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Self-Guided Walking Through Catalonia
Spain - Trip code WSCA Walking and Trekking
Days 8
Price from Call us
Flights not included
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Why book this trip?

Experience authentic Catalonia's rich cultural and natural beauty walking from the foothills of the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean. Walk through extinct volcanoes, beech woods and ancient farmlands to medieval villages and towns. Take the stunning coastal walk from L'Estartit to L'Escala and visit the impressive Greek and Roman archaeological site of Empuries. En route discover the famed Catalonian hospitality and cuisine.

    • Included meals

      Breakfast: 7

      Dinner: 2

    • Trip staff

      None

    • Transport

      Taxi

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      Accommodation

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      Walking grade:

      Moderate

    Itinerary

    Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

    Trip information

    Country information

    Spain

    Climate

    Overall, spring, early summer and autumn are ideal times for a Spanish trip - though the weather varies enormously from region to region. The high central plains suffer from fierce extremes, stiflingly hot in summer, bitterly cold and swept by freezing winds in winter. The Atlantic coast, in contrast, has a tendency to damp and mist, and a relatively brief, humid summer. The Mediterranean south is warm virtually all year round. Spain's Islands the Canaries and Balaerics experience very mild winters and warm summers making them ideal year round destinations.

    Time difference to GMT

    +1

    Plugs

    2 Pin Round

    Religion

    Roman Catholic

    Language

    Castilian Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Basque

    Budgeting and packing

    Clothing

    During the day you will mainly need lightweight, breathable shorts and shirts. However light rainwear may be needed at any time of the year, and a warm fleece/ jacket is recommended for cooler evenings and nights early and late in the season. In July and August temperatures can reach 30°. April and May are the months with the most rain.

    Footwear

    Well worn, sturdy walking boots / shoes with good ankle support are essential for the walks. Sandals and trainers are recommended for relaxing in the evenings.

    Luggage: On tour

    Bring one main piece of baggage as per your airline luggage allowance, maximum 20 kg per person. Remember you are expected to carry your own luggage during transfers by public transport so don't overload yourself. Luggage transfers between hotels are normally arranged by the hoteliers. Mark your bags clearly and leave them at the place and time arranged with them. When travelling on public transport or on a ferry you should always take your luggage with you.

    Luggage transfer

    Included between each hotel.

    Equipment

    A water bottle, sunhat and sunscreen are all essential and you may wish to bring a small torch. Walking poles are recommended.

    Maps - Along with the destination manual and route notes you will be sent a set of maps that have been created specifically for this trip to help you navigate. The route is marked on each map together with a series of numbered waypoints which correspond with instructions in the route notes. Should you wish to purchase a more detailed commercially produced map we recommend the following:-

    The following maps are recommended:
    Mapa comarcal de Catalunya, scale: 1:50000, published by Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya
    n° 02 Alt Empordà
    n° 19 Garrotxa
    n° 28 Pla d'EstanyThese can be purchased online at http://ebotiga.icgc.cat/ Go to the e-shop and select "Shire map 1:50,000" ("Mapa comarcal" in Spanish)

    Tipping

    Local fees
    Micromundi Museum, Besalu (01 May to 31 Oct) €4.90
    Ruines d'Empuries €5
    Taxi from Montgo Beach to hotel approximately €13

    NB City Taxes maybe applicable. These are payable locally to the accommodation owner and vary from place to place. Generally this tax is up to €2 per person per night.

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    Food and drink

    The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


    Lunch price
    £8.00 - 12.00
    Dinner price
    £16.00 - 20.00
    Beer price
    £1.50 - 2.50 (depending on the region/area in Spain)
    Water price
    £1.4
    Foreign Exchange
    Local currency
    Euros
    Recommended Currency For Exchange
    We recommend you take the majority of your spending money in Euros cash.
    Where To Exchange
    We recommend that you change any currency into Euros prior to arrival. Bureau de Change are generally only found in major cities and large airports.
    ATM Availability
    In cities and most major towns.
    Credit Card Acceptance
    Visa and Mastercard are generally accepted in larger restaurants and some shops.
    Travellers Cheques
    Not recommended.
    Transport, Accommodation & Meals

    Transport Information

    Taxi

    Recommended airport

    Girona or Barcelona Airport

    Flying to your destination

    The nearest airports are Girona and Barcelona. Barcelona has more flights and is served by budget (including EasyJet, Ryan Air, Norwegian) and charter / scheduled airlines (including Monarch, British Airways, Vueling). Girona is served by fewer airlines including Ryan Air and Thomson Airways.


    Arrival and departure information


    At the start of your trip you can fly into Girona or Barcelona.

