Start: Olot End: L´Escala
Today you arrive at your wonderful rural accommodation, Can Blanc, located in the Natural Park. It offers its own garden area and private swimming pool. Just minutes away from one of the best restaurants in La Garrotxa region.
To get acquainted with your surroundings, you start with a visit to La Garrotxa Natural Park. At the visitors’ centre, in Fageda d’en Jorda, you will get all the information you need to get a wider vision of this Natural Park. From here, a protected beech wood, your circular walk begins to get an insight to this natural protected area. You’ll pass long-extinct volcanoes, such as the striking crater of El Croscat, one of the 40 volcanoes that have been catalogued in this Park.
Challenge: 16.5 km / 10,5 mi, 5.5 h, 475 m ascent and descent
The village of Santa Pau with its splendid location, perched on a rocky outcropping, is the starting point today. The oldest part of the village is a Medieval enclosure built around the 15th-century Gothic church of Santa Maria. There is also a castle, first mentioned in documents dating back to the 10th century. From Santa Pau you follow the GR-2 long–distance footpath through the Ser River valley, then cross several hills before finally descending to the beautifully preserved Medieval town of Besalú. You enter town via the famous 12th-century Romanesque bridge over the Fluvià River, which features a gateway at its midpoint.
Challenge: 19 km / 12 mi, 7 h, 560 m ascent, 900 m descent
Today you do a shorter, but quite varied, walk through colourful agricultural fields then along the beautifull river Fluvià, where there are numerous swimming spots and some restaurants where you can stop for lunch. In the afternoon, plenty of time to explore Besalú, declared a historic National Monument (“conjunt històric-artístic”). In addition to its typical arcaded streets and squares, the town features a church consecrated in 1003, a restored Jewish bathhouse (mikveh) dating back to the 11th - 12th century, as well as the remains of a medieval synagogue, located in the town’s lower quarter near the river.
Challenge: 11.5 km / 7 mi, 3.5 - 4 hrs, 175 m ascent and descent
After a short transfer, you start at Camallera, to follow a section of "The Historical way” (GR-1) that links Empúries with Finisterre. Traversing typical Catalonian landscapes with beautiful old farms, small agricultural plots and dairy farms the walk leads gradually to the coast. The fascinating history of this area will susprise you at the ancient Greek and Roman town of Empúries, a fascinating archaeological site. You finally reach the fishermen’s town of L'Escala on the shores of the Mediterranean sea.
Challenge: 20 km / 12,5 mi, 5 - 5.5 h, 275 m ascent, 365 m descent
If you want to hike on your last day, a taxi will take you to the coastal town of L'Estartit. Enjoy a fun and adventurous route; impressive cliffs and beautiful coves along the Mediterranean, that lead along a route to return to L'Escala. The walk is long, so we recommend to stop off for a nice Spanish lunch at Montgó beach (after 11.5 km) to recover some energy and then spend the afternoon on the beach treating yourself with the last swim in the Mediterranean sea. You end your hike going past the port, beach and town centre of L'Escala.
Challenge: 15.5 km / 9,5 mi, 6 h, 620 m ascent, 680 m descent
Your walking arrangement comes to an end today after breakfast. Departure from L’Escala.
The hotels on this trip have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite. Some of the hotels we work with appear here. If a certain hotel is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will request a similar one and inform you about the alternative booked.
Extra nights can be booked at any of the accommodations along the way.
Can Blanc is a traditional Catalan farmhouse that was built in the late 19th century. It was totally renovated in order to provide its facilities with the highest level of comfort. It also has a large terrace, a private swimming pool, and a large garden area. Enjoy a unique environment and the peace and quiet of nature!
This historical hotel is distributed in two buildings, the main one is of neoclassical style and stands out for its facade and the 'alcovats' of its interior (catalogued building form the 19th century), the second building, was built on the remains of an old medieval noble house from the first half of the 17th century. It offers its visitors a pool, with an integrated design included in the medieval remains of the garden.
A new family owned hotel in the centre of L’Escala, that opened only 3 years ago. Located near all the facilities of the village including children's parks, beaches, bars etc. The hotel is decorated in a modern vintage style to reflect calmness. Our aim is that from when you arrive you will deal directly with a family member to ensure your comfort from start to finish.
You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between March 1st and October 31st.
The nearest airports to fly to are Girona (GRO) and Barcelona (BCN).
Arrival in Olot
From Girona airport: take a bus to Girona bus station (city centre) and then take a bus to Olot.
From Barcelona airport: take a train (Cercanías) to Barcelona city centre or a bus to Girona city (less frequent) and from both cities you can take a bus to Olot.
A private taxi transfer can be booked from Girona airport / Barcelona airport to Olot. Prices upon request.
Departure from L'Escala
By public transport from L'Escala to Girona airport, you can go by bus or by train (the closest train station is 16 km from L'Escala). If you go by bus, you will need to take a shuttle bus from Girona bus station to Girona airport.
By public transport from L'Escala to Barcelona airport, you can go by bus or by train (the closest train station is 16 km from L'Escala). If you go by bus, you can take a direct bus to any of the Terminals (A1 or A2). If you go by train you will need a train to Barcelona Sants central station and then a train to get to the airport.
A private taxi transfer can be booked from L´Escala to Girona airport / Barcelona airport. Prices upon request.
GPS tracks are available upon request.