Self guided walking tour in Baix Emporda Catalonia

A journey through hidden Catalonia

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Dates: 1st April – 31st October 2017


Starting in the Volcanic National Park of Garrotxa in the foothills of the Pyrenees your journey takes you through some fantastic contrasting landscapes. Mountains, volcanoes, rivers, woodlands, waterfalls, castles, Romanesque churches - this walking tour has it all. On the last two days you will walk the Camino de Ronda path enabling you to experience some hidden pretty coves and amazing coastal views only accessible by foot.

Highlights include:

The Volcanic National Park of Garrotxa.
The volcano Santa Margarida and the Romanesque church
The Camino de Ronda path
Dinner at La Rectoria de Sant Miquel del Pineda
Sample the tapas tour in Palamos


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Day 1:
A representative of Cycle Catalan will meet you at Girona Airport or Flaca station if arriving from Barcelona and transfer you to the Hotel Borrell or Hotel Can Blanc in Olot. A very important town at the beginning of the 20th century due to the iron ore industry there is some fantastic architecture reflecting the wealth of this era. A welcome glass of Cava awaits you in a local bar where we will introduce the itinerary. If you arrive in the afternoon we suggest you walk up to the volcano Monsacopa which can only be accessed by foot. This will provide you with panoramic views of the town. On your return stop off in El Parc Nou where the old botanical gardens were created in 1986 and visit the Natural Park Information Centre which is located in a beautiful Art Nouveau house. We have a couple of suggestions for dinner and can book this for you.

Level: Easy
Distance: 5kms

Day 2: The Volcanoes
Today takes you out of Olot along route 3 and 15 into the National Park. This is a circular walk which takes in one or two of the volcanoes in this area. After passing the volcano Croscat you will come across the famous beech forest of Fageda d’en Jorda. Your path then takes you to the volcano Sant Margarida where you can explore the unusually placed Romanesque church situated in the centre of the crater. We provide a packed lunch for today’s walk. Tonight we suggest you dine at la Quinta Justa which is located in a beautifully restored town house in the centre of Olot.

Level: Easy to Moderate
Distance: 16 kms



La Rectoria


Day 3: The Vies Verdes (the greenway)
The Vies Verdes follows the route of the old railway which used to go from Olot to Girona. This was a very important rail link when Olot was at its industrial peak but sadly closed many years ago. A very good path has been created for both walking and cycling use. Your route takes you out of town to the south through the village of Presses where in the old station you can obtain the ‘vies verdes passport ‘and have it stamped to say you have visited. The countryside you are passing through is some of the most spectacular in the area. You have plenty of time to stop totake it in. A good lunch stop is the hamlet of Bas before descending to San Miquel del Pineda.’ La Rectoria’, a beautifully restored church house awaits where you will spend tonight enjoying the hospitality of Goretti and Roy and a three course dinner including wine. Roy was previously a chef at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh and Goretti was a whisky taster at Glenmorangie and can arrange for you to sample some different blends after dinner.

Level: Easy to Moderate
Distance: 14 kms

Day 4: Woodland Walk and Waterfalls
The walk today is all about the views. This circular route passes many waterfalls and churches including the beautiful church of ‘Sant Salvador de Puig-aider’. En route visit the ancient castle of Colltort dating back to 1017. You return via Sant Feliu dePallarolls part of the saint James Way pilgrim route before returning to La Rectoria and Sant Miguel de Pineda. For those of you who want a challenge the peak of Puigllancada can be climbed. Dinner will be served in the hotel’s restaurant. Please note that a packed lunch will be made for you and carry plenty of water as the first village stop is towards the end of the walk.

Level: Easy to Moderate
Distance: 17 kms


Woodland walk and waterfalls



Day 5: Camino de Ronda coastal path
After breakfast you will be transported by us to San Pol bay at S’Agaro where you pick up the Camins de Ronda route( more commonly known as the old smuggler’s path) The scenery is spectacular with little rugged inlets and crystal clear blue waters. Stop off and enjoy a swim in one of the bays before heading in to Palamos a lively fishing port renowned for its great tapas bars. Watch the fisherman bring in their catch late afternoon before exploring the old town. Dinner will be served in the restaurant of the Hotel Trias.

Level: Easy to Moderate
Distance: 10 kms

Day 6: Camino de Ronda coastal path

Today’s walk takes you on a circular route first to Cala Margarida once a tiny fishing village carved in to the rock, then to the unspoilt beach of Castells. Your route now heads inland through pine forests and pretty countryside back to the fishing port of Palamos. We provide dinner recommendations and a map of the best tapas bars to explore.

Level: Easy
Distance: 11 kms

Day 7:
After a leisurely breakfast depart back to Barcelona by express bus from Palafrugell or private transfer to Girona airport.

  Camindo de Ronda


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Included in your tour:

All accommodation is personally inspected and is chosen for its location, character and comfort. The attitude and attention given by the staff is also considered.

2 nights - Hotel Borrell - or Hotel Can Blanc -
2 nights - La Rectoria de Sant Miquel del Pineda -
2 nights - Hotel Trias, Palamos -

Welcome glass of Cava
6 Breakfasts
2 Packed lunches
3 Dinners
Wine and water are included with dinner.

Transfers and Back up

Transfer to Olot from either Girona airport or Flaca station if arriving from
Barcelona. Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel.
Emergency back up and assistance from support vehicle if required.

What is not included:
Holiday Insurance
Express bus from Palamos to Barcelona

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