Taste & Walk Catalonia (Grade 2)

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Holiday Overview:

This walking holiday gives you the chance to really scratch below the surface, all within a short distance of the beautiful and historic city of Barcelona, you’ll visit famous Cistercian Monasteries, you’ll discover a land rich in culture, heritage, nature, wine and cava, celebrations and traditions, crafts and the rugged Catalan coast.

This self-guided walking will gives you everything::

  • Walk through the stunning Catalan countryside, through olives groves, oak forests and grape vines
  • Visit the Poblet Monastery, one of the largest in Spain and a UNESCO world heritage site
  • Visit the Vallbona Monastery, for eight centuries the Monastery has been cared for by Cistercian nuns
  • Visit the Santes Creus Monastery which came into being in 1166
  • Two guided vineyard visits
  • Discover medieval villages
  • Discover Romanesque and Gothic buildings and the region’s acclaimed gastronomy
  • Visit Tarragona, a beautiful coastal city, rich in history and culture



Taste & Walk Catalonia (7 Nights)

Nights: 7

Grade: 2 (click here to see our walking grades)

Terrain: inland rural tracks & trails

Day 1: Arrive at Barcelona El Prat or Barcelona Reus Airport or Barcelona Centre where you will be transferred Montblancto your accommodation in Montblanc, once there you will have a welcome meeting with an local English speaking guide.

Montblanc is one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Catalonia, its ancient architecture, rich cultural and natural heritage make it the perfect place to start your Catalan Adventure.

Accommodation: 3* Hotel, Montblanc. This wonderfully charming hotel has rustic features thanks to its careful renovation from a 19th-century home constructed of wood and stone. Escape to the Catalonian countryside in traditional style. Located in the centre of Montblanc, you will experience an authentic feel for this lovely village in the Catalonian countryside.

DEST+ì ROCAFORT DE QUERALT Adria Borras. GR175Day 2: Today you’ll head off along some lovely trails and onto the famous Poblet Monastery (a UNESCO world heritage site), the richest working Monastery of the three Monastery’s you’ll visit on this holiday. Then onward your route takes you up into the hills along some more beautiful trails, you will past the cave hermitage of Sant Joan before descending gently through deciduous woods and past the vines tended by the monks of Poblet and finally you will arrive at Les Masies. (10Km, accumulative ascent 550m, approx. walking time 3hrs 20 mins)

Les Masies is a beautiful village in thePoblet_Monastery interior of this province. The incredible beauty of its natural surroundings and its closeness to the Poblet Monastery of have made this town a firm favourite with many tourists returning again and again.

The Poblet Monastery is one of the largest in Spain. At its centre is a 12th-century church. This austere, majestic Monastery, which has a fortified royal residence and contains the pantheon of the kings of Catalonia and Aragon, is an impressive sight and only 10 minutes walk from your accommodation.

Accommodation: 3* Farmhouse, Espluga de Francolí. This charming 14th-century farmhouse has a beautiful location just 1 km from the Poblet Monastery. It features an award-winning restaurant, air-conditioned rooms, and free internet. The rooms at the Masia del Cadet all have heating, a TV and a bathroom with hairdryer. The Masia’s restaurant serves regional and national dishes and has an excellent wine list. There is a separate bar and a lovely terrace-garden, for outdoor dining.

P1020037Day 3: Today you are going to complete the first part of the trail by 4×4 , traversing the low escarpment to the north of Poblet, until the El Tallat Monastery. You will then, drop gently into another world on wide tracks through terraced wheat fields and into the interior of the Tarragona countryside. You’ll have the chance to take the tasting visit in l’Olivera. After this, you can visit the Monastery of Vallbona before continuing onward to your hotel in Rocallaura. (15Km, accumulative ascent 230m, approx. walking time 4hrs 30mins )

Rocallaura is a small medieval village close to the beautiful Vallbona Monastery, for eight centuries the Monastery has been cared for by cistercian nuns, they have never left it since it was founded in the twelfth century. The tomb of Queen Violant of Hungary, the choir of the  church where the nuns hold their prayers, its spectacular fine dome, the cloister,1024px-Vallbona_Monges-Claustre which blends romanic and gothic styles, the chapter-house with a statue of the Virgin of Mercy and the chapel where you can admire the Virgine of the cloister will not fail to impress you.

Accommodation: Modern 4* Hotel, Rocallaura. Surrounded by a natural landscape of green mountains, this magnificent new spa hotel takes advantage of the thermal waters of its own spring to create an atmosphere of peaceful relaxation. The hotel was opened in 2009 following the careful completion of an impressive building dating from 1908. Nowadays it blends a tranquil, historic feel with state-of-the-art design and facilities. In the hotel spa you can unwind with the help of the natural spring waters, known for their beneficial properties.  The on-site restaurant serves gourmet cuisine to enjoy during your stay. It specialises in delicious local Catalan dishes and offers amazing views of the surrounding scenery through its large windows.

P1020077Day 4: Today you head east, you will follow a beautiful trail through a shady oaks forest, after a while the views will open up over the Conca de Barberá, an area famed for its wines and tasty cheeses. After a gradual ridge ascent you will arrive at the highest point of the week with outstanding panoramic views before you descent down to Vallverd de Queralt, (18.5Km, accumulative ascent 400m, approx. walking time 5hrs 30mins)

Vallverd de Queralt is a small medieval village, the first historical reference dating back to 1186.

