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Hidden Gems of the Catalan Coast

8 Days & 7 Nights 5 Read 3 reviews
  • Relaxed walking off-the-beaten-path on the Catalan Coast
  • The medieval town of Begur with its 10th century castle
  • Salvador Dali's former haunt, the white-washed town of Llafranc
  • Wandering through the tropical botanic gardens of Cap Roig
  • Enjoy pintxos and paella by the sea on long stops for lunch
Discover a different side to the Costa Brava, walking on quiet trails between traditional villages. This less travelled part of the Catalan Coast is home to hidden gems such as the medieval town of Begur, one of Spain’s prettiest coastal villages Calella de Palafrugell, and the elegant enclave of S’Agaro. Coastal paths with views of the glittering Mediterranean, and inland routes through Catalan countryside, lead you from one beautiful village to the next. Enjoy delicious Catalan cuisine, dips in the sea at secluded sandy coves, and charming old towns bristling with atmosphere.

What To Expect

If you would like to experience a more authentic, off-the-beaten path side to the popular Costa Brava, this is the trip for you. Perfect if you enjoy gentle walking with plenty of swimming opportunities and delicious food and drink!

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Multi Centre Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking holiday

This trip is suitable for:

Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Coastal & Island

Grade & Terrain

The walk is graded overall as easy-moderate. You will be walking on good paths which are not too steep, and for between 3—4 hours a day. The longest walk is on Day 7 which is 14km on an easy coastal path.

Navigation

We will provide you with detailed route notes and some of the paths are way-marked so you shouldn’t have any problems finding your way. The trails are a mixture of GR routes and local paths.

Accommodation Information

7 Nights accommodation is included in hand-picked hotels of a 3-star standard. We carefully select small friendly hotels that offer great value, food, and a warm Catalan welcome. Here you will see a selection of the properties we normally use, however they are subject to availability and therefore alternatives of a similar standard may be offered.

You can add tailor-make your itinerary and add extra nights to suit your requirements —please contact us for details.

Accommodation Location

We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed in your itinerary. Occasionally, because of limited availability, there is the option to be accommodated at an alternative location. In the unlikely event that we have to accommodate you elsewhere we will advise you of this before confirming your booking

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This holiday is available to solo walkers, although a single supplement is payable. If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate your request, although it is not generally possible to secure more than three single rooms in a party. A single supplement is payable.

Meals

Breakfast is included each morning while lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. For lunch, you can stop at local shops, cafes or restaurants on the way. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby restaurants.

Additional Nights

Girona and Barcelona are both cities well worth a visit, and we will happily arrange extra nights here for you either before or after your trip.

We can also arrange extra nights at any of the overnight stops on your walk. Speak to one of our Destination & Adventure Specialists for recommendations!

Included
  • 7 Nights in 3-star hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Daily baggage transfers
  • Transfer from Girona Airport or Figueres train station to Begur
  • Welcome meeting
  • Route notes and maps
  • 24/7 telephone support from our office and local partners in Spain
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Girona/Figueres and from Sant Feliu de Guíxols
  • Lunches and Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
Extras
  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Private transfer from Sant Feliu de Guíxols to Girona or Barcelona

When To Go

You can start your walk anytime between March and end of June, and between the beginning of September and the middle of October, subject to availability. We do not offer this tour in July and August due to the very high temperatures at that time of year.

Time of Year

In our opinion, the best months to travel are May and September, when the temperatures are nice and pleasant for walking. Flowers will also be in full bloom in May.

Getting to the Start

By Air: There are regular flights with the low-cost airline Ryanair from many European cities to Girona Airport (GRO), the closest airport to Begur. From Girona airport, you will be transferred to your accommodation in Begur which takes approx 1 hour.  

You can also fly into Barcelona El Prat Airport (BCN) with Ryanair and Easyjet. From the airport, you can take the shuttle train to Barcelona Sants Train Station (every 30 mins, duration 20 mins), and then change trains for a train to Figueres (50 mins). You will be transferred from Figueres to your accommodation in Begur (20 mins).

Getting from the End

By Bus: There are several buses a day from Sant Feliu de Guíxols to Barcelona Airport, with SARFA buses taking 2 hours.

There are also several buses a day from Sant Feliu de Guíxols to Girona Bus Station, again with SARFA, taking just over 2 hours.  From here you need to take a bus or taxi to the airport.

Private Transfer to Girona: We can arrange an optional private transfer from your last accommodation to Girona Airport. Please select this option when making your booking.

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred for you each day so that you don't need to worry about carrying them and can simply walk with a day pack.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack. 

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Begur Day 2 Loop walk to Aiguablava 5 miles / 8 km Day 3 Begur to Llafranc 8.5 miles / 14 km Day 4 Llafranc to Calella de Palafrugell 6.5 miles / 10.5 km Day 5 Free Day Calella de Palafrugell Day 6 Calella de Palafrugell to La Fosca 6 miles / 10 km Day 7 La Fosca to S’Agaro 9 miles / 14 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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