Excursions for an unforgettable day on the Costa Brava

Here are three suggestions for spending the whole day hiking along Girona’s coastline. The coastal paths take you through some of the Costa Brava’s amazing scenery, with countless secluded beaches and coves, magnificent views out to sea from the clifftops, stretches of virtually unspoilt countryside and many more surprises. Put on your walking boots, get a good map and off you go.

 

From Lloret de Mar to Tossa de Mar
Every effort has its rewards. The 12-km coastal path between Lloret de Mar and Tossa de Mar goes up and down the cliffs like a roller coaster. You need to be pretty fit for this excursion, but you can always have a rest in one of the magical little unspoilt coves that you will come across along the way, like Cala Porto Pi, Cala Figuera, Cala d’Allà on Raja l’Aigua and many others.

The arrival at the beach of Es Codolar, below the medieval walls of Tossa de Mar, is a well-deserved reward. The high point of the excursion is a stroll through the medieval atmosphere of the Vila Vella (Old Town Centre) of Tossa de Mar and, to finish off with, a walk up to the lighthouse.

Options for the way back:
- Leave a car in Tossa de Mar beforehand (it is just a 10-minute drive from Lloret).
- Walk back by way of the GR-92, which goes inland and avoids so many ups and downs.
- Check out the bus or taxi service between Tossa and Lloret.

 

From Palamós to Calella de Palafrugell
The beaches in Palamós and Calella de Palafrugell are just 9 km apart. It is one of the most attractive parts of the Costa Brava coastal path and it is ideal for spending the entire day and really taking your time.

Setting out from the beach of La Fosca in Palamós, you will come across such delights as the long unspoilt beach of Castell or the remains of an Iberian settlement. The path climbs gentle slopes through pine groves and goes down to idyllic little coves, like Sanià, Els Canyers, Els Corbs, Estreta, Crit or El Vedell. It is a real pleasure to discover each one’s natural charm. And even more so during the swimming season.

Before reaching the first beaches in Calella, you will walk past the Botanical Garden of Cap Roig. Take note to visit it another day.

Options for the way back:
- Leave a car in Calella de Palafrugell beforehand (it is just a 20-minute drive from Palamós).
- Walk back by way of the GR-92, which goes inland and avoids so many ups and downs.
- Check out the bus or taxi service between Calella and Palamós.

 

From Cadaqués to Cap de Creus
The Cap de Creus Natural Park is a world apart. This roughly 7-km route goes through a unique natural landscape, “a grandiose geological delirium”, in the words of Salvador Dalí. As a matter of fact, the itinerary goes right past Salvador Dalí’s House-Museum, shortly after setting out from the beach in Cadaqués.

As you walk along you will come to charming beaches that are ideal for a quiet swim, such as Es Jonquet, Sant Lluís or Guillola. Just before climbing to the lighthouse in Cap de Creus, you can also relish some magic moments in little coves like Cala Jugadora.

If you go to the very tip of Cap de Creus, you will be able to say that you have been to the most easterly point of the Iberian Peninsula and that you have seen one of the most stunning panoramic views of the Alt Empordà region.

Options for the way back:
- Leave a car at the lighthouse in Cap de Creus beforehand (it is a 15-minute drive from Cadaqués).
- Check out the taxi service between Cadaqués and the lighthouse in Cap de Creus.

 

A day on the coastal paths can lead to plenty of different experiences. You can discover a hidden cove, have lunch at a beach bar, take superb photos and share them with #incostabrava. And enjoy the utter pleasure of miles and miles of peace and quiet.

PRACTICAL TIPS

Suitable footwear is a must. Some stretches are over rough, very rocky, often slippery terrain.

Beat the heat. Protect yourself from the sun and be ready for a swim if the sea is warm enough.

Don’t forget to take some water. You are bound to pass a café or beach bar where you can have a drink, but you should always carry some water with you, just in case.

Immortalise your experience. The scenery will amaze you. Capture it with your camera and share the photos with the hashtag #incostabrava.

Do you like diving or snorkelling? Call it what you will, you won’t regret taking your goggles and snorkel with you.

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