Catalonia - In the Footsteps of Salvador Dali

A superb walking holiday in Catalonia, where the Pyrenees meets the Med




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Holiday Overview


  • 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 beautiful region of Catalonia shares a mountainous border with France, where the spectacular chain of the high Pyrenees tumbles down to the stunning Mediterranean Sea.  Held as a closely guarded secret by the proud Catalans, the dramatic Cap Creus is an amazing area full of wild landscapes, beautiful coastal scenery, charming fishing villages, a network of superb hiking trails and a scattering of ancient monuments.  This unique and colourful region has attracted artists because of its wild beauty.  Salvador Dali proudly called Catalonia his home for 50 years and during our week we'll visit his memorable home in the tiny bay of Portlligat, before walking through the spectacular landscape he used for inspiration.  During 5 days of superb walking we’ll follow sweeping coastal trails into secluded bays and hike mountain paths which offer superb coastal panoramas and spectacular views of the high Pyrenees.  We’ll spend 2 nights at the picture postcard coastal town of Cadaques and have the chance to wander the narrow cobbled streets of this pretty fishing port.  A final mountain walk sees us traversing the ‘Cap' and visit the spectacular Sant Pere de Rodes Monastery and atmospheric Castell de Sant Salvador, high up in the Verdera Mountains.  We finish the week in style with the chance to explore the medieval city of Girona, home to the Dali Theatre and Museum.  Catalonia is an undiscovered gem of an area just waiting to be discovered on foot.  If you’re looking for colourful walking, delicious cuisine, stunning architecture and a beautiful coastline, then the Footsteps of Salvador Dali has it all!
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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.



Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Girona. Evening meeting with our group and guide.
  • Transfer to Roses. Day walk in Cap de Creus National Park to viewpoint Puig Alt.
  • Leaving Roses on foot, walk the rugged coastline to the fishing village of Cadaques.
  • After a visit to Dali’s house continue walking to the most easterly point of Cap de Creus.
  • Walk the craggy heartland of Cap de Creus to Port de la Selva via the Puig de Bufadors.
  • Walk up to Sant Pere de Rodes monastery. Continue to Roses via Castel de Sant Salvador (670m).
  • Morning transfer to Girona where the day is free to spend at your leisure.
  • Departure Day.
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The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining at Girona Airport. Please refer to the 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' section of the trip dossier for further details.

Ryanair serve Girona De Barcelona from the following regional airports: London Stansted, Bristol, Manchester & Bournmouth.

Barcelona International Airport is another option and this is used by: Easyjet, British Airways and Iberia.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

Also train friendly.... For those of you who are conscious of clocking up the air miles or if you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, there is an excellent Saturday train service between London St Pancras International and Girona. Combining the Eurostar service and the high speed TGV, the 09.22am service departs London and arrives into Girona at 7.59pm the same day. With a change of trains in Paris, there is even time to enjoy a café au lait or vin rouge en route! Please refer to for further details.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Girona. Evening meeting with our group and guide.

    Meet at the Hotel Ultonia in Girona. There will be an initial meeting with the local tour guide at 7.30pm. He or she will discuss plans for the following day and also advise on local places to dine. If your flight arrival is after the group rendezvous, your welcome note on arrival at the hotel will outline timings for the following day. If you arrive in Girona earlier in the day, you will have the opportunity to do some sightseeing in this atmospheric city. Easy to explore on foot, the Jewish District (the ‘Call’) is the heart of the old town and has an abundance of cafes and bars where you can sample Catalan cuisine. Outside of the city’s defensive walls, beside the River Onyar is an excellent place to stroll and to absorb the city’s characterful and colourful architecture. The facades of the riverside houses are particularly dramatic in shades of orange, red, pink, white and blue. KE Land Only package services begin with the overnight at the group hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

  • Transfer to Roses. Day walk in Cap de Creus National Park to viewpoint Puig Alt.

