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Three of the scenic highlights of Girona’s coastline. Three stretches of the coastal paths that trace the Costa Brava from Lloret de Mar to Portbou. Three walks that will seduce you every step of the way, where you will enjoy hiking at your own pace, beaches and coves, unspoilt beauty spots and some of the most breathtaking views that you can imagine.
The coastal path in Cap de Creus
Between Roses and El Port de la Selva, the coastal path is one of the most thrilling experiences to be found on the Costa Brava. We are right in the heart of the Cap de Creus Natural Park, walking through one of the most emblematic natural beauty spots in the whole of Catalonia.
Leaving Roses in the direction of Cala Montjoi, the path hugs the coastline and tempts you to have a swim at the various beaches and coves on the way. Nature takes over as we get nearer to Cadaqués (well worth a visit) and the lighthouse in Cap de Creus. This is landscape at its most untamed, with sheer cliffs, amazing rock formations and more challenging stretches of walking.
You will have the chance to take a magnificent artistic cultural break in Portlligat, where you can visit Salvador Dalí’s House-Museum.
The coastal path from Tossa de Mar to Cala Pola
The 3-km stretch separating the magnificent medieval old town of Tossa de Mar from Cala Pola will soon have you sweating with all its steep hills. This small effort reaps huge rewards and you will be amazed by the breathtaking views from the top of the cliffs, the footpaths through pine groves by the sea and small coves that you will come across on the way.
Cala Bona and Cala Pola are delightful coves where you can truly experience a swim on the Costa Brava: two beautiful settings with transparent, turquoise waters, each with a beach bar and the odd hidden cave that can only be reached from the sea.
The coastal path in Tamariu (Palafrugell)
There are numerous reasons for recommending the coastal path that links stony Cala Pedrosa with the cove of Aigua Xelida, to the south and north of Tamariu, respectively. The route deserves a place in our selection of spectacular walks thanks to the remote, rocky coves surrounded by pine groves (like Cala Gamarús or Cala d’en Roig), the viewpoints looking out to sea, the pine-covered cliffs, the little fishermen’s huts, the peace and quiet along the way…This really is a five-star coastal path.
You won’t regret any time spent in the cove of Aigua Xelida, which in fact is a combination of several little idyllic, unspoilt coves. Enjoy the path, the tranquillity and, if you take your snorkel and goggles, its beautiful sea bed.
You’ll discover some of the most amazing and unforgettable scenery on the Costa Brava. Along with the most beautiful sights to share with the hashtag #incostabrava.
– Wear suitable footwear. To hike along some parts of the path you will need footwear with a good grip. Check how difficult the stretch is before venturing out.
– Take your swimsuit and sun cream. To keep cool and protect yourself from the sun, remember to take a swimsuit, towel, sun cream, sunhat, sunglasses…
– Water. Even though you can buy water at a beach bar along the way, don’t forget to always take plenty of water with you.
– Not just photos: fabulous photos! The coastal path will stay in your memory for ever. But with a great photo you can share your experience with others. Label all your best photos with the hashtag #incostabrava.
– If you have children with you, perhaps other paths are better. There are coastal paths that are just right for kids.
– Have a look underwater. The sea bed along the Costa Brava is absolutely amazing. Give yourself a real treat and go snorkelling or scuba diving in Cap de Creus, in the cove of Aigua Xelida or on other parts of the coast.