Catalonia self guided walking vacations, Spain
One of our top selling self-guided walking vacations, at a great price too. Hiking from bed to bed, beauty spot to beauty spot. With luggage transferred.
L’Escala Greek and Roman ruins at Empúries Bay of Roses Sant Pere Pescador Aiguamolls Natural Park Cadaques Castello D’Empuries Cap de Creus National Park El Port de la Selva Palau Saverdera Girona optional day
€749To€845 excluding flights
Price includes: Welcome Meeting, transfers from/to Girona Airport or Figueres Vilafant Train station (if traveling from Barcelona airport), accommodation, breakfast, luggage transfers, detailed route notes/maps, GPS files and 24/ local support.
Description of Catalonia self guided walking vacations, Spain
Available all year round on any day to suit and can be tailor-made and adapted to your requirements
Our top tip:
Extend this trip by one day to explore the Roman walled city of Girona, with its famous cathedral.
Self-guided with itinerary.
Easy to moderate, 3-8 hours walking per day. Max ascent 750m on one day only.
Mix of local guesthouses, pensions, and family run hotels.
Accommodation, breakfasts, some meals, luggage transfers, trip notes, 24 hour local support.
Plenty of cafes. Option to book dinners at accommodation.
Solo welcome. with surcharge.
Our partners behind this vacation promote inclusivity on all their trips and across their business and we are all committed to ensuring travelers face no discrimination on any part of the trip they control.
61 Reviews of Catalonia self guided walking vacations, Spain
4.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 18 Nov 2021 by Fred DieckampThere were exciting highlights every day. For example, Walk 1 included Greek/Roman ruins as well as a beautiful beach all to myself! Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Nov 2021 by Janet HardingExcellent. Would do again in a heartbeat. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Oct 2021 by Trevor MasonGreat vacation. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Sep 2021 by Ian MorrisExcellent, well organised with some nice accomodation Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020 by Linda KingWe enjoyed it and the weather was good for walking. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Oct 2019 by Jenny RawlinsAll the walks were varied, interesting and each memorable Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Oct 2019 by Jenny HoffmannI think my favourite walk was the one which started from Rosas and took us along the coast through the pines for the first two thirds, so that we swam twice in two different bays before heading off up the mountains. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Oct 2019 by Ellen TurnerThere's a great view round almost every corner Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Oct 2019 by Angela McFarlandAlthough the whole tour was a wonderfully positive experience, we really enjoyed staying in the towns of Cadaques and El Port de la Selva as well as the hiking between the towns. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Sep 2019 by Ma. Josefina Paguirigan-KayabanVery exhilarating. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Mar 2019 by Georgina AlsopIt was excellent. Would definitely recommend and would do another vacation like this with Steve and Maria. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Sep 2018 by Margaret BoulterFantastic vacation, can’t recommend this operator highly enough, Maria and Steve were brilliant. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Jul 2018 by Karen CoombsThe most memorable part was the coastal walk and the beaches. Cadaques was exciting and we wished we were able to stay longer. It was also exciting to have completed the whole walk and we felt a sense of achievement. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Sep 2017 by Kate LongIt was all fantastic, but the bird sanctuary was my favorite. Beautifully management and interpretive signage. Peaceful stroll. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Sep 2017 by Madeleine HolmanSeeing so many beautiful places along the Catalan coast and mountains, from gorgeous beaches to the mountain top monestary, to tiny villages. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Jun 2017 by Sarah PajwaniExcellent...The notes on where to go are really good and we did not get lost at all. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Oct 2017 by Maria CookThe most memorable moment was climbing up to the ruins from Sant Pere de Rodes monastery. The views were breathtaking and worth the extra time and effort to get to the top. Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Oct 2017 by Stephen AllenThe visit to Empuries on walk 1 was amazing! Very good; excellent walking routes which were very varied, and very good walking instructions. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Jul 2017 by Mark SchaubAll the hiking was excellent and a variety of experiences. It was also exciting for the kids to interact with cows and other wildlife. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Jun 2017 by Darlena BrightwellOverall, a great vacation. The walking was doable...sometimes a bit challenging for us pensioners...but we did it...and the views were often incredible...always lovely. Our dinners were the same, sometimes incredible, always lovely. Get restaurant suggestions from Maria if you are a foodie. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Jun 2017 by Tim GrahamVery friendly people, good hotels and restaurants, a most interesting bird reserve, wonderful wild flowers and a fine walk, especially the last three sections in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Apr 2017 by Susan NobleThe walk from Cadaques to El Port de la Selva and after to Palau Salverdera was the best thing. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Oct 2016 by Linda SimpsonSeptember was a perfect month to walk, even though it was exceptionally warm; places were not overcrowded and most of the restaurants were still open. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Oct 2016 by Barbara Zoltick(The) scenery was beautiful. Got to see both touristy and not touristy parts of Catalonia (staying at) a good mix of accommodations. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Oct 2016 by Jennifer Sharpe(The vacation was) fantastic. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Sep 2016 by Regina HaertschGreat vacation - variety in walks and hotels. Read full review