    After a transfer from Girona to Roses that takes less than an hour, we begin our walk above this picturesque seaside town. Following an uphill trail towards the plateau of Les Gates, we have fantastic views across Roses Bay and it’s no surprise to learn that this stretch of water is included in UNESCO’s list of Beautiful Bays of the World! Our route today takes us by way of lots of ancient monuments, both dolmens (stone tombs) and menhirs (standing stones), which are testament to the area’s Neolithic settlers. We’ll visit the Creu d’en Corbertella (3200BC), the largest dolmen in Catalonia, declared a historic-artistic monument in 1964. It has a large gallery covered by a 4 ton slab. During our walk, we also pass a succession of dry stone walls, crisscrossing the land in every direction. For hundreds of years these walls and terraces were crucial in the production of grapes and olives and they remain as a legacy of an earlier agricultural era. We see 2 more well preserved dolmens, Llit de la Generala (3200 BC) and the Cap de l’Home, as well as the most important menhirs in the area, the Casa Cremada I and Casa Cremada II. Puig Alt (493m) is our highpoint of the day and the views it offers are spectacular. With a backdrop of mighty Canigou, the iconic mountain of the Eastern Pyrenees, the Emporda Plains stretch away from us to the west, whilst southwards we can look down the coast towards the Medes Islands. We can also get a tantalising glimpse of the next day’s trail, before hiking back to Roses and our hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Distance 13km

    • Meals bd

  • Leaving Roses on foot, walk the rugged coastline to the fishing village of Cadaques.

    Starting out from the port in Roses, the first landmark we see is the Roses Lighthouse, built on top of the recently reconstructed Castell de la Trinitat. We continue following the coastal path next to the cliffs, with great views of the Badia de Roses and the archipelago of the 7 Medes Islands, some 15 kilometres to the south. Passing a succession of beautiful, secluded coves, we reach Cala Montjoi a spectacular enclave of the Costa Brava coast with its striking views and ‘far away from it all’ location. Turning inland for a short while, we rejoin the coastal route at the base of the slim peninsula that is Cap Norfeu. At this point of today’s long walk, we are traversing a wild landscape, on a footpath that meanders along within sight of the coast and takes us to the lighthouse at Punta de la Cala Nans. Here, we get our first view of the gorgeous white stone houses of Cadaques across the water. Tucked into a narrow bay and surrounded by mountains, we can get a real sense of the town’s isolation. It is easy to see how the local language, Cadaquesenc, has more similarities to the dialects of Mallorca and Menorca than to the Catalan language, spoken on the mainland. We make our way to Cadaques passing one of the best dry stone bridges on the whole of the cape. Overnight at a hotel in Cadaques.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Distance 25km

    • Meals bd

  • After a visit to Dali’s house continue walking to the most easterly point of Cap de Creus.

    We walk to the little bay at Portlligat where Dali’s House stands next to a few painted fishing boats that have continued to forge their trade, despite the artistic invasion. Apart from a few eggs on the roof, the house appears conservative from outside. However, a guided tour of the interior will reveal a bizarre labyrinth of idiosyncrasies, from a stuffed polar bear at the front door to a sofa in the living room, modelled on the lips of Mae West! This is a fascinating, worthwhile and fun tour that shouldn’t be missed. After the interior quirkiness we get back to things more natural and continue our walk to the extreme eastern point of Cap Creus, where the hallucinatory rock formations provided so much of the inspiration for Dali’s creations. As we near the point, the land becomes rougher in shapes and special colours. This is one of the world’s great geological locations - the last bastion of the Pyrenees, at the easternmost point of Iberia. The lighthouse here reminds us of the significance of this rocky promontory on nautical charts. At the lighthouse, there is a restaurant and bar, where we can stop for a drink and absorb the stupendous scenery. We continue our walk with a loop around via Pla de Tudela, a place that is extraordinary for 2 reasons. Firstly, it is a protected geological reserve. Secondly, there was once a Club Med resort here, built in 1962, closed in 2003 and removed completely by 2007! We make our way back to Cadaques, where we can relax and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in this special place. With the white tower of the 17th century church of Santa Maria overseeing the town, there are many steep, narrow, cobbled streets (some less then a metre and half wide) to explore and the picturesque seafront makes for a delightful wander.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Distance 15km

    • Meals bd

  • Walk the craggy heartland of Cap de Creus to Port de la Selva via the Puig de Bufadors.

    We leave Cadaques to the north-east and head inland towards the Puig dels Bufadors (432m) following the GR-92. As we gain height, the whole of the eastern tip of Cap de Creus (where we were yesterday) and its lighthouse come into view. We skirt round the peak of Puig dels Bufadors, with the option of an out-and-back to its summit. This a wild and harsh landscape of craggy hills and low scrub, mottled with splashes of yellow from the gorse. Finally, we start to descend and pass a few houses whose walls show the effect of sea, salt and wind. We may be near the Mediterranean, but it could almost be a Scottish glen! We follow a path down to the fishing town of El Port de la Selva. Its extravagantly curved bay is a haven of calm and loveliness, where the white and terracotta buildings gather round the seafront in a way that is reminiscent of a classic French or Italian Riviera town. We shouldn’t be deceived by its quaintness, the town was at the centre of a political storm in 2010 when the council declared the town independent from Spain, highlighting the strong feelings and long running saga for Catalan autonomy!

