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Spanish Pyrenees to Costa Brava Walking & Hiking Tour

Barcelona, Mediterranean Beaches & Catalonia's Peaks

  • Relais & Châteaux luxury each and every night
  • Walk the Costa Brava's ancient footpaths from cliffs to secluded coves
  • Sun-kissed Catalan wines and authentic Pyrenees cuisine
  • Gaze in awe at rugged peaks and shimmering lakes
  • Breathtaking limestone cliffs and verdant meadows in Cadí-Moixeró Nature Park

Put one foot in front of the other. Feel the crunch of pine needles beneath your shoes. The warm sun on your face. The perfect rhythm to a perfect day. It's simple to settle into this pace, amid heavenly Costa Brava beaches and immense Pyrenees massifs. Walking in Catalonia. One of travel's most perfect pleasures.

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 Enjoy fantastic views of the sparkling Mediterranean from a clifftop path as you hike along the impressive coastline and experience your first taste of the Costa Brava  Follow ancient footpaths from cliffs to secluded coves Half-moons of white sand and crystal-clear water cupped by forested hillsides—these beaches are simply sublime Linger over a seafood lunch in a sleepy fishing village  Explore Cap Roig Botanical Garden, where multicolored flowers bloom on terraces descending from a hilltop castle to the sea  Savor acclaimed sun-kissed Catalan wines—dry white varietals and robust reds, all nurtured by the mild Mediterranean climate.

Days 3-4 Gaze in awe at the rugged peaks and shimmering lakes of the high Pyrenees  Discover 12th-century Romanesque architecture in Ripoll, once home to Wilfred the Hairy, father of Catalonia  Visit Montgrony sanctuary, set on a dramatic cliff  Cross the border into France for a hike past quaint fishing villages.

Days 5-6 Trek through Cadí-Moixeró Nature Park along pine-clad slopes and enjoy far-reaching vistas of the Cadí Valley–get ready to embark on one of the most spectacular hikes of the trip!  Relax over a gourmet picnic in the Bastanist Valley  Afterward, the choice is yours: walk to the perched village of Estana or spend the afternoon poolside, surrounded by stunning views of the Pyrenees  Up for one last hike? Walk across the rolling terrain of the Segre River Valley to the atmospheric village of Castellciutat.

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Premiere Inns

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the Dates & Prices tab.

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Mas de Torrent Hotel & Spa

Mas de Torrent Hotel & Spa

Torrent (2 nights)

A restored 18th-century manor house with stylish rooms and historic country charm. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)

Torre del Remei

Torre del Remei

Bolvir de Cerdanya (2 nights)

Set amid acres of lush manicured gardens, this modernist château from the early 1900s was designed by a disciple of Antoni Gaudí. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool)

El Castell de Ciutat

El Castell de Ciutat

La Seu d'Urgell (1 night)

The Hideaway Report calls it an "unpretentious and hospitable inn set on a ridge in the Catalan Pyrenees overlooking the picturesque Cerdanya Valley." A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)

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I very much doubt we would ever take a group trip with anyone other than Backroads.

 
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This was our first Backroads Trip, and we loved it!!

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Very enjoyable trip! Everything was well organized, the guides were knowledgeable, patient and friendly, and the hikes were lovely.

 
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This trip takes you from the Mediterranean to the Pyrenees with the usual spectacular scenery topped off by great accommodations, food, and wine.

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Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

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Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 5 600 7 1100
2 5* 600 10 1200
3 2* 1400 5* 700 7* 2100
4 4* 700 12* 800
5 5 1300 8 2600
6 4 600
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our route ratings and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Pyrenees and Costa Brava 

We Qualify for Catalonian Citizenship

This wonderful corner of Spain is one of our home bases in Europe. Several of our leaders are from small towns in the Pyrenees, and a couple actually found us before we found them. Gloria Castañé Carrera, our Regional Support Specialist, chased down a Backroads van five years ago and has been sharing her love of all things Catalan with Backroads guests ever since. Who better to help us create this unique trip linking the foothills of Basque country to the Mediterranean coast.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Pyrenees and Costa Brava  trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the trail—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Pyrenees and Costa Brava  you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders in Pyrenees and Costa Brava  live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for one or two people (or a family of three or four), subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in Pyrenees and Costa Brava  , Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politic—and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

The Best Leaders in Pyrenees and Costa Brava 

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Pyrenees and Costa Brava  , and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Pyrenees and Costa Brava  trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Only the Best Hotels

On this Premiere Inn trip, you can count on the best lodgings Pyrenees and Costa Brava  has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

We Speak the Language

If we told you many companies' leaders can't actually speak the language where they lead trips, you'd say incroyable... ridicolo... không the tha thú. At Backroads, fluency in the local language is a given. Find out more on the best leader recruitment, training and development in the business. (And by the way, that was "unforgivable" in Vietnamese.)

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

The Right Local Pairings

Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.

Signature Backroads Picnics

Guests rave about our picnic spreads. Enjoy a welcome break in a scenic spot, or a quick refuel stop if you don't want to lose momentum. And because we have two vans, one can host lunch while the other is out providing support along the route.

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Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $4,498 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,898 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,898 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,498 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $7,298 pp dbl occ

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $4,498 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,998 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $6,298 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,798 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $7,898 pp dbl occ

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8 AVAILABLE TO BOOK FOR 8 OR MORE GUESTS 16 AVAILABLE TO BOOK FOR 16 OR MORE GUESTS RESERVED

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