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4 nights, 3 days walking
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Itinerary : Hotel to Hotel
Holiday code : FP2PUQO
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Quintessential Collioure To Cadaques

This short break packs in the best of the wonderful walk along the Mediterrannean coast from Collioure in France to Cadaqués in Spain. It is comfortable walking, and you stay in exceptional 3 and 4 star hotels with excellent regional cuisine, so we are sure you will return home refreshed - and keen to explore more of the varied landscapes of the Pyrenees.

A summary of your journey

You begin in the artists' village of Collioure (inspiration for many famous artists (including Matisse and Picasso), and discover the vineyards of Banyuls, the Côte Vermeille (the "red coast"), the fragrant "maquis" and little white villages of the Costa Brava, and the Cap de Creus ("Cape of the Cross") with its creeks filled with crystal-clear waters. A most appealing journey where the Pyrenees meets the Mediterranean, and where the blues of the sea and sky seem to blend harmoniously.

The Plus Points

  • One of our all-time classics...
  • A choice of routes everyday: along the coast or through the foothills
  • Authentic high-quality hotels with 2 gourmet dinners included
  • Private transfers from and back to Perpiganan airport or station

Day 1

For a supplement, we can meet you at the train station or airport in Perpignan (or at the airports of Montpellier, Carcassonne, Toulouse, Girona or Barcelona). Alternatively, you drive yourself to Collioure, an old fishing port with a remarkable heritage including an ancient royal castle with walls lapped by the Mediterranean, and renowned for being much visited by Braque, Matisse, Picasso and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Depending on your arrival time, you have a choice of walks: one stays close to the coast, while the other climbs up through vineyards to the Tour de Madeloc with its panoramic coastal views.
You stay at the welcoming three star Hôtel Les Princes de Catalogne well-situated in the very heart of Collioure, just metres from the port and the sea. Dinner will be in our nearby favourite restaurant, which offers a selection of local specialities.
For a supplement you can stay in the exceptionally stylish four star Relais des Trois Mas, right beside the sea facing the port with its own beach, and a gourmet restaurant that has justly earned one Michelin star. Let us know if you would prefer this luxurious option.
Transfer: 40 mins.

Day 2

Collioure - Banyuls
After walking past the Château Royal, along the sea-front and the village beach, you climb up among dry-stone walls and cork trees to the an old mill, and then on to St Elme's Fort, which gives you an exceptional view of Collioure and the coast beyond. From here, you have 2 options.
Coastal Walk: you walk down into the busy and colourful harbour of Port Vendres, then follow the coast to Cap Béar passing a multitude of sublime creeks with crystal clear waters and sandy beaches, often with few or no people on them. L'anse des Paulilles, for example, gives you a fantastic pretext for a dip in the sea before continuing on to Cap d'Ullastret and finally Banyuls-sur-Mer.
Inland Option: you continue climbing up to the majestic Tour Madeloc through alternating Mediterranean "maquis" and vines, and when you see the breath-taking 360° view running from the Spanish border to the plains of Roussillon you understand why they built this watch tower here. From here, you gently descend towards the sea through vineyards and chestnut orchards until you reach Banyuls. A very satisfying walk.
You stay at the impressively contemporary three star Hôtel Les Elmes located right next to the beach in Banyuls, which features a thoroughly enjoyable gourmet restaurant. Most rooms face the sea.
Walking time: 4h15 or 5h. Distance: 13km or 15,5km. Ascent/descent: + 500m or + 700m / - 500m or - 700m.

Day 3

Banyuls - Llança - Port de la Selva
After a relaxed breakfast overlooking the Med, we transfer you to Llança just over the border in Spain, and from there you can choose from :
Coastal Walk: the coastal path continues past impressive modern villas, passes Sarnella lighthouse, and soon arrives at Port de la Selva. Its pretty little harbour featuring white houses is somehow both lively and sleepy, and best appreciated over a portside drink. You then pass tiny bays such as the intimate Cala Fornells en route to the wilder, rockier Cap de Creus ("Cape of the Cross"), and finally the fascinating little village of Selva de Mar, just a stone's throw away from the sea, but protected from it by nestling its narrow valley location.
Inland Option: this fantastic route heads across "maquis" and climbs through valleys untouched by tourism following ancient pilgrim paths to the small chapel of Santa Helena beside the imposing Monastery of San Père de Rodes. You can visit the monastery, and take in its striking views of the coastline dotted with whitewashed villages and, particularly, the wild Cap de Creus. With a little extra effort you can reach the remains of San Salvador castle, perched on a 700m-high hilltop, to enjoy the stunning panorama of the whole coastline including Cap de Creus, the plains of Empordà, the immense and perfectly-rounded bay of Rosas, and behind you the Pyrenees dominated by Mount Canigou, but with the Albères massif in the foreground. You pass interesting dolmens on your gentle descent to Port de la Selva.
You stay at the remarkable four star Hôtel Porto Cristo located just a few metres from the sea. It has been built around an old and very atmospheric wine-cellar, still with huge wine casks in place. The rooms are spacious, and the service is excellent. Dinner is in a restaurant very near to the hotel that offers simple but tasty cuisine featuring locally caught fish. Another memorable place to have stayed.
Walking time: 4h or 5h. Distance: 12 or 15.5km. Ascent/descent: + 250m or + 500 to 700m / - 250m or - 500 to 700m. Transfer time: 1 hour.

Day 4

Port de la Selva - Cadaques
On this last walking day, you can again choose between coastal and inland routes.
Inland Option: after warming up those legs walking up and out of Port de la Selva, you'll find it worth the short detour to visit the beautiful hidden creek of Cala Taballera. Certainly not to be missed! You then walk across the rough and wild reaches of the upper Cap de Creus, where you will see many dry-stone shelters made for religious purposes. No wonder they call this the Costa Brava - the wild coast! You will eventually follow the path dropping steeply towards Cadaques beside low stone walls and olive orchards, but we would recommend that you extend your walk by making the round trip to the creek and lighthouse at Cala Nans, not least for its magnificent from-the-sea view of Cadaqués.
Coastal Walk: today, the coastal walk is actually somewhat more challenging than the inland option. Like the coastal option, you cross the wild cap de Creus, but this route leads to the extremity of the cape, and its lighthouse - the most easterly point on the whole Iberian Peninsula. You then head back to Cadaqués on paths passing by many beautiful creeks, such as Cala Culip, Cala Jugadora and Cala Bona. You also pass through Port-Lligat where Salvador Dali lived for many years. His quirky house is now a museum (pre-booking essential. See below), and at the entrance to the bay is the Island of Port Lligat which featured in several of his most famous paintings. You can also add a short circular walk on S'Oliguera, another cape almost cut off from the mainland by the sea.
The magnificently refined four star Hôtel Playa Sol is located right next to the seafront with the port of Cadaqués on one side, and a delightful garden and swimming pool on the other. Dinner is in a good restaurant just a few minutes from the hotel.
Walking time: 4h15 or 6h30. Distance: 13km or 23.5km. Ascent/descent: + 450m or + 600m / - 450m or - 600m.

Day 5

Your holiday ends after breakfast, but for a supplement we can pick you up at roughly 9am (after breakfast) and take you to Figueras, where you can visit the Dalí Museum for an hour and a half (subject to opening hours) - well worth a visit even if you are not a Salvador Dali fan - before continuing on to Perpignan. If this does not suit your flight times, then please tell us well before the holiday begins.
Journey time: 2 hours (plus museum visit)

Visits : we recommend you check the opening days and times for the museums before you leave.
If you leave with us at 9am from Cadaqués, no booking is necessary for the above museum.
For Casa Dali (Port Lligat), booking is essential (00349 72 251 015).
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PROGRAM OF DEPARTURES

1 March to 15 November.

MEETING POINT

We meet you at Collioure. For a supplement, we can meet you at Perpignan airport or train station (or the airports of Montpellier, Carcassonne, Toulouse, Girona or Barcelona).

END OF STAY

For a supplement, we can take you back to Perpignan (or Collioure if this is where you have left your car) at around 1pm (or at a different time if requested at the time of booking). It is also possible to take you to Montpellier, Carcassonne, Toulouse, Girona or Barcelona airports.

LEVEL

The walking is generally comfortable rather than challenging, but there are 2 itineraries to choose from each day: 3-4 hour walks with height gains between 300 to 500m, or 5-6 hour walks with height gains between 400 and 700m.

GUARANTEED DEPARTURE FROM (PERS)

2

LUGGAGE TRANSPORTATION

Your luggage will be taken on to the following night's hotel, so you will only carry a daysack while on your walk.

SUPERVISION

This is an independent, self-guided holiday.

ACCOMMODATION

In double rooms (singles available for a supplement). 2 nights in 4-star hotels and 2 nights in 3-star hotels.
On the first night, you can substitute the 3-star hotel for a 4-star hotel with a Michelin star restaurant at a supplement.

MEALS

4 dinners are included in the holiday price.

TRANSFERS

Usually transfers are in people carriers, mini-buses, cars or taxis. Often they will be exclusively for you.

CONTENTS OF YOUR TRAVEL FOLDER

In the month preceding your holiday (and after the totality of your trip has been paid for), you will be sent a travel folder containing all the necessary documents for the completion of your holiday: a practical information sheet (giving you your meeting times, transfers, accommodation contact numbers and addresses etc), detailed route descriptions and itinerary, maps (sometimes integrated into the route descriptions), necessary documents (your invoice, hotel vouchers if required etc), and luggage tags

To make the right choice

Have a look at our detailed explanations on the types of hiking, the standards of accommodation, and understand baggage transport ... How to choose your trip ?

LUGGAGE 

  • A soft travel bag, avoid suitcases, which are more cumbersome and limit the weight of your belongings to 10 kg if possible.
  • A small backpack of 30 litres minimum for your daytime requirements.

    CLOTHES 

    • Waterproof and breathable anorak (Gore-Tex type)
    • Fleece or a sweater (depending on the location and season)
    • Waterproof over-trousers
    • Pair of gloves (depending on the location and season)
    • Sun hat (with all round brim)
    • Shorts
    • Swimming costume + packaway towel
    • Several pairs of proper walking socks
    • Underwear
    • Pair of trainers or light evening shoes
    • Comfortable clothing for the evening

      EQUIPMENT TO BRING 

      • Walking boots (with ankle protection)
      • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip protection
      • Water bottle or backpack container (allow 2 litres per person per day)
      • Tupperware type container for the picnic + cutlery
      • Compass
      • Waterproof cover for walking instructions and map
      • Head torch
      • Survival blanket
      • Mobile phone (signal strength is often surprisingly good, but cannot be relied on)
      • Your identity documents (including driving licence - you never know when...)

        FORMALITIES

        You are advised to carry your passport with you at all times.
        If you drive your car in Spain, be aware that you can be fined for not carrying a high-visibility jacket and 2 emergency triangles.
        Click on the price that corresponds to your choice.
        FromToFrom / to holiday startFrom / to arrival airport
        Thu 01/03/2018Sun 30/06/2018620 €  (₤ 551) 830 €  (₤ 738)
        Sun 01/07/2018Fri  31/08/2018795 €  (₤ 707) 1 005 €  (₤ 893)
        Sun 01/09/2018Thu 15/11/2018620 €  (₤ 551) 830 €  (₤ 738)
         
        List of additional options (to select later)
        TitleTime periodPrice
        Single room sup. / pers. subject to availabilityfrom 01/03/2018 to 30/06/2018295 € (₤ 262)
        Single room sup. / pers. subject to availabilityfrom 01/07/2018 to 31/08/2018450 € (₤ 400)
        Single room sup. / pers. subject to availabilityfrom 01/09/2018 to 15/11/2018295 € (₤ 262)
        Sup. return taxi to Collioure from 01/01/2017 to 31/12/2017120 € (₤ 107)
        Sup. return taxi to Collioure from 01/01/2018 to 31/12/2018120 € (₤ 107)
        Supp. for 4 star Collioure hotel half-board sharing roomfrom 01/03/2018 to 30/06/2018165 € (₤ 147)
        Supp. for 4 star Collioure hotel half-board single roomfrom 01/03/2018 to 30/06/2018270 € (₤ 240)
        Supp. for 4 star Collioure hotel half-board sharing roomfrom 01/07/2018 to 31/08/2018200 € (₤ 178)
        Supp. for 4 star Collioure hotel half-board single roomfrom 01/07/2018 to 31/08/2018320 € (₤ 285)
        Supp. for 4 star Collioure hotel half-board sharing roomfrom 01/09/2018 to 15/11/2018165 € (₤ 147)
        Supp. for 4 star Collioure hotel half-board single roomfrom 01/09/2018 to 15/11/2018270 € (₤ 240)

        THE PRICE INCLUDES

        4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast; daily luggage transfers so you only carry a day sack; comprehensive route descriptions with maps; 24/7 English speaking customer service.

        THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

        Lunches or picnics (there are numerous places to shop or eat, but hotels will provide picnics if ordered the night before (pay locally); drinks with dinners; entry tickets and other optional places of interest; personal insurance.
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