NEW for 2023!
Coastal Costa Brava Camino October 16-26, 2023
A natural paradise boasting an extensive network of walking trails, the Costa Brava is the essence of the Mediterranean with turquoise waters, wild pine trees, and endless cliffs and coves. Explore the culture, rural lifestyle, and delicious cuisine of this beautiful region of Spain all while engaging an inner journey of reflection in this ‘moveable retreat’. ‘After walk’ activities include a visit to a six-generation owned local organic farm and vineyard with tasting, guided visits in Barcelona, Girona, and Salvador Dali’s museum and house. Our accommodations include three and four-star hotels with sea views.
El Camino: An Epic Journey Awaits You!
Is walking El Camino on your ‘bucket list’?
Are you in transition and wanting space and time to reflect on ‘what’s next’?
Are you celebrating a milestone life event?
Are you seeking a travel experience that aligns with your deepest values?
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of St. James, is the epic pilgrimage route of Europe.
For 2023, we offer two new extraordinary pilgrimage options:
Camino Classic, The French Way Gently, October 2-13 and
Coastal Costa Brava Camino, October 16-26, 2023, both are our kindest and gentlest Caminos ever. Both combine the stunning beauty of northern Spain with spacious time for you to reflect individually and with a caring, supportive community on your inner capacity to lead a more authentic, meaningful, and resilient life. In these exclusive, small group, amenities-packed pilgrimages, you are pampered by the breathtaking natural beauty of the sun-drenched north coast of Spain, superior accommodations, and regional delicious cuisine.
Walk in Beauty Ethos
Our mission is to provide not just a travel experience but rather a pilgrimage journey so transformative that it becomes a defining moment in your life. We provide amazing support on meticulously planned itineraries, with a carefully cultivated community to support you, superior accommodations, and regional-delicious cuisine so you can be fully present, enjoying ‘your Camino, your Way’.
We welcome and support people from diverse racial, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, gender identities, languages, ages, abilities, immigration and socio-economic status, and spiritual practices.
Preparation in Body, Mind, & Spirit
You’ll be supported from the moment you register with ample resources to prepare you in body, mind, and spirit. You’ll receive newsletters, a training schedule, maps, our Comprehensive Pilgrimage Resource Guide and Packing List, as well as Camino Community Conference Calls via videoconference to get to know fellow pilgrims and build a supportive community. You’ll arrive in Spain with new friends, feeling prepared.
An Inward Journey through Reflection
Based on the work of Quaker educator and writer, Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal, Walk in Beauty Pilgrimage is a ‘moveable retreat’, which distinguishes this pilgrimage apart from all others. You’ll explore what is most meaningful to you, have space and time to listen to your own inner wisdom, reconnect who you are with what you do, and cultivate the courage to lean into action. Guided by core principles and practices, which include the belief that everyone has an ‘inner teacher’, an inner source of truth, the pilgrimage engages contemplative practices to support personal and societal transformation.
As a capstone experience, a version of the Quaker Clearness Committee, a process of individual discernment in community, will be offered during the pilgrimage to support your questions of ‘what’s next’.
Private Van Support & Guides
Our fully supported private van, loaded with healthy snacks, water, medicine, and first aid kits, sets this pilgrimage apart and makes it accessible to all. A private vehicle and guide for logistical support is available during the entire pilgrimage route to assist you, to transport luggage, and to address any other needs. This means you can enjoy the scenery and not worry about the unexpected!
Walk at Your Own Pace
Everyone walks at their own pace and you will be met by our guides and support vehicle at various checkpoints along each stage. At the checkpoints you can enjoy a snack, fruit and cold beverages and our guides will assist you in case you need anything else. We also offer assistance for any emergencies or simply to relieve muscular pain or cure blisters. If for any reason you do not want to continue walking, our support vehicle is at your disposal.
Luggage is transferred from one hotel to the next using the support vehicle. You need only carry a small/medium backpack for your essentials and leave the rest to us! (Please review luggage requirements under Frequently Asked Questions.)
