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Catalonia: Between Mountain and Sea

Catalonia: Between Mountain and Sea

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 16 people
Destination(s): France   Spain  
Specialty Categories: Walking Tours  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 750 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 900 Euro (EUR)

Your Itinerary:

Day 1: Coming to Collioure*. After your flight to Girona or Perpignan, you will travel to Collioure, picturesque old fishing village. We will book you into our specially selected 2-star hotel in the heart of town, close to all facilities and 5 minutes from the sea. You may witness the boisterous local card game of "belotte" here. Town: Collioure. Internet, ATM, Food shop, seaside town. Hotel: 2* hotel with character in the center of the town, room en-suite, A/C, close to the beach. Includes: (D).

Day 2: Tour Madaloc. Today you have 2 options:
- First: Tour Madaloc (6 h, 15 km, +/-656 m). It is a long ascent to the Tour Madeloc (656 m), but there are plenty of places to have a break and admire the beautiful “Cote de Vermeille” (Vermillion Coast). Coming down along the famous GR10 (a Long Distance Trail that crosses the Pyrenean chain), you can admire the small creeks, hidden beaches and turquoise waters.
- Second: Cap Bear (6 h, 15 km, +/-230 m). First we climb to the old "Fort Sant Elme" to admire the coastline. Then it's a rocky walk along the cliffs of the Cap Bear to the massive light house. The rest of the walk is through the vineyard. In Banyuls, a village at the foothills of the Pyrenees, don’t miss the aquarium, the local sweet wine and of course a swim. Town: Banyuls, Internet, ATM, food shop, seaside town. Hotel: 2* hotel "Logis de France" 5 minutes from the beach. The restaurant has a very strong reputation and has 2 Michelin*, room en-suite, A/C. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 3: The border (5 h, 13 km). From our village at sea level, we walk up to the Pic Joan (437 m), for a magnificent view of the coastline. Here we are only a couple of meters from Spain. Going down through the vines and scrubs, we arrive in Portbou in the afternoon, for a swim the clear Mediterranean waters! Note: not to be missed in Portbou is the "Art Cafe" to drink freshly squeezed orange juice. Town: Portbou, Internet, ATM, food shop, seaside town. Hotel: 2* hotel overlooking the sea, the Manager, Montserat, has a very impressive collection of masks from Bali. They are exhibited in the hall, room en-suite, A/C. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 4: The Coves (5 h, 12 km). Today is probably one of the most enjoyable days of the trip. We start by ascending to Colle de Frare (202 m), to get a clear view of the Spanish coastline, and its white, sandy beaches. First we follow a balcony trail, then descend to the lovely beach of Colera where you can stop for a drink. From here it's an easy walk under the pine trees past tiny little sandy coves with azure waters. Town: Llanca, Internet, ATM, food shop, seaside town. Hotel: Family run 2* hotel, the friendliest place in all of Catalonia. The restaurant set on the port is very chic and the food is tasty, room en-suite, A/C. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 5: Sant Pere de Rode (5 h, 12 km). A fantastic walk up to the Monastery of “Sant Pere de Rodes” dominated by San Salvador peak (670 m). Descend along the scenic ridge of Serrat de la Gerra, the shade of the trees overhead will keep you cool. Tonight will be spent in the very relaxing Port de la Selva. Note: It's also possible to shorten the day by walking along the coast (2 h). Town: Port de la Selva, Internet, ATM, food shop, seaside. Hotel: Elegant 3* hotel, in the heart of the town, close to the beach. The facilities are just amazing, rooms are pristine almost luxurious, the breakfast is an enormous buffet with everything you could ask for, room en-suite, A/C. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 6: Cap Creus (6.5 h, 22 km). Today we walk in the “Cap Creus Natural Park” through a rugged Maquis, the Mediterranean scrub land. You will have plenty of chances to stop for lunch and for a swim later! En-route you will pass close to the house of Dali in Port Lligat. Tonight we stay in the lovely fishing village of Cadaques, the most pleasant place to stay in the Northern Costa Brava. Note: it's possible for you to shorten the day by taking a taxi from Cap Creus directly to Cadaques (16 km, 5 h 45 m, around € 20). Town: Cadaques, Internet, ATM, food shop, seaside town. Hotel: modern and comfortable 3* hotel with outdoor pool, large garden, tennis court, located in heart of the town, close to the beach, rooms en-suite. Includes: (B).

Day 7: Cadaques. End of the adventure*. After breakfast, we bid you farewell. You will have plenty of time to visit the beautiful bay of Cadaques today, and the Oliguera peninsula, or you can also visit Dali Museum of Figueres, before going back to the airport. Includes: (B).

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- 6 nights in 2* hotels
- On a half board basis (breakfast, dinner)
- Your luggage transported from hotel to hotel
- Detailed walking notes.

Price Excludes:
- Flights
- Holiday insurance (mandatory)
- Drinks
- Transfers from/to airport.

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