Spain: Classic Catalonia

Self-Guided Walking Tour, Spain: Classic CataloniaSelf-Guided Walking Tour, Spain: Classic Catalonia

Spain

Classic Catalonia

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Experience the glories of Catalonia: pristine Mediterranean beaches, hilltop villages with inviting markets, historic landmarks, and a bounty of delicious Catalan specialties. Follow your route to the 11th-century palace at Peratallada, one of Spain’s best-preserved medieval villages replete with arches, secret passageways, and shaded squares. In Monells, enjoy a traditional Catalan lunch en route to La Bisbal, a lively market town known for its pottery and historic Old Quarter. Find inspiration at the Teatre-Museum Gala Dali in Figueres, named for the artist Salvador Dali’s beloved wife. Walk through fields of sunflowers across the Emporda plain to the walled village of Ullastret, where archaeo¬logical excavations reveal an ancient Iberian settlement. In Begur, discover thousand-year-old castle ruins next to shops, restaurants, and villas.HeadwaterThe secluded village of Sa Tuna welcomes you with its sandy cove, as do cool forest paths that bring you to the seaside town of Tamariu. Let the beauty of the coastal trail and sublime Spanish sunlight immerse you in well-being.

Activity Level
Moderate;
8-13 miles daily
Meet
Flaçà, Spain
Depart
Flaçà, Spain
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Self-Guided Walking 
7 days, 6 nights Trip Includes 

Trip Includes

  • Breakfast daily and four dinners (nights 2-5); beverages not Included
  • All accommodations while on tour
  • Local transfers as noted in the itinerary
  • Luggage transfers between the hotels
  • Detailed route notes and maps
  • Basic travel insurance coverage
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the CW and Headwater staff
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2+ travelers
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2014
April 13 - 15
$1,527
$484
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April 17 - 21
$1,749
$484
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April 23 - 29
$1,527
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May 1 - 21
$1,608
$484
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May 23 - June 30
$1,749
$484
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July 2 - Aug 3
$1,838
$484
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Aug 25 - Sept 10
$1,838
$484
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Sept 12 - 20
$1,749
$484
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Sept 22 - 30
$1,608
$484
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Oct 2 - 20
$1,527
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2015
April 13 - 15
$1,603
$508
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April 17 - 19
$1,836
$508
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April 21 - 29
$1,603
$508
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May 1 - 21
$1,688
$508
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May 23 - June 30
$1,836
$508
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July 2 - Aug 3
$1,930
$508
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Aug 25 - Sept 10
$1,930
$508
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Sept 12 - 20
$1,836
$508
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Sept 22 - 30
$1,688
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Oct 2 - 20
$1,603
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Itinerary and Accommodations

Days
Destination
1
Calella de Palafrugell
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2
La Bisbal
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3
La Bisbal
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4
Begur
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5
Begur
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6
Calella de Palafrugell
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7
Calella de Palafrugell
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Day 1

Calella de Palafrugell

Arrive in Calella de Palafrugell

We meet you at Flaçà railway station and take you to your hotel (35 mins), where all Headwater guests are accommodated in rooms with private balcony and sea view. It’s just a 5 minute walk to the center of town where you have so many restaurants to choose from that we’ve left evening meals here up to you.

Hotel Garbi

Calella de Palafrugell, Spain

Located on the famous Costa Brava just 5 minutes from a sandy beach, this family-run resort is set on the edge of town in expansive grounds shaded by manicured pine trees. Comfortable rooms have balconies and sea views; also with an inviting swimming pool with chaise lounges and umbrellas. Calella is a relaxed seaside resort town with three sandy coves for swimming and a wide choice of bars and restaurants for your two independent dinners.

Day 2

La Bisbal

Calella de Palafrugell to Castell d’Empordà 17km/10 .5mi/5hr or 19km/12mi/6hr

You start with a 20 min ride to Mont-Ras from where you have a choice of routes. Both routes take you into the Gavarre hills to visit three dolmens—fantastic views as far as Begur and the Illes Medes—before descending to the peaceful mediaeval villages of Fonteta and Vulpellac. Then on to the hotel at Castell d’Empordà which has one of the finest located pools we’ve come across.

Hotel Castell d'Empordà

La Bisbal, Spain

A uniquely restored hotel in a castle dating from the 14th century (which Salvador Dalí once tried to acquire!)  located on a 30-acre estate comprised of hundred-year-old forest and olive orchards. Spacious guest rooms are dramatically decorated with a mixture of modern and antique Spanish furnishings, with either a balcony or terrace overlooking the countryside. Dinner is a set menu from the restaurant renowned for its excellent local cuisine, also served on the patio area, weather permitting. An outdoor pool and deck area with chaise lounges looks over the Empordà plain.