    Arriving by public transport from Girona to Olot -

    Bus from Girona airport to Girona bus station (city centre): Line 607 (run by the company Sagales) departures every hour from 05.00 to 19.00hrs (in summer from 05.00 to 23.00hrs), duration approximately 30min. www.sagales.com

    From Girona city centre to Olot:
    Bus service run by Teisa departs Monday to Friday, hourly from 07.15 to 21.30hrs. Weekends, every 2hrs from 09.15 to 21.15hrs. The fastest route is via Banyoles, which takes between an hour and an hour and a half to reach Olot. www.teisa-bus.com

    Arriving by public tranport from Barcelona to Olot -

    From Barcelona Airport to Barcelona City Centre
    Train service on Cercanias / Rodalies trainline R to Passeig de Gracia, a five minute walk from the Teisa bus stop. Trains run every thirty minutes from 05.40 to 22.30. Travel time is approximately thirty minutes.

    Bus service from Barcelona city centre to Olot is run by Teisa and departs from Teisa bus stop, Calle Pau Claris, 117 This departs four times a day between 09.00 and 20.30 Monday to Friday. On Sundays and holidays the bus runs between 09.30 and 21.00. The journey is approximately two and a quarter hours. www.teisa-bus.com

    ** If you cannot find a convenient connection via Barcelona city centre, check the timetables for Lines 602 and 661, run by Sagales. These are direct bus services from Barcelona airport to Girona bus station (travel time approx 2,5hrs) www.sagales.com


    Departing by public transport from L'Escala to Girona Aiport - by bus

    You must first take a taxi to L'Escala bus station (approximately 10€). The bus service to Girona is run by Sarga www.sarga.com and there are daily departures at 10:15 and 20:00, with additional services Monday to Friday at 07:00, 14:30 and 16:45. The journey takes approximately one hour and costs approximately 6.50€.

    From Girona bus station you take the shuttle to Girona airport. This service is run by Sagales www.sagales.com and departures are every hour from 05:00 to 19:00 (in summer from 05:00 to 2:00). Travel time is approximately thirty minutes and the approximate cost is 2.75€ per person each way.


    Public transport from L'Escala to Girona - by train

    The closest train station to L'Escala is in Camallera (16km from Empuries) and the approximate cost of a taxi transfer to Camallera is 25€. Trains run to Girona every hour (at quarter past). The journey lasts approximately twenty five minutes and the approximate cost is 3.50€.

    From Girona station take the shuttle to Girona airport. This service is run by Sagales www.sagales.com and departures are every hour from 05:00 to 19:00 (in summer from 05:00 to 2:00). Travel time is approximately thirty minutes and the approximate cost is 2.75€ per person each way.

    Public transport from L'Escala to Barcelona Aiport - by bus
    You must first take a taxi to L'Escala bus station (approximately 10€). The bus to Barcelona airport T1 departs daily at 14:45 and the estimated journey time is two and a quarter hours. Tickets are approximately 23.70€ per person. There is an additional service from Monday to Friday at 07:10 and the estimated journey time is three hours. These services are run by Sarfa. www.sarfa.com


    Public transport from L'Escala to Barcelona Aiport - by train

    The closest train station to L'Escala is in Camallera (16km from Empuries) and the approximate cost of a taxi transfer to Camallera is 25€. Trains run to Barcelona (Plaça de Catalunya) every two hours. The estimated journey time is two hours and twenty minutes and the approximate cost is 10.50€.

    From Plaça de Catalunya there is a shuttle bus to the airport http://www.aerobusbcn.com/ which runs every five minutes. Estimated journey time is thirty five minutes and the approximate cost is 5.90€.


    **Check your departure terminal and make sure your mode of transport will get you to the proper terminal for your departure from Barcelona Airport**


    Alternatively it is possible to book private transfers both ways for both Girona and Barcelona airports. Please ask Explore for details.

    Essential Information

    FCO Advice

    We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.

    For more information from Explore about travel advice, click here
     

    Under 18 immigration guidance

    Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

    Price Guarantee

    Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

    Visa and Passport Information

    Spain: Visas are not required by UK, Australian, US, New Zealand, US or Canadian citizens. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.

    All visa information is subject to change. You should confirm all visa related questions with the relevant Embassy prior to departure.


    If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may consider applying through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

    It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.
     

    Booking conditions

    Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

    Transfers

    Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

    Booking a land only package with Explore

    Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

    You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


    Joining Tour Abroad

    Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The transfers will be from the Explore designated airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

    Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

    If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  


    For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

    Insurance

    It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
    Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

    Flight information

    Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


    Flight Information

    You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

      

    Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

    We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

    On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

    Maximum altitude (m)

    730

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    Vaccinations

    Nothing compulsory but Tetanus is usually recommended as a precaution. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

    Walking and Trekking information
    Walking grade
    Moderate
    Trek details
    Walks on six days for an average of five and a quarter hours a day, mainly on well maintained unsurfaced trails and footpaths. Total distance for the standard route covers just under 100 kilometres (although it is possible to walk less on the last day). The maximum daily ascent and descent is +545m / -625m.
    Max walking altitude (m)
    730
    Additional Information

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    All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change
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