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Spain: Barcelona to the Costa Brava

Easy to Moderate Terrain: 3-7 Miles Daily

From sweeping panoramas of snowcapped mountains to the hidden coves and fishing villages of its rugged coast, Catalonia offers an abundance of charming landscapes and authentic culture. In this entrancing region—often considered a nation unto itself within Spain—you’ll follow trails through the densely forested foothills of the Pyrenees, stroll cobblestone streets in medieval Girona, and explore whitewashed villages along Cap de Creus, the section of the Costa Brava where Salvador Dalí learned to paint. The ancient stone towns of Peratallada and Pals reveal quaint plazas, Romanesque churches, and stone towers dating back to the 11th century. On the slopes of Montserrat, listen to an acclaimed boys’ choir perform at an age-old monastery. Taste dock-fresh seafood in local restaurants just steps away from the waterfront in sleepy Cadaqués. Throughout your journey, share in the infectious Catalan spirit—a defiant and delightful culture eager to share its quirks with you.


Tour Highlights:
  • Atop Montserrat, view panoramas stretching from the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean, before visiting a monastery to hear its acclaimed boys’ choir.
  • Sit among the grape arbors at an award-winning winery for a private tasting of the family’s vintages.
  • In Garrotxa Natural Park, discover a unique geology unlike any in Europe as you ramble through an area where 30 dormant volcanoes shelter lush beech forest.
  • Walk in the footsteps of Salvador Dalí as you visit his Port Lligat home and studio, where he lived and worked for 40 years.
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10 days, 9 nights

FROM $5,848 USD

per person, double occupancy

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Barcelona | 2 nights $498

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7 days, 6 nights

FROM $4,748 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Arrival in Barcelona

Ride a funicular to the summit of Montserrat to stroll along its peak, with views revealing the breadth of Catalonia. Then, continue to a nearby monastery to hear its boys’ choir perform before heading inland to your home for the night, a renovated stone farmhouse on a hilltop.

Accommodation: Finca El Ventós, Sant Feliu de Pallerols

A recently renovated traditional farmhouse on a mountaintop, El Ventós enjoys panoramic views which, on a clear day, extend all the way to the sea. Spacious guest rooms blend modern and rustic, with terracotta tile floors, white walls, large windows, and antiques. In addition to the main fireside lounge—with exposed beams and cozy seating looking out onto a large terrace—there are hammocks, a “cyber corner,” a reading room, and an outdoor swimming pool set on almost 1,000 acres of grounds with gardens and trails. The excellent on-site restaurant features the property’s own or very local products.

Day 2

Garrotxa Volcanic Natural Park

Explore the unique landscape of Garrotxa Volcanic Natural Park. Ambling through forests and verdant meadows, you’ll discover the dormant cones of 30 volcanoes. Appreciate a view stretching out to Cap de Creus before enjoying dinner in the hotel’s elegant restaurant.

Accommodation: Finca El Ventós, Sant Feliu de Pallerols

A recently renovated traditional farmhouse on a mountaintop, El Ventós enjoys panoramic views which, on a clear day, extend all the way to the sea. Spacious guest rooms blend modern and rustic, with terracotta tile floors, white walls, large windows, and antiques. In addition to the main fireside lounge—with exposed beams and cozy seating looking out onto a large terrace—there are hammocks, a “cyber corner,” a reading room, and an outdoor swimming pool set on almost 1,000 acres of grounds with gardens and trails. The excellent on-site restaurant features the property’s own or very local products.

Day 3

Jordá and Santa Pau

Walk the dense woodlands of Jordá before pressing on to Santa Pau, a small medieval village with a beautiful 13th-century placa major (or “main square”). Afterwards, transfer to Girona, one of Catalonia’s major cities, and enjoy dinner at an elegant restaurant featuring modern Mediterranean-fusion cuisine.

Accommodation: Nord 1901 Hotel, Girona

A four-star boutique hotel perfectly located in Girona’s historical center provides easy walking access to all of the city’s sites—the Cathedral, the medieval city walls, and the Jewish Museum and neighborhood. Located on a quiet cobblestone street in the Old Town, this fully renovated building offers spacious and comfortable guest rooms with contemporary furnishings and neutral tones. Centered in its interior courtyard is a patio and outdoor swimming pool providing a peaceful retreat from the bustling town center. Breakfast is buffet-style, featuring a fine selection of local delicacies such as artisan cheeses and cured meats, or freshly baked breads and pastries.

Day 4

Guided walking tour of Girona

After breakfast on the terrace of your hotel, venture out onto the cobblestone streets of Girona with a local guide, viewing highlights like its Romanesque and Gothic cathedral, Jewish neighborhood, and the vibrantly painted “hanging houses” along the Onyar River.

