Catalonia – Trails & Rails

8 Days from £659 | October

We have featured ‘Walking in Catalonia’ for a few years now. As our hotel is situated just 15 minutes walk from the local railway station it gives us the opportunity to explore further this part of Catalonia. The local station is on the main line between Barcelona and Tarragona and the journey to either (which you can do in your spare time) is very pleasant as the train hugs the coastline. But there are also a few local lines which pass through unspoilt Catalan countryside, where pretty villages huddle around their church and wine cellar, unchanged by time. Between them roll hills of olives and vines, interrupted by occasional rocky crags or coves, and seemingly randomly-positioned railway halts. Recalling the days when the trains on these lesser-used lines were of great import to the country and its government, each off-the-beaten-track station seems to be home to an enormous traffic office (now often derelict) where, presumably, teams of civil servants supervised the running of the railway! One line goes west and inland into the Priorat, an area famed for its wine as much as its beautiful countryside. The other line goes north to Montblanc at the foot of the Prades mountain range.

Extend your holiday – extra week’s stay available in resort.

Catalonia – Trails & Rails

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 85%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

  • 7 nights hb in Catalonia
  • Three included walking excursions: coast, hills, countryside
  • Travel to and from walks mainly by train
  • No single supplement on certain dates

DAY ONE: Flight to Barcelona or Reus. Transfer to your hotel just under an hour away for seven nights half board hotel accommodation.

DAYS TWO TO SEVEN: In resort with three included Trails & Rails walks. Please note: we will pre-purchase train tickets, but occasionally trains can be quite busy for the first 2 or 3 stops.

Please note: All three walks have sections which are more difficult than other walks in this brochure, paths being steep, narrow and rocky in places, particularly following erosion. On all three walks there is an easier option, but on Walk 3 even this is tricky in places.

Walk 1: The Cistercian Route from l’Espluga de Francoli to medieval Montblanc. Coach transfer to l’Espluga de Francoli (45 minutes). After walking through this old wine village you walk gradually uphill towards the sanctuary of the Trinity (coffee stop). You continue through a forested area, on a broad path before reaching St John’s Hermitage and then descending towards the town of Montblanc. 6 miles, 250m of ascent/descent. The easier option (4.5 miles, 70m ascent/descent) misses out the Hermitage and avoids a climb and a steep descent, allowing extra time in Montblanc instead.

Montblanc is a little jewel: a completely unspoilt medieval town with fine ramparts, shady streets and impressive churches and squares – especially the Placa Major, the Main Square. This is the town where St George supposedly fought against the dragon, to save the princess! From Montblanc you catch the train back to the coast.

Walk 2: Priorat. You catch the 0948 train to the little village station at Marça, amid the DOC Montsant wine district, and in the county of Priorat, arriving at 1101. The line is spectacular, especially after it emerges from the Argentera tunnel (completed in 1890). Marça is where the International Brigades (including the British Battalion) massed in preparation for the disastrous Battle of Ebro in 1938. The walk is circular, but the landscapes on the outward section – vineyards and olive groves with a spectacular craggy backdrop – are very different to the second part where, after passing Capçanes, you go through a wood and climb through a rocky gully part of the way. 8 miles, 160m of ascent/ descent. The easier option (5 miles) ends in Capçanes with a coach transfer back to Marça. You return to the coast by coach (one hour).

Walk 3: The Coastal Path: l’Ametlla de Mar to l’Ampolla. You take the 0848 train south down the coast to l’Ametlla de Mar – journey time one hour. On this walk you will discover the natural beauty of this protected part of the coast. You will follow in the footsteps of patrolmen who, in centuries gone by, used the pathways to look out for invaders, pirates or smugglers. The route crosses coves and beaches: much is totally unspoilt, though in some places you will marvel at the depredations not of pirates, but of Spanish planning – or, rather, the apparent lack of it! The whole walk to l’Ampolla is just under 11 miles with ascent/ descent of 170m. The easier option ends after 7 miles at Playa de l’Aliga, with an onward coach transfer to l’Ampolla. Return to Coma- Ruga is by train from l’Ampolla.

DAY EIGHT: Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Extend your holiday – extra week’s stay available in resort.


Catalonia – Trails & Rails

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 85%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

NUBAHOTEL ****, Coma-Ruga (seven nights)
The hotel stands close to the broad sandy beach. This unspoilt resort is quiet out of season, rather busier at weekends from June to September when there is an entertainment programme in the hotel, with music on Saturday evenings. A reasonable selection of shops, bars and restaurants is about 10 minutes walk (700m) away, and the railway station with half-hourly departures to Barcelona is about 15 minutes walk. There is also a local bus service to the nearby county town of El Vendrell, birthplace of Pablo Casals: his villa, now an interesting museum, is within walking distance of the hotel. The hotel has a spa centre (a reasonable extra charge applies), restaurant, bar, lounge, and outdoor pool. Rooms, which all have balcony, also have 2 queen size beds, bathroom with hairdryer, phone, air-conditioning/heating, satellite LCD tv, and safety deposit box (charge applies). Free wifi in public areas. (
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this hotel* - 82%
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
Walking Holiday - Catalonia – Trails & Rails
Holiday code: 7WTR
Supplements per person:
Single Room: No supplement
Travel Insurance: £44.95
Travel insurance - Extra Week: £10
Extra Week: £280
Supplements on some holidays vary by departure date - the applicable price will be shown when booking.

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Prices shown are based on the shared occupancy of twin/double standard rooms, and are subject to availability. Please refer to ‘Accommodation’ for details of any room supplements (including single rooms) and extended stay costs that apply to this holiday. Further details in our FAQ.

Data as at 16/08/2018 at 17:47:05

Guides are friendly and pleasant, hotel reception polite and quick to help, Chefs hardworking. Good choice of desserts. Staff helpful. Bar staff very nice. Lovely holiday.

Mrs P, West Yorkshire

This was one of our best holidays with Preferred Travel. Loved the position of the hotel so close to the beach. All walks were excellent. All in all, it was a super holiday and the fact that many of our group members were asking 'Where are we going next year?' Proves that Preferred Travel is a really good Company and I will no doubt be looking in the brochure on my return!! Thanks to all.

Mrs B, Midlands

Enjoyed the holiday and walks very much. Thank you.

Mr M, Peak District

Yet another glorious holiday with Preferred Travel Services. Thanks to Tony, Stella, Adam etc. for their friendly helpfulness.

Mr H, East Yorkshire

First time with PTS. Excellent – Thank you for a fabulous holiday. Tour guides and reps are brilliant. Great choice of hotel for location, room, staff and food. Overall holiday wonderful, hope to return again sometime and will definitely recommend.

Ms R, Swindon

One of the best holidays ever - far surpassed all expectations. Tour guides and excursions really excellent. Thanks to all concerned.

Mrs L, North Yorkshire

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