The peninsula of Cap de Creus, just 30 miles south of the French border constitutes the last buttress of the Pyrenees where the mountains meet the sea and the most easterly point of the Iberian Peninsula. This stunning cape, carved by the elements into sweeping green valleys and towering cliffs makes the coastline a smugglers' paradise of shimmering shallow coves and azure harbors. The Cap is the first Natural Park in Catalonia that encompasses both land and sea, and including all the islands and islets around it, is one of the largest protected National reserves in Spain. It is also the most uninhabited area in the Spanish Mediterranean, so on our walks you really will find complete tranquillity beyond the coastal villages.
This eight night, self-guided walking tour begins and ends in the pretty inland village of Garriguella. Once you commence walking around the peninsula, the sea is your constant companion, offering magical views every day from the high walking trails that lead you through the Reserve. The Natural Park protects cork oak, pine woods, bright orange chumbera (prickly pear), green vineyards and terraces of olive groves, all surrounded by magnificent coastal cliffs where shearwaters and swifts wheel in the onshore breezes.
Your family run hotels are perfectly situated, three out of four are on the beach. The Vilamont Spa, with pool, sits on the church square in this pretty village and the Porto Cristo is set just back from the sea, with meals enjoyed in the hotel's seafront restaurant. At the sea front Hotel Playa Sol, in the chic and artsy harbor of Cadaques, there are swimming opportunities a plenty and the Almadraba Park is a spectacular cliff top hotel overlooking the Bay of Roses, with a panoramic swimming pool and steps to the beach.
|Meals||Continental breakfast and 6 evening meals.|
|Tour Starts||Pick up from Vilajuiga train station at 17:35, then transfer to hotel, 15 mins (provided).|
|Tour Ends||Llanca train station by 13:35 (transport provided).|
|Rail Options||Barcelona Sants to Vilajuiga 15:16/17:35. Return: Llanca to Barcelona Sants 13:35/15:39.|
|Rail Supplement||Rail from Barcelona Passeig de Gracia to Vilajuiga, returning from Llanca to Barcelona Passeig de Gracia, prices starting from $80 per person, round trip, standard class.|
|Singles||Add $47 per night.|
|Other details||Room upgrade: prices from $22 per person, per night. Extra nights: We recommend Barcelona or Roses, prices from $154 per person, per night, halfboard based on 2 people sharing a double room.|
|Hotels||**** (6 nights), *** (2 nights)|