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Walking and Wine in the Heart of Catalonia

Group Tour

7 Days From £1,295

Overview

Distinctly different from its Spanish neighbours, Catalonia is a land filled with cultural anomalies and natural bounty. With its own language and its own unique traditions, this staunchly independent corner of the Iberian Peninsula is home to some of the finest vineyards and hiking trails anywhere in the country. What better way then to start rediscovering some of Europe’s hidden cultural gems.

Travelling into the heart of the Catalan countryside, we’ll enjoy a week of wine and walking ...

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HIGHLIGHTS

At a glance

MEALS

6 x Breakfasts
6 x Lunches
6 x Dinners

TRANSPORT

On this tour we will use vans or minibuses depending on the final group size.

GROUP SIZE

Maximum: 12

CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

A carbon-offsetting contribution to Eco Act for all bookings

EXPERT TEAM

The full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides where appropriate

ACCOMMODATION

All accommodation as outlined in the itinerary

ACCOMMODATION

As an overall ethos, wherever possible we aim to use characterful accommodation that enhances the overall travel experience, not just offers a bed for the night. This can obviously vary dramatically from country to country and from trip to trip. On this particular trip we will be in small hotels & locally owned guesthouses, all of which are brimming with character. Depending on group size, in Porrera the group might be split amongst three small guesthouses although we will always eat together. Please note that the accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is intended as a guide only and is always subject to availability.

ENTRANCE FEES

All entrance fees for sights mentioned in the itinerary

FITNESS RATING

High

FITNESS RATING

LOW: You should be comfortable walking around towns and cultural sites. May include some optional walks (typically 1-2hrs).

LOW/MODERATE: May be of a long duration and/or involve numerous border-crossings. May include easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-3hrs/day). You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle.

MODERATE/HIGH: May include several easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-4hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle. Previous experience of similar trips helpful.

HIGH: May involve several days of moderate hiking (up to 3-5 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

VERY HIGH: May involve several days of moderate/strenuous trekking (up to 5-7 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a very fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

Map & Itinerary

Individual departures may vary so please refer to the information in the tour specific links in the Dates and Prices section below

Walking and Wine in the Heart of Catalonia
EXPAND ALL ITINERARY DAYS
COLLAPSE ALL ITINERARY DAYS

DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN BARCELONA

DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN BARCELONA

Starting in Barcelona today our journey begins with a drive deep into the rural heartlands of Catalonia, to the pretty village of Porrera, our base for the next three nights. After lunch we’ll drive the short distance to the extraordinary Carthusian monastery of Escaladei (Stairway to Heaven). This will be followed by a three-hour circular walk (including breaks) through the surrounding countryside, before returning to Porrera to enjoy dinner and a glass of wine in the village square.
Approx. 3 hrs walking including stops, 7kms (starting altitude 465m, ascent 260m, descent 260m)

Cal Porrerà or similar
Lunch, Dinner

DAY 2: SIURANA WALK AND WINE TASTING

DAY 2: SIURANA WALK AND WINE TASTING

A day filled with culture, walks and wine, this feast for the senses begins with a visit to the village of Siurana. Here we learn something of the history of its Romanesque church, its former resident SS escapee and its castle, the last Moorish stronghold in Catalonia. A hike up to the impressive La Trona rock, to enjoy a picnic lunch and the stunning views, is then followed by a drive to the wine cellars near Cornudella del Montsant for an afternoon of wine tasting.
Approx. 3 hrs walking including stops, 5kms (starting altitude 736m, ascent 200m, descent 200m)

Cal Porrerà or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: THE FORGOTTEN SIDE OF MONTSANT

DAY 3: THE FORGOTTEN SIDE OF MONTSANT

Driving to Cabacés this morning, we pay a visit to a family run olive oil mill, before enjoying a delightful circular walk around the village. The walk will take in two hermitages and some hidden caves. An afternoon drive to Sta. Lucia Cave then provides a chance to visit a former underground hospital used during the Spanish Civil war, where British nurses volunteered, before we end the day enjoying the vineyards and hospitality of another local winery.
Approx. 4-5 hrs walking including stops, 10kms (starting altitude 350m, ascent 330m, descent 330m)

Cal Porrerà or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: PRIORAT WINE AND OLIVE OIL TASTING, THEN ON TO MONTSENY NATURAL PARK

DAY 4: PRIORAT WINE AND OLIVE OIL TASTING, THEN ON TO MONTSENY NATURAL PARK

Our final day in the Priorat region begins with a drive to the Tarragona village of La Viella Baixa, the start and end point of today’s walk. Traversing local vineyards, we then climb a grau up to some wonderfully preserved ancient stone cottages, ascending some 390 metres before returning back to the village. Making the most of another visit to one of the areas famed wineries, we then enjoy some wine and olive oil tasting before continuing on to the Montseny UNESCO Natural Park.
Approx. 3-4 hrs walking including stops, 8kms (starting altitude 190m, ascent 390m, descent 390m)

