CATALONIA

THE WILD COAST – SELF-GUIDED

Trip Style

Coastal Walk, Mountainous

Availability

From 14th Jan to 7th July and 1st Sept to 14th Dec

Highlight

Greek and Roman Ruins of Empuries, Aiguamolls Nature Reserve

Price from

800 EUR

 

Grade

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

 

This walking holiday through the autonomous community in Northern Spain has been specifically designed to reveal many aspects of the beautiful Catalonia. You will walk along the “wild coast” with its miles of coastal cliffs, solitary beaches and coves with crystal clear water. You will walk inland through the Aiguamolls Nature Reserve where innumerable seabirds and songbirds have settled. You will walk up mountain trails offering spectacular views sweeping far into the Pyrenees.

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You will have the chance to discover Greek and Roman ruins, gothic buildings, the region’s acclaimed gastronomy. Sample the wines produced by the vineyards you pass en-route and much more!

 

We have chosen accommodation that fits the character of the walk. We believe they offer the best quality of service and value for money from the choice available. The accommodation varies, from a beautiful 4* rural converted farmhouse surrounded by orchards to a large rustic family run 4* hotel close to the beach in a traditional whitewashed fishing village surrounded by mountains.

 

Catalonia is currently seeking independence from Spain. This shouldn’t impact your trip, but do keep it in mind when talking to locals.

PACKAGE DETAILS

Day 1: L’Escala

Arrive at Girona airport or Figueres train station where you will be transferred to your accommodation in L’Escala. Welcome to the first day of your walking holiday through Catalonia!

 

The old centre of the town still retains the character of a typical Spanish working town. Its bustling narrow streets boast a 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.

Day 2: SantMartí d’Empúries (11km 5hrs)

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. The Romans used the ancient city as their base for the invasion 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. Later, you will arrive at Sant Pere Pescador. Surrounded by a beautiful landscape and natural interest, and crossed by the River Fluvià, St. Pere dates back to the year 974. Back then, it was still owned by the Monastery of St. Pere de Rodes.

Day 3: River Fluviá/Aiguamolls Natural Park (12km 4hrs)

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. 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 in the area. If you are lucky you can make some extra exciting sightings during the spring and autumn migrations; when Grey Herons, Golden Plovers, Flamingos, Black Storks and Spoonbills come through in droves.

Arriving at Castello D’Empuries, you are greeted by a beautiful medieval village steeped in history. There are many historical buildings to visit, including the landmark of the village, the dominating Parish Church of Santa Maria.  The Parish Church is often called the “Cathedral of the Empordà” because of its size and gothic influenced architecture.

Day 4: Platja Canyelles (16km 5hrs30)

You will be picked up from your accommodation and transferred to Platja Canyelles.

 

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.

 

Later, you will cut inland through hillsides packed with tiers of old olive groves towards Cadaqués. Cadaqués was a favourite spot of both Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Salvador Dalí 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”.

Day 5: Cadaqués

On your free day in Cadaqués, you could spend the day exploring the numerous small winding alleyways, and visit the Parish Church from XVII. Century should not be missed. Take a walk to Port Lligat and Salvador Dalí’s house.

 

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.

 

These complicated and beautiful forms often cause the visitor’s imagination to get carried away. One sees images of real or mythical animals in them, such as lions, dragons, camels, eagles, cats, rats. Of course, it is the wind and the sea, and not the Gods, which have shaped the geological landscape of the Creus cape right up to the present day.

 

We recommend stopping for a delightful lunch at the restaurant there before you continue on to the next stop of your Catalonian walking holiday.

Day 6: El Port de la Selva (12km 4hrs30)

Make your way north today, through the heart of the 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 will take your breath away with its varied landscapes, its beaches and its mountains. The first historical references to the settlement go back to 974. It became a fully-fledged village in 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. Visit 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.

Day 7: Castell de Sant Salvador (12,5km 5hrs30)

Your walking holiday in Catalonia heads South West today, climbing up to the Sant Pere de Rodes cloister. Its origins date back to the first century after Christ. Sant Pere de Rodes is considered one of the most important Monasteries in Spain.

 

Make your way from there up to the ruins of Castell de Sant Salvador. The view of the Alt Emporda across to the Albera Mountains and far into the Pyrenees is worth the climb. You also have stunning views over the Bay of Roses and the entire Cap de Creus.

 

Climbing down, you’ll pass the little white chapel of Sant Onofre as you walk into the village of Palau Saverdera. This village is your last stop on your journey.

Day 8: Palau Saverdera to Girona/Figueres

If you would like to extend your stay in Catalonian walking holiday we are happy to help. You can stay here for a while, or continue walking on one of our other Spanish walking holidays.

If you do leave us here we will have you picked up and transfered to Girona airport or Figueres train station.

 

 

Special note :
The package isn’t available from July-August and mid-December to mid-January because the accommodation providers don’t accept single night bookings during these periods.

INCLUDED AND NOT

  • 7 nights in 2*, 3* or 4* Hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Roadbook (Guidebook)
  • Welcome meeting with local English speaking guide
  • Transfer from/to Girona airport or Figueres Vilafant train station
  • Luggage Transfer
  • 24/7 Customer Care
  • Flights/trains
  • Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Extra night stays

Access

Way in & out : L’Escala & Palau Saverdera

The closest airport from L’Escala & Palau Saverdera is Girona-Costa Brava airport. However, it’s also easily accessible by flying to Barcelona.

To Girona
– Girona-Costa Brava airport
Major airline flying to Girona : Ryanair

To Barcelona (then Figueres)
– Barcelona-El Prat airport
Virtually all airlines fly to Barcelona.

To Figueres
From Barcelona, 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.

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