Regional Delicious & Healthy Cuisine
Traditionally prepared hearty breakfasts and locally-sourced and delicious dinners with local wines served with exceptional hospitality and ambiance are included in your Camino. Lunches are not included to provide more flexibility during your walk to sample local foods in the quaint towns at the end of the daily stage. Vegetarians, vegans, or those with a special diet (e.g. gluten-free) can always find suitable options.
Carefully selected accommodations vary from chic city hotels, to sea-front three-and four- star hotels, to rural charming manor houses on the heart of El Camino. All hotels are well known for outstanding hospitality and service with private en-suite bathrooms.
*All hotels are subject to change and depend on availability.
Coastal Costa Brava Camino Daily Itinerary
DAY 0: BARCELONA – 15 October
Arrive in Barcelona
DAY 1: BARCELONA – Half-Day Guided Walking Tour – 16 October (Light City Walking)
9:30 am Walking tour Barcelona and visit Sagrada Familia with a local guide.
1:30 pm Free time for lunch and free afternoon to explore Barcelona.
8:00 pm Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant within walking distance of hotel.
DAY 2: WELCOME TO GIRONA & GUIDED WALKING TOUR – 17 October (Light City Walking)
Girona, located in Catalonia, Spain, sits between Barcelona and Costa Brava. It’s a gorgeous place to visit, with medieval walls, narrow winding city streets, and one of the best preserved Jewish Quarters in Europe. Our private walking tour includes the medieval walls of Girona, a visit the Cathedral of Girona and the Jewish Quarter, a walk across Eiffel Bridge, and visit the Game of Thrones filming sites.
9:00 am Transfer to Girona from Barcelona.
3:00 pm Check in and walking tour of Girona with a local guide
Dinner at local restaurant in Girona
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 3: WALK ST. FELIU DE GUIXOLS – PLATJA D’ARO (5 Miles) – 18 October
From Girona, we transfer to Sant Feliu de Guíxols where we begin our walk on the coastal path from the top of “Puig de les Forques” to the beach of St. Pol, going through pine forests and astonishing views. On arrival at the beach, we follow the promenade with fantastic examples of Modernist residential houses of XIX c. in stunning natural scenery. Free time to explore and have lunch in Platja D’aro. After lunch, we transfer to Palamós to visit a local vineyard and organic farm that has been in operation since 1668 to learn about sustainable farming and traditional methods. Close the day with a regional-delicious dinner at our hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
DAY 4. WALK PALAMÓS – CALELLA DE PALAFRUGELL (8 Miles) – 19 October
We start gently walking from our hotel in Palamós to Platja del Castell, which means ‘Castle Beach’ in the Catalan language. We enter the pine-clad Natural Park of Castell-Cap Roig, a protected area with dozens of hidden coves and sandy beaches along the way; a natural paradise. Today we will enjoy lunch in Calella de Palafrugell, one of the most picturesque villages of the Costa Brava. Dinner tonight in Palamós will be in a local restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
DAY 5. WALK St. SEBASTIÀ LIGHTHOUSE to AIGUABLAVA (7 Miles) – 20 October
A 30-minute drive will bring us to the St. Sebastià Lighthouse, where we will enjoy extended views over the Mediterranean Sea and along the stretch of coastline that we walked yesterday. Our trail starts descending across a lush forest to Cala Pedrosa, a remote beach with an old fisherman’s hut. It then continues along an ascending, rocky pathway to connect Camí de Ronda to Tamariu, a small fishing neighborhood. We will be rewarded for our efforts with a homemade picnic lunch on the beach, a perfect bathing spot at Platja Aiguablava, one of the most exquisite landscapes of the area. To close the day, we will enjoy a delightful Mojito or mock-Mojito workshop in Begur. Dinner is free for everyone to explore.
