|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.|
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.
Spanish classes + stunning hikes in Picos de Europa
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