Catalonia walking holiday in Spain
Description of Catalonia walking holiday in Spain
If the idea of walking from forested volcanic cones to rugged coastal coves, via the medieval city of Girona, appeals to you, then you're looking at the right holiday. Silent beech and pine forests give way to refreshing waterfalls and natural swimming pools. Bustling hilltop villages are drawn closer with each step. The elegant cobbled streets of Girona reveal a rich cultural heritage and proud Catalan identity. Paths across the coastal plains lead to the rugged Costa Brava, where the Mediterranean Sea awaits.
Luggage transfers, GPS, a welcome briefing with Albert and detailed maps and walking notes allow you to completely relax and focus on soaking in the beauty of the everchanging landscapes. All of the hotels and guest houses are small and family-owned, guaranteeing a warm welcome. Naturally, this being Catalonia, the food isn't bad either!
The walks are generally not too demanding. There are a couple of days where the distance is a little longer, but the height gain is nothing dramatic. The walks can be shortened if needed and an extra night in Girona can slow the pace if desired. Full details are provided on request.
PlanetThe first hotel of the itinerary is a former rectory which is certified under the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism. This guarantees a minimal environmental footprint. Original features have been restored to imbue the property with much of the character which had been lost. Solar panels are used to provide hot water and a great effort is made to recycle all paper, packaging, plastic, cartons, cans and glass. Waste liquids are also disposed of in a responsible manner.
In Garrotxa the hotel you stay in is a restored country farmhouse that had been left abandoned for many years. The owners have dedicated a great deal of time in thoughtfully restoring the building to its former glory and maintaining the forest paths, allowing guests to interact with the surrounding environment, without damaging it.
Throughout the trip, detailed walking notes are provided for guests to follow. These are designed to ensure the continued enjoyment and protection of the precious environments through which they pass and are regularly checked by our team members.
PeopleBy working directly with local guesthouse owners, restaurateurs, drivers and guides we ensure that our money goes directly to the people who will shape your holiday. These are our long-term partners, with whom we have developed close relationships. Our holiday guide extends this ethos, sharing our favourite locally-owned restaurants and cafes.
Catalonia is blessed with excellent conditions for growing a bounty of local vegetables and producing outstanding wine. The hotels we use are all small, family-run guesthouses who take advantage of the local ingredients in their cooking. This ensures that much of your money is spread throughout the Catalan economy.
The medieval city of Girona provides a very attractive alternative to over-visited Barcelona. You'll be more exposed to the Catalan identity and the history and cultural heritage of the region. Along with the numerous small villages you'll pass through, you'll gain a far better appreciation of the way people live and think.
The impact of tourism is gradually encroaching on the traditional ways of life along the Costa Brava. However, by thoughtfully engaging with the small fishing communities along the coastline, we can ensure that these villages remain economically viable and their ways of life are given a degree of protection.