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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
6h30 | +154m / -126m
Today, you will be following the Ebro River as you pass the Castellar desert.
24 Alagón to Mallén - 30km
7h | +257m / -192m
After Alagón, a pleasant hike between two rivers (Jalòn and Ebro) awaits you.
25 Mallén to Tudela - 25km
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
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
6h | +168m / -107m
You are now in a verdant region, perfect for agriculture and wine.
28 Calahorra to Alcanadre - 20km
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
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.
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.