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.