Cami de Ronda, Catalunya

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The Cami de Ronda stretches the length of the north Catalan Coast – the Costa Brava.

Once a series of walkways to keep

vigilance on the coast, it now makes a convenient set of paths that,

if you’re crazy enough,

you can follow in one long walk.

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The route starts at Blanes, 70km north of Barcelona, and heads north to the French border

meandering along the coastline and taking in a variety of landscapes

that include rocky pine outcrops, long beach walks,

urban paths, flat dirt tracks, coastal resort towns,

fishing villages and national parks,

all the while

wandering up and down the Calas (Coves) of the Costa Brava.

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It’s easy to follow, being part of the GR92,

Spain’s long walk from France through Catalonia and down to Andalusia.

We used 10 stopping points,

which in theory means the walk could be done in 10  days,

yet that would be to rush thereby missing real gems along the way,

the Mediterranean spectacular.

Tossa del Mar

Tossa del Mar

Heading north from Tossa in July we wandered the coast,

pitching our tent on all but a couple of nights in San Pere Pescador,

where a small hotel was a cheaper option.

July might not be the best time to walk

the  Catalan sun can fry you

but the days are long

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San Feliu de Guixols

 

you can walk from early morning

take a long lunch with a “menu”

and continue on well into the evening

We walked 180km from Tossa del Mar to Cadaques

mostly easy enough

though some stretches were long

the golf of Roses is enormous,

long and flat, though there’s plenty of camping sites.

Calella de Palafrugell to Begur is steep but rewarding

and probably the highlight of the entire coast,

though once arriving in Cadaques,

and strolling out through the Parc Natural del Cap de Crues,

it’s hard to decide where the best place is.

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The paths are excellent, well marked with the red & white GR92 symbol.

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There’s a

Triangle Postal book

with too many photos to carry on a walk.

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A map was all we needed, despite some confusion in the L’Emporda area

We started at a friends house near Lloret

then camping Pola, north of Tossa

a night in San Feliu de Guixils

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then Playa Castell just past Palamos (Benelux)

a good camping option

with

many little Calas

making for excellent exploring

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it’s not far then to Calella de Palafrugell

where the water is crystal clear

and it’s easy to find an isolated cala

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La Torre Tres Pins, Calella

La Torre Tres Pins, Calella

Hard to leave behind

through to Begur

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and then down to the coast again, camping one night

before a long walk to l’Estartit

hot and flat along the beach

a noisy place for camping, crammed with too many campervans & caravans

Estartit, Llaut Catalan fishing boats

Estartit, Llaut Catalan fishing boats

next stop L’Escala

a seaside resort

with the Badia de Roses stretching out ahead.

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Going inland here

to San Pere Pescador

a quiet track through fruit orchards

hot, flat and dry

a good town

with the best apples in Catalonia

and good tapas

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It’s a long walk to Roses

but it starts well through a wetland national park

before

winding through the canals of Empuribrava

and along the bay to Roses

Up and down and over the Punta Falconera leads

to Cadeques

by then

a magic place

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with Dali’s house over the hill in Portlligat

and Cap de Creus the most easterly point of the Spanish mainland

a couple of hours away by foot

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view from Cap de Creus, northwest to France

view from Cap de Creus, northwest to France

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~ by Drifting, Rambling on November 20, 2015.

4 Responses to “Cami de Ronda, Catalunya”

  1. Wow!!! How many kilometres was it in total? I am adding this to my bucket list! Love it!!

  2. Wow, great story and nice pictures. Can we do a little comment?

    The footpaht GR-92 not follow Camí de Ronda in all the coast. In many many places GR-92 goes to hinterland, and the Camí de Ronda follow forever the coast line.

    There is a map that you can see this differences (in english too). This map is completly detailed (for walkers) and you can buy it in many places or in the web. http://camideronda.com/es/mapa-y-guia-del-cami-de-ronda.html

    Thx for this post 🙂

    • Hi, Thanks for your comment. You are right of course. I hope that anybody who might decide to do the walk would investigate it more thoroughly. Your link helps them because a map is essential, even though there are various reasonable local maps in tourist offices along the way.

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