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Catalunya Activities

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Combine a stay at the beach with a choice of gentle walking and cycling routes for an active family holiday. You stay in the fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell, where the rocky coastline has a number of small coves, nearby, to explore. We provide a range of fully researched, self-guided walking and cycling routes, typically at Activity Level 1. A complimentary Headwater bike for your exclusive use throughout your stay is included to give you total flexibility.

  • Reviews 5 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Self-guided
  • Activity Level Easy
    3/8
All about the Catalunya Activities.

Combine a stay at the beach with a choice of gentle walking and cycling routes for an active family holiday. You stay in the fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell, where the rocky coastline has a number of small coves, nearby, to explore. We provide a range of fully researched, self-guided walking and cycling routes, typically at Activity Level 1. A complimentary Headwater bike for your exclusive use throughout your stay is included to give you total flexibility.
From the nearby town of Palafrugell there is also an excellent bus service (payable locally) giving access to some of the pretty mediaeval villages that surround the area as well as the cities of Girona and Figueres. A full range of water sports can be booked and paid for locally, from Calella de Palafrugell or one of the nearby resorts. The nearby Cap Roig Botanical Gardens are also worth a visit and concerts are held here annually, in July and August. Previous performers include Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band, Anastacia, and Jason Derulo.
Your base for the week is the Hotel Garbi, a family-run hotel located on the hillside overlooking Calella de Palafrugell with its own extensive gardens, shaded by pines. The freshwater pool is a great place to relax after a day exploring. We have included three evening meals at the hotel, which can be taken on the nights of your choosing. There is also a great selection of restaurants nearby to dine in on your remaining evenings.

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.
  • All breakfasts and 3 evening meals (which can be taken on the nights of your choosing)
  • 7 nights accommodation, center-base
  • Headwater wine service
  • GPS route navigation provided
  • High quality bikes provided
  • 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

  • Golden, sandy beaches with crystal-clear waters and traditional fishing villages
  • Gentle walking and cycling on breathtaking coastal paths and through beautiful Spanish countryside
  • Medieval villages with fascinating castles, interesting churches and quaint cobbled streets
  1. Day 1 Day 1 Arrive in Calella de Palafrugell

    Arrive at your hotel where your room has a private balcony and sea view. We have included three evening meals at the hotel, which can be taken on the nights of your choosing, and there’s a great choice of restaurants nearby for the remaining evenings. Below is our suggested itinerary, however, as you’re based at the same hotel for the week, you’re free to pick and choose your activities for each day.

  2. Day 2 Day 2 Ermedas Walk 5km/3mi/1.5hr

    Stroll through the woods and countryside near your hotel, passing through the sleepy hamlet of Ermedas. A short walk to get started, leaving plenty of time to explore Calella de Palafrugell and its lovely sandy beach.

  3. Day 3 Day 3 Cycle to Palafrugell 11km/7mi

    There are morning street food markets every day as well as a full market, on Sundays, in Palafrugell. The town made its name as a centre for cork production, which brought wealth and prosperity to the area and the Museo del Suro (cork museum) is well worth a visit. In addition, there are plenty of lively bars and restaurants to stop for refreshments. From Palafrugell you can take the bus on to regional capital Girona where you can explore the city walls and the impressive cathedral.

  4. Day 4 Day 4 Botanical Gardens and Platja Castell Walk 11km/7mi/3hr or 10km/6.5mi/3hr

    Walk via delightful Platja El Golfet to visit Calella’s Botanical Gardens at Cap Roig (optional). Head south to unspoilt Platja Castell with superb views from Puig del Terme. Return on a lovely inland route across farmland and through forest, or on the rugged coastal trail via Cala Estreta.

  5. Day 5 Day 5 Cycle to Pals 29km/18.5mi

    This leisurely circuit takes you to the lovely mediaeval town of Pals – make sure you go through the arch, from the Placa Major, signed ’el Pedro’, to visit the Gothic Quarter and the famous Torre de les Hores – part of the C10 Pals Castle. There are a few shops and lots of cafes, making it the perfect stop for lunch.

  6. Day 6 Day 6 Sant Sebastia and Tamariu Walk 4km/2.5mi/1hr to 16km/10mi/5hr

    There are several options for this walk – something for everyone. For an easy stroll along the Cami de Ronda, walk to Llafranc (4km return, level 1). Extend the walk up to the lighthouse and viewpoint of Sant Sebastia (level 1+). Extend it even more for a full day out with a visit to the little resort of Tamariu in a beautiful cove, returning along the coast with stunning scenery (low level 2). For lunch you’re spoilt for choice, depending which walk you do. There are bars and restaurants in Calella, Llafranc and Tamariu, and two at Sant Sebastia. In Tamariu there is also a small shop. Alternatively, take a picnic to enjoy on the beach at Llafranc or Tamariu.

  7. Day 7 Day 7 Cycle to Palamos 27km/17mi

    An enjoyable circular route that takes you on part of the former ’Tren Petit’ via verde. The route continues through woods and fields to Palamos, a lively commercial harbour town, with its old quarter and many shops on one side and new marinas filled with luxury yachts and a wealth of bars and restaurants on the other. An ideal place to stop for a leisurely lunch.

