Coastal Walk from France to Spain Languedoc-Roussillon
Coastal Walk from France to Spain
Cross the border from the dreamy south of France into historic Catalonia
Coastal Walk from France to Spain
Offering the best of the Catalan coast (both French and Spanish) and with the magnificent backdrop of the Pyrenees, explore a surprisingly unspoiled coastline with its creeks, coves, beaches, gentle cliffs and panoramic views.
Discover a landscape steeped in history, walk through attractive fishing villages and past ancient castles and enjoy authentic hotels and memorable meals.
Interested in artistic heritage? We've covered that too. Delve into the lives of Matisse, Salvador Dali and other local artists.
A great walk, perfect in Spring and Autumn. Distances shown are the maximum per day and shorter routes are available.
- Unspoiled Mediterranean coast
- Backdrop of the Pyrenees
- Discover France and Spain in the same week
- Choice between coastal or foothill walks most days
- Option for shorter distances with choice of routes
- High quality hotels
- Possible upgrade with Michelin star restaurant
- Bookings from March to mid November
- Short package (4 nights) available
Available from March 1st to November 15th. You can choose any starting day.
Itinerary & Hotels
Arrival in Collioure day 1
Settle in your hotel and make the most of your arrival day to visit the outstanding heritage on display in Collioure. It is the pearl of the Vermillion Coast, and prized by painters for it is incredibly picturesque. It boasts a royal castle by the sea, port with local boats, small pebbly beaches, café terraces, and coloured façades in the old town. Not forgetting the emblematic pink-domed bell-tower! If you arrive late, you still have tomorrow.
Hôtel Princes de Catalogne
A 3 star boutique hotel just a short walk from the seafront, the harbour and the Château Royal
- Safety box
- Hair dryer
- Ensuite bathrooms with bath or shower
- Free WIFI.
Dinner will be in the nearby restaurant the 'Can Pla' which offer a selection of local specialties.
Circular walk from Collioure day 2
A circular walk in the hills below the Tower of Madeloc and past the Hermitage of Notre Dame de la Consolation that you can visit. If you are feeling energetic and if you have decided on the "coastal option" for the following day, you can also choose to hike up to the tower. It is located 654 m above sea level. Enjoy those breathtaking views !
Collioure to Banyuls day 3
If you choose the coastal option today, you walk down to the typically Catalan and very active Port Vendres and you then follow the coast by Cap Béar with its numerous attractive coves and creeks, often featuring vines and delightfully colourful, fragrant flowers. Paulilles beach offers an almost irresistible opportunity for a swim. After Cap d'Ullastrell and its crystal clear waters and hidden coves, you reach the frontier town of Banyuls, the most southern sea resort in France and the end of the famous trans-Pyrenean 900 kilometre GR10. Tonight your hotel overlooks the sheltered beach and the yachts in the bay.
Hotel les Elmes
This 3 star boutique hotel is exclusively located overlooking the sheltered beach and scenic bay. The terrace and the panoramic windows of the gourmet restaurant La Littorine will give you wonderful sea-views whilst you dine.
- Gourmet restaurant
- Air-conditioned rooms
- Terrace with seaview
- Laundry service
Banyuls to Port Bou day 4
Today both walking options will take you across the Franco-Spanish border. With the foothills itinerary you will climb comfortably up through vineyards, then maquis and enjoy continuous great panoramas of land, sea and sky, with the higher Pyrenees and the Mount Canigou in the distance and magnificent sea views when descending to Port Bou, where you will be transferred to your hotel in Llançà.
The 3 star Carbonell is a welcoming and comfortable hotel is in the centre of the attractive resort of Llança.
Dinner will be in the popular 'Pati Blanc' restaurant which offers a range of Catalan specialites.
Llançà to Port De La Selva day 5
The day could start by visiting the old Llançà before setting off. The itinerary today is again totally your choice. Follow the coastal path rocked by the sound of the waves, or take a superb route through maquis, by the beautiful chapel of St Helena, the monastery of Sant Père de Rodes – well worth a visit – and the Castell de Sant Salvador de Verdera. Either way, you will be spoilt with beautiful views before arriving in Port de la Selva, a traditional fishing village and seaside resort. The old part has remained untouched, with cobbled streets and tiny white houses, giving the feel of a typical fishing village. Enjoy the evening in your four star hotel overlooking the sea.
Hôtel Porto Cristo
El Port de la Selva
Hotel Poro Cristo is just a short walk away from the Mediterranean beaches, monastery and castle. It is a mid nineteenth century building and has maintained many original features. The hotel restaurant is open 24 hrs and offers fine regional dishes.
- Free WiFi
- International TV channels,
- Hot tubs for singles or couples
- Air conditioning
- Elegant restaurant
- Cozy reading room with sea views
- Health Club
Dinner will be in the Monterrey Restaurant with beautiful sea views. The restaurant specializes in fresh fish and seafood dishes along with Mediterranean rice dishes.
Port de la Selva to Cadaquès day 6
Today’s walk is over the mountains, with a section on the coast. You climb up out of Port de la Selva, cross the wild Cap de Creus and discover the Cala Taballera cove. Pass through olive groves and untouched Spanish countryside and descend to Cadaquès. By visiting the Cala Nans lighthouse you extend the enjoyment with a beautiful view over the resort, which is the easternmost town in Spain. Playa Sol, your four star hotel for two nights, is located by the beach. Take advantage of the numerous facilities.
Hotel Playa Sol
The four star Playa Sol is superbly located just a few meters from the beach and facing the end of the seafront promenade. A superb choice of restaurants are all within 5 minutes away. The hotel has recently been refurbished to high standards to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
- Heated outdoor swimming pool
- bar with terrace and sea views
- open air heated jacuzzi
- large garden
- Garden restaurant for alfresco lunches
- Tennis courts
- Room service
- optional continental buffet breakfast in you room
- Satellite television
- Air conditioning
- Reading lounge
- WiFi hotspots
- Safety box
- Clients are booked in on a BB basis and so are free to choose for the superb choice of restaurants all within 5 minutes of the hotel.
Circular walk from Cadaquès day 7
For your final day, there is still plenty to do and see. Spend the day in Cadaquès, set around a remote bay of the Costa Brava. The town’s sedate waterfront and patchwork of steep, narrow streets are a world away from the holiday resorts along the coast. You might want to do a final walk to the lighthouse on Cap de Creus, then to the little bays and coves, and continue to Dali’s adopted home village of Port Lligat. We recommend visiting his quirky waterside house before walking on to Punta (cape) de S’Oliguera. Stay another night in your hotel. As yesterday, you have the opportunity to enjoy the restaurant of your choice. What a memorable holiday!
Route & Location
Customise Your Holiday
Upgrade to a four star hotel and add a Michelin dinner
Upgrade the hotel in Collioure with the four star Relais des Trois Mas by the sea, in the shade of pine trees, facing Collioure. Eat in its one star Michelin restaurant, La Balette.