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The Camino Catalán, Camí de Sant Jaume in Catalan, is the Camino de Santiago route taking pilgrims from the Mediterranean coast in Catalonia to La Rioja, where pilgrims can join the famous Camino Frances (French Way) to continue their journey to Santiago de Compostela. Divided in four stages, the Camino Catalán starts in the seaside town of Port de la Selva, in the Costa Brava, heads West across Catalonia’s countryside towards Aragón and finishes in Logroño, capital of the famous La Rioja wine region.

Walking the Camino Catalán, you will visit Dalí’s birthplace of Figueres, the breathtaking Sant Pere de Rodes Monastery looking out to the Mediterranean Sea, the gorgeous city of Girona, Montserrat Natural Park considered Catalonia’s ‘Holy Mountain’, Zaragoza city with its splendid architecture and the vineyards of La Rioja.

The Way of Sant Jaume was declared First European Cultural Itinerary in 1987 and Patrimony of the Humanity by UNESCO in 1993.

Trip highlights

  • Be amazed by the sea views at the mountain monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes
  • Feel inspired at Salvador Dalí's birthplace in Figueres
  • Energize at Monserrat, Catalonia's Holy Mountain
  • Discover Zaragoza's splendid architecture

1 Port de la Selva

Port de la Selva, starting point of the Catalan Way, is a traditional fishing village with little white houses. Its bay is a natural harbour, and the town has several other bays you can visit on foot. Saint Pere de Rodes monastery is a stunning example of 10th-century Catalan transitional architecture. The region also has several sites of unspoiled natural beauty and historical interest (mainly megalithic and medieval).

2 Port de la Selva to Figueres - 30km

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7h30 | +941m / -908m
Today, expect a glorious hike to Figueres, through the unique UNESCO World Heritage monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes. The origin of the monastery is not known and this has given way to speculation and legends. One version suggests the monastery was founded by monks who disembarked in the area with the remains of Saint Peter and other saints, to hide them from the Barbarian hordes that invaded the Western Roman Empire. Once the danger had passed Pope Boniface IV asked them to construct a monastery.

3 Figueres to Bascara - 17km

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4h30 | +183m / -161m
Figueres is the home town of world-famous surrealist painter Salvador Dalí. You can find a striking museum dedicated to the town’s most famous son. After you have explored Figueres, a pleasant and short hiking day awaits on the Catalan Way today. Only 100m elevation so it is also quite an easy stage.

4 Bascara to Girona - 33km

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8h30 | +727m / -713m
On this stage of the Catalan Way, also known as Camí de St Jaume (in Catalan), you will be leaving the region of l’Alt Empordà, pass the eastern part of el Pla de l’Estany and end you in el Gironès. The great Empordà writer Josep Pla called this lands ‘Terraprim’, the transition zone between the plain of l’Empordà and the mountainous la Garrotxa.

5 Girona to Amer - 26km

5h30 | +795m / -685m
From Girona to Amer, via the medieval village of Anglés, you will continue your Catalan Camino, following the Carrilet Greenway. This stretch of the way is very well signposted. Today’s climb is gradual, almost imperceptible.

6 Amer to Sant Esteve d'en Bas - 23km

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5h30 | +844m / -547m
Today you will continue along the Greenway of Carrilet, a very well marked section with a gradual climb. Halfway, you will reach the town of Sant Feliu de Pallerols and the Vall d’en Bas, a very nice natural area. There are beautiful sections dug into the hard rock. The Camino path climbs gently with a small drop in the end.

7 Sant Esteve d'en Bas to L'Esquirol - 19km

5h | +1084m / -1000m
This section of the Catalan Way, between oak and beech forests, is one of the most beautiful of the whole route. Crossing the Marrades del Grau d’Olot (section of the Camí Ral from Vic to Olot) will require a good fitness level.

8 L'Esquirol to Vic - 18km

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5h | +922m / -554m
Today, the Catalan Way rewards you with an easy section for both walkers and cyclists, despite the constant ups and downs. Most of today’s Camino is set in the woods. You will access Vic from the historic Bruguer bridge.

