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The Coast of Catalonia

Sandy bays & pine woods
 
Promising gentle walks, plenty of time on the beach, great seafood and family-friendly hotels close to the sea, this self-guided holiday has a wide appeal. Walk from hotel to hotel while your luggage is transported, pausing to swim in the shallow waters or explore fishing villages.
The Coast of Catalonia. 7 nights
The Coast of Catalonia. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A family walking holiday in Catalonia

This gentle route is an ideal way for your family to enjoy the small coves and succession of sandy beaches for which this part of the Costa Brava is renowned. There are plenty of opportunities to have fun by the sea and to enjoy convivial lunches at authentic restaurants along the way, just two of the many highlights of the holiday.
Our specially selected 3- and 4-star hotels are all located just a short stroll from the sea, and two out of the three have the advantage of an outdoor swimming pool. All offer a lively, welcoming atmosphere which the whole family will love. All this – easy walking, inviting bays, high-quality hotels – makes for a laid-back family beach holiday with a twist.
 
 

Itinerary

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  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 13 14 15 17 21 25 29 28 25 21 16 14
    mm 51 47 63 57 57 42 26 48 67 106 64 60
  • Arrival in La Fosca
    Night 1: at Hotel Ancora (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 exploration.
  • Free day in La Fosca
    You can spend your day simply relaxing by the pool or enjoying the shallow waters of La Fosca’s 1.5-kilometre-long sandy beach – one of the best on the Costa Brava – which is just a few minutes’ walk away. You could also walk (or take a taxi; pay locally) to the bustling nearby port of Palamós for water sports and a good choice of restaurants.
    The coastal path near La Fosca
  • La Fosca to Calella: 10km, 2.5hrs
    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 woodland of 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 to reach Calella and the Hotel Sant Roc, your base for three nights.
    Walking to Calella
  • Free days in Calella
    Take time to relax on the local beaches of Calella, setting for the amazing Cantada de Havaneres (Cuban sea shanties) festival during the first weekend of July, when melancholy songs picked up from the Caribbean by sailors in the 19th century are performed and cups of cremat (hot coffee flambéed with rum) are served to the crowd. Palafrugell with its market (daily except Monday) and cork museum is also within easy reach, as is the nearby fishing village of Llafranc, a great place to enjoy a delicious fish or seafood lunch. You can also take a short walk to admire the colourful and fragrant botanical gardens of Cap Roig complete with a Lovers' Garden, lily ponds, a cactus garden and a collection of indigenous plants.
    Visit the cork museum in Palafrugell
  • Calella to Aiguablava: 15km, 4hrs
    Your route from Calella is rockier than day two’s walk, but is very rewarding. The first of several highlights comes early on, when you reach the San Sebastián lighthouse to be rewarded with spectacular views both 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 rocky headland of La Musclera, another pleasant spot to sit and take the sun before heading to the lovely sandy bay of Tamariu – a super spot for a swim and lunch before a final short uphill path to Aiguablava and the Hotel Aigua Blava, where you spend two nights.
    The route from Calella to Aiguablava
  • Free day in Aiguablava, or circular walk: 15km, 3.5hrs
    Spend a quiet day relaxing over lunch at the Aigua Blava (pay locally) during the hotter months, which can be taken on the shady terrace overlooking the sea. Outside July and August, we suggest a fine circuit to Aiguafreda Bay, returning via Begur, a lovely medieval town with a ruined castle from which you can look across to the sea.
 

Accommodation

All three hotels offer a warm welcome to families, and none minds you arriving in shorts and trainers after a day’s walking! They are all just a short stroll from the sea.
 

Extend your stay

 

Prices

All prices are in £ sterling (GBP), based on 2 sharing, with a 3rd/4th bed as required.

 
Prices in £ per person
7 April - 31 October 2019

Adult / Child (up to 15yrs), sharing a room for 2 people
7 Apr - 15 Apr: £895 / £860
16 Apr - 20 Apr: £945 / £910
21 Apr - 24 May: £895 / £860
25 May - 2 Jun: £995 / £960
3 Jun - 5 Jul: £1095 / £1045
6 Jul - 28 Jul: £1165 / £1115
29 Jul - 29 Aug: £1275 / £1215
30 Aug - 5 Sep: £1095 / £1045
6 Sep - 24 Sep: £995 / £960
25 Sep - 30 Sep: £945 / £910
1 Oct - 24 Oct: £920 / £875

For a single room, add the following:

7 Apr - 15 Apr: £290
16 Apr - 20 Apr: £345
21 Apr - 24 May: £290
25 May - 2 Jun: £320
3 Jun - 5 Jul: £395
6 Jul - 28 Jul: £420 
29 Jul - 29 Aug:  £420
30 Aug - 5 Sep: £395
6 Sep - 24 Sep: £320
25 Sep - 30 Sep: £345
1 Oct - 24 Oct: £300

For family rooms, add the following*:

Child
(9-15yrs) / Child (3-8yrs) in 3rd/4th bed
7 Apr - 15 Apr: £745 / £495 
16 Apr - 20 Apr: £780 / £535
21 Apr - 24 May: £745 / £495 
25 May - 2 Jun: £825 / £565
3 Jun - 5 Jul: £885 / £595
6 Jul - 28 Jul: £920 / £630
29 Jul - 29 Aug: £940 / £625 
30 Aug - 5 Sep: £885 / £595
6 Sep - 24 Sep: £825 / £565
25 Sep - 30 Sep: £780 / £535
1 Oct - 24 Oct: £745 / £495

*
For families of 4, we book larger, 'quad' rooms at La Fosca and Aiguablava, and connecting rooms at Calella


Connecting travel from Girona Airport
return taxi from Girona Airport (out 0h45/in 1h) £172 for a family of up to 4, £220 for a family up to 8

Connecting travel from Barcelona Airport
return rail/taxi from Barcelona (out 1h10/in 2h10) rail £38 per adult , £20 per child (4-13yrs) plus taxi £172 for a family of up to 4; £256 for a family up to 7
 
 
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  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Barcelona or Girona (latest flight arrival time 1900 and flexible respectively; earliest flight departure time 1200 (1300 on Sunday) and flexible respectively)
     

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend 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,  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 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 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 £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 >
  • 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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