Spain & France
Location
Mar – Oct
Dates
7 days
Duration
Self-Guided
Type

SUMMARY OF THE SELF-GUIDED COASTAL HIKING TOUR FROM SPAIN TO FRANCE

hiker walking the coastal path from Spain to France

You’ll hike along the coast with spectacular views, secluded coves with hidden beaches and picturesque fishing towns. The area was popular with famous artists like Picasso, Dali and Matisse. You can even visit Dali’s house en route while hiking.

Despite the beauty of the area, once you’re out of the villages you’ll see few other hikers. You’ll experience a unique mix of solitude with dramatic windswept seaside cliffs. You’ll arrive at mid-afternoon each day to a fishing village and will have time to relax or explore. You’ll definitely want to reward yourself with the freshly caught fish of the day. 

Besides the dramatic landscapes along the coastal paths, there are also cultural highlights to experience. 

when hiking the coastal path from Spain to France you'll stay in charming villages like this one

This self-guided tour gives you the freedom to hike on your own, at your own pace, stopping as little or as much as you like. We’ll provide you with a map, detailed instructions and an easy to use GPS pre-programmed with your route. That way you can easily see if you’re on the right track. Don’t worry, your tour includes an in-person briefing so we’ll show you how to use it.

We take care of the route planning and have chosen the most scenic coastal paths, the time-consuming hassles of booking accommodation in two different languages We do the heavy lifting. You focus on having an incredible hiking vacation. You work hard and you deserve this!

you get non-stop views on the coastal path hiking trails

MAP OF COASTAL HIKING FROM SPAIN TO FRANCE

map of coastal hiking route from Catalonia, Spain to France
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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE COASTAL HIKING TOUR FROM SPAIN TO FRANCE

 – Hike along the dramatic coastlines of Spain and France.
 – Visit and stay in stunning seaside villages like Cadaques in Spain and Colliure in France.
 – Experience cultural highlights like visiting Salvador Dali’s eccentric house, one of the most important monasteries in all of Spain, and a castle in France.

you'll hike past secluded coves where you can go for a swim, like this one

DURATION 7 days (5 days of hiking)
DISTANCE 74 km (46 mi)
AVAILABILITY March 1st to Oct 31st (not recommended in July and August)
START/FINISH

Starts in Cadaqués, Spain and finishes in Colliure, France 

GRADE Moderate
ACCOMMODATION Mix of 3 and 4-star hotels
PRICES (from) €995 per person*
INCLUDED
Detailed route description,  map and GPS Unlimited email support pre-tour
Mix of 3 and 4-star accommodations Phone support while on your tour in case of emergency
6 Breakfasts

*€995 is based on two people. Single supplement: €375, June and September supplement: €179 per person
you'll hike into coastal villages like this gorgeous one in France

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COASTAL HIKING TOUR ITINERARY

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Day 1: Arrival to Barcelona

  • You’ll be picked at Girona airport/train station or Figueres train station (your choice) and transferred to your hotel in Cadaqués, Spain. Your guide will give you an orientation, the pre-programmed GPS device, along with a demonstration of how to use it, your itinerary with step-by-step instructions, hotel information and tourist information of what else you can see and do in the area. After your orientation, you’re free to explore on your own. We recommend taking a walk to explore this gorgeous seaside village.
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Day 2: Cadaqués – Cap de Creus – Cadaqués

  • Today you’ll embark on a beautiful walk which takes you right by Salvador Dali’s house. It’s located right on the coast and near the start of your hike. It’s available by a guided tour only and takes ~ 30 minutes. After visiting Dali’s eccentric house, you’ll make your way to the Cap de Creus the most easterly point of mainland Spain. Here you’ll get some spectacular coastal views. The rock outcrops are one of the most significant features of the natural park. You may find yourself getting carried away by your imagination. Visitors often report seeing images of real or mythical animals in the area (lions, dragons, camels, eagles, cats, rats…).You can then make your way back or call a taxi to take you back to Cadaques.
  • Distance: 16km (can be shortened to 8km if you choose to call a taxi from Cap de Creus).

hiking profile of hiking Cadaqués to Cap de Creus and back to Cadaqués

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Day 3: Cadaqués – Port de la Selva

  • Leaving Cadaqués behind you’ll make our way north through the heart of the famous Cap de Creus Natural Park.  You’ll follow a rural trail with beautiful views of the Catalan countryside.  You’ll get some magnificent views of the Pyrenees and the French/Spanish border before arriving in El Port de la Selva.
  • Distance: 12km

Coastal Hiking Tour from Spain to France Itinerary day 3

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Day 4: Port de la Selva – Llançà

  • From El Port de la Selva you’ll hike up a small mountain to the Sant Pere de Rodes Cloister, one of the most important Monasteries in Spain. It dates back to the first century after Christ. After your (optional) visit, where there’s also a restaurant (pricy but incredible views), you’ll make your way up to the ruins of Castle of Sant Salvador. From here you’ll have a breathtaking view of the Alt Emporda County, across to the Albera Mountains and far into the Pyrenees. You’ll also have stunning views over the Bay of Roses and the entire Cap de Creus. You’ll then make down to the seaside town of Llançà.
  • Distance: 14km hiking elevation profile from Port de la Selva to Llançà
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Day 5: Llançà - Portobou – Banyuls-sur-Mer

