From Catalonia Across the French Border

Self Guided - 7 Nights/8 Days

Bathed in warm Mediterranean sunshine, and with the final peaks of the Pyrenees providing a dramatic backdrop, the coast either side of the Franco-Spanish border invites exploration by foot. This is Catalonia, vibrant and proud of its distinct culture, and to walk between the charming fishing villages that nestle along its coast on both sides of the frontier is an absolute joy. You pass small, rocky coves, craggy headlands and rugged cliffs while the sea sparkles below you in the bright sunlight. Unsurprisingly, the coast (in French the Côte Vermeille, in Spanish the Costa Brava) and its fishing villages have long attracted artists, among them Dalí, Picasso and Matisse, drawn by the brilliant Mediterranean light. On your walk along the coast from Cadaquès to Collioure, you will discover for yourself the irresistible attraction that this delightful area holds

Your Journey

Day 1

Arrive Figueres Vilafant train station. Transfer provided to the delightful white-washed seaside town of Cadaques. Briefing of your tour this evening.

Day 2 Cadaques – Circuit walk to Dali’s House

Follow the track that hugs the coast. Dali must have walked it numerous times to gain inspiration. A visit to his house must be pre-booked.

Day 3 Roses – Cadaques

Transfer to Roses. Walk a spectacular coastal trail past many secluded beaches and coves. Eventually cut inland through hillsides tiered with old olive groves, and finally on to Cadaqués.

Walking: 16 km, 5 hrs 30 mins

Day 4 Cadaques – Port de la Selva

From Cadaqués walk through the Cap de Creus National Park along a path bordered with wildflowers. Enjoy beautiful views of the Catalan countryside and sea before arriving at El Port de la Selva.

Walking : 12 km, 4 hrs 30mins

Day 5 Port de la Selva - Llanca

Head north to the French/Spanish border and the town of Banyuls. A coastal path leads around the wild Cap de Ras and continues to Llanca past small bays with opportunities for a cooling dip.

Day 6 Llanca – Banyuls

Train from Llancà to Portbou (pay locally). Carry on walking north enjoying wonderful views to the Pyrenees, the famous Canigou peak, the Cap de Creu and the Mediterranean Sea as you ascend the beautiful Catalan hills and cross the border into France. Your next stop is the French seaside town of Banyuls Sur Mer, originally a fishing village that turned to wine-making. Banyuls manages to combine the authentic character of a town steeped in traditions with the dynamism of a modern city.

Walking: 15 km, 5hrs

Day 7 Banyuls - Collioure

Follow cliff-top paths around the rugged Cap Béar headland. Views are spectacular. From the maquis-covered hills behind Port-Vendres, come to the delightful fishing village of Collioure dominated by its fort and castle.

Walking: 17 km, 5hrs 30mins

Day 8

Arrangements end. Extend your stay in delightful Collioure.

Terrain

Moderate to energetic. Walking is on well-marked paths that are stony and gravelly at times.

Meals

Breakfast daily, 1 dinner.

Price - 2018

Please note that pricing is per person in Euros

Share Twin/Double: €937 per person
Add High Season: (9-17 April)  €80
Add Mid Season: (1-30 June, 1-30 Sept)  €40

Single Supplement: €325 High Season,  €298 Mid Season,  €255 Low Season.
Single Supplement (Solo Traveller): €745 High Season,  €665 Mid Season,  €580 Low Season.
Triple Room (3 people): €865 High Season,  €825 Mid Season,  €805 Low Season.

Schedule - 2018

Start any day 14 January - 30 June & 1 September - 14 October (subject to hotel availability). There are no departures in July and August.

Extra nights are possible at all stops... please ask us for a price

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