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Pyrenean Long Trail

Mountains & volcanoes of the Spanish Pyrenees
 
Experience a true sense of adventure as you explore ‘real’ Spain on this self-guided walk, with luggage transported. This superb route leads from the dramatic mountains of the Pyrenees to the unspoiled foothills, and features a good mix of accommodation, from authentic inns to spa hotels.
Pyrenean Long Trail. 13 nights
Pyrenean Long Trail. 13 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in the Pyrenees

The dramatic Catalan Pyrenees, dotted with unspoiled villages nestling around ancient stone churches, is wonderful walking country. The benign climate, rich wildlife featuring griffon vultures, choughs, wild boar, chamois and fire salamanders – and friendly people – encourage exploration as you walk through ever-changing landscapes. This holiday offers a real sense of adventure as you discover one of the loveliest regions of the Spanish Catalan Pyrenees – hidden corners offering inspirational viewpoints, delicious regional cuisine of sausages and cured meats, trout from the rivers and robust red wines, and small, intimate inns.
You gradually descend through the majestic foothills to the less-well-known region of La Garrotxa, a rugged landscape divided by the River Fluvia. In the Alta Garrotxa, a wilderness of crags and deep gullies, ancient trails lead past isolated ruins of Romanesque chapels and remote farmsteads from one quiet village to the next. This is the heart of Catalonia, offering views of the high peaks of Puigmal and Mount Canigou to one side, and the warm, wooded hills leading the eye towards the plain on the other.
 
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Itinerary

  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    On the upper slopes, temperatures will be cooler than those shown above. The best time for flowers is June and July.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
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    °C 8 9 12 13 17 21 25 25 20 16 11 9
    mm 62 59 84 124 141 111 75 75 96 107 97 62
  • Arrival in Ribes de Freser
    Night 1: at Hotel Els Caçadors (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 Ribes de Freser: 3.5km or 8km

    Circular walk to west of Nuria: 3.5km, 2hrs
    For your full day in Ribes de Freser, we suggest taking the scenic rack railway (included) for the dramatic journey to the sanctuary of Nuria, one of Catalonia’s holiest sites, high in the mountains, 1,960 metres above sea level. Here you can enjoy one of two short circular walks into the hills from the monastery (or indeed both), before catching the train back down to Ribes. This first route traverses the steep forested western side of the valley, where views can bring about a sharp intake of breath, before it descends via a rocky trail, back to the valley's centrepiece lake.

    Circular walk to east of Nuria: 3.5km, 1.5hrs
    The second option mixes pine forest with ski slopes and grassy pastures on the valley's eastern side where, as well as featuring an arty Stations of the Cross section, there's a better chance of stumbling across isard (Pyrenean chamois), mouflon and possibly even a marmot or two.

    Linear walk from Nuria to Queralbs: 8km, 3-4hrs
    For a longer, more dramatic alternative, enjoy our route from Núria down to Queralbs, following the river as it cascades down the valley through pines and rhododendrons with the sound of rushing water regularly complemented every so often by the piercing whistle of the mountain train. Once in Queralbs, take a return train back to Ribes.
  • Choice of walks from Ribes de Freser to Llanars: both 21km

    Ribes de Freser to Llanars: 21km, 7.5hrs; shorter option: 15.5km, 6hrs
    Today you have a spectacular walk along undulating paths and tracks to the panoramic high pastures of the Collada Verda Pass (1,500 metres). From here, you descend gradually through a wild valley and via the astonishing village of La Roca, which seemingly clings to the rock, before reaching Llanars and the Hotel Grèvol. To shorten the day, we offer an optional transfer at the start of the walk.

