Discover Europe's finest coastal hiking. Your comfortable base the Villa Catalan, in the quaint resort of L'Estartit has private heated pool, and is just few minutes walk from Montgri Nature Reserve and 20 minute walk from one of Spain's finest beaches.

Unspoilt coastline - dramatic coves - mountains with sweeping vistas across the Mediterranean - secluded bays - rivers- castles. Discover the very best of the "Costa Brava"

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7 nights in Villa with private pool (large garden, wifi, 20 minutes walk from beach).
Discover the GR92 trail which passes close to the Villa.
Exploring the Montgri Nature reserve and the Eastern flank of the Mediterranean

Five days of guided hiking led by International Mountain Leader.
Grade: moderate. Small groups of maximum 6.
This holidays operated by Snow Safari Ltd, Costa Brava and Alpine specialists since 1989

Inclusions

- Discover the GR92 trail which passes close to the Villa and the GR10 which runs across the Pyrenees.
- Explore the Montgri Nature Reserve and the eastern flank of the Mediterranean
- Small groups of maximum 6. Grade choices: moderate grade.
- Easy access from a choice of airportrs in France and Spain
- This holiday is operated by Snow Safari Ltd, Costa Brava and Alpine specialists since 1989

NOT INCLUDED:

Meals are not included.  The Villa has cooking facilities and the nearest supermarket is several minutes walk away.  There are some excellent local restaurants serving very reasonably priced meals.  Some are an easy walk from the Villa.

OPTIONAL PROVENCE EXTENSION TO VISIT PONT DU GARD & ARDECHES GORGE

ITINERARY - easier programme (moderate grade)

Arrival Saturday. Included group transfer from Girona airport. Click here for details and also for information on arriving from Barcelona airport

Sunday “THE MONTGRI NATURE RESERVE” We leave the villa on foot and within a few  minutes we are in the Montgri Nature Reserve, much looking forward to exploring  its green hills and wild, rugged coastline.   A short climb and we have alreaday  sweeping  views of the Bay of Roses to the north and the Bay of Pals to the south. We reach the “Roca Maura” the peak that gives the town of Estartit its “Gibralta” aspect.   By lunch time we have descended to the harbour of Estartit. We enjoy a relaxing afternoon. Perhaps a boat ride round the Medes Islands or a swim in the sea.

Monday: “MONASTERY, CASTLE; RIVER AND COAST.”
Departing on foot from the villa we are soon back into the Montgri  Nature Reserve. We climb to Las Dunas, a ridge of high sand dunes stabilised by pine forest hundreds of years ago. From there we climb on the GR92 trail to the Mont Pla summit (311 metres) to enjoy a 360 degree panorama across the Emporda Plain to the Pyrenees along with the 2900 metre summit of the Canigou far away in France. We traverse the hillside and descend into a secluded valley to the Monastery of Santa Caterina.    There is an option to climb to the impressive Montgri Castle, a fantastic feat of medieval architecture. Then descend down to the medieval town of Torroella de Montgri. From there it is a half hour walk back to the villa.

Tuesday “SOUTHWARDS ON THE THE GR92”
Another region of unspoilt bays and coves is accessed from the  sleepy resort of Tamariu,  just half an hour’s drive away.   Sometimes on the GR92 and on occasions detouring, using our local knowledge to find the most spectacular scenery, we reach the beautiful resorts of  Llafranc and Calella around lunch time. Relax on the beach at Callela or visit the nearby Cap Roig Botanical Gardens.

 

Wednesday  “DAY OFF”. Enjoy a boat ride around the Medes Islands or take a bus to visit the old town of Girona or the Dali museum in Figueres.  Perhaps a walk or a bike ride, golf, diving, swimming, sailing, cayaking. The list is endless.  Or simply relax by the villa pool.  You’ve earned a rest.

Thursday“THE NORTHWARDS ON THE GR92”
A few minutes walk from the villa and once again we are in the Montgri  Nature Reserve. We follow the GR92 to the high ground above the cliffs provide panoramic views down to the first marine nature reserve in Europe. We marvel at the view across to the Bay of Roses and to the  final ridge of the Pyrenees as it disappears  into the Mediterranean Sea. We hike across to the resort of L'Escala for a relaxing afternoon of swimming and exploring the resort of L'Escala. Perhaps a visit to the Greek and Roman remains at Empurias. A15 minute drive brings us back to the villa.

Friday “THE PYRENEES AND THE GR11” It is an hour's drive to the picturesquesPort of Selva where we start our ascent of the final section of the GR 11, which links the Atlantic with the Mediteranian Sea. There are Stunnting views down to the d'Amunt bay. We loop back from the St Baldiri Monastery descending to the Selva harbour. Perhaps a dip in the Tamartua cove or an easy coastal stroll to the Playa de Fornells.

 

he Villa Catalan where you stay is a 20 minute walk to one of Spain's finest beaches and the quaint Costa Brava resort of L'Estartit. What a combination! The remote coves and panoramic hills of the Montgri Nature Reserve easily accessed on foot and the Eastern spur of the Pyrenees just a short drive away. You will experience a veritable kaleidoscope of diverse scenery. This unspoilt corner of the Costa Brava is a hikers paradise.



"SEA AND MOUNTAINS" - easier - prices

TOTAL PRICE
1100 Euros /940 pounds for 1 to 4 people.

including 7 nights exclusive use of downstairs apartment in the Villa Catalan (3 twin/double bedrooms, lounge/kitchenette/dining area, and two bathrooms with shower)

Also included: 5 days of guiding by a Mountain Leader along with transport needed for the Sea and Mountains programme.
Price does not include meals and entrances to museums and castles and any places visited

Weekly supplement for 5 - 6 people ....... 30 Euros per person

These programmes run from Saturday to Saturday (Contact us for modified departure dates).

WE HAVE AVAILABILITY ON THE FOLLOWING DATES IN 2017:
7 Oct, 14,Oct, 21 Oct, 28 Oct, 4 Nov, 11 Nov, 18 Nov.

WE HAVE AVAILABILITY ON THE FOLLOWING DATES IN 2018:
31 Mar, 7 Apr, 28 April, 12 May, 19 May, 29 Sept, 6 Oct, 13 Oct, 20 Oct, 27 Oct, 3 Nov, 10 Nov