Catalonia self guided walking holidays

“One of our top selling self-guided walking holidays, at a great price too. Hiking from bed to bed, beauty spot to beauty spot. With luggage transferred.”

Highlights

L’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 holidays

The 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?

Day-by-day itinerary

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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Departure information

Available all year round on any day to suit and can be tailor-made and adapted to your requirements
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.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Catalonia self guided walking holidays

Our self guided walking holidays in Catalonia and tourism in general has benefited the local community here immensely, without tourism many of the local restaurants, hotels, guest houses and craft shops would not exist, all of which employ local staff. Many of the younger generation have also stayed due to the employment tourism brings to the community.

All of our accommodation apart from the last night in Girona is family owned and staffed by locals with their food being sourced locally. As our holidays run out of season they are particularly grateful of our custom.

We also believe our guests give a positive impact on the community. We encourage all our guests to interact with the local community, this gives both the guests and locals the change to interact and embrace each other’s cultural differences. In order to limit the social impact of tourism all are guests are sent information packs about the local customs, religion, politics and history. We encourage our guests to visit local craft shops and to buy any provisions locally.

With regards to the environmental impact, all our guests are encourage to respect the local flora, fauna and wildlife and to act responsibly. They walk on designated paths and make sure no litter is left behind. All of our business waste is recycled where possible through a local community initiative. All communication via fax is done electronically where possible, saving on paper. On arrival our guests are given information on recycling in this part of Spain. They are also given information in the form of a leaflet on how to minimize waste.

Reviews of Catalonia self guided walking holidays

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 07 Oct 2016 by

September was a perfect month to walk, even though it was exceptionally warm; places were not overcrowded and most of the restaurants were still open. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Oct 2016 by

(The) scenery was beautiful. Got to see both touristy and not touristy parts of Catalonia (staying at) a good mix of accommodations. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Oct 2016 by

(The holiday was) fantastic. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2016 by

Great holiday - variety in walks and hotels. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2016 by

The holiday was excellent. Everything was very well organised and we were delighted both with the walking trails and the accommodation booked for us. We would certainly book such a holiday again. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Jun 2016 by

It was in fact one of the best holidays I've ever had, the walks were wonderful and we loved being there in early June when there were few people around! Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Jun 2016 by

We enjoyed the hike tremendously. We have been on a number of self guided hikes and this one rates highly. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 May 2016 by

Every day was different, and we always looked forward to reaching our overnight stop, and to exploring a new place. The little places where we stopped were all very interesting and had lots of character. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Apr 2016 by

The holiday more than lived up to our hopes. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Apr 2016 by

Excellent walking, high standard accommodation. Very well organised by Steve and Maria. Very good route notes. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2015 by

The awesome coastal and inland scenery, the beautifully clear sea and the wildlife combined to make every day really interesting. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Jun 2015 by

The variety and diversity of the scenery each day contributed greatly to making this a most memorable experience. Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the wonderful scenery, you may not come this way again. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2015 by

I loved the walk along the rocky coast from secluded beach to secluded beach. Seeing nesting storks in the Aiguamolls national park was a highlight too! Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Jun 2014 by

It was the best holiday we have taken in many years. Cadacaue was the loveliest town I have ever seen and the hotel on the beach with the balcony views was equally exquisite. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Nov 2014 by

There were so many best bits it is hard to choose just one!! Perhaps one dramatic landscape after another, or was it the amazing food, or the super friendly people, or the lovely accommodations? Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2014 by

It was an excellent trip. Though one doesn't cover as much ground as by other means, you do see things more closely, more intimately. We loved it. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2014 by

A really well organised and above all flexible holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Apr 2014 by

...for a short trip, this hol was ideal... excellently planned/supported by the tour operator...A feast for the senses. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 May 2013 by

We were sorry when it ended. Steve is a friendly, down to earth operator who gave excellent advice. The instructions were very easy to follow. This certainly rates as an outstanding holiday experience. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2013 by

