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Collioure to Cadaqués

From the Côte Vermeille to the Costa Brava
 
Follow the Mediterranean coast from France into Spain on this self-guided walking holiday, with luggage transported. The route is full of artistic intrigue, featuring landscapes which inspired Matisse and Dalí, as well as colourful fishing villages and delicious regional cuisine.
Collioure to Cadaqués. 7 nights
Collioure to Cadaqués. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in northern Catalonia

Bathed in warm Mediterranean sunshine, the eastern Pyrenees meet the sea amid a softened landscape of vine-planted slopes and sheltered coves, where this classic coastal walk, from southern France’s Côte Vermeille to the dramatic and unspoiled Costa Brava in northern Spain, reveals a poetic palette of colour. Reds and golds, accentuated by the morning light, are broken by the coastal pines’ vibrant greens and a shimmering, turquoise sea.
This is what brought Matisse to Collioure, prompting him to break convention and place colour at the heart of his painting; just as the twisted, wind-sculpted forms of the Cap de Creus farther south – and the light-filled Spanish port of Cadaqués – provided inspiration for the Surrealist talents of Salvador Dalí. As you wind gently through these changing landscapes, you experience changes of pace, culture and language; and along the way there are wines to be tasted, tapas to be sampled and seas to be swum in.
 
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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 Collioure
    Night 1: at Hotel Païral (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Circular walk from Collioure: 9km, 3hrs
    Following our 'town trail', begin the day with an exploration of Collioure's historic, fortified port, winding back streets, and three beaches, before climbing vine-clad hills to reach the fort above the town for sumptuous views.
    Around Collioure
  • Collioure to Banyuls: 10.5km, 3.5hrs
    Today, a short transfer to Port-Vendres allows you to follow undulating cliff-top paths along a beautiful section of coastline around the rugged Cap Béar headland. The views are truly spectacular, making this section one of the highlights of the holiday. There are a couple of spots where you can pause for a swim before winding your way through the vineyards that produce the region's wines to reach Banyuls where you spend the next two nights at the Hotel Catalan.
    Above Port-Vendres, on the route from Collioure to Banyuls
  • Circular walk from Banyuls: 9km, 3.5hrs
    You now have a free day to explore Banyuls (steps lead from the hotel down to the port) and its two beaches, or to relax by the pool. You may like to follow the official Banyuls town trail, which features sculptures by local artist, Aristide Maillol. Alternatively, we suggest a short, delightful circuit to the south-west that leads through the hills and terraced vineyards behind Banyuls. On this walk you are rewarded by fine views of the Alberes Hills as you follow the Cami d’Anicet, an ancient trackway that hugs the side of a small hill.
    Around Banyuls - view of the town
  • Banyuls to Llançà: 10km, 4hrs
    The day starts with a short taxi ride over the border to a col above the beautiful beach at Port Bou. From here, you descend steeply (walking poles can prove very useful here) and walk around the bay to pick up the rugged coastal path that leads around the wild Cap de Ras and continues past a mixture of secluded coves and bustling beaches, with numerous swimming opportunities. Your destination is Llançà and the Hotel La Goleta where you stay the night.
    Approaching Llançà on the route from Banyuls
  • Llançà to Cadaqués: 13km, 5hrs
    After a transfer to Port de Selva, this walk makes for a fine climax to the holiday, taking you across Cap de Creus, the rugged promontory that forms Spain's easternmost point, to the delightful fishing village of Cadaqués. The headland has been declared a Natural Park, and the dramatic, rocky landscape coated with low shrubs and aromatic plants is particularly beautiful early in the season, when flowers carpet the ground. You pass the lovely ruins of the Hermitage of Sant Baldiri de Taballera and, at the mid-point of the walk, an impressive viewpoint from which you can see the Pyrenees. Your hotel for your final two nights is the Hotel Playa Sol in Cadaqués.
    Cap de Creus lighthouse, en route from Llançà to Cadaqués
  • Circular walk from Cadaqués: 15km, 5hrs; shorter option: 8km, 3hrs
    On your last day, explore the cobbled streets of Cadaqués (once described by Dalí as 'the most beautiful village in the world'), and enjoy one final walk. Paths lead north via the village of Port Lligat to Dalí's house, now a charming museum. (The house is closed Mondays until mid-April and from mid-September. Visits must be booked in advance and you will be given an allotted time.) From Port Lligat, your route then hugs the coastline, passing numerous small, sandy coves to reach the lighthouse at Cap de Creus. There is an excellent bar/restaurant at the lighthouse here, where you could stop for lunch (pay locally), before continuing the circuit back to your hotel.
    For a shorter day, take a taxi (pay locally) to the lighthouse at Cap de Creus, to then return to Cadaqués on foot.
    Salvador Dalí's house - around Cadaqués
 

Accommodation

You stay in four comfortable hotels, all situated in delightful coastal locations.
 

