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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 53 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 4 dinners
  • Walking transfers
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Standard transfers at the start/end of the trip (at designated place and time)
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

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, Half Board)

  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, Half Board)

  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 4 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 24/04/2013
5/5

Mrs Scott

This was a most beautiful part of Spain and completely unexpected. As we were the first guests of the season our hotels and destinations were not at all crowded. People had time to stop and chat. The weather for walking was perfect at this time of year.

Although this was a 'soft' holiday, we found some of the walks quite challenging either in length (Castell d'Emporda to Begur) or difficulty (Cami de Ronda between Begur and Lafranc), but we took our time and shortened walks by taking the odd taxi (phone numbers thoughtfully provided by Alan). We have had many wonderful holidays over he years, both in Europe and elsewhere, but have never been so reluctant to leave an area.

Reviewed On 07/05/2013
5/5

Mrs Winward

A fantastic holiday. Alans notes made the self guiding really easy. There was a lovely mix of different types of walks i.e. woodland, coastal, villages. Alan did his very best to plan the walks away from any main roads en route so we had a lovely, safe views and vistas. The Castella D'Emporada was one of the nicest hotels that we have stayed in, in the world. The food in both hotels was excellent. The bags arrived before us, as if by magic at each hotel. This is a beautiful area.

Reviewed On 16/05/2013
5/5

Mrs Tromans

A very relaxing holiday in superb locations with varied walks & interesting local historical interest. Away from the usual tourist spots. Manageable walking for those not used to walking great distances & very helpful & knowledgeable local rep.

Reviewed On 23/05/2013
5/5

Dr Hand

My sister and I were looking for a walking holiday which neither of us had done before.

This was one of the best holidays I have ever had. The superb organisation from start to finish resulted in an almost totally stress free time.

The walks were very thoughtfully planned , varied and a total delight. The scenery and views were spectacular. The area is unspoilt and full of history. The hotels and food were a real pleasure.

The local knowledge meant that every aspect of the holiday was chosen carefully to maximise enjoyment.

You just couldn't do this yourself.

Grilled rep on way back about which holiday to do next.

I would highly recommend this trip

Marie Hand

Reviewed On 12/06/2013
5/5

Mr Bostock- Smith

The holiday was excellent. We were fortunate with the weather and the walks were good. It is a simple task to calculate the costs of the basics in the holiday particully hotel prices. We are therefore paying a significant premium for the convenience and support of having a local guide & his imput into the walk instructions.. What you charge is of course up to you and many will no doubt be happy to pay this premium for the reassurance it provides but we would not regard it as value for money

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