This holiday was very well organized, and it allowed me to explore towns and landscapes in Catalonia that I never would have discovered on my own...The most memorable part of this holiday was the little discoveries along the trail - secluded beaches, apple and olive orchards, vineyards, and old ruins. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2013 by

The scenery, it was spectacular, beautiful trails, not many tourists, unspoilt. Food and wine superb. People at guest accomodation were very friendly and helpful and Steve the operator was excellent. His organisation for the trip was perfect, everything went to plan, he was a good communicator and dealt with any problems we had. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 May 2013 by

Great way to connect with nature, travel light and eat very well at night. Steve and Maria are very friendly and explain everything properly to give us a good start. It's hard to get lost with their instruction. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 May 2013 by

Wonderful - well organised, lovely accommodation, plenty of variety. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2013 by

It was a very nice trip for our family. It is away from all the other tourist traps. We get to see something very few people have the opportunity to see. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2013 by

The most memorable part was the walk from Cadaques to Selva. Lovely walking, great views. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Apr 2012 by

Every single hike on this excursion was fabulous, but my personal favourite was the hike from Platja Canyelles to Cadaques - just the two of us for miles and miles, going from one gorgeous Mediterranean beach to the next, up and down the coastal cliffs...Superb - it absolutely exceeded my expectations on every level. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 May 2012 by

We love walking holidays, and this one exceeded any expectations...We loved the landscape, the wild native plants, the blue blue Mediterranean, the charming villages we stayed in or near...It was extra extra special and totally memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 May 2012 by

A great way to experience in some detail the varied scenery and villages of the area. We particularly enjoyed the challenge of getting up to the heights of the wonderful Monastery of St Pere and the ruined castle we appreciated the fact that Steve and Maria were always nearby to deal with any issues...Terrific! Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2012 by

Arriving in an interesting new place at the end of a lovely walk each day. The anticipation of arriving somewhere on foot and the excitement of exploring somewhere new. The birds (especially the flamingoes) on the wetlands and the flowers on the hillsides were memorable too. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2012 by

The most memorable part was the sense of being an explorer especially when coming upon the spectacular (and unexpected) bird refuge!...The holiday was great for clearing the mind and refreshing the spirit while enhancing the ability to focus. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2012 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was dragging my puffing, panting, sweating, body up that mountain, sure in the belief I couldn't do it. Unsurpassable views from the top of the world, and a real sense of achievement...One of the best holidays I've ever had. I felt truly refreshed and relaxed by the end. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Mar 2012 by

Thanks for a wonderful walk. The combination of ancient roman ruins, spectacular coastal scenery with a backdrop of snow capped mountains, important medieval monasteries, working farming and fishing villages and an important ornithological site made this a unique walk for us. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Oct 2011 by

Excellent. Steve and Maria were personable and professional in every way. They were very understanding of limitations of our group, and willing to adjust accordingly. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2011 by

Everything about the 5 day hiking tour went well beyond anything I could possibly have imagined. The hikes themselves were stunningly beautiful, lots of variation in scenery and elevation. The hotels were wonderfully charming and run by the most lovely people, the food was excellent. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Apr 2011 by

The hikes were perfect: beautiful, with just the right amount of challenge; historically fascinating; and easily traversed, as Steve provided detailed directions. Likewise, the accommodations were lovely. I cannot say enough good things about this tour and would recommend it to everyone I know. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Nov 2011 by

Walking in quiet and scenic countryside, great views. Temperatures in the low 20s were just right for walking. Everything was well organised - and as we did the 7 night easy walk, the day off in Cadaques was just right. The food at all the places we stayed was excellent. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Nov 2011 by

Quality and location of accommodation after following well-prepared instructional maps with photos (which enabled us to see much appreciated local fauna and flora en-route) plus enjoying local hospitality. Tomato on toast!! Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2011 by

The whole holiday was excellent. The variation in the walks and the diversity of the accommodation and food made it very different to other holidays we have been on. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Oct 2011 by

Well thought out, flexible programme, comfortable accommodation, reliable luggage transport arrangements all contributed to a wonderful holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Sep 2011 by

The great views from the walks were most memorable. Excellent. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Jun 2011 by

