Catalonia makes one of the best summer destinations because of its hundreds of kilometers of coast. The sun and the beaches are the lures which attract thousands of tourists during the warmest months of year, but visiting the coast in Spring, when the most suffocating temperatures are still to come, can make it even more pleasant. In this post, we encourage our visitors to explore the magnificent landscapes of Costa Brava by enjoying the beauty of the nature walking and hiking its Coastal Footpaths.
From the northern to the southern ends of Catalonia, a long-distance trail running along the coast, GR-92, allows walkers to discover the geography and nature of the shoreline. Probably, the most beautiful and breathtaking part of the tour is the one spanning through Girona Province, the area known as Costa Brava, in the Empordà region. There, the long trail is divided in different coastal footpaths, built and adapted to everyone, which cross bushes, beaches and villages, all along the rough and amazing sheer coast. Costa Brava is where the mountains meet the sea and being able to walk along the footpaths in spring is an incredible way of merging with nature and discovering coves and hidden spots that can only be reached on foot.
From Portbou to Tossa de Mar, the footpaths crosses many villages, which allows the walkers to make the journey as long as they choose. You can walk from 20 minutes to 5 hours and the degree of difficulty is usually easy. Every section has its own beauty, but we will highlight our three favourite routes.
From the three routes we propose, this is probably the toughest but also the most “in touch” with the nature, as the trail runs through the Natural Park of Cap de Creus. The complete tour might take a whole day walk, that would be for tough and fit walkers, but there are also nice and shorter routes departing and returning from any of the two villages, both of special beauty and picturesque landscape.
L’Escala is an old fishermen village which still preserves its old times flavor and is the closest town to the Ancient Roman Ruins of Empúries. From the village, the footpath takes you along the coast passing a typical Costa Brava called Cala Montgó. The itinerary allows the viewing of some impressive vertical, narrow cliff faces, such as a small islet called La Roca Pardalera, surrounded by rocks and separated from the coast by only a few meters.
This footpath runs along the two fishermen villages of Calella de Palafrugell and Llafranc. They are small and crowded in summer, that is why spring is a great time to visit them and have a drink in front of the seashore. It is a very short walk but, south from Calella, you can also take a more adventurous walk and explore the small coves and seashore only accessible by foot.
We highly encourage to discover Costa Brava in spring and enjoy the coast without melting under the sun. If the water is not too cold, you’ll also be able to take a bath on the crystalline waters and restore your energies to keep going.
You can find further information on the Coastal Footpaths in the Costa Brava Tourist Board.