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Along the Catalan Coast

The quiet face of the Costa Brava
 
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.
Along the Catalan Coast. 7 nights
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Along the Catalan Coast. 7 nights
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Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in northern Catalonia

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
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 13 14 16 18 21 25 29 28 26 21 16 14
    mm 46 45 59 54 52 41 25 44 68 101 58 56
  • Arrival in S'Agaró
    Night 1: at Hotel S'Agaró (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
  • 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.
    Fishing hamlet of S'Alguer - enroute from La Fosca to Calella
  • 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 - Around Calella
  • 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 Llevant – is located close to the waterfront. For far-reaching views, we recommend continuing beyond Llafranc up to the lighthouse on the headland.
    Llafranc beach - around Calella
  • 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
  • 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
 

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.
Occasionally, due to availability, we may offer an alternative hotel, as shown below. You will be informed of any change to the usual hotel (along with any price implication) prior to us confirming your holiday to you. Whichever hotels you stay in, 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 2020 - 30 June 2020 & 01 September 2020 - 31 October 2020

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

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 5 Apr 2020 £995 £325
    6 - 13 Apr 2020 £1075 £355
    14 - 30 Apr 2020 £995 £325
    1 - 21 May 2020 £1040 £330
    22 - 26 May 2020 £1075 £355
    27 May - 4 Jun 2020 £1170 £365
    5 - 23 Jun 2020 £1225 £405
    1 - 4 Sep 2020 £1225 £405
    5 - 25 Sep 2020 £1170 £365
    26 - 30 Sep 2020 £1095 £355
    1 - 24 Oct 2020 £1040 £330
    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 2020 - 30 June 2020 & 01 September 2020 - 31 October 2020

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

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 5 Apr 2020 £1485 £325
    6 - 13 Apr 2020 £1535 £355
    14 - 30 Apr 2020 £1485 £325
    1 - 21 May 2020 £1495 £330
    22 - 26 May 2020 £1535 £355
    27 May - 4 Jun 2020 £1635 £365
    5 - 23 Jun 2020 £1695 £405
    1 - 4 Sep 2020 £1695 £405
    5 - 25 Sep 2020 £1635 £365
    26 - 30 Sep 2020 £1575 £355
    1 - 24 Oct 2020 £1495 £330
    3rd & 4th person discount -£80
    Single traveller supplement £80

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

    Included travel from the UK: UK-Girona via Paris (Eurostar/TGV), approx. duration 9h30 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 6 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 - 09 Apr 2020 £26
    Superior with sea view & terrace: 10 Apr - 13 Apr 2020 £13
    Superior with sea view & terrace: 14 Apr - 07 Jun 2020 £26
    Superior with sea view & terrace: 08 Jun - 30 Jun 2020 £13
    Superior with sea view & terrace: 01 Sep - 06 Sep 2020 £13
    Superior with sea view & terrace: 07 Sep - 31 Oct 2020 £26
    Hotel Llevant, Llafranc
    Larger with balcony & sea view: 01 Apr - 09 Apr 2020 £14
    Larger with balcony & sea view: 10 Apr - 13 Apr 2020 £25
    Larger with balcony & sea view: 14 Apr - 31 May 2020 £14
    Larger with balcony & sea view: 01 Jun - 30 Jun 2020 £25
    Larger with balcony & sea view: 01 Sep - 30 Sep 2020 £25
    Larger with balcony & sea view: 01 Oct - 31 Oct 2020 £14
    Sea view: 01 Apr - 09 Apr 2020 £5
    Sea view: 10 Apr - 13 Apr 2020 £10
    Sea view: 14 Apr - 31 May 2020 £5
    Sea view: 01 Jun - 30 Jun 2020 £10
    Sea view: 01 Sep - 30 Sep 2020 £10
    Sea view: 01 Oct - 31 Oct 2020 £5
    Hotel Aigua Blava, Aiguablava
    Junior suite with lounge & terrace: 03 Apr - 31 May 2020 £16
    Junior suite with lounge & terrace: 01 Jun - 30 Jun 2020 £26
    Junior suite with lounge & terrace: 01 Sep - 30 Sep 2020 £26
    Junior suite with lounge & terrace: 01 Oct - 31 Oct 2020 £16

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

    Hotel Sant Roc, Calella de Palafrugell (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 09 Apr 2020 £96 £126
    10 Apr - 13 Apr 2020 £120 £162
    14 Apr - 07 Jun 2020 £96 £126
    08 Jun - 30 Jun 2020 £120 £162
    01 Sep - 06 Sep 2020 £120 £162
    07 Sep - 31 Oct 2020 £96 £126
    Hotel Llevant, Llafranc (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 09 Apr 2020 £92 £114
    10 Apr - 13 Apr 2020 £114 £146
    14 Apr - 31 May 2020 £92 £114
    01 Jun - 30 Jun 2020 £114 £146
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2020 £114 £146
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2020 £92 £114
    Hotel Aigua Blava, Aiguablava (with dinner) Double room Single room
    03 Apr - 31 May 2020 £148 £206
    01 Jun - 30 Jun 2020 £180 £246
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2020 £180 £246
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2020 £148 £206
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Girona, Barcelona

    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 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 
    Edinburgh - Girona jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Barcelona jet2 
    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,  Vueling 
    Leeds Bradford - Girona jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Barcelona easyJet,  Ryanair,  Vueling 
    Liverpool - Girona Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Barcelona British Airways,  easyJet,  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,  Vueling 
    Newcastle - Girona jet2,  Ryanair 
    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. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service (£60 for India and Nepal). 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.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Girona

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    taxi Girona airport to hotel (0h45) £48 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Girona airport (1h) £48 flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Barcelona

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Barcelona Sants to Girona (0h40), taxi Girona to hotel (0h30) £60 1900
    bus Barcelona Nord to S'Agaró (1h30, pay locally), taxi S'Agaró to hotel (0h05) £7 1630
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Girona (1h30), rail Girona to Barcelona Sants (0h40) £68 1200 (1300 Sun)
    taxi hotel to Palafrugell (0h15), bus Palafrugell to Barcelona airport T1/ T2 (3h, pay locally) £14 1130
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 6 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported

  • route notes and maps
 
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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 hotel to hotel, 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.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. 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. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £35 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £60 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted 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 cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our travel insurance policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your alternative policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • 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. 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 www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/before-you-travel and the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC). You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance.
  • (Castilian) Spanish is one of several official languages; in Catalonia, for example, Catalan has equal status. The currency is the Euro. Spanish time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them when the UK withdraws from the European Union (EU).

    It currently seems highly likely the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will take place on 31 January 2020, at which point the UK will enter a minimum 11-month transition period through to the end of December 2020. During this transition period there will be absolutely no changes to current arrangements for UK citizens travelling to an EU destination, so you can book your 2020 holiday certain that there will be no disruptions or complications caused by Brexit.
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 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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