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Catalan Classic Walk

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Beautiful circular walk taking in lovely coastal stretches and unspoiled country landscapes. Fabulous bird and plant life; very good hotels and swimming opportunities every day. Two nights are spent in a luxury castle.

  • Reviews 54 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Self-guided
  • Activity Level Easy plus
    4/8
All about the Catalan Classic Walk.

Catalunya is steeped in culture with its traditions and festivals dating back over thousands of years. Rich in mediaeval villages, highlights of this region include prosperous Peratallada, peach coloured 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, yet relaxed 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 unspoilt 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 colourful wild flowers. Hidden deep in the forests are stunning natural curiosities, including the 5,000-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 from the sea.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 6 nights in 3 and 4-star accommodation
  • All breakfasts’s and 2 dinners
  • Walking transfers
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Route notes and maps provided
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Arrival & departure transfers (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Bikes available on rest days (inquire for prices)

Highlights

  • Stunningly rugged turquoise coast, past secluded coves, hidden bays and outstanding views
  • Excellent for bird spotting
  • A fabulous mix of hotels including 2 nights in a 4-star castle
  • Swimming opportunities every day
  1. Day 1 Day 1 Arrive in Calella de Palafrugell

    Arrive at your hotel where all Headwater guests are accommodated in rooms with private balcony and sea view. It’s just a 5 minute walk to the centre of town where you have so many restaurants to choose from that we’ve left evening meals here up to you. (Staying at Hotel Garbi, Breakfast only)

  2. Day 2 Day 2 Calella de Palafrugell to La Bisbal 17km/11mi/5hr or 19km/12mi/6hr

    You start with a 20-minute ride to Mont-Ras from where you have a choice of routes. Both routes take you into the Gavarres hills to visit three dolmens with fantastic views as far as Begur and the Illes Medes, before descending to the peaceful mediaeval villages of Fonteta and Vulpellac. Then it’s on to the Hotel Castell d’Emporda which has expansive views across the plain from the terrace by the pool. (Staying at the Hotel Castell d’Emporda, Half Board)

  3. Day 3 Day 3 At La Bisbal

    Laze by the pool or follow our suggested circular walk linking the pretty mediaeval villages of Corca, Monells with a pretty square and lovely choices for lunch, and La Bisbal, a lively market town famous for antiques and pottery. Take time to explore the old quarter including the Carrer de Call, formerly a Jewish ghetto; its intricate arches are still intact today. Alternatively, the local bus goes to Girona and Figueres if you fancy a longer day out. (Staying at the Hotel Castell d’Emporda, Half Board)

  4. Day 4 Day 4 La Bisbal to Begur 16km/10mi/5hr or 17km/11mi/5.5hr

    Gentle walking across the Emporda plain, stopping first at Peratallada, possibly the best preserved mediaeval village in Spain with its beautifully restored arches, arcaded passageways and lovely shaded squares. Continue through fields bright with sunflowers until you reach peach-coloured Pals, a lovely old village with Romanesque church affording stunning views. The final stretch takes you through pine forest to our family-run hotel in the old town of Begur. The food here is fantastic! (Staying at Hotel Rosa, Breakfast only)

  5. Day 5 Day 5 At Begur

    Begur is a fashionable hilltop town with C11 castle, impressive villas and pretty, narrow streets made for exploring! it’s just 10 minutes by local bus (mid Jun to mid Sep only) or taxi to the coast, where four beautiful sandy coves await: Sa Riera, Aiguafreda, Sa Tuna and, just over the hill, Aiguablava. For people looking for something a touch more challenging, we provide details of a circular coastal walk which takes in all our favourite places. (Staying at Hotel Rosa, Breakfast only)

  6. Day 6 Day 6 Begur to Calella de Palafrugell 14km/9mi/4hr or 18km/11.5mi/5hr

    Shaded forest paths take you to the lively seaside town of Tamariu, with a fantastic beach, where you pick up the pretty coastal path, passing rocky headlands and chic Spanish resorts en route to Llafranc, with spectacular views from the San Sebastian lighthouse. Enjoy lunch in one of the beachfront bars here, where you can almost dip your toes in the water as you eat! Then it’s back to Calella, perhaps continuing along the coastal path as far as the botanical gardens at Cap Roig, in time for a swim in the pool or a couple of hours on the beach before dinner. (Staying at Hotel Garbi, Breakfast only)

