Pyrenees – The Catalan Shore

Pyrenees, France, Spain

Holiday overview

Destination

France, Spain


Type

Self Guided


Difficulty

Moderate


Month

Mar - Oct


Price

£ 625.00 pp


Duration

6 nights


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An exceptional self-guided walk from France into Spain, discovering the magnificent contrasting landscapes along the Catalan coast.

This walk combines sea and landscape, excellent even in the mild Mediterranean winter. It takes you along the Côte Vermeille, beloved of the artists Dali and Miro. The path from Banyuls to the border with Spain follows the route taken by Walter Benjamin, the German-Jewish philosopher, on 24th September 1940, and is the route followed by many Jewish refugees during World War II.

 

Price:

£625 per person

£65.00 supplement for Easter (23 March – 31st March)  and 1st – 12th September

Single room supplement: £150

Supplement for single person walking alone: £110

 

Included: 

  • 6 nights accommodation with breakfast (7 nights 3 star hotels, 2 nights 2 star hotels (el Port de la Selva and el Port de Llança)
  • 4 dinners (no dinner in Collioure on first night and no dinner on the last night in Cadaques, dinner in Llanca not available on Mondays)
  • Transport of luggage every day from hotel to hotel
  • IGN Maps at 1/25 000 Tops 25 (France) and Alpina maps (Spain) (marked with the itinerary)
  • Route instructions and information about the region
  • Local back-up.

 

Not Included:

  • train fare (1 euro approx.) Port Bou – Llanca.
  • Drinks and lunches and dinners where specified.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Arrival/departure transfers. Entrance fees.

 

Departure Dates:

17 March to 30 June and 1 September to 10 November.

Day 1: Arrive Collioure. Overnight in hotel***

(Hotel Le Mas des Citronniers).

 

Day 2: Walk from Collioure to Banyuls-sur-Mer via Cap Béar from where there are wonderful views. Pass the 13th century « Fort St Elmes » and continue to Port Vendres, with its busy port. Continue around Paulilles bay, one of the most beautiful places along the coast. Finally you arrive in Banyuls sur Mer following the old coastguard path. Overnight in hotel in Banyuls*** (Hotel Catalan)

3.5 to 4 hour walk. 12.5 kms/8 miles

 

Day 3: Walk from Banyuls-sur-Mer to Portbou (Spain) and Llanca. Cross the Banyuls vineyards with their dry stone walls and take the path to the Col de la Rumpissa. Enjoy wonderful views from Carroig over the Pyrenees, Canigou peak, Cap de Creu and the Mediterranean sea. Descend to the typical Spanish village of Port Bou and take the train to Llança. Overnight in hotel** (Hotel Griffeu). 4.5 hour walk. 12.5 kms/8 miles

 

Day 4: Walk from Llança to Port de la Selva. Climb to the monastery Sant Père de Rodes from where there are exceptional views and where Romanesque art is distinguished by Arab and Carolingian influences. Walk down to Port de la Selva for overnight in hotel**(Hotel La Tina). 4.5 hour walk. 14 kms/8.75 miles

 

Day 5: Walk from Port de la Selva to Cadaques. Following a deeply rural path you reach Cap de Creus, a magical place where the Mediterranean sea, stirred by the ‘Tramontane’, rushes in as the “Cova de l’Infern”. Following a picturesque path with low stone walls, you reach Port Lligat. Pass close to Salvador Dali’s house and walk down to Cadaques for a two night stay in hotel*** (Hotel Octavia). 7.5 hour walk. 25 kms/15.5 miles

 

Day 6: Today you may do a circular walk using Cadaques as your base. It will take you up into the hills to Cala Nans, before redescending to the coast. Or you may simply relax and enjoy Cadaques. 20 kms/12.5 miles

 

Day 7: Departure.

Getting There: 

Arrival: Nearest airport is Perpignan.  There is a train station in Collioure.

 

Departure: Bus from Cadaques to Figueras – train station in Figueras has good connections to Girona, Barcelona and Perpignan.

Private Transfers from Cadaques to Figueras €90.00 for 1 – 4 people  recommended as the bus service is not very regular.

Transfer Cadaques to Perpignan  €180.00 and Cadaques to Collioure €160.00 .  All transfer cost is for a vehicle that can carry up to 4 people with luggage.

 

Hotels

Hotel Le Mas des Citronniers – 3 star hotel Collioure

Hotel Le Catalan – 3 star hotel Banyuls sur mer

Hotel Griffeu – 2 star hotel Llanca

Hotel la Tina – 2 star hotel el Port de la Selva

Hotel Octavia – 3 star hotel in Cadaques