Coastal Spain Walking Vacation

Barcelona and the Costa Brava
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Small group walking vacation Barcelona Spain walking tour

Live it up in Barcelona. Relax on the Costa Brava.

     September 1 – 7, 2024
     June 23-29, 2025
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Start: Barcelona, Spain
End: Calella de Palafrugell, Spain
Sites: Barcelona, Girona, Palamós, Pals, Peratallada, Calella de Palafrugell
Cost: from $2595 based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: from $595
All prices in US dollars, land only. Solo traveler roomshares available.

A Walking Vacation in Spain

¡Únete a nosotros en España! (Join us in Spain!) You’ll have the perfect balance of big city Barcelona and off-the-beaten-path Costa Brava. Our Spain walking vacation shows you the best of both.

Barcelona is a fun and fascinating city. It hosts dynamic culinary and art scenes as well as a rich history and stunning architecture. Costa Brava is a sun-soaked section of the Mediterranean coast with abundant natural beauty and charming towns. All along our journey we’ll find good company, great food, and welcoming hospitality.


Spain Walking Vacation


First, you’ll arrive in beautiful Barcelona. Our walking vacation in Spain begins with two nights exploring the food, culture, and the historic center of Barcelona. Our urban strolls will introduce you to the sights, sounds, and tastes of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. We will see street art in El Raval and the public heart of Catalonia in El Born. In the Gothic Quarter we will visit the bustling market of La Boqueria. From our select hotel you can stroll to nearby attractions such as the famous La Rambla or the Picasso museum.

Costa Brava

Next, our small group vacation will transfer to the Costa Brava. The Costa Brava extends northeast from Barcelona to the French border. It is known for its charming fishing villages and dramatic coastlines with many beaches, bays, and inlets. Here we spend four nights at Calella de Palafrugell. Still a small fishing village, it hosts an array of family run restaurants, cafes, and interesting  galleries. Each day our half-day walks explore the pristine coastline and nearby towns.

Surrounded almost entirely by water, Spain offers an array of beautiful coastal walks, and Costa Brava has some of the most well preserved. Calella de Palafrugell is the perfect destination for a Spain walking vacation. Our small group walks average 5k-8.5k, or between 1 ½ to 3 hours including stops and breaks. If you’d like to walk more or less, or at a different pace, we can create daily options. Hiking boots are not required. Just a good pair of comfortable walking shoes should serve you well.

In addition to the coastal villages, we will spend a day walking the countryside between two well-preserved ancient towns in the Catalonia region. We will start in Pals, which boasts amazing views from the top of the village. After exploring the town, we will walk together to Peretallada. Another day we will walk the fortress walls of Girona and explore it’s center. There we’ll see its impressive medieval architecture and fortified center. Both days you will have time to explore the town, shop and have lunch before returning to the hotel.


What you’ll love

1. Small group 

With no more than 12 guests, it feels like traveling with a fun group of friends.

2. Immersive experiences

Step away from your everyday life and fully experience the food, culture, and landscape of the Costa Brava.

3. Planning with Care

We take care of the details. You enjoy your vacation!

Barcelona historic center people walking vacation in Spain

What’s Included


  • Two nights at our centrally located hotel
  • Orientation walk
  • Full buffet breakfast daily
  • Welcome dinner
  • Assistance of your host / guide throughout the program
  • Neighborhood walk
  • All hotel taxes and service fees

Costa Brava:

  • Private group transfer from Barcelona hotel to Calella de Palafrugell
  • Four nights at our waterfront, family-owned hotel
  • Full buffet breakfast daily
  • Orientation meeting and walk in Calella de Palafrugell
  • Guided daily walking itineraries unique to The Blue Walk
    • Calella de Palafrugell to Llafranc. (5K)
    • Cap Roig to Palamos (8K)
    • Pals to Peretallada (6.5K)
    • Girona (6K)
  • Farewell dinner
  • Assistance of your host / guide throughout the program
  • All transfers per the itinerary
  • Private group transfer from Calella de Palafrugell to Barcelona Airport
  • All hotel taxes and service fees
woman looking at water on walking vacation in Spain

Example Itinerary…

Actual daily schedules may differ.


Barcelona gothic quarter walking tour vacation

Day 1

We will gather at our centrally located hotel in historic Barcelona, Spain. A quiet location situated just blocks from the La Rambla. After a meet-and-greet and program overview, we will have an orientation walk to get to know the neighborhood. Our first day comes to an end with an abundant welcome dinner of traditional Spanish tapas. 

