- Walk the classic Mediterannean trail from Collioure to Cadaques
- Explore a colourful coastline, inspiration to artists Dali, Picasso and Matisse
- Overnight stops in fishing ports home to fantastic seafood restaurants
- Discover ancient historical sites like the dramatic San Pere de Rodes monastery
- The wild and rugged Cap de Creus, former home of the famous Salvador Dali
From the colourful Mediterranean fishing village of Collioure in France, follow coastal trails, with the Pyrenees as a backdrop, down to whitewashed Cadaques in Spain.
Starting with a couple of nights in Collioure, the route heads south to the wine-producing region of Banyuls-sur-Mer, before crossing the border into Spain. Breath in the fresh sea air as you continue on coastal trails past hidden coves, explore ancient historical sites such as the Madeloc Tower and Benedictine monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes, and stop overnight in fishing ports home to fantastic seafood restaurants. It is easy to see why many artists including Dali, Matisse and Picasso were so inspired by these landscapes!
Finish by heading inland briefly across the Cap de Creus national park on a rural route through the Catalan countryside to Cadaques. A final walk takes you to the Cap de Creus lighthouse and Port Ligat, former home of Salvador Dali.
Day 1: Arrive Collioure
Fly into Perpignan or Girona Airport, and make your way to Collioure by train (25m or 1h15 respectively).
With its pastel-coloured houses, pretty harbour, and beach, Collioure is a delightful Mediterranean town, which inspired the avant garde and colourful artwork of Henri Matisse. Check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner at one of the many seaside restaurants, perhaps sampling some of the tasty Collioure anchovies.
Day 2: Loop walk from Collioure
Start your walk by taking a hike up to the 13th century Tower of Madeloc, built to protect the surrounding seas, which sits high on the hillsides above Collioure. A steep climb is rewarded with panoramic views over the Roussillon plains and down to the sea, before looping back down through the terraced hillsides back to Collioure.
Arriving back in town, take your time to wander the narrow streets and art shops before another night relaxing in lovely Collioure.
Walk: 14km, 4-5hrs, 727m ascent/descent
Day 3: Walk to Banyuls-sur-Mer
Bidding Collioure a sad farewell, head along the coast to the bustling quayside of Port Vendres. Skirting round coves and creeks continue to Cap Bear and its lighthouse with pink marble staircase. Pass Paulilles beach with azure-coloured waters perfect for a refreshing dip and finally arrive at Banyuls-sur-Mer.
This charming seaside town is well known for its fantastic dessert wines, made from the Grenache Noir grapes growing in the surrounding terraced vineyards. Rest your legs and sample a glass of Banyuls wine over dinner.
Walk: 16.4km, 385m Ascent/Descent, 3-4 hours.
Day 4: Walk to Portbou
Crossing the border into Spain today, follow a coastal path from Banyuls-sur-Mer all the way to the little town of Portbou. Leaving Banyuls, clifftop paths take you high above the turquoise sea, passing numerous sheltered coves. Stop for refreshments in Cerbere—the last French town before Spain and home to a protected marine nature reserve—before continuing to Portbou across the rugged headland separating France and Spain.
From Portbou, catch the train (10min) to the nearby fishing port of Llanca, your next overnight stop.
Walk: 12.8km, 434m ascent/ 447m descent, 4-5hours
Day 5: Walk to Port de la Selva
Start the day following a gentle coastal path before a climb up to the impressive Benadictine monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes (480m) which dates back to the 10th century and has wonderful views overlooking the Cap de Creus national park. Descend from here to Port de la Selva, with vistas of the sparkling coastline guiding you all the way.
Overnight tonight is in a stylish little spa hotel right on the seafront.
Walk: 15.4km, 525m ascent/504m descent, 5-6 hours
Overnight: Port de la Selva
Day 6: Walk to Cadaques
A slight change of scenery today, as you head inland on a pretty rural route through the countryside to Cadaques, cutting across the Cap de Creus national park. Climb out of Port de la Selva to reach a plateau, and wind your way across the rugged landscape, with occasional glimpses of the sea still in front of you. As the whitewashed village of Cadaques finally comes into view enjoy an easy descent into the town.
An elegant seaside town, Cadaques is most well known for its connections to the famous surrealist artist, Salvador Dali, who spent family holidays here and later lived at nearby Port Ligat.
Walk: 12.5km, 353m ascent/349m descent, 3-4 hours.
Day 7: Loop walk to Cap de Creus Lighthouse
Finish your journey to Cadaques on a high, with an exhilarating walk out to the Cap de Creus lighthouse, said to be the most easterly point of the Iberian peninsula. Your walk also passes Port Ligat, home to Dali’s iconic house and now a museum, the Casa-Museo Salvador Dali. It is worth booking in advance if you would like to visit the museum, which we highly recommend.
Return to Cadaques for a wander round its colourful, cobbled streets, before one final evening soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying a farewell dinner.
Walk: 16.3km, 447m Ascent/Descent, 5-6 Hours
Day 8: Onward Travel
Check out after breakfast and make your way back to Girona or Barcelona airport for onward travel. If you have time, it is worth adding additional nights in the vibrant city of Girona, home to some of the finest Catalan cuisine.
7 nights accommodation in comfortable and friendly 2 and 3* hotels and guesthouses are included in your trip.
The accommodation we normally use is detailed below. We may sometimes have to use alternative hotels subject to availability but if this is the case we will always let you know when confirming your booking.
