Last week I was lucky enough to go on our Walking the Catalan Coast in Style trip. There are not enough superlatives to describe this trip and for me, it was worth every penny. Each day exceeded our expectations!
Most people associate the Costa Brava coast with high-rise hotels and stag and hen parties. However, go further north of Tossa-del-Mar (yes there really is a place called this!) and you will find white-washed villages and towns, pristine coastlines and coves with glorious sea views at every turn.
As a “world traveller” in my 20’s I have certainly stayed in some dubious accommodations…a beach hut in Thailand, a losman (a type of guest house) or two in Indonesia in which every inch of the walls were covered with mosquitoes, youth hostels in Europe and even sleeping on the beach in Nice, France (where we got hosed off by police at 5:00 am!). While I was happy with this at the time, now, in my 50’s, it’s so nice to stay somewhere a bit more luxurious and in places full of charm and character.
Each hotel on this tour is slightly different. Five distinct hotels in five different locations, all with delicious local food. In fact, when we chose this tour we were a bit uncertain about half-board being included. One thing I do love about staying in a town or village is the fact that you can amble around in the evening finding a traditional restaurant. However, we had no regrets, all the food provided was supreme…a whole grilled sea bream, a fig and goats cheese salad, a seafood zarzuela (a type of sauce) and plenty of crème Catalans, some with pineapple.
Back to the hotels….
This is a walking tour and I haven’t even described the walks yet! Again, diverse and interesting. Loop walks and coastal walks from hotel to hotel. The scenery was stunning, and we enjoyed walking through villages and past the gorgeous botanical gardens of Cap Roig just after Calella de Parafrugell. The Fish Museum in Palamos was an interesting find and your transfer driver, Elisabeth speaks good English and is very helpful and accommodating. On this tour, you also have transfers from Girona included and a welcome meeting with our local hosts.
So go on, treat yourself, you won’t regret it. I certainly didn’t and this holiday will remain in my memory forever. Warmth does not even begin to describe the friendliness of the staff at the hotels and mouth-watering underrates the food. It was truly wonderful, and the walks were scenic and manageable for those of us who like to have some free time absorbing the local places or going on the beach or by the pool to read. As my Dad always used to say, “you get what you pay for” and on this tour that is certainly 100% true.