Walking the Northern Costa Brava

Spain
Walking
Self-Guided
Walking the Northern Costa Brava

Walking the Northern Costa Brava

Prices

From $750USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels

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Highlights

Walk the northern portion of the legendary Costa Brava

Stroll along some of the Costa Brava’s top beaches, where travellers from all over the world come to relax.

Watch the landscapes and scenery change before your eyes, from forest to mountains to lunar rocky earth.

Visit monasteries, ruins, nature reserves, and even Salvador Dali’s house.

Enjoy the charm of seaside villages and local hospitality as you unwind each evening.

The Costa Brava is one of the top destinations in Spain, where the radiant ocean meets sandy beaches and charming fishing villages welcome tourists from all over the globe. Discover the northern reaches of this idyllic stretch on the Walking the Northern Costa Brava tour!

This walking adventure begins in Llançà and covers plenty of ground to your endpoint in Sant Pere Pescador. Explore the Cap de Creus natural park, where an iconic lighthouse adorns a high cliff. Pass castles and monasteries dating back many years, meet flocks of seabirds, and roam between the Mediterranean coast and the foothills of the Pyrenees. With unique stops like Salvador Dali’s house and accommodations picked in towns that truly showcase the hospitality of the Catalan people. With a sea breeze on your face and the warm Spanish sun following you, the Walking the Northern Costa Brava tour is one you won’t want to end. And if you don’t, combine it with the Walking the Southern Costa Brava tour!

Walking the Northern Costa Brava Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome Meeting in Llançà

Get ready for the week ahead with a welcome meeting in Llançà. This is your chance to prepare, ask questions, collect your information, and go over the route with a tour representative. Depending on your arrival time, this meeting can also be run tomorrow morning.

Ready to go, you’ll spend the evening enjoying Llançà at your leisure.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Llançà
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Catalonia to Valencia

Waste no time with a spectacular itinerary today, beginning with a ride to Portbou. From here, you’ll follow the Mediterranea through Catalonia to Valencia. You’ll weave from the coastline, into the mountains, and back. Stroll through sprawling vineyards with gorgeous sea views, soaking up every second as you make your way back to Llançà.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Llançà
Distance
15km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Onwards to Port de la Selva

After breakfast, start walking towards the Sant Pere de Rodes Monastery. This monastery was built in 878, and it’s still splendid today.

Continue to the San Salvador de Verdera Castle, a jaw-dropping hilltop castle ruin, before dipping down through a natural park to your hotel.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Port de la Selva
Distance
13km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Cap de Creus Park and the Pyrenees

Begin the day with a transfer from Port de la Selva to the Cap de Creus lighthouse, one of the most iconic sights in Cap de Creus Natural Park. This is where the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean Sea meet one another, and it’s a spectacular place to be.

Continue along the park’s moonlike landscapes, surrounded by old stone walls as you go. You’ll pass Salvador Dali’s house, where you can stop in for a peek, before finishing today’s adventure in Cadaqués. You can take an optional transfer to Tudela Natural Area to extend your walk if you’d like.

Overnight Location
Guesthouse in Cadaqués
Distance
10km or 23km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 Caves, Beaches, and Roses

Today’s walk will be one of wild contrasts as you cover ground in the southern part of Cap de Creus, heading towards Cala Montjoi. This is a perfect spot to stop for lunch, enjoying some sun while you dig into paella or Spanish prawns.

Continue along beaches popular with visitors and seaside caves on the way to Roses.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Roses
Distance
20km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Trek to Sant Pere Pescador

After breakfast and your morning coffee, start towards Empuriabrava. This stretch of shoreline is one of the oldest tourist destinations along the Costa Brava, and it’s marked by a network of canals up to 30km in length.

After enjoying this spot, continue on to an ecologically diverse area with lots of migratory birds to spot. You’re nearly in Sant Pere Pescador, your destination for the night.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Sant Pere Pescador
Distance
21km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Tour Concludes

Congratulations! Your walking adventure of the northern Costa Brava is complete, and you’ll head to the airport to depart. There is a complimentary tour that takes you through the southern Costa Brava, so check that one out to continue your adventure!

