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The light in Spain’s north-east corner is something quite special and provided great inspiration for some of Salvador Dali’s most famous works. This picturesque, historic corner of Spain is just waiting to be explored.

From£1,475

  • Spain

  • 7 nights
  • Half Board
  • Apr

    May

    Sep

  • Guided Adagio Holidays

Tour codes: 56700

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Guided Adagio Holidays

This holiday includes an active sightseeing programme with unchallenging walks, either city tours or strolls on relatively easy terrain in the surrounding countryside. If in a mountainous area, the walks will be amongst the hills rather than up and down them. Local guides, winery visits, traditional villages and time to pause and watch the locals going about their lives are likely to feature.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Visit of Dali's home in Port lligat
  • Guided visit of Figueres and the Dali Museum
  • Coastal walk in France to Collioure
  • Exploring the Cap de Creus Natural park
  • Sea-side town of Cadaques
  • Magnificent castle at Peralada

The light in Spain’s northeast corner is something quite special and provided great inspiration for some of Salvador Dali’s most famous works. 

From the pretty sea-side town of El Port de la Selva, close to the French border, we’ll discover his home in the sea-side village of Port Lligat close to Cadaqués, visit the Dali Museum in his home town of Figueres, enjoy walks in the Cap de Creus Natural Park as well as explore the historic town of Peralada, with its magnificent castle and even pop over into France for the day for a beautiful coastal walk. 

There will be time to relax and explore el Port de la Selva, which is an ideal base for exploring the northern, more tranquil, Costa Brava region which offers a great mix of history, culture, nature and cuisine. Our hotel is a spa hotel and offers a wellness centre and sauna.

This picturesque, historic corner of Spain is just waiting to be explored.

  • Flights from London Heathrow to Barcelona with British Airways
  • En suite accommodation with breakfast daily
  • Dinners taken at the hotel's restaurant
  • Airport transfers
  • All local transport, entrances and tipping to local suppliers
  • Lunch on our visit to Fugueres
  • Personal Expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary Tips
  • Optional Excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice. All local transport costs, entrance fees and tipping to local providers are included in the cost of your holiday. 

Your Itinerary

Day 1

El Port de la Selva

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

On arrival into Barcelona airport we transfer by private coach to the splendid Porto Cristo Hotel in the sea-side town of El Port de la Selva. Dinner is at our hotel’s own restaurant this evening.

Day 2

Peralada

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We take our private coach to the historic town of Peralada today, where our local guide shows us the town and its magnificent castle, interesting museum and castle park and where we also enjoy a local walk. Up to 6kms; A/D minimal

Day 3

Llanca

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Step out of the hotel and enjoy a gentle and pleasant coastal walk to Llanca on well-made paths and tracks. Once we reach Llanca, we have time to enjoy the sea-front cafes and promenade, before returning to El Port de la Selva by local bus.  Up to 7kms; A/D minimal (extension possible) 

Day 4

Port Lligat & Cadaqués

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We take our coach to lighthouse above Port Lligat and from there we enjoy a coastal trail that takes us to the pretty sea-side village of Cadaqués, with time to explore the little streets, take in the café atmosphere and visit Dali’s house at Port Lligat, which is now a museum (entrance included). Up to 8kms; A/D 100m

Day 5

Argelès Plage, France

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We head over into France today to Argelès Plage, where we follow a path to Argelès Port and onto Collioure for some free time and perhaps time to visit the castle. Up to 7kms; A/D 80m

Day 6

Figueres

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation

The town of Figueres is home to the Dali Museum, which we visit on a guided tour as we explore this historic town. After an included lunch at a local restaurant, we return to Port de la Selva. Dinner is not included this evening, so you are free to choose where you eat in one of el Port de la Selva’s many excellent restaurants. Your tour leader will be able to make recommendations.

Day 7

Cap de Creus

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

The peninsula of Cap de Creus offers some beautiful walks and we will enjoy one of these today, perhaps the longest of the week, (but still well within grade) and with some free time before dinner this evening. Up to 7kms; A/D 200m (extension possible)

Day 8

Farewell

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Departure dates for your selected tour

22nd Apr 2021 - 29th Apr 2021 (7 Nights)

13th May 2021 - 20th May 2021 (7 Nights)

9th Sep 2021 - 16th Sep 2021 (7 Nights)

30th Sep 2021 - 7th Oct 2021 (7 Nights)

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is a summary of the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Porto Cristo

El Port de la Selva is a traditional fishing village and seaside resort located on the edge of the Cap de Creus Natural Park on Spain’s Costa Brava, just 20 miles from the border with France. The town sits in a bay, with a natural harbour, and is surrounded by mountains. The centre of the town remains untouched with cobbled streets and tiny white houses, giving it an authentic feel. You will find cafes, restaurants, a sandy beach, banks, supermarkets and ATMs in the town.

The four-star Hotel Porto Cristo is housed in a historic mid-19th century building which is a former winery and has been tastefully renovated while keeping its charm. It is a short stroll from the beach and all the town’s facilities. The hotel consists of a total of 50 newly refurbished rooms, all en suite, (with bath and/or shower) with climate control, complimentary wi-fi, TV, mini-bar, hairdryer, safe and have a view of the street or mountains. You will also find a wellness centre with sauna within the hotel.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

All Adagio holidays are expertly designed to allow you to immerse yourself in the destination. Leisurely exploration of the must-see, as well as lesser known, highlights together with relaxed enjoyment of local food and wines is what we have in mind. 

