The coastal footpaths are itineraries that run along the coastline from Blanes to Portbou (Costa Brava), formerly used by the police and later by the Guardia Civil to control smuggling and the black market. Today these roads are known for their fabulous views of the Girona coast, where the deep blue sea combined with the green pine trees provides shade most of part the way.
We propose 7 coastal footpaths of low / moderate intensity to discover the most hidden coves and landscapes of the Costa Brava.
1. S’Agaró (Sant Pol Beach) – Platja d'Aro
6.5 km – 1 hour approx. You will begin at the beach of Sant Pol, famous for its changing colours. You will find Cala Pedrosa and halfway you can stop to contemplate the Mediterranean to the viewpoint where there is the arbour, and then you will find Sa Conca. The path of this stretch is very well conditioned and is quite wide, great with kids. [See route’s map]
2. Platja d'Aro – Sant Antoni de Calonge – Palamós
8.5 km. – About 4 hours. From Platja d'Aro to Sant Antoni de Calonge there is a small stretch that must be done by road (sidewalk). You will pass through Cala Rovira, Sa Cova, Cala Belladonna, Cala Cap Roig, Roques Planes … and just before reaching Sant Antoni de Calonge you will see Torre Valentina, from here you will walk all the large beach to arrive to Palamós. [See route’s map]
3. Palamós – Calella de Palafrugell
10.6 km – 6 hours approx. During this segment, you can enjoy several coves (Cala de Castell, Cala Estreta, etc) and the gardens of Cap Roig where each summer a famous music festival is held, and finally visit the picturesque village of Calella de Palafrugell. [See route’s map]
4. Platja de Pals – Aiguafreda – Sa Tuna (Begur)
5.3 km – 50 min approx. This stretch is quite easy although there are some stairs and you must walk a few meters on asphalt. First of all you will find Cala Moreta and then the beach of Sa Riera. After walking a few meters on asphalt you will arrive to Aiguafreda and finally Sa Tuna. [See route’s map]
5. Roses – Cala Montjoi
9.5 km – 4 hours. This stretch crosses the Natural Park of Cap de Creus, through the Almadrava beach and ends at Cala Montjoi, where the famous restaurant “El Bulli” used to be, which is currently a foundation dedicated to research and innovation in gastronomy. [See route’s map]
6. Cadaqués – Portlligat – Cap de Creus
10km. 5 hours approx. A wild and unspoiled stretch, with many hidden coves, that begins in the picturesque village of Cadaques, through Portlligat, where you can visit the Dalí house museum and it ends at the lighthouse of Cap de Creus, Catalonia's easternmostpoint. [See route’s map]
7. Port de la Selva – Llançà
8.8 km – about 2 hours. Leaving the town of Port de la Selva you will pass by the Lighthouse of S’Arenella and Cap de Bol and you continue along the coastline, passing by the Falcó Islands to reach the islet of Castellar in Llançà. [See route’s map]
Attention! You keep in mind that these aren't circular routes, it means you must repeat the route in reverse (double kilometers) to return or plan the return transportation.
Put on your shoes and the backpack! Ah! And don't forget to take the sunscreen, towel and swimsuit, cap, sunglasses, water and something to eat.
If you want more information of coastal footpahts you can request information at the tourist office of each village.