Walking tours South of France, Spanish Catalonia, hiking trails, cultural and leisurely walks, Vermillion Coast, Costa Brava, Catalan Pyrenees, 2 hours from UK, scenery, heritage, local products & gastronomy
French & Spanish Catalonia
Vermillion Coast, Costa Brava
History & nature
Off the beaten track
Special trails
Coast & mountain
Nature reserves
Accueil
2019
New destinations
Dali, Picasso, Matisse, Dufy
Walking tours

CATALAN COUNTRIES

Pyrenees & the Mediterranean

             Walking Tours

300 days of sunshine plus various micro-climates and reliefs

provide a kaleidoscope of landscapes from mountain to seaside.


From altitudes 0 to 3000 metres, 17 nature reserves protect

wide forests, pure rivers and lakes, endemic flora and wild life.


Cultural landmarks include vestiges of Antiquity, Romanesque,

Gothic and Baroque architecture as well as an outstanding

presence of Modern Art illustrated by Gaudi, Picasso, Dali ...

  

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A MOSAIC OF LANDSCAPES



Emblematic summits like Canigou and Pedraforca illustrate

the magic of the Pyrenees



The succession of hills, valleys, rivers, farmhouses and old villages

compose an harmonious scenery



Terraced vineyards, orchards,

olive groves and cork-oak trees sculpt the countryside



Historical towns like Girona

and Besalu provide a rich

medieval architectural heritage


Along coastal footpaths,

wild coves and picturesque

harbours offer agreable breaks

FRENCH CATALONIA:

"Pyrenees Orientales" includes the regions of Roussillon, Vallespir, Conflent and Cerdagne-Capcir

SPANISH CATALONIA:

A great diversity of regions situated between the Pyrenees mountain range

to the north and Delta de l'Ebre to the south

ANDORRA and the BALEAR ISLANDS do not belong to Catalonia but share the same culture, language

and traditions

             PERSONAL FAVOURITES



MASSIF of CANIGOU and plateau

of CERDAGNE, cradle of Catalonia


The border crests and passes

of VALLESPIR and RIPOLLES


The remote valleys

of ALTA GARROTXA

and COLLSACABRA


Underrated regions like

OSONA and BERGUEDA


The bright light and colours

of CAP DE CREUS and COSTA BRAVA


MALLORCA, wonderful synthesis

of Mediterranean beauty

  

A CROSS-BORDER REGION



The Treaty of the Pyrenees (1659) created a new French-Spanish border.


Until that time the northern boundaries of the Catalan nation were -and still remain- the Corbieres hills.


The Pyrenees never stood as a natural border, on the contrary, they provided refuge for locals and refugees during wars.


For centuries, the Pyrenean valleys also revealed a dynamic area for economic and cultural exchanges.


Today, Catalans fight

hard to keep their

traditions and culture

against French and

Spanish centralism.

  

MEETING POINTS



On the French side, we can organize transfers from airports

and train stations (Carcassonne, Perpignan) to the walking areas.


Ceret, our base in South of France, is also a meeting point.


On the Spanish side, Girona airport and train station are our main bases

for transfers to the first accommodation of a tour.

Mid-size towns like Figueres, Besalu, Palafrugell and Vic

are also convenient meeting places.

ENCHEMIN is not a travel company

but our contract guarantees the reservation of all services


We do not book your journey to Catalonia