  • In the morning, you’ll take a private transfer that’s included in your tour from Llançà to Portbou (skipping the least scenic part of the Catalan Coast in our opinion). From here you’ll start hiking again. You’ll get wonderful views over the Pyrenees, the famous Canigou Peak, one last look at the Cap Creu and of course the Mediterranean Sea as you ascend up the beautiful Catalan Hills. At the border of Spain and France, approximately a 30-minute hike from Portbou,  you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Exile Memorial. It’s a tribute to the 500,000 refugees who made their way here in 1939 fleeing Franco’s regime. After that, you’ll cross the border into France and onwards until you reach the French seaside town of Banyuls-sur-Mer.
  • Distance: 15km

coastal hiking elevation profile from Llançà - Portobou – Banyuls-sur-Mer

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Day 6: Banyuls-sur-Mer – Colliure

  • You’ll hike along quiet lanes and cliff-top paths around the rugged Cap Béar headland,. The views are truly spectacular. There are a couple of spots where you can go for a swim before winding your way through the vineyards that produce the region’s wines. You’ll reach the end of your breathtaking journey, in the beautiful French coastal town of Collioure. Of special note here is the Château Royal de Collioure,  a massive royal castle.
  • Distance: 17km

Coastal hiking elevation profile from Banyuls-sur-Mer – Colliure

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Day 7: Departure

  • Departure day. You can either make your own way back to Barcelona by train, let us arrange a private  transfer from Colliure back to Barcelona (€325 for 1-4 people) or continue on further into France.

on our self-guided hiking tour you'll mainly be hiking in nature, but also through gorgeous villages

NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel insurance which is required. (We recommend World Nomads)
  • Flights
  • Snacks, lunches and dinners.
  • Entrance to museums, castles or any other cultural activity.
  • Any activity not included in the description
  • Transfer from Colliure to Barcelona, and transfer from Barcelona to Girona.

Note: All times, distances and elevations are approximate.  

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INFO

DURATION 7 days (5 days of hiking)
DISTANCE 74 km (46 mi)
AVAILABILITY March 1st to Oct 31st (not recommended in July and August)
START/FINISH

Starts in Cadaqués, Spain and finishes in Colliure, France 

GRADE Moderate
ACCOMMODATION Mix of 3 and 4-star hotels
PRICES (from) €995 per person*
INCLUDED
Detailed route description,  map and GPS Unlimited email support pre-tour
Mix of 3 and 4-star accommodations Phone support while on your tour in case of emergency
6 Breakfasts

you get almost non-stop sea views on our coastal hiking tour from Spain to France


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Why Book With Us?

Laurel, the founder of Monkeys and Mountains Adventure Travel has travelled to Catalonia over 15 times and done numerous hikes and bike rides in the region. She most recently returned in late 2018 to test out this self-guided coastal hiking tour.

It’s quickly become one of her favourites because of the almost constant sea views interspersed with cultural highlights, including a visit to one of the most important monasteries in all of Spain. And the food – SOOOO good!

Adventure travel blogger Laurel Robbins on the coastal hiking tour from Spain to France

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There can be a lot of anxiety when booking a hike; Am I making the best use of my limited vacation time? Am I fit enough to do it? How do I figure out all the logistics? How do I get there? Will my partner also enjoy this?

Our goal is to make your Coastal Hike from Spain to France the easiest you’ve ever planned.

By booking with us you’ll receive:

  • Unlimited email support. Ask all the questions you need to.
  • Pre-programmed GPS so you’ll know that you’re on the right track.
  • In-person orientation.
  • Packing list of what you need

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You'll hike on paths that offer stunning views of the Balearic Sea

Availability

This trip is available from March 1st to October 31st. It’s possible to go in July and August but we don’t recommend it because of the heat. It’s also high season so the accommodations are more expensive.

Booking in Advance

You'll hike up to Sant Pere de Rodes Cloister, one of the most important monasteries in Spain with gorgeous views of the sea.
One of the tour highlights is hiking up to Sant Pere de Rodes Cloister, one of the most important monasteries in Spain with gorgeous views of the sea.

Book as soon as possible to ensure that accommodation is available on your start date. This is especially true if you’re doing your tour in June or September when accommodations fill up quickly.

Pricing

€995 per person based on double accommodation for three nights in 3 -star hotels and three nights 4-star hotels from March to May 31st and October.

For June and September, it’s an additional €179 per person.

For solo travellers a single supplement of €375 applies.

Inclusions

  • Transfer from Girona or Figueres to Cadaqués (the starting point) on your  first day
  • Welcome meeting with a local guide
  • 6 nights accommodation including 6 breakfasts in 3 and 4-star hotels
  • Transfer from Llançà to Portbou (required on day 5)
  • The transport of belongings each day.
  • Pre-programmed GPS you can use to ensure that you’re going the right way.
  • 24/7 emergency number
Sometimes th path is crossing the beach while making your way from Spain to France.
While hiking you’ll find secluded beaches and have them to all to yourself.