The walks were wonderful. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Jun 2011 by

Ticked all the boxes...from warmth of first meeting Steve and Maria to the careful route plans & photos they supplied. We always felt looked-after without being part of an organised group. The perfect pitch! Read full review

Reviewed on 25 May 2011 by

I was very impressed by the overall holiday, the organisation, detail and thought that went into it. Walking notes were good, accommodation good and food almost always very good. I can highly recommend this tour operator Read full review

Reviewed on 24 May 2011 by

A great welcome & a well thought through pack. Walks were hard going in places but worth it, & it was all stress free as Steve & Maria had covered everything so well. We had a great time, thank you. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2011 by

Holiday was excellent, everything went very smoothly with no problems around pick up's, transport, accommodation, navigation etc. Steve did a very good job & has a good business. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Apr 2011 by

Enjoyed the lovely location - beach, hills and the wildlife in the nature reserve was stunning. The holiday allowed us to meet the local people and obviously spend money with them whilst taking care of the environment that we walked through. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Mar 2011 by

The six hour coastal walk from Rose's to Cadaqués was fantastic - beautiful views, great sunshine and although tiring on the feet it wasn't too exhausting. Seeing the views of Cadaqués and walking into the quiet fishing town was very rewarding. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2010 by

Really wonderful! It exceeded my expectations. Steve could not have been more helpful in coordinating and supporting us in this holiday. We loved the places we stayed, enjoyed the people and small towns. The food was excellent. The hikes we great. I felt like we really got to see the country and small communities. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2010 by

Tremendous. We have many wonderful memories and photos.The walks began at an easy pace and became more challenging and always there were wonderful views. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Nov 2010 by

Most enjoyable... Don't worry about getting lost. Best walking instructions/guides we have ever had. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2010 by

Most memorable? The unexpected; walks, scenery, accommodation & food. Different & varied every day... Steve has thought of everything & is willing to help out in any way possible. He met us personally on arrival and his welcome meeting was really useful. The walking route instructions made it impossible to get lost. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2010 by

This was the first organised walking holiday we have done and we enjoyed it immensely. The detailed guidance provided to ensure we could not lose our way was great. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Jul 2010 by

We really enjoyed it and only wish the operator offered more walks in the same area Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Jul 2010 by

Ranks as the best walking holiday we've had yet. The bar's set high for any other company to beat this! Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Jun 2010 by

A wonderful experience, full of sights and sounds I will never forget. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2010 by

Fantastic - loved the combination of historic buildings and villages with great walking and scenery. The route is well-thought out, the walk notes are comprehensive and Steve is an excellent 'host'. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 May 2010 by

The walks were really well planned and varied and the countryside wonderful. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2010 by

Great views and lots of variety in scenery and places to stay. Relaxing in a jacuzzi at then end of a day's walking with some excellent wine. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2009 by

I would say the landscapes and seascapes on sections of the walks will stay with me most. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2009 by

This was more than just a walking holiday as there are plenty of interesting things to do on the way (and Steve has planned the walks to ensure you have time to enjoy the sights). Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Oct 2009 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was swimming in the pool of a residence after a long hot dusty mountain walk Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Jul 2009 by

The beauty and variety of the hikes were wonderful, ranging from hiking along the gorgeous Mediterranean, walking through remarkable Roman and Greek ruins, birdwatching in a nature preserve, to climbing a mountain to see Spain's oldest monastery. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Jul 2009 by

The walk from Roses to Cadaques was both the most challenging and memorable, lovely coves to swim and fantastic views along the coastline. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Jun 2009 by

Excellent. Steve of the tour company was very considerate and had organised the holiday extremely well. All the accommodations were excellent and the owners made us very welcome. The food was very good. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2009 by

Really enjoyable, great food and very comfortable, friendly accommodation. Walking was beautiful and very varied, completely different walks on each day, not too strenuous but enough to feel you've had to put in a bit of effort! Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Feb 2009 by

Most memorable were the flamingos etc at Aiguamolls natural park, superb. The views over the bay of Roses seen from the coastal walks. Read full review

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