This charming hotel is close to the center of Cadaques and offers wonderful views across the bay.
COSTA BRAVA: CADAQUES TO LLAFRANC
5 1/2 days walking/6 nights
A self-guided walk along the beautiful Catalan Coast in Spain
A superb linear trail along the Mediterranean Coast between the last of the foothills of the Pyrenees and the Costa Brava
Traverse through Spanish Catalan from north to south, following on from our Pyrenees Coastal Trail
A series of pretty rocky inlets and wildlife of the Aiguamolls Natural Park
Fresh sea food dishes from the Med
A rich historic legacy including Medieval villages and the ruins of the ancient Greek town of Ampurias dating from 575BC
A mild temperate climate throughout the year making this an ideal spring and autumn destination
Outside of the summer months, the small fishing ports are delightfully quiet and calm.
Let 's discover the full itinerary!
Day 1: Arrival
Arrival in Cadaques if travelling by car or transfer from Portbou train station if travelling by train. Cadaques is a pretty seaside port with its narrow winding streets and its traditional white-washed houses.
Day 2: Cadaques - Roses
Your first day's walk passes around the rocky peninsulas and inlets of Cap de Creus, which is now a regional park and Cap de Norfeu. Secluded rocky bays nestle beneath picturesque headlands which offer great views across the clear blue sea. At the end of the day you'll reach Roses an ancient Greek city, a seaside resort that mixes antiquity with the ultra-modern.
Overnight: Roses, Walk: 21.5km, +500m, -500m
Day 3: Roses - St Pere Pescador
Today you'll walk around the Bay of Roses, passing Empuriabrava with its kilometres of navigable canals before a much wilder area as you pass through the Aiguamolis Natural Park protected for its rich fauna and flora. Vital as a staging post for a wide variety of waterbirds, this network of freshwater and brackish lagoons, marshes, grazing meadows and rice fields is the site of a large variety of breeding and wintering birds. Follow the GR92 to reach St Pere Pescador.
Overnight: St Pere Pescador, Walk: 19km, +35m, -35m
Day 4: St Pere Pescador - l'Escala
A shorter walking day allows you time to visit Sant Marti d'Empuries, a medieval settlement, quickly followed by Empuries or Ampurias, the ruins of an ancient Greek town dating from 575 BC and one of the earliest Greek settlements on the Iberian Peninsula. The site was later occupied by the Romans. You'll finish your day in l'Esala, a pretty fishing port with typical narrow alleyways.
Overnight: l'Escala, Walk: 12.5km, +25m, -25m
Day 5: l'Escala - Torroella de Montgri
Today's walking trail along the Costa Brava coastline will take you over a headland above the sea before passing through typical Mediterranean vegetation and pine forests. You'll then climb to the remains of the castle of the Lords of Montgri before a beautiful descent brings you to the village of Torroella de Montgri which was once a port, but centuries of silting has left it high and dry.
Overnight: Torroella de Montgri, Walk: 20km, +600m, -600m
Day 6: Torroella de Montgri - Begur
Today you'll cross a beautiful and wild section of the Catalan coast before you have a chance to explore the medieval village of Pals. This pretty hill-top village has been restored and you'll enjoy meandering along its quaint cobbled streets. You'll then climb slowly onto the wooded dunes known as the "mountains" of Begur, before reaching the resort town of Begur itself which is home to several historic sites.
Overnight: Begur, Walk: 21km, +300m, -100m
Day 7: Begur to Llafranc
The last day on your self-guided walking holiday along the Catalan coast is a shorter walk for a last look at the blue Mediterranean Sea from the spectacular lighthouse Sant Sebastia which overlooks the sea from a height of 160m. Descend to the pretty bay of Llafranc and the end of your walking holiday along the Costa Brava in Spain. Transfer to Cadaques or the train station in Girona.
Walk: 10km, +250m, -400m
Transfers are programmed for 14.30 towards either Cadaques where you started your Spanish walking holiday or Girona.
At a glance
7 April to 23 June & from 3 Sept to 27 Oct
From €925 per person (based on 2 sharing)
6 nights / 6 days walking
Distance: 10-22km per day
Ascent: 25-600m per day
2 & 3 star hotels
Other walking holidays on the Mediterranean Coast
This beautiful Catalan coastal path in Spain starts in the shadow of the last foothills of the majestic Pyrenees mountains before heading into the Costa Brava. The coastal path passes through a variety of landscapes and sites as you alternate between hilly days with pretty rocky inlets, and easier days passing through bays with lots of wildlife interest.
Your walking trail following the Mediterranean coast starts in Cadaques, a beautiful small historic fishing port made from white-washed houses nestling at the base of green hills. Our Pyrenees Coastal Trail walking holiday between France and Spain ends in Cadaques and so the two self-guided walking holidays can be undertaken together or one after the other as a continuous linear walking trail.
Your first day passes around the rocky peninsulas and inlets of Cap de Creus and Cap de Norfeu. Secluded rocky bays nestle beneath picturesque headlands which offer great views across the clear blue sea. You'll then walk around the Bay of Roses, passing the Aiguamolis Natural Park.