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Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 01 September 2019 - 31 October 2019, 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 - 14 Sep 2019 £1045 £398
    15 - 25 Sep 2019 £998 £365
    26 Sep - 4 Oct 2019 £945 £350
    5 - 24 Oct 2019 £915 £335
    1 - 30 Apr 2020 £895 £255
    1 - 26 May 2020 £960 £285
    27 May - 12 Jun 2020 £1045 £305
    13 - 23 Jun 2020 £1095 £325
    1 - 11 Sep 2020 £1095 £325
    12 - 25 Sep 2020 £1045 £305
    26 Sep - 3 Oct 2020 £960 £285
    4 - 24 Oct 2020 £945 £275
    3rd & 4th person discount -£65 to -£70
    Single traveller supplement £65 to £70

    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.

    The only twin rooms available at Collioure are the 'Collection' rooms - see upgrade rooms for prices

    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 September 2019 - 31 October 2019, 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 - 14 Sep 2019 £1390 £398
    15 - 25 Sep 2019 £1338 £365
    26 Sep - 4 Oct 2019 £1285 £350
    5 - 24 Oct 2019 £1255 £335
    1 - 30 Apr 2020 £1245 £255
    1 - 26 May 2020 £1310 £285
    27 May - 12 Jun 2020 £1395 £305
    13 - 23 Jun 2020 £1445 £325
    1 - 11 Sep 2020 £1445 £325
    12 - 25 Sep 2020 £1395 £305
    26 Sep - 3 Oct 2020 £1310 £285
    4 - 24 Oct 2020 £1295 £275
    3rd & 4th person discount -£100 to -£105
    Single traveller supplement £100 to £105

    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.

    If a twin room is required while in Collioure, add £20-£25pp (only twin is a 'Collection' room).

    Included travel from the UK: UK-Collioure via Paris (Eurostar/TGV/regional rail), approx. duration 9h30 plus 0h10 walk. Home, Figueres Vilafant-UK via Paris (TGV/Eurostar), approx. duration 10h30 plus 1h30 taxi.

    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)

    Casa Pairal , Collioure
    'Collection': 01 Sep - 14 Sep 2019 £25
    'Collection': 15 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £20
    'Collection': 01 Apr - 24 Apr 2020 £18
    'Collection': 25 Apr - 13 Jun 2020 £22
    'Collection': 14 Jun - 30 Jun 2020 £28
    'Collection': 01 Sep - 12 Sep 2020 £28
    'Collection': 13 Sep - 03 Oct 2020 £22
    'Collection': 04 Oct - 31 Oct 2020 £18
    'Collection' with balcony: 01 Sep - 14 Sep 2019 £35
    'Collection' with balcony: 15 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £30
    'Collection' with balcony: 01 Apr - 24 Apr 2020 £28
    'Collection' with balcony: 25 Apr - 13 Jun 2020 £32
    'Collection' with balcony: 14 Jun - 30 Jun 2020 £36
    'Collection' with balcony: 01 Sep - 12 Sep 2020 £36
    'Collection' with balcony: 13 Sep - 03 Oct 2020 £32
    'Collection' with balcony: 04 Oct - 31 Oct 2020 £28
    Junior suite: 01 Sep - 14 Sep 2019 £70
    Junior suite: 15 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £40
    Junior suite: 01 Apr - 13 Jun 2020 £38
    Junior suite: 14 Jun - 30 Jun 2020 £70
    Junior suite: 01 Sep - 12 Sep 2020 £70
    Junior suite: 13 Sep - 31 Oct 2020 £38
    Hotel Playa Sol, Cadaqués
    Sea view & balcony: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £10
    Sea view & balcony: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2020 £10
    Sea view & balcony: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2020 £10

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

    Casa Pairal , Collioure (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 14 Sep 2019 £100 £185
    15 Sep - 05 Oct 2019 £86 £152
    06 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £75 £131
    01 Apr - 24 Apr 2020 £76 £134
    25 Apr - 13 Jun 2020 £88 £158
    14 Jun - 30 Jun 2020 £106 £192
    01 Sep - 12 Sep 2020 £106 £192
    13 Sep - 03 Oct 2020 £88 £158
    04 Oct - 31 Oct 2020 £76 £134
    Hotel Playa Sol, Cadaqués (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £115 £153
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £95 £125
    01 Apr - 09 Apr 2020 £98 £130
    10 Apr - 13 Apr 2020 £126 £166
    14 Apr - 31 May 2020 £98 £130
    01 Jun - 30 Jun 2020 £126 £166
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2020 £126 £166
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2020 £98 £130
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Barcelona, Toulouse, Perpignan, Girona

    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
    Aberdeen - Toulouse (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast City - Toulouse (with touchdown in Birmingham) Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Barcelona easyJet,  jet2 
    Belfast Intl. - Girona jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Barcelona Norwegian,  Ryanair,  Vueling 
    Birmingham - Girona jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Birmingham - Perpignan Flybe,  Ryanair 
    Birmingham - Toulouse Flybe 
    Birmingham - Toulouse (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Bournemouth - Girona Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Barcelona easyJet 
    Bristol - Girona Ryanair,  TUI 
    Bristol - Toulouse easyJet,  Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Durham Tees Valley - Toulouse (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Barcelona Ryanair 
    Nottingham East Midlands - Girona jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Barcelona Norwegian,  Ryanair,  Vueling 
    Edinburgh - Barcelona (via Paris) Air France 
    Edinburgh - Girona jet2,  Ryanair 
    Edinburgh - Perpignan Flybe 
    Edinburgh - Toulouse Ryanair 
    Edinburgh - Toulouse (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Edinburgh - Toulouse (via Amsterdam) Air France 
    Edinburgh - Toulouse (via Paris) Air France 
    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 
    Liverpool - Toulouse easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Barcelona British Airways,  easyJet,  Norwegian,  Vueling 
    Gatwick - Girona TUI 
    Gatwick - Toulouse easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Barcelona British Airways 
    Heathrow - Toulouse British Airways 
    Heathrow - Toulouse (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Barcelona easyJet,  Ryanair,  Vueling 
    Luton - Girona Ryanair 
    Luton - Toulouse easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Barcelona easyJet 
    London Southend - Perpignan Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Barcelona Ryanair 
    Stansted - Girona jet2,  Ryanair 
    Stansted - Perpignan Ryanair 
    Stansted - Toulouse Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Barcelona easyJet,  jet2,  Norwegian,  Ryanair,  Vueling 
    Manchester - Girona jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Manchester - Toulouse Flybe 
    Manchester - Toulouse (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Barcelona easyJet,  Vueling 
    Newcastle - Girona jet2,  Ryanair 
    Newcastle - Toulouse (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Barcelona (via Paris) Air France 
    Southampton - Perpignan Flybe 
    Southampton - Toulouse Flybe 
    Southampton - Toulouse (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 £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 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 Barcelona

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Barcelona Sants to Cerbère (2h45, pay locally), taxi Cerbère to hotel (0h30) £28 1530
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Figueres Vilafant (1h15), rail Figueres Vilafant to Barcelona Sants (1h) £74 1200 (1300 Sun)

    Connecting travel options - flying via Toulouse

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Toulouse to Collioure (3h20), walk to hotel (0h10) or taxi (pay locally) £40 1500 (1230 Sat)
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    Toulouse not recommended for homeward travel

    Connecting travel options - flying via Perpignan

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    taxi Perpignan airport to hotel (0h35) £40 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Perpignan airport (1h30) £90 flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Girona

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Girona to Cerbère (1h10, pay locally), taxi Cerbère to Collioure (0h30) £28 1630
    taxi Girona airport to hotel (1h15) £112 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Girona airport (1h15) £83 flexible
    bus Cadaqués to Girona (1h45) pay locally 1200
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 3 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • transfer on days 2, 4 & 5
 
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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 £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi to discuss your plans.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). 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 can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ 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. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • (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.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • 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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