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Catalonia - La Garrotxa & Costa Brava
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Catalonia - La Garrotxa & Costa Brava

Catalonia - La Garrotxa & Costa Brava

From the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean

  • Discover the inspiring volcanic formations in La Garrotxa
  • Beautiful Medieval towns full of historical legacy
  • Peacefull and yet entertaining trails through the Catalonian countryside
  • The archaeological site of Empuries; a gateway of Greek and Roman culture in the Iberian Peninsula
  • Enjoy the range of contrasts from the volcanic lanscapes to the beautiful Mediterranean coast
ESSW060 Catalonia Garrotxa & Costa Brava walking
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Start: Olot                                    End: L´Escala

Day 1: Arrival in Olot
Day 2: Around the volcanoes (16.5 km / 10,5 mi)
Day 3: From Santa Pau to Besalú (19 km / 12 mi)
Day 4: From Besalú to Esponellá (11.5 km / 7 mi)
Day 5: From Camallera to L'Escala (20 km / 12,5 mi)
Day 6: From L'Estartit to L'Escala (15.5 km / 9,5 mi)
Day 7: End of programme

Day 1:    Arrival in Olot

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.

Day 2:    Around the volcanoes (16.5 km / 10,5 mi)

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

Day 3:    From Santa Pau to Besalú (19 km / 12 mi)

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

Day 4:    From Besalú to Esponellá (11.5 km / 7 mi)

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

Day 5:    From Camallera to L'Escala (20 km / 12,5 mi)

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

Day 6:    From L'Estartit to L'Escala (15.5 km / 9,5 mi)

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

Day 7:    End of programme

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:

Extra nights can be booked at any of the accommodations along the way.

Hotel Can Blanc ***(Olot)
Hotel Can Blanc*** (Olot)

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!


Els Jardins de la Martana*** (Besalú)
Els Jardins de la Martana*** (Besalú)

The hotel, Els Jardins de la Martana, situated in the village of Besalú, within its historic-artistic centre, it is the only building situated on the other side of the Romanesque bridge, with an impressive view over the village. Built at the beginning of the 20th century, its main entrance looks at the bridge and its gardens reach down to the river Fluvià.


Hotel l'Escala Centre** (L'Escala)
Hotel L'Escala Centre** (L'Escala)

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.



  • 6 nights´accommodation with 4 breakfasts 
  • 1 welcome dinner 
  • Luggage transfers on days 3 and 5
  • Private transfers according to programme on days 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
  • Digital detailed route notes and maps in English
  • Access to the trip on our navigation app
  • 24-hour telephone assistance

Not Included

  • Lunches and dinners (except for 1st dinner) 
  • 2 breakfasts (the last accommodation does not offer breakfast)
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist Tax
  • Transfers by public transportation 
  • Optional excursions
  • Personal expenses such as drinks,phone calls, additional transfers, tips, etc
  • Any items that have not been mentioned in the programme


  • Extra nights at any of the accommodations of the programme
  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Transfers from/to airport
  • Shipment of printed documents to the first accommodation

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