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ALONG THE SMUGGLER'S COAST

A continuous walk from S'Agaro to Cadaques

Walk with the sea as your constant companion as you follow the Catalan coast to many places that can only be reached on foot or by sea. Under a warm sun with the sound of gentle waves in the background you’ll walk from cala to cala, the small unspoilt coves that dot the coastline. Wind your way through pine and oak holm woods, pass lighthouses, watchtowers and the odd 10th century church and stop to take a refreshing dip at one of the many deserted coves along the route.

There will be cliffs, capes and promontories. There will be bays and beaches (often completely deserted), 16th century fishermen’s huts, archaeological sites and an unusual botanical garden. The views will be superb. One day will be totally different as we cross the perfectly flat Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls, a huge area of marshland and lagoons. Our reward is an astonishing nature reserve, the habitat of some 300 species of birds. We will cross its entire length, walking from hide to hide and observatory to observatory, one of them a platform at the top of a cleverly converted rice silo. 

We begin our journey at S’Agaró on the coast to the north of Barcelona. Originally created as a town in the 1920s by the son of a wealthy industrialist, the houses were designed in the Modernist style. Although the town has expanded since then the original houses till exist. In the 1950s and 1960s it was a hangout for Hollywood A-listers. The walk ends in Cadaqués, perhaps the most characterful and liveliest village on the Catalan coast. We will have an entire day here, which we can spend exploring a maze of narrow streets, visiting Salvador DalÍ’s wonderful summer retreat or perhaps going on a last coastal walk to nearby Cala Nans lighthouse, discovering a few more calas along the way.
 



WALKING GRADES


Full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent. The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground. Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding but equally rewarding.




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When we visit

Autumn

Length of stay

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    Along the Smugglers Coast (Grade 5)
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    06 Oct 2017
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    8
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    Along the Smugglers Coast (Grade 5)
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    13 Oct 2017
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  • Itinerary
    06 Oct 2017 - 14 Oct 2017

    Day 1 - S’Agaro
    Fly to Barcelona and transfer by road to S’Agaro, taking approximately 90 minutes. This afternoon we will have s short introductory walk along a lovely coastal path from S’Agaro to Sant Feliu de Guixols, a traditional Spanish town. 3.8km (2.36 miles) 90 minutes, 180m Ascent, 200m Descent - one way We’ll either walk back to S’Agaro or we can take a taxi.

    Day 2 - Palamos
    Today we walk from S’Agaro to the bustling fishing town of Palamos. You will see a more modern side to the area on today’s walk and the impact on the coast from human intervention. This will be a contrast to the unspoilt areas you will walk through during the rest of the week. 15km (9.3 miles) 4 ½ hours 380m Ascent, 380m Descent

    Day 3 - Llafranc
    We walk from Palamos to Llafranc. A wonderful coastal walk taking in superb views, secret coves and unspoilt beaches. Along the way we’ll also visit the Iberic archaeological site, the botanical gardens and the village of Calella de Palafrugell. 14km (8.7 miles) 4 hours 500m Ascent, 500m Descent

    Day 4 - Begur
    Llafranc to Tamariu on foot and then transfer by road from Tamariu to Begur. The half day walk today takes in Far de Sant Sebastia and Cala Pedrosa where we can stop for coffee. You will then have a free afternoon in the medieval town of Begur, a delight to explore on foot with its narrow streets, Spanish and Moorish architecture and a ruined medieval castle. 10km (6.2 miles) 3 hours 500m Ascent, 500m Descent.

    Day 5 - Cala Montgo
    We have a short transfer by road to the start of our walk at L’Estartit. Today we’ll walk through very different scenery including the completely unspoilt Parc Natural del Montgris. Our day begins with the exploration of three very secluded coves and continues on a plateau offering distant views of the Pyrenees. We finish at the impressive Bay of Montgo. Some of the terrain on this walk is fairly rough with areas of rocky, uneven terrain and some steep ascents. 13.7km (8.5 miles); 5 ½ hours; 800m Ascent/ 800m Descent

    Day 6 - Roses
    Short transfer by road to the start of our walk in L’Escala. We then walk to Cortalet taking in the archaeological site of Empuries with the Reserva Natural as a highlight of the day. On arrival in Cortalet we’ll transfer by road to Roses. 21km (13.4 miles); 5 ½ hours; negligible Ascent and Descent - flat terrain all the way

    Day 7 - Cadaques
    We walk from Roses to the picturesque coastal village of Cadaques. There will be some wonderful views on the walk today with quite varied terrain – some man made paths and also a section on a cliff path that is quite narrow at times. You will need a head for heights here. 22km (13.6 miles); 6 hours; 800m Ascent / 800m Descent

    Day 8 - Cadaques
    A sightseeing day exploring Cadaques. We can also take a short walk to Port Lligat for a visit to Dali’s house.

    Day 9 - -
    Transfer to Barcelona airport for the flight back to the UK.


  • Accommodation
    Hotel Can Miquel, Platja de Montgó

    One of the hotels we expect to stay in is the Can Miquel, a friendly family run establishment in an enviable spot, overlooking the beautiful bay and surrounding green hills that slope down to the sea. It’s very close to the beach should you wish to go for a swim, or you can use the hotels own outdoor pool. There are two tennis courts available as well.

    From the restaurant you are within touching distance of the beach and can enjoy the excellent Mediterranean cuisine that this region produces. 

    There is free Wi-Fi available.

    Clean and spacious rooms include flat screen TVs and some come with sea views.

    For a full list of expected accommodation please see the Holiday Information sheet.

     

  • What's Included
    • Return flights and airport transfers.
    • Local transport where applicable and luggage transfers between centres.
    • Half board accommodation.
    • Dinners at hotels and in local restaurants.
    Supplement for single room £200 

  • Holiday Highlights
    • Wonderful coastal walking with superb views.
    • Unspoilt beaches and secluded coves.
    • Swimming opportunities on most days.
    • Cadaqués – the liveliest village on the Catalan coast.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c90mins).
    • Flights Heathrow-Barcelona (c2hrs 15min), British Airways.
    • UK add-on flights from £95 return, British Airways.
    • Upgrades Business Class available, please ask for a competitive quote.

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When we visit

Autumn

Length of stay

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February 2017
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