    Lower-level option: 21km, 7.5hrs; shorter option: 15.5km, 6hrs
    We also provide notes for a lower-level route, which again can be shortened by taking a taxi to the start point.
    On the route from Ribes de Freser to Llanars
  • Circular walk via Ermita de Sant Antoni: 12.5km, 4.5hrs
    You may decide simply to relax on your day in Llanars, and make the most of the excellent facilities at the hotel. Alternatively, the neighbouring market town of Camprodon is just a two-kilometre stroll away, and boasts a 12th-century bridge, Romanesque monastery, small shops, bustling, ancient centre and interesting Art Nouveau quarter. For a longer walk, we suggest a route via Camprodon that weaves uphill through woodland to the hill-top Ermita de Sant Antoni where you are rewarded with 360-degree views – it's a great spot for a picnic.
    Circular walk via Camprodon - around Llanars
  • Llanars to Setcases: 11.5km, 4.5hrs
    This thoroughly enjoyable route begins with a walk along the river valley to Vilallonga de Ter, where you climb up through a quirky sculpture park, before heading high above the valley, enjoying sweeping views of snow-capped peaks ahead. You walk through a mix of pastureland and forest, home to izard and wild boar, to reach Setcases ('seven houses') and the Hotel la Coma, where you stay two nights.
  • Choice of walks from Setcases: 9km or 11.5km

    Circular walk via Coma de l'Orri: 11.5km, 4.5hrs
    If you choose this first option, we transfer you from your hotel high up the valley into the heart of the mountains for a splendid ascent to the Coma de l'Orri (2,500 metres) and an equally breathtaking descent through flower-strewn mountain meadows where you may spot marmot and isard (Pyrenean chamois).

    Circular walk via Ruta del Carboner: 9km, 3.5hrs
    The second route is a lovely walk along the Ruta del Carboner ('charcoal-makers') which reveals some of the valley's secrets, taking in shady pine forests, several pretty waterfalls and a popular viewpoint which boast fabulous views down the valley. These woods are the haunt of wild boar - you may not see them but evidence of their snuffling for roots is everywhere. From the heights, you descend back to Setcases via shepherds' cabañas and woodland.
  • Setcases to Molló: 12.5km, 5hrs
    This walk begins with a steep and challenging ascent away from Setcases, across the northern flank of the Puig de les Agudes, to the extraordinary Lliens Pass (1,800 metres), where you are rewarded in clear weather with an unrivalled panorama: to one side, the dramatic Pyrenean peaks, to the other, the warm, wooded hills of the Garrotxa. You then remain high up as you continue to the similarly panoramic Fembra Morte Pass (a good picnic spot) before descending through grand landscapes to Molló, close to the French border, where you stay at the Hotel Calitxó.
    Approaching Molló - on the walk from Setcases
  • Molló to Beget: 12km, 4hrs
    Your next walk is a great introduction to the high Garrotxa, taking you up through lush pastureland with great views back to the Pyrenees, before descending through woodland into small valleys hiding abandoned and sometimes renovated mills. On the last stretch, follow a lovely wooded gorge, to reach the perfectly preserved, medieval village of Beget and the Hostal el Forn.
    Please note: it’s worth having a small towel with you if you are walking here in spring as there is a river crossing where you just might get your feet wet!
  • Beget to Oix: 12km, 4.5hrs
    Take time to wander round Beget before following the River Beget down the valley. Climbing steeply up through shady woodland, you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the mountains behind you, as you reach the remains of an old farm with a grandstand view of the Vall d’Hortmoier – a good spot for lunch. You continue via another idyllic spot by the river at Coll Joell where there is an optional detour to visit the chapel of Sant Miquel d’Hortmoier, before walking along an old stone road through a limestone gorge to Can Pei in the tiny hamlet of Oix (If you make the short detour to Sant Miquel, yesterday's towel may come in useful again!)
    Mountain views en route from Beget to Oix
  • Oix to Olot: 13.5km, 5hrs
    Leaving the Alta Garrotxa behind, you enter the Zona Volcánica, climbing out of the Oix valley to the drier uplands of wild woodland of holm oak and pines. Your route takes you south-east across the flanks of the Serra del Totx and down the valley of the Vall de Castellar. As you follow the river from Castellar, the views of the dramatic site of Castellfollit de la Roca, set on its great basaltic cliffs, simply get better and better, and you arrive into the old town by a bridge and cobbled way. From here, you either catch a bus or take a pre-ordered taxi for the 15-minute drive to the Hotel La Perla in nearby Olot.
  • Olot to Santa Pau: 15km, 5.5hrs
    Today, you walk amid volcanoes, shrouded in trees, until you find yourself staring down several hundred feet into the bottom of a crater. You pass two information centres (unfortunately, descriptions are mainly in Catalan), before ending the day by walking into one of the most picturesque villages in the area, Santa Pau, soon arriving at the Hotel Cal Sastre, where you spend two nights.
  • Circular walk from Santa Pau: 12.5km, 4.5hrs
    On your day here, we recommend a circuit into the surrounding wooded hills, the beech woodland giving way to Mediterranean trees as you reach the Sanctuary of Santa María de Finestres. There are good views from the nearby summit, once the site of a small castle, stretching as far as the sea and along the Pyrenees. Enjoy your picnic, before returning to the hotel – but keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of the spectacular red-capped black woodpecker as you walk.
    Circular route from Santa Pau via the Sanctuary of Santa María de Finestres © Phil Crean Photography
  • Santa Pau to Besalú: 14km, 5hrs
    Your final walk starts with a short taxi ride to the village of El Sallent, from where you initially follow quiet country lanes near the River Ser, with plenty of opportunity for a quick dip in the river and have your picnic. After crossing the river at El Torn, you head up into the hills, walking through woodland of rosemary, holm oaks and juniper to reach the Sant Fruitós Romanesque church. After admiring the views, you descend through woods and farmland to reach the historic town of Besalú, accessed by a medieval bridge. You spend your last night in the Jardins de la Martana.
 