Barcelona market fruit vendor walking vacation in Spain

Day 2

Begin your day with a stroll through Barcelona’s historic neighborhoods and bustling market. Then, our small group will take the Metro to Sant Pau, a beautifully restored former hospital renowned for its Art Nouveau architecture. Afterward, we’ll walk to the majestic La Sagrada Familia Cathedral. In the evening, you have the option to enjoy a traditional flamenco show in a cozy cantina.

Woman walking on path by the sea Costa Brava Spain walking tour vacation.

Day 3

After breakfast our small group of travelers will transfer to the Costa Brava. Before checking into our seafront hotel, an orientation walk will introduce you to Calella de Palafrugell. Later in the afternoon our walking vacation in Spain will take a leisurely stroll along a coastal path to a nearby village. Upon our return, sunset views will lead us back to our hotel.

Girona city walls Spain walking vacation

Day 4

Start the day with a walk along the ancient city walls of beautiful Girona. Full of interesting views and sweeping panoramas it is a truly unique way to see the city. In the afternoon you will have free time to have lunch and explore the city before returning to our hotel.

Costa Brava walking vacation through fishing village

Day 5

Today is all about coastal views and trails. Our Spain walking vacation will walk through pine forests and along sandy beaches. We will pass fishing villages and Roman ruins before reaching our destination of Palamós. There we will enjoy lunch at a favorite, family run restaurant before meeting our return transfer.

Walking vacation in Spain Pals Peratallada

Day 6

Our walking vacation in Spain will bring us to the enchanting medieval city of Pals and the picturesque town of Peretallada. This scenic journey will take us through olive groves, oak forests, vineyards, and rolling fields. After lunch and leisure time, we will return to the hotel to watch the moon rise over the sea as we gather for a memorable celebration at a beloved beachside restaurant.

Stepped walking path Costa Brava Spain walking vacation Walk Level 2

Day 7

Finally it is time to say adiós to our travel companions. After breakfast a private transfer will deliver our small walking group to the Barcelona International Airport. There we will bid farewell until the next time.

A full week of leisurely coastal walks and urban strolls

Where in the World?

Barcelona, known for its art, architecture, and cuisine, is located at the Mediterranean sea in the very north of the Spanish coast. It is certainly the most cosmopolitan and economically most active city in Spain. The Costa Brava is located to the north of Barcelona, and stretches for more than 200 km from Blanes to Portbou. It is renowned for the diverse landscape of its beaches and coves, the quality of its waters, its excellent cuisine and centuries-old cultural legacy. We are excited to introduce this region through our Spain walking vacation.

Important Notes

Spain Walking Vacation


Your place on a tour is secured once we have received and confirmed your deposit payment. Before the final payment date, a non-refundable deposit of $500 for walking vacations and $750 for art vacation workshops is required. After the final payment date, the entire tour amount must be received to hold a space on a program. 

You may cancel for any reason up to 90 days prior to departure and your non-refundable deposit may be forwarded to a future tour. Any balance on your account will be returned. For complete details please see our Terms and Conditions.

Solo travelers and single supplements

For our guests who are traveling solo... We offer a single supplement for an additional fee if you wish to guarantee a private room.

If you do not request a private room, you will share a twin room with another trip participant of the same sex (Roomshare). When you sign up, if no Roomshare is available, a 50% single supplement will be included on your invoice and is due at final payment. However, if a roommate is found before your trip departs, you will be matched and the single supplement will be removed or refunded.

A single supplement guarantees a private room. Whenever possible singles will be placed in the same room type as our double or twin rooms.

Twin / Double Rooms

Please be aware twin beds in Europe may have very little or no space between beds. Also, for double beds, instead of a king or queen mattress, double beds are often two adjoining twin mattresses secured together and made with double bedding.


Walking is a part of this program. It is both a means of visiting locations and a way to immerse yourself in a place. Our scheduled walks are usually 1-2 hours long at a casual pace. We provide a general description of our walks here. It is your responsibility to know your own physical and medical condition with respect to the advisability of participating in a chosen trip. We suggest you prepare by doing at least 1 hour of walking several times per week, and a longer walk at least once per week. Ideally, include walks with elevation change and stairs. (There are always stairs.)

As with any exercise program, we recommend you consult with your physician prior to your arrival regarding the suitability of a walking tour.

Some of our guests find trekking poles helpful on steep or uneven terrain. In Europe they are quite common. Before using them on a vacation, please practice at home. We strongly advise you get comfortable using trekking  poles on familiar paths first.


For additional information on these topics and more, please see our FAQ page.

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