There may be days of sightseeing on foot around a spectacular city or unchallenging strolls on easy terrain in open countryside interspersed with winery visits, guided tours, boat trips, cafe stops and traditional restaurants. 

Walks & Excursions

We use a mix of privately hired vehicles, taxis, and public transport which gives us some flexibility in our itinerary. We have a wonderful programme of walking, sightseeing and visits planned to let you fully experience the area along with opportunities to relax at our wonderful hotel and enjoy your surroundings.

Local Costs

Holiday Budgeting

Local transport costs, entrance fees and tips to local providers are included in your holiday price. You may wish to budget for any meals and drinks not included in the holiday arrangements, non-included entrance fees and any optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Country Currency

The currency in Spain is the euro. ATMs are widely available in the larger towns and villages and most establishments accept credit/debit cards. You may wish to take some euro in cash with you for the first day or so until you locate a bank.

Tipping

We include tips in the holiday cost and your Adagio Leader will take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers.  If you feel that someone has gone out of their way to make your holiday enjoyable or help you in anyway, please feel free to give a personal tip to the person should you wish. If you are having an independent lunch or other service not included in the holiday arrangements, tipping is at your own discretion.

Your Group

Group Size

We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.

Your Leader

An Adagio Leader will accompany you throughout the holiday. They are all experienced travellers with a love for exploring and will help capture the true essence of the destination with their stories, knowledge and insights.  They are well-organised, pay great attention to detail and enjoy being with people.  They are there to help make your holiday as enjoyable and stress free as possible.

Leaders Evening Briefing

Your Adagio Leader will discuss the programme for the following day with the group at each evening briefing. This will be your opportunity to find out more details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. Also, if you have any questions or concerns on clothing or lunch arrangements, this can be discussed then. If you wish to opt out of the organised group programme, this is fine, just let your Leader know.

Local Guides

Visiting historical sites, churches or museums are much more rewarding with a local guide. They give an insight to the local culture, language and traditions and can bring a destination alive. Many of our Adagio holidays include a knowledgeable English speaking guide on at least one of the days. Please refer to your daily itinerary to see where a guide is included.

Travel Plans

Getting to your Holiday

We fly from London Heathrow  to Barcelona and return with British Airways. The flight takes about 2 hours. We include return airport transfers to and from El Port de la Selva. Please note that there is only one transfer to the hotel based on the group arrival flight. This means there may be a wait at Barcelona airport for any arrivals on regional flights. The transfer takes 1.5hrs-2 hours, depending on traffic.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you wish to organise your own flights from either a non-UK or UK regional airport, or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. If you choose to do this, before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at the hotel. Although airport/train station transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport/train station, depending on your flight/train arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight/train must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight/train to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight/train number, arrival time and departure point so that your Adagio Leader is able to meet up with you.

Luggage Allowance & Tickets

When booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday with us, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

Please ensure that the personal details we have on file for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. 

Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to accurately manage your holiday booking are correct at the time of booking (including health and dietry requirements). You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.adagio.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 386700. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passport Information

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport page (with your photo on). Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country. Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements. 

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Brexit Passport Advice

You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.

If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.

You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.

Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance. 

UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.

The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules  which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.

In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

This holiday is on a half board basis from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8Buffet breakfasts and dinners will be taken in the hotel’s own Monterey restaurant, which has views over the sea. Dinners will be three-course, with three options for each course to choose from.

We do not include dinner on one evening, leaving you free to sample the local restaurants at your leisure. We do include lunch on one day in the holiday cost.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.

General Kit List

We recommend you bring the following items with you:

  • Walking boots or shoes with a good sole and waterproof uppers. 
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers. It does rain sometimes!
  • A sunhat, fleece hat and gloves… to cover all weather eventualities.
  • Sun cream. 
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Swimwear in case there is time for swimming if the hotel has a pool
  • A water bottle.  (see Water-to-Go below)
  • A picnic knife, fork and spoon, as required.
  • A simple basic first aid kit.
  • A daypack to hold all the above.
  • Trekking poles (if you usually walk with poles)

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Travel Document Checklist

To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday currency
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Spain

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Maps & Guidebooks

Useful books:

  • Costa Brava and Barcelona – Sunflower guides
  • Eyewitness Travel – Barcelona and Catalonia

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: [email protected]

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Staying Healthy on Holiday

Country Health

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Spain

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

Further Health Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

Please make sure you are insured for guided walking. It is important that you bring your travel insurance documents with you on holiday, including your policy number and 24-hour assistance telephone number.

EHIC Cards

Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance. 

For more information please visit ehic.org.uk.

Our Ethos

Responsible Travel

We're committed to operating responsible tours in all our destinations as best we can. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel Ltd’s (inc Adagio) profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. 

In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. 

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Spain

  • Capital

    Madrid

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Spanish

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00, UTC +01:00

  • Flight duration

    2.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 59mm

  • February

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • March

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 47mm

  • April

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 49mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 42mm

  • June

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 27mm

  • July

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 14mm

  • August

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 18mm

  • September

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 37mm

  • October

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 61mm

  • November

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 69mm

  • December

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 69mm

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