The coast, villages and countryside of the Eastern Algarve and then explore the treasures of this most westerly corner of Europe.
Explore truly wild countryside with beautiful natural scenery in the Garrotxa Natural Park.
Culture & Natural History
What does this mean?
Tour codes: 12400
Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain.
Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing as well.
Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m.
This is a surprising and extremely beautiful mountainous area of Catalonia and still relatively unexplored by tourists. The Collescabra is a high plateau rising sharply from the valley of the Sau, with cliffs 200 metres high extending for 40 km. It’s a paradise for walkers because of its many paths, caves, gorges, waterfalls and superb viewpoints.
The Garrotxa Natural Park is formed by around 40 “Strombolian” volcanic cones, some explosion craters and around 20 basaltic lava flows. The eruptions of these volcanos were staggered from around 350,000 years ago until 11,500 years ago when the volcanic activity ended. As a result of this activity there are around 40 cones in quite good state of preservation ranging from about 160m to 300m high.
The village of Rupit where we will stay during our trip is a remote village nestled in the heart of the Collescabra it has narrow stone and cobbled streets and houses which have been preserved since the 16th century and once you are in our hotel in the heart of the village its like stepping back in time.
The diverse, ever-changing landscape, quiet wilderness and coupled with glimpses of the “real Spain” offers a wonderful week’s walking. We can also sample some traditional food and wines during our stay. The holiday has been described by one of our experienced leaders as being "without doubt the best grade 4 trip in Spain or the Islands"
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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen
Itinerary & Travel
Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, 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.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
Arriving into Barcelona, we transfer by private coach to the Hostal Estrella in Rupit. Depending on arrival time, there may be the opportunity to stretch our legs and explore the town before dinner.
The medieval village of Rupit sits in the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees, on the banks of the river Rupit, surrounded by superb, wild scenery. The region is rich in history and has limestone escarpments and quite breath-taking views of the Collsacabra mountains, reaching up to 1300m. It’s an ideal centre for exploring truly wild countryside with beautiful natural scenery, woodland meadows, valleys, waterfalls and even extinct volcanoes, which can be found in the Garrotxa Natural Park. The diverse, ever changing landscape, quiet wilderness and coupled with glimpses of the “real Spain” offers a wonderful week walking. We can also sample some traditional food and wines during our stay.
Below you will find an example of the walking programme we plan to offer:
Salt de Sallent: A gradual climb out of Rupit takes us to a viewpoint over the village before we traverse down to the Mirador de Basses and tombs of Basses. The beauty of the walk is the Salt de Sallent waterfall, which plunges 100ft down the limestone escarpment. We return to the village via a lovely shaded riverside path. 7.5kms/4.5m; A/D 420m; 4.5 hours
La Salut: A relatively easy walk through lovely beech and oak woods arriving at the Sanctuary La Salut, where you are rewarded with an amazing view over the Garrotxa Volcanic area and the Pyrennes beyond. 12.5kms/8m; A/D 380m; 5 hours
Tavertet: This is a beautiful walk with a gradual ascent up through the forest., eventually coming out onto the Cingles de Tavertet (sheer limestone escarpment) with far reaching views down the Sau Valley and beyond. Walk along the top of the escarpment and into Tavertet, which some houses dating back to 12th century and breathtaking views over the valley and the reservoir of the Sau. We then return to Rupit along the escarpment of Cingles de L’Avenc A beautiful walk all the way back to Rupit. 15kms/9 miles; A450m/D100m; 5 hours
Garrotxa Natural Park: A totally different walk from the previous walks, we are now in the volcanic region of Catalonia. A walk down into the crater of Santa Margarida takes us to the Romanasque church of Santa Margarida,. from where we continue walking into the Medieval village of Santa Pau. 7.50kms/4.5m; A248m/D293m; 2 hours
Falgars: A real gem of a walk to the highest mountain in the Collescabra region the Cabrera at a height of 1307m. The path begins at Falgars where there are outstanding views in all directions across the valley to the Pyrennes in the North and to the south views down to Montseny and Pedraforca. The final ascent take us to the Mare de Deu Sanctuary situated on a rocky spur which appears inaccessible - but we get there! 12kms/8m; A429m/D460m; 5.5 hours
There will be a free day during the week where you may want to visit the local towns of Olot or Vic.
We leave Rupit after breakfast and transfer by coach to Barcelona airport for our flight back to the UK.
Departure dates for your selected tour
13th May 2021 - 20th May 2021 (7 Nights)
17th Jun 2021 - 24th Jun 2021 (7 Nights)
16th Sep 2021 - 23rd Sep 2021 (7 Nights)
14th Oct 2021 - 21st Oct 2021 (7 Nights)
Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.
Hostal in Spain means guesthouse. The Hostal Estrella in Rupit is a characterful stone building in the centre of the village, set in the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees. Dating from the 18th century the hostal has been owned by the same family for generations. You will find a restaurant & bar on site, a library and a small store that sells produce that is used in the restaurant. In the village itself you will find bakeries, bars/cafes, gift shops as well as a public swimming pool for a cost of eur5pp (it is unheated and outdoor)
Rooms are all ensuite with a shower and you will find air conditioning/heating, a hairdryer in the room, safe deposit box, mini-fridge, TV, and toiletries.
Please note that the hostal is located on a small pedestrian square, which the coach cannnot get into, so you will have to take your luggage from the carpark to the accommodation on arrival and departure. The walk is approximately 400 meters.
This Grade 4 moderate holiday includes full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain and is likely to include an element of sightseeing as well. Half day walking will probably include about 3 hours of walking, with full days having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to about 600m. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
You will find a bank in the Village of Rupit. You may want to take a small supply of euro in cash with you to see you through the first few days of the holiday. Our accommodation accepts credit cards.
Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?
We fly from London Heathrow to Barcelona with British Airways. Regional flights from Manchester may also be available, please contact us for details.
The transfer time from Barcelona airport to our accommodation in Rupit takes approximately 1.5 hours.
Regional Flights (R2). We offer regional flight options on this holiday but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer vehicle between the airport and hotel. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions.
Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents
For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.
Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.
Brexit Passport Advice
You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.
If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.
You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.
Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance.
UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.
The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.
In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit
Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.
Breakfasts and dinners are included in the holiday cost and both will be taken at the hotel. The restaurant is committed to promoting Catalan cuisine and heritage in its menu. Dinners in Spain, especially away from the more touristy areas, is generally served from 20:00 onwards. Rupit has three bakeries, with the main one selling coffee, alcohol and can make sandwiches for picnic lunches.
Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.
General Kit List
Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.
If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:
This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
Electricity in Spain
Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Maps, Guidebooks & More
You may find the following books useful in planning your holiday:
Eyewitness Travel: Barcelonia & Catalonia
Native Spain: Going Native in Catalonia
Lonely Planet: Catalunya & the Costa Brava
For some background reading on this area of Spain: The Struggle for Catalonia: Rebel Politics in Spain
Helpful websites include www.catalonia.ca and www.spain.info
The Map Shop
Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk
Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.
Health Advice for Spain
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Spain. You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.
Further Travel Advice
For further advice please visit:
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.
Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.
Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.
For more information please visit ehic.org.uk.
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.
Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.
We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.
Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements.
Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.
As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.
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