Meals: Breakfast & Picnic Lunch
DAY 6. WALK BEGUR – PERATALLADA (10 Miles) – 21 October
We begin walking right from our hotel and follow quiet and relatively flat inland tracks today. Rural trails will take us through beautifully cultivated farmlands to the quaint village of Pals, one the most important historic-artistic sites in Catalunya. We’ll take our time exploring the narrow, cobbled streets of this historic village. Later in the day, we continue to follow quiet back roads through the villages of Palau-Sator and Peratallada, a great example of the cultural heritage and nature of “el Baix Empordà”, the heart of Costa Brava. Lunch will be on your own as you explore Peratallada. After lunch, we enjoy gorgeous scenery on our drive up the coastline to the magical coastal town of Cadaqués. We dine together at our hotel this evening, a delightful three course set menu.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 7. ENJOY A REST DAY IN CADAQUÉS – 22 October
Sleep in, journal, linger over a steamy cup of café con leche. This is a full, well-deserved day at leisure and rest.
DAY 8. WALK CADAQUÉS to CAP DE CREUS LIGHTHOUSE (6 Miles) – 23 October
From our hotel, we start walking to Cap de Creus Natural Park; the most easterly point on the Iberian peninsula and probably one of the wildest areas on the Costa Brava. Breathtaking is simply not an adequate description. A narrow rocky trail, between stone walls (up and down of course!) will lead us to the lighthouse, where we will stop for a well-deserved lunch. After indulging in a hearty home-cooked local specialty lunch, we will transfer to Salvador Dali’s house in Portlligat to visit his home where he lived for most of his life. Afterwards we walk to our hotel in Cadaqués (about 1 mile.) We will have time to relax and enjoy the enchanting village of Cadaqués, known as the pearl of the western Mediterranean.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
DAY 9. WALK CADAQUÉS to PORT DE LA SELVA (9KM) – 24 October
We begin the day with a short transfer to the trailhead in the Natural Parc of Cap de Creus. Our walk today is through strikingly dramatic rocky landscape that was a backdrop of Salvador Dalí’s artistic mind. Surrounded by surreal shapes, we travel inland then back out to the coast through the Natural Park to Port de la Selva, a quaint seaside village. We follow part of the GR-11, marked with white and red stripes. This route is one of the long-distance trails of Europe, in this case the long traverse that joins the Cantabrian Sea and the Mediterranean Sea through the Pyrenees Mountain range. We will enjoy our Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant in Port de la Selva.
Overnight: Port de la Selva
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 10. PORT DE LA SELVA – DALI MUSEUM in FIGUERES – BARCELONA – 25 October
9:00 am Early transfer to Figueres where we will visit Dali’s Museum with a local guide. After free time to explore and lunch, we transfer back to Barcelona, arriving approximately 3:00 pm.
Day 11: BARCELONA, YOUR CAMINO JOURNEY of LIFE BEGINS! – 26 October
Breakfast and check out.
Cost: $7499.00/person, double-occupancy
(Single occupancy supplement: +$1,200.00)
Guided preparation and facilitation before, during, and after pilgrimage
Comprehensive pre-pilgrimage preparation, including customized training schedule, newsletters, videoconference calls, and resource guide
Private Vehicle Support fully stocked with supplies, snacks and drinks
English-speaking guide assistance
Luggage transfers/Transfer before and after walks and to included activities
10 Breakfasts + 6 Dinners + 2 Lunches
Carefully selected en-suite superior hotel accommodations (3 and 4 star hotels)
Informational program and route map
Welcome and Farewell dinners
Rest day in Cadaqués
Half-day guided walking tour of Barcelona with entry to Sagrada Familia
Guided walking tour of Girona
Guided visit of local organic farm and vineyards near Palamós
Guided visit of Salvador Dali’s house in Portlligat
Guided visit of Salvador Dali Museum in Figueres
Delightful Mojito or mock-Mojito workshop in Begur
Price Does Not Include:
Lunches and Dinners not listed
Cancellation Insurance (recommended)
Tips for Guides
Information about Cancellation Policy, see: https://www.valeriebrown.us/events/2023-coastal-costa-brava-camino/
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