Cap de Creus, Catalonia
Cap de Creus, Catalonia - Wine & Walk Tours
Walking in the Paths of Druids, Corsairs and Mercenaries. Discover this mystical landscape, worked and shaped by man over the centuries. An intricate exploration of Spain's most easterly mediterranean Cape and the charming city of Girona. Just a stone's throw from the French border and easily accessed by train from the UK. Luggage transfers included. Michelin restaurant available.
An intricate exploration of Spain’s most easterly Mediterranean Cape and the charming city of Girona. Just a stones’ throw from the French border.
The Cap de Creus, situated in a far flung corner of the Iberian Peninsular (see Map below) is considered by many to be the Catalan “Finis Terrae”.
Rich with historical testaments, man has long left his trace on this landscape; from the Megalithic dolmens through to the magnificent Romanic monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes and beyond with the surreal structures of Casa Dali.
Our unique itinerary takes you from the coast, over the interior of the Cape, before returning you to the water. On the way you'll visit vineyards and olive presses and have a chance to sample the wines and oils that are starting to attract worldwide renown.
The rugged terrain shows itself at first glance as being inhospitable to mankind. The people of the region traditionally lived off olives, vines, smallholdings, augmented by fishing and livestock such as goats and mules. Until the eighteenth century villages were situated inland on the high ground away from the sudden attach of Mediterranean corsairs.
With the advent of beach tourism some fifty years ago, the coastal villages boomed without the urban over expansion associated with much of the Costa Brava. The charming fishing villages of Port de la Selva and Cadaques attracted a bohemian set with Salvador Dali setting up his summer residence in Port Lligat.
Away from the summer hustle, the coast teems with shallow coves and pretty little beaches. Both the coastline and the hinterland have a fascinating variety of weathered geological strata which in turn provides may pockets filled with botanical wealth.
Cap de Creus Gastronomy
On your journey through the Cap de Creus, we have set up two very different and exciting Kitchen experiences.
From her Catalan kitchen, Merce will share her traditional family recipes using only the freshest locally sourced seasonal produce. Then sit down and savour the flavours of her wonderful dishes.
World renowned 2 star Michelin chef Paco Perez is based at the Miramar in Llança. Frontier has an exclusive arrangement whereby you can gain access to Paco's Michelin kitchen to see at first hand how a busy contemporary kitchen is run. Daily tasks and processes will be explained, before you sit down to the amazing Taster menu.
Both these experiences are included in the price of the holiday.
The port of Llança with its superb road and rail links is a natural choice to start and finish the tour of Cap de Creus. A short walk along the coast to Port de la Selva gives you a good choice of small beaches to dip your feet. The fish market is well worth a visit before choosing amongst the many eateries to sample some of the local fare.
- 2 hours 15 minutes. 7 kms. Flat. Easy.
Our route cuts across land to the Cape’s easternmost village of Cadaques passing abandoned vine terraces built up from the local slate. Discover the renaissance of wine producing in this area, and visit a bodega en route. Descend gently to the sea and revel in the picturesque narrow streets of Cadaques with their fishbone cobbles.
- 3 hours 30 minutes. 11 kms. 320m combined climb. Easy – Moderate.
The next day’s path passes some wonderfully secluded and unspoilt stretches of the coast up to the Cap de Creus lighthouse, the easternmost point of the Iberian Peninsula. The way cuts back west through some winding shallow valleys containing unexpected streams and lush woodland to Port de la Selva.
- 6 hours 30 minutes. 19 kms. 200m combined climb. Moderate.
From Port de la Selva, the path starts its gradual climb to the highest point of the cape. Passing the La Val de Santes Creu, and unspoilt hamlet, the path climbs more steeply on a well defined path to the monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes. From here you continue up to the castle of San Salvador de Verdera where a mercenary garrison, paid for by the monastery was housed. The soldiers kept an eagle eye out for marauding pirates from this privileged viewpoints. The all round views are simply stunning.
It is comforting to know that the remainder of the day is all downhill past several dolmens through patches of cork oak woodland. The village of Palau-saverdera nestles into the hillside looking south over the Emporda and the Aiguamolls wetlands.
- 4 hours 45 minutes. 12 kms. 680m combined climb. Moderate.
Descend to the flood plains of the Aiguesmolles, and visit a wine and olive oil press to taste the best of both worlds. The path to Llanca climbs through attractive scrub land, surrounded by worked and abandoned olive groves and vineyards. Soon the White Cross comes into view and provides superb views south over the Bay of Roses. After visiting several dolmens, the path crests the central ridge of the Cap de Creus for the last time. The descent into Llanca again passes dolmens and vestiges of former cultivated land. The views open to the north along the tortured coastline into France as well as east over the previous day’s terrain.
- 4 hours. 11 kms. 450m combined climb. Moderate.
Transfer and overnight in Girona City.
A mix of small friendly 1-3* hotels with some outstanding cuisine. Your Kitchen experiences are provided in house and consist of a mix of traditional and contemporary cuisine.
Salvador Dalí House & Museum
Visit the Salvador Dalí House & Museum, the former home of one of Spain’s greatest surrealist artists. Located in nearby Port Lligat, you won’t be disappointed with the quirky decor which truly reflects Dalí’s creative spirit.
What You Said...
"We are novice trekkers and Frontier helped us each step of the way, giving us great confidence in our chosen holiday. Callum himself attended to us almost daily on our 5 day walking holiday, actively suggesting modifications and going well beyond expectations in making sure our trip was perfect. The service was outstanding. We HIGHLY recommend Frontier. They are reliable, honest and truly customer oriented. A gem of a company. We plan to do many more trips with them."
Kathiona (Singapore) and Sharon (Houston, USA)
Our Cap de Creus trip this fall with Frontier Holidays was memorable! The wonderful hikes along the Mediterranean and into the hills of Catalonia with our knowledgeable and entertaining guide, the delicious dining experiences (daily picnics with locally grown food, wine & olive oil tastings, a 33-course gourmet tasting dinner, and my favorite: sitting in a rural village kitchen, enjoying wine & appetizers while we watched the preparation of our dinners), and the opportunity to really experience this unique area of Spain. All the details of our travel were flawless executed (luggage transfer, rooms, meals). The trip surpassed our expectations.
Ruth Huneke (USA)
At a glance...
Date: All year except hot summer months.
Cost: From £890 per week, based on two sharing, 7 nights (B&B). Flights not inc.
1-3* Family run Hotels on a B&B basis. Baggage transfers, Bodega visits and Kitchen experiences with Taster menu included.
Girona or Barcelona airports with access by train to Llança.
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