Accommodation

You will find a warm welcome at all of our hand-picked accommodation – a good mix of high-quality mountain hotels and friendly rustic inns serving delicious Catalan cuisine.
 

Options to extend or shorten 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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Prices & travel options
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  • 13 nights: 18 May - 30 June 2019 & 24 August - 19 October 2019

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

    Starting Price Single room
    18 - 28 May £1835 £380
    29 May - 17 June £1890 £425
    24 August - 8 September £1945 £465
    9 - 30 September £1890 £425
    1 - 6 October £1795 £380
    3rd & 4th person discount -£70
    Single traveller supplement £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.

    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)

    Hotel Caçadors, Ribes de Freser
    Superior with spa bath: 18 May - 30 Jun 2019 £4
    Superior with spa bath: 24 Aug - 19 Oct 2019 £4
    Hotel Calitxó, Molló
    Superior with balcony: 18 May - 30 Jun 2019 £19
    Superior with balcony: 24 Aug - 19 Oct 2019 £19

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

    Hotel Caçadors, Ribes de Freser (with dinner) Double room Single room
    18 May - 30 Jun 2019 £80 £106
    24 Aug - 19 Oct 2019 £80 £106
    Hotel Grèvol, Llanars (with dinner) Double room Single room
    18 May - 31 May 2019 £110 £150
    01 Jun - 30 Jun 2019 £128 £183
    24 Aug - 11 Sep 2019 £140 £205
    12 Sep - 29 Sep 2019 £128 £183
    30 Sep - 19 Oct 2019 £110 £150
    Hotel la Coma, Setcases (with dinner) Double room Single room
    18 May - 30 Jun 2019 £98 £126
    24 Aug - 19 Oct 2019 £98 £126
    Hotel Calitxó, Molló (with dinner) Double room Single room
    18 May - 31 May 2019 £100 £120
    01 Jun - 30 Jun 2019 £110 £134
    24 Aug - 15 Sep 2019 £120 £170
    16 Sep - 29 Sep 2019 £110 £134
    30 Sep - 19 Oct 2019 £100 £120
    Jardins de la Martana, Besalú (B&B) Double room Single room
    18 May - 30 Jun 2019 £65 £99
    24 Aug - 19 Oct 2019 £65 £99
  • 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,  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.

  • 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.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Girona

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    taxi Girona airport to hotel (1h40) £70 flexible
    bus Girona to Ribes de Freser (2h, pay locally), taxi Ribes de Freser to hotel (0h05) £12 1415
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Girona airport (0h40) £35 flexible
    bus Besalú to Girona (1h) pay locally 1300

    Connecting travel options - flying via Barcelona

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Barcelona Sants to Ribes de Freser (2h20, pay locally), taxi Ribes de Freser to hotel (0h05) £12 1700
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    bus Besalu to Barcelona Passeig de Gracia (2h) pay locally 1200 (1300 Sun)
    taxi hotel to Figueres Vilafant (0h45), rail Figueres Vilafant to Barcelona Sants (1h) £50 1200 (1300 Sun)
What is included
  • 13 nights
  • 12 dinners
    8 picnics
    13 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 >
  • 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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