Spain Hiking – Pyrenees & Costa Brava
9 days from Barcelona to Adios
From $ 4699
Duration9 days

Blue seas, blue skies, rugged mountains and medieval villages; this 9-day adventure is not to be missed. Considered one of the finest jewels of Catalonia, Spain’s Costa Brava and the nearby massifs of the mighty Pyrenees combine dramatic beauty, proud history and dynamic culture. Craggy peaks plunge down to meet the restless blue waters of the Mediterranean, and ancient footpaths connect cliffs to secluded coves. Our trip takes us to three of Catalonia’s most iconic areas: the high Pyrenees, beautiful Girona and the crystal waters of Costa Brava. We begin in Vall de Boí, the heart of the high Pyrenees, famous for its UNESCO World Heritage collection of Romanesque churches and a gateway to the granite and glacial lake-filled Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park. Explore the distinct topography of extinct volcanoes in Girona’s La Garrotxa Natural Park. Finally, we reach the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea and the wildest section of Costa Brava. Coastal trails in rocky headlands await us at Cap de Creus, where the treeless landscape stands in striking contrast to the deep blue seaside. We cap our adventure off in dynamic, thriving Barcelona, having experienced the best of Catalonia.

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  • Duration: 9 days
    Service level: Standard
  • Starts in: Barcelona
    Physical Grading: Average
  • Ends in: Adios
    Ages: 18+
Spain Hiking – Pyrenees & Costa Brava - Tour Map


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Day 1: Arrive in Barcelona and transfer to Taüll in the Pyrenees