After visiting the ruins of the ancient Greek town of Ampurias dating from 575BC you'll pass around another headland above the sea with typical Mediterranean vegetation. Later in the week, you'll get to explore the medieval village of Pals before climbing onto the wooded dunes known as the "mountains" of Begur. Further rocky headlands and bays lead you to the pretty bay of Llafranc.
This holiday is an ideal spring or autumn break. The Mediterranean sea keeps the Catalan coast pleasantly warm in the Spring and Autumn.
6 nights/7 days: 5 & 1/2 days independent walking moving between guest houses
Every day from 7 April to 23 June & from 3 Sept to 27 October
Walking Profile & Grade
This self-guided or independent walking holiday is made up of 6 walks moving between hotels. The walks average about 19km with a maximum of 22km in any one day. Some sections of the trail are rough and stony in places with the odd steep section. This walking holiday alternates between hilly sections going up and down past headlands and creeks and other easier sections around wide, open bays. Daily ascents range between 25m and 600m with an average of 350m of ascent and descent per day.
This walking holiday is graded moderate. See more information about walking grades.
Accommodation & Meals
Half board accommodation in 2 & 3 star hotels
Where is the Costa Brava?
When to Travel
Our self-guided walking holiday along the Pyrenees Coastal Trail is available every day from 7 April to 23 June & from 3 Sept to 27 October. We do not run this holiday in the height of the summer due to the high temperatures and the difficulty in securing our top choice accommodation. The Mediterranean Sea keeps the Catalan coast mild, even in winter and pleasantly warm in the spring and autumn. You can expect temperatures in April of about 19°C, in May of 23°C and in June of 26°C on the coast during the day. Temperatures at altitude will be slightly cooler, especially during windy conditions. During hot weather sea breezes may keep the temperature cooler closer to the shoreline. Daytime temperatures are 26°C and in 22°C in September and October respectively.
This part of the Mediterranean coast is a relatively dry region, with the highest levels of rain in Spring occurring in April and May, although totals are still very low. September and October on average receive twice the monthly rainfall totals compared to the Spring. Average sunshine levels are high with an average of 7 hours or more per day from April through to September.Fog is fairly rare in this region and although winds from the mountains and the coast are common they are generally less pronounced than further north. One benefit of winds blowing from the mountains is that they usually keep the skies blue. By contrast winds blowing from the South East coming in from the sea are usually associated with cloudy and rainy conditions. March and April are the windiest months.
Navigation, Walking Notes & Maps
This walking holiday follows a variety of trails. Much of the coastal trail follows the GR92 (Grande Randonnee) long distance trail which is well way-marked with red and white markings. The walk follows clear paths for the most part. The remaining sections follow local trails waymarked in various colours, whilst other sections have no or little markings. Our walking notes are detailed (more information here). They also include information about the sites which can be explored along the route. We supply one walking guide per person on this holiday. As well as the detailed walking notes we supply A4 extracts of the official walking maps. Your trail is highlighted on the maps.
On this walking holiday, your main luggage is transferred between guest houses so you only have to carry a day rucksack with picnic lunch (supplied by the guest houses and included in the holiday price), water and spare clothes, waterproofs, camera etc. On this holiday a local taxi company is responsible for transporting your main luggage. We use the same company throughout the walking holiday, so if you have any specific requests you can ask the driver at the beginning of your trip. Please limit the weight of your bags to 15kg.
Eurostar, TGV and TER French trains allow access to Portbou train station in Spain from where you will be provided with a transfer to Cadaques. Changes between the Eurostar and TGV are at Lille, Paris or Lyon if you take a direct train. TGV's run from Montpellier, Perpignan or Figueres from where local train access Portbou. This journey will take more than a day for most options, except for early trains via Paris, as well as the early direct train from London to Lyon. Please use Rail Europe's train finder in our
6 nights / 6 day's walking
- From €925
- Price per person based on 2 people sharing a room
What's included in the price
- 6 nights half board accommodation in 2 & 3 star hotels based on 2 sharing
- Transport of luggage between hotels
- Transfer before and after the walking holiday from and to local train stations (see walking program for details)
- Detailed walking map and walking notes including details of the walks, hotels, sites of interest etc
What's not included in the price
- Transport to and from Spain
- Picnic lunches
- Drinks to accompany meals and during the day
- Travel insurance
- Any entrance fees
- A deposit payment of 30% or at least £250 or 250€ per person must be made to confirm your booking. The balance of payments is due 8 weeks before the holiday date. If the holiday date is less that 8 weeks away at the time of booking, then the full price should be paid.
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.
Extra nights are possible at the start of the walking holiday to enjoy the coastal resort of Cadaques and at the end of the walk in Llafranc.
Combining walking holidays
This walking holiday can be combined with our Pyrenees Coastal Trail walking holiday which is the stage before this one starting in Collioure in France and finishing in Cadaques.
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