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On this exceptional self-guided walk through the Pyrenees, you will begin with your head in the clouds in the Costabonne Mountains and finish with your feet in the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea.Each day you’ll embark on stunning walks through diverse landscapes of lush green valleys, wild chestnut woods and beech-groves to the hillside vineyards of the Albères foothills. You’ll hike amidst spectacular mountain vistas along rugged mountain crags and descend into ancient villages; each with their own charm, from Prats de Mollo with it’s dominating hilltop fort, the cherry town of Ceret, once a magnet for artists like Picasso, Chagall and Matisse, to the old Roman spa town of Amelie les Bain and finally the seaside town of Banyuls sur Mer on the Cote Vermeille.
This walk through the French and Spanish Pyrenees will truly exhilarate you
Day 1 : Arrival at the village of Setcases in Spain / Catalonia.
Setcases can be reached by a combination of public transport and taxi from Barcelona. Regular trains depart from Barcelona to Ripoll and from Ripoll a bus service operates to Camprodon. A short taxi transfer from Camprodon will take you to Setcases. Alternatively, a private transfer can be booked from either Barcelona Girona airport (GRO), Figueras train station or Perpignan (France) to get you to Setcases.
Tonight is spent in a traditional family run hotel ** where customers will receive a warm and friendly welcome from the family. Dinner is served in the hotel’s restaurant, which serves traditional local Catalan fare in a relaxed and homey atmosphere (HB).
Day 2 : Walk from Setcases to Mollo on the GR11.
Walking time: 4-5 hours / 13 km- 8miles/ Level +:550m, Level – :650m
This first day’s walk in the Pyrenees takes the walker from Setcases to Mollo, following the GR11, a path that crosses the entire Pyrenees on the Spanish side. In Mollo, the customer will enjoy a well deserved dinner in the hotel restaurant **** (HB).
Day 3 : Walk from Mollo to Prats de Mollo, crossing the border
Walking time: 5-6 hours / 14 km- 9miles / Level +:440m, Level -:885m
Today the walker will walk from Spain into France. The day’s walk will provide him with sweeping views over the Vallespir valley. Arrival in the medieval city of Prats de Mollo, this evening is spent in a basic hotel ** in the town centre (HB).
Day 4 : Walk from Prats de Mollo to Amélie les Bains, a roman spa town
Walking time: 5 -6 hours / 12 km-7.5miles / level + : 362m, level – : 1018 m.
Morning transfert from the hotel to the starting point of the walk (35mn journey). A quick climb will take the walker to 1280m high, and experience spectacular 360 º views over the Costa Brava, the Canigou mountain and to the Côte Vermeille. Arrival at the spa town of Amélie les Bains and overnight in a warm family hotel ** (HB).
Day 5 : Walk from Amélie les Bains to Céret, the cherry town
Walking time: 4.5-5 hours / 10 km- 6.5miles / level + : 380m, level – : 320m
Today the customer can enjoy a more leisurely pace with an easy walk from Amélie les Bains to the lovely town of Céret. An artist’s town, the most well known cubism painters where inspired by this place and spent much time here. Tonight’s hotel ** was frequented by some of these famous artists who donated original works to the hotel owner who proudly exhibits them on the hotel walls. (HB)
Day 6 : Walk from Céret to Banyuls sur mer, on the Mediterranean shore
Walking time: 7.5-8 hours / 22 km-13.5 miles / level + : 642m, level – : 1589m
Morning transfer to the Pic Néoulous (45mn journey) from where the walker commence the final and longest walk, down to the charming town of Banyuls sur Mer located at the base of the Pyrenees and on the shores of the sparkling Mediterranean. Tonight is spent in Banyuls sur Mer hotel *** HB.
Please note: For those that feel like an easier walk today, there is the possibility to do a shorter walk (4.5-5 hours) which commences from Col de la Serre.
Day 7 : The trip ends this morning after breakfast in Banyuls sur Mer.
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 Banyuls.
Banyuls train station 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.
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
Contact us for the net prices
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.