Catalonia is steeped in culture with its traditions and festivals dating back over thousands of years. Rich in medieval villages, highlights of this region include prosperous Peratallada, peach coloured Pals and fashionable Begur. The rocky coastline is dotted with pretty fishing villages, crystal clear waters and beautiful beaches which are all perfect to explore.
Stunningly rugged turquoise coast, past secluded coves, hidden bays and outstanding views
Excellent for bird spotting
Swimming opportunities every day
A fabulous mix of hotels including 2 nights in a 4-star castle
Arrive In Calella De Palafrugell
Calella de Palafrugell
Arrive at your hotel where all guests are accommodated in rooms with private
balcony and sea view. It's just a 5 minute walk to the centre of town where
you have so many restaurants to choose from that we've left evening meals
here up to you.
Calella De Palafrugell To La Bisbal
Calella de Palafrugell, La Bisbal d'Empordà
You start with a 20 minute ride to Mont-Ras from where you have a choice of
routes. Both routes take you into the Gavarres hills to visit three dolmens
with fantastic views as far as Begur and the Illes Medes, before descending
to the peaceful medieval villages of Fonteta and Vulpellac. Then it's on to
the Hotel Castell d'Emporda which has expansive views across the plain from
the terrace by the pool.
2 options: Walking time 5hrs, distance 17km/11mi or walking time 6hrs,
La Bisbal d'Empordà
Laze by the pool or follow our suggested circular walk linking the pretty
mediaeval villages of Corca, Monells with a pretty square and lovely choices
for lunch, and La Bisbal, a lively market town famous for antiques and
pottery. Take time to explore the old quarter including the Carrer de Call,
formerly a Jewish ghetto; its intricate arches are still intact today.
Alternatively, the local bus goes to Girona and Figueres if you fancy a
longer day out.
La Bisbal To Begur
La Bisbal d'Empordà, Begur
Gentle walking across the Emporda plain, stopping first at Peratallada,
possibly the best preserved mediaeval village in Spain with its beautifully
restored arches, arcaded passageways and lovely shaded squares. Continue
through fields bright with sunflowers until you reach peach-coloured Pals, a
lovely old village with Romanesque church affording stunning views. The final
stretch takes you through pine forest to our family-run hotel in the old town
of Begur. The food here is fantastic!
2 options: Walking time 5hrs, distance 16km/10mi or walking time 5.5hrs,
Begur is a fashionable hilltop town with 11th century castle, impressive
villas and pretty, narrow streets made for exploring! It's just 10 minutes by
local bus (mid Jun to mid Sep only) or taxi to the coast, where four
beautiful sandy coves await: Sa Riera, Aiguafreda, Sa Tuna and, just over the
hill, Aiguablava. For people looking for something a touch more challenging,
we provide details of a circular coastal walk which takes in all our
Begur To Calella De Palafrugell
Begur, Calella de Palafrugell
Shaded forest paths take you to the lively seaside town of Tamariu, with a
fantastic beach, where you pick up the pretty coastal path, passing rocky
headlands and chic Spanish resorts en route to Llafranc, with spectacular
views from the San Sebastian lighthouse. Enjoy lunch in one of the beachfront
bars here, where you can almost dip your toes in the water as you eat! Then
it's back to Calella, perhaps continuing along the coastal path as far as the
botanical gardens at Cap Roig, in time for a swim in the pool or a couple of
hours on the beach before dinner.
2 options: Walking time 4hrs, distance 14km/9mi or walking time 5hrs,
Leave Calella De Palafrugell
Calella de Palafrugell
Leave Calella de Palafrugell
All breakfasts and 2 dinners are included.
Traditional Spanish food such as paella, chorizo and albondigas (meatballs)
can be found on just about every menu in Catalunya, but there are plenty of
tasty local specialities too. Local cuisine features plenty of fish,
including world renowned anchovies from L'Escala, and botifarras (black
pudding) from the mountains. A delicious starter is Pan Catalan, which is
lightly toasted bread, drizzled with olive oil and topped with tomatoes and
garlic. The geography of the area has developed regional cuisine mixing 'surf
and turf'; combinations such as chicken and lobster, or rabbit with prawns.
Fruits also feature strongly with dishes combining chicken with figs, or
pheasant and grapes. Dishes tend to be rich and hearty but there are also
plenty of vegetable options for vegetarians. Catalan foods also feature
sauces in many dishes, which are usually rich in flavour.
The region is also renowned for the production of Cava, around the town of
San Sadurni de Noya. There is a herby, smoky, grassy flavour to some of these
as a result of the grape varieties and climate. The region also produces some
of Spain's best wines. Though we do not cycle through San Sadurni de Noya,
try the wine from this region if you spot it on a menu.
Our hand-picked hotels include the lovely, family run Hotel Garbi in the traditional fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell which is set on the hillside overlooking the sea. The magnificently restored 14th Century castle, Castell d'Emporda is perched on a rocky outcrop which affords breathtaking views from its terrace and the Hotel Rosa in Begur is renowned for its food and is only 3km from the sea. All prices are based on 2 people sharing, so if there is an odd number of people travelling in your party or you are travelling alone, there will be a compulsory supplement for a single room for the tour duration. For a solo traveller there is an additional charge to cover transfer costs.