Accommodation: Nord 1901 Hotel, Girona

A four-star boutique hotel perfectly located in Girona’s historical center provides easy walking access to all of the city’s sites—the Cathedral, the medieval city walls, and the Jewish Museum and neighborhood. Located on a quiet cobblestone street in the Old Town, this fully renovated building offers spacious and comfortable guest rooms with contemporary furnishings and neutral tones. Centered in its interior courtyard is a patio and outdoor swimming pool providing a peaceful retreat from the bustling town center. Breakfast is buffet-style, featuring a fine selection of local delicacies such as artisan cheeses and cured meats, or freshly baked breads and pastries.

Day 5

The Empordà Plains, Wine Tasting

Starting in the walled town of Peratallada, ramble past wheat elds dotted with poppies on your way to Pals, a remarkable gothic town crowned with an 11th-century bell tower. Later, visit a family run winery for a private tasting of its award-winning vintages.

Accommodation: Hotel Playa Sol, Cadaqués

With an ideal seaside location and renovated facility, the Hotel Playa Sol is a barefoot-chic escape in one of the Costa Brava’s most dreamy towns. Guests may enjoy sea-(or garden-)view rooms with contemporary furniture and balconies, relax in the outdoor pool, or wander its garden of olive trees before grabbing a drink from its terrace bar. Amenities include room service, free Wi-Fi, and available outdoor tennis courts.

Day 6

Cap de Creus to Port Lligat

In Cap de Creus, experience a beautiful walk beside the sea, passing into Port Lligat on your way to Salvador Dalí’s home museum. After a free afternoon in Cadaqués, toast your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner in an exceptional restaurant in town.

Accommodation: Hotel Playa Sol, Cadaqués

With an ideal seaside location and renovated facility, the Hotel Playa Sol is a barefoot-chic escape in one of the Costa Brava’s most dreamy towns. Guests may enjoy sea-(or garden-)view rooms with contemporary furniture and balconies, relax in the outdoor pool, or wander its garden of olive trees before grabbing a drink from its terrace bar. Amenities include room service, free Wi-Fi, and available outdoor tennis courts.

Day 7

Archaeological site of Empúries and departure from Barcelona

Explore the Greco-Roman ruins of Empúries, a seaside port and one of the most monumental feats of ancient engineering on the Iberian Peninsula. Afterward, continue to Barcelona.

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Flight

Overnight Flight from USA to Barcelona, Spain

Please refer to your air itinerary for your specific flight details.

Arrival

Arrive in Barcelona, Spain

Upon arrival at Barcelona Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign will meet you as you exit the baggage-claim area. Please note that there may be up to a 45-minute wait if there are other guests arriving within the same time frame. A complimentary small-group transfer will be provided to the Hotel Midmost, approximately 35 minutes away. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).

Accommodation: Hotel Midmost

Hotel Midmost Barcelona is a newly-renovated 4-star boutique property near the Plaza Catalunya—a privileged location within walking distance to the city’s major attractions. The hotel is part of the Majestic hotel group, whose mission is to offer personalized and dedicated service. Its 56 guest rooms and suites are luminous, modern, and feature double soundproofing as well as complimentary Wi-Fi. Additional amenities include a pool with solarium, rooftop terrace with cocktail bar, and library lounge.

Day 1

Join Your Country Walkers Spain: Barcelona to Costa Brava Tour

Breakfast is included at your hotel. Your guide(s) will meet you at 9:00 a.m. in the lobby of the Hotel Midmost. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed in hiking shoes for the first walk at Montserrat. Please refer to the Spain: Barcelona to the Costa Brava (7 days, 6 nights) itinerary for full tour details.

Ride a funicular to the summit of Montserrat to stroll along its peak, with views revealing the breadth of Catalonia. Then, continue to a nearby monastery to hear its boys’ choir perform before heading inland to your home for the night, a renovated stone farmhouse on a hilltop.

Accommodation: Finca El Ventós, Sant Feliu de Pallerols

A recently renovated traditional farmhouse on a mountaintop, El Ventós enjoys panoramic views which, on a clear day, extend all the way to the sea. Spacious guest rooms blend modern and rustic, with terracotta tile floors, white walls, large windows, and antiques. In addition to the main fireside lounge—with exposed beams and cozy seating looking out onto a large terrace—there are hammocks, a “cyber corner,” a reading room, and an outdoor swimming pool set on almost 1,000 acres of grounds with gardens and trails. The excellent on-site restaurant features the property’s own or very local products.

Day 2

Garrotxa Volcanic Natural Park

Explore the unique landscape of Garrotxa Volcanic Natural Park. Ambling through forests and verdant meadows, you’ll discover the dormant cones of 30 volcanoes. Appreciate a view stretching out to Cap de Creus before enjoying dinner in the hotel’s elegant restaurant.

