Catalan Coastal Self-Guided Walk

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Mainly coastal walking also taking in sweeping green valleys, pretty wine villages, hidden white hamlets and colourful fishing harbours.

Who is it for?

This eight-night, self-guided walking holiday begins and ends in the pretty inland village of Garriguella. Once you commence walking around the peninsula, the sea is your constant companion, offering magical views from the high walking trails that lead you through the reserve. The Natural Park protects cork oak, pine woods, bright orange prickly pear, vineyards and terraces of olive groves, all surrounded by magnificent coastal cliffs where shearwaters and swifts wheel on the breeze.

4 Days of Walking & Trekking

Terrain: Walks on this holiday are mainly on country paths and tracks. Some sections are rocky and uneven so good supportive footwear is essential, and walking poles recommended.

Day 2 : 14.0km/9.0miles

Day 4 : 14.0km/9.0miles

Day 6 : 16.0km/10.0miles

Day 8 : 13.0km/8.0miles

Price

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Highlights

  • Delightful villages, bijou beaches, craggy coves and rocky bays
  • Rich history: Roman ruins, sun-kissed castles and prehistoric dolmens
  • Sea views almost all week from fabulous, high walking trails
  • Cobbled streets, medieval archways, fishermen’s huts-turned-restaurants
  • Cobbled streets, medieval archways, fishermen’s huts-turned-restaurants

Program

Explore the pretty streets of Garriguella before your evening meal.

Staying at Vilamont Spa Hotel

Meals included: dinner

After a 10-minute transfer to Pau, enjoy panoramic coastal views south as you ascend to Sant Onofre, a rocky 14th century chapel clinging to the hillside, then crest the peninsula at Castell de Sant Salvador, once a refuge from pirates and now a sunkissed crumbling ruin in a perfect spot for picnics! Descend past the 13th century Sant Pere de Rodes abbey, before the Vall river leads to the sea. Dine on the waterfront overlooking the picturesque natural harbour.

Staying at Hotel Porto Cristo

Meals included: breakfast dinner

Perhaps use the hotel spa today (payable locally) or stroll along the waterfront; this is the only working harbour on the peninsula, where fishermen still land their catch. We also include directions for a 10.5km or 12.5km walk to the peaceful mediaeval village of la Selva de Mar, where you can enjoy a shady lunch in one of the terrace cafes, and some lovely views over the vines.

Staying at Hotel Porto Cristo

Meals included: breakfast dinner

Heading east, you walk through the heart of the Natural Park where neptune grass, shy orchids and bright yellow saxifrage cover the hillsides. Evidence of ancient settlements in the shape of dolmens appear at Cista dels Bufadors along the trail, before the white houses of Cadaques appear below you. it’s a short stroll along the harbour to your hotel, complete with pool and private beach.

Staying at Hotel Playa Sol

Meals included: breakfast

Salvador Dali lived a short walk from Cadaques, and you can make an appointment to visit his quirky house if you wish. The pretty harbour, perfect light and relaxing atmosphere has made Cadaques popular with artists for decades; many art galleries and curio shops line the waterfront, and the narrow alleyways behind are packed with chic restaurants and bars.

Staying at Hotel Playa Sol

Meals included: breakfast

Leaving Cadaques, you pass a rocky lighthouse outcrop and follow the southern edge of the peninsula, passing below Puig de sa Cruilla. The second half of the walk is all along the seashore, passing a plethora of pretty coves and bays, perfect for relaxing or swimming.

Staying at Hotel Almadraba Park

Meals included: breakfast dinner

At Roses
It will be hard to leave the hotel today; its location is so perfect! Set just above a sheltered beach, with access via steps, it has tennis courts and landscaped gardens shaded by tall pines, not to mention a pool with 180 degree views and a tempting poolside bar. if you do explore, the centre of Roses has the remains of the 16th century Trinitat Castle, a star-shaped redoubt, and the ruined ciutadela, an impressive fortress from Greek and Roman times embellished by Carlos V in the 16th century.

Staying at Hotel Almadraba Park

Meals included: breakfast dinner

You ascend from Roses to a natural balcony, the Pla de les Gates, passing a clutch of dolmens in la Muntanyeta. After descending to the verdant plain below, your walk then takes you on country tracks through apple orchards and sunflower fields, with the high Muntanyes de Verdera as a backdrop, and ends in the wine village of Mas Palou. From here we transfer you (15 minutes) to your hotel in nearby Garriguella.

Staying at Vilamont Spa Hotel, Breakfast at hotel and evening meal in local restaurant

Meals included: breakfast dinner

End of the tour.

Included

  • All continental breakfast and 6 evening meals
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Walking transfers

Not included

  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Travel insurance
  • Single supplements

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