  7. Day 7 Day 7 Leave Calella de Palafrugell
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Where you stay
Hotel Garbi
The Hotel Garbi is located on the hillside overlooking the fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell with its own extensive gardens, shaded by pines. The Hotel is family-run and has a warm welcoming atmosphere where its friendly staff will do their utmost to ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible. The hotel also has a car park-for anyone who would like to drive to this hotel.
Hotel Castell d’Emporda
The Castell d’Emporda could not be in a better location, perched on a rocky outcrop with breathtaking views from its sun terrace. The building is a superbly restored 700-year-old castle, that is now owned by Albert and Margo, who are both very friendly and speak excellent English. Each of the hotel rooms has been individually decorated by furniture collected by the owners while they were on their travels around China, India and Morocco. All of the rooms have spectacular hill-top views, featuring air conditioning and heating, fully equipped bathroom, flat-screen TV, in-room CD/DVD player, telephone and mini bar.
Hotel Rosa
The Hotel Rosa is a pleasant family run *** hotel located in the heart of Begur, a hilltop town. It has been run by the same family for more than 30 years. The 21 rooms have a modern and stylish design, all with air-conditioning, satellite TV and telephone. In the bathroom you will find a hydro massage bath tub – perfect for relaxing those aching muscles after a day’s walking.
Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 2 dinners are included.

Traditional Spanish food such as paella, chorizo and albondigas (meatballs) can be found on just about every menu in Catalunya, but there are plenty of tasty local specialties too. Local cuisine features plenty of fish, including world renowned anchovies from L’Escala, and botifarras (black pudding) from the mountains. A delicious starter is Pan Catalan, which is lightly toasted bread, drizzled with olive oil and topped with tomatoes and garlic. The geography of the area has developed regional cuisine mixing ‘surf and turf’; combinations such as chicken and lobster, or rabbit with prawns. Fruits also feature strongly with dishes combining chicken with figs, or pheasant and grapes. Dishes tend to be rich and hearty but there are also plenty of vegetable options for vegetarians. Catalan foods also feature sauces in many dishes, which are usually rich in flavor.

The region is also renowned for the production of Cava, around the town of San Sadurni de Noya. There is a herby, smoky, grassy flavor to some of these as a result of the grape varieties and climate. The region also produces some of Spain’s best wines. Though we do not cycle through San Sadurni de Noya, try the wine from this region if you spot it on a menu.

Activity level: Leisurely/Moderate

This is a self-guided tour, as such there will be no group or tour leader and you are free to complete the walks at your own pace. Please bear in mind that although this is a self-guided holiday, the atmosphere in the hotels tends to be quite social and they will sometimes place walkers together at breakfast and dinner. We have suggested that 8yrs is the minimum age for this trip, but as it is self-guided and you will be leading your own family we will ultimately leave this decision up to you.

This holiday provides spectacular, yet relaxed 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.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 24/10/2019
5/5

Mr Greenslade

Good for people who like an energetic walk

Reviewed On 28/05/2013
4/5

Mrs Hilditch

Whilst we have had the most brilliant holiday as it was an old school reunion, considering the time in advance it was booked it seemed that the cost did not really reflect our expectation. We paid well over 1000 for a four night trip that did not seem very well tailored to our needs mostly in terms of transfer arrangements. We felt that for a group our size there could have been better transfer arrangements. The walking was very well organised and well marked and our guide whilst he clearly was not used to such a large group of opinionated women (!) he ensured that our needs were met.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
4/5

Mrs Oliver

We had a good week though in very hot weather. Overall we thought the week was underated at 1+ boot. 2 would have been more appropriate. Greg, the rep was very conscientious. The walking notes were good. The Hotel Garbi and The Castle were extremely comfortable and helpful. The Hotel Rosa in Begur was extremely friendly and welcoming. However the room was very small and the air conditioning not able to cope with the ambient temperature. Not comfortable. But overall a good holiday.. very interesting hilltop villages.

Reviewed On 14/06/2019
5/5

Mr Mcnaughton

Great route, interesting sites and beautiful sceneryi

Reviewed On 03/06/2019
5/5

Miss Crocker

A truly fantastic holiday. The distances walked were slightly longer than those documented but it was well worth the effort.

The food and wine for the whole week were excellent and the castle was the highlight from an accommodation perspective.

I would thoroughly recommend this trip. Greg, the local rep was very helpful and very helpful when one of our party was ill.

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