Luggage 

We’ll transport your luggage each day to your next accommodation. You only need to carry your day backpack with whatever you need for the day. We also recommend bringing a packed lunch with you each day.

Grade and Terrain

Grade 2 (medium). The elevation is very hilly. You’ll hike uphill then downhill, only to go uphill again as you follow the coastal path.  Don’t think that because it’s a coastal path, it’s easy. While it’s not difficult hiking, it’s more difficult than many people would expect for a coastal path. An average day’s walk is between 12 to 17 km.

Self-Guided Tours

This hike is a self-guided tour. You get the flexibility and freedom of starting your day when you choose. You hike at your own pace and take breaks whenever your heart (or lungs) desire. Or you simply want to enjoy the scenery or go for a dip in the Mediterranean Sea.

Coastal paths give you incredible views of the sea and a nice breeze.
Much of the path is right on the coast giving you stunning sea views.

We’ll take care of booking your accommodation, provide you with a pre-programmed GPS so you won’t get lost and instructions in English. We’re there for you prior to and during your trip. Ask all the questions you want. Our goal is to make this the easiest vacation that you’ve ever planned.

Location

One of the coastal paths that you'll be hiking on when you do the self-guided coastal tour from Spain to France.
The coastal paths offer far reaching views in every direction.

Your tour starts in the fishing village of Cadaques, Spain. And it includes a transfer from Girona to Cadaques. It takes 38 minutes to 1 1/2 hours by train to get from Barcelona to Girona. Girona is beautiful and it’s worthwhile to spend a day or two there too if you have time.

You’ll either hike directly from your hotel or take a train to the starting point each day. You’ll have the option to return by train, and sometimes by boat (depending on the day and weather permitting) to the same hotel each day.

Packing Info

You’ll be provided with a packing list of what to bring. 

Travel Insurance

Hikers walking from Spain to France.
You’ll have a different type of scenery when hiking down from the monastery – but the sea views quickly return.

It’s highly recommended that you have travel insurance that covers you for this tour. Be sure that your travel insurance includes emergency evacuation and hospital care in the unlikely incident that you get injured. We recommend World Nomads insurance.

Fitness Level

You should be in good physical condition and be a regular walker or hiker. The route is not technical so no prior expertise is required.

Payment Info

20% of payment is due at the time of booking. As soon as we receive your deposit, we will start making the arrangements for your accommodation.

The remaining balance is due 45 days before the onset of the trip. If you’re booking within 45 days full payment is due at the time of booking. 

General

Hiking trail in Catalonia that leads to Sant Pere de Rodes Cloister.
The path leading up to Sant Pere de Rodes Cloister, one of the most important monasteries in Catalonia, Spain.

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations as are the hiking times, which don’t include breaks. The itineraries shown may change slightly if hiking trails are closed.

Extras

  • Transport from Barcelona to Girona. From Girona, we’ll pick you up and transfer you to Cadaques.
  • Transport from Colliure, France back to Barcelona (or your onward destination) .
  • Admission to any museums, castles, monasteries or other cultural activities. 
  • Lunches and dinners.
  • Travel insurance is highly recommended and not included.
You get gorgeous views from the hills over Spain and France.
You’ll hike in the hills and get gorgeous 360-degree views.

TRAVEL – How to Reach the Starting Point

By plane:

The closest airport is Barcelona.

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Note: We highly recommend waiting to book your flights or making other travel arrangements until you receive an email from us notifying you that all your accommodations have been confirmed.

By train:

The easiest way to get from Barcelona to Girona. It takes between 38 minutes to 1:30 hours depending on the train that you take.

We’ll pick you up in Girona at eithe the train station or the airport.

From Colliure, the train back to Barcelona takes between 2:40 to 5 hours depending on the train. We can also arrange a private taxi at a cost of €325 (1 – 4 people). The drive takes ~ 2:15 hours.

Here are the approximate train times depending on which train you take:

MAP

map of the self-guided coastal hiking tour from Spain to France Your Accommodations 

example of the type of accommodations that you'll be staying in
Example of one of the accommodations that we frequently use on this tour.

You’ll spend 3 nights in 4-star hotels and 3 nights in 3-star hotels. They will either have a restaurant on site and/or be conveniently located close to restaurants. All your accommodations will be within walking distance to the beach.

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Our Self-Guided Coastal Hiking Tour From Spain to France gives you the freedom to hike the most scenic coastal trails at your own pace.

But without the time-consuming hassle trying to find the most beautiful routes and hidden coves and beaches.

You work hard and deserve an incredible vacation. Let us work hard for you.

This tour is available March 1st until October 31st. While it’s possible to do it in July and August we highly don’t recommend it due to the heat. It’s also peak season so the trip will be more expensive. It’s much more enjoyable to do it at another time of the year.

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