The Valleys Of The Roussillon, South Western France

8 Days from £719 | October, April, June, September

This holiday offers excellent walking in the hills of the Roussillon area of south-west France, sometimes called French Catalonia – it only became French in the 17th century. There is a great affinity between the ‘French’ and ‘Spanish’ Catalans, and your holiday includes a stay in both French and Spanish Catalonia. Also included in the holiday is a visit to Dali’s eccentric theatre-museum in Figueras – a mind-expanding sort of place! – and some time in the wonderful city of Barcelona. In short, this is a unique opportunity to walk in, and discover, one of the most fascinating parts of Europe and to enjoy the sunshine of the Mediterranean at the same time!

The Valleys Of The Roussillon, South Western France

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 91%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

  • Three nights hb on the Catalan Coast, 4 hb in the French hills
  • Entrances to Dali Theatre-Museum, Figueres, and to the fort in Prats de Mollo
  • Three guided walks: coast, mountain, valley
  • Visit to Barcelona

DAY ONE: Flight to Reus or Barcelona. On arrival transfer to your coastal hotel for two nights half board accommodation. Transfer time 50 minutes.

DAY TWO: Optional half-day excursion to the Roman city of Tarragona where you can see the amphitheatre, port and beach and stroll through the medieval centre. Under the Romans, Tarragona was the capital of the Province of Northern Spain and home to the Emperor Augustus – a Temple in his honour stood on the site of the current Cathedral.

DAY THREE: Today you depart for France. En route you make a stop in Dali’s home town of Figueras, close to the French border, and home to his surreal (in the truest sense!) theatre-museum (entrance included). The Dali Museum is one of the most-visited museums in Spain…and with its luminous-egg façade, it is not just the interior that seems to want to stretch your mind! From there it is just an hour to your hotel in Amélie-les-Bains, in the spectacular Vallespir valley, where you have four nights half board accommodation.

DAYS FOUR TO SIX: In Amélie with three included walks.

Walk 1: From your hotel you walk along the right bank of the river Tech before turning uphill taking an old footpath towards the old Vauban-style fort overlooking the town. You’ll pass one of the thermal springs for which Amelie is famous – it has been a spa resort since Roman times. After a coffee break you continue towards the medieval village of Palalda before returning to the hotel along the left bank of the river.  5 miles with ascent/descent of 200m.

Walk 2: The High Vallespir. You travel 40 minutes further up the Vallespir Valley to the fortified village of Prats de Mollo. A little further on lies the Spanish border at Col d’Ares, where you start your 3-hour walk on the ‘Cami de la Retirada’ – the Refugees’ Way that many followed out of Spain during the Civil War. You will also walk up to Vauban’s impressive Fort Lagarde, and take in the village church with its impressive altarpiece. Prats de Mollo stands on the side of the impressive Mount Canigou, snow-capped for much of the year, and with forests and mountain meadows abounding. 4.5 miles, 800m descent with 100m ascent/descent to the fort.

Walk 3: The Vermilion Coast. You travel 45 minutes to the coast at Banyuls sur Mer, for a four – hour coastal walk following the ‘Customs Agent’s Path’. You make a stop in Port Vendres – home to Rennie Mackintosh for many years, before continuing to the artists’ resort of Collioure, a port since Roman times. The spectacular Chateau-Royal is worth a visit, and reproductions of works by artists who painted in Collioure (Matisse and Derain in particular) will be found on the quaysides. 6 miles, 300m of ascent/descent.

DAY SEVEN: Today you journey back south to the Costa Dorada for the last night of your holiday, which is again on a half board basis. En route a stop will be made in the exciting city of Barcelona, capital of Catalonia. Ramble(!) down the Rambla and you will find pavement artists and buskers, stalls selling all kinds of bric-a-brac – an avenue bursting with life and colour. Or you