Sant Marçal Del Montseny or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: MATAGALLS PEAK

DAY 5: MATAGALLS PEAK

Today affords an opportunity to hike through some of Catalonia’s most spectacular mountain scenery, as we head up the slopes of Matagalls Peak (1696m). Covering some 10.5 kilometres, our hike takes in the stunning vistas of the Pyrenees, the southernmost forests of beech trees in Europe and the beautiful meadows of the Pregon Pass (1532m). A picnic lunch will then be followed by an afternoon drive to the village of Sta. Maria de Palautordera, where we visit a local pottery workshop.
Approx. 5 hrs walking including stops, 10.5kms (starting altitude 986m, ascent 710m, descent 710m)

Sant Marçal Del Montseny or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: LES AGUDES PEAK

DAY 6: LES AGUDES PEAK

This morning sees us hiking through the southernmost silver fir forests in Western Europe. Known as the Passavets, these forests are home to wild boar, genets and goshawks and the crest line which links Turo de L’Home (1706m) and Les Agudes (1703m) offers up some truly breathtaking views across the Pyrenees. After descending from the summit, this afternoon then sees us visiting the chestnut woods around Viladrau, to enjoy some of the creations of the Catalan Chestnut Processing Centre, whose products include pâté, chocolate and beer.
Approx. 4 hrs walking including stops, 8kms (starting altitude 1200m, ascent 510m, descent 510m)

Sant Marçal Del Montseny or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: TOUR ENDS IN BARCELONA

DAY 7: TOUR ENDS IN BARCELONA

This morning we will return to Barcelona airport where the tour will finish.

Breakfast

PRIVATE HOLIDAYS: DATES DON’T FIT?

All group tours can be taken on a private basis.

Additional Details

Responsible Travel

Responsible travel and sustainable tourism are fundamental ideas that Wild Frontiers has been committed to since our birth. It is our strong belief that these words should not be simply ‘tagged on’ to itineraries and websites but should be at the very core of each trip, and our adventures are therefore designed with the local people, culture and eco-system in mind. We believe that a successful trip not only delivers a unique and unsurpassable journey for our clients, but that it also benefits the peoples whose lands we are privileged to visit. For more information, please see our responsible travel page.

Using small scale local suppliers

For this trip we partner exclusively with small local suppliers for food, accommodation, transport and wine (!). In this way we help to inject the maximum amount of money into the local economy whilst also giving our clients a very special first-hand experience.

Getting There

If you would like us to send you a quote for the suggested tour flights or on any alternative flight that may suit you better, please let us know, noting that for our US clients, we will most likely refer you to one of our preferred partners. For this trip our suggested flights from the UK (subject to change) are shown below.

If you wish to arrange your own flights you are completely free to do so and in this case we can arrange any transfers or supplementary accommodation that you may require. However please note that if you are planning on making your own flight arrangements, we recommend that you first check with us to see if the trip is guaranteed. We then suggest that you purchase flights that are flexible and ideally refundable as due to the nature of adventure travel, itineraries and destination accessibility can change at any time. For more information, please refer to our booking conditions.
 

Flight Code Departing Arriving
BA 472 London Heathrow (LHR) 06:15 Barcelona (BCN) 09:25
BA 475 Barcelona (BCN) 14:50 London Heathrow (LHR) 16:10

Visas

Visas are necessary for many of the destinations we travel to and while we aim to provide you with the most up-to-date information, requirements frequently change and as such for the latest advice we advise that you check with the relevant embassies or contact our recommended visa agency, Travcour www.travcour.com 

For this tour UK passport holders currently do not require a visa for Spain.

Non-UK passport holders or non-UK residents should contact the relevant embassies for individual requirements.

Further details will be sent out to you on booking, however ensuring that correct and valid visas are obtained remains the sole responsibility of the client.

Extensions

If you have more time available, why not arrive early to adjust to a new time zone or just to get a feel for the country before your tour starts? Or alternatively you might choose to allow a few extra days after the tour to relax or to undertake some further exploration.

The choice is completely yours and we can usually arrange anything from simply additional accommodation and transfers to full tailor-made itineraries.

Below is just a small sample of what you could do. Please contact the office for more details and to discuss your individual requirements.

Barcelona

Why not extend your time in Spain by enjoying a few days in the Catalonian capital Barcelona, either before or after this fascinating tour.

Allow 2-3 days.

