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Costa Brava in Style Self-Guided Walking Holiday
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Highlights

  • Relaxed walking staying in stylish boutique hotels on the Catalan Coast
  • Salvador Dali's former haunt, the white-washed town of Llafranc
  • Mouth-watering Catalan cuisine such as pintxos and "mar i muntanya"
  • The medieval town of Begur with its 10th century castle
  • A wine-tasting at the beautiful country house estate of Bell-lloc

Discover a different side to the Costa Brava, walking on quiet trails between traditional villages, and staying in stylish boutique hotels. 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.

Your hand-chosen accommodations offer beautiful rooms, fantastic cuisine and one even has it’s own wine cellar. Quiet coastal paths and inland routes through Catalan countryside lead you from one beautiful village to the next. Then at the end of the day, put your feet up, relax in stylish surroundings and enjoy some delicious Catalan cuisine!

Day 1: Arrive Begur

The charming old hilltop town of Begur is a world away from the busier Costa Brava resorts so well known to many. Its narrow streets are lined with colonial-style buildings, Moorish and Spanish architecture, colourful fishermen’s huts, and is overlooked by a 10th century medieval castle.


Arriving at either Girona Airport, or Figueres Vilafant Train station, a short transfer (1h or 20 min respectively), will take you to Begur. Wander through the lively town, before tucking into an authentic Catalan dish of “mar I muntanya”, a delicious mix of sea and mountain flavours.


Overnight: Begur


Day 2: Loop walk to Aiguablava

A walk through the Catalan countryside will bring you to the coastal town of Aiguablava. Located on a beautiful bay and surrounded by pine trees, this is the perfect place to stop and enjoy lunch overlooking the sea before making your way back to Begur.


Walk: 10km, 3hrs


Overnight: Begur


Day 3:Begur to Llafranc

Leaving Begur behind, you head down from the hills through pine forests, breathing in the fresh sea air as you make your way to the beautiful Mediterranean coast. At Aiguablava you’ll pick up the coastal trail that traverses the coast to the seaside village of Tamariu. A quick dip in the sea and a stroll on the sandy beach, then onwards inland into the hills before descending down into Llafranc.


This white-washed seaside town was a regular haunt of film stars and artists, including Salvador Dalí himself, throughout the 20th century.


Walk: 12km, 3 hours.


Overnight: Llafranc


Day 4: Llafranc to Calella de Palafrugell

Heading inland today gives you the chance to explore another different side of Costa Brava, the beautiful Catalan interior. The historic market town of Palafrugell is well worth a browse (open every day apart from Mondays). Perhaps pick up some fresh fruit for lunch, and then wander around the old town walls, before continuing to the seaside town of Calella de Palafrugell.


Walk: 11km, 4 hours


Overnight: Calella de Palafrugell


Day 5: Free Day Calella de Palafrugell

Beautiful sandy coves combined with pastel-coloured buildings make it easy to see why Calella de Palafrugell is often named as one of Spain’s prettiest coastal villages.


Take it easy and enjoy some time lazing on the beach. Or we highly recommend a visit to the botanic gardens at Cap Roig. Wander through its terraces connected by a cypress stairway which lead all the way down to the sea, accompanied by the sweet smell of geraniums and bougainvillea.


Overnight: Calella de Palafrugell


Day 6: Calella de Palafrugell to Palamos, Transfer to Finca Bell-Lloc

Carry on along coastal trails littered with some of the most picturesque coves in Costa Brava, perfect for refreshing dips in the sea. Turn inland and enjoy the contrast of walking through hills clad in pine, olive, and oak trees before returning to the coast at Palamos. Enjoy lunch by the sea before being collected and taken to the Finca Bell-Lloc (transfer of 20min) a stunning country house estate, featuring its own bodega (wine cellar).


Walk: 10km, 2.5 Hours.


Overnight: Palamos


Day 7: Free Day in Finca Bell-lloc

A full day to spend at your leisure at the Finca Bell-lloc. Enjoy a wine tasting and tour of their bodega (wine cellar) accompanied by delicious tapas (included). And then enjoy an afternoon relaxing in the gardens or relaxing by the pool.


