Experience and Expertise
Your two bilingual guides that accompany the tour are either Spanish or live in Spain year round. This is our home and we love to share it with you!
All breakfast, lunches and dinners are included as per the itinerary, where we encourage you to try to local cuisine. Weather permitting; our gourmet picnics showcase the freshest of local flavors.
Charming restored manor homes and 3-4 star hotels that offer the best in hospitality, comfort, and location.
You choose! Walk alone with the assurance that we'll take care of you or enjoy the company of others and your knowledgeable guides.
No need to carry a heavy pack - let us do the lifting while you do the walking.
Expect to have a wonderful time!
Expect to have a wonderful time! We've designed the trip to enjoy the coastal walks, history, gastronomy and medieval towns of the great Costa Brava.
Barcelona & FigueresAccommodations: Vilamaniscle
At 2:00PM your guides will meet you in Barcelona for a private transfer to Figueres, Salvador Dalí's hometown, where we marvel at the surrealist’s Theater Museum, considered Salvador Dalí’s last great work. Conceived and designed by the artist, it offers a unique experience for visitors, who will enjoy a special journey via Dalí's works. Afterwards, we head to our hotel in the tranquil countryside and enjoy our first night's feast, a dinner based on local seasonal products. (D)
Garbet – Port de la SelvaAccommodations: Vilamaniscle / Walking: 14 km (8 miles)
After breakfast, we lace up our boots and prepare ourselves for some kilometers! The bus will take us to the popular Garbet beach to begin our coastal walk along the Camino de Ronda. Here we get our first views of the Mediterranean Sea as we work our way to Llançà and eventually, to the white-washed village of Port de La Selva, one of the important fishing ports along the Costa Brava. Afterwards, we return to our lovely accommodation in the quiet countryside. (B, L, D)
Sant Pere de Rodes Monastery & CadaquèsAccommodations: Cadaqués
This morning, a scenic drive will take us to the 9th century Romanesque Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes located on top of Verdera Mountain. A very historical site and a center of pilgrimage, as legend has it, the relics belonging to Saint Peter were hidden here in the 7th century. After learning about the history of the monastery, our driver will take us to the magnificent fishing village of Cadaqués, one of today's iconic places on the Costa Brava. In the evening, after freshening up, we go out for dinner to enjoy the local gastronomy that has made Catalunya world famous. (B, L, D)
Cadaquès – Portlligat – TudelaAccommodations: Cadaqués / Walking: 9 km (6 miles)
Today we delve into Dalí's territory. A beautiful road will take us to the lighthouse at Cap de Creus, the westernmost point on the Iberian Peninsula and the reason for the connection between Cadaqués and Finisterre. We will visit the Paratge de Tudela to admire the amazing rock formations shaped by the local wind (Tramuntana) and the Mediterranean, truly a source of inspiration for the genius Salvador Dalí. Look for the rocks depicted in Dalí's paintings! We finish with a visit to his house before we walk back to our hotel. (B, L)
Aiguamolls de l'Empordà – Sant Martí d'EmpúriesAccommodations: L'Escala / Walking: 18 km (11 miles)
This morning we enjoy a pleasant walk across the wetlands of the Aiguamolls Natural Park, home to several migrating birds and a great place for a relaxed walk and a chance to enjoy good views of the plains of the Empordà region, situated between mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. After the park visit, the trail leads us through rural country finishing by the beach in Sant Martí d'Empúries. (B, L, D)
Sant Martí d'Empúries – L'Escala / Pals – Sa TunaAccommodations: Peratallada / Walking: 6.5 km (4 miles)
Today we have a meeting with history. We go back to Sant Martí d'Empúries to visit the amazing and well-preserved Greek and Roman ruins in Empúries. The Greeks came in the 3rd century BC and settled here, and the Romans took over the site three centuries later. After the visit, we visit L'Escala, the fishing village famous for its local anchovies. They taste excellent on top of a slice of bread with tomato! After lunch, our scenic walk along the sea takes us from Pals to Sa Tuna Beach to admire one of the most beautiful stretches of the Costa Brava. (B, L, D)
Canapost – Peratallada – Palau Sator – PalsAccommodations: Peratallada / Walking: 12 km (8 miles)
Taking advantage of our hotel's location, we set off today to explore the area, and find beautiful and wonderfully preserved medieval villages. The pre-Romanesque church in Canapost, the ancient streets, gates and moats of Peratallada, the medieval tower of Palau Sator and the well-preserved village of Pal will surely amaze us along this trail which is known as the Tuscany of L'Empordà. (B, D)
Llafranc – Palamós – GironaAccommodations: Girona / Walking: 10 km (6 miles)
This morning, we drive down to Llafranc to start our hike towards La Fosca, a large beach known for the enormous rock in its center, and where we will have lunch before heading towards Girona. In the afternoon, we enjoy this lovely town and a wonderful farewell dinner. (B, L, D)
After breakfast, our local historian meets us at our hotel for a tour of medieval Girona and its Jewish Quarter of cobblestone alleyways, filled with old mansions and beautiful gardens which have been used as one of Game of Thrones settings! We will cross the famous bridges over the Onyar River, see the 14th century Gothic style St. Felix Church, the 12th century Romanesque Monastery of St. Pere de Galligants and the old city walls, among other things. After the tour, we sadly say “Adéu!” (Goodbye!). We hope you had a great time discovering this unique part of Spain. (B)
Our greatest resource! We know Spain, because it is our home. Both of your guides are experienced professionals that are either Spanish or live in Spain year round – no hired out summer help! When specified, local art historians will join us to provide further insights of the specific monument / museum that we visit.
