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A Taste of the Catalan Coast

Catalonia's quiet coast
Holiday information
Nights: 4
Grade: 1
Terrain: coastal paths, some beach sections, inland tracks, rocky coves and pine woods
Accommodation: two 3-star hotels
Meals: 4 breakfasts & 2 dinners
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Why not add on a city break in either Girona or Barcelona if you are flying via one of these captivating cities? Or why not look at our 7-night version of this holiday, Along the Catalan Coast?
  About Empordà >Empordà encompasses the Costa Brava and the rolling plain behind it in north-easternmost Catalonia. Costa Brava translates as ‘rugged coast’, a name that belies the presence of beautiful sandy beaches between the rocky headlands. Inland, medieval villages of honey-coloured stone stand amid vineyards, cork-oak woods and fields of sunflowers and rice. It was in Empordà that the sardana – the Catalan national dance, accompanied by a 3-holed flute – originated, and it is a common sight at fiestas. As in the rest of Catalonia, you will hear Catalan – one of Spain’s four official languages – spoken more commonly than Castilian. Catalonia is renowned throughout Spain for its gastronomy, and Empordà boasts some superb restaurants. The local rice features in both meat and fish dishes, while sauces made from tomato, pepper and aubergine are used in many recipes. Combinations of mar y muntanya (sea and mountain) are also common on menus, be it lobster with partridge or chicken with prawns.
 
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking, luggage transported
  • time to relax on sandy bays and quiet coves
  • high-quality hotels
  • superb seafood

The unspoiled northernmost part of the Costa Brava is a well-kept secret, and makes an ideal region for a few days of leisurely discovery on foot. Discover hidden coves, shady pinewoods, historic Palafrugell, and a regional cuisine which is justly renowned throughout Spain. The benevolent climate ensures many warm, sunny days from spring through to autumn, while the hotels offer high standards of accommodation.
Picture aquamarine seas, sun-bleached rocks, cool forests of fragrant pine and pocket-sized coves of sparkling sand, accessible only on foot.
     
The Guardian
This is the quietest and least-discovered part of the Costa Brava ('Wild Coast'), an area of unspoiled fishing villages and beautiful sandy beaches, behind which lie wooded hills. The walking is gentle and undemanding and, as the days are short, you have plenty of opportunity to relax on the beach or linger over a lunch of delicious seafood.

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