Governmental Travel Advice

Many governments issue advice which highlights potential hazards their citizens might experience when travelling abroad. We strongly suggest you refer to your country’s particular advisory site before booking and contact us if you have any queries or concerns. Click to follow links to the advice of the British Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or the US State Department.

Non-UK citizens should consult the travel advice of their respective governments.

Key Information

CLIMATE

The climate of Catalonia varies quite dramatically between a cold winter and a hot summer so spring and autumn are generally considered the optimum seasons for visits. At this time you can typically expect daytime temperatures to be in the 20s (C) with night-time temperatures being single digits (C).

IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

It may sound obvious but Wild Frontiers tours are not always for everyone and it is important to us that the tour you choose is the most suitable. All our tours have a fitness rating as a guideline but you should check the day-by-day itinerary carefully. In certain instances we may ask you to complete a travel questionnaire before confirming your booking in order to ensure your suitability. Should you have any concerns about your ability to partake in any aspect of the tour then please contact the office.

KEY ASPECTS TO CONSIDER

Anyone in a decent state of health, with an open mind and a sense of adventure should be perfectly able to cope with this tour. However, please note there are planned walks every day, some of which are longish and which do take in some steep gradients. Therefore all participants should be sufficiently fit and both used to and comfortable with hill-walking.

THE NATURE OF ADVENTURE TRAVEL

We feel that it’s worth pointing out that while we will always strive to stick as close to the stated itinerary as possible, it may be necessary from time to time to make changes to our itineraries or services (due to weather, political and religious influences etc.) and this can happen with little or no notice. This unpredictability can be one of the most exciting aspects of adventure travel and for many of our clients often leads to unexpected highlights as the tour-leader necessarily adapts the tour to the changing conditions. However we are aware that this lack of assuredness may not suit everyone. As such, with the greatest respect, if you are someone who needs to know that everything will happen exactly as planned, we would kindly suggest that perhaps our tours are not for you. Adventure travel can be infectious and once you’ve caught the bug, it is likely to never leave you, but especially if this is your first such tour we would strongly urge you to give us a call if you have any concerns whatsoever about your suitability for this trip.

TRAVELLING SOLO AND SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS

As a company approximately 70% of our clients are solo travellers, so it’s very unlikely you’ll be alone!

Our prices are typically based on twin-share accommodation but single supplements are not compulsory for any Wild Frontiers tour. If you prefer not to pay a single supplement we’ll pair you with someone else of the same sex for you to share with throughout the trip.

On this trip, if you do opt to pay for a single supplement then please note that it is envisaged to cover you for all nights of the tour. However, given the intimate nature of some of the guesthouses used on this tour we may not be able to provide single supplements for everyone if they are in high demand. They will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis and we will let you know at the time of booking if we cannot accommodate your request on any particular night giving you the option to secure a pro-rata reduction in the cost of the single supplement or to switch to an alternative departure if you prefer. Please check with the office if you have any questions.

Please note that paying a single supplement entitles you to lone occupancy of a single room. In many cases these rooms will be of the same size as a double/twin room, but in some cases they may be smaller.
 

INSURANCE

Insurance that provides cover for emergency repatriation in case of a medical emergency is compulsory for all tours. You should be aware that due to some of the geographical areas visited and some of the activities included on certain of our trips some standard insurance policies may not always provide adequate cover. As such we strongly recommend that you purchase a policy that adequately covers your trip. If you choose to purchase the Wild Frontiers bespoke policy through Travel & General (currently available to UK residents only) then please note for this trip the minimum required level of cover will be the Standard policy. Please see the Insurance section for more details.

General Information

TOUR PRICE

All our tours are priced on a land-only basis, giving you maximum flexibility when deciding how to get to and from your tour.

DEPOSIT

A £500 (or equivalent) deposit is required to confirm your booking.

PROTECTION FOR YOUR MONEY

For further details please see our travelling with peace of mind page

WILD MILES

This tour will earn you 1414 Wild Miles

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

We believe in a completely transparent approach to pricing with no hidden extras. As such, please note that the following are not included in the cost of the tour.

Visas & Travel Insurance: Visas will always be tour/nationality dependent but travel insurance is mandatory
Tips: Always optional but some guidance will be given in the pre-departure information documents
International Flights: Please ask us for an obligation-free quote for flights which originate in the UK
Beverages & any costs of a personal nature: This will include items such as laundry and souvenirs

WILD FRONTIERS COMMUNITY

If you’re still not sure if this trip is right or just want to see get some different perspectives, then why not have a look at the wide variety of resources we have on our website? Browse our community section to read our blogs, watch videos and find out about our events. 

WHY WILD FRONTIERS?

We are frequently asked what makes Wild Frontiers different from other tour operators. Visit our Why Wild Frontiers page to find out.

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