Catalan Coastal Self-Guided Walk

Catalan Coastal Self-Guided Walk
Catalan Coastal Self-Guided Walk
Catalan Coastal Self-Guided Walk
Catalan Coastal Self-Guided Walk
Catalan Coastal Self-Guided Walk
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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.

Highlights
  • Delightful villages, bijou beaches, craggy coves and rocky bays
  • Cap de Creus peninsula, one of the largest protected Natural Parks
  • Cobbled streets, medieval archways, fishermen's huts-turned-restaurants
  • Rich history: Roman ruins, sun-kissed castles and prehistoric dolmens
  • Sea views almost all week from fabulous, high walking trails
Food

All continental breakfasts and 6 evening meals. Traditional Spanish food such as paella, chorizo and albondigas (meatballs) can be found on just about every menu in Catalunya, but do not forget to try the regional specialities too. Local cuisine features plenty of fish, including world-renowned anchovies from L’Escala, and botifarras (black pudding) from the mountains. A good starter might be Pan Catalán (pa amb tomàquet), this is lightly toasted bread, drizzled with olive oil and topped with tomatoes and garlic. Thanks to its geography, the region has developed “Sea and Mountain” - mar y muntana cuisine, combining chicken with lobster, or rabbit with prawns. Fruits are used as well, such as roasted chicken and figs, or pheasant and grapes. Dishes are rich and hearty, however, it is not just a meat-based cuisine, and there are plenty of vegetable options. Catalan dishes also rely heavily on sauces: Sofrito is an onion and tomato sauce, Picada is made from dried fruits, nuts and herbs, Sanfaina is a sauce of fried peppers, aubergines, onions and tomatoes and Romesco is made with tomatoes, peppers, nuts and garlic. Most menus are written in both Castilian and Catalan and sometimes in English too, but you may find a pocket dictionary useful in the more remote places.  

Destinations
  • Europe
  • Spain
Tour Types
  • Beaches
  • History
  • Adventure
  • Singles
  • Trekking
  • Walking

Location: Garriguella

Explore the pretty streets of Garriguella before your evening meal

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Vilamont Spa Hotel

Meals: ,Dinner,

Location: El Port de la Selva

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.

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Accommodation Name: Hotel Porto Cristo

Meals: ,Breakfast,Dinner,

Location: El Port de la Selva

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.

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Accommodation Name: Hotel Porto Cristo

Meals: ,Breakfast,Dinner,

Location: Cadaqués

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.

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Accommodation Name: Hotel Playa Sol

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Cadaqués

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.

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Hotel Playa Sol

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Roses

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

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Hotel Almadraba Park

Meals: ,Breakfast,Dinner,

Location: 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.

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Accommodation Name: Hotel Almadraba Park)

Meals: ,Breakfast,Dinner,

Location: Garriguella

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. *(Breakfast at hotel and evening meal in local restaurant)*

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Vilamont Spa Hotel

Meals: ,Breakfast,Dinner,

Location: Garriguella

LEAVE GARRIGUELLA

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Included
  • Route notes and maps provided 
  • All continental breakfast and 4 evening meals
  • Luggage transfers between hotels 
  • Walking transfers

Not Included
  • Travel insurance
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  • Visas and vaccinations
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  • Single supplements
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8 year old cild can go on this tour
There are no specific health risks.
No visa required for British passport holders. For further Brexit travel advice please visit https://www.abta.com/tips-and-advice/brexit-advice-for-travellers
No visa required for British passport holders.
5* Our Catalonia adventure
Beautiful and diverse walks through glorious countryside and yomps across some spectacular coastlines, this Catalonian coastal walk was a perfect way to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary together. We are newbies to Exodus travel and had been looking for something different and special to do with just to 2 of us. This hit the mark perfectly; the booking staff were so friendly, our tour guides so helpful nothing was too much trouble, even the route guidance was friendly (and top notch in knowing the local areas of interest from prehistoric monoliths to Salvador Dali's house ) And the hotels we visited were first rate, we feel so lucky as first timers to have landed on such a delightful experience.My only concern is how I am going to get used to not finishing a walk with a celebratory glass of the local wine with fresh tapas!The routes were just the right stretch for us between 8 to 10 miles every other day, so that you get to spend a day in your new venue exploring and mixing with the locals. We even ventured into the sea a few times including kayaking in Cadaques. One of the best holidays we've had, and hope to repeat in other exciting places.
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Start:Garriguella
Finish:Garriguella
Group size:1 - 9
Suitable for: 8 to 99
Physical rating:Leisurely / Moderate
Meals:8 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 6 dinners.
Diets:Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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