Along the Catalan Coast

The quiet face of the Costa Brava
 

Holiday Highlights

The rugged coast | With its idyllic coves. Small jewels of turquoise, emerald and citrine.
Swimming | Opportunities each day in clear, warm waters out of sandy bays.
The fabulous food | Superb seafood dishes that can be savoured by the water’s edge.
The Botanical Gardens | At Cap Roig. A celebrated, scented, cliff-top garden with long views.
Begur town | Its medieval castle, watchtowers, rich houses, and vibrant food scene.
Along the Catalan Coast. 7 nights
Along the Catalan Coast. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in northern Catalonia

Discover Catalonia’s quietest coastline on this self-guided walking holiday, with luggage transported. Explore medieval villages and pine-clad hills, relax on quiet coves and sandy beaches, savour superb seafood dishes, and stay in high-quality, family-run hotels.
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.

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.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    Pleasant sea breezes ensure that summers do not seem excessively hot.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
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  • Arrival in S'Agaró
    Night 1: at Hotel S'Agaró or Hotel San Pol (where you stay one night).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • S’Agaró to La Fosca: 15km, 5.5hrs; ascent 165m/descent 175m
    This pleasant first day’s walk combines sections along the beach, seafront promenades, and a lovely coastal path past rocky coves. You walk across the sand of Sa Cunca Bay to Playa de Aro’s harbour, and from there follow the 2-kilometre promenade to pick up the Cami de Ronda, a beautiful coastal path originally used by the anti-smuggling patrols that watched the coves above which the path passes. After a final section along the promenade at Palamós, you reach La Fosca and the Hotel Ancora.
    Coastal path from S’Agaró to La Fosca
    S’Agaró to La Fosca: 15km
  • La Fosca to Calella de Palafrugell: 9km, 3.5hrs; ascent 260m/descent 270m
    From La Fosca a memorable walk leads through a small pine wood to the authentic, protected fishing hamlet of S'Alguer. The path then heads inland, across fields and through hills clad in pine, olive and oak trees, before returning to the coast for a splendid, and very scenic, section along the coastal path, passing numerous secret coves. Your destination is Calella de Palafrugell and the Hotel Sant Roc.
    The fishing hamlet of S'Alguer
    La Fosca to Calella de Palafrugell: 9km
  • Circular walk from Calella: 14km, 5.5hrs; ascent/descent 250m; shorter option: 10.5km, 4hrs
    Spend the day relaxing in Calella, or follow our interesting and varied inland circuit, taking in the Botanical Gardens at Cap Roig, set on a terraced hillside overlooking the sea; the town of Palafrugell and its lively market (closed Mondays); and a vía verde – a disused railway route now used by walkers and cyclists. You can shorten the route by not visiting Palafrugell.
    Cap Roig
    Circular walk from Calella: 14km
  • Calella de Palafrugell to Llafranc: 6.5km, 2.5hrs; ascent/descent 245m
    Today’s walk is a short one, following the well-waymarked coastal path from Calella to Llafranc, where your next base – the Hotel Terramar – is located close to the waterfront. For far-reaching views, we recommend continuing beyond Llafranc up to the lighthouse on the headland.
    Llafranc beach
    Calella de Palafrugell to Llafranc: 6.5km
  • Llafranc to Aiguablava: 9km, 4hrs; ascent 450m/descent 445m
    This walk is rockier than previous days but very rewarding. The first of several highlights comes early on, when you reach the San Sebastián lighthouse to be rewarded with spectacular views over the sea and inland across to the Pyrenees. You then follow the coastal path from the idyllic bay of Cala Pedrosa (a good spot for swimming), past a pine forest, to the headland of La Musclera, another pleasant spot to sit and take the sun before rising once more and continuing to the lovely, sandy bay at Tamariu (complete with a fish restaurant). This is the perfect setting for a fresh fish lunch and a dip in the sea before setting off for the short walk which finishes with a short uphill section to Aiguablava and the Hotel Aigua Blava.
    Bay of Cala Pedrosa
    Llafranc to Aiguablava: 9km
  • Circular walk from Aiguablava: 16km, 6hrs; ascent/descent 615m; shorter option: 9.5km, 4hrs
    Choose to relax at Aiguablava, or walk to medieval Begur, a charming town with a ruined castle from which you can look across to the sea. Our notes lead you down from Begur on tranquil woodland tracks to explore the rugged headland, taking in the beautiful bays of Aiguafreda and Sa Tuna (complete with a restaurant where you could stop for a seafood lunch – pay locally) and returning via Mas d’en Pinc, the former home of dancer Carmen Amaya. To shorten the route, opt to take a taxi (pay locally) between Aiguablava and Begur.
    Medieval Begur
    Circular walk from Aiguablava: 16km
 

Accommodation

You stay in a delightful selection of high-quality, family-run hotels. Three of the five have a pool, while the two that don’t are located right by the sea.