Accommodation: Finca El Ventós, Sant Feliu de Pallerols

A recently renovated traditional farmhouse on a mountaintop, El Ventós enjoys panoramic views which, on a clear day, extend all the way to the sea. Spacious guest rooms blend modern and rustic, with terracotta tile floors, white walls, large windows, and antiques. In addition to the main fireside lounge—with exposed beams and cozy seating looking out onto a large terrace—there are hammocks, a “cyber corner,” a reading room, and an outdoor swimming pool set on almost 1,000 acres of grounds with gardens and trails. The excellent on-site restaurant features the property’s own or very local products.

Day 3

Jordá and Santa Pau

Walk the dense woodlands of Jordá before pressing on to Santa Pau, a small medieval village with a beautiful 13th-century placa major (or “main square”). Afterwards, transfer to Girona, one of Catalonia’s major cities, and enjoy dinner at an elegant restaurant featuring modern Mediterranean-fusion cuisine.

Accommodation: Nord 1901 Hotel, Girona

A four-star boutique hotel perfectly located in Girona’s historical center provides easy walking access to all of the city’s sites—the Cathedral, the medieval city walls, and the Jewish Museum and neighborhood. Located on a quiet cobblestone street in the Old Town, this fully renovated building offers spacious and comfortable guest rooms with contemporary furnishings and neutral tones. Centered in its interior courtyard is a patio and outdoor swimming pool providing a peaceful retreat from the bustling town center. Breakfast is buffet-style, featuring a fine selection of local delicacies such as artisan cheeses and cured meats, or freshly baked breads and pastries.

Day 4

Guided walking tour of Girona

After breakfast on the terrace of your hotel, venture out onto the cobblestone streets of Girona with a local guide, viewing highlights like its Romanesque and Gothic cathedral, Jewish neighborhood, and the vibrantly painted “hanging houses” along the Onyar River.

Accommodation: Nord 1901 Hotel, Girona

A four-star boutique hotel perfectly located in Girona’s historical center provides easy walking access to all of the city’s sites—the Cathedral, the medieval city walls, and the Jewish Museum and neighborhood. Located on a quiet cobblestone street in the Old Town, this fully renovated building offers spacious and comfortable guest rooms with contemporary furnishings and neutral tones. Centered in its interior courtyard is a patio and outdoor swimming pool providing a peaceful retreat from the bustling town center. Breakfast is buffet-style, featuring a fine selection of local delicacies such as artisan cheeses and cured meats, or freshly baked breads and pastries.

Day 5

The Empordà Plains, Wine Tasting

Starting in the walled town of Peratallada, ramble past wheat elds dotted with poppies on your way to Pals, a remarkable gothic town crowned with an 11th-century bell tower. Later, visit a family run winery for a private tasting of its award-winning vintages.

Accommodation: Hotel Playa Sol, Cadaqués

With an ideal seaside location and renovated facility, the Hotel Playa Sol is a barefoot-chic escape in one of the Costa Brava’s most dreamy towns. Guests may enjoy sea-(or garden-)view rooms with contemporary furniture and balconies, relax in the outdoor pool, or wander its garden of olive trees before grabbing a drink from its terrace bar. Amenities include room service, free Wi-Fi, and available outdoor tennis courts.

Day 6

Cap de Creus to Port Lligat

In Cap de Creus, experience a beautiful walk beside the sea, passing into Port Lligat on your way to Salvador Dalí’s home museum. After a free afternoon in Cadaqués, toast your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner in an exceptional restaurant in town.

Accommodation: Hotel Playa Sol, Cadaqués

With an ideal seaside location and renovated facility, the Hotel Playa Sol is a barefoot-chic escape in one of the Costa Brava’s most dreamy towns. Guests may enjoy sea-(or garden-)view rooms with contemporary furniture and balconies, relax in the outdoor pool, or wander its garden of olive trees before grabbing a drink from its terrace bar. Amenities include room service, free Wi-Fi, and available outdoor tennis courts.

Day 7

Archaeological site of Empúries and departure from Barcelona

Explore the Greco-Roman ruins of Empúries, a seaside port and one of the most monumental feats of ancient engineering on the Iberian Peninsula. Afterward, continue to Barcelona.

Post Night

Tour Departure from Barcelona

After a morning transfer to Barcelona, you say goodbye to your group, and enjoy an afternoon and evening on your own and an overnight at the Hotel Midmost for your post-tour night. (Lunch and dinner are on your own.)

Accommodation: Hotel Midmost

Hotel Midmost Barcelona is a newly-renovated 4-star boutique property near the Plaza Catalunya—a privileged location within walking distance to the city’s major attractions. The hotel is part of the Majestic hotel group, whose mission is to offer personalized and dedicated service. Its 56 guest rooms and suites are luminous, modern, and feature double soundproofing as well as complimentary Wi-Fi. Additional amenities include a pool with solarium, rooftop terrace with cocktail bar, and library lounge.

