From villages to the Mediterranean sea
This walk takes you from the foot of the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean Sea. You discover the inland area of the Costa Brava. Our friendly donkeys accompany you from one accommodation to the next, through picturesque villages, idyllic olive groves, surrounded by vineyards, through the Albera Nature Park until you finally reach the Mediterranean sea. It is here, on the last day of the hike, that you can discover the small, idyllic coves of the nature reserve “Cap Ras”. Stop and relax.
The difficulty of this hike does not require any prior experience in handling of a donkey. Before you depart we will give you the proper instruction required, explain how to properly care for, pack and lead the donkeys. If there are any problems we are of course always immediately ready to help.
Duration: 8 days
Departure: all year, except July & August
Price: from 590,00 eur p.p. in dbl room
- accommodation (7 nights) in local B&B or family run hotels on BB basis
- a donkey and equipment for bringing your luggage
- meeting with a local guide on day 1
- maps and gps
- costs of transportation for getting to Sant Climent Sescebes
- lunches and dinners
- anything not mentioned under “the price includes”
Arrival in San Climent Sescebes
The holiday starts right after the arrival: We welcome you in the small, idyllically located country hotel in St. Climent Sescebes. Once here you can first relax! The adventure begins with the preparation for the coming days. With a welcome drink we discuss the details of the upcoming experience.
St. Climent Sescebes (round trip)
The first step is to get to know our donkeys! You can learn all about the wonderful animals, their character and small, lovable stupidities. In the end, both humans and animal have to feel at ease with each other! Well prepared you then start on the first hike. To get accustomed to the situation we chose a simple route.
This leads to a small winery (“La Vinyeta”). Anyone who wants to can get a delicious lunch served there. From there, the trail passes through a charming village surrounded by vineyards and olive groves (Mollet de Peralada). The healing thermal springs of St.Climent de Sescebes are the last item on today’s agenda. From here it goes back to the starting point.
Menhir and Dolmen. St. Climent Sesebes – Espolla
Along the l’Anyet river the path goes to Vilartoli, a picturesque village nestled in the beautiful landscape of the old Empordà. Of course you also pass through the Albera National Park. Menhir and dolmen give the landscape a mystical touch, and the fragrance of thyme and rosemary is omnipresent. Past a small lake you can reach Espolla, a Mediterranean village and valued wine growing area of our region. The former castle of the village (Can Salas) is tonight’s accommodation. Self-catering or a restaurant visit: both are possible!
Through the Nature Park. Espolla – Rabòs
The Orlina river accompanies today’s path. The goal is a wonderfully located picnic area on the banks of the river. There is the possibility of a botanical tour through the middle of wild nature, along the river. This tour has a length of 2.3 kilometers – the donkey may take a break during this time.
Continue through the enchanting Albera Nature Park. One of the impressive inhabitants of park is the Golden Eagle, which draws its extensive rounds in the blue sky. The fantastic view of the Gulf of Roses thrills any nature lover. Continue downhill, past dolmen, unspoiled nature and always in the direct vicinity of the river. We are approaching the home of the Mediterranean tortoise and the medieval village Rabós, which is nestled into a terraced hill. Our destination for the night is a charming Bed & Breakfast. A cozy restaurant is also available here for an individual dinner.
Wines and Olive Trees. Rabós – Garriguella
Today, vineyards and olive groves characterize the picture presented by the Mediterranean landscape. The first destination is the charming village Vilamaniscle. From there it goes through a cork oak forest to a turtle hatchery. Well worth a visit! Today’s route ends at the Can Coll, a typical local accommodation. Here you can relax in the Jacuzzi and let the day fade away. It is possible to enjoy a delicious, individual dinner in the restaurant.
Let’s go to the Beach!
Garriguella – Colera
Today you can expect the sea! The path leads you over the Sierra through a deserted, hidden valley. Ancient Ruins stand as witnesses of bygone eras. The barren landscape has its very special charm! The view lies on the blue Mediterranean sea, all the way to the easternmost point of the Iberian Peninsula (Cap de Creus) where the mountains plunge into the sea.
Continue past the ruins of a castle and the abandoned village of Molina. From here you wander down into the valley to the village Colera, located by the sea. Here your hotel and an individual dinner await you. Looking at the waves and walking along the beach, the day ends perfectly.
At the Beach.Colera – Colera (round trip)
This day is all about the sea. You are walking along the beach and discovering small bays. If you like, walk part of the way barefoot and enjoy the feeling of the sand under your feet.
The Nature Reserve Cap Ras with its rugged cliffs and its vegetation, which has been shaped by the winds, is very close. Go on a small excursion to this place, it is worth it! Whoever wants to take a more relaxed approach, however, can take a break and relax on the beach.