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COSTA BRAVA COASTAL WALK: THE WILD NORTH

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Duration

7 DAYS – 6 NIGHTS – 5 WALKS

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

Dutch, English, Espanol

Overview

FROM THE FRENCH BORDER TO SANT PERE PESCADOR

This beautiful hiking tour takes you from the unspoilt nature of the Les Alberes Nature Park, past beaches and fishing villages, through the unspoilt beauty of the Cap de Creus Natural Park right across the country where artists such as Dali and Picasso found their inspiration and home. More than just a walking holiday, this is a discovery of the nature, culture and art of a region that is unfortunately known to most only for its mass tourism. The region however has managed to preserve its magic and authentic beauty. It’s up to you to discover and experience it.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • the nature reserve of Alberes
  • the monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes
  • the village of Port de la Selva
  • the nature reserve of Alberes
  • Cadaques
  • unspoilt beaches
  • the nature reserve of Aiguamolls

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival in Llança
Day 1: Arrival in Llança

Arrival in Llançà on your own (private transfer optional). Once in the hotel, welcome meeting with a local guide who will give you the hiking maps and GPS and explain the trip to you (welcome meeting can be on day 2 in the morning).

Day 2: The French border
Day 2: The French border

Portbou - Llança
Distance: 15 km
Transfer from Llançà to Portbou where you start the walk. You take the GR92 from the Mediterranean Sea, a fantastic route that runs along the coast and sometimes along the mountains overlooking the sea. Walking through vineyards with spectacular views over the sea, you walk south towards the village of Colera. The path continues and then descends to the coast to the beautiful fishing village of Llança.

Day 3: High above the coast
Day 3: High above the coast

Llança - Port de la Selva
Distance: 13 km
Today you walk from Llança to Port de la Selva via the GR11. After a brisk climb, you arrive at the Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes, a beautiful building dating back to 878. The highlight of her power and influence came in the 11th to the 13th century. The surroundings are breathtakingly beautiful and if you undertake the short climb to the castle of San Salvador de Verdera (671m), you will be rewarded with unforgettable views over the Gulf of Roses, the Pyrenees and France. From here you descend through the Cap de Creus natural park and the village of Port de la Selva, where you spend the night in a cosy hotel at the harbour.

Day 4: The nature reserve of Cap de Creus
Day 4: The nature reserve of Cap de Creus

Port de la Selva - Cadaques
Distance: 11 or 23 km
Today you have the option to walk via the inland route (11km) or via the coast (23km) from Port de la Selva to Cadaques. Through the interior you take the GR92 and you have breathtaking views over the rugged coast of the Costa Brava. If you prefer the longer route via the GR11, you will be rewarded with an impressive variety of landscapes. Ravaged by the power of the "Tramontana" wind and the salt of the sea, the rocks show themselves in their most grim form. Via the GR92 you will end up in the center of Cadaques where you can choose to continue walking to the museum of Dali in Port Lligat (700m one way). If you take the GR11, you go via the lighthouse of Cap de Creus and many beautiful bays and Port Lligat to Cadaques. Overnight stay in Cadaques.

Day 5: Mediterranean colors
Day 5:  Mediterranean colors

Cadaques - Roses
Distance: 20km
A day of contrasts. You leave Cadaques in a southerly direction, via the coastal path to the bays of Cala Montjoi and Cala Joncols. As you approach Roses, the area becomes more touristy until you arrive in the wide bay of Roses. Overnight in Roses.

Day 6: the wetlands of Aiguamolls
Day 6: the wetlands of Aiguamolls

Roses - Sant Pere Pescador
Distance: 21 km
After a hearty breakfast, leave Roses for the village of Empuriabrava, a tourist coastal resort with navigable canals in the center. However, the GR92 trail quickly leads you away from the hustle and bustle and through the heart of the protected Aiguamolls de l'Empordá marshland. It is an important area for wading birds, otters and reptiles. Arrival and overnight stay in a rural hotel just outside the village of Sant Pere Pescador.

Day 7: Sant Pere Pescador .- end of the journey
Day 7: Sant Pere Pescador .- end of the journey

End of the route. Possibility to continue walking and discover the second part of the Costa Brava (Sant Pere Pescador – Sant Feliu de Guixols)

Included/Excluded

  • Welcome meeting with our guide (English or Dutch)
  • 6 nights in hotel with breakfast
  • Luggage transfer between the hotels
  • Detailed hiking map for each stage
  • GPS device with all walks (GPX tracks)
  • 24h emergency number
  • Transfer to and from the hotel
  • Dinner and extra drinks
  • Additional services

Durations

7 days

Languages

Dutch
English
Espanol

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