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Walking in Catalonia

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  • Smugglers' paths along the cliffs with spectacular views to the Pyrenees
  • Gentle coast and beach walking passing secluded coves
  • Nature reserves - a wetland profusion of birds and animals
  • Greek and Roman ruins
  • Outstanding Catalan cuisine and local wines
Discover the dramatic and wild landscape of Catalonia on this Spanish walking adventure. This area of Spain is a walkers paradise, boasting a wide variety of stunning scenery. From coastal cliffs to medieval mountain villages, secluded coves to densely forested hills there is something to suit everyone. The smell of wild herbs accompany you on your trip, while you can stop to pick fresh figs before stopping to savour the fine local cuisine and world class wines that the area offers. Catalonia is a proud and independent part of modern Spain where traditions hold fast and visitors are warmly welcomed. The Alt Emporda region of Catalonia boasts networks of paths that were created thousands of years ago by hunter-gatherers living in the area. In the past few decades these paths have been cleared, well signposted and opened up for walkers looking for an adventure in an area of true outstanding beauty. With a combination of circular walks and point to point walking, Macs Adventure have developed a trip that highlights the very best of this beautiful region and hopes to provide a real glimpse of Spain that is not usually seen by the visitor.
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What To Expect

If you are someone that enjoys fine weather, relaxed walking and stunning scenery then this is the walk for you! All the more if you enjoy being rewarded with traditional Spanish food and local wine.

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

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Grade & Terrain

This walk is graded Moderate. The days walk to Cadaques from Platja Canyelles is a little steep in places and may require a little more effort. On these isolated occasions a grade of Moderate to Strenuous is slightly more suitable. For the most part, the entire holiday is on terrain that is either on-farm tracks, coastal paths or mountain trails. Occasionally you may encounter a few moderately steep sections, especially on coastal trails. However, the ascent is not too difficult or prolonged. There are also some sections with steep drop-offs where extra care is required and for this reason, this tour is not suited to anyone with vertigo.

Navigation

The trails on this holiday are a mix of local paths and “GR” (Gran Recorrido) routes - which are marked with characteristic marks consisting of a white stripe above a red stripe. Some local paths are signed and some are not. However, the route notes that accompany each day's walk give a step by step, turn by turn account of your route and are complimented with photographs to give you points of reference.

Accommodation Information

One of the highlights of this tour is the high standard of the accommodation. We specifically select the Hotels and Casa Rurals (local farmsteads converted to accommodate tourists) to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. They all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. Each accommodation is different and full of character and they are detailed in the itinerary. Many of our clients choose to add extra nights to sample more of the wonderful attractions and culture.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.  Unfortunately this holiday is not available to solo walkers due to safety reasons.

Meals

A traditional Catalan breakfast is included each morning. Breakfast is a leisurely affair and adequate time should be allocated. Lunch and dinner are not included. Most accommodations are happy to provide a packed lunch - this should be requested on arrival. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby bars, cafes and restaurants.

Included
  • Arrival and departure transfers from/to Girona airport/figueres train station
  • Welcome meeting
  • 7 Nights accommodation in ensuite rooms
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Door to door baggage transfer
  • A detailed info pack, route notes and maps
  • Full information pack on local history, culture & traditions as well as advice on restaurants, bars and local attractions
  • Emergency telephone support from our office in the UK as well as from a local office in Catalonia with English speaking staff
Excluded
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Entrance fees (where applicable)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Transport should you need to skip a stage
Extras
  • Extra nights along the route

When To Go

This tour is available to start on any day of the week subject to availability, from mid-January through to June, and then again from September through to mid-December.

Time of Year

The climate in Catalonia can be summarised as Mediterranean, total rainfall here is lower than in the rest of Spain, and it is concentrated in the late autumn-winter period. Temperatures are higher than the rest of Spain in both summer and winter. We recommend wonderful walking in the Spring and Autumn. We don't offer this holiday in the months of July and August as the temperatures are too high for walking.

Getting to the Start

By Air: The closest regional airport to Catalonia is Girona-Costa Brava and, as part of the package, we offer return airport transfers from Girona airport. You can also fly to Barcelona-El Prat and take a bus or train to the city's main train station, from here you can take a fast train  (AVANT) to Figueres Vilafant where our local partner can collect you and transfer you to the first accommodation. Alternatively, you can take a regional train or MD train to Figueres. Figueres and Figueres Villafant are fairly close so pick up is possible at either, but please specify. Tickets can be bought at http://www.renfe.com

By Train: If you are arriving by train then the best station to arrive into is Figueres or Figueres Villafant. See above.

Getting from the End

By Air: The closest regional airport to the end of the walk is again Girona-Costa Brava and, as part of the package, we offer return airport transfers from Girona airport. You can also fly out of Barcelona-El Prat - please let us know if you require a transfer to Barcelona instead of Girona which we can book for a small additional cost.

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation onto your next overnight stop. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person. Please make sure they are clearly marked with your name and next nights accommodation.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with us that you have suitable travel insurance that covers you for cancellation, curtailment, illness or injury.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Girona or Figueres & transfer to Sant Pere Pescador Day 2 Circular walk from Sant Pere Pescador 7 miles / 11 km Day 3 Through Aiguamolls nature reserve to Castello D’Empuries 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 4 Coastal walk to Cadaques 10 miles / 16 km Day 5 Rest Day (or optional walk to the Cap de Creus) Day 6 Into the countryside to El Port de Selva 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 7 Over the mountains to Palau Saverdera 8 miles / 13 km Day 8 Departure Day

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