Self Guied La Garrotxa and Emporda
|Hiking -Self Guided
|All year around
Walking Costabrava is excited to bring you this SLOW TRAVEL STAY. Experience where Salvador Dali and Gala got married in 1958, the Holy Mary of the angels (Santuari dels Angels). Discover the Santa Pau volcano. And with a local guided of the Natural Park of La Garrotxa. 4 nights in 4 star Hotels.
- Distance Instructions
Transfer from Begur to Banyoles on private van to the starting point of the hike that goes
round the lake, and then through the pine forest continues to the Medieval town of
Porqueres. From Santa Maria Romanesque Church starts a circular route that arrives to the
top of Mountain Puig Clarà with breathtaking views of the area. On the descent, the walk
will lead you back to a dirt track between billabongs and the lake of Banyoles.
Your luggage will be transferred directly to the Hotel.
After breakfast, your luggage will be transferred to Besalú and you can start the Hike
between Banyoles and Besalu, which follows the GR1. The first section of the hike lead you
up the mountain of Puig de Sant Martirià where you will be able to see the Pirinees
Mountains, after you will continue towards the town of Serinyà leaving behind fields of
sunflowers and wheat. Once in the village, take you time to discover the small narrow streets
of the mediaeval quarter and its cafés, before you continue to Besalú, probably one of the
most emblematic towns in la Garrotxa. Walking on the 12th century Bridge into Besalú will
be an experience you will never forget.
After breakfast, your luggage will be transferred to Santa Pau and you can start the Hike
between Besalu and Santa Pau, which follows the GR2. We are now leaving the
Mediterranean landscape and weather and entering a volcanic area. The hike today will take
place mostly through the forest of oak trees, rivers and small waterfall on the way. It is a
beautiful walk, longer than the rest, but not strenuous, with fountains and villages on the way
for stops to rest and enjoy the landscape. Impressive entrance into Santa Pau fortress.
After breakfast, meet your local guide at the lobby and start the walk to the Santa Pau, Santa
Margarida and Cruscat Volcanoes and then continue to Fageda d’en Jordà Beech Forest,
all part of the Natural Park of La Garrotxa. After hiking in the afternoon, private transfer to
Madremanya, for check in, rest and dinner
After breakfast, walk to the designated starting point to begin the hike of discovery of Les
Gavarres, this is the name given to the mountain range you will climb today. It’s known for
its rock granite formation and forests of cork oak trees and other vegetation that form the
park. At the top of the mountain, there is the Sanctuary of “ Holy Mary of the angels” which
dates from 1409, where Salvador Dali and Gala got married in 1958. The best views of
Catalonia are from the square at the Church where on a clear day, you can see the Islands
of las Medes in la Costa Brava and the Mountains of the Pyrenees.
There is a Restaurant where you can have lunch and after start the descend. Once back in
Madremanya, you will have a transfer back to Begur
Self Guied La garotxa and Empordà
5 days | Tour dates upon request