9 Vic to L'Estany - 21km

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Vic’s old town is famous for its medieval architecture and two cathedrals: the Church of Sant Pere Apostol and Santa Maria la Rodona. You will also find the Episcopal Museum, one of the most important for Roman and Gothic art in Catalonia.

10 L'Estany to Artes - 23km

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6h | +612m / -1178m
Today, you will follow a gentle path down a sleepy country-side road, while a nice footpath will take you to close to Santa Maria d’Olo.

11 Artes to Manresa - 20km

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5h | +222m / -296m
The Camino Catalán takes you today through the villages of Navarcles, Sant Fruitós de Bages and Manresa. Don’t miss the Sant Benet de Bagès monastery.

12 Manresa to Montserrat - 26km

6h30 | +882m / -937m
Enjoy the impressive views of Montserrat Mountain. Today, you will be following part the old Roman road to Terrassa. The trail to Montserrat, which is an impressive Natural Park and Catalonia’s ‘holy mountain’, will be easier than expected. You will be spending the night at the monastery.

13 Montserrat to Igualada - 27km

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7h | +1010m / -1403m
Today, you will begin the journey towards Santa Cecília, for Els Degotalls or Collbató, passing Les Bateries. The way combines paved sections with forest tracks; as you head from the peaceful and quiet Montserrat to bustling Igualada.

14 Igualada to Montmaneu - 23km

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6h | +869m / -509m
Today, most of the Camino Catalán route will take you across sleepy country roads and stunning scenery.

15 Montmaneu to Cervera - 16km

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4h | +227m / -428m
Today’s stage on the Camino Catalán, will take you across rural areas of great beauty, particularly in the spring. Once you have left Montmaneu, on your way to Cervera, you will be passing several villages: La Panadella, Els Hostalets i Sant Antolí, and Sant Pere dels Arquells. It is in urban areas where you will find reminders that you are on the Way of Saint James, such as the church of Santa Maria del Camí (Santa Maria of the Camino or Santiago), and Sant Jaume Sesoliveres, a little church outside of Igualada also dedicated to St James. Jaume is James in Catalan.

16 Cervera to Castellnou de Seana - 27km

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6h30 | +399m / -634m
The walled city of Cervera is the capital of Segarra. Make sure you visit the church of Santa Maria and the Roman church of San Pedro el Grande. Another must-see is the unique Les Bruixes lane, a narrow Medieval street dating back to the 12th century, built parallel to the Main Street and located under the local dwellings. After Cervera, the Way of Saint James continues nestled in the valley of the river Ondara. This section of the Camino Catalan gives pilgrims wide horizons and agricultural landscapes of great beauty.

17 Castellnou de Seana to Lleida - 32km

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6h30 | +399m / -634m
Today’s section of the Camino Catalán takes you via Tàrrega and Vilagrassa, following the valley of the Ondara River. Wide open landscapes, ever-stretching horizons and farm land of great beauty welcome pilgrims on the way.

18 Lleida to Fraga - 33km

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8h30 | +193m / -315m
From Castellnou, the Camino de Santiago route takes you through orchards watered by the Canal d’Urgell. Your stop for the night is the city of Lleida.

19 Fraga to Candasnos - 27km

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8h | +420m / -427m
Today, the Camino Catalan leaves Catalonia and takes pilgrims into the region of Aragón to enjoy a pleasant hike across crop fields and orchards. This is a nice stretch of the Camino even on the hottest days, as it has plenty of shade for walkers.

20 Candasnos to Bujaraloz - 22km

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5h30 | +281m / -225m
Today, the Camino Catalán takes you to the eerie and unique landscapes of the Monegros steppe.

21 Bujaraloz to Pina de Ebro - 34km

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8h30 | +263m / -434m
Leaving the steppes of Monegros behind, you will appreciate a change in the scenery as you reach the great and refreshing Ebro River.

22 Pina de Ebro to Zaragoza - 37km

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9h | +206m / -159m
Today, you will enjoy a pleasant hike along the river Ebro to reach the magnificent city of Zaragoza, one of the highlights of the Camino Catalán.

23 Zaragoza to Alagón - 26km

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6h30 | +154m / -126m
Today, you will be following the Ebro River as you pass the Castellar desert.

