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 Girona, to 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
7 nights hotels
All breakfasts and 2 dinners
Detailed route instructions and maps
Area Manager available throughout the tour
Start any dates between May to October
ARRIVE / DEPART
Classic Accommodation: US$1800
Sing supplement: $475
Luxe Accommodation: US$2250
Sing supplement: $560
You can reach Girona from Barcelona by rail (38 min) or fly direct into Girona.You can book trains by visiting their web site at www.raileurope.com or visit the Spanish rail network www.renfe.es The easiest way to reach the hotel in Girona is by taxi and these can be found on arrival outside the train station.
Arrive to Girona, a vibrant city in Catalonia. This is the city Spaniards voted as the most livable city in the country. It’s no surprise as it is full of charming cafes and restaurants and is an easy and pleasant city to discover on foot. Our Area Manager will meet you on arrival and give you an orientation to the trip.
The recommended hike today starts from the historical center and follows a trail east climbing to a sanctuary for astounding views and looping back to Girona in time for lunch and to explore this vibrant city more.
Walking Distance: 13 km, elevation gain 420 m or 23 km, gain 700 m.*
Transfer to Palamos to 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: 12 km, elevation gain 200 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: 11 km, elevation gain 300 m.*
Pals & Toroella de Montgri
Walk a trail from Begur to the medieval town of Pals, described 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….”. 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.
Waking Distance: 13 km, elevation gain 60 m or 9 km, gain 95 m. 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 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 good restaurants and we will share our favourites with you.
Walking Distance: 11 km, elevation gain 400 m or 15 km, gain 460 m.*
From Cadaqués, walking options are plentiful. Our favourite is to Port Ligat where you can visit the former home (now museum) of Salvador Dali. From Port Ligat continue hiking to Cap de Creus with breathtaking views of the Med. From the Cap, you’ll be able to see across to France- this is where the Pyrenees mountains meet the sea. Another more challenging hike alternative is to the village of Cala Joncols which takes 2-2 ½ hours.
Walking Distance: 12 km, elevation gain 480 m or 22 km, gain 355 m.*
Depart at your leisure for onward travel. Buses depart at 7:45 and arrive to Barcelona at 10:30.
On this trip transfers (included as part of the trip) are as follows:
Day 3: Girona to Palamos (45 km; 45 min)
Day 6: Torroella de Montgri to Roses (45 km; 45 min)
*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.
This hotel has the only swimming pool and gardens in the center of the city. Fully renovated in 2009 with contemporary style, and located walking distance to great restaurants.
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 4-star hotel is located in the historic center of Girona and is intimate with just 15 rooms. The design incorporates the historic property with contemporary décor. (swimming pool)
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.
Set next to the Placa de l’Emporda park, this elegant boutique 4-star hotel is a 14th century palace with outdoor swimming pool and fine restaurant.
This 4-star hotel is Cadaqués best, located in the historic center; transformed from an 18th century home, with fresh and modern style.