Start place: Barcelona

Our trip begins in Barcelona, Spain with a 10am group rendezvous at the city airport. Following introductions we transfer to the picturesque stone-built village of Taüll (4,885'), set in the heart of the Vall de Boí. The narrow, steep-sided valley is the gateway to Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park, an area so remote that the Moorish Conquest of Spain did not penetrate this part of the Pyrenees. The valley boasts the densest concentration of Romanesque architecture in Europe with nine UNESCO World Heritage Romanesque churches. Vall de Boí is also home to the highest ski resort in the Pyrenees, and is famous for its medicinal waters. We enjoy a short hike this afternoon to stretch our legs and visit one of the valley's 12th century churches. Overnight in Taüll. Lunch and dinner included.
Driving: 4 hours; Hiking: 2.1 miles, 1.5 hours; elevation gain/loss: 902'.
Meals: D
Day 2: Hike in Aigüestortes and Lake Sant Maurici National Park
Our hike is in Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park, the crown jewel of Catalonia’s protected areas and one of only two national parks in the Spanish Pyrenees. The area's glacial origins are evident in the labyrinth of meandering streams and 200 plus lakes. The park's name, Aigüestortes, means "twisted waters" in the local dialect. Our trail passes through alpine meadows with winding streams and grazing cows, climbs among granite slabs and rushing waterfalls until we reach a mountain hut situated near a glacial lake. After taking time to enjoy the views we return to our hotel in Taüll. All meals included.
Driving: 40 minutes; Hiking option 1: 6.2 to 9.3 miles, 4 to 6.5 hours; elevation gain: 435'; elevation loss: 1,427'.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 3: Hike the San Nicolau Valley to a mountain lake, transfer to Santa Pau​
We return to Aiguëstortes to revel in the natural beauty of the park. Our hike takes us through the San Nicolau Valley to a mountain lake (6513'), nestled amongst black pines and the high, rocky peaks of Cap de Crabes (8891'), Pic del Portarró (8970') and Agulla del Portarró (8776'). Following a picnic lunch with spectacular views, we return to our hotel in the Vall de Boi to collect our luggage, then transfer to the walled 14th century medieval village of Santa Pau. Set in the Parque Natural de la Garrotxa, this area boasts an extraordinary topography of extinct volcanoes. All meals included.
Driving: 5 hours. Hiking: 7.5 miles, 4.5 hours; elevation gain/loss: 575'.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 4: Hike on extinct volcanoes and lava flows dotted with Romanesque churches
A local guide walks with us to explain the unusual geology and geography of the La Garrotxa region. Much-beloved by Catalan hikers, it is the best example of volcanic landscape in Spain, featuring 40 volcanic cones and more than 20 lava flows. Today's adventure offers a pleasing mix of mostly gentle trails and varied scenery. We hike in an unusual, lush beech forest that has grown on the undulating terrain of a lava flow. We also visit two of the area's most famous volcanoes: Santa Margarida with a 15th century hermitage situated in the center of its crater, and the fascinating Croscat, the youngest and highest volcano in the Iberian Peninsula. A former quarry inside the walls of the cinder cone has exposed its internal structure. Overnight in Santa Pau. Breakfast and lunch included.
Driving: 20 minutes; Hiking: 8 miles, 5.5 hours; elevation gain: 920'; elevation loss: 725'.
Meals: B, L
Day 5: Tour the Salvador Dali museum and arrive in our seaside base of Cadaqués
We transfer to Cap de Creus Natural Park on the Mediterranean Coast, the most easterly point of the Iberian Peninsula. This point is known as the Costa Brava "wild" or "rough coast", due to its rugged character. En route to the coast, we stop for a tour of the Salvador Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres. There is free time for lunch on your own, and to take a stroll through the Placa Gala i Salvador Dalí to see more of the artist's creative sculptures. Our afternoon hike takes us to the magnificent 10th century Benedictine monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes set at over 1,700' above sea level. The next three nights are spent in Cadaqués, a charming seaside village that was home to Dalí for much of his life. Breakfast and dinner included
Driving: 2 hours; Hiking: 4.3 miles, 2 hours; elevation gain/loss: 1,214'.
Meals: D
Day 6: Hike in Cap de Creus Natural Park along the wild coastline
Our hike on coastal trails brings us to the promontory and lighthouse at Cap de Creus, which is set in a marine and terrestrial nature reserve. The views of the wild coastline with its high cliffs, hidden coves and scattered islets make it a hiker's paradise. There may be time to swim at one of the area's remote beaches. Following lunch, we transfer to Port Lligat, a small fishing community where Dalí created a home and studio. Set in a unique block of fishermen's dwellings, Dalí's home is now a museum that provides a glimpse into his inspirations and lifestyle. A short seaside hike returns us to our hotel for the evening. All meals included.
Driving: 30 minutes; Hiking: 7 miles, 3.5 to 5 hours; elevation gain: 560'; elevation loss: 305'; Optional additional hiking: 5.2 miles, 2 hours.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 7: Hike from Cadaqués to the Faro Calanans with free time in the afternoon
For our final hike, we follow a coastal trail from Cadaqués to the Faro Calanans, one of the few lighthouses in Spain that is only accessible by foot or boat. Along the way, we enjoy spectacular views of the blue sea and small bays. We return to Cadaqués with free time for lunch and dinner, and to wander the village's picturesque cobblestone streets. You may wish to visit Esglesia de Santa Maria, a magnificent church that dominates the landscape and offers incredible views over the bay. Breakfast included.
Hiking: 6 miles, 3 hours; elevation gain/loss: 850'.
Meals: B
Day 8: Walking tour of Barcelona and dinner of tasty Catalán cuisine
In the morning, we transfer to our hotel in Barcelona. Lunch is on your own, then we take a guided tour of some of the city's notable sights including the Gothic Quarter, the famous street Las Ramblas, and the facades of Antonio Gaudi's Casa Milà (also called La Pedrera) and Casa Batlló. The remainder of the afternoon is free to explore on your own before we regroup for dinner. Sagrada Familia and the Picasso Museum are highly recommended for sightseeing on your own. Breakfast and dinner included.
Driving: 3 hours; Walking: 2 miles (2 hours).
Meals: D
Day 9: Adios to our traveling companions as our trip ends in Barcelona
Our tour concludes with breakfast. Transfer on your own to Barcelona's airport, or continue your explorations of this marvelous region of Spain. Breakfast included.

End place: Adios

Meals: B



  • Hotel accommodations based on double occupancy for eight nights
  • group arrival transfer from Barcelona airport to Taull on Day 1
  • all meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • wine with included dinners
  • guide/leadership
  • luggage transportation
  • all transportation as noted in the itinerary
  • Accommodation

    Hotels, 8 nights

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