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Walk along easy inland routes and pretty coastal paths on this walk that takes in Spain’s Catalan coast and countryside.
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Six nights accommodation, breakfast daily and four dinners, route notes and maps and luggage transfer between hotels
Selected dates, Jun - Sep
Catalunya is steeped in culture, with its traditions and festivals dating back over thousands of years. Rich in medieval villages and pretty fishing towns, this region is perfect to explore on foot. This relaxing walking holiday traverses the winding sandy paths of Spain’s loveliest coast as well as heading inland to the unspoilt landscapes of the Catalan countryside.
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Exceptionally varied walking routes, including coastal paths and through lush green valleys and ancient pine forests.
Visit beautiful sandy beaches, traditional fishing ports and sun-drenched villages off the tourist trail.
Stay in a lovely family run hotel in a traditional fishing village and in a restored 14th century castle.
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Make your own way to your hotel, where you will spend the night in a room with a private balcony and sea view. It’s only a 5 minute walk to the centre of town where there are so many restaurants to choose from that the evening meal tonight is up to you.
This morning will begin with a 20 minute ride to Mont-Ras from where you will have a choice of walking routes. Both of these routes take you into the Gavarre hills to visit three dolmens with fantastic views as far as Begur and the Illes Medes, before descending to the peaceful medieval villages of Fonteta and Vulpellac. You will then continue on to the hotel at Castell d’Empordà, your accommodation for the next few nights, which has one of the finest located pools you’ll come across.
Today is yours to spend how you like. You may choose to laze by the pool or follow a circular walk linking the pretty medieval villages of Corçà, Monells, which has a pretty square and a number of lovely choices for lunch, and La Bisbal, a lively market town famous for antiques and pottery. Take the time to explore the old quarter including the Carrer de Call, formerly a Jewish ghetto; its intricate arches are still intact today. Alternatively, the local bus goes to Girona and Figueres if you fancy a longer day out.
Start with a gentle walk across the Empordà plain, stopping first at Peratallada, possibly the best preserved medieval village in Spain with its beautifully restored arches, arcaded passageways and lovely shaded squares. Continue through fields bright with sunflowers until you reach peach-coloured Pals, a lovely old village with a Romanesque church affording stunning views. The final stretch of your walk takes you through pine forest to a family-run hotel in the old town of Begur. The food here is fantastic!
Begur is a fashionable hilltop town with an 11th century castle, impressive villas and pretty, narrow streets made for exploring! It’s only 10 minutes by local bus (runs mid Jun - mid Sep only) or taxi to the coast, where four beautiful sandy coves await: Sa Riera, Aiguafreda, Sa Tuna and, just over the hill, Aiguablava. If you’re looking for something a touch more challenging, a circular coastal walk which takes in all the best sections of the area will be an option.
Today a walk along shaded forest paths take you to the lively seaside town of Tamariu, with a fantastic beach, where you pick up the pretty coastal path, passing rocky headlands and chic Spanish resorts en-route to Llafranc, which has spectacular views from the San Sebastian lighthouse. Enjoy lunch in one of the beachfront bars here, where you can almost dip your toes in the water as you eat! Head back to Calella, perhaps continuing along the coastal path as far as the botanical gardens at Cap Roig. Arrive back in time for a swim in the pool or spend a couple of hours on the beach before dinner.
Depart your hotel after breakfast or why not extend your holiday here and marvel at the amazing Gaudi architecture.
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7 Days / 6 Nights
Explore the stunning region of Catalunya as you cycle through fishing villages, past crystal clear waters and beautiful beaches.
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