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Catalan Coast and Castles Walk

from $1,979.00

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

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All about the Catalan Coast and Castles 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.

  1. Day 1 Day 1 Arrive in Barcelona

    Arrive at the Gallery Hotel in Barcelona, a bustling seaside metropolis offering a fascinating blend between old and new. Spend time discovering the modernistic masterpieces of architect Antoni Gaudi, including the awe inspiring Basilica de Sagrada Familia and the Park Guell. Visit the narrow medieval streets of the Gothic Quarter and La Ramba, a broad tree lined promenade always jostling with activity. Head out to dinner (paid locally) where you will find cuisine for every taste. (Staying at Gallery hotel, Breakfast only)

  2. Day 2 Day 2 Barcelona to Calella de Palafrugell

    Train transfer to Calella de Palafrugell and to 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)

  3. Day 3 Day 3 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)

  4. Day 4 Day 4 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)

  5. Day 5 Day 5 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)

  6. Day 6 Day 6 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)

  7. Day 7 Day 7 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)

  8. Day 8 Day 8 Leave Calella de Palafrugell
Where you stay
Gallery Hotel
Located in the centre of Barcelona, the Gallery Hotel has 25 years of experience to take care of you during your stay. The rooms are bright and have lots of home comforts included. The hotel also boasts a roof top pool and garden terrace.
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.
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