On the rugged coastline Dalí called home, Catalonia fires the imagination—and the appetite.
Bougainvillea petals litter the cobblestones, and the sun casts warm shadows on Cadaqués’s whitewashed houses. With light this gorgeous, no wonder Picasso and Dalí settled here! Touring Dalí’s former home this afternoon, with its giant eggs and eccentric taxidermy, has enhanced your appreciation of the artist’s genius. At the same time, as you stroll through landscapes of unspeakable beauty on this walking tour in Spain, it’s easy to feel like anyone could have the eye of an artist here: from the fanciful rocks of Cap de Creus to Santa Margarida’s Romanesque chapel, nestled in a lush volcanic crater. A pleasant buzz fills the streets as tapas bars open their sidewalk tables. After exploring the Costa Brava’s rugged coves and sapphire waters, you’re ready. Let the evening ritual begin: a glass of Empordà, a plate of paella, and sunset over the Mediterranean.
- Stay in the seaside village of Cadaqués, enjoying the same serene views of the Costa Brava that inspired artists like Salvador Dalí and Picasso.
- Explore the dormant volcanoes of the Garrotxa region, a secluded stretch of woodland in the foothills of the Pyrenees.
- Wander a hidden gem of a hotel – transformed from a historic farmhouse – with its charming, vintage décor including terracotta floors, hand-restored furnishings, and Moroccan antiques.
- Take in commanding views of the country and sea from the Benedictine Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes, built on the crest of a mountain.
A recently renovated traditional farmhouse on a mountaintop with panoramic views which, on a clear day, extend all the way to the sea, El Ventós is a rambling country home. Spacious, air conditioned 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 other terraces, hammocks, a “cyber corner,” a reading room, and an outdoor swimming pool set in extensive grounds with gardens and trails. On almost 1,000 acres, the hotel raises its own cattle on surrounding pasture. The excellent on-site restaurant features the property’s own or very local products—such as an appetizer of figs, duck ham, and goat cheese, followed by a main course of local slow-cooked lamb, finished with a fig crumble topped with homemade ice cream. Please note that this family-owned hotel has a friendly dog and cats on the property.
Mas Can Batlle
Family-owned and operated, the Mas Can Batlle is a restored farmhouse compound on a site continuously occupied for almost a thousand years. Intimate and welcoming with just five individually decorated, un-air conditioned suites, the eclectic guesthouse incorporates hand-restored antiques and furnishings, Moroccan arts and crafts, as well as rustic and modern touches. Terracotta floors, arched doorways, high ceilings, large windows, and a very small chapel with original frescoes add to the unique character of the place. Guests may relax on one of the terraces or by the outdoor swimming pool. The main floor is composed of a small library, a self-serve bar, game room, and fireside dining room. Please note: this accommodation is available on limited departures.
Hotel Nord 1901
Located in the historic heart of Girona, the Nord 1901 Hotel was completely renovated in 2009 to offer sophisticated flair and modern amenities while still preserving the ambiance of its Old Town setting. Intimate and family-operated, it is within walking distance of Girona’s main attractions, including the colorful houses along the River Onvar, the Plaza Independencia, the Jewish quarter, the cathedral, and a wide range of popular restaurants and cafés. Enjoy breakfast on the garden terrace and take advantage of the only garden in the city center with a swimming pool. Each luxurious room is equipped with climate control, a safe, hot-water kettle for coffee- and tea-making, flat-screen TV, free WiFi and a private bath with shower, bathrobe, slippers and hairdryer.
This intimate boutique hotel is just a two-minute walk from the sea in the small fishing village made famous by Dalí and Picasso. In contemporary coastal style, air conditioned guest rooms are light-filled and decorated in tones of white, with hardwood floors. Several public lounges and a terrace are perfect spaces for relaxation, either indoors or outdoors. With a large selection of restaurants nearby, the hotel serves only breakfast—an ample selection of homemade baked goods, fruit, and local dishes. Please note: this accommodation is available on limited departures.
|10 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners|
|Detailed water- and tear-resistant Route Notes, maps, and use of a handheld GPS unit|
|Orientation meeting with a Country Walkers representative|
|Local representative available 24/7|
|Scheduled taxi and luggage transportation (Please note: If unable to walk, it is possible to travel with your luggage from one accommodation to the next; there may be an additional charge.)|
|Travel assistance available 24/7 provided by Allianz Global Assistance|
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