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The Catalan Coast & a 5-Star Indulgence

The quiet face of the Costa Brava
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If you are flying via cosmopolitan Barcelona or beautiful Girona, add on a city break for a contrast to your walking holiday.
  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, including one 5-star hotel
  • superb seafood

The unspoiled northernmost part of the Costa Brava is a well-kept secret, and makes an ideal region for a week of leisurely discovery on foot, with plenty of time for dips in the sea. Discover hidden coves, shady pinewoods, medieval Begur, 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 gentle route, a perfect first walking holiday, shows to the full the magnificent contrasts of this part of the Costa Brava: medieval villages and pine-clad hills, small, quiet coves and the wide, sandy beaches for which the area is renowned. There are plenty of opportunities to relax by the sea and to linger over lunch at an authentic restaurant, just two of the many highlights of the holiday. Indeed, the region is justly famed throughout Spain for its gastronomy, with delicious fish specialities. Even more of surprise, perhaps, is the delightful selection of high-quality, family-run hotels, most of which have a pool. You finish in real style at the luxurious 5-star Mas de Torrent, a place where you can really indulge yourselves.

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