- At a glance
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Your Holiday at a Glance
|Independent walking holiday||
|Dates for 2020||
|Accommodation and Meals||
|What's not included||
Pyrenees Coastal Trail
Created in 1995 by our expert local partners, this beautiful Catalan coastal path has for backdrop the mighty Pyrenees mountains on one side and the blue Mediterranean Sea on the other. Small historic fishing ports made from white-washed houses nestle at the base of green hills covered in vines, orange groves and forest. Secluded rocky bays nestle beneath picturesque headlands which offer great views across the clear blue sea.
On four of the days it is possible to choose between two different grades of walking routes, making it ideal for those seeking both a challenge, as well as those looking for a relatively modest trek (See more information below). This holiday is also an ideal spring or autumn break. The Mediterranean sea keeps the Catalan coast mild, even in winter and pleasantly warm in the Spring and Autumn. Find out more about this part of the Mediterranean Coast, also known as the Vermillion Coast in France and the Costa Brava in Spain by following the link - More info on Catalan Coast. Find out more about the climate of the Catalan Coast in France and Spain
This self-guided or independent walking holiday is made up of 5 walks moving between guest houses and a small walk at Cadaques on the final morning. The walks average about 15km. Some sections of the trail are rough and stoney in places with the odd steep section. On this holiday you have the choice of two possible routes on 4 of the days, giving rise to two different grades. You can, of course, choose to do a mixture of easier and more challenging days.
Moderate+: Average of 5 hours walking with daily ascents of between 350m and 550m
Moderate to challenging: Average of 6 hours walking with daily ascents of between 400m and 700m.
Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at Collioure late afternoon and book into hotel. The coastal town of Collioure sits at the base of the Pyrenees in a small calm bay where the Mediterranean gently laps at its shores. Enjoy looking around this pretty town with its coloured facades, its 13th century royal chateau and impressive church.
Day 2: Collioure - Banyuls
Today's walk follows, in part, a panoramic trail through the Madeloc with the possibility of climbing the Madeloc tower, a lookout over the Med. The vegetation alternates between vines and scrub. Your descent to Mailloll, follows dry stone walls which protect and support the vines on either side, consisting of Syrah and Autre Grenache grapes. Night at Banyuls. Grade mod: 4 hours, +/-500m. Grade mod/chall: 5 hours, +/-700m
Day 3: Banyuls - Cerbère
Your day's walk has great panoramic views over the Mediterranean, towards the ruins of Querroig, a medieval lookout tower. The sea along this part of the walk is protected as a marine nature reserve. Afterwards you'll arrive at the small isolated port of Cerbère, the last stop before crossing over into Spain. Night at Cerbère. Grade mod: 4 hours 30, +/-450m. Grade mod/chall: 5 hours, +/-700m
Day 4: Cerbère - Llanca
Today you'll follow, in part, the Garbet beach, with the sea lapping at your feet and a rich and colourful vegetation. Enjoy the calm of this stage as you pass from small inlet to small inlet until you reach your overnight stay at the port of Llanca. 4hrs30, +/-450m.
Day 5: Llanca - Port de la Selva
A glorious ascent on the monastery trail to reach the unique church of Saint Elena and the imposing monastry Sant Pere de Roda, over a thousand years old. A pretty descent among mounds, abandoned vineyards and relics from the civil war with views over the bay at Port de la Selva, where you'll spend the night. Grade mod: 4 hours, +/-550m. Grade mod/chall: 5 hours, +/-700m
Day 6: Port de la Selva - Cadaques
Today you'll traverse the massif de Cap de Creus which is a protected regional Park forming a small peninsula jutting out into the Mediterranean. The terrain is rugged and spectacular as you make your way to the small historic fishing village of Cadaques, with its narrow winding streets and its traditional white-washed houses. Night at Cadaques. Grade mod: 5 hours, +/-350m. Grade mod/chall: 7 hours, +/-500m
Day 7: Oliguera & return to Collioure
In the morning, you'll discover the Oliguera peninsula and its amazing rock formations, including the famous rock "Cucurucuc". Return by taxi to Collioure with a possible stop by the Museum Dali de Fiueres. 2hrs15, +/-100m
Once you have booked on this independent walking holiday on the Mediterranean Coast, further information about the walking, the region and what to bring, will be sent to you. We do have a web page dedicated to what clothes and equipment you should bring. In addition, our travel shop has direct access to all the top walking and travel retailers. Please contact us if you need any further information.
Accommodation & Meals
A variety of independent and friendly 2 and 3 star hotels on a half board basis. Lunches are not included in the cost of the holiday but can be ordered from your hotel, the evening before your departure.
|Hotel Porto Cristo||Hotel||Lovely hotel in a restored historic building in the small seaside village of Port de la Selva||3 star|
Eurostar, TGV and TER French trains allow access to Collioure train station close to your first hotel. Changes between the Eurostar and TGV are at Lille or Paris. TGV's run from Paris to Montpellier or Perpignan. Perpignan is by far the closest large station. The TGV via Lille will require another change at Lyon. The local trains from Perpignan only take about a further 20 minues to Collioure. Please use Rail Europe's train finder in our travel shop to organise your train journey.
Please contact us before booking to check for practical times.
There are flights from French and UK airports to Perpignan-Rivesaltes airport. Operators from UK airports include Flybe, BMI Baby and Ryan Air. The airport is about 35km from Collioure. The most practical solution is to take a transfer to Perpignan city about 7km away and then take a short local TER train to Collioure. There is is a bus service operated by Courriers Catalans from outside the terminal building. The journey should take about 15 minutes and cost €4.50. There is also a taxi service. Journey into the city will take approximately 10 minutes and cost approximately €17.00.
Please visit our travel shop for links to useful sites for reserving airport parking or booking train tickets
Note: Please check concerning the availability of a holiday before booking any flights. If you need further information or would like to discuss any aspect of your travel arrangements, please contact us, we’re here to help you.
Self Drive from UK
Channel ferry crossings from Dover are provided by a number of operators including P&O Ferries & DFDS seaways. Crossings are also provided by train with Eurotunnel.
Once in France, the journey from Calais to Collioure takes about 10-11 hours (excluding long breaks). There is a car park in the centre of Collioure (le glacis) close to your hotel. Alternatively, you can leave your car for the week in a private secure parking about 1.5km from the hotel, approximate cost of 40€.