Walking in the Paths of Druids, Corsairs and Mercenaries. Discover this mystical landscape, worked and shaped by man over the centuries. An intricate exploration of Spain's most easterly mediterranean Cape and the charming city of Girona.
The Cap de Creus is about 2 hours north of Barcelona. On our walking route here you'll be travelling from inn to inn, with your bags taken on daily by taxi. The holiday is based around 5 days of walking on Spain's most easterly land point, where the Pyrenees mountains meet the Mediterranean close to the border with France.
We try to give you a real flavour of this rugged landscape, with visits to local vineyards and olive oil producer during your walks. You also have the option of adding a couple of very special kitchen experiences. The walks are on well graded paths, which zig zag along the coastal slopes of the Cape, affording wonderful mountain and mediterranean views. The path also drops to secluded beaches and coves.
The lodgings have been personally selected, for their friendly welcome, comfortable rooms and wonderful dining. We have lined up two kitchen experiences. Firstly, a traditional take on Catalan cuisine, with home cooking using locally sourced fresh ingredients. Secondly, a contemporary state of the art kitchen that is Paco Perez's 2* Michelin restaurant where you will enjoy a special tasting menu. Both these culinary experiences are very different and special in their own way.
We also draw your attention to picturesque Cadaques. This is a delightfully unspoilt little seaside village which was once the base of Salvador Dali. His house is now a museum and well worth a visit.
Finally, on to the ancient Catalan city of Girona with its medieval warren of winding streets. Perched on a hillside it has been described as Barcelona in miniature. During the spring festival of Temps de Flors, in early May, when the centre is decked in glorious floral patterns and you can enjoy gastronomic and cultural events aplenty.
Transfer from Airport and Arrive in Llança
Day 2 Walk from Llança to Port de la Selva
2 .2 hours - 7 kms - Flat - Easy
The port of Llança with its superb road and rail links is a natural choice to start and finish the tour of Cap de Creus. A short walk along the coast to Port de la Selva gives you a good choice of small beaches in which to dip your feet. The fish market is well worth a visit before choosing one of the many eateries and sampling some of the local fare.
Day 3 Walk from Port de la Selva to Cadaques
3 .5 hrs - 11 kms - 320m combined climb - Easy - Moderate
Your route cuts across land to the Cape's easternmost village of Cadaques passing abandoned vine terraces built up from the local slate. Discover the renaissance of wine producing in this area, and visit a bodega for wine tasting en route. Descend gently to the sea and revel in the picturesque narrow streets of Cadaques with their fishbone cobbles.
Day 4 Walk from Cadaques to Port de la Selva*
6 .5 hrs - 19 kms - 200m combined climb - Moderate. (*can be shortened with a drop off)
This path passes some wonderfully secluded and unspoilt stretches of the coast up to the Cap de Creus lighthouse, the easternmost point of the Iberian Peninsula. The way cuts back west through some winding shallow valleys containing unexpected streams and lush woodland to Port de la Selva.
Optional extra is to begin your walk in the company of a local guide. You'll enjoy a 2 hour exploration of the landscape, geology and flora which is inspired Dali and is unique to this area. Some of these formations feature in Salvador's art .
Day 5 Walk from Port Selva to Palau Saverdera*
4.75 hrs - 12 kms - 680m combined climb. Moderate. (*can be shortened with a drop off to begin at Monastery)
The path starts its gradual climb to the highest point of the cape on a well defined path to the monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes. From here you continue up to the castle of San Salvador de Verdera where a mercenary garrison, paid for by the monastery was housed. The soldiers kept an eagle eye out for marauding pirates from this privileged viewpoints. The all round views are simply stunning.
It is comforting to know that the remainder of the day is all downhill past several dolmens through patches of cork oak woodland. The village of Palau-saverdera nestles into the hillside looking south over the Emporda and the Aiguamolls wetlands.
Day 6 Walk from Palau to Llanca
4 hrs - 11 kms - 450m combined climb - Moderate
Descend to the flood plains of the Aiguesmolles, and visit a bodega for wine tasting and olive oil press to taste the best of both worlds. The path to Llanca climbs through attractive scrub land, surrounded by worked and abandoned olive groves and vineyards. Soon the White Cross comes into view and provides superb views south over the Bay of Roses. After visiting several dolmens, the path crests the central ridge of the Cap de Creus for the last time. The descent into Llanca again passes dolmens and vestiges of former cultivated land. The views open to the north along the tortured coastline into France as well as east over the previous day's terrain.
Day 7 Transfer to overnight in Girona City
Niu de Sol - from her Catalan kitchen, Merce will share her traditional family recipes using only the freshest locally sourced seasonal produce. Then sit down and savour the flavours of her wonderful dishes.
Miramar - we have a unique arrangement whereby you can gain access to Paco Perez's 2* Michelin kitchen to see at first hand how a busy contemporary kitchen is run.
A mix of small friendly 1-3* hotels with some outstanding cuisine.
Kitchen experiences are provided in house and consist of a mix of traditional and contemporary cuisine.
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