Catalunya is steeped in culture with its traditions and festivals dating back over thousands of years. Rich in medieval villages, highlights of this region include prosperous Peratallada, peach colored Pals and fashionable Begur. The rocky coastline is dotted with pretty fishing villages, crystal clear waters and beautiful beaches which are all perfect to explore.
This holiday provides spectacular, but not too tough walking and is perfect for people wanting to fit as much as possible into a short holiday. The route takes in the winding, sandy paths of mainland Spain's loveliest coast experiencing frequent glimpses of dazzling aquamarine seas through the umbrella pines, as well as heading inland to discover the truly unspoiled landscape of the Catalan countryside. This is a wonderful region for bird and plant life. Over a third of the countryside is now protected under a government scheme to preserve natural habitats, which means a staggering variety of rare species: golden orioles, booted eagles, purple-shot copper butterflies and colorful wild flowers. Hidden deep in the forests are stunning natural curiosities, including the 5000 year old dolmens and sparkling freshwater springs which drew the first settlers to these parts thousands of years ago.
Our hand-picked hotels include the lovely, family run Hotel Garbi in the traditional fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell which is set on the hillside overlooking the sea. The magnificently restored C14 castle, Castell d'Emporda is perched on a rocky outcrop which affords breathtaking views from its terrace and the Hotel Rosa in Begur is renowned for its food and is only 3km/2mi from the sea.
Note this tour is rated 1 boot +, the + symbol indicates that some small sections of the route will be slightly more challenging than the overall grading of 1 boot.
|Meals||Continental breakfast and 2 evening meals.|
|Tour Starts||Barcelona Airport, then taxi (pay locally) to Barcelona Passeig de Gracia railway station then rail to Flaca 15:47 Mon-Sat & 16:17 Sun. Pick up, transfer to hotel, 35 mins, provided.|
|Tour Ends||Transfer to Flaca railway station by 17:02 (transfer provided, 35 mins).|
|Rail Options||Rail Barcelona Passeig de Gracia to Flaca 15:16/17:02 Return: Flaca to Barcelona Passeig de Gracia 14:05/15:39.|
|Rail Supplement||Prices starting from $59 per person, round trip, standard class.|
|Singles||Add $70 per night.|
|Other details||Extra nights: We recommend Barcelona, Calella de Palafrugell or Castell d'Emporda. Prices from $90 per person, per night B&B, based on 2 sharing.|
|Hotels||****(1 night), *** (3 nights)|