Day 3 - walking to San Feliu (Alan and Jan MacLeod)
Day 3 - walking to San Feliu (Alan and Jan MacLeod) 
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£865.00 (2015)
TBC (2016)
7 nights
7 B&B, 3 evening meals, 5 picnics
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Medium - Hard
4½ - 6 hours per day
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Catalonia (Spain)
Quiet byways of the Garrotxa
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A self-guided walking holiday in Catalonia, visiting the volcanic zone of La Garrotxa and the mighty cliffs of Collsacabra.  End with a boat trip across a lake and two nights in a Parador. 


Beautiful Besalú, extinct volcanoes, the Parador and the lake

This walk through unspoilt Catalonia begins in the beautifully preserved medieval town of Besalú, where you stay in the comfort of a stylish hotel next to the old bridge. From here you walk through the heart of La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park with its numerous (now extinct) volcanoes. Winding up through the beech woods and rolling pastures of El Cabrerès, the cliff-girt plateau, the views are over the Catalonian hills, the towering heights of Mt. Puigsacalm and the (hopefully) snow-capped Pyrenees. Move on for two nights in pretty Rupit, before an astonishing day along the cliffs of the Collsacabra, across the lake of Sau by small boat and two nights in a Parador overlooking the lake.  Walked by On Foot staff: Simon, Debbie


Standard option (as per "Itinerary"): 7 nights

Suggested shorter alternatives: 

6-night - missing night 7 so just one night in the Parador; 5-night miss nights 1 (Besalu) and 7 - start in Santa Pau.


Please note that the minimum party size on this route is two people.

  • Breathtaking walking in unspoilt countryside
  • Extinct volcanoes and tranquil meadows
  • Walking the cliff edge of the Cabrerès and Collsacabra plateaux
  • Catalan cooking and fabled hospitality
  • Medieval Besalu, Rupit and Santa Pau
  • A boat trip across the Lake of Sau
  • Two nights in a fabulously sited Parador
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Route designed by

Mike Lockwood

Mike Lockwood, who originally designed the route, has lived in Catalonia for 25 years and now lives in the middle of Besalú. He is a wildlife and walking guide, author of the 'Sunflower' walking guide to the area and designed much of the network of historical paths that this tour follows. He is fluent in Catalan and Spanish. 


Richard Calvin

Mike has handed over his baton to Richard Calvin, who is a keen walker as well as a sculptor in stainless steel.  His wife Sara looks after hotel liaison as well as running her own villa rental company.