Accommodation: Rural Hotel, Vallverd de Queralt. Your accommodation is a renovated 16th-century country house set in the beautiful Catalan countryside. This rustic stone-walled hotel offers heated rooms with a TV. The bathroom comes with a bath or shower, a hairdryer and toiletries. P1020034

Day 5: Today is a longer days walk but nevertheless still beautiful and enchanting. The descent towards the village of Pont d’Armentera on the river Gaia winds through Mediterranean scrub and aromatic vegetation. This is a pleasant walk through riverside vineyards and arable fields to the Santes Creus Monastery (you will visit the Monastery tomorrow).  (16.3Km, accumulative ascent 100m, approx. walking time 5hrs)

The village of Santes Creus was formed around the grounds of the of the Santes Creus Monastery, a beautiful village to spend your last night inland before you head to the coast tomorrow.

Accommodation: 3* Hotel, Santes Creus. Set by the Santes Creus Monastery, historic Labadia de Santes Creus features an extensive garden with a swimming pool. Offering free Wi-Fi, the 18th century country house has impressive panoramic views. The restored house offers stylish rooms with beamed ceilings and traditionally-tiled floors. Each room has a balcony with views, and the bathroom comes with a bathtub and hairdryer. There is a variety of Catalan restaurants within a 5-minute walk.

santes creusDay 6: Today you stay local and visit the Santes Creus Monastery which came into being in 1160 under the patronage of the Montcada and Cervelló houses and Count Ramon Berenguer IV. On the banks of the River Gaià the monks, who came from the Occitan Abbaye de Grandselve, found the ideal site for building a monastery which, until 1835, would be the centre of one of the largest and most influential monastic domains of the Kingdom of Aragón. Its history and the Cistercian way of life are described in the audiovisual tour you can take “The Cistercian World”. At an agreed time you will then be transferred to Tarragona for a 2 nights stay in this beautiful historic city.

The eternally sunny port city of Tarragona is a fascinating mix of Mediterranean beach life, Roman history and medieval alleyways. Spain’s second-most important Roman site, Tarragona has a wealth of ruins, including a seaside amphitheatre. The town’s medieval heart is one of the most beautifully designed in Spain, its maze of narrow cobbled streets encircled by steep walls and crowned with a splendid cathedral. A lively eating and drinking scene makes for a perfect location for your last two nights.

Accommodation: 3* Hotel, Tarragona. With a privileged position enjoying sea views and just 10 minutes’ walk from the historic centre, this modern hotel has a fabulous breakfast and an outdoor swimming pool. Start the day with a great choice of food at the breakfast sitting facing the swimming pool. You can emails friends and keep up-to-date on the free, wireless internet connection. Take the short and pleasant walk down to Tarragona’s beach where you can enjoy beautiful Mediterranean views and golden sands.

Day 7: A chance to explore the Roman remains of Tarragona as well as exploring the maze of boutiques in the old town. There are several beaches within walking distance of the town, should you want to dip your toes in the Mediterranean.

Accommodation. As above

Day 8: Departure

What your holiday includes:

  • Welcome meeting by a local English speaking guide
  • Transfer from Barcelona Centre, Barcelona El Prat Airport or Barcelona Reus Airport
  • 24/ local support
  • 7 nights accommodation (breakfast included)
  • GPS with the routes pre-programmed in
  • Route Maps
  • Information pack including information about local history, culture, traditions, restaurants, shops and local attractions etc
  • A guided and tasting visit to two wineries
  • 4×4 transfer on day 3
  • Moving of luggage between accommodations
  • Transfer to Tarragona on day 6

Availability and Prices

Prices and Availability:


Everyday, recommended from March to November

Price 2020

€1120 per person (based on 2 people sharing a twin/double room)

Price 2021

€1140 per person (based on 2 people sharing a twin/double room)

Optional Extras

5 x evening meals: €180 per person

Single room supplement if there are 2 or more people: €300

Single room supplement if travelling alone: Please ask

Departure transfer to Reus Airport on “day 8”: €90 (maximum 4 people)

Departure transfer to Barcelona El Prat Airport on “day 8”: €210 (maximum 4 people)

What your holiday includes

  • Welcome meeting by a local English speaking guide
  • Transfer from Barcelona Centre, Barcelona El Prat Airport or Barcelona Reus Airport
  • 24/ local support
  • 7 nights accommodation (breakfast included)
  • GPS with the routes pre-programmed in
  • Route Maps
  • Information pack including information about local history, culture, traditions, restaurants, shops and local attractions etc
  • A guided and tasting visit to two wineries
  • 4×4 transfer on day 3
  • Moving of luggage between accommodations
  • Transfer to Tarragona on day 6

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Travel Options

Travel Options:

Arrival (arrival transfer and welcome meeting included):
We provide the arrival transfer on “day 1” from Barcelona El Prat Airport (the main Barcelona Airport), Barcelona Reus Airport or Barcelona City Centre.

There are trains every hour from Tarragona back to Barcelona, they take between 35 mins and 1 hr (depending on the train) and cost between €13 and €24 per person.

If you are going to Barcelona El Prat Airport (the main Barcelona Airport), once at Barcelona (Barcelona Sants Train Station) you need to take the shuttle train to the airport, they leave every 30 mins, take approx 25 mins and cost approx. €4 per person.

If you are going to Barcelona Reus Airport the best option is to take the optional taxi for €60 (travel time approx. 20 minutes)

See train times here:

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.

Our walking grades:

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.


See what our customers say…

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    • Thanks for a brilliant week! The 6 day coast walk is an excellent choice for anyone who likes a mix of great walks (the coast to Cadaques & the last one over the ridge via castle & monastery were my favourites) in stunning scenery, with loads of interest en route- archaeology, charming medieval & seaside […]

      —Nicola Hall


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