CATALONIA

THE WILD COAST – SELF-GUIDED

Trip Style

Coastal Walk, Mountainous

Availability

From mid January to end of June & from September to mid December

Highlight

Greek and Roman Ruins of Empuries, Aiguamolls Nature Reserve

From

€890 / Person

 

Grade

From the coast to the mountains, from sea to crag, from sandy beach to shady Mediterranean forest – the diverse and changing natural landscapes of Catalonia exert a powerful attraction to walkers. This walking trail holiday has been specifically deigned to reveal many aspects of this beautiful part of Catalonia; you will walk along the “wild coast” with its miles of coastal cliffs, solitary beaches and coves with crystal clear water. You will walk inland through the Aiguamolls Nature Reserve where innumerable seabirds and songbirds have settled. You will walk up mountain trails offering spectacular views sweeping far into the Pyrenees.

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You will have the chance to discover Greek and Roman ruins, gothic buildings, the region’s acclaimed gastronomy, and the wines produced by the vineyards you pass en-route and much more!

 

We have chosen accommodation that fit the character of the walk. We believe they offer the best quality of service and value for money from the choice available. The accommodations vary, from a beautiful 4* rural converted farmhouse surrounded by orchards to a large rustic family run 4* hotel close to the beach in a traditional whitewashed fishing village surrounded by mountains.

+353 16872141

Opening hours: Monday to Friday - 8.30am to 6.30pm (GMT)

PACKAGE DETAILS

Day 1: L’Escala


Arrive at Girona airport or Figueres train station where you will be transferred to your accommodation in L’Escala. The old centre of the town still retains the character of a typical Spanish working town with its bustling narrow streets and good selection of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. There are two small, popular beaches in the old town that add to the overall charm and atmosphere of the area.

Day 2: SantMartí d’Empúries (11km 5hrs)


Leaving L’Escala behind you will make your way onto the coastal trail. You will pass the walled settlement of Sant Martí d’Empúries, which is well worth a visit. The real highlight, however, is the fascinating Greek and Roman ruins at nearby Empúries (pay locally). The ancient city was used by the Romans as their base for the invasion and dominance of the Iberian Peninsula. There are some excellent mosaics and other remains, most dating from 218BC onwards.

From Empúries, you walk along the southernmost part of the Bay of Roses, past several beaches where you could pause for a swim. You will finally arrive at Sant Pere Pescador. Surrounded by a wonderful landscape and natural interest, and crossed by the River Fluvià, St. Pere dates back to the year 974 when it was still a possession of the Monastery of St. Pere de Rodes.

Day 3: River Fluviá/Aiguamolls Natural Park (12km 4hrs)


Today’s walk takes you along the banks of the River Fluviá, along the beach at its mouth and then through the Aiguamolls Natural Park, dotted with hides. At any time of the year you are likely to spot birds such as Ibis, Herons, Tufted Ducks, Pochards, snipes, Redshanks, Marsh Harriers and Sandpipers, but if you are lucky you can make some exciting sightings during the spring and autumn migrations: Grey Herons, Golden Plovers, Flamingos, Black Storks and Spoonbills.

You will eventually arrive at Castello D’Empuries. Castello is a beautiful medieval village steeped in history. There are many historical buildings to visit; however the landmark of the village, visible from afar, is the Parish Church of Santa Maria which is often called the “Cathedral of the Empordà” because of its size and gothic influenced architecture.

Day 4: Platja Canyelles (16km 5hrs30)


You will be transferred to Platja Canyelles. You will head east along the coast following a spectacular coastal trail that is destined to fulfill every walker’s hopes and dreams. You will pass many secluded beaches and coves with ample opportunities for a dip in the crystal clear sea. Eventually you will cut inland through hillsides packed with tiers of old olive groves and finally on to Cadaqués.
Cadaqués was a favourite of both Picasso and Salvador Dalí where Salvador Dalí once famously said in 1920: “I have spent a delightful summer, as always, in the perfect and dreamy town of Cadaqués. There, alongside the Latin sea, I have been quenched by light and colour”.

