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COAST, COUNTRYSIDE & CAVA!

from £999
The Costa Barcelona is so much more than just the vibrant city of Barcelona.
  • Product Code 12340
  • Holiday Type Lifestyle, Culture & Natural History
  • Grade Grade 4
  • Holiday Duration 7 Nights

A balmy day, a beautiful walk, and a glass (or two) of locally produced bubbly – sounds like bliss! Experience the Penedès, with its gentle rolling hills, is Spain’s main Cava producing region and the village of Sant Sadurni d’Anoia with Ramblers Walking Holidays. You can find over 100 wineries, large and small, dotted throughout the countryside. Trails weave their way through the verdant landscape of vineyards and bodegas offer a welcome rest stop.

Contrast this with the rugged limestone landscape of El Garraf Natural Park, home to a variety of flora and fauna and characteristic stone farmhouses which dot the horizon. Elements have eroded the hills over time to form caves, potholes, and gorges. Much of the park presents a Southern Mediterranean landscape with pine and mastic trees, the Mediterranean fan palm, low lying gorse, rosemary and thyme. On a walk with our local guide, we'll discover the different wild plants and their many uses.

From the picturesque coastal town of Sitges, which has a lovely beach, long promenade, iconic church and plenty of cafés and restaurants, we’ll explore the surrounding natural beauty of the Penedès and El Garraf and there will be time for you to visit the vibrant city of Barcelona or perhaps, historic 'Roman' Tarragona, both of which can easily be reached by train. Our October departure coincides with the Penedès Cava festival, which we will take time to enjoy.


Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy the picturesque coastal town of Sitges with its iconic church and promenade.
  • Try a delicious glass of Cava at a Penedès winery.
  • Walk in the rocky, rugged El Garraf Natural Park.
  • Easy transport options to visit Tarragona or Barcelona on the free day
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Barcelona (British Airways) or Gatwick to Barcelona (Easyjet)
      Airport transfers
      En suite accommodation
      Breakfasts taken at the hotel
      Dinners taken at local restaurants
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 4/L

  1. Day 1

    Depart the UK for Barcelona. On arrival, we travel by road to the Hotel Galeón, located in the heart of Sitges (approx. 45 minutes). Depending on our arrival time, there may be time for a short orientation walk before dinner. Sitges is a lovely sea-side town to discover. Dominated by it coastal church, long beaches, cobbled, winding streets, cafes and restaurants, there is plenty to discover.

  2. Day 2

    Coastal walk Sitges to Vilanova I La Geltru: This linear walk follows the ‘GR92' along the coast to Vilanova. It is an easy walk with only a few undulations. Starting from the promenade at Sitges, we leave the town for Vilanova, passing next to the railway line for short sections, ending at the beach and marina. Time for lunch and return by train, or the possibility of walking back by a different route which would double the distance and time. Ascent / descent: negligible; 5 miles (8km); 2 hours walking time

  3. Day 3

    Lavern-Subirats to Caves Llopart: This is a short linear walk offers superb views of Montserrat and combines a visit to Caves Llopart for a spot of cava tasting and tapas. In the spring the vineyards will be looking fresh and green and for the September tour the harvest may be in progress.  Ascent / descent: +/- 350m;  5 miles (8km); 3 hours walking time.  

     

  4. Day 4

    El Garraf Natural Park – A linear locally guided walk in el Garraf NP with an opportunity to learn about the flora & fauna plus the mysterious gorges and caves. Lunch is included today at a countryside restaurant. Depending on the weather, if it is warm, you may find this walk top of the grade, but it will be taken at a moderate pace. Ascent / descent: 400m; 9 miles (14km); 3.5 hours walking time

  5. Day 5

    Free day – Sitges is perfectly located for exploring other areas along the coast such as Barcelona or Tarragona. Train connections to both cities are frequent and inexpensive. Alternatively a day spent exploring Sitges’ museums, churches, promenade, shops and cafes is fun

  6. Day 6

    Parc d'Olerdola – Taking public transport to Canyelles, our circular walk offers great views over the Alt Penedes towards Vilafranca. We also have the opportunity to visit Castell d' Olerdola. Ascent / descent: 485m; 9 miles(14km); 4 hours walking 

  7. Day 7

    Castellet-Parc del Foix to Vilanova: This is a linear walk from the picturesque village of Castellet to the coast at Vilanova i la Geltrú. Time can be spent at Castellet enjoying the view of the reservoir and the village before having a picnic lunch. From Castellet the route ascends to Pla de la Casa Alta then drops down to the coast. Ascent +300 / descent: -400m; 9 miles (14km); 4 hours walking 

  8. Day 8

    Transfer by road to Barcelona Airport for check-in and return flight to the UK

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Barcelona (British Airways)
  • Airport transfers by road c. 40 minutes
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport

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Hotel Galeon, Sitges

The Hotel Galeón is set in the heart of Sitges, a short walk from cafes, bakeries, restaurants, and the splendid beachfront with its iconic church. The weekly market is held close to the hotel and the train station is nearby, making a day trip to Barcelona or Tarragona easy. Winding alleyways end in squares or quiet corners with lovely coffee shops offering wonderful pastries, ice creams and local delicacies and are a lovely place to while away a few hours. The hotel consists of two buildings, one behind the other, with the rooms either facing the street or over the courtyard. There is a small garden and swimming pool between the two buildings. The main building houses the reception, restaurant and bar. Both buildings have a lift. All rooms (superior, standard and balcony) are en-suite with TV, a/c, hairdryer and safe. On arrival, our coach may not be able to park directly in front of the hotel due to narrow streets, so there may be a short walk – with luggage – from the coach to hotel and vice versa. Sumptuous buffet breakfasts and all but one dinner are included in the holiday charge.


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