Self-Guided Hiking Tours

Spanish Mediterranean | Costa Brava

Nine days of inn-to-inn hiking on Spain's "Wild Coast."

Trip Highlights:

  • Explore a highly varied landscape with rugged cliffs, half-moon bays, beautiful beaches and bucolic farmland.
  • Relax post-hike in charming Spanish hotels.
  • Enjoy sweeping views of the Mediterreanean Sea and take in views of the Pyrenees on a clear day.
  • Savor the seaside lunches in sleepy fishing villages and coastal towns.

Rugged cliffs, crystalline bays, and tranquil coves with tucked-away fishing villages and beautiful beaches are just a few of the highlights of this nine-day inn-to-inn hiking tour along Spain’s Costa Brava on the Mediterranean Sea.

Costa Brava literally means rugged, or ‘wild’, coast, but don’t let the name or the abrupt cliffs and cactus-lined trails frighten you. With medieval castles, seaside restaurants, hillside vineyards and well-appointed hotels, hiking along Spain’s Costa Brava is a very sweet life indeed.

This village-to-village walking tour begins in the lively port city of Palamos in the province of Girona, Catalonia—just an hour and-a-half north by car from Barcelona. From Palamos, you’ll hike past ancient ruins and colorful fishing villages, replete with traditional Mediterranean architecture, as you alternate between beautiful sand beaches, quiet pine forests and red stone cliffs. Visit the Far de San Sebastia, a historic lighthouse perched on a cape and surrounded by dramatic cliffs. Bed down in an upscale hotel in Aiguablava, a scenic bay with one of the most beautiful, and prestigious, beaches in Spain.

Sip a glass of wine at your seaside lunch stop in the tiny village of Sa Tuna, and take in the views of the Pyrenean Mountains from the hilltop at Quermany Gros on clear day. Explore the ruins of a medieval castle at Begur and wander the medieval walled city ofPals with its Romanesque watchtowers, cobblestone alleys and stone archways.

A real highlight of this tour is an exploration of the region surrounding the Parc Natural de Cap de Creus, the area that inspired famous artists like Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and many others. You’ll stay in the town of Roses, first settled by the Greeks during the Fifth Century B.C, and you’ll ditch your luggage for one night in Cala Jóncols, a hidden cove with a half-moon shaped beach and sailboats bobbing in the breeze. You’ll wrap up your hiking tour in the fishing village of Cadaqués, once the summer residence of Salvador Dali and now host to walkers and hikers celebrating their memorable hike in Spain.

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Trip Rating

EFFORT

COMFORT

TERRAIN

Trip Profile

Duration

8 nights/9 days
Hiking Up to 12 miles
Ascents up to 3000 ft.

Availability

May-Mid July & Mid Aug.-Oct.

Tour Costs

$2,545 per person double
Single (+$670)

Tour Package Includes

Custom route descriptions
Four-color topo maps
Travel instructions
Luggage transfer (two pieces max per person)
Cultural information and more

Accommodations

7 nights charming hotels
1 night beach house

Breakfast + Dinner

Breakfast daily
Dinner daily except nights 2 and 8

Transportation

Transportation is not included. We’ll provide custom itineraries for local transport.

Gateways

Girona, Spain
Barcelona, Spain

Costa Brava | Spanish Mediterranean

Trip Itinerary

Arrive in Palamos, a lively port town in the province of Girona, just north of Barcelona. Settle into your hotel and relax. We recommend an afternoon stroll through the old harbour. Palamos has multiple beaches, a lively downtown and the Museu de la Pesca, a highly rated museum devoted to the local fishing industry.

Hike from Palamos to Calella de Parafrugell. Climb through a pine forest to Cap Gros, then along a series of sandy beaches, wild dunes, and small fishermen’s villages with traditional Mediterranean architecture. Visit ruins of the ancient Iberian settlement of Castel de la Fosca, inhabited from the 6th century BC to the 1st century AD. The journey continues through a number of hidden coves and remote, stunning beaches (Cala Canyers, Cala del Corbs, Cala Estreta, Cap de Planes). Finally, climb up to Cap Roig (named for its red stone cliffs) then down to the dramatic secluded beauty of Platja del Golfet, before meandering along a coastal walkway to Calella.

Hike from Calella de Parafrugell to Fornells. A highly varied walk with sections along coastal paths, village promenades, and forested mountainous trails. Visit the Far de Sant Sebastia, the most important historic (and most powerful) lighthouse in the region, situated on a tiny cape surrounded by wild cliffs. Arrive at your upscale hotel in the picturesque Aiguablava bay in the early afternoon, with time to visit one of the most beautiful beaches in Spain, known for its crystalline waters.

Hike through pine and cactus-filled forests, over two small peaks and traverse above dramatic coastal scenery. Drop down to the idyllic town of Sa Tuna for lunch, and continue to your unique hotel in the municipality of Begur, a town formed by eight bays each with its own character and crystal-clear water. After settling into your hotel, put your legs up and enjoy a glass of local wine before dinner.

Walk through the historic village of Begur, situated under a medieval castle. Take time there to look around. Hike inland through forested trails then up to the high viewpoint of Quermany Gros, where on a clear day one can see to the Pyrenees. Continue through ancient farmland to the walled medieval village of Pals. Pals has a historic center with cobblestone alleyways, Romanesque archways and medieval towers. Snap some photos, kick off your hiking books, and settle into your hotel for the night.

From Pals, the journey takes us through marshland and rice fields dating to the 15th century, along a beautiful river and bucolic fields. Hike up to the majestic and impressive Montgri Castle, built around 1300 AD in the style of a Middle Eastern fortress, which towers over the region. Taxi transfer from the castle to the important fishing port of Roses, first inhabited in the 5th century BC by Greek colonists from Rhodes. The most important and well-preserved Greek and Roman ruins of Catalonia are in this area.

Today’s hike is an extraordinary journey with many contrasts. Leaving the port-town of Roses and the white-sand beaches in its outskirts, we hike above coastal cliffs, through ethereal pine-woods, and into secluded coves which feel hidden from the world. Pass by El Bulli, the most famous restaurant in the world for decades and now a culinary foundation – located on the idyllic Cala Montjoi. When you come upon another hidden paradisiacal cove, Cala Jóncols, you arrive to your quaint hotel for the night. Please be aware that you won’t have your luggage tonight!

The last hike begins out the door of Cala Jóncols, into the vast and wild Cap de Creus Natural Park, finally descending into the magical fishing village of Cadaqués. Upon first glance, one can easily understand Cadaqués’s importance in art history – and indeed this sleepy town was home to Salvador Dali’s summer residence and has been a favorite destination of Picasso, Miro, and countless others. We continue on to the Cap de Creus lighthouse to finish the hike there, transferring by taxi to Cadaqués.

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