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Spain Self Guided Walking / Costa Brava Spain
Tour Dates: 7 Days, Mar-June & Sept-Nov

This Self Guided Walking Tour is the perfect way to discover Catalonia’s fascinating history, culture and excellent cuisine. Visit medieval towns along the Mediterranean Sea with fantastic views of the small bays in the area.

2017 Tour Price: €1080 Euros/pp (double occupancy)

Single Supplement: €225 Euros

Option to Include 6 dinners: €150 Euros

Price Includes:
  • 6 nights accommodation in room with en suite bathroom
  • Breakfast
  • Transfer from Girona to start of the tour
  • Transfer from end of the tour to Barcelona
Price does not include:

International flights, lunches and dinners

Tour Difficulty

These tours are a fully organized vacation for the independent traveler.

  • Difficulty: Easy, travel at your own pace.

Tour Highlights

  • Breathtaking landscapes
  • Alpine and Coastal Scenery
  • Charming Country Inns

You’ll have complete support behind the scenes. Our Spain representative will meet you at the beginning of your tour for an orientation. You will receive a packet with detailed route instructions, maps, suggestions for sights to visit along the route and emergency support phone numbers. You can take a spontaneous detour and always feel secure that your hotel room will be waiting for you. You will be able to travel at your own pace without a guide or support vehicle to hurry you along or to slow you down. Your luggage will be transported each day to the next accommodation, which will be reserved and prepaid. You don’t need to worry, as emergency support is just a phone call away.

Tour Overview

This is the perfect way to discover Catalonia’s fascinating history, culture and excellent cuisine. With its gorgeous beaches, rugged coastline, charming stone villages and pine covered hills, the Costa Brava is an unforgettable walking destination. The route begins in the village of Sant Feliu de Guíxols, a lovely seaside fishing village near the beautiful beach of Sant Pol. You'll walk along the coast Northound, on the wonderful “Caminos de Ronda” along the sea. You'll visit ancient fishing villages, such as Llafranc and Calella de Palafrugell, which still preserve their local culture. You climb the Begur massif, to the village of Begur, with the magnificent panoramic view and finish in Torroella de Montgri where you'll spend 2 nights in a very special accommodation that is a refurbished mill dating back to the 15th century.

Tour Map

Day 1 - Arrival in Girona and transfer to Sant Feliu de Guíxols (Sant Pol)

You will arrive in Girona and meet our Spanish partner for a tour introduction and orientation. Then we will arrange a transfer for you to your first hotel in the nice little town of Sant Feliu de Guixols with its fishing port. Accommodation in a hotel next to the beautiful beach of Sant Pol.

Day 2 - Sant Feliu de Guíxols (Sant Pol) – Palamós (La Fosca)

Today you’ll be walking along the coastline until reaching Calella de Palafrugell. The route goes through the village of Platja d’Aro, following the sea along the Bay of Palamós, with its fishing port and its delicious dishes of fish. Hotel in La Fosca.

  • Distance: 14km

Day 3 - Palamós (La Fosca) - Calella de Palafrugell

Today's route goes through the lovely Castell cove rounding the wooded area of Cap Roig (height 130 m), from where we can get excellent panoramic views. Lodging in the old fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell, with a magnificent view over the settlement of Calella.

  • Distance: 13km

Day 4 - Calella de Palafrugell – Begur

The trail leads us to the north always following the coast and going up to the Massif of Begur (height 220 m) with its picturesque town and its medieval castle.

  • Distance: 13km

Day 5 - Begur – Torroella de Montgrí

Slope down to the gentle countryside where a large number of picturesque medieval villages are visited as Pals and Peratallada. Hotel in Torroella de Montgri for 2 nights.

  • Distance: 16km

Day 6 - Circular route Montgrí Massif

Circular route to discover some of the most wonderful parts of the Montgrí Massif. The route passes by two lovely coves, which can only be reached by foot and you will reach the highest spot with the Montgrí castle on the top (200m). From there you have an excellent view of all the Empordà area. Return to your hotel in Hotel in Torroella de Montgri.

