This is a bookable group tour (would suit small groups), the start date is flexible – enquire for details
Introduction – 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 region of Catalonia is hard to beat. The area is rich with flora and fauna and you will be presented with a flower fact sheet and a bird book to help you identify the species.
We will walk along the beautiful and rugged Coast Brava and also inland through pine forests and past farm fields and medieval villages – The terrain will vary: wide forest tracks, coastal paths & beaches and along quiet country roads. The coastal path is undulating and can at times be rough and quite steep with some short sections of rock-hopping. Therefore, walking boots or shoes with good soles are essential and trekking poles or walking sticks are recommended. Ample water will be available each morning and on most walks we will be able to stop for coffee and cold drinks. We will have plenty of time to admire the scenery and to enjoy the wild flowers, butterflies and, hopefully, some of the birdlife. There will be something of historical interest on most of our walks. On our three coastal walks there will be time for a quick swim before lunch. You may find plastic shoes or flip-flops useful at Sa Tuna beach. Our longest walk is 14kms but we will take it at a comfortable pace with plenty of stops.
A representative from Cycle Catalan will meet you at Gerona airport and you will be transferred to the Hotel Garbi in the pretty former fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell. Perfectly situated the hotel overlooks the sea and is a short stroll to the centre which has many shops and cafes. A welcome glass of cava awaits you in the bar where we will introduce the walking itinerary. Dinner will be served in a local restaurant in the centre of Calella.
We leave Calella and follow the old smugglers coastal path “Camí de Ronda” to Palamos via Castell, one of the last totally undeveloped beaches on the Costa Brava. First stop is Cap Roig botanical gardens created in 1927, famous for it’s cactus species. We walk past the picturesque former fishing hamlet of S ´Alguer then on to the remains of an Iberian settlement founded in 6 BC. A picnic lunch will be taken at the delightful beach of La Fosca before heading in to Palamos. You have time to explore the old quarter before we return by bus to Calella.
Distance 11.5km, 200m ascent & 170m descent
After an early breakfast we set off by coach to Girona where we enjoy a day exploring the historic Jewish centre and cathedral. We return to Calella late afternoon.
We again pick up the Camí de Ronda 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. After a coffee in the hotel we can explore the beautiful chapel, the old watchtower and the remains of another Iberian settlement. A packed lunch is served on the beach at Tamariu 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 Narcís Rosa. The hotel owns the restaurant across the street, Fonda Caner which has an excellent reputation. You will dine here for the next three nights’ of your stay in Begur. Tonight we have organised an optional salsa class. Begur has a strong Cuban influence due to many people from the town emigrating to Cuba in the 18th century and returning with their fortunes. There are many examples of the Cuban architecture and each year the town celebrates with live Cuban music, salsa dancing and of course mojitos!
Distance 12.5 km, 170m ascent & 150 descent. Level: Moderate.
Today’s relaxed walk enjoys peace and privacy. We explore some of the unspoilt coves which can only be reached by foot.
First a quick visit to the local market and the ruined castle above the town for wonderful views. Now walking past the amrine reserve which is a protected area before reaching the beach of sa Tuna where we stop for a picnic lunch.
Distance 8.5 kms 270m ascent & descent. Level Moderate
Today’s walk takes us through fantastic medieval villages then on to local producers. 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 you will be collected by mini bus and taken to Torrent to visit the Museu de la Confitura where we have a jam making demonstration. Georgina Regas,the owner will give us a short history of the museum. There will be an opportunity to browse through the 107 varieties and make some purchases. Next we will visit Can Solivera, an artisan olive oil producer. In 2008 it was awarded its DOP (similar to an AC for wine in France). Hans de Roos the owner of the estate will provide a knowledgeable tour and tasting after which a picnic lunch will be served amongst the olive groves. Our walk back to Peratallada will be via some interesting old quarries – Clots de Sant Julià – which were the source of much of the local building stone. Following part of an old Roman route to Girona we will arrive at the village of Canapost where we can see some Roman sarcophagi in the church yard. The mini bus will collect you in Peratallada and take you back to Begur.
Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner in a lovely restaurant in town. There is an opportunity to book another Salsa class or enjoy a spa treatment.
Distance 15 km Level: 10m ascent &110m descent. Level: Moderate
Depart by mini bus back to Girona airport or Flaca station if departing from Barcelona airport.