  8. Day 8 Day 8 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.
Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 3 evening meals included.

Traditional Spanish food such as paellachorizo and albondigas (meatballs) can be found on just about every menu in Catalunya, but don’t forget to try the regional specialities too. Local cuisine features plenty of fish, including world-renowned anchovies from L’Escala, and botifarras (black pudding) from the mountains. A good starter might be Pan Catalán (pa amb tomàquet), this is lightly toasted bread, drizzled with olive oil and topped with tomatoes and garlic. Thanks to its geography, the region has developed “Sea and Mountain” – mar y muntana cuisine, combining chicken with lobster, or rabbit with prawns. Fruits are used as well, such as roasted chicken and figs, or pheasant and grapes.

 

Dishes are rich and hearty, however, it is not just a meat-based cuisine, there are plenty of vegetable options. Catalan dishes also rely heavily on sauces: Sofrito is an onion and tomato sauce, Picada is made from dried fruits, nuts and herbs, Sanfaina is a sauce of fried peppers, aubergines, onions and tomatoes and Romesco is made with tomatoes, peppers, nuts and garlic. Most menus are written in both Castilian and Catalan and sometimes in English too, but you may find a pocket dictionary useful in the more remote places.

Activity Level: 1 (Leisurely)
No. of days activity: 6
Terrain and route:

The walks are on a varied mix of path, track and country lane. Sometimes along cliff tops on paved walkways or coastal paths offering fabulous seascapes; other times in leafy woodlands or pine forest, there’s some lovely terrain to explore.

For the cycling, although in some cases we do need to use larger roads, the rides are usually on smaller, quieter roads joining the villages and hamlets – ideal for cycling. The region has a vast network of cycling routes, and our suggestions are often marked with cycling signs.

Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to cycle independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodations, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next. A representative will be there to meet you, make sure the bikes are all set up and will be on call throughout the trip should you need.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked. Where possible we stick to cycle tracks and quiet roads to make the journeys as pleasant as possible, however, on occasion we have to use busier routes.

From the nearby town of Palafrugell there is also an excellent bus service (payable locally) giving access to some of the pretty mediaeval villages that surround the area as well as the cities of Girona and Figueres. A full range of water sports can be booked and paid for locally, from Calella de Palafrugell or one of the nearby resorts. The nearby Cap Roig Botanical Gardens are also worth a visit and concerts are held here annually, in July and August. Previous performers include Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band, Anastacia, and Jason Derulo.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 12/09/2018
5/5

Mr Slater

The holiday exceeded expectations. The walking and cycle instructions were generally spot on. The GPS for the bike was wonderful and easy to use and follow. The bikes were new or nearly new and in exceptional condition. The proposed day activities which we followed were excellent. The scenery was gorgeous. Four of the six days were quite exerting so a reasonable fitness was required. It was a level one holiday but that didn’t mean flat and level! The hotel Garbí was excellent although having such great views did mean it was a very steep walk to the hotel. The rep, Greg was extremely helpful too and we felt we could rely on him should an emergency or accident arise (it didn’t!) All in all well worth the money and as a result we’re looking at booking another holiday with Headwater. Well done.

Reviewed On 05/09/2018
5/5

Mr Maddock

Lovely hotel in great location for cycling. Tracks were quiet and we rarely had to use roads. Hotel staff were very friendly and breakfasts were a good varied selection of stuff. Greg was very helpful, punctual and good humored. The bikes were set up well and the panniers complete with tools were brilliant. The saddles were suited to soft cyclists too rather than racing style saddles that cripple you after a few hours. We managed 2 days cycling 30km rides and were surprised to find we could still walk normally afterwards. The GPS ride app worked pretty well, but we noticed 3 or 4 directions were slightly out of date or took us down one way streets the wrong way. Overall we had a great cycling holiday and would recommend it for anyone who enjoys cycling along country lanes in the sunshine.

Reviewed On 08/05/2019
4/5

Ms Hurst

Lovely location and hotel. A beautiful area that I would visit again possibly with a car. Eating out is cheap and convenient. Walks and rides quite challenging due to the hills and flights of steps. The routes do overlap somewhat.

Reviewed On 18/10/2018
5/5

Mr Phelps

We had great service booking the holiday and that was more than matched by the service from Greg at Calella de Palafrugell. A good selection of walks and cycle routes were available and good local knowledge to tailor trips. We had a great time exploring an area we knew very little about.

Reviewed On 12/06/2019
5/5

Mr Hayward

Calella de Palefrugell is beautifully situated on a lovely stretch of rocky coat with small, sandy bays. The walking and cycling can be as strenuous or gentle as you wish with interesting viewpoints and places to stop. A must is the beautiful Cap Roig Botanic Gardens, which is a short walk or cycle ride from the hotel. The hotel itself is well situated in a quiet area a short walk from the busy and interesting seafront. Greg's recommendation of a visit to the local Tapas restaurant was much appreciated. Also, it was good to be able to fly to and from out local airport. Many thanks.

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