Reviewed on 31 Jul 2016 by Anne WithersThe vacation was excellent. Everything was very well organised and we were delighted both with the walking trails and the accommodation booked for us. We would certainly book such a vacation again. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Jun 2016 by Jane PattonIt was in fact one of the best vacations I've ever had, the walks were wonderful and we loved being there in early June when there were few people around! Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Jun 2016 by Mary MartinWe enjoyed the hike tremendously. We have been on a number of self guided hikes and this one rates highly. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 May 2016 by Martin GrahamEvery day was different, and we always looked forward to reaching our overnight stop, and to exploring a new place. The little places where we stopped were all very interesting and had lots of character. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Apr 2016 by Daryl TingleyThe vacation more than lived up to our hopes. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Apr 2016 by Andrew HollasExcellent walking, high standard accommodation. Very well organised by Steve and Maria. Very good route notes. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Aug 2015 by Peter CheethamThe awesome coastal and inland scenery, the beautifully clear sea and the wildlife combined to make every day really interesting. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Jun 2015 by Joy FieldThe variety and diversity of the scenery each day contributed greatly to making this a most memorable experience. Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the wonderful scenery, you may not come this way again. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Feb 2015 by Gabrielle LorenzI loved the walk along the rocky coast from secluded beach to secluded beach. Seeing nesting storks in the Aiguamolls national park was a highlight too! Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Jun 2014 by Karen BalterIt was the best vacation we have taken in many years. Cadacaue was the loveliest town I have ever seen and the hotel on the beach with the balcony views was equally exquisite. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Nov 2014 by Debra EfroymsonThere were so many best bits it is hard to choose just one!! Perhaps one dramatic landscape after another, or was it the amazing food, or the super friendly people, or the lovely accommodations? Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Oct 2014 by jane cooperIt was an excellent trip. Though one doesn't cover as much ground as by other means, you do see things more closely, more intimately. We loved it. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Sep 2014 by Carey KeltingA really well organised and above all flexible vacation. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Apr 2014 by Maime Pearcey...for a short trip, this hol was ideal... excellently planned/supported by the tour operator...A feast for the senses. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 May 2013 by Pam DowlingWe were sorry when it ended. Steve is a friendly, down to earth operator who gave excellent advice. The instructions were very easy to follow. This certainly rates as an outstanding vacation experience. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Oct 2013 by James GabbertThis vacation was very well organized, and it allowed me to explore towns and landscapes in Catalonia that I never would have discovered on my own...The most memorable part of this vacation was the little discoveries along the trail - secluded beaches, apple and olive orchards, vineyards, and old ruins. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Aug 2013 by jamie sharkeyThe scenery, it was spectacular, beautiful trails, not many tourists, unspoilt. Food and wine superb. People at guest accomodation were very friendly and helpful and Steve the operator was excellent. His organisation for the trip was perfect, everything went to plan, he was a good communicator and dealt with any problems we had. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 May 2013 by Anh DoGreat way to connect with nature, travel light and eat very well at night. Steve and Maria are very friendly and explain everything properly to give us a good start. It's hard to get lost with their instruction. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 May 2013 by Judy CorbettWonderful - well organised, lovely accommodation, plenty of variety. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Jul 2013 by Lily HsuIt was a very nice trip for our family. It is away from all the other tourist traps. We get to see something very few people have the opportunity to see. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Jul 2013 by Alasdair KenwrightThe most memorable part was the walk from Cadaques to Selva. Lovely walking, great views. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Apr 2012 by Dyana VukovichEvery single hike on this excursion was fabulous, but my personal favourite was the hike from Platja Canyelles to Cadaques - just the two of us for miles and miles, going from one gorgeous Mediterranean beach to the next, up and down the coastal cliffs...Superb - it absolutely exceeded my expectations on every level. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 May 2012 by Cristina CampbellWe love walking vacations, and this one exceeded any expectations...We loved the landscape, the wild native plants, the blue blue Mediterranean, the charming villages we stayed in or near...It was extra extra special and totally memorable. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 May 2012 by Mark RyanA great way to experience in some detail the varied scenery and villages of the area. We particularly enjoyed the challenge of getting up to the heights of the wonderful Monastery of St Pere and the ruined castle we appreciated the fact that Steve and Maria were always nearby to deal with any issues...Terrific! Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Apr 2012 by Alison SpiceArriving in an interesting new place at the end of a lovely walk each day. The anticipation of arriving somewhere on foot and the excitement of exploring somewhere new. The birds (especially the flamingoes) on the wetlands and the flowers on the hillsides were memorable too. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Mar 2012 by Rona SmithThe most memorable part was the sense of being an explorer especially when coming upon the spectacular (and unexpected) bird refuge!...The vacation was great for clearing the mind and refreshing the spirit while enhancing the ability to focus. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Mar 2012 by Anna FoxThe most memorable part of the vacation was dragging my puffing, panting, sweating, body up that mountain, sure in the belief I couldn't do it. Unsurpassable views from the top of the world, and a real sense of achievement...One of the best vacations I've ever had. I felt truly refreshed and relaxed by the end. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Mar 2012 by Wendy BrodribbThanks for a wonderful walk. The combination of ancient roman ruins, spectacular coastal scenery with a backdrop of snow capped mountains, important medieval monasteries, working farming and fishing villages and an important ornithological site made this a unique walk for us. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Oct 2011 by Kathy McLeodExcellent. Steve and Maria were personable and professional in every way. They were very understanding of limitations of our group, and willing to adjust accordingly. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Sep 2011 by Robin DrotleffEverything about the 5 day hiking tour went well beyond anything I could possibly have imagined. The hikes themselves were stunningly beautiful, lots of variation in scenery and elevation. The hotels were wonderfully charming and run by the most lovely people, the food was excellent. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Nov 2011 by Janet GallowayWalking in quiet and scenic countryside, great views. Temperatures in the low 20s were just right for walking. Everything was well organised - and as we did the 7 night easy walk, the day off in Cadaques was just right. The food at all the places we stayed was excellent. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Nov 2011 by Nicky ColemanQuality and location of accommodation after following well-prepared instructional maps with photos (which enabled us to see much appreciated local fauna and flora en-route) plus enjoying local hospitality. Tomato on toast!! Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Oct 2011 by Ann MacKinnonThe whole vacation was excellent. The variation in the walks and the diversity of the accommodation and food made it very different to other vacations we have been on. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Oct 2011 by Alison NobleWell thought out, flexible programme, comfortable accommodation, reliable luggage transport arrangements all contributed to a wonderful vacation. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Sep 2011 by Fiona SmithThe great views from the walks were most memorable. Excellent. Read full review
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
Planet and peopleOur self guided walking vacations in Catalonia and tourism in general has benefited the local community here immensely, without tourism many of the local restaurants, hotels, guest houses and craft shops would not exist, all of which employ local staff. Many of the younger generation have also stayed due to the employment tourism brings to the community.
All of our accommodation apart from the last night in Girona is family owned and staffed by locals with their food being sourced locally. As our vacations run out of season they are particularly grateful of our custom.
We also believe our guests give a positive impact on the community. We encourage all our guests to interact with the local community, this gives both the guests and locals the change to interact and embrace each other’s cultural differences. In order to limit the social impact of tourism all are guests are sent information packs about the local customs, religion, politics and history. We encourage our guests to visit local craft shops and to buy any provisions locally.
With regards to the environmental impact, all our guests are encourage to respect the local flora, fauna and wildlife and to act responsibly. They walk on designated paths and make sure no litter is left behind. All of our business waste is recycled where possible through a local community initiative. All communication via fax is done electronically where possible, saving on paper. On arrival our guests are given information on recycling in this part of Spain. They are also given information in the form of a leaflet on how to minimize waste.
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