Discover Europe's finest coastal hiking. Our 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"

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: strenuous 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

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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 and on occasions we will provide evening transfers to try other restaurants in the region.

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.



Itinerary
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Arrival Saturday. Included group transfer from Girona airport in Spain or Perpignan and Carcassonne airport in France.. 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.   Via a craggy traverse, with  sweeping  views of the Bay of Roses to the north and the Bay of Pals to the south, we reach the “Roca Maura” peak gives the town of Estartit its “Gibralta” aspect.   We climb to the Cap de La Barra from where a rocky trail descends to the Calella Cove. We explore a section of the "Route of the Wind" on our return to the Villa.

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.    We climb to the impressive Montgri Castle, a fantastic feat of medieval architecture ,and then descend down to the medieval town of Torroella de Montgri. From here we hike parallel with the Ter river on foot back to the villa.

Tuesday “SOUTHWARDS ON THE THE GR92”
Another location of unspoilt bays and coves is accessed from the  sleepy resort of Tamariu,  just half an hour’s drive from the villa.   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. Our route tthen explores the rugged coast line of the Cap Roig nature reserve. We pass the Iberian remains at Castell . A 35 minute drive brings us back to the Villa.

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 that drop steeply 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.. our hike climbs steeply down to discover a series of remote coves and then joins the GR92 along the rugged cliffside coastline to the Montgri bay. We continue on the GR92 to the harbour at L'Escala.

Friday “THE PYRENEES AND THE GR11”  A dramatic transformation in scenery  as a fifty minute drive finds us right in the heart of the eastern flank of the Pyrenees.   Our climb from the Banyuls Pass traces the French / Spanish borderline.  Passing lush meadows with grazing cattle, our hike joins the GR11, the trail that crosses the entire length of the Mediterranean binging us to the summits of the wild Alberes Mountains.  From this vantage point we look across towards Spain over the vast Emporda plain and the bay of Roses, and towards France as far as the coastal resort of St Laurent, Perpignan and the mighty Canigou mountain.  We then double back to the Sallford peak from where we descend back down to the Banyuls Pass and are driven back to the Villa.

Saturday Group transfers back to Gerona, Carcassonne or Perpignan airport. Alkternatively make your own way to Barcelona by public transport.

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"SEA AND MOUNTAINS" - harder
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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