Catalonia - In the Footsteps of Salvador Dali
Spain, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £795 (land only) - from €1,115 (land only) - from $1,300 (land only)
A walking holiday as colourful as a Dali painting!
KE have taken the remotest of villages, the prettiest of towns, the quietest of trails and the tastiest of Catalan cuisine - the result is a superb walking masterpiece in the land of Salvador Dali - excelente!
- A walking holiday in Catalonia, where the Pyrenees meets the Med
- Visit the boldy eccentric and remarkable home of Salvador Dali
- Time to explore the romantic city of Girona with its medieval town
- Walk spectacular trails to secluded bays and dramatic viewpoints
- The beautiful fishing ports of Cadaques and El Port de la Selva
At the easternmost tip of Spain, the region of Catalonia shares a mountainous frontier with France, where the long chain of the Pyrenees tumbles down to meet the Mediterranean. Here, the rugged promontory of Cap Creus marks the most easterly point of the entire Iberian Peninsula. Held as a closely guarded secret by the proud and independent Catalans, this dramatic area encloses 140 square kilometres of wild landscape, with stunning coastal scenery, charming fishing villages, a network of hiking trails and a scattering of Neolithic stone monuments. From the early 20th century, this unique region has attracted artists who have tried to capture its wild and natural beauty. Salvador Dali, the master of surrealist art, proudly called Catalonia home for 50 years and during our week we'll visit his home in the tiny bay of Portlligat, and walk along trails through a spectacular landscape he used for inspiration. Including 5 days of superb walking, we follow coastal trails into secluded bays and hike mountain paths whilst being rewarded with stunning coastal panoramas and spectacular views of the Pyrenean peaks. Spending 2 nights at the picture postcard coastal town of Cadaques, we'll have chance to wander the narrow cobbled streets of this pretty fishing port. A final mountain walk sees us traversing the ‘Cap' and visiting the spectacular Sant Pere de Rodes Monastery and atmospheric Castell de Sant Salvador, high up in the Verdera Mountains. The chance to explore the medieval city of Girona at the end of the week, with the option to stop off in Figueres to visit the Dali Theatre and Museum, is the icing on the cake of a scintillating walking holiday. With the airports of Girona and Barcelona close by, this is a gem of an area just waiting to be discovered, not only for its walking but also for the chance to experience some of the highlights of Catalonia, including its delicious and colourful cuisine.
Is this holiday for you?
During this holiday, we walk a circuit of the Cap Creus National Park, following the GR11 and GR92 footpaths along coastline and returning across the mountains. En route, we pass through one of the wildest and least inhabited areas of the Costa Brava, staying overnight at charming villages like Cadaques and Port de la Selva. The coastal trail is up and down passing many small secluded coves and stony beaches with a few short steep sections, but never with any ascents of any significant duration. The average day's walk will be around 5 hours and on Day 3 (the longest of the holiday) we can expect to be walking for around 7 hours. On Days 2 and 4, we complete loop walks, returning to the previous night's accommodation. The final walk across the mountains runs along a ridge, but has no technical difficulty. Our accommodation each night is in well appointed small hotels, all on the coast with the exception of the 2 nights in atmospheric Girona at the start and finish of the holiday.