Walking Circuit of Catalonia`s Cap Creus
Spain, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £845 (land only) - from €1,055 (land only) - from $1,480 (land only)
We have chosen hotels in Girona, Roses, Cadaques and El Port de la Selva that show off the distinctive character of Catalonia
- A walking holiday in Catalonia, where the Pyrenees meets the Med
- Visit the home of Salvador Dali and experience some of his magic
- Hike on rugged trails to secluded bays and rocky viewpoints
- The picturesque fishing ports of Cadaques and El Port de la Selva
- Spend a free day in the colourful medieval city of Girona
At the easternmost tip of Spain, the region of Catalonia shares a mountainous frontier with France, where the long chain of the Pyrenees finally 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 reserve 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 - menhirs and dolmens. From the early 20th century, this geologically unique region has attracted artists who have tried to capture its wild and natural beauty. Salvador Dali lived here for 50 years until 1982 and the landscape was the inspiration for his surrealist art. 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. This Cap Creus walking holiday includes 5 splendid days of walking, full of contrast, as we follow coastal trails into secluded bays and hike on mountain paths, with a backdrop of the sea and views of high Pyrenean peaks. Spending 2 nights at the very picturesque fishing port of Cadaques, we'll have chance to wander the narrow cobbled streets and visit fascinating Dali's House at the tiny bay of Portlligat. 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.
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.