Stays

Mediterranean Coast, from Collioure to Cadaques (Spain)

Spanish catalonia
Self-guided walking
Self-guided Walking
7 Days
6 Nights
7 Activity Days
From 545,00 €

The “Côte Vermeille” (Scarlet Coast), is aptly-named. It's situated on the southern French side of the Pyrenees Orientales, the Mediterranean Sea to the East and the Alberes massive to the West.
On the other side of the border, Spanish Catalonia extends towards Cadaqués.

The terraced vineyards cover the slopes and the sunny valleys, producing the famous Banyuls sweet wine, and the remarkable Collioure wines. In this country, the population is welcoming and likes to party. Everywhere, the sardana is danced and the rounds are opened to tourists.  You will taste the Catalan cuisine in front of the sea.

It is an exceptional hiking circuit that you will discover, with strikingly contrasting landscapes. This land of red earth is also called the "Coast of Wonders". 

Dates and Prices

Departures

Every day from mid-september to mid-june, according to availability. No bookings from mid-June to mid-September due to the heat.
Booking from 2 people (solitary traveller: consult us).

 

Prices with luggage transfer :

 

Price per person for a group of 2 persons

715€

Price per person for a group of 3 persons

660€

Price per person for a group of 4 persons

630€

Price per person for a group of 5 persons

615€

Price per person for a group of 6 persons

605€

 

Prices without luggage transfer :

 

Price per person for a group of 2 persons

570€

Price per person for a group of 3 persons

560€

Price per person for a group of 4 persons

555€

Price per person for a group of 5 persons

550€

Price per person for a group of 6 persons

545€

 

Extras :

- Single Room option : 190€/pers
- Extra transfer back from Cadaqués to Collioure on a week day : 165€/transfer
- Extra transfer back from Cadaqués to Collioure on a Sunday or Public Holiday: 190€/transfer
- Extra night in Collioure in BB double room: 80€/pers
- Extra night in Collioure in BB single room : 110€/pers
- Extra night in Cadaqués in BB double room : 55€/pers
- Extra night in Cadaqués in BB single room : 85€/pers

Price includes

- Bed & Breakfast accommodation
- Luggage transfers depending on the option chosen
- Dossier containing maps, route notes 
- GPS tracks if you ask us + access to the detailed itinerary on the Mhikes GPS mobile application

Price doesn't include:

- Holiday and travel insurance
- 15€ for booking fees
- Evening meals 
- Entrance fees, additional activities
- Drinks and picnics

Day 1 : Start of your stay in Collioure

Settle into your hotel in Collioure. You can choose to visit the town or to do a loop walk starting from it. 

Panoramic walk over the Vermeille Coast.
There's a pedestrian loop starting from Collioure. It allows you to gain some height to discover the Vermeille coast (also called the “Coast of the wonders”). A stroll to warm up your legs that will also give you a good insight into what's in store for your stay! You'll spend a night in hotel in Collioure. Distance: 9km, duration: around 3h, total ascent +350m, total descent -350m

Day 2 : From Collioure to Banyuls

Mountain path : From Collioure to Banyuls by the mountain path. This prestigious region is internationally known for its refined wines. The passage through the Madeloc Tower, an ancient signal tower dating from the 13th century, will remain a magical moment, as it is a true 360-degree panoramic view that will unfold before your amazed eyes. From the top of the 656m climb, you will be able to discover the Roussillon plain, the Côte Vermeille, and the nearby Massif des Albères, a whole world... Then, you'll descent in the direction of the welcoming Banyuls, where the Mediterranean sea and the Catalan sky mingle on the horizon.
Coastal path : also a superb itinerary, which allows you to cross Port-Vendres, to discover Cap Béar and its lighthouse facing the sea, but also to discover the beautiful beaches scattered between Port-Vendres and Banyuls sur Mer. Distance : 12,5km, duration : around 5h00, total ascent : +750m, total descent : -750m (mountain path). OR Distance : 16,5km, duration : around 5h, total ascent : +400m, total descent : -4000m (coastal path).