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Distance 12km

    • Meals bd

  • Walk up to Sant Pere de Rodes monastery. Continue to Roses via Castel de Sant Salvador (670m).

    Leaving our base in El Port de la Selva, we follow the coastal path and after a while we can look back and admire majestic views of Port de la Selva from afar. We climb up the quiet valley of Santa Creu and into the Verdera Mountains, where we find the Benedictine monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes. Built high up (and out of Piratical reach) near the peaks of a rocky range, the monastery dates from the 10 to 12th century and has been the subject of many legends relating to Templar treasures. It has now been carefully restored and stands in resplendent glory. Climbing up to the monastery, the ocean views behind us just get better and better. Inland, we can see a network of dry stone walling covering the hillsides which originally outlined the terracing of vineyards and groves of olive trees. Sadly most of the vineyards were destroyed by disease in the late 19th century, an occurrence which badly upset the local economy and led to mass depopulation. Our trail continues through the coastal mountains and from the last foothills of the Pyrenees, we can enjoy views that extend across the Gulf of Lions and northwards into France. Our high point is at the Castell de Sant Salvador (670m) and from here we can see many of the peaks of the eastern Pyrenees, the plains of the Emporda to the west and the Gulf of Roses to the south. From Sant Salvador to Roses we walk along an exhilarating crest with amazing views across the whole of Cap Creus.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Distance 18km

    • Meals bd

  • Morning transfer to Girona where the day is free to spend at your leisure.

    Checking out of our hotel in Roses, a morning transfer takes us back to Girona where we can enjoy a final free day in this fantastic city. There are so many options. You might choose to explore the cathedral and the old Jewish quarter, or simply to relax at one of the street side cafes and watch the world go by. Anyone wanting to see the Salvador Dali Museum in Figueres can be dropped off there for the complete surrealist experience. Those doing this will need to make their own way to Girona afterwards – the train takes 20 minutes. We spend our final night in Catalonia at the group hotel in Girona.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bd

  • Departure Day.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Airport transfers are not provided. Should you wish to extend your stay in Girona or in Barcelona, or require any assistance with onward travel, please contact our team of adventure travel consultants.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • Professional English-speaking local leader
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Vehicle transfers required during the trip (not airport transfers)
  • Baggage transfer between overnight stops

  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Some meals as described in the Meal Plan
  • Tips for the support staff and guide
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

Airport transfers are not included in this holiday itinerary. There are a number of airlines serving Girona Airport and transfer arrangements into the city are straightforward. If you arrive early on Day 1, the remainder of the day is free.

From Girona Airport, taxis are readily available outside the arrivals hall and cost around €25 per car to reach the hotel. Should you prefer to take the shuttle bus, there is a regular service outside the arrivals halls and this costs around €5 per person. If using the shuttle, you will need to get off at the central bus station and take the 10-minute walk from there to the hotel.

If you choose to fly in via Barcelona Airport, a taxi (one way) will cost around €150 per car. Alternatively, you can take the train from Barcelona Airport to Estacio Sants (central Barcelona). From Estacio Sants there are approximately 3 trains an hour to Girona train station. The quickest trains are the RENFE TGV trains which take only 37 mins to reach Girona (some of the local trains can take up to two hours). Please check when purchasing your train ticket. On arrival into Girona, the train station is a ten minute walk from the hotel.

SPENDING AND ADDITIONAL NIGHT IN GIRONA BEFORE THE TRIP. If the most convenient flights for you arrive late in the day, one option you have is to travel out a day early and spend an additional night in Girona. The group hotel is the Hotel Ultonia which is centrally located and makes an excellent base from which to explore the city. If you would like to book an additional night, please talk to our sales staff at the time of booking.

OR... TAKE THE TRAIN. Girona is also easily accessible by train. There is an excellent Saturday train service between London St Pancras International and Girona. Combining the Eurostar service and the high speed TGV, the 09.22am service departs London and arrives into Girona at 7.59pm the same day and has one straightforward change in Paris. Please refer to for further details.

On those days that we are moving to a new hotel base, we will pack our trek bags and leave these at the hotel. They will be picked up by our baggage transfer and taken to the next overnight stop. During the day’s walk, each group member will carry a daysack which is large enough to pack water bottles, packed lunch and other extras such as cameras and waterproofs. We usually make a fairly early start (breakfast at around 8 am) and make the best of the cool morning air. We usually will walk for between 5 and 7 hours each day, stopping off for lunch en route. For lunch, we will either carry items purchased before we set off, or we will stop for a sandwich or snack at a cafe. On arrival at our hotel, there will always be plenty of time to rest and shower before regrouping for dinner.

