Catalonia walking & food tour, Spain

“A seven-day self-guided walking tour through unspoiled Catalunya. Easy to moderate hiking along coastal paths and country trails, with characterful hotels and cracking cuisine!”

Highlights

Palamos | Camins de Ronda coastal path | Castells | Calella de Parafrugell | Llafranc and Tamariu villages | Begur | Marine Reserve of Ses Negres | Aigufreda | Pals | Fontclara | Peratallada | visits to local food producers | Vulpellac | Palau Sator

Description of Catalonia walking & food tour, Spain

This self-guided walking tour through the Baix Emporda region is a wonderful way to experience the natural beauty of Catalunya without damaging the environment. Drawing on intimate local knowledge to create the perfect walking holiday, this seven-day trip incorporates all the region’s natural highlights: the wild flowers in spring, the miles of unspoilt coastline, the lush farmland, the orchards, the fantastic seafood, the local wines, the perfectly preserved medieval villages, the markets, the festivals and, of course, the wonderful weather. Whenever you’re not walking, just sit in a square with a coffee and watch the world go by.

This tour takes in secret coves, undisturbed countryside and perfectly preserved medieval villages. The terrain will vary, from wide forest tracks, to coastal paths and beaches. The coastal path is undulating and can be rough and steep with some short sections of rock hopping, so pack walking boots and maybe trekking poles. Bring a swimsuit, too, for a quick dip to cool off after a hike. You will also have plenty of time to admire the scenery and to enjoy the wild flowers (we supply a factsheet), butterflies and birdlife, as well as some sites of historical interest.

This area of Spain has really fantastic produce and you can enjoy tasting some unique Catalan recipes. Visit an organic olive oil producer, a cheese producer, a small jam factory that creates more than 100 varieties, local markets and the fishing port and fish market in Palamos.

Your accommodation has been chosen for its character, charm, location, cleanliness and friendly welcome. The recommended restaurants offer traditional Catalan cooking with a contemporary twist. Everything on the itinerary has been tried and tested, and after months of research we think we have picked out the best the region has to offer.

The itinerary is designed to suit your requirements and can start on any day, although Saturday to Saturday schedules work best for visits to producers.

Best time to go
In May and early June, wild flowers fringe all the country paths. September and October are the harvest months in Baix Emporda and excellent for walking, with dry sunny days and pleasant temperatures. Orchards are full of apples and pears and the vineyards are busy bringing in their grapes. There are local markets and festivals to enjoy throughout the year.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made between 01 Apr - 30 Jun & 08 Sep - 05 Nov to suit you and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
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Responsible tourism: Catalonia walking & food tour, Spain

Environment

Aims: Our aim is to provide quality self guided tours enabling our guests to experience the natural beauty of the Emporda region of Catalunya without damaging the environment. The main economy in the area is based around agriculture and tourism. Through our walking and cycling tours we support the local economy by booking directly with local owed and run hotels and restaurants, including the ‘Turisme Rural’ initiative. We support local markets and producers by including visits and tastings on foot on our travels.

Environmental responsibility - Each village has at least one recycling point and a general bin area. Unlike the UK we can empty our refuse on a daily basis to a local point. Our office is home based and we endeavour to run a ‘minimum paper’ administration and use recycled paper and recycled cartridges. Small rucksacks are provided for walkers and guests are asked to put all rubbish into them for disposal at the end of each day. Packed lunches when provided are in reusable containers and refillable bottles. Guidelines are given to all guests on how to use the walking paths in a responsible manner.

Community

Social responsibility - Preserving local culture is of paramount importance to our walking tours. Although Catalunya is part of Spain and everyone speaks Spanish the first language, particularly in rural areas is Catalan. Walking through the many small villages in this area allows contact with the local people, be it asking directions, buying from the local shops, having lunch in the numerous restaurants and cafes or taking part in the festivals and fairs throughout the year. We believe that experiencing local culture makes a holiday memorable and worthwhile and the best way to do this is by foot. Unlike some other areas of Spain, the Biax Emporda is largely unspoilt and has managed to preserve its language and traditions giving it its own identity. This area is covered in pathways and old roads used for hundreds of years by travellers, pilgrims, shepherds and even the odd smuggler! It is important that care and attention are given to these routes to enable their history to live on

Our tour always include several visits to local producers. In many ways this strong sense of tradition is what makes this area unique and worthy of a visit. The opportunity to experience other peoples varied culture is an integral part of this holiday. We feel very privileged to live in such a beautiful place and would like the opportunity to share the experience with like minded travellers through walking our tours.

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Reviewed on 16 May 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Beautiful hike on the Spanish Riviera.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Early May is a quiet time, quite ideal.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Supported local agriculture, restaurants, recreation with minimal impact (hiking).

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We had a wonderful time, both on the Costa Brava and in Barcelona.

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The stunning coastal scenery and the obvious care taken by Alan and Vivian in choosing the routes and accommodation.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't hesitate, book now as it's a first-rate holiday.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Absolutely wonderful.

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