Catalonia walking & food tour, Spain

“A seven-day self-guided walking tour through unspoiled Catalunya. Easy to moderate hiking along coastal paths and country trails, with characterful hotels and cracking cuisine!”

Highlights

Palamos | Camins de Ronda coastal path | Castells | Calella de Parafrugell | Llafranc and Tamariu villages | Begur | Marine Reserve of Ses Negres | Aigufreda | Pals | Fontclara | Peratallada | visits to local food producers | Vulpellac | Palau Sator

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made between 01 Apr - 30 Jun & 08 Sep - 05 Nov to suit you and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
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Environment
Aims: Our aim is to provide quality self guided tours enabling our guests to experience the natural beauty of the Emporda region of Catalunya without damaging the environment. The main economy in the area is based around agriculture and tourism. Through our walking and cycling tours we support the local economy by booking directly with local owed and run hotels and restaurants, including the ‘Turisme Rural’ initiative. We support local markets and producers by including visits and tastings on foot on our travels.

Environmental responsibility - Each village has at least one recycling point and a general bin area. Unlike the UK we can empty our refuse on a daily basis to a local point. Our office is home based and we endeavour to run a ‘minimum paper’ administration and use recycled paper and recycled cartridges. Small rucksacks are provided for walkers and guests are asked to put all rubbish into them for disposal at the end of each day. Packed lunches when provided are in reusable containers and refillable bottles. Guidelines are given to all guests on how to use the walking paths in a responsible manner.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Social responsibility - Preserving local culture is of paramount importance to our walking tours. Although Catalunya is part of Spain and everyone speaks Spanish the first language, particularly in rural areas is Catalan. Walking through the many small villages in this area allows contact with the local people, be it asking directions, buying from the local shops, having lunch in the numerous restaurants and cafes or taking part in the festivals and fairs throughout the year. We believe that experiencing local culture makes a vacation memorable and worthwhile and the best way to do this is by foot. Unlike some other areas of Spain, the Biax Emporda is largely unspoilt and has managed to preserve its language and traditions giving it its own identity. This area is covered in pathways and old roads used for hundreds of years by travelers, pilgrims, shepherds and even the odd smuggler! It is important that care and attention are given to these routes to enable their history to live on

Our tour always include several visits to local producers. In many ways this strong sense of tradition is what makes this area unique and worthy of a visit. The opportunity to experience other peoples varied culture is an integral part of this vacation. We feel very privileged to live in such a beautiful place and would like the opportunity to share the experience with like minded travelers through walking our tours.

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Reviewed on 23 May 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Hiking the coastal trail along the Costa Brava in Catalonia and coming upon one gorgeous cove or beach after another. It was truly stunning.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Book this trip in the shoulder season. We traveled the second week of May, and the weather was great. There were not many people on the trail, in the towns, or at the beaches. Wear a good supportive pair of hiking shoes or boots. We found hiking poles very helpful. If taking a train to and from Gerona be sure to get to the station a full 30 minutes prior to departure.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - we were booked at small local hotels, some of which had their own restaurants. We ate local tapas, seafood, and enjoyed local wines. We met many local people who were friendly and appreciative of this particular connection and support from touring folks.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent, memorable, beautiful, and way fun! Shelley and Mark are new owners and very committed to supporting their clients and building their business. They are wonderful people.

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Seeing Costa Brava walking - taking our time, being in nature, and meeting people in the small villages.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


The journey is the destination!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Absolutely. Traveling by walking allowed you to access local businesses. Also, there was no negative impact on the environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fabulous - one of my favourite ones so far!

Reviewed on 16 May 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Beautiful hike on the Spanish Riviera.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Early May is a quiet time, quite ideal.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Supported local agriculture, restaurants, recreation with minimal impact (hiking).

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We had a wonderful time, both on the Costa Brava and in Barcelona.

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The stunning coastal scenery and the obvious care taken by Alan and Vivian in choosing the routes and accommodation.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Don't hesitate, book now as it's a first-rate vacation.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Absolutely wonderful.

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