Day 3: From Banyuls to Cerbère

Between Banyuls and Cerbère, the coastal path allows you to discover several creeks and isolated beaches as well as beautiful viewpoints on the Côte Vermeille. Here, there is not much respite as the coast is jagged, involving incessant ascents and descents. The route is also characterised by vineyards with vines at the edge of the cliff leaving just enough space for the hiker to pass through... It is also possible to go "up" via the Querroig tower, with magnificent views over the bays of Cerbère and Port Bou. Distance : 12,5km, duration : around 5h00, total ascent : +750m, total descent : -750m (mountain path). OR Distance : 9,5km, duration : around 3h00, total ascent : +300m, total descent : -300m (coastal path).

Day 4 : From Cerbère to Port de la Llança

Passage to the Spanish side, quickly reaching Port Bou, an emblematic border town. The Catalan atmosphere is immediately present with its noises, its scents and its ambiance. The colour of the houses and their architecture show that the border has been crossed. The arrival at LLança, a white seaside resort, gives you a feel for a certain style and way of life. Here, life unfurls in the street, effervescent, warm, communicative. Following part of the Caminos de Ronda (“chemin de Ronde”), you will discover a piece of coastline, jagged by the rocks. You will spend the night in a hotel in Llança. Distance : 15km, duration: around 5h00, total ascent +550m, total descent -550m.

Day 5 : From Llança to Port de la Selva

From Llança, in the direction of Port de la Selva, the route first follows the coastline until the Platja de la Vall. Then, you will enter the Cap de Creus Natural Park, in the heart of the land. Here you will discover the village of La Vall de Santa Creu, before climbing to the monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes, built in the 9th century at an altitude of 670m. It overlooks the Cap de Creus peninsula. Finally, all that remains is to reach Port de la Selva, a typical fishing village which, despite the influx of tourists, has managed to retain its authenticity. You will spend the night in a hotel in Port de la Selva. Distance : 9km, duration: around 3h, total ascent +150m, total descent -150m. (without the ascent to the Sant Pere de Rodes monastery). OR Distance : 15km, duration: around 5h15, total ascent +600m, total descent -600m (with the ascent to the Sant Pere de Rodes monastery).

Day 6 : From Port de la Selva to Cadaquès

During this walk, which culminates in the Catalan village of Cadaqués, you will come across testimonies of the past, with popular architecture, such as farmhouses, brick kilns, etc. One of the highlights of this day will be the arrival at the Cap de Creus lighthouse, the mythical start of the famous GR11, which you will take to reach the tip of the Cap, where, according to the famous expression: “the Pyrenees emerge from the Mediterranean Sea”. Then, an ancient path will take you through Port Lligat, the former holiday resort of Salvador Dali, to the whitewashed houses of Cadaqués. You will spend the night in a hotel in Cadaques. Distance : 21km, duration: around 6h30, total ascent +450m, total descent -450m.

Day 7 : End of your stay in Cadaques

End of the stay, after your breakfast, in Cadaques. Possibility to visit Cadaquès or to make a short hike to the lighthouse of Cala Nans, in the Natural Park of Cap Norfeu. This gives access to interesting views of the bay of Cadaqués and a beautiful viewpoint on the surrounding cliffs-walls. Distance : 7,5km, duration 2h30, total ascent +250m, total descent -250m.

This program is an example of the itinerary we aim to adhere to. It may be necessary, if situations arise that are beyond our control, for the itinerary to be modified.

Welcome

Day 1 at your accommodation in Collioure (66), according to your time of arrival.

Dispersion

Day 7 in Cadaques (Spain), after breakfast.

Level

Level 2/5
Occasional walker, in good physical condition. Hiking 5h-6h per day on average, altitude difference 400m-700m on average, on easy paths and tracks. They are average times that only take into account the effective walking time and do not include the stops during the hike. Depending on the weather conditions, the walking pace can also vary, ranging from +300m to +500m of climbing per hour.

Accommodation

Bed & Breakfast every night
4 nights in hotels*** days 1, 4, 5 and 6
1 night in hotel** day 3
1 night in guestroom day 2

 

Food
- Continental breakfast (tea, coffee, milk, butter, jam) 
- Evening meals often based on local specialities, include a starter, a main course and a dessert. Dinners day 5 and 6 are not included. Many restaurants in Cadaques, to discover Catalan cuisine. 
- Picnics and drinks are not included.

Luggage porterage

You will need to carry a day backpack only. Our bag-moving service means you can travel light during your walks. Your main luggage (that should please be easily transportable) will be transported by vehicle between the different night stops, unless you have chosen the version without luggage transport. 

Supervision

Self-guided walking, without guide.

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