Overnight: Palamos


Day 8: Palamos to S’Agaro

Transfer back to the centre of Palamos this morning and walk along the Cami de Ronda coastal path. This winding series of paths were used for centuries by smugglers bringing in their contraband. With the glittering Mediterranean on your left, and pine clad hills to your right, make your way to the elegant resort town of S’Agaro.


One of the Costa Brava’s most glamourous enclaves, S’Agaro was made famous by movie stars during the golden age of Hollywood. It is home to some beautiful architecture and beaches, as well as some fantastic restaurants — the perfect place to finish your trip!


Walk: 14km, 4 Hours


Overnight: S’Agaro


Day 9: Onward Travel

Your tour finishes after breakfast and you say a sad goodbye to the Costa Brava. We will transfer you back to Girona Airport (included in the cost) or for an additional cost we can also transfer you back to Barcelona.


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. We especially recommend an extra day in Palamos to have more time to enjoy the exquisite surroundings of the Finca Bell-Lloc! Speak to one of our Destination & Adventure Specialists for recommendations.


Accommodation

8 Nights accommodation is included in stylish, boutique-style hotels of a 3 or 4-star standard in upgraded rooms.


We have hand picked some of the finest hotel in each area, with the best rooms, delicious food, great locations and a real focus on customer service.


We will always try to book the accommodations detailed but occasionally depending on availability we may need to book alternative accommodation which will be of the same or similar standard.


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


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

8 breakfasts are included. Packed lunches are available from your accommodation or you can stop on the way. Dinners are also included every night, as well as a wine-tasting and lunch on Day 7.



 



Hotel Aigua Clara - Begur



Hotel Aigua Clara - Premium Room

The Hotel Aigua Clara is a charming boutique hotel and a former colonial-style mansion from 1866. Located in the centre of Begur, and rated the number one hotel in Costa Brava by Trip Advisor, it features a romantic restaurant under a glass pergola, and just 10 individual rooms.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel Llevant - Llafranc



Hotel Llevant - Llafranc (Superior Room with Sea View)

Located right by the sea, the Hotel Llevant is a welcoming family-run hotel offering authentic Catalan dishes. They are part of the gastronomic group "Cuina de l'Empordanet", who promote the cuisine of Emporda..


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel Sant Roc - Calella de Palafrugell



Hotel Sant Roc - Calella de Palafrugell (Junior Suite with Sea View)

A beautiful cliff-top hotel with a focus on customer service. Enjoy delicious cuisine from their gourmet restaurant, El Barco de Calella, overlooking the bay of Calella.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Finca Bell Lloc - Palamos



Finca Bell Lloc

A delightful Ampordan country house adjoined to a 17th century chapel. Individually designed rooms, a welcoming swimming pool and a beautiful wine cellar make this a really special place to stay.


 

 

 

 


 

 

 



S'Agaro Hotel - S'Agaro



S'Agaro Hotel (Comfort Plus Room)

Enjoy your last night in luxury at this beautiful hotel in the exclusive bay of S'Agaro. Featuring a beatiful restaurant and spa and wellness facilities which have won awards, this is the perfect way to end your holiday.

Availability

You can start your walk anytime between the middle of March and end of June, and between the beginning of September and 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.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip 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.


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, Route Notes & Maps

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.


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.


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.


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


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. 

Getting to Begur

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 Vilafant Train Station (50 mins). You will be transferred from Figueres to your accommodation in Begur (20 mins).


Getting from S'Agaro

We will arrange a private transfer to take you from your accommodation in S'Agaro back to Girona Airport (included in the price). Alternatively if you are travelling on to Barcelona we can also arrange a private transfer there for you at an additional cost.

Included

  • 8 Nights in 3 and 4 star boutique hotels
  • 8 Breakfasts
  • 8 Evening Meals
  • Wine-tasting and lunch on Day 7
  • Daily Baggage Transfers
  • Transfer from Girona Airport/Figueres Vilafant train station to Begur and from S'Agaro to Girona
  • Welcome meeting
  • Route notes and maps
  • 24/7 telephone support from our office and local partners

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to and from Spain
  • Lunches (apart from Day 7)
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Single room supplement if required

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the region is extremely popular and the accommodations do get booked up quickly.

How fit do I need to be?

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.

What equipment do I need?

Your detailed information pack will be sent to you after you book. This has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, waterproof clothes and a day pack.

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