Catalonia Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: European Centre Based
Walking Grade: 2 & 3
from £1,399pp with flights

Stride out on the 'wild coast' and enjoy walks on the dramatic Cap de Creus coastline. Uncover its pretty whitewashed villages including El Port de la Selva and Dali's haven of Cadaques. Walk in the stunning La Garrotxa region with over 40 extinct volcanoes, the lava flows of which have sculpted the rolling countryside. 

Holiday Highlights

  • Fantastic coastal walking along the famous Sentier du Littoral
  • Enjoy great Catalan cuisine with views out across the Bay of Roses at the contemporary Hotel Terraza.
  • This unspoilt stretch of the Costa Brava offers pretty green coastline dotted with magical whitewashed villages
  • Soak up Dali’s legacy in the artist hideaway village of Cadaques
  • Stride out inland and enjoy a complete contrast – green volcanoes and medieval stone towns

What’s included

  • A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day
  • All transport to and from walks
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays leaders
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • 7 night's accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half Board –buffet breakfast and 3-course evening meal

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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Welcome to Hotel Terraza. Unpack and settle in.


The Cami de Ronda is the name given to the coastal path in the area. Its name means ‘patrol walk’ and it is made up of old coastguards’ fishermens’ and farmers’ trails. It is gradually being restored by the Catalan Government with the aim of completing a route from the French border to the Costa Brava resort of Blanes.

Option 1 - Cala Rostella to Roses

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In summary: We start our walk above the sheltered cove of Cala Rostella. The walk then heads back to Roses along the GR92 long distance trail. This takes us past secluded coves, around craggy headlands and old military installations with spectacular views out to sea and ahead to Roses. We walk past two of Roses best beaches, past the lighthouse, castle and port to return to our hotel along the promenade.

Highlight: Beautiful coastal views on the Cami de Ronda.

Option 2 - l'Almadrava to Roses

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)

In summary: This option travels to l’Almadrava – one of the most popular beaches of Roses. We head out along the GR92 Cami de Ronda, walking this stretch in the opposite direction to the other option but with the same spectacular views until we reach the delightful cove of Platja de Montjoi. Here we turn inland and head up and over the Coll d’en Fragam descending with beautiful views ahead to Roses past a number of megalithic dolmen and menhirs.

Highlight: Walk past beautiful coves and megalithic structures.


Both walks include a substantial stretch of the dramatic coastal path and explore Port Lligat, for many years the home of the Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali, finishing in Cadaques with its characterful blue and white buildings cascading down the cliffs to the sea.

Option 1 - Along the coast to Cadaques

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m) 

In summary: The easier walkers have time to explore the Visitor Centre at Cap de Creus before following the coastal path south with dramatic views all the way. We reach Port Lligat then head over the headland to Cadaques where there will be time to explore and take refreshments before our journey back to Roses.

Highlight: Dali's haven of Cadaques.

Option 2 - In the footsteps of Salvador Dali

Distance: 8½ miles (14km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

In summary: This walk starts by heading west towards La Tudela, an area with dramatic rock formations which provided the inspiration for some of Salvador Dali’s surrealist landscapes. We then walk a short stretch of the GR11 long distance trail to join the route of option 1 which we follow to Cadaques.

Highlight: Cadaques, the most easterly town on mainland Spain.


Our walks today focus on the dramatically situated monastery of San Pere de Rodes which sits at a height of 500m above sea level with stunning views down over the North Coast. In the 10th century the monastery was massively wealthy owning lands for many miles away from Barcelona to the French border.

Option 1 - Sant Pere de Rodes to Pau

Distance: 5½ miles (9km) 

Total ascent: 500 feet (150m)

In summary: The easier walk starts from close to Sant Pere de Rodes and heads up to the monastery and round the hill for excellent views. After time to look around the monastery the walk continues via the church of Santa Helena and the remains of the village of Santa Creu for more spectacular views. The walk then follows one of the routes of the Camino de Santiago down to the charming village of Pau. Here there will be time to look around and have refreshments before the return to Roses.

Highlight: Sant Pere de Rodes, a monastery clinging to the hillside above the sea.

Option 2 - Over the hills to Vilajuiga

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 2,000 feet (600m)

In summary: Our walk starts from the delightful inland village of Selva de Mar. From there we ascend steeply up the Muntanya de Sant Pere to reach the car park where the other walk starts. We then follows the route of option 1 but later take a different route to descend past a number of megalithic monuments and through vineyards to the town of Vilajuiga. There will be time to look round and have refreshments before taking the return coach to Roses.

Highlight: Far reaching views throughout the day.


Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently or visit local places of interest some options are:

Figueres: The nearest large town is easily accessible by regular public buses. Figueres was the birthplace of Salvador Dali and the highlight of a trip here would be a visit to the TeatroMuseo Dali, the museum Dali personally designed to display his works after his death. It has more of his works than any other gallery in the world. Figueres is also home to the Museu de l’Emporda devoted to the history of the local region, the Museo del Joquet, a toy museum, and the Castell de Sant Ferran a huge 18th century fortress.

Cadaques: Return to Cadaques for further sightseeing and perhaps a visit to the Casa Museo Dali in Port Lligat, which we walked past on Tuesday. This is the house which Dali had constructed from old fishermen’s cottages and where he lived and worked from 1930 to 1982. Entry is in limited numbers via timed tickets and advance booking is essential.

Roses: A day could be spent relaxing in Roses taking advantage of the facilities of the hotel or undertaking further sightseeing, perhaps visiting the Ciutadella and its museum across the road behind our hotel. Other options in Roses include boat trips or excursions on the Roses Express tourist train.


Today’s walks offer something completely different. We have a coach ride west from AltEmporda to the neighbouring ‘county’ of La Garrotxa and another of Catalonia’s Natural Parks – the Garrotxa Volcanic Zone. The volcanoes last erupted about 11,000 years ago. They are now covered with vegetation and are known as ‘green volcanoes’. Both walks will explore several of these volcanoes and also walk through the distinctive beech forests of the region. On our return journey to Roses we stop and look around Besalu – a beautiful mediaeval town with cobbled streets, fantastic architecture and a superb old bridge.

Option 1 - Into the La Garrotxa natural park

Distance: 6½ miles (10km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (210m)

In summary:  Our walk starts from Can Serra and heads for the Croscat Volcano. This was the site of one of the most recent eruptions in the volcanic area – some 11,500 years ago. After a detailed exploration inside the volcano we will have lunch at Can Xei. The afternoon will be spent walking through the Fageda d’en Jorda – the famous beech forest of this area. We then head back to Can Serra for our transport back to Roses. The return journey will include a stop in Besalu.

Highlight: Explore this fascinating area of extinct volcanoes covered in forest with a local guide.

Option 2 - Olot, Besalu and La Garrotxa

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (390m)

In summary: The walk begins in the centre of Olot heading via the Cami Vell de Batet path towards the Croscat volcano as visited by the easier walk. The group will also have the opportunity to enter the volcano with the local guide, before heading on to have lunch at Can Xei. After lunch we follow a longer route through the Fageda d’en Jorda beech forest to join the option 1 group at Can Serra. The return journey to Roses will include a stop for sightseeing and refreshments in Besalu.

Highlight: Discover the historic town of Besalu.


Today’s walks explore the wild interior of the Cap de Creus Natural Park. We return to Cadaques to start the walks which both follow a substantial stretch of the GR92 long distance trail. We will walk through areas now returned to nature where we will see old dry stone wall terracing – evidence of the intensive cultivation of vines in this area brought to an end in the late 19th century with the phylloxera plague which killed vines across Europe.

Option 1 - Cadaques to Port de la Selva via the GR92

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (330m)

In summary: Our walk starts from Cadaques by quickly and easily gaining height on the GR92 long distance trail past the Puig de San Vicenc. There follows a delightful stretch of path, contouring around dry valleys, passing isolated dry stone shepherd’s huts to reach els Bufadors. We descend via a dry valley, the Costa dels Terrellons, to reach the outskirts of el Port de la Selva.

Highlight: The rugged peninsula of the Cap de Creus offers fabulous walking and views as we head coast to coast.

Option 2 - Cadaques to Port de la Selva via the GR92 and Punta de la Creu

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (330m)

In summary: The harder walk initially follows the same route as the easier walk to els Bufadors. We then follow a loop to the north. We join the GR 11 long distance trail and walk around the Punto de la Creu to reach el Port de la Selva from the north.

Highlight: Explore El Port de la Selva, a beautiful coastal village.


We hope to see you again soon.


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Terraza Hotel & Spa - Catalonia

The 4-star Hotel Terraza has held an enviable position on the Roses seafront since 1935, sandwiched between the Mediterranean and Roses’ large medieval citadel complex.  The hotel has a private area on the beach for their guests.  On the roof you will find the wellness centre with a heated pool, jacuzzi, sauna, hammam and thermal showers.  The restaurant produces meals of an exceptional standard and highly rated by our guests.  

Rooms

The hotel consists of 88 spacious, en-suite bedrooms which offer:

  • air conditioning
  • heating
  • room safe
  • FREE Wi-Fi
  • complimentary toiletries
  • mini-bar fridge

Facilities

As a guest, you can enjoy the use of:

  • wi-fi throughout the hotel
  • garden sunloungers
  • pool towels
  • gym
  • bike rental
  • tennis courts
  • Wellness & Spa - HF Holidays guests FREE 1x1.5 hour visit and then further visits at a supplement of €15 per person per day. 
    Treatments extra. Take advantage of a 15% discount for HF Holiday guests for treatments and spa products on weekdays.

Food & Drink

Our holidays at Roses are Half Board with continental breakfast and 3-course served evening meal featuring locally sourced dishes and Catalan fare.

Enjoy a glass of wine with your evening meal which is included in your holiday.

Your Evenings

The friendly atmosphere of our Guided Walking holidays continues into the evening.

Enjoy a glass of wine or beer whilst listening to your leaders outlining the next day's walks. Or just relax in the hotel bar or on the terrace outside chatting with your fellow guests.

The hotel organises occasional musical events and yoga/stretching classes which you are welcome to attend.

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. 
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Camera.
  • Gaiters.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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2020
19 Apr - 26 Apr
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Important Information

  • Premium room: price on request
  • Double room for sole occupancy: £23 per night
  • With flights holidays include flights from Heathrow. Flight supplement from Manchester: £80
  • Independent travellers can join our transfer from Barcelona Airport: £28.50 single
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
European Centre Based
Walking Grade:
2

7 nights from £1,399pp with flights

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