The pine-scented coastal region of Catalonia has long attracted artists (Salvador Dali, among others), writers, and those in search of beauty, tranquility, and inspiration. With its multitude of wonderful hiking trails, villages, sunny weather, seaside splendor, art, culture, and gastronomy & wine, this corner of Spain offers everything we look for when traveling. From Callela de Palafrugell to Cadaqués, we have created an itinerary that shows you the very best of this region, and hiking is a splendid way to take it all in.
Calella de Palafrugell
Calella de Palafrugell
Torroella de Mongri
Torroella de Montgrí, Spain
What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?
INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP
6 nights hotels
All breakfasts and 1 dinner
Detailed route instructions and maps
Area Manager available throughout the tour
Start any dates between May to October
ARRIVE / DEPART
Classic Accommodation: US$1600
Sing supplement: $400
Luxe Accommodation: US$1950
Sing supplement: $510
You can reach Palamos from Barcelona by bus (2h45m). You can book buses by visiting their web site at www.sarfa.com.
Arrive to Palamos, a stunning sea-side village in Catalonia. Stroll the vibrant center, dine al fresco at one of the many excellent restaurants.
Callela de Palafrugell
Begin a coastal walk along the Costa Brava to Callela de Palafrugell. This stunning coastline boasts a pleasant walking trail where you will pass beaches and promontories with stunning views.
Walking Distance: 11.6 km, elevation gain 240 m.*
Walk from your hotel to Llafranc, with its idyllic setting and then Begur and its prominent hill-top castle. NY Times article describes Begur as a ‘small maze of lanes dotted with excellent fish restaurants, ancient towers and cozy bars, all scattered beneath a dominating fortress…..There are eight official beaches (and many more unmarked coves), almost all of which are linked by a mix of paved and unpaved walking routes, leading to shorelines of rock, pebbles, smooth brown sand, and even volcanic black, almost Hawaii-like, sand.” Add-on a walk to the stunning beach of Aiguablava and the Cap de Begur possible.
Walking Distance: 12.3 km, elevation gain 380 m.*
Pals & Toroella de Montgri
Walk a trail from Begur downhill to the medieval town of Pals, described in as the “showpiece of all villages, still dominated by the great Tower of Hours, all that’s left of the castle that once guarded the estuary of the Daro…. Pals has obvious charms – winding gardens and pathways, little squares springing suddenly from the narrow alleys….” [The Guardian]. Afterwards continue along a well-signposted trail to Mas Pou, one of our favourite restaurants in the region for a delicious lunch of local specialties before continuing on to Toroella de Montgri and the wonderful Hotel Lo Mirador, housed in a 14th century palace. If you wish a shorter walk, hike to Mas Pou for lunch (open Tue-Sun) and take a shuttle the rest of the way.
Walking Distance: 13 km; 60 m (with shuttle) or 22.1 km, elevation gain 160 m (without shuttle). Add-on to visit fortress and castle: 2.2 km; 200 m gain*
Start the day with a transfer to Roses, another seaside town and walk along a popular trail; stop at Chiringuito La Pelosa to Cadaqués, best known for its stunning setting and for the number of prominent artists who have lived here. Salvador Dali spent part of his childhood in this village and in nearby Port Lligat. Pablo Picasso spent time in Cadaqués, as did Max Ernst, Matisse and Man Ray. This village is filled with great restaurants and we will share our favourites with you.
Walking Distance: 15.7 km, elevation gain 445 m or 21 km, gain 515 m.*
From Cadaqués, walking options are plentiful. An easy option is to Port Lligat where you can visit the former home (now museum) of Salvador Dali. From Port Lligat continue hiking to the stunning beach at Sant Lluis, or for an epic hike, continue all the way to Cap de Creus and enjoy lunch at the Restaurant Cap de Creus. From the Cap, you’ll be able to see across to France- this is where the Pyrenees mountains meet the sea. Back in Cadaques, finish your day at the Boia Nit, run by Manel Vehi, who trained with some of the best chefs in the world (at restaurants like El Bulli, Jaleo and Criterion).
Walking Distance: 6.7 km; 85 m or 12 km, elevation gain 480 m or 21 km, gain 400 m.*
Depart at your leisure for onward travel. Buses depart at 7:45 and arrive to Barcelona at 10:30.
*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.
Located on the seafront with stunning views over the bay of Palamós and just a few minutes walk from the city centre, the centenary Hotel Trias Hotel Trias opened its doors in June 2005 following a complete renovation. *Luxe
This 3-star boutique hotel boasts sea-view rooms and a great location. It has been in the same family for 3 generations. “Quite simply the hotel has the best position in the most charming resort on the most beautiful and rugged coast on the whole Mediterranean.” Arnold Z, Leeds, England.
This renovated colonia-style mansion is now a charming boutique hotel. Proprietors Joan and Clara left Barcelona to beome hoteliers in Begur and this is their dream hotel.
This hotel occupies a 14th century, stone-built palace and boasts a restaurant and swimming pool. We love the location, in the historical center of this medieval village. * Luxe
This 4-star hotel is located across from the beach and has been recently renovated and boasts a lovely swimming pool.
This hotel is located right on the beach. It boasts sea-view rooms, a spa, two swimming pools and it was the first European hotel to be rewarded with a sustainable certification.
This 3-star boutique hotel boasts sea-view rooms and a great location. It has been in the same family for 3 generations. “Quite simply the hotel has the best position in the most charming resort on the most beautiful and rugged coast on the whole Mediterranean.” Arnold Z, Leeds, England. *Classic
This renovated colonia-style mansion is now a charming boutique hotel. Proprietors Joan and Clara left Barcelona to beome hoteliers in Begur and this is their dream hotel. *Classic - superior room booked.
This hotel occupies a 14th century, stone-built palace and boasts a restaurant and swimming pool. We love the location, in the historical center of this medieval village.
This 4-star hotel is Cadaqués best, located in the historic center; transformed from an 18th century home, with fresh and modern style.