HighlightsL’Escala | Greek and Roman ruins at Empúries | Bay of Roses | Sant Pere Pescador | Aiguamolls Natural Park | Cadaques | Castello D’Empuries | Cap de Creus National Park | El Port de la Selva | Palau Saverdera | Girona optional day
Description of Catalonia self guided walking holidaysThe ever-changing landscapes of northeast Spain provide an exceptional canvas from where to go walking in Catalonia with everything from shaded Mediterranean forests and rocky mountain crags to sandy beaches and glass clear bays adding to the natural attraction of being active outdoors.
There's just something wonderful about walking Catalonia that travellers often come back time and time again with rugged coastal trails providing some exquisite seascapes whist inland areas, such as the Aiguamolls Nature Reserve, offer untold chances to spot sea and song birds in their natural habitat.
Anyone intending to go walking in Catalonia should always incorporate the Pyrenees at some point or another with some spectacular views to be found after tackling mountain tracks that never fail to reward hikers who are prepared to put in the extra effort.
Aside from the beautiful coastal and forest landscapes of Catalonia, walking holidays will also feature numerous cultural aspects with Romanesque and Gothic architecture equally as captivating as picturesque vineyards and numerous chances to discover the region's gastronomic delights.
This seven or eight day walking Catalonia holiday is self-guided which gives walkers the chance to stroll at their own pace with all the freedom required to experience organic adventures whilst also benefiting from local knowledge, luggage transfers and 24hr back up and assistance.
If you'd prefer a shorter option there's also a three or five night itinerary available which starts at Sant Pere Pescador as opposed to L'Escala and misses out the free day option in Cadaques.
Finally, thanks to the new high-speed rail link, walkers will also find themselves under an hour from Barcelona. What's not to like?
Our top tip: Extend this trip by one day to explore the Roman walled city of Girona, with its famous cathedral. Trip type: Self-guided with itinerary. Activity level: Easy to moderate, 3-8 hours walking per day. Max ascent 750m on one day only. Accomm: Mix of local guesthouses, pensions, and family run hotels. Included: Accommodation, breakfasts, some meals, luggage transfers, trip notes, 24 hour local support. Meals: Plenty of cafes. Option to book dinners at accommodation. Solos: Solo welcome. with surcharge.
|Day 1:||Welcome to either Girona Airport or the train station at Figueres (if coming from Barcelona) whereupon you’ll transfer to the town of L’Escala on the Costa Brava. L’Escala is renowned for its old town area and a couple of popular little beaches that add to the laid back ambience featuring narrow streets that will lead you to your first night guesthouse accommodation.|
|Day 2:||Today’s walking distance 11kms. This morning, after breakfast at the guesthouse, you’ll be invited to start your walking tour by following the coastal trail to Sant Pere Pescador by way of the walled village of Sant Martí d'Empúries, the Greco-Roman ruins and mosaics at Empúries and the southern section of the beautiful Bay of Roses. Sant Pere Pescador is a fantastic final destination with the banks of the Fluvià River and several local beaches adding to the salty sea air. Overnight accommodation in a four-star rural guesthouse.|
|Day 3:||Today’s walking distance 12kms. After breakfast this morning you’ll follow the course of the Fluvia River past the beach where it enters the ocean and through the bird watchers’ paradise of Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls. This protected nature reserve is renowned for its birdlife with all manner of migratory species appearing either side of the summer season including: herons, ducks, snipes, shanks, harriers, storks, plovers, flamingos and spoonbills. After spending time amongst the park’s hides and waterways you’ll finally make your way to the medieval village of Castello D’Empuries where the Gothic church of Santa Maria provides an inevitable highlight prior to checking into tonight’s bed and breakfast guesthouse.|
|Day 4:||Today’s walking distance 16kms. This morning, after breakfast, you’ll transfer to Platja Canyelles before walking the spectacular coastal trail eastwards to the town of Cadaques on the Cap de Creus Peninsula. An array of tapas bars, seafood restaurants and authentic Catalan charm awaits with small family-run bars and traditional taverns providing an excellent base to reward yourself after today’s walk. Overnight bed and breakfast pension or upgrade to a three-star hotel, if preferred.|
|Day 5:||Today is yours to relax, rest and explore as you discover what Cadaques meant to both Picasso and Dali as well as making the most of the town’s mysterious meandering alleyways and 17th century traditional parish church. Walks to Port Lligat, Dali’s former house and the lighthouse on Cap de Creus, are all recommended with the rocky outcrops and sea views from the Iberian Peninsula leaving you in no doubt as to the natural beauty of the surrounding area. Overnight bed and breakfast accommodation in Cadaques.|
|Day 6:||Today’s walking distance 12kms. This morning you’ll leave Cadaques after breakfast and follow the trail north to Cap de Creus National Park which features several rustic paths overlooking the rural landscapes of Catalonia prior to finally reaching the historic fishing village of El Port de la Selva. The village has kept its small fishing village atmosphere with several historic monuments and churches decorating the nearby area alongside some of the region’s finest beaches. Overnight bed and breakfast four-star hotel accommodation in El Port de la Selva.|
|Day 7:||Today’s walking distance 12kms. Your penultimate day in Catalonia finds you walking in a south-westerly direction as you make your way up to the monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes and the ruined Castell de Sant Salvador before admiring the stunning vistas over the Bay of Roses and onwards to the far off Pyrenees. Whilst descending from the castle you’ll pass the white washed chapel of Sant Onofre in the medieval village of Palau Saverdera whereupon you’ll check into your four-star guesthouse accommodation and find a local bar or two from where to celebrate your week of walking in Catalonia.|
|Day 8:||This morning you’ll be picked up from your guesthouse after breakfast and transferred to either Girona Airport or Figueres train station in order to meet your scheduled onwards journey home or to elsewhere in Spain.|
|Extra Day:||Optional Extra. At the end of your holiday you will be transferred to your accommodation (4 Star Hotel) in Girona, a city rich in culture and history and the perfect place to relax and enjoy an extra day. Girona is a beautiful city where you get a real feeling for its history just by walking through its ancient streets. It’s a walled city which dates back to the Roman period; the old quarter is located within the city walls. There is a well known stretch of houses, built in the 19th century, which make up the part of the city wall destroyed by the French in 1807 while the city was under siege. The city's main historical attractions include its Roman ruins, the charming small streets of its Jewish quarter, the Arab Baths and the magnificent cathedral which dominates the whole city. Accommodation: 4 Star Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Girona.|
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