Collioure to Cadaques Short Break5 Days & 4 Nights 4.5 Read 4 reviews
- Enjoy the highlights of the classic Mediterranean walk from Collioure to Cadaques
- The pastel-coloured houses of the Cote Vermeille, inspiration to artist Matisse
- Overnight in the whitewashed fishing villages of the Costa Brava
- Discover ancient historical sites like the dramatic Sant Pere de Rodes monastery
- Arriving in Cadaques, former haunt of the famous Salvador Dali
What To Expect
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.
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 Moderate overall. Walks are between 3-5 hours on well-trodden coastal and mountain paths, with ascents of between 385m to 610m each day. You do walk on some uneven and rocky terrain so a good level of sure-footedness is required. The paths can become slippy when wet and extra care must be taken on days like this.
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.
4 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.
- 4 Nights in 3 and 4* hotels and guesthouses
- 4 Breakfasts
- Baggage transfers as per itinerary
- 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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ItineraryDay 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.
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.
Situated a 3 minute walk from the beach, this modern hotel offers air conditioned rooms with balcony and TV. They have a jacuzzi and swimming pool with views over the sea.
A gorgeous town house set in a quiet lane just off the main square in Collioure. Enjoy relaxing in their heated swimming pool shaded by wisteria trees.
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.
+375m Ascent / -375m Descent
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.
After an hour’s transfer over the border to the seaside town of Llanca, start the day with 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 views of the sparkling coastline guiding you all the way.
Overnight tonight is in a stylish little spa hotel right on the seafront.
+525m Ascent / -504m Descent
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.
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.
+325m Ascent / 285m Descent
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.
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.
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