24 Alagón to Mallén - 30km

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7h | +257m / -192m
After Alagón, a pleasant hike between two rivers (Jalòn and Ebro) awaits you.

25 Mallén to Tudela - 25km

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5h30 | +138m / -154m
Today, your Camino Catalan hike becomes a bit more hilly, as you approach the muslim-established town of Tudela.

26 Tudela to Alfaro - 20km

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5h | +312m / -309m
Today the Camino Catalan reaches the famous La Rioja wine region, with its vineyards and relaxing atmosphere.

27 Alfaro to Calahorra - 22km

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6h | +168m / -107m
You are now in a verdant region, perfect for agriculture and wine.

28 Calahorra to Alcanadre - 20km

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5h | +161m / -169m
From Calahorra, expect a pleasant and peaceful hike, this part of the Camino can be rather solitary as you are not likely to encounter many other pilgrims here.

29 Alcanadre to Logroño - 33km

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7h | +444m / -392m
The Camino Catalan takes you today to the historical city of Logroño, capital of La Rioja and home to some of the best tapas along the Camino de Santiago. Head for Calle Laurel to sample the local Rioja-style specialities. It is here where the Camino Catalan joins the Camino Frances.

30 Logroño

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Today is the final day of your Camino de Santiago holiday. Explore the city of Logroño, capital of La Rioja, before you head home. The old town is home to the gothic cathedral of Santa María and many other Romanesque churches, including the San Bartolomé Church with its beautiful carved porch and the Santiago church with its imposing image of Saint James. If you travel to Logroño in September you might catch the city’s most important festival, Saint Mathew, celebrating the Rioja grape harvest.

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Cervera Average Temperature & Rainfall
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Logroño Average Temperature & Rainfall
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How to Get There

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Port de la Selva 

Girona – Costa Brava Airport 80km: In Girona, you can take the city bus to/from the airport (the bus and train station are at the same place).There are regular trains from Girona to Figueres (journey time 30min). Buses from Girona-Costa Brava airport (only seasonal and with a low frequency) to Figueres are not very frequent. See www.renfe.com for train connections and www.girona-tourist-guide.com for an overview and bus routes/timetables.

 

Vic

Barcelona Airport 90km: There is a train between Barcelona airport and Vic (with a change at the station in Barcelona – Sants). Train line R3 connects the airport with the city; while line R2 connects Barcelona Sants station and Vic. See www.renfe.com.

Girona – Costa Brava Airport 65km: There is a direct bus (the Eix bus) connection between the Girona airport and Vic (twice a day with a travel time of approx. 50 min). See www.teisa-bus.com.

 

Cervera

Barcelona Airport 100km: There is a bus between Barcelona airport and Cervera, once a day (taking approx. 2h). There is also a bus between  Barcelona (Nord) and Cervera (7times/ day, approx. 1h40 travel time). See www.movelia.es. To get from the airport to Nord bus station: take the airport shuttle (Aerobus) to Plaza Catalunya. From there you can take the metro to the bus station. See www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com for detailed information.

Girona – Costa Brava Airport 175km: There is a direct bus (the Eix bus) between the Girona airport and Cervera (twice a day with a travel time of approx. 2h30). See www.teisa-bus.com.

 

Zaragoza

Zaragoza Airport 10km: There is a shuttle bus between the airport and the city centre. See www.zaragoza-airport.com.Madrid (Barajas) airport (330km)

Madrid Barajas Airport 330km: There is a bus connection between Madrid airport (T4) and Zaragoza, taking approx. 3h30. See www.movelia.es. There is also a train connection from/to Madrid (Chamartín) (10 times/ day, taking approx. 2h40). See: www.renfe.com. There is a train (Line C1), linking the train station (Chamartín) with the airport (Terminal 4). See www.renfe.com.

 

Logroño

Bilbao Airport 140km: Shuttle bus from Bilbao airport from/to bilbao bus station (every 30min). A Bus links Logroño with Bilbao bus station (6 times a day/ 1h45) see: www.movelia.es.

Zaragoza Airport 175km: There is a direct train between Logroño and Zaragoza (9 times/ day. ca. 2h). There is a bus between the station in Zaragoza (named Delicias) and the airport (every half an hour). See www.renfe.com.