Departure

Adios! This morning a complimentary small-group transfer is provided to Barcelona airport based on your flight itinerary. (Departure transfer time will be communicated locally by your guides.)

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Pre-Tour Extension: Barcelona

2 nights from only $498

  • Two nights at the Hotel Midmost Barcelona*
  • Small-group hotel transfer
  • Two breakfasts

For those guests reserving our Flight + Tour Combo, you may wish to further extend your time in Spain with an additional three nights in Barcelona, Spain’s most cosmopolitan and diverse city where you’ll discover a world of effusive architecture, moody gothic buildings, and authentic Catalan culture. Staying in a luxury boutique hotel near the Plaza Catalunya—near some of Gaudí’s most flamboyant buildings—you’ll be perfectly poised to enjoy all the best of this unique city, from its world-class art museums to its festive, carnival-like boulevard, Las Ramblas. Use your time to wander the intriguingly landscaped Park Güell or browse the countless stalls of La Boqueria, one of Europe’s largest food markets.

Single Supplement: $398

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

Flight + Tour Combo Inclusions:

  • Round-trip international airfare (includes airline fuel charges and taxes)
  • Small-group airport and hotel transfers
  • Two nights at the Hotel Midmost in Barcelona*
  • Two breakfasts
  • 7-day/6-night Spain: Barcelona to the Costa Brava guided walking tour with on-trip inclusions

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

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Barcelona
2 nights from only $498

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Dates & Prices

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2017 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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Sep 2 - Sep 8 $4,748 $998
Sep 17 - Sep 23 $4,748 $998
Oct 1 - Oct 7 $4,748 $998

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Aug 31 - Sep 9 $5,848
$1,348
Sep 15 - Sep 24 $5,848 $1,348
Sep 29 - Oct 8 $5,848 $1,348

Private Adventure

Make this Tour a Private Adventure

You can transform this itinerary into an exclusive experience for you and your fellow guests. Enjoy all the same walks and inclusions as on our traditional tours, in the company of the same expert guides. Simply gather your friends, choose your preferred departure date, and we’ll take care of the rest.

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2017 Dates Number of Travelers
6 - 11 12 - 18 Single Supplement
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Guides

Guides

Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.

Costa Brava Walking Tour Guide
Xabier Etxarri

Xabier Etxarri, or Xabi as he’s known (pronounced ‘shabby’), hails from Navarra, in the Basque Country and is a true Renaissance man. Originally a science teacher and physicist with a specialization in astrophysics, he decided to leave it all behind and travel to southern Chile where he unlocked his passion for poetry, writing over 14 volumes since! He soon became a fully-licensed trekking guide with a particular interest in nature and the natural sciences. His passion for the mountains of his native Pyrenees remains undiminished and he now splits his time between Patagonia and Spain. What Xabi brings to this journey is an intimate knowledge of the Basque lands, Riojan wines, and the flora of northern Spain.

Country Walkers Walking Tour Guide Diego Martin
Diego Martin

Born and raised in Madrid, Diego Martin spends much of his year in the beautiful Picos de Europa Mountains of northern Spain, as his heart is never far from nature. Studying geography and geology at university before journeying to South America, he eventually returned to Spain in order to start a family in his beloved Picos. Working with a local organization dedicated to re-introducing the bearded vulture into the Picos, Diego has worked closely with rural communities helping them preserve their traditional lifestyles. He has also found time to set up a small organic farm—a city boy turned country! Diego’s brings his easy going charm and encyclopedic cultural knowledge to this journey across northern Spain.

Derek Zinger

Originally from the US, Derek Zinger studied in England and Denmark before settling in Spain. Fluent in both Spanish and Catalan, Derek brings a unique view of the often unknown but fascinating traditions of this northeast region of Spain in his unique position as a bridge between Anglo and Catalan culture. Derek’s varied background includes working as a graphic artist, teacher, and actor before becoming a guide. When not hiking the trails of the Costa Brava, Derek enjoys cinema, jazz music, Scandinavian architecture and design, and honing his skills as a classically trained singer.

Pol Roig Iniesta

Pol Roig Iniesta was born in Barcelona and first walked in the mountains with his father when he was just 3 years old, although it was not until 2009 when he realized his dream of being a mountain guide. He has travelled extensively in Scotland and Morocco, loves photography, mountain adventure sports like climbing, snowshoeing and canyoning, and grows his own organic food. He also enjoys cooking and has a tradition of preparing a tortilla, or Spanish omelette, whenever he returns home (in the Pyrenees) from a mountain trip!

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