Single Rooms & Solo Walkers
This trip is available to solo walkers although there is a supplement applicable and we recommend that you are an experienced walker comfortable with navigation if you are wishing to walk solo. Single rooms are also available and a single room supplement is payable.
7 breakfasts are included. Lunches and evening meals on the other days are not included. You can pick up lunch in little beach cafes or restaurants you pass by or stop along the trail for a picnic. Your route notes have details for each day. Evening meals will either be available at your hotel or a selection of nearby local restaurants, where specialities are sure to include tasty anchovies or grilled fish.
Le Mas de Citronniers Hotel - Collioure
A charming family run hotel, the Le Mas de Citronniers lies just 200m from the sea and the centre of lovely Collioure. Its large Basque style family house has spacious, comfortable rooms and breakfast can be enjoyed on your own terrace or balcony.
Le Clos Saint Andre - Collioure
Corinne and Laurent welcome you warmly to their lovely B&B, Le Clos Saint Andre with attached winery. Enjoying relaxing at the end of the day in their swimming pool in the back garden, shaded by a giant magnolia tree or have a game of pétanque, before sipping on a glass of Banyuls wine.
Hotel Carbonell - Llanca
The Hotel Carbonell in the heart of the old town of Llanca is a relaxed family run hotel with bright, modern rooms. Just a short stroll away from the beach and restaurants in the centre of Llanca.
Hotel Spa Cap de Creus - Port de la Selva
The Hotel Spa Cap de Creus located right on the seafront is a small modern hotel offering private spa facilities —perfect after a day’s walking! You are just a short walk away from the marina and several restaurants.
Arrels Hotel - Cadaques
Located on a hillside overlooking Cadaques, with wonderful views, Hotel Arrels is a beautiful boutique hotel run by the lovely Tito and Nando, who will make you feel right at home. Enjoy relaxing in their outdoor swimming pool and gardens, and in just 10 minutes walk you will be in the centre of the whitewashed village of Cadaques.
You can start your walk anytime between the beginning of April and end of October. We do not offer this tour in July and August as the temperatures are simply too high for enjoyable walking then and the villages and towns are also very busy at these times of year.
Please note that this tour is only available for departures from April 2019.
Time of Year
Springtime is beautiful with a profusion of wild flowers on display. It starts to heat up in June and by July it is too hot for walking. However, when autumn arrives it is once again perfect weather for walking. Being on the Mediterranean, you should enjoy sea breezes and mild temperatures from April right through to October. From about mid September there can be the occasional thunderstorm.
Single Rooms & Solo Walkers
This trip is available to solo walkers although there is a supplement applicable and we recommend that you are experienced walker comfortable with navigation. Single rooms are also available and a single room supplement is payable.
Grade & Terrain
This walking tour is graded Moderate overall with a mix of coastal walking and sections of mountain hiking and ascents of between 385 and 727m. Please note that Day 2 and Day 5 are most strenuous due to steeper ascents and descents and some uneven terrain with heights ranging from 525-700m. Whilst no climbing technical skill is required, we do recommend that you have a good level of sure-footedness as the terrain is quite rocky and uneven. Those who suffer from vertigo issues may find some sections of exposed cliff top trails difficult. Paths can also become slippy when wet and extra care must be taken on days like this.
Navigation, Route Notes & Maps
The routes on this trip are generally way-marked but we will also provide detailed route notes and maps. You will also have access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App enabling you to follow the route using your phone’s GPS so using this combined with the provided route notes and maps means you should have no problems finding your way.
Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight stay. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.
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.
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.
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 Collioure
By Air: Perpignan is the closest airport to Collioure. From here take a shuttle bus to the centre of Perpignan and then it is just 20 minutes by train to Collioure.
Other options are Girona and Barcelona Airport in Spain. From Girona, take the shuttle bus into the centre and then the train via Perpignan to Collioure (1h in total). Or from Barcelona Airport, take the train to Barcelona Sants (30m) and then the train via Perpignan to Collioure (1h40m in total).
Getting from Cadaques:
By Air: The closest airports to Cadaques are Girona and Barcelona. For Girona Airport, take a bus to Girona Bus Station and then a shuttle bus to the airport (1hr in total). For Barcelona Airport, take a bus to Figueres (1h), and then a train to Barcelona Airport (1h30m).
- 7 Nights in 3 and 4* hotels and guesthouses
- 7 Breakfasts
- Baggage transfers as per itinerary
- Detailed route notes, maps and pre-departure information pack
- GPX tracks and access to our smartphone app
- 24/7 emergency telephone support
- Travel insurance (required)
- Travel to Collioure and from Cadaques
- Train from Portbou to Llanca on Day 4 (approx €4)
- Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
- Personal equipment
- Additional nights before, during or after the tour
- Single room supplement if required
- Solo walker 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 accommodations we use have limited rooms and therefore fill up quickly. However, we will always try our very best to accommodate your plans.
How fit do I need to be?
This walking tour is graded Easy-Moderate overall therefore a decent level of fitness is required. The walks are between 3-5 hours on a mix of well-trodden coastal paths and mountain trails with ascents of between 325m to 675m each day. Please note that Day 1 and Day 5 are graded Moderate due to steeper ascents and descents on some uneven terrain with heights ranging from 525 -700m. Whilst no climbing technical skill is required, we do recommend that you have a good level of sure-footedness. Those who suffer from vertigo issues may find some sections of exposed cliff top trails difficult.
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.