Walking French & Spanish Catalonia

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Trip code: 
TDZ
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–15

Enjoy Catalan culture, scenery and cuisine on coastal walks in France and Spain.

Discover the picturesque French and Spanish Catalonian coast on a week's walking trip commencing in the traditional Spanish Catalonian fishing village of Port de la Selva. From here we trek amongst the natural beauty of the Cap de Creus and enjoy an iconic walk to Cadaques, considered one of the most beautiful and unspoilt villages on the Mediterranean. We then move across the border to the charming French town of Collioure; where in recent years there has been a resurgence of locals reconnecting with their Catalan roots. From here we meander along beautiful coastal paths and discover pristine beaches, visit the mediaeval coastal town of Argeles sur Mer and have the chance to soak up Calatan culture from the lesser known French side of the border.

Highlights

  • Scenic coastal walking
  • Catalonian culture
  • Charming Collioure
  • Beautiful beaches

 

Key information

  • 7 night's in two 3-star hotels, all rooms en suite
  • 5 days walking; 1 free day
  • Group normally 4-15, plus leader. Min age. 16 yrs
  • Low altitude throughout
  • Travel by private minibus and train

What's included

  • All breakfasts included
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer for group flights

 

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas & Vaccinations
  • Single supplement
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

5

Terrain:

Low altitude throughout; good coastal paths and gravel tracks; occasionally rocky

Day by day breakdown
Day 212.0km/7.0miles
Day 313.0km/8.0miles
Day 46.0km/4.0miles
Day 612.0km/7.0miles
Day 713.0km/8.0miles

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Toulouse; transfer to Port de la Selva

    After arriving in Toulouse, we will be transferred to Port de la Selva (approximately 3 hours drive).

    Port de la Selva is a traditional fishing village and seaside resort located in the natural maritime park Cap de Creus on the Costa Brava. The town is located in a bay which forms a natural harbour sheltered by the surrounding mountains.

    Dating back to the 17th Century, the centre of the town has remained untouched with cobbled streets and tiny white houses; a good network of shops, bars and restaurants are all within walking distance from the hotel.

    In the evening the leader will deliver a main briefing about the trip and what to expect throughout the week.

    Hotel Cap de Creus

  • Day 2

    A picturesque circular walk around Port de la Selva

    The first walk of the week will start straight from the doorstep of our hotel where we will go for a lovely coastal walk around Els Llaures peninsula. We will first walk inland on a gentle uphill path that will lead us to beautiful views of the Pyrenees and the Lleo Gulf. From there our walk leads us along the coastal path all the way back to Port de la Selva, where there will be the opportunity to go for a swim (weather dependent). This a perfect first day's walk to introduce us to the geography of the area.

    Hotel Cap de Creus

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    After a short transfer; hike through the Cap de Creus to Pla de Tudela, a place of unique geological interest; continue along the coast to Cadaqués.

    After a short transfer to the end of the Cap de Creus peninsula, our trek starts by walking and exploring the Cap de Creus to Pla de Tudela; a place of unique geological interest (due to how the climate has uniquely shaped the landscape) over time that inspired Dali. We continue along a coastal path all the way to Cadaques, where our walk ends. Cadaques is considered to be one of the most beautiful and unspoiled villages on the Mediterranean. We then transfer back to our hotel in Port de la Selva.

    Hotel Cap de Creus

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Transfer to the French Catalan region and begin today's walk inland from the Col of Mollo (221m) to the coastal town of Collioure.

    This morning after breakfast we bid farewell to Port de Selva and transfer (approximately 1 hour) to the French Catalan region. As we pass over to the French side of the coast we will discover a totally different, greener landscape filled with vineyards and more dramatic coastlines.

    Whilst our luggage will be transferred on to our next hotel in Collioure, we will begin to trek from the Col of Mollo (221m) where stunning views of the Mediterranean await us. Our walk initially follows an easy path to the Coll d'en Raixat and the military fort of Dugommier, that was established in 1840 and is now enlisted as a historical monument. The walk continues further and into Collioure, offering spectacular views of the bay and coast as we approach.

    Lovely Collioure is blessed with a privileged climate and a romantic setting. Located just 15 miles from the Spanish border, Collioure shares a common history, culture and independent attitude with Barcelona and its other Catalan cousins on the other side of the border. Sixty years ago, most of the villagers spoke Catalan, and today the language is enjoying a resurgence as Collioure rediscovers it roots.

    Our hotel in Collioure in located 6 minutes from the centre of town and is close to shops, bars, restaurants and all other necessary amenities.

    Hotel Madeloc

     

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Free day

    There are many possible options for your free day today in Collioure. Visit the Renaissance period museum of Fort Saint Elme, the royal Château dating from 13th-17th Century or the modern art museum. There is also the possibility to enjoy water sports like canyoning, sea kayaking, snorkelling or sailing.

    Your leader will be able to advise you further of all the details and possibilities.

    Hotel Madeloc

     
    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Take the train to Port Vendres and walk to Cap Bear, a lovely coastal path; onto Valenti beach and then return to Port Vendres by col Perdiguer.

    We take a short transfer by train this morning to Port Vendres, a charming port on the Catalan coast. Starting from the train station, we will walk along a beautiful coastal path with some short climbs and descents to Cap Bear, south of Port Vendres. The walk will take lead us on to Valenti Beach, a perfect place for a break before looping back to Port Vendres by the col Perdiguer (130m). Upon arrival into Port Vendres, we take the train back to Collioure.

    Hotel Madeloc

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Walk from Argeles sur Mer to Collioure

    Today we catch another train to the coastal town of Argeles sur Mer, which is home to the longest beach in the region. There will be time to walk around this small mediaeval town with its narrow streets and also visit the local market. We then walk to Argeles beach and port and begin a nice coastal walk back to Collioure.

    Hotel Madeloc

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Transfer to Toulouse; fly to London

    This morning we bid farewell to Collioure and the French Catalan coast and take an early transfer back to Toulouse in time to take the group flight back to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

France

No visa required for British passport holders.

Spain

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

France

There are no specific health risks.

Spain

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts are included.

Both hotels serve a continental breakfast buffet consisting of breads, fruit, pastries, cheeses, cold cuts, juice, tea and coffee.

Lunches can be purchased from local bakeries, shops and mini-markets which will offer you the opportunity to try lots of local produce and delicacies.

Catalan cuisine is Mediterranean in nature, and the French & Spanish Catalan kitchens share many similarities. Popular ingredients consist of fresh vegetables (tomato, garlic, aubergine, peppers & mushrooms), bread, pasta, olives and olive oil,  as well as cheese. Different variations of pork dishes, poultry, lamb and fish all feature heavily.

Catalans are famous for their sweet tooth and desserts are plentiful. Crema Catalana (yellow cream) is stuffed into pastries, flans or with fruit and should not be missed!

Catalan wines are also very popular along the coast in both the Spanish and French regions.

Weather

The spring month of April and early summer in June are a wonderful time to see wild flowers in bloom and experience pleasant daytime temperatures of around 25 degrees celcius. The beaches are fantastic at this time of year although the water is quite chilly. We schedule departures late in the season as visiting in September and October is a pleasant time to experience the French and Spanish Catalonia region.

Collioure

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate)

The terrain and type of path track will vary but most of the walking is on good quality coastal paths and gravel tracks. The walks are not technically difficult however you will need to cover distances of up to 13km so a basic level of fitness is required.

You will only need to take a daypack with you on the walks and luggage will be transferred between the two different hotels during the trip.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

During the trip we stay in two 3-star hotels that have been chosen for comfort and location. Both hotel are located within a short walking distance from the town centres.

In Port de la Selva we spend 3 nights at Hotel Cap de Creus. All rooms offer en suite facilities and free Wi-Fi. 

In Collioure we spend 4 nights at Hotel Madeloc. All rooms offer en suite facilities and free Wi-Fi. The hotel also has a swimming pool (seasonal) and a spa & wellness centre.

 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

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