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VERD VOLCÀNIC Walking routes in La Garrotxa & L’Empordà 2012


HIKING THE COSTA BRAVA On the trail of Salvador Dalí Duration: 7 days / 6 nights Walking length: 6 hours per day Difficulty: medium Route type: guided or self-guided Best period: the whole year Topic: wildlife & culture

This tour circumnavigates the peninsula of Cap de Creus, the final flourish of the Pyrenees. We will stroll along the cliffs modelled by the strong north wind – the ‘Tramuntana’ - and drop down into sheltered small coves. In this area the fishing villages have been able to integrate with tourist development without losing their essential charm. One of the highest points of the tour will be the climb up to the Romanesque Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes, considered the most important building of the medieval period in Catalonia. We continue on to the village of Port Lligat and Salvador Dalí’s house, the place in which he normally lived and worked up till 1982 when, upon Gala’s death, he took up residence at Púbol Castle. Next stop will be Cadaqués, the most popular bohemian village in the Costa Brava and the biggest natural port in Catalonia. We will go to the town of Figueres, capital of the area, and The Dalí Theatre- Museum, the largest surrealistic object in the world. We will also visit The Gala Dalí Castle in Púbol, which allows visitors to discover a medieval building in which Salvador Dalí lent material form to an exuberant creative effort with his mind set on one person, Gala. On the last day, we will visit the attractive town of Castelló d’Empúries with its huge Gothic church and the Aiguamolls de L'Empordà natural park. We sleep in well-situated hotels on the Costa Brava, where we will be able to rest and enjoy the beaches. 2


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Day 1 250m. Difficulty: Medium. Transfer Girona Airport – Port de la Selva Accommodation: 3* Hotel in Roses (1hr.) Accommodation: 3* Hotel in Port de la Selva Day 5 Route: Roses – Castelló d’Empúries Day 2 Distance: 12km. Duration: 4hrs. Climb. Route: Port de la Selva – Sant Pere de 50m. Difficulty: Easy. Rodes – Port de la Selva Hiking around Aiguamolls de l’Empordà. Distance: 12km. Duration: 6hrs. Climb. Distance & duration depend on the group. 550m. Difficulty: Medium-hard. Transfer to Figueres (30min.) Accommodation: 3* Hotel in Port de la Selva Accommodation: 3* Hotel in Figueres Day 3 Route: Port de la Selva – Port Lligat – Cadaqués Distance: 15km. Duration: 6hrs. Climb. 300m. Difficulty: Medium. Optional entrance House – Museum Salvador Dalí in Portlligat Accommodation: 3* Hotel in Cadaqués Day 4 Route: Cadaqués – Roses Distance: 17km. Duration:

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Day 6 Entrance Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres Transfer Figueres - Púbol (30 min.) Entrance House - Museum Gala Dalí Castle in Púbol Transfer Púbol – Girona (30 min.) Accommodation: 3* Hotel in Girona Day 7 Transfer (20min.)

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THE REAL COSTA BRAVA ON FOOT The Costa Brava for walkers Duration: 7 days / 6 nights Walking length: 6-8 hours per day Difficulty: hard Route type: guided or self-guided Best period: the whole year Topic: rugged coast of the Costa Brava

The Costa Brava has many different faces, of which the best known are the packed sandy beaches in the south and the exclusive picture-book coves further north. However, much of the northern Costa Brava remains relatively intact, since its rugged coastal scenery offers little of interest for the beach lovers and makes access difficult for the day-trippers from Barcelona. On this tour we will visit the towns of Portbou, Llançà and Port de la Selva, all rather cut off from the rest of Catalonia, and explore their rocky hinterland and their relationship with the sea. On the way we’ll climb up to the commanding fortress of Querroig and gaze down over the French vineyards to the north, and make a similar ascent to Sant Pere de Rodes, the imposing medieval monastery that dominates the whole of the rugged headland of Cap de Creus. On another day we will walk to stark headland of Cap de Creus, the most easterly point of the Iberian Peninsula, before reaching the famous artists’ town of Cadaqués. We wil have time to stop for views, to look at wildlife and for refreshing drinks when we reach our evening’s destination.