  • Distance: 21km

Day 7

Departure

Travel Details

This trip begins in Girona. We suggest taking a train on your own from Barcelona to Girona, where you will have your welcome meeting followed by an included transfer to your first hotel. The trip ends with a transfer back to Barcelona. Barcelona is the closest airport to the beginning and end of the the trip.

Who comes on a Nichols Expeditions Hiking and Walking Tour?

Folks who enjoy our tours are a spirited mix of singles and couples of ALL ages from all corners of the US, Canada and a few international locations as well. Many have accompanied us on numerous tours in the past. Most folks seem to share the common bond of an active lifestyle, an appreciation for the outdoors and a love for fun.

Language

You do not need to be able to speak Spanish, as you will be surprised at how many folks speak English in Spain. However, a good dictionary or a translation application on your phone can be quite helpful.

Weather

July is the hottest month in Costa Brava with an average temperature of 74°F (24°C) and the coldest is January at 46°F (8°C) with the most daily sunshine hours at 12 in August. The wettest month is October with an average of 82mm of rain.

Travel Insurance

To protect yourself against life’s uncertainties, we highly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy!

Learn more about the Travel Insurance.

Camera Gear

Whether you shoot a digital or film camera, bring more media storage cards or film than you think you need! A portable hard drive may be the answer for digital storage. Other useful items are plenty of extra batteries, lens cleaner, lens tissue, lens brush, a mini tabletop tripod and a clean toothbrush to remove grit from your camera.

Money

The currency of Spain is the Euro. You will need Euros for lunches, beverages, shopping, snacks, and tips for hotel staff. We suggest starting with a minimum of €200 EUR (more if you like to shop and sample the local wine and ice cream).

Tipping

Most restaurants include a service charge, but an additional 5-10% for exceptional service is always appreciated. We suggest a small amount for baggage and taxi service.

Cash & Credit Cards

US CASH: bring only NEW bills with NO tears. You can exchange money at the airport and in major towns. CREDIT CARDS: bring 2 or more Visa or Master Cards in case you have trouble with one. There are ATMs in most of the towns on the tour. To use your Credit Card to get Euros at an ATM, each Credit Card will need a PIN#. Be sure to activate the PIN# and check that it works BEFORE you begin your travels. We also suggest contacting your credit card company prior to your trip to inform them of the countries where you will be traveling and the dates. We do not recommend bringing Travelers Checks because some places do not accept them, exchange rates vary widely and they require a bank to exchange them.

Passport

U.S. citizens must have a current Passport. Make sure your PASSPORT DOES NOT EXPIRE WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF THE COMPLETION OF YOUR TOUR. These requirements do vary from country to country, but just to be safe, we recommend going by the 6 month standard, because it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry when it comes to international travel!

Make copies of your passport! We recommend making 2 photocopies of your passport’s photo page and any other valuable documents you might carry with you on the tour. Travel with one copy stored separately from your passport. Leave the other copy at home with a relative or friend (ideally the same person you gave as your emergency contact). In the event that any of your documents are lost or stolen, this will greatly assist the process of replacement.

Additional hotel lodging

Let us know if you would like us to make additional hotel reservations for you at the start or end of the tour.

Travel Delays

Nichols Expeditions is not responsible for any costs you may incur due to travel delays or other contingencies we are unable to control. For international flights, arrive at least 2-3 hours prior to departure (check with your air carrier for their requirements) and allow ample time between connecting flights. If you miss your flight and you need a special shuttle to meet up with the group, you will be responsible for the cost.

About Costa Brava

The Costa Brava (“Wild” or “Rough Coast”) is a coastal region of northeastern Spain, consisting of Alt Empordà, Baix Empordà and Selva, in the province of Girona. The Costa Brava stretches from Blanes, 60 km (37 mi) northeast of Barcelona, to the French border. In the 1950s, the Costa Brava was identified by the Spanish government and local entrepreneurs as being suitable for substantial development as a holiday destination, mainly for package holiday tourists from Northern Europe and especially the United Kingdom and France. The combination of a very good summer climate, nature, excellent beaches and a favourable foreign exchange rate, which made Spain a relatively inexpensive tourist destination, was exploited by the construction of large numbers of hotels and apartments in such seaside resorts as Blanes, Tossa de Mar and Lloret de Mar. ~ Wikipedia

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