Day 5: Cadaqués


On your free day in Cadaqués you could spend the day exploring the numerous small winding alleyways, and a visit to the Parish Church from XVII. Century should not be missed. Perhaps a walk to Port Lligat and Salvador Dalí’s house (closed Mondays until mid-April and from mid-September; pay locally) would be in order. (3km 45min)

You may want to walk to the Cap de Creus lighthouse, the most easterly point of the Iberian Peninsula is spectacular; the rock outcrops are one of the most significant features of the Parc Natural, with its complicated and beautiful forms which often cause the visitor’s imagination to get carried away. One sees images of real or mythical animals in the area (lions, dragons, camels, eagles, cats, rats…), despite the fact that it is the wind and the sea, and not the Gods, which have gone on shaping the geological landscape of the Creus cape right up to the present day. You could also eat lunch at the wonderful restaurant there. (11km 3hrs45min)

Day 6: El Port de la Selva (12km 4hrs30)


Leaving Cadaqués behind you make your way north through the heart of the famous Cap de Creus national park. You will follow a deeply rural path with beautiful views of the Catalan countryside before arriving at El Port de la Selva.

El Port de la Selva is outstanding for its varied landscapes, its beaches and its mountains. The first historic references to the settlement go back to 974, although it did not become a fully-fledged village until the 18th century, with the construction of its first church. The village retains the charm of a small fishing village and a great many monuments and historical buildings remain such as the Taballera Dolmen, and the Serra de Rodes medieval site, made up of Sant Pere de Rodes Monastery, Sant Salvado Castle (13th century), Santa Elena Shrine, the village of Santa Creu and Sant Fruitós Church. The village has some of Catalonia’s best beaches.

Day 7: Castell de Sant Salvador (12,5km 5hrs30)


Leaving El Port de la Selva behind you, travel South West ascending up to the Sant Pere de Rodes cloister (Open Oct 1stto May 31st 10am – 5.30pm, June 1stto Sept. 30th from 10am to 8pm, closed on Mondays). Its origins date back to the first century after Christ. Christian doctrine understands Sant Pere de Rodes as one of the most important Monasteries in Spain.

You will then make your way up to the ruins of Castell de Sant Salvador, from here you will have a breathtaking view of the Alt Emporda, across to the Albera Mountains and far into the Pyrenees. You also have stunning views over the Bay of Roses and the entire Cap de Creus. You will then make your way down past the little white chapel of Sant Onofre into the village of Palau Saverdera and finally the end of your journey.

Day 8: Palau Saverdera to Girona/Figueres


Pick up and transfer to Girona airport or Figueres train station.

Special note :
The package isn’t available from July-August and mid-December to mid-January because the accommodation providers don’t accept single night bookings during these periods.

INCLUDED AND NOT

  • 7 nights in 2*, 3* or 4* Hotels YES
  • 7 Breakfasts  YES
  • Roadbook (Guidebook) YES

  • Welcome meeting with local English speaking guide YES
  • Transfer from/to Girona airport or Figueres Vilafant train station YES
  • Luggage Transfer YES
  • 24/7 Customer Care YES
  • Extra night stays OPTIONAL
  • Flights/trains NOT
  • Insurance NOT
  • Drinks NOT
  • Lunches & dinners  NOT

Access

Way in & out : L’Escala & Palau Saverdera

The closest airport from L’Escala & Palau Saverdera is Girona-Costa Brava airport. However, it’s also easily accessible by flying to Barcelona.

To Girona
– Girona-Costa Brava airport
Major airline flying to Girona : Ryanair

To Barcelona (then Figueres)
– Barcelona-El Prat airport
Virtually all airlines fly to Barcelona.

To Figueres
From Barcelona, you need to take the shuttle train to Barcelona Sants from the airport. They leave every 30 mins and take approx. 20 mins. You then change trains at Sants and take a train to Figueres or Figueres Vilafant depending on the train you catch. The transfer from Figueres or Figueres Vilafant to your first accommodation takes approx. 20 mins.

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