Imagine walking for hours and hours along the cliffs with stunning views of the sea! Crossing remote beaches, secluded coves and yet being in the mountains at the same time! Doesn’t it sound perfect? Well, you’ll find just that along the GR-92 linking the villages on the Costa Brava. Here are a few walks from different parts of the route for hikers of all abilities. If you feel up to it you can do them all!
1. From Llançà to Cadaqués
From one whitewashed village to another. This leg of the GR-92 leaves Llançà and takes you to the prettiest village in the world, as the artist Salvador Dalí used to call it. The first few kilometres as far as El Port de la Selva hug the coastline almost at sea-level. Whenever you feel like it you can take off your boots and cool off your feet, or whole body, in the water! From this point on, however, you’ll start to climb, completing the total ascent of the whole route in just 10 km. On the way to Cadaqués you’ll go through Cap de Creus on inland paths without losing sight of the sea in the distance. And, of course, when you get to Cadaqués you’ll have deserved a good meal.
Distance: 20.18 km
Total ascent: 450 m
2. From Tossa de Mar to Lloret de Mar
This is the last stretch of the Mediterranean Footpath in Girona, and it follows the coastline, even though at times it passes through scrubland, pine forests and cork oak groves, linking the Llorell and Canyelles beaches. You won’t find here the spectacular rugged cliffs of Cap de Creus, but you will come across beautiful secluded spots, like the little coves Caleta des Trons or Cala dels Frares, lying below the coastal path as you approach Lloret beach. And when you get to Tossa, you’re bound to fall in love with the town and its fascinating castle!
Distance: 14.22 km
Total ascent: 415 m
3. From Torroella de Montgrí to Begur
This is a pretty, highly varied walk that will take you through very different areas. At the outset, on the plain of the Baix Empordà, you´ll walk through fruit orchards and then up the small hill of Puig de la Font Pasquala, with views of the whole region. You’ll also go through picturesque villages like Gualta, Palau-sator and Pals, which will take you back to the Middle Ages. During this part of the walk, you’ll also come across rice fields and it is worth stopping off in Pals to taste its D.O. rice. But, of course, don’t eat too much because you still have the last uphill part of the walk to Begur, one of the most attractive and charming villages on the Costa Brava. Wandering through its narrow streets is pure magic!
Distance: 21.28 km
Total ascent: 301m
4. From Palamós to Sant Feliu de Guíxols
On this walk you’ll walk along the never-ending, bustling seafront promenades of Palamós and Platja d’Aro and through pretty coves like Cala Roques Planes, a mass of granite rock sculpted by the wind and sea. You’ll also pass through S’Agaró’s luxury residential area, which will take you to back to the 1920s, when a handful of well-to-do bourgeois Catalan families built huge mansions to spend the summer. Before reaching Sant Feliu de Guíxols, you’ll pass above the Cap de Mort cove and very close to another cove, Cala Ametller, which is included in the PEIN (Plan of Areas of Natural Interest of Catalonia) of the Ardenya/Cadiretes massif. It is characterised by its reefs and a seabed that is home to a large variety of fish, as well as being one of the coast’s best-known coves.
Distance: 16.78 km
Total ascent: 293 m
5. From Sant Pere Pescador to L’Escala
On this part of the path you’ll be able to walk at a good pace as there is very little gradient and it is a short leg, a perfect walk for getting your energy back. You’ll walk through fruit orchards and several villages like Armentera and the picturesque medieval town of Sant Martí d’Empúries. A few beautiful kilometres along the coast with views over the entire bay of Roses and with the added opportunity to visit the Archeaological Site of Empúries, which rounds off this part of the GR-92 and where you can see the ruins of the ancient Greek port of Emporion and the pretty Portitxol beach. All in all, it is a very gentle, flat walk which will take you just over two hours.
Distance: 11.72 km
Total ascent: 15 m
Besides the different walks along the GR-92, you can also explore the Itinerànnia network of footpaths. These paths will take you to and from any point in the region of the Ripollès, Garrotxa and Alt Empordà areas with total freedom and safety. There are all sorts of paths and some go along the Costa Brava, such as from Cala Tamariua to Cala Fornells, from Platja Gran in Portlligat to Cap de Creus or from Cala Montjoi to Punta de l’Almadrava. You can see them all here!