Day 3

La Bisbal

At Castell d’Empordà

Laze by the pool or follow our suggested circular walk linking the pretty mediaeval villages of Corçà, Monells (pretty square and lovely choices for lunch) and la Bisbal—a lively market town famous for antiques and pottery. Take time to explore the old quarter including the Carrer de Call, formerly a Jewish ghetto—its intricate arches are still intact today. Alternatively, the local bus goes to Girona and Figueres if you fancy a longer day out.

Hotel Castell d'Empordà

La Bisbal, Spain

A uniquely restored hotel in a castle dating from the 14th century (which Salvador Dalí once tried to acquire!)  located on a 30-acre estate comprised of hundred-year-old forest and olive orchards. Spacious guest rooms are dramatically decorated with a mixture of modern and antique Spanish furnishings, with either a balcony or terrace overlooking the countryside. Dinner is a set menu from the restaurant renowned for its excellent local cuisine, also served on the patio area, weather permitting. An outdoor pool and deck area with chaise lounges looks over the Empordà plain.

Day 4

Begur

Castell d’Empordà to Begur 16km/10mi/5hr or 17km/12 .5mi/5.5hr

Gentle walking across the Empordà plain, stopping first at Peratallada, possibly the best preserved village in Spain with its beautifull y restored arches, arcaded passageways and lovely shaded squares. On through fields bright with sunflowers until you reach peach-colored Pals—a lovely old vil lage with Romanesque church affording stunning views. The final stretch takes you through pine forest to our family-run hotel in the old town of Begur. The food here is fantastic!

Hotel Rosa

Begur, Spain

This family-run hotel located in the heart of the medieval village of Begur is perfectly located for accessing nearby beaches and walking routes. All rooms have been stylishly refurbished and have a hydro-massage bathtub. The hotel’s restaurant, in a separate building across the street, offers dinner à la carte with excellent Catalan cuisine. A tranquil hilltop town, Begur has a charming pedestrian main square and remains of a 17th-century castle from which views extend to the sea and the Pyrénées.

Day 5

Begur

At Begur

Begur is a fashionable hilltop town with C11 castle, impressive villas and pretty, narrow streets made for exploring! It’s just 10 mins by local bus (mid Jun - mid Sep only) or taxi to the coast where four beautiful sandy coves await: Sa Riera, Aiguafreda, Sa Tuna and, just over the hill, Aiguab lava. For people looking for something a touch more challenging, we provide details of a circular coastal walk which takes in all our favorite sections.

Hotel Rosa

Begur, Spain

This family-run hotel located in the heart of the medieval village of Begur is perfectly located for accessing nearby beaches and walking routes. All rooms have been stylishly refurbished and have a hydro-massage bathtub. The hotel’s restaurant, in a separate building across the street, offers dinner à la carte with excellent Catalan cuisine. A tranquil hilltop town, Begur has a charming pedestrian main square and remains of a 17th-century castle from which views extend to the sea and the Pyrénées.

Day 6

Calella de Palafrugell

Begur to Calella de Palafrugell 13km/8mi/4hr or 18km/11mi/5h

Shaded forest paths take you to the lively seaside town of Tamariu (great beach) where you pick up the pretty coastal path, passing rocky headlands and chic Spanish resorts en-route to Llafranc—with spectacular views from the San Sebastian lighthouse . Lunch in one of the beachfront bars—you can almost dip your toes in the water as you eat! Back to Calella, perhaps continuing along the coastal path as far as the botanical gardens at Cap Roig, in time for a swim in the pool or a couple of hours on the beach before dinner.

Hotel Garbi

Calella de Palafrugell, Spain

Located on the famous Costa Brava just 5 minutes from a sandy beach, this family-run resort is set on the edge of town in expansive grounds shaded by manicured pine trees. Comfortable rooms have balconies and sea views; also with an inviting swimming pool with chaise lounges and umbrellas. Calella is a relaxed seaside resort town with three sandy coves for swimming and a wide choice of bars and restaurants for your two independent dinners.

Day 7

Calella de Palafrugell

Leave Calella de Palafruge

We take you to Flaçà at midday to catch your train back to Barcelona—a city add-on here is a popular option before heading home.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a CW adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call CW at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

Guest Comments

D. Snyder, Pennsylvania, July 2012

This was our first CW experience…of what is sure to be many! We had a great time and a well-organized experience. Thanks!

G. Schertzing, Michigan, September 2012

This was my first walking tour and really did not know what to expect. The walks were quite challenging at times, but worth the effort. Scenery was spectacular; hotels were great as well as the food. People very friendly and helpful.

B. Hartmann, Arizona, June 2012

The countryside was lovely as were the small, medieval towns. Two of the three hotels were excellent.

J. Franke, Illinois, June 2012

Well-designed and well-executed tour.

D. Wilson, Michigan, September 2012

It was great, our first experience so really not quite sure what all to expect.
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