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Walking the Northern Costa Brava Price and Dates

This self-guided walking tour in Spain is run as a custom tour for your group and the price depends on whether you book B&B style or half-board and what time of year you choose to travel in.

Prices below are per person.

Regular Season (March 1-May 31 and October 1-November 30):

  • Per self-guided traveller sharing a double room: $750USD
  • Per self-guided traveller staying in a single room (groups of 2+): $975USD

High Season (June and September):

  • Per self-guided traveller sharing a double room: $875USD
  • Per self-guided traveller staying in a single room (groups of 2+): $1,195USD
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Accommodation on the Walking the Northern Costa Brava Tour

This tour is based in hotels. The hotels offer daily breakfast and comfortable rooms and are 2-3-star. You can upgrade your hotels to 3-4-star for 180 EUR per person based on double occupancy.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy. If you prefer a single room where possible, you can pay a supplement of $250USD in regular season or $325USD in high season. Solo travellers will be required to pay a $125USD supplement in addition to the applicable single room supplement.

Hotel La Goleta in Llançà

The rooms here are bright, modern, and filled with natural light. With beautiful decor and a refined atmosphere, this is the perfect place to settle into the Costa Brava.

Hostal La Tina in Port de la Selva

This hotel has welcomed guests for over 40 years, and their beach access, restaurant, and fabulous location are just a few of the reasons.

Hotel Octavia in Cadaqués

The stark white of Hotel Octavia makes their ocean-blue accents pop, but the decor is no match for the splendid city view you’ll enjoy from the rooms.

Hotel Carmen in Roses

Bright rooms, some with large terraces, await at Hotel Carmen. Enjoy air conditioning, blackout curtains, and soundproof rooms here.

Hotel Mas del Joncar in Sant Pere Pescador

Located next to a natural park, river, and beach, guests will enjoy the serene setting of this family-friendly hotel. Jump into the outdoor pool surrounded by palm trees on a hot afternoon.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Walking the Northern Costa Brava Tour?

Meals

6 breakfasts are included. If you book the half-board option, 6 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 6 nights are included. Accommodations before or after the tour are not included but can be added as a supplement.

Transportation during the Tour

Transportation for your luggage is included throughout the tour. Airport transfers are not included but can be added as a supplement. Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary are included.

Also Included

  • Detailed trip notes, GPS, maps, and guidebooks
  • Luggage transfers each day
  • Welcome meeting

Not included

  • Flights
  • Guide services
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions
  • Visas if required
  • Anything not mentioned as included

Optional Extras

  • Optional activities or excursions
  • Additional nights before or after the tour
  • Single occupancy upgrades
  • Half-board upgrade: $225USD

Frequenty Asked Questions about Walking the Northern Costa Brava

How hard is the Walking the Northern Costa Brava tour?

We rate this tour as a 3/5. You’ll be walking long distances of up to 24km each day, sometimes taking on steeper routes and climbs. Fit walkers will be able to get the most out of this tour.

Do I need a visa to travel to Spain?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Walking the Northern Costa Brava tour?

6 breakfasts are included. If you book the half-board option, 6 dinners are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Llançà to start this tour?

You can fly into Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) and take the RENFE train at T2B to Estació de Sants. Then, take the train R11 to Portbou and stop at Llançà station. Alternatively, you can book a private transfer as a supplement.

Is the Walking the Northern Costa Brava tour guided?

No. You will be provided with all necessary information to complete your self-guided tour. Self-guided tours offer great flexibility in your day-to-day, but you should be comfortable with more independence than you’d have on a guided tour.

Where does the Walking the Northern Costa Brava tour end?

The tour ends in Sant Pere Pescador. You can take the bus or train back to the airport or book a private transfer as a supplement.

How can I book the southern extension to this tour?

The Walking the Northern Costa Brava Tour and the Walking the Southern Costa Brava tour are complimentary, with the southern tour picking up where the northern tour leaves off. If you’d like to book both, just let us know!

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Spain?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Spain?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Spain for this tour?

The best time to visit Spain for this tour is between May and late September when the weather tends to be warm. July and August departures are available by request only.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 3/5. You’ll be walking long distances of up to 24km each day, sometimes taking on steeper routes and climbs. Fit walkers will be able to get the most out of this tour.


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