In some places, we work with more than one hotel, as shown below. All are hand-picked by us and, unless there is a price implication (in which case we will contact you to discuss your options), we will tell you which one we have booked for you on your booking confirmation.

We recommend extra nights in Calella, Llafranc and Aiguablava for relaxation and more excellent cuisine.
 

Options to extend or shorten your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 01 April 2024 - 30 June 2024, 01 September 2024 - 31 October 2024, 01 April 2025 - 30 June 2025 & 01 September 2025 - 31 October 2025

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 13 Apr 2024 £1145 £370
    14 - 18 Apr 2024 £1170 £370
    19 - 30 Apr 2024 £1170 £370
    1 - 21 May 2024 £1285 £425
    22 - 26 May 2024 £1340 £460
    27 May - 4 Jun 2024 £1450 £470
    5 - 23 Jun 2024 £1530 £525
    1 - 4 Sep 2024 £1530 £525
    5 - 25 Sep 2024 £1450 £470
    26 - 30 Sep 2024 £1300 £390
    1 - 24 Oct 2024 £1160 £370
    1 - 13 Apr 2025 £1195 £385
    14 - 18 Apr 2025 £1220 £385
    19 - 30 Apr 2025 £1220 £385
    1 - 21 May 2025 £1340 £445
    22 - 26 May 2025 £1395 £480
    27 May - 4 Jun 2025 £1510 £490
    5 - 23 Jun 2025 £1595 £550
    1 - 4 Sep 2025 £1595 £550
    5 - 25 Sep 2025 £1510 £490
    26 - 30 Sep 2025 £1355 £410
    1 - 24 Oct 2025 £1210 £385
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

    7 nights: 01 April 2024 - 30 June 2024, 01 September 2024 - 31 October 2024, 01 April 2025 - 30 June 2025 & 01 September 2025 - 31 October 2025

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 13 Apr 2024 £1860 £370
    14 - 18 Apr 2024 £1890 £370
    19 - 30 Apr 2024 £1860 £370
    1 - 21 May 2024 £1870 £425
    22 - 26 May 2024 £1890 £460
    27 May - 4 Jun 2024 £2055 £470
    5 - 23 Jun 2024 £2125 £525
    1 - 4 Sep 2024 £2125 £525
    5 - 25 Sep 2024 £2055 £470
    26 - 30 Sep 2024 £1960 £390
    1 - 24 Oct 2024 £1870 £370
    1 - 13 Apr 2025 £1935 £385
    14 - 18 Apr 2025 £1970 £385
    19 - 30 Apr 2025 £1935 £385
    1 - 21 May 2025 £1945 £445
    22 - 26 May 2025 £1970 £480
    27 May - 4 Jun 2025 £2140 £490
    5 - 23 Jun 2025 £2210 £550
    1 - 4 Sep 2025 £2210 £550
    5 - 25 Sep 2025 £2140 £490
    26 - 30 Sep 2025 £2040 £410
    1 - 24 Oct 2025 £1945 £385
    3rd & 4th person discount -£99 to -£103
    Single traveller supplement £99 to £103

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus standard-class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras to Lille or Paris, with onward travel as described below.

    Included travel from the UK: Out: UK–Girona via Paris (Eurostar/TGV), approx. duration 10h30, plus 0h30 taxi. Home: Figueres Vilafant–UK via Paris (TGV/Eurostar), approx. duration 10h30, plus 1h40 taxi.
    > More about 'by rail' prices
    > The 'rail experience': what to expect

    If you book your holiday less than 10 months in advance of your travel date, seats may no longer be available at the tariffs on which our prices are based, but we may be able to offer you seats on the same services at a supplement.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Sant Roc, Calella de Palafrugell
    Superior with sea view & terrace: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2024 £31
    Superior with sea view & terrace: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2024 £31
    Superior with sea view & terrace: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2025 £32
    Superior with sea view & terrace: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2025 £32
    Hotel Aigua Blava, Aiguablava
    Junior suite with lounge & terrace: 01 Apr - 31 May 2024 £22
    Junior suite with lounge & terrace: 01 Jun - 30 Jun 2024 £35
    Junior suite with lounge & terrace: 01 Sep - 30 Sep 2024 £35
    Junior suite with lounge & terrace: 01 Oct - 31 Oct 2024 £22
    Junior suite with lounge & terrace: 01 Apr - 31 May 2025 £23
    Junior suite with lounge & terrace: 01 Jun - 30 Jun 2025 £36
    Junior suite with lounge & terrace: 01 Sep - 30 Sep 2025 £36
    Junior suite with lounge & terrace: 01 Oct - 31 Oct 2025 £23

