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Camino Catalán – Port de la Selva to Vic 1/4

Walking Section 1 of 4

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The first section of the Camino Catalán (also known as Camí de St Jaume in Catalan) starts in the pretty seaside town of Port de la Selva, in Catalonia’s Costa Brava, and takes pilgrims all the way to Vic.

From Port de la Selva, the Camino takes walkers to Sant Pere de Rodes, a former Benedictine monastery with spectacular panoramic views of the Mediterranean. As you make your way across Catalonia you will have the opportunity to marvel at its undisputed architectural heritage found both in isolated monasteries as well as in towns and cities such as medieval Girona, Vic and Figueres, home town of surrealist painter Salvador Dalí.

Starting off with a 500 metre ascent pilgrims will spend the following few days on relatively flat ground until the final walking day: a steep climb of up to 1249 metres awaits before descending into the town of Vic, your destination for this Camino tour.

Trip highlights

  • Be amazed by the views at the mountain monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes
  • Feel inspired at Salvador Dalí's birthplace in Figueres
  • Explore the beautiful medieval city of Girona
  • Walk the lush oak forests of Vic

1 Port de la Selva

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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 Bàscara - 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 only so it is also quite an easy stage.

4 Bàscara 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 so you can not get lost. 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

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You will be finishing this section of the Catalan Way in Vic. 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.

Port de la Selva Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Vic Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to Port de la Selva:
Port de la Selva is a small village, without direct connections to airport cities nearby. It is necessary to travel via Figueres, see www.sarfa.com (bus connection available at least 4 times/day, taking 40min)

Best option: Girona – Costa Brava airport (80km)
Ryanair flies to Girona from many UK and Ireland cities  Girona e.g. from/ to Birmingham, Cork, Dublin, London (Luton & Gatwick) and Manchester. It is also possible to book direct flights from/to Paris (Beauvais), Frankfurt (Hahn), Amsterdam or Milan (Bergamo). See www.skyscanner.com.

Alternative option: Barcelona airport (175km)
Barcelona has an international airport with flights to many cities in Europe and other continents. Almost all airlines have flights from/to Barcelona. See www.skyscanner.com.

 

How to get back from Vic:
Best option: Barcelona airport (90km)
Barcelona international airport is connected with many cities all over Europe and other continents. Almost all airlines have flights from/to Barcelona. See www.skyscanner.com.

Alternative option: Girona – Costa Brava airport (65km)
Ryanair flies to Girona from many UK and Ireland cities  Girona e.g. from/ to Birmingham, Cork, Dublin, London (Luton & Gatwick) and Manchester. It is also possible to book direct flights from/to Paris (Beauvais), Frankfurt (Hahn), Amsterdam or Milan (Bergamo). See www.skyscanner.com.

Transfers to and from Airport

How to get to Port de la Selva:
From: 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.

From: Barcelona airport (175km)
There is a bus from Barcelona airport (T1 and T2) to Figueres, 3 times/ day (approx. 2h30 travel time). See www.alsa.es.
How to get back from Vic:
To: Barcelona airport (90km)
From Vic to Barcelona airport, you can take the train (with a change at the station in Barcelona – Sants). The journey between Vic and Barcelona Sants is served by line R2, while the journey from/to the airport can be taken with train line R3. See www.renfe.com.
To: Girona – Costa Brava airport (65km)
There is direct bus (the Eix bus) between Vic and Girona airport (twice a day with a travel time of approx. 50 min). See www.teisa-bus.com.

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