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Flavours of Catalonia

Idyllic scenery, terrific food & wine
 
Discover the many flavours of Catalonia on this self-guided walk, with luggage transported. The relaxed and leisurely routes allow plenty of time for visits to historic villages and dips in the sea, as well as indulging in excellent cuisine at each of the three high-quality hotels.
Flavours of Catalonia. 7 nights
Flavours of Catalonia. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in northern Catalonia

Catalonia may be renowned for its dramatic coastline, where turquoise waters caress whitewashed fishing villages, and for the honey-coloured medieval villages that crown the rolling inland hills, but what is perhaps more of a revelation is the highly innovative gastronomy for which the region is increasingly famed. Our holiday reveals all aspects of this idyllic corner of Catalonia, with the chance to discover the region’s culinary secrets while staying in some truly exceptional hotels.
This most leisurely of walking holidays leads you gently across the inland plain and its ancient villages before winding through scented pine woods to the pretty bays of the Costa Brava. There is plenty of time to discover the ancient villages, stumble upon a tiny courtyard restaurant, browse the craft shops brimming with hand-painted ceramics and to swim in some of the prettiest coves of the Mediterranean.
 
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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 Madremanya
    Night 1: at Hotel Restaurant La Plaça (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.
  • Choice of walks from Madremanya: 13km or 13.5km

    Circular walk via Púbol: 13.5km, 5hrs
    We suggest a lovely walk that explores the undulating countryside to the north of Madremanya which leads to the medieval village of Púbol, famous for the 14th-century castle that Salvador Dalí bought for his wife and which is now a fascinating museum devoted to his works.

    Circular walk via Font Picant: 13km, 5hrs
    Alternatively, head south into the Gavarres hills. You first walk to Font Picant before looping back through open meadows and farms, with birdsong usually the only sound.

    Spend a leisurely day in Madremanya
    Yet another option is to take a quiet wander through the narrow cobbled streets of Madremanya, or spend time lazing by the pool or amid the hotel's aromatic herb gardens.
    Circular walk via Púbol: 13.5km
    Circular walk via Font Picant: 13km
  • Madremanya to Es Portal: 13km, 4.5hrs
    After a short transfer, you walk along farm tracks between fields of corn and sunflowers that lead initially to the walled village of Peratallada. Take time to explore the crumbling castle and arcaded streets lined with beautiful medieval houses of this typically Catalan village, before continuing eastwards across the plain, rising gently for a wonderful view of the sea as you approach your next destination, Es Portal, on the outskirts of hill-top Pals. You have two nights here.
    Madremanya to Es Portal: 13km
    The walled village of Peratallada
  • Circular walk from Es Portal: 15.5km, 5.5hrs
    Choose to enjoy a pleasant circuit across the plain, passing a number of pretty villages, including walled Palau-Sator, and Fontclara and Sant Julià. For many, the highlight of the walk is the visit to the beautifully restored medieval town of Pals. Take time to explore its cobbled streets and climb to El Pedró viewpoint from where there are excellent views to the sea, the Medes Islands and the Montgri Mountains, or take a stroll around the town's ramparts, with their six rectangular towers.
    Circular walk from Es Portal: 15.5km
    Medieval town of Pals
  • Es Portal to Aiguablava: 11.5km, 4.5hrs
    Briefly heading off back through Pals, today's route follows sandy tracks and wide trails through pinewoods to reach ancient Begur, which has several pavement cafés in the Old Town, before meandering down to the coast and the highly acclaimed Hotel Aigua Blava (for two nights), set in an enviable position above a secluded cove at Aiguablava.
    Es Portal to Aiguablava: 11.5km
    Hotel Aigua Blava
  • Circular walk from Aiguablava: 7.5km, 2.5hrs; longer option: 9.5km, 3.5hrs
    Spend the day relaxing by the pool, or explore the Begur headland and some of its most picturesque coves and beaches, including Aiguafreda and Sa Riera. There is also the option to walk on to Sa Tuna, which has been voted 'the most beautiful place in Catalonia'. There is ample time to stop for a dip in the sea and for a delicious seafood lunch, before heading to Begur to explore the village itself using our self-guided 'town trail' – in particular, we recommend climbing to the castle ruins for far-reaching views along the coast.
    Circular walk from Aiguablava: 7.5km
    The bay of Sa Tuna
  • Aiguablava to Llafranc: 9.5km, 4hrs
    Offering a mix of inland and coastal trails, this is a wonderful walk with which to end your holiday. Although more demanding than previous days, with several ascents and descents as you progress from cove to cove, it is nevertheless a real highlight. You start by descending through pine-clad hills to the sandy bay at Tamariu, a lovely spot for a break. From here, you head across the rocks and along the coastal path, passing the rocky headland of La Musclera to reach the secret, idyllic bay of Cala Pedrosa. After pausing for a swim, perhaps, you climb through scented pinewoods to the San Sebastian lighthouse. This is a fine viewpoint overlooking your destination, the pretty village of Llafranc, where your final night is spent at the Hotel Llevant.
    Aiguablava to Llafranc: 9.5km
    The idyllic bay of Cala Pedrosa
 

Accommodation

All the hotels offer excellent standards of service and accommodation – and wonderful dining. To make the most of the coastal location of your final hotel, the Llevant, we include a larger room with a balcony and sea view.
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 highly recommend extra nights in Aiguablava and Llafranc for more time to relax by the coast.
 

Extend 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 - 30 Apr 2020 £1295 £365
    1 - 26 May 2020 £1325 £375
    27 May - 23 Jun 2020 £1395 £395
    1 - 27 Sep 2020 £1395 £395
    28 Sep - 24 Oct 2020 £1295 £365
    3rd & 4th person discount -£45
    Single traveller supplement £45

    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 - 30 Apr 2020 £1795 £365
    1 - 26 May 2020 £1815 £375
    27 May - 23 Jun 2020 £1895 £395
    1 - 27 Sep 2020 £1895 £395
    28 Sep - 24 Oct 2020 £1795 £365
    3rd & 4th person discount -£145
    Single traveller supplement £145

    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 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)

    Hotel La Plaça, Madremanya
    Terrace: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2020 £16
    Terrace: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2020 £16
    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 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
    Hotel Llevant, Llafranc (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 09 Apr 2020 £105 £115
    10 Apr - 13 Apr 2020 £136 £146
    14 Apr - 31 May 2020 £105 £115
    01 Jun - 30 Jun 2020 £136 £146
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2020 £136 £146
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2020 £105 £115
  • 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 Norwegian,  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 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 
    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,  Norwegian,  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 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Barcelona Ryanair 
    Stansted - Girona jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Barcelona easyJet,  jet2,  Norwegian,  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 (0h30) £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) £46 1900
    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) £9 1130
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 breakfasts
    7 dinners
  • route notes and maps
  • luggage transported
  • transfer on day 2
 
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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.
  • 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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