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Sant Roc, Calella de Palafrugell (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 16 May 2024 £75 £110
    17 May - 19 May 2024 £105 £155
    20 May - 31 May 2024 £75 £110
    01 Jun - 31 Jul 2024 £105 £155
    01 Aug - 31 Aug 2024 £135 £190
    01 Sep - 14 Sep 2024 £105 £155
    15 Sep - 31 Oct 2024 £75 £110
    01 Apr - 16 May 2025 £78 £114
    17 May - 19 May 2025 £109 £161
    20 May - 31 May 2025 £78 £114
    01 Jun - 31 Jul 2025 £109 £161
    01 Aug - 31 Aug 2025 £145 £202
    01 Sep - 14 Sep 2025 £109 £161
    15 Sep - 31 Oct 2025 £78 £114
    Hotel Terramar, Llafranc (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 05 Apr 2024 £117 £148
    06 Apr - 10 Apr 2024 £150 £192
    11 Apr - 31 May 2024 £117 £148
    01 Jun - 30 Jun 2024 £150 £192
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2024 £150 £192
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2024 £117 £148
    01 Apr - 05 Apr 2025 £122 £154
    06 Apr - 10 Apr 2025 £160 £204
    11 Apr - 31 May 2025 £122 £154
    01 Jun - 30 Jun 2025 £160 £204
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2025 £160 £204
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2025 £122 £154
    Hotel Aigua Blava, Aiguablava (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 31 May 2024 £190 £263
    01 Jun - 30 Jun 2024 £230 £316
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2024 £230 £316
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2024 £190 £263
    01 Apr - 31 May 2025 £200 £276
    01 Jun - 30 Jun 2025 £240 £329
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2025 £240 £329
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2025 £200 £276
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Girona or Barcelona
    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Barcelona. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Barcelona easyJet,  jet2 
    Belfast Intl. - Girona jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Barcelona Ryanair,  Vueling 
    Birmingham - Girona jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Bournemouth - Girona Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Barcelona easyJet 
    Bristol - Girona jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Barcelona Ryanair 
    Nottingham East Midlands - Girona jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Barcelona Ryanair,  Vueling 
    Edinburgh - Barcelona (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Barcelona jet2 
    Glasgow - Barcelona (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Glasgow - Girona jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow Prestwick - Barcelona Ryanair 
    Glasgow Prestwick - Girona Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Girona Ryanair 
    Leeds Bradford - Barcelona jet2 
    Leeds Bradford - Barcelona (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Leeds Bradford - Girona jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Barcelona easyJet,  Ryanair,  Vueling 
    Liverpool - Girona Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Barcelona British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Barcelona British Airways,  easyJet,  Iberia,  Vueling 
    Gatwick - Girona TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Barcelona British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Barcelona easyJet,  Ryanair,  Vueling 
    Luton - Girona Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Barcelona easyJet 
    London Southend - Girona Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Barcelona Ryanair 
    Stansted - Girona jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Barcelona easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  Vueling 
    Manchester - Girona jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Barcelona easyJet 
    Newcastle - Barcelona (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Girona jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Barcelona (via Paris) Air France 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Barcelona. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you for any of the options listed above. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service. Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Where a price range is given, the price you pay depends on your date of travel.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Barcelona

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    bus Barcelona Nord to S`Agaró (1h30, pay locally), taxi S`Agaró to hotel (0h05) £11 1630
    rail Barcelona Sants to Girona (0h40), taxi Girona station to hotel (0h30) £77-£80 1900
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Palafrugell (0h15), bus Palafrugell to Barcelona airport T1/ T2 (3h, pay locally) £20-£21 1130
    taxi hotel to Girona station (1h30), rail Girona to Barcelona Sants (0h40) £88-£92 1200 (1300 Sun)

    Connecting travel options - flying via Girona

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Girona airport to hotel (0h45) £62-£64 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Girona airport (1h) £62-£64 flexible
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 4 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported

  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from A to B, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • Yes, prior to going on holiday you will be able to download GPX tracks so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you use them – our detailed, step-by-step route notes remain the principal means of guiding you from A to B – but we provide them as a secondary means of navigation for additional reassurance when walking.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. The fee for this service is £35 per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
    Booking conditions >
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can incur a five or six-figure bill.

    Many insurers offer travel insurance (you can find details on our insurance page of a policy that you may like to consider if you are a UK resident), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    When you purchase a policy, be sure to check that it covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Spain, but not a visa (please note, however, that a new travel authorisation system is being introduced). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • (Castilian) Spanish is one of several official languages; Catalan, Basque and Gallego have equal status in Catalonia, the Basque Country and Galicia, respectively. The currency is the Euro. Spanish time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit www.gov.uk/visit-eu-switzerland-norway-iceland-liechtenstein.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.

    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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