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Day 1 Transfer Girona Airport – Roses (40min.) Accommodation: 3* Hotel in Roses

6hrs. Difficulty: Medium-hard Accommodation: 2* Hotel in Llançà

Day 2 Route: Roses - Cap Norfeu - Cadaqués Distance: 21km. Climb: 500m. Duration: 7hrs. Difficulty: Hard Accommodation: 2* Hotel in Cadaqués

Day 5 Route: Llançà - Colera - Portbou along the coast Distance: 15km. Climb: 300m. Duration: 5hrs 30 min. Difficulty: Medium Accommodation: 2* Hotel in Portbou

Day 3 Route: Cadaqués - Cap de Creus - Port de la Selva Distance: 18km. Climb: 650m. Duration: 8hrs. Difficulty: Hard Accommodation: 3* Hotel in Port de la Selva

Day 6 Route: Portbou - Castell de Querroig Portbou Distance: 18km. Climb: 630m. Duration: 6hrs. Difficulty: Hard Accommodation: 2* Hotel in Portbou

Day 4 Route: Port de la Selva - Sant Pere de Rodes - Llançà Day 7 Distance: 15km. Climb: 550m. Duration: Transfer Portbou – Girona Airport (50min.)

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THE VOLCANIC LAND The 40 volcanoes of La Garrotxa Duration: 6 days / 5 nights or 5 days / 4 nights Walking length: between 4hrs. & 6hrs. 30min. per day Difficulty: medium-hard or easy Route type: guided or self-guided Best period: from March to November Topic: natural world, history & architecture

This is a quite tough route which will take us into the region known as La Garrotxa, a very special natural park that protects an area of volcanoes located in between the high Pyrenees and the coastal plains. Along a network of paths, we will see a variety of volcanoes and landscapes in a rich natural context. We will be accompanied by accredited guides from the natural park. The region is culturally and architecturally very rich and, for example, in Olot, the region's capital, we will discover buildings belonging to Modernism styles. We will also visit the enchanting little village of Santa Pau with its castle and old walls, where time seems to have stopped. Elsewhere in the region, a well-preserved Roman road can be walked and there are numerous Romanesque churches linked by a great diversity of routes passing through many picturesque areas. From the Xenacs viewpoint we will have a wonderful panoramic vision of the whole natural park. In Olot we will also visit the Museum of the Volcanoes, and learn about the history of the region's volcanic activity. 6


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Option A: easy Option B: hard Day 1 - Transfer Girona Airport – Olot (1hr.) Day 1 - Transfer Girona Airport – Olot (1hr.) Accommodation: 3*Hotel in Olot Accommodation: 3*Hotel in Olot Day 2 - Route: Olot – la Canya – Olot Duration: 5hrs. Distance: 16,5Km. Climb: 250m Accommodation: 3*Hotel in Olot Day 3 - Route: Olot – Batet – Moixina – Olot Duration: 6hrs. Distance: 18Km. Climb: 250m Accommodation: 3*Hotel in Olot

Day 2 - Route: Olot - Xenacs - Santa Pau Duration: 6 hrs. 30 min. Distance: 15km. Climb: 700 m Transfer to Olot Accommodation: Family hotel in Santa Pau

Day 3 - Route: Santa Pau - St. Feliu de Pallerols Duration: 6 hrs. Distance: 13,8km. Climb: 600 m Accommodation: Family-run Hotel in St. FeDay 4 - Transfer Olot – Sant Feliu de liu de Pallerols Pallerols – Olot Route: Around Sant Feliu de Pallerols Day 4 - Route: St. Feliu de Pallerols Duration: 6hrs. 30min. Distance: 12Km. Joanetes Climb: 400 m Duration: 5 hrs. 30 min. Distance: 16km Accommodation: 3*Hotel in Olot Climb: 600 m Accommodation: Family-run hotel in Day 5 - Route: Olot – Montsacopa – Olot Joanetes Duration: 4hrs. 30min. Distance: 12Km. Climb: 200 m Day 5 - Route: Joanetes - St. Privat d'en Transfer Olot – Girona Airport (1hr.) Bas Duration: 6 hrs. 30 min. Distance: 12km. Climb: 800 m Accommodation: Family-run hotel in St. Privat d’en Bas Day 6 - Route: Sant Privat d'en Bas Olot Duration: 4hrs. Distance: 12km. Climb: 200 m Transfer Olot – Girona Airport (1hr.) 7


MEDIAEVAL TREASURES LA GARROTXA

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Romanesque, medieval towns and medieval castles Duration: 6 days / 5 nights Walking length: between 3 and 6 hours per day Difficulty: medium-hard Route type: guided or self guided Best period: the whole year

