PTS - Catalonia
Departing by Air
Duration 8 Days
Available 2021

Mainly known in the UK for the beaches of the Costa Brava and Dorada, Catalonia is a region with an incredibly rich variety of landscapes. Close to the coast, the rolling highlands offer lovely views towards the sea and inland towards the heights of the Sierras, which are rich in wildlife and flora.
Your walks feature both landscapes, as well as the character-filled villages of the interior.
Your base is Coma-Ruga, a pleasantly unspoilt resort with an excellent beach in the quieter Penedes area of the ‘Golden Coast’, the Costa Dorada, between Barcelona and Tarragona. There is an excellent, reasonably priced rail service to both cities. Apart from the wine-producing counties of the Penedes, you also walk in the adjacent Alt Camp, the ‘High Country’.

Price includes:

  • 7 nights half board at the 4* Nubahotel, Coma-Ruga
  • 3 fully guided walks
  • Services of a tour representative
  • Return flights with coach transfers

-Option to extend your holiday by one week

Itinerary

Day One: Flight to Reus or Barcelona. Transfer to your hotel, just under an hour away. Seven nights half board accommodation is reserved for you.

Days Two to Seven: In resort with three included walking excursions:

Walk 1: Coastal Walk from La Mora to Torredembarra. After a short coach transfer you start your walk near the medieval Mora watchtower. You cross the beach and the headland before reaching Tamarit and its castle. You head along the beach and then a short way inland, up the river, to explore the ‘witches’ village’ of Altafulla. The coastal area, the story goes, was plagued by pirates and smugglers: the word was put out that the upper part of the village was populated by witches, so as to discourage attack! You return to the wide beach and climb onto the headland to reach ‘Els Munts’, an impressive Roman villa (the word means a farmstead). Nearby there are other, rather less impressive, holiday ‘villas’. You descend into Torredembarra – the town has a pleasant old quarter and beach. 6 miles, 80m of climb/ descent. Nearby is a dune area, a haven for birds and of ecological importance: you will have time to explore it if you wish. You return to the hotel by train.

Walk 2: The Foix Natural Park and Modernist l’Arboç. Short coach transfer (20 minutes) to the entry to the Foix Natural Park Area. You start this country walk near Penyafort Castle. Your route takes you along lanes and paths close to vineyards, with views of the Sierra del Montmell. The route undulates gently amid rich vegetation, approaching Castellet, with its impressive lakeside castle – now home to a UNESCO International Biosphere Research Centre. There are fine views over the reservoir – watch out for cormorants and other birdlife. After a stop, you then follow lanes to l’Arboç village, home to a lacemaking tradition, and with impressive modernist buildings, its ‘Indian Houses’ and Giralda Tower – a copy of the one in Seville. 6.9 miles, 100m ascent/descent.

Walk 3: Villages of the Alt Camp & the Cistercian Route. After a 40-minute coach transfer to the start of the walk in the village of Cabra del Camp, you follow the long-distance GR7 path for 2.3 miles, gradually gaining 175m in altitude.   You then join the ‘Cistercian Route’, the long distance GR175 path linking the three great Catalan Monasteries. There are great views as you descend gently towards Pont d’Armentera (300m over approx. 4 miles), where you have a break for lunch. The last section of the walk to the Santes Creus Monastery follows a broad track overlooking the Gaia valley – 4 miles, 70m climb. (The total distance is just over 10 miles, but there is a possible break point after 7 miles at Pont d’Armentera from where you can take a bus or taxi to Santes Creus).  Time permitting, you will be able to visit the monastery (entrance fee approx. 3.50 euros). From Santes Creus you transfer back to your hotel, with an en-route photo stop at the unusual modernist Sanctuary at Montferri.

Day Eight: Free time until your departure to the airport for your flight home.

Your Hotel

Nubahotel ****, Coma-Ruga

The hotel stands close to the broad sandy beach. This unspoilt resort is quiet out of season, rather busier at weekends from June to September when there is an entertainment programme in the hotel, with music on Saturday evenings. A reasonable selection of shops, bars and restaurants is about 10 minutes walk (700m) away, and the railway station with half-hourly departures to Barcelona is about 15 minutes walk. There is also a local bus service to the nearby county town of El Vendrell, birthplace of Pablo Casals: his villa, now an interesting museum, is within walking distance of the hotel. The hotel has a spa centre (a reasonable extra charge applies), restaurant, bar, lounge, and outdoor pool. Rooms, which all have balcony, also have 2 queen size beds, bathroom with hairdryer, phone, air-conditioning/heating, satellite LCD tv, and safety deposit box (charge applies). Free wifi in public areas. (www.nubahotelcomarruga.com)

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