This holiday does not involve any significant ascent to altitude and we would not expect any altitude issues with this trip.

Throughout the holiday the accommodation is in twin-share rooms with en-suite facilities, in comfortable, family run, 2 and 3-star hotels that have been carefully selected for their location and for the authentic service they provide. From our centrally located hotel in Girona, to our perfectly placed hotel in the seaside town of Cadaques on the Cap de Creus, these hand picked hotels provide the very best of Catalonian hospitality.

If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with someone of the same gender. For single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

Breakfasts are typically continental in style with a combination of orange juice, tea, coffee, yoghurt, fresh fruit, freshly baked local bread, cheeses and jams, etc.  During the week, food for picnic lunches can be purchased on a daily basis from the excellent and reasonably priced local supermarkets.  Spanish supermarkets stock a wide variety of lunch items including fresh bread, chesses, cold meats, fruit, biscuits and chocolate etc.  Evening meals are generally taken at our traditional hotels and may be buffet style, which guarantees an excellent choice of food for all tastes and diets.  Occasionally there may be an excellent set meal with both vegetarian and meat options available.  The superb Catalan cuisine makes the most of fresh vegetables, such as tomato, garlic, aubergine, beans, chickpeas and mushrooms, whilst on the coast we can also expect to be served fresh fish.  Spanish wine is excellent and an important part of the evening meal!  Wonderful open wines are available by the glass or carafe.  The country produces some wonderful sparkling cava in either white or rose which is a reasonably priced and refreshing aperitif, as well as dry vermouth served over ice, with slices of fresh Seville orange!

Breakfasts and dinners are included from the morning of Day 2, to the morning of Day 8.

Approximately €200-€250 euros should cover all your personal expenditure for lunches and local drinks in the evening with dinner.  There will be access to ATM machines during the holiday and the leader will be able to advise you in more detail on this during the holiday.

The holiday will be led by a professional English-speaking KE leader.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your leader and local team. Tipping is entirely voluntary and should be dependent on good service. We advise you to tip as a group.

We ask you to restrict your luggage to a single holdall, such as a KE trek bag, and a small daypack. There is no weight restriction as such other than that imposed by your international carrier but you will find travelling easier with lighter luggage.

KE Trek Bag / Free Gift

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

A passport with 3 months remaining validity is required. Passport holders from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or any EU countries do not require a visa. Other nationalities should check with the respective consulate in their own country.

Whilst we keep our information up to date, you should be advised that visa requirements can change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in case of recent amendments.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking/walking boots
  • Trainers / sandals / evening footwear
  • Socks
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Lightweight waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
  • Underwear
  • Baselayer shirts
  • T-shirts and/or casual shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Lightweight windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Lightweight thermal gloves
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Eyewear - sunglasses
  • Daypack c. 30 litres
  • Sun protection (including for lips)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre (x2)
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE bag)
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment. Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

The following items are optional:

  • Gaiters
  • Shorts
  • Towel (for swimming)
  • Swimwear
  • Trekking poles
  • Headtorch with spare bulb and batteries
  • Spare laces
  • Insect repellant – (DEET)
  • Camera, media, batteries


  • When selecting your main baggage a trek bag, large holdall or even a wheeled suitcase would be appropriate for this style of holiday.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

Know before you go

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

Whilst this is not the most challenging of walking holidays, it does have an average of around 6 hours walking per day on 4 of the days, with one rather longer day - Day 3. For this reason, it makes sense to get some additional exercise before your holiday. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. While regular hiking is the best preparation, any regular exercise (jogging, swimming etc.) is good for developing cardio-vascular fitness. Before setting off we recommend that you fit in several longish walks in hilly country.

Catalonia is an excellent spring and autumn walking destination. During the period from March-May and Sept-Oct, we can expect daytime temperatures ranging around 20-25 centigrade, falling to 15 degrees centigrade at night.

Although Catalan is the first language of the region, the majority of people we come into contact with will speak Spanish and some reasonable English. The people of Catalonia are incredibly warm and friendly, not to mention proud people - so a few words of the Catalan language will be appreciated. We recommend that you take a pocket Catalan/Spanish phrase-book and learn some basics such as common greetings. Your guide will help you with the pronunciation.

Lonely Planet - Catalonia - Lonely Planet Publishing Sunflower Books - Costa Brava Walking Guide

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