The medieval period meant the birth of a country, Catalonia. The region of ‘La Garrotxa’ was very important and significant for this process and this is what the conserved rich historical heritage will show us. We will visit the area that once belonged to the County of Besalú. First of all, we will see in the narrow medieval streets of which the village of Besalú is made up, diverse examples of the co-existence between the Jewish community that settled in the area at the beginning of the Middle Ages and the citizens who were Catholics. In the very heart of the Natural Park we will visit the old town of Santa Pau, an interesting historic site with pronouncedly medieval characteristics. The old part of the town is marked out by the old city wall and was built around the castle and the main square, which date back to the 13th-14th centuries. From there we will walk to the Hostoles Valley. The village of Hostalets is catalogued as a historical-artistic monument. The castles at Hostoles and Puig-alder are two of the most important vestiges of the war of the Remences. The last day we will visit Girona, the city of the stone and the second most important city in Catalonia during the 14th and 15th centuries. The old Roman walled enclosure became too small, so the city spread along both sides of the river Onyar, with considerable urban and demographic growth. Yet before this, it came under Moslem domination and was later handed over to Charlemagne. It became the county capital and witnessed the birth of a new political and social order, feudalism, and experienced an important period of growth. 8


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Day 1 Transfer Girona Airport – Besalú Accommodation: 4* Hotel in Besalú

Day 4 Tour: Santa Pau - Sant Feliu de Pallerols Duration: 6 h. Climb: 350 m Distance: Day 2 13 km Tour: Besalú – Sanctuary Mare de Accommodation: Great Rural Hotel in Déu del Mont – Besalú Sant Feliu de Pallerols Duration: 6 h 30 min. Climb: 1000 m Distance: 14 km Day 5 Accommodation: 4* Hotel in Besalú Tour: Sant Feliu de Pallerols – la Vall d’en Bas Day 3 Duration: 5 h. Climb: 300 m Distance: Tour: Besalú – Santa Pau 12 km Duration: 6 h 30 min. Climb: 300 m Dis- Accommodation: 4* Hotel in Joanetes tance: 18 km Accommodation: Great Rural Hotel in Day 6 Santa Pau Transfer to Girona and visit to the old quarter Transfer to the Girona Airport

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HIKING TOUR AROUND OIX On foot along medieval trails Duration: 7 days / 6 nights Walking length: between 3 and 6 hours per day Difficulty: easy & medium Route type: guided in shape of a star from Oix or self guided Best period: from March-June & September-November Topic: natural history

Oix and Beget lie in the heart of an area known as L'Alta Garrotxa, a chain of limestone mountains characterised by sheer cliffs, deep gorges and remote medieval churches. In recent years there has been a trend for local inhabitants to abandon their farms, which has created a peaceful landscape - dotted with the reminders of a recent history – now dominated by thick oak forests. It is a heaven for wildlife, with excellent populations of large birds of prey, butterflies and orchids. From the relaxed village of Oix, isolated from the hustle and bustle of the modern world, we will explore the surrounding mountains with their Romanesque churches, mediaeval castles and breathtaking views. We will also visit the Salt dels Liberals, scene of one of the bloodiest moments of the cruel Carline wars, the peak of Bestracà , with magnificent views over the Pyrenees, and other emblematic places in the area.

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Day 1 Transfer Girona Airport – Castellfollit de la Roca (45min.) Accommodation: Family-run hotel in Castellfollit de la Roca Day 2 Route: Castellfollit de la Roca – Oix Distance: 12km. Duration: 3 hrs. Climb. 300m Accommodation: Family-run hotel in Oix Day 3 Route: Oix – Santa Bàrbara de Pruneres – Oix Distance: 10Km. Duration: 5 hrs. Climb. 400m Accommodation: Family-run hotel in Oix Day 4 Route: Oix – Beget – Oix Distance: 15km. Duration: 5 hrs. Climb. 500m Accommodation: Family-run hotel in Oix

Day 5 Route: Oix – Castell de Bestracà – Oix Distance: 10km. Duration: 6 hrs. Climb. 650m Accommodation: Family-run hotel in Oix Day 6 Route: Oix – Montmajor – Oix Distance: 13km. Duration: 6 hrs. Climb. 700m Accommodation: Family-run hotel in Oix Day 7 Transfer Oix - Girona Airport (1hr.)

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Walking routes in La Garrotxa & L’Empordà 2012

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Walking routes in La Garrotxa & L’Empordà 2012

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