* Groups of 3 - 6 pax are accompanied by only 1 guide.
Food speaks volumes about a culture and we love to eat! During our walk days, when possible, we prepare gourmet picnics using the freshest of local ingredients and selecting the tastiest recipes of the region. All breakfast, lunches and dinners are included as per the itinerary. We are proud to cater to vegetarians and those with food allergies – milk, egg, wheat, etc.
Fresco Tours selects a combination of 3 & 4-star hotels and restored country manors that offer the best in hospitality, comfort and location. In this area, these are known as Masias and are unique and special! All rooms have ensuite baths. Tour prices are based on double occupancy.
Limited Group Sizes
Fresco Tours are in small groups to ensure that you receive the individual attention that you deserve. We want to be able to treat each of our clients with a personal touch and we limit the groups to a maximum of 15 participants.
Your walks will be accompanied by 2 support vehicles (minimum 6 pax) that are there to provide assistance when needed. You will have access to the bus every couple of hours, so you won’t need to carry a heavy backpack. In addition, the possibility of shorter routes and pick-up options will be offered and explained daily.
All ground transportation between our meeting point in Barcelona and Girona is provided on your Fresco Tour.
Your luggage will be transported between hotels. You do the walking, we’ll do the lifting!
We will help with your travel arrangements prior to and after the tour start and finish of your Fresco Tour, including assistance with hotel reservations and train tickets.
Special Event Tickets
Wine tastings, garden tours, concerts, etc. as outlined in the itinerary.
Airfare to and from Spain, airport taxes / departure fees, visas, gratuities or tips, items of personal nature - laundry, phone, luggage surplus charges, medical expenses, bar, etc.
On the Road
What is the weather like on the Costa Brava Tour?
The weather in Costa Brava is typically Mediterranean: from mild sunny winters to hot and dry summers. In general, average temperatures are pleasant throughout the year and mostly sunny which makes it great for outdoor activities especially in spring (April to June) and fall (September to November).
For current and monthly average temperatures of Girona, please click: Girona
What is a typical day like on the Costa Brava Tour?
After breakfast, we lace up and get the blood going with a walk for a couple hours, where we will do a check point to make sure that everything is OK. You then continue along the trail for another 1-2 hours where you will come across a complete gourmet picnic prepared with the all the freshest local ingredients. On some days, we continue for 1-2 hours more after lunch to burn off dessert. Moreover, other days, there will also be some cultural visits before we hit the trail to learn about the art and history of this region.
In the afternoon, we go to our hotels, where we take a shower, siesta and just relax! We finish our day with a glass of tinto and a feast of the local gastronomy. We then retire for the night and get ready to do it again!
Does the group stop for breaks on the Costa Brava Tour?
The scenic trail along the Mediterranean Sea will offer several resting spots to admire the blue water just off the coast. There will also be checkpoints to fill up our water bottles and get some snacks to fuel us up on our way.
At some points we will also be able to have a break and enjoy a drink in cafes with our toes literally sunk into the beach sand.
What is the terrain like on Costa Brava Tour?
The trail follows the coast profile with its short climbs and descents as well as flat sections along the beaches. The terrain itself is a combination of dirt trails, a bit rocky at times, and some compact dirt footpaths.
What is the change in elevation on Costa Brava Tour?
We will be walking along the Mediterranean coast, climbing up short cliffs and down to secluded beaches. The elevation varies between sea level and a maximum of 230 meters.
How many kilometers are walked each day on Costa Brava Tour?
The amount of km's scheduled for each day varies from 7 km to 18 km. There will always be the chance to shorten the walk using our support vehicle which will be available at every checkpoint.
How can we sleep in the same hotel for 2 nights and still walk different sections of the coastal trail?
Since the distances that we walk during the day on Costa Brava Tour can be covered quickly in the van, we take advantage of this and stay in the same hotel for 2 nights on multiple occasions. We believe that the time (and energy) saved packing and unpacking everyday makes these shuttles a great convenience for everyone.
Will I have access to WiFi?
Yes, but sometimes you will be walking on low ground, at sea level, so mobile telephone service may be a bit difficult or slow in certain locations. Nonetheless, the hotels where we are staying also offer Wi-Fi as do some cafes we will find on our way, so you'll have several opportunities to be online. Finally, remember that one of the greatest joys of the Costa Brava Tour is to simply use your phone to take photos and admire the beautiful landscape around.
Getting There & Back
How do I get to the Costa Brava Tour starting point?
Barcelona is the official starting point of the Costa Brava Tour and has an international airport. If travelling from Madrid, you can always take a high-speed train (RENFE) which takes about 3 hours.
For a sample of 2019 prices and timetables, please see: Sample Train Schedule - Madrid to Barcelona
If you need assistance with these travel arrangements, we will be happy to help.
How do I get from Girona back to Barcelona, Madrid and other cities?
There are now RENFE trains that will get you from Girona to Barcelona in 45 minutes and to Madrid in less than 4 hours.
Can you help with purchasing online train tickets on the RENFE site?
The RENFE website can be a bit temperamental and is not very user friendly. However, all is not lost! We would be happy to have our local travel agent assist in making those arrangements for you. Keep in mind that train tickets cannot be purchased until 60 days prior to departure. Routes and availability are subject to vary based on maintenance needs.
How do I get from the Barcelona Airport to the City Centre?
If your flight arrives at Barcelona's Terminal 2, you have a local Rodalies train that will get you from the airport to the Barcelona Sants train station in 20 minutes. These trains depart from the T2 station more or less every 30 minutes. For more information, please see:
Commuter Train – Airport to Barcelona Sants Station
Additionally, there is an express bus that services all the terminals at the airport with Plaça d'Espanya and Plaça Catalunya: Aerobus BCN.
How do I get to and from the Airport?
The national organization of airports in Spain (AENA) has a great website that explains how to get to and from the major city for your airport of choice. It also has information regarding the routes serviced, the corresponding airlines, terminal information, and much more. You may have to re-click the "English" tab at the top once you have chosen your airport.
Before You Go / Preparing
What type of boots do I need for the Costa Brava Tour?
Footwear is a very personal question - depending on how active you are and how much support you will need. Since we will be walking on a daily basis along the Costa Brava, I believe that comfort is key - you do not want to get blisters.
The trail can easily be walked in light trail walkers or running shoes, however in some sections there are little loose stones up and downhill, so if you think you need full ankle support high boots will be helpful.
Very important: Make sure that whichever shoes you bring are well broken in!
What sort of conditioning do I need to undertake for the Costa Brava Tour?
We encourage you to walk before and be prepared for your own enjoyment. However, this is your vacation and not boot camp! During your walk, one of the two guides will be on the trail with the group to keep an eye that all is well. Also, we have planned check points along the way with our support van to make sure you have plenty of water, if you need a change of shoes, or just feel like taking a break. In most cases, you will see the van at a minimum every couple of hours.
How do I purchase travel insurance?
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Where do Fresco Tour clients come from?
We are very fortunate to have had clients join us from around the world giving us a wonderful mix of diversity. The internet allows us access to the world, and since 2006 we have had travelers from the USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Panama, Mexico, Venezuela, Peru, the United Kingdom (England & Scotland), Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, China, India, South Africa, Namibia and even Egypt! It truly is a small world after all!
When do most people walk the Costa Brava trail?
July and August are the most popular months to hike this coastal trail because tourism is at its height. Temperatures are also high this time of the year. Any time of the year is suitable for this hike as temperatures are mild all year round. We recommend the months of April, May, late September and October. These months have cooler temperatures, beaches are emptier and there are no crowds around.