CATALONIA

  8 day independent tour   This particular walking holiday in Catalonia is available as a self guided tour which we have graded as Moderate (level 2). This hiking vacation in Catalonia has been specifically deignedto reveal many aspects of this beautiful part of Catalonia; you’ll walk along the “wild coast” with its miles of […]

 

8 day independent tour

 

This particular walking holiday in Catalonia is available as a self guided tour which we have graded as Moderate (level 2). This hiking vacation in Catalonia has been specifically deignedto reveal many aspects of this beautiful part of Catalonia; you’ll 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. You will have the chance to discover Romanesque, gothic buildings, the region’s acclaimed gastronomy, and the wines produced by the vineyards you pass on your route and much more! We have chosen accommodation that fit the character of the walk. They are small family run Pensions, Casa Rurals and Hotels.

 

Day to Day Itinerary

 

Day 1

Today arrive to Gerona airport where you shall be met and transferred to your accommodation in L’Escala. The old centre of the town still retains the character of a typical Spanish working town with its bustling narrow streets and 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.

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Day 2

L’Escala to Sant Pere Pescador 6.8 miles, 11km 4-5 hours walking.

Leaving L’Escala behind you will make your way onto the beautiful coastal trail. You will pass the walled settlement of Sant Mart d’Empries, which is well worth a visit. The real highlight, however, is the fascinating Greek and Roman ruins at nearby Empries (pay locally). The ancient city was used by the Romans as their base for the invasion and dominance of the Iberian Peninsula. There are some excellent mosaics and other remains, most dating from 218 BC onwards. From Empries, you walk along the southernmost part of the Bay of Roses, past several beaches where you could pause for a swim. You will finally arrive at Sant Pere Pescador. Surrounded by natural spaces of wonderful landscape and natural interest and crossed by the River Fluvi, St. Pere dates back to the year 974 when it was still a possession of the monastery of St. Pere de Rodes.

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Day 3

Sant Pere Pescador to Castello D’Empuries 7.5 miles 12km 4 hours

Today’s walk takes you along the banks of the River Fluvi, along the beach at its mouth and then through the Aiguamolls Natural Park, dotted with hides. 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, but if you are lucky you can make some exciting sightings during the spring and autumn migrations: grey herons, golden plovers, flamingos, black storks and spoonbills. You will eventually arrive at Castello D’Empuries. Castello is a beautiful medieval village steeped in history. There are many historical buildings to visit; however the landmark of the village, visible from afar, is the parish church of Santa Maria which is often called the “Cathedral of the Empord” because of its size and gothic influenced architecture.

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Day 4

Castello D’Empuries to Cadaques 10 miles 16km 5.5 hours 

This morning you will be transferred to Platja Canyelles. You will head east along the coast following a spectacular coastal trail that is destined to fulfill 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. Eventually you will cut inland through hillsides packed with tiers of old olive groves, and finally onto Cadaques. Cadaques was a favourite of both Picasso and Salvador Dal where Salvador Dal once famously said in 1920: “I have spent a delightful summer, as always, in the perfect and dreamy town of Cadaqus. There, alongside the Latin sea, I have been quenched by light and colour”.

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Day 5

Free day in Cadaques or short walk

On your free day in Cadaques you could spend the day exploring the numerous small winding alleyways, a visit to the parish church from the 17th century should not be missed. Perhaps a walk to Port Lligat and Salvador Dal’s house would be in order. (3 Km, 45 minutes). 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, with its complicated and beautiful forms which often cause the visitor’s imagination to get carried away. One sees images of real or mythical animals in the area (lions, dragons, camels, eagles, cats, rats…), despite the fact that it is the wind and the sea, and not the Gods, which have gone on shaping the geological landscape of the Creus cape right up to the present day. You could also have some lunch at the wonderful restaurant there. (6.8 miles 11 Km, 3 hours)

 

Day 6

Cadaques to El Port de la Selva 7.5 miles 12 km , 4.5 hours.

Leaving Cadaques you make your way north through the heart of the famous 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 is outstanding for its varied landscapes, its beaches and its mountains. The first historic references to the settlement go back to 974, although it did not become a fully-fledged village until 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, such as the Taballera Dolmen, the Serra de Rodes medieval site (made up of Sant Pere de Rodes Monastery, Sant Salvado Castle (13th century), Santa Elena Shrine and the village of Santa Creu), and Sant Fruits Church. The village has some of Catalonia’s best beaches.

 

Day 7

El Port de la Selva to Palau Saverdera 8 miles 12.5 km 5.5 hours. 

Leaving El Port de la Selva behind you, travel South West ascending up to the Sant Pere de Rodes cloister. Its origins date back to the first century after Christ. Christian doctrine understands Sant Pere de Rodes as one of the most important monasteries in Spain. You will then make your way up to the ruins of Castell de Sant Salvador, from here you will have a breathtaking view of the Alt Emporda, across to the Albera Mountains and far into the Pyrenees. You also have stunning views over the Bay of Roses and the entire Cap de Creus. You will then make your way down past the little white chapel of Sant Onofre into the village of Palau Saverdera and finally the end of your journey. Palau Saverdera is a small medieval village with a beautiful little church in the centre, there are a few local bars in the village in which to enjoy a well deserved drink at the end of the day..

 

Day 8

Saturday Departure

 

Tour Rating- moderate
Today after breakfast we shall arrange transfers back to Gerona airport. Say goodbye to your new friends and start your trip home.

 

Schedule & Price

Daily departures from February through October (except July and August)

Price per person CAD $1320
Single surcharge $500
Optional hotel upgrade on Day 4: per person $120

 

This tour includes:
* 7 nights in a room with private facilities

* Daily breakfast

* 3 course dinner on five evenings

* Welcome meeting and tour orientation

* Luggage transfers

* Transfers to/from Gerona airport

* Daily transfers as per tour schedule

* Information pack and maps

* Emergency contact number