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Gastronomic Garrotxa

Secret Catalonia
 
Based at a charming hotel of character, you can make use of the included hire car and self-guided walking notes to explore the region’s timeless stone villages and unique volcanic landscapes at leisure. Finish in style with a gastronomic tasting menu on your last night. 
Gastronomic Garrotxa. 3 nights
Gastronomic Garrotxa. 3 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in northern Catalonia

In the foothills of the mighty Catalan Pyrenees lies the little-known region of the Garrotxa. Characterised by timeless medieval villages, ancient volcanoes cloaked in beech and oak woodland, and rich gastronomic traditions, it is a great choice for a short walking break with an emphasis on local cuisine.
Stroll through the cobbled streets of villages such as Santa Pau – your base for this break – and not only will you be transported back in time, but you will also come across architectural treasures ranging from Jewish bath-houses to Art Nouveau mansions. Walking amid the dormant volcanoes and magnificent woodland is equally rewarding – you will pass beautiful viewpoints and pretty Romanesque chapels in the most unexpected of places. But perhaps the best discovery of all is the cuisine. The delightful Hotel-Restaurante Cal Sastre where you stay is part of the Cuina Vulcànica group, a movement which aims to preserve the Garrotxa’s gastronomic traditions. You will be treated each night to delicious interpretations of age-old local recipes that draw on the rich local produce – delicate Santa Pau beans, intensely flavoured sheep’s milk cheeses, locally reared veal and beef, piumoc (pork sausage) and flavoursome Montserrat tomatoes.
 
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Itinerary

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  • An introduction
    To get the most out of your break and see the different sides of this intriguing corner of Catalonia, we recommend a combination of walking and sightseeing. There’s no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of our suggested options as the mood takes you.
    A circular walk above Santa Pau
  • Easy-to-moderate walking: 11km or 13km

    Above Santa Pau: 13km, 4.5hrs
    We provide walk notes for an enjoyable circuit from Santa Pau. It starts with a steady ascent through beech woods, where you may be lucky enough to spot a black woodpecker. Your target is a small sanctuary which perches high above Santa Pau, affording a 360-degree panorama that includes both the Pyrenees and the sea on clear days.

    Olot & the volcano of Santa Margarida: 11km, 4hrs
    The capital of the Garrotxa boasts several fine modernista (art nouveau) buildings, as well as an art gallery and a museum devoted to the region’s volcanoes. To see these up close, we provide notes for a worthwhile walk nearby which takes in the Volcano of Santa Margarida – in the depths of whose crater is a Romanesque chapel – and circles the base of El Croscat, the last of the region’s volcanoes to erupt 11,500 years ago.
    El Croscat
  • Besalú, Beget and Banyoles

    Medieval Besalú
    With its fortified bridge (complete with a portcullis), two Romanesque churches and 13th-century Jewish bath house (one of only three in Europe from that period to remain intact), Besalú is one of the jewels of the region. There are several good restaurants tucked along its cobbled streets which form part of the Cuina Vulcanica group.

    Beget
    An idyllic village in the wilder scenery of the Alta (upper) Garrotxa whose old, stone houses have a distinctive golden-ochre hue. The cobbled streets are a delight to explore – look out for the beautiful 11th-century church of Sant Cristóbal, crowned by a miniature bell tower, and two medieval stone bridges cross the trout-filled stream.

    Banyoles & its lake
    Set on the shores of a turquoise lake, Banyoles is an attractive town. You can follow our town trail through the Old Town, taking in the arcaded medieval market square, the church, the ruined monastery and the town’s two museums. Afterwards, you can stroll along the lake's shores or take to the water in a rowing boat, keeping your eyes peeled for grebes, teal, moorhens and sandpipers.
    Medieval Beget
 

Accommodation

Santa Pau is an enchanting and well-preserved medieval village with a Romanesque church, a small castle and a few shops and bars. The twisted, flower-filled streets of the Vila Vella (Old Town) are a delight to stroll around, the focal point being the 13th-century arcaded Plaça Major. It is here you will find the hotel and its suitably atmospheric restaurant, tucked underneath the arcades. To finish your break in style, we include a special gastronomic tasting menu on your last night which showcases some of the region’s finest produce.
Hotel Cal Sastre

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Prices & travel options
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  • 3 nights: 01 April - 31 October 2019

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

    Starting Price Single room
    1 April - 28 October £445 £140
    3rd & 4th person discount -£30
    Single traveller supplement £30

    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.

    # Start dates: please note the hotel restaurant is closed during the first week of July

    Price includes: 3 days' category B car hire (eg Fiat Panda with manual transmission or similar)

    Drive time between the airport and the hotel: Girona 1h, Barcelona 2h30

    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.

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

    Hotel Cal Sastre (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 28 Oct 2019 £125 £167
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Girona
    ALTERNATIVE AIRPORT(S):
    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.

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    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 
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    Bristol - Barcelona easyJet 
    Bristol - Girona Ryanair,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
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    Nottingham East Midlands - Barcelona Ryanair,  Thomas Cook 
    Nottingham East Midlands - Girona jet2,  Ryanair 
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    Edinburgh - Barcelona Norwegian,  Ryanair,  Vueling 
    Edinburgh - Barcelona (via Paris) Air France 
    Edinburgh - Girona jet2,  Ryanair 
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    Glasgow - Barcelona jet2 
    Glasgow - Girona jet2 
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    Glasgow Prestwick - Barcelona Ryanair 
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    Leeds Bradford - Girona Ryanair 
    Leeds Bradford - Barcelona jet2,  Vueling 
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    Liverpool - Barcelona easyJet,  Ryanair,  Vueling 
    Liverpool - Girona Ryanair 
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    Gatwick - Barcelona British Airways,  easyJet,  Norwegian,  Vueling 
    Gatwick - Girona TUI 
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    Heathrow - Barcelona British Airways 
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    Luton - Barcelona easyJet,  Vueling 
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    London Southend - Barcelona easyJet 
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    Stansted - Barcelona Ryanair 
    Stansted - Girona jet2,  Ryanair 
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    Manchester - Barcelona easyJet,  jet2,  Norwegian,  Ryanair,  Vueling 
    Manchester - Girona jet2,  Ryanair,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
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    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
  • 3 nights
  • 2 dinners
    1 gastronomic dinner
    3 breakfasts
  • route notes and maps
  • 3 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 >
  • 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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