Collioure to Cadaques

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  • 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 Sant 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.
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What To Expect

Lovely coastal walking combined with Mediterranean charm make this tour ideal if you like your walking days to finish in charming little villages by the sea, sipping on a wine and enjoying fresh seafood! Daily walks are between 12 and 18km with some short ascents and descents and one day of up to 675m, but the walking overall is not too strenuous. Overnight stays are in comfortable and welcoming family run hotels and guesthouses.

Tour Style:

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

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Coastal & Island

Activity Level & Terrain

This walking tour is graded Easy-Moderate. Walks are between 3-5 hours on well-trodden coastal and mountain paths. with an ascent of between 325m to 675m each day. The paths can become slippy when wet and extra care must be taken on days like this.

Navigation

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.

Accommodations

Accommodation in comfortable and friendly 2 and 3* hotels and guesthouses is included in your trip for all nights.

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.

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 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.

Meals

Breakfast is 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 specialties are sure to include tasty anchovies or grilled fish.

Included
  • 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
Excluded
  • 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
Extras
  • Additional nights before, during or after the tour

When To Go

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.

Time of Year

Springtime is beautiful with a profusion of wildflowers 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.

Getting to the Start

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 the End

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).

Luggage Transfer

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.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. 

Equipment

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 Collioure Day 2 Loop walk from Collioure 8.5 miles / 14 km Day 3 Walk to Banyuls-sur-Mer 10 miles / 16.4 km Day 4 Walk to Portbou 8.5 miles / 13.5 km Day 5 Walk to Port de la Selva 10.5 miles / 16.5 km Day 6 Walk to Cadaques 8 miles / 12.5 km Day 7 Loop walk to Cap de Creus Lighthouse 10 miles / 16 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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