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Contrasts of Catalonia

Timeless villages & a golden coast
 
Choose from a wide range of walking and sightseeing options on this flexible, single-centre walking holiday in north-eastern Catalonia, with hire car included. Explore rolling countryside and secluded coves, visit the medieval city of Girona, or simply relax by the pool of your delightful masia.
 
Contrasts of Catalonia. 7 nights
Contrasts of Catalonia. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in northern Catalonia

Catalonia’s wonderfully scenic Empordà is perhaps best described as a land of contrasts. Inland, the scenery is gentle and unassuming – all rolling farmland, quiet lanes, tiny vineyards and ancient olive groves. The air is spiced with the fresh, resinous scent of umbrella pine, and sunflower-filled fields and honey-coloured medieval villages lend a warm, rich hue to the countryside.
As you reach the coast, everything shifts into sharper focus – the salty tang of the sea, whitewashed towns which gleam besides the azure Mediterranean, and a succession of exquisite coves and beaches whose beauty cannot be overstated. Happily, there’s time to enjoy all of the region’s many and varied charms on this leisurely exploration of Catalonia’s north-eastern corner, which also promises outstanding hospitality and terrific food and wine.
 
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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
  • Exploring from Mas Rabiol

    An introduction
    To help you make the most of the fabulous surroundings, we suggest four leisurely walks and one cycle from the door of the masia. We also provide notes for several other routes and sightseeing options that are just a short drive away. There’s no fixed itinerary, so you can take your pick of the options as the mood takes you.
  • 8km to 16.5km

    To Peratallada: 8km, 2hrs; total ascent/descent 75m
    This gentle warm-up walk leads down country lanes and across farm tracks to the medieval village of Peratallada, whose characterful plaças are home to a wide variety of tempting restaurants.

    To La Bisbal: 12.5km, 4hrs; total ascent/descent 110m
    A short, circular route north from Mas Rabiol along the banks of the River Daró to the provincial capital, La Bisbal – a historic town famed for its pottery. The weekly market held here every Friday is one of the largest in the area. Enjoy lunch before returning to your hotel via quiet country lanes and the beautiful village of Vulpellac.

    To Ullastret: 16.5km, 5hrs; total ascent/descent 160m; shorter option: 10.5km
    This second circular walk meanders gently north from Mas Rabiol to Peratallada, and then follows quiet back lanes and passes through sleepy hamlets to reach the interesting Iberic ruins at Puig Sant Andreu. From here, continue into the walled medieval village of Ullastret to explore the fine Romanesque church and enjoy a leisurely lunch before returning to the masia. The route can be shortened by driving to Peratallada and walking to/from there instead.

    Medieval villages: 15km, 4.5hrs; total ascent/descent 110m; shorter option: 9km
    Our third option guides you east through more of the beautiful medieval villages that pepper the region, including Palau-sator and Sant Julià de Boada, with its tiny gem of a church. The route can be shortened by driving to Peratallada and walking to/from there instead.
  • 9km to 13km

    Circular walk from Begur: 9km, 3.5hrs; total ascent/descent 380m
    Beginning in photogenic Begur, a historic town crowned by its crumbling 11th-century castle, this is one of our favourite routes. Use our town trail to explore the medieval centre before striking out towards the coast and the unspoiled coves of Aiguafreda and Sa Tuna. There’s time for a long seafood lunch and a dip in the sea before you return to Begur via Mas d’en Pinc, the former home of dancer, Carmen Amaya. (Drive to starting point: 15mins)

    Circular walk from Calella via Cap Roig: 13km, 4hrs; total ascent/descent 320m
    An interesting and varied inland circuit which starts in the pretty seaside town of Calella de Palafrugell and takes in the spectacular Botanical Gardens at Cap Roig, set on a terraced hillside overlooking the sea. (Drive to starting point: 20mins)

    Circular walk from Calella via Llafranc: 8.5km, 3hrs; total ascent/descent 400m
    This walk combines well with an afternoon on the beach. Although the coastal path leading between Calella and Llafranc is relatively short, it is wonderfully picturesque – those who want to stretch their legs further can continue beyond Llafranc up to the lighthouse on the headland for great views. It’s a bit of a climb, though! (Drive to starting point: 20mins)
    The idyllic bay of Sa Tuna - route around Begur
    The Botanical gardens at Cap Roig
  • 6.5km or 12km

    Circular walk from Pals: 6.5km, 2hrs; total ascent/descent 75m
    Starting and finishing in Pals, a beautifully restored medieval town whose cobbled streets are a delight to explore, this is a leisurely half-day walk into the pleasant countryside which surrounds the town. On the way, you'll pass via Sant Feliu de Boada, a small village with several good restaurants, from where there are excellent views back to Pals. (Drive to starting point: 15mins)

    Circular walk from Madremanya: 12km, 4hrs; total ascent/descent 260m
    A short drive to the charming hamlet of Madremanya brings you the starting point of this lovely walk, which leads you through the undulating countryside north of the village and on to the medieval village of Púbol, famous for the 11th-century castle that Salvador Dalí bought for his wife and which is now a fascinating museum devoted to his works. (Drive to starting point: 20mins)
    The countryside around Pals
  • Circular route from Peratallada: 30.5km
    There’s also the opportunity to hire e-bikes at your hotel for a spot of two-wheeled discovery. Mas Rabiol is conveniently located in the middle of an extensive, well-waymarked cycling network of gentle and moderate routes, with our favourite option leading along quiet country roads and through sleepy hamlets, orchards and olive groves to medieval Ullastret. There are a few short ascents.
    The medieval village of Ullastret
  • Girona, the 'Dalí triangle' and the coast

    Historic Girona
    Make the short journey to the local railway station (20mins) and catch the train into Girona. Here, you can stroll along the walls, visit the striking Gothic cathedral and explore the labyrinth of narrow streets and hidden courtyards that make up Western Europe’s best-preserved Jewish Quarter.

    The ‘Dalí triangle’
    The notorious Surrealist artist spent much of his life in Catalonia, and there are several fascinating Dalí sites to explore here, including of course the trio of museums that make up the famous ‘triangle’: visit the Gala-Dalí Castle in Púbol, now a museum telling the story of their life together; head to Figueres to see the astonishing Theatre-Museum, the largest Surrealist structure in the world; or make the journey to the sunny, whitewashed town of Cadaqués, from where it’s just a short stroll to Port Lligat and Dalí’s former summerhouse (pre-booking online is essential).

    Delightful bays
    Choose to visit one of the area’s lovely bays for a fresh fish lunch and a dip in the sea. Both Tamariu and Llafranc are within half an hour’s drive of Mas Rabiol, and provide the perfect setting for a relaxed day by the coast.
    Dalí Theatre Museum, Figueres
    Explore nearby Girona
 

Accommodation

You spend your week at a delightful 16th-century masia  (farmhouse) just three kilometres from medieval Peratallada – where you’ll find some of the area’s finest restaurants, for evenings when you're not dining at Mas Rabiol – and only slightly farther from the coast.
Mas Rabiol
  • 3-star agriturismo

Bedrooms

 

Extend your stay

 

Prices for 2020

We are in the process of updating our prices for 2020. If you’d like to book now, please contact us – we’ll be happy to provide a quotation.
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  • 7 nights: 27 April 2019 - 20 July 2019 & 01 September 2019 - 31 October 2019

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

    Starting Price Single room
    27 Apr - 23 May 2019 £685 £150
    24 May - 30 Jun 2019 £698 £155
    1 - 13 Jul 2019 £770 £165
    1 - 30 Sep 2019 £698 £155
    1 - 24 Oct 2019 £685 £150
    3rd & 4th person discount -£60
    Single traveller supplement £60

    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.

    Price includes: 7 days' category B car hire (eg Opel Corsa or similar with manual transmission

    Drive time between the airport and the hotel: Girona 1h, Barcelona 2h

    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.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Mas Rabiol, near Peratallada
    Junior suite: 27 Apr - 20 Jul 2019 £9
    Junior suite: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £9

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

    Mas Rabiol, near Peratallada (B&B) Double room Single room
    27 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £88 £110
    01 Jul - 20 Jul 2019 £88 £110
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £88 £110
  • 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 
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    Birmingham - Barcelona Norwegian,  Ryanair,  Vueling 
    Birmingham - Girona jet2,  Ryanair,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Bournemouth - Girona Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Barcelona easyJet 
    Bristol - Girona Ryanair,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Barcelona Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Barcelona Ryanair,  Thomas Cook 
    Nottingham East Midlands - Girona jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Barcelona Norwegian,  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 
    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,  Norwegian,  Vueling 
    Gatwick - Girona TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Barcelona British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Barcelona easyJet,  Vueling 
    Luton - Girona Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Barcelona easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Barcelona Ryanair 
    Stansted - Girona jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Barcelona easyJet,  jet2,  Norwegian,  Ryanair,  Vueling 
    Manchester - Girona jet2,  Ryanair,  Thomas Cook,  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 £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.

What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 breakfasts
    2 dinners
  • route notes and maps
  • 7 days' category B car hire
 
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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.
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