Walking holiday in Catalonia and France

“Follow the easy, breezy coastal paths of French and Spanish Catalonia on this relaxed guided walking holiday, with a day free in Collioure, too.”

Highlights

Toulouse | five days walking | cover up to 13km a day | Port de la Selva | walk around Els Llaures peninsula | Cap de Creus to Pla de Tudela | Cadaques | free day in Collioure | train to Port Vendres for circular walk | train to Argeles sur Mer and walk back to Collioure | all accommodation and breakfasts included

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Walking holiday in Catalonia and France

Accommodation and Meals:
During the trip we are based in two small towns along the Catalan coast. The first 3 nights we stay in the Spanish Catalan town of Port de la Selva at Hotel Cap de Creus. The last 4 remaining nights of the trip we are based at Hotel Madeloc in the French Catalan coastal town of Collioure. The breakfasts served in both hotels are homemade from locally produced and sourced goods. Both hotels employ local staff which helps benefit the local community. Hotel Cap de Creus and Hotel Madeloc are conscious of their environmental impact and do a number of things to minimise their impact by having recycling, energy saving and minimal waste policies throughout the hotels.

Local Craft and Culture:
There will be numerous opportunities on the trip to buy local crafts and experience the Catalan culture on French and Spanish sides of the border. The towns of Port de la Selva and Collioure have many craft shops which sell local products and we will also be able to visit the street market of Argeles sur Mer which is a popular market that sells local produce such as vegetables, fruit and fish that has been caught that very same day. There is a strong emphasis on Catalan culture throughout the trip and this can be experienced in the gastronomy and restaurants visited as well as the leader encouraging clients to visit important cultural sights such in each location we stay such as churches, the centre of old towns and other sights of historical and cultural importance along this Catalan coast.

Activity:
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints, although this tour actively encourages guests to talk to local people, visit local cafes, use small businesses to purchase traditional gifts and crafts and get a real impression of the region. We have the chance to explore several coastal towns and villages where our commerce has a really positive impact.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with active trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. We suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should re-fill a singular bottle. Our guides can advise where to fill them and where to recycle any litter.

Waste:
The leader will also give a briefing on how best to manage waste during throughout the trip. Clients are actively encouraged to dispose of waste in bins and to use recycling facilities where possible. Our local partner and leaders ensure they lead by example and provide clients with an appropriate briefing on how to dispose of waste.

A Fair Deal:
We work closely with our local operator to run this trip in a way that aims to reduce impacts and to give as much back as possible to the local communities. Part of this is employing local leaders, who are committed to responsible tourism and helping to preserve the way of life in their area. The leaders will give a briefing on responsible tourism issues to help you understand how you can help reduce your impact and maximise the benefits to the local community from your visit.

UK office
It all starts at home so we have first worked to reduce our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies in place, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Group size
We operate small group tours that have a low impact on the communities we visit and we always ensure our operations do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. This allows us to stay in unique and characterful accommodation that would not have benefitted from tourism due to their limited size.

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