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An exceptional walk from France into Spain, discovering the magnificent contrasting landscapes along the Catalan coast. This walk combines sea and landscape, excellent even in the mild Mediterranean winter. It takes you along the Côte Vermeille, beloved of the artists Dali and Miro. The path from Banyuls to the border with Spain follows the route taken by Walter Benjamin, the German-Jewish philosopher, on 24th September 1940, and is the route followed by many Jewish refugees during World War II.
From the coast to the mountains, from sea to crag, from sandy beach to shady Mediterranean forest …a diverse natural landscape full of contrast, history, with clear emerald waters
and charming fishing villages Stunning views, friendly people and unique culture.
Day 1 : Arrive at the typical village of Collioure in France, a beautiful place surrounded by pretty beaches, and attracted the likes of Matisse and Picasso. Collioure can be reached by public transport, regular trains depart from Barcelona. Overnight in hotel** B&B
Day 2 : Walk from Collioure to Banyuls sur mer
Walking time: 4-5 hours / 13 km- 8miles/ Level +:700m, Level – :700m
A straightforward walk with a mix of coastal paths, orange groves and rural country lanes. The walker follows a rocky promontory looking out across the clear blue sea before descending through vineyards to Banyuls. Night in hotel*** HB.
Day 3 : Walk from Banyuls to Llança, crossing the border
Walking time: 6 hours / 15 km- 9miles/ Level +:800m, Level – :800m
From the vineyards the itinerary passes through thick forest and onto a ridge for a panorama of both France and Spain. The walker follows this ridge to the border and descend back to sea level at Port Bou in Spain, before taking the short train journey to the hotel in Llança. Overnight Hotel *** HB
Day 4 : Walk from Llança to Port de la Selva, by the romanesque monastery
Walking time: 5-6 hours / 15 km- 9miles/ Level +:700m, Level – :700m
Today the itinerary climbs to the monastery Sant Père de Rodes from where there are exceptional views and where Romanesque art is distinguished by Arab and Carolingian influences. Walk down to Port de la Selva for overnight in hotel** HB .
Day 5 : Walk from Port de la Selva to Cadaques, from sea to crag
Walking time: 6 hours / 18 km- 12miles/ Level +:700m, Level – :700m
Following a deeply rural path the walker reaches Cap de Creus, a magical place where the Mediterranean sea, stirred by the ‘Tramontane’, rushes in as the “Cova de l’Infern”. Following a picturesque path with low stone walls, he reaches Port Lligat, passes close to Salvador Dali’s house and walk down to Cadaques for a two night stay in hotel*** HB .
Day 6 : Cadaques
Today we may do a circular walk using Cadaques as our base. It will take us up into the hills to Cala Nans, before redescending to the coast. Or simply relax and enjoy Cadaques. Overnight B&B Hotel ***
Day 7 : The trip ends this morning after breakfast in Cadaques.
After a week of hiking, the walker may want to reward himself with some time relaxing on the shores of the Mediterranean and soaking up the wonderful seaside atmosphere. Additional nights’ accommodation can be booked in Cadaques.
From Cadaques, taxi transfer can be organised to reach Figueras and its train station, that provides rail connections to other destinations in France and Spain including Perpignan (France) and Barcelona (Spain).
We always use comfortable locally ran accommodation, with private facilities; where the owner is on hand to welcome our costumers.
We work with different level of accommodation, ranging from 5-star hotels to comfortable family ran hostels, pleasant Parador hotels and traditional inns.
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Dinners are generally served in the hotel dining rooms, or in a restaurant near by. Hearty country cooking at its best using local produce and picnics can be arranged directly with the landlord, for the following day.
Setcases : family run hotel **, the owners go back five generations dating back to 1923, and everyone has a role from the kitchen hand, to the welcome desk
Mollo : family run hotel ****, with an impressive wood architecture
Prats de Mollo : family run hotel ** with a change of cuisine, foie gras, duck and cheese rule the menus, along with impressive wines
Amélie les Bains : family run hotel **, with a nice terrace to enjoy the diner in the center of this pretty town
Céret : family run hotel **, that was frequented by some famous artists who donated original works to the hotel owner who proudly exhibits them on the hotel walls. Diner in town
Banyuls sur Mer : family run hotel *** with spectacular views over the bay.
Booking possible any day of the week from 1rst april to 31rst October
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What’s Included : 6 nights comfortable and carefully chosen accomodations, double or single room occupancy with private facilities, 6 breakfasts, 6 dinners, luggage transfers, 2 transfers on day 4 & 6, a travel file including detailed route notes & maps 1/50 000, luggage tags, hotel list awith acces maps, hotline 7/7 from 8:00 to 20:00, all tax and service charges.
What’s not included: Entrance fees into museums, insurance, drinks, items of personal nature, arrival and departure transferts
This self guided tour can be combined with the Catalan shore walking tour from Collioure to Cadaques to make a 2 weeks holiday.
Additional nights can be booked at any day of the stage, half board or B&B basis.
If customers arrive by car, they can leave the car in a safe and free parking for the week and we propose private transfers from Banyuls sur Mer to Setcases. Ask for the prices.