‘Between the land
and the sea’ self guided walking tour of Baix Emporda, Catalonia
1st April – 31st October 2017
If you are looking for varied landscapes, medieval village
architecture, secluded sandy coves and an opportunity
to sample excellent locally produced food and wine then
a walking tour in the Baix Emporda area of Catalonia
is hard to beat. Cool Forests of fragrant pine lead
to tiny coves of sparkling sand and sun bleached rocks,
mainly only accessible on foot.
The terrain will vary: wide forest tracks, coastal paths
and beaches. The coastal path is undulating and can
be rough and steep with some short sections of rock
hopping. There are three coastal walks so pack your
swim suit for a quick swim to cool off. You will have
plenty of time to admire the scenery and enjoy the wild
flowers, butterflies and wildlife as well as some things
of historical interest. We supply a wild flower fact
sheet to help you identify the various species.
Tapas tour of Palamos
Cap Roig Botanical Gardens
Visit to Can Solivera an artisan olive oil estate
Pica Pica tasting menu at Mas Pou (optional)
A representative of Cycle Catalan will meet you at Palamos
bus station and transfer you to the Hotel Trias. Perfectly
situated overlooking the sea the hotel has a comfortable
colonial interior and is a two minute walk from the
old quarter and the port. Palamos is the most important
fishing port in Girona province with a history going
back many centuries. The harbour makes a very interesting
visit with the Museu de la Pesca and the fish market.
A welcome glass of Cava awaits you in the bar where
we will introduce the walking itinerary. Early evening
why not take a tapas tour in the old quarter sampling
some of Carmen’s delicious tapas at Can Nicanor.
Dinner is served in the hotel’s restaurant.
2: Camins de Ronda
You leave Palamos and follow the old smugglers coastal
path “Camins de Ronda” to Calella de Palafrugell
via Castells, one of the last totally undeveloped beaches
on the Costa Brava. Walk past the remains of an Iberian
settlement founded in 6 BC before arriving at Cap Roig
where you visit the castle and the botanical gardens
created in 1927 by the aristocrat Elizabeth Webster.
After a packed lunch check into the Hotel Garbi which
is perched on a hill with great views to the sea. The
hotel is only 5 minutes from the centre of town. Explore
this delightful whitewashed village where the narrow
cobbled streets meander down to the sandy beach. Tonight
we offer a fact sheet with recommended restaurants in
and around Calella.
Level: Easy to Moderate
Distance: 12kms 200m ascent and 170
Day 3: Begur
You pick up the Camins de Ronda path and head towards
Begur passing through the picturesque former fishing
villages of Llafranc and Tamariu. First stop is Sant
Sabastian lighthouse “ El Far”. The views
are spectacular and worthy of a photograph. Explore
the beautiful chapel, the old watchtower and the remains
of another Iberian settlement. We suggest a seafood
lunch in Tamariu. There are many cafes and restaurants
dotted along the pretty harbour.
a quick swim before continuing the path over to the
lively hill top medieval town of Begur.
The narrow streets are packed with restaurants, cafes,
boutiques and jewellery shops. Arrive at the Hotel Rosa,
a traditional Catalan hotel in the centre of town run
by Maria and Narcis Rosa. The hotel owns the restaurant
across the street, Fonda Caner which has an excellent
reputation. We have booked you in for dinner here tonight.
Please note that hotel also offers spa treatments.
Level: Easy to Moderate
Distance: 13kms 170m ascent and 150m
Day 4: Cliffs, coves and splendid views
Today’s walk guarantees peace and privacy. Explore
some of the unspoilt coves which can only be reached
by foot or by boat. The path takes you to Mirador de
la Creu. From the viewing point there is a wonderful
view over the plain of Emporda and the coast. You then
join the old Cami de Ronda which takes us to Marine
Reserve of Ses Negres which is a protected area rich
in aquatic species. Next we come to Aigufreda, a pretty
cove with its own beach. Here we recommend stopping
for your packed lunch which has been prepared by the
hotel and a swim in the sea before heading back to Begur
via Mas d’en Pine a beautiful fortified house
with a 16th century tower. There are plenty of choices
for dinner at local restaurants just off the square.
Level: Easy to Moderate
Day 5: Pals,
Fontclara and Peratallada
Today’s walk is a little longer, but the good
news is that it is a gentle descent to Pals then fairly
flat to Peratallada. First stop is Pals a perfectly
preserved hilltop medieval village. The old quarter
known as El Pedro within the medieval walls contains
many historic buildings.
There is a Gothic church at the centre surrounded by
beautiful cobbled streets leading to the old Castle.
The views from the ancient wall to the sea and the mountains
are spectacular. After morning coffee your route takes
you to Fontclara meaning “clear spring”.
where you can sample the famous spring water for yourself.
The path takes you on to Peratallada through the pretty
village of Palau-Sator where you should stop for lunch.
two nights will be spent at the Hotel Aatu, a relaxing
oasis set in beautiful gardens with two swimming pools
to choose from.. Peratallada means “cut stone”
and you will see evidence of the way some of the houses
have been carved into the rock. This village has many
artisan shops, cafes and restaurants making it quite
lively but at the same time retaining its charming character
.We provide a list of recommended restaurants for you
to try in Peratallada.
Level: Easy to Moderate
Distance: 17kms 10m ascent and 100m
Day 6: Can Solivera artisan olive oil producer
This morning you set off for Can Solivera where Hans
and Daida will offer you an olive oil tasting. You will
have the opportunity to look round the olive groves
and admire the 12th century Masia before continuing
on your walk to the medieval village of Vulpellac via
the village of Canapost where you can admire some Roman
sarcophi in the church yard. Tonight we recommend you
enjoy a farewell dinner in the next village of Palau
Sator. Mas Pou is a beautifully restored farmhouse with
great terraces and their Pica Pica menu enables you
to experience small portions of different local specialities.
Distance: 10kms nominal descent and
In the morning stock up with some last minute
gifts before transferring to Girona/Barcelona
airport for your flight home.
Prices based on double occupancy
Your 6 night / 7 day holiday price includes:
Bed & Breakfast for 6 nights
2 Dinners/2 Packed Lunches
1 night in the Hotel Trias Palamos www.hoteltrias.com
1 night’s in the Hotel Garbi in Calella de Palafrugell
2 night’s in the Hotel Rosa in Begur www.hotel-rosa.com
2 nights in the Hotel Aatu, Peratallada www.hotelaatu.com
Transfer to and from Girona airport or Flaca station
( if arriving from Barcelona)
Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
Services of Cycle Catalan. Emergency back up and assistance
from support vehicle equipped with water and first aid
kit. Maps, water bottles/ rucksacks
What is not included:
Tapas tour Palamos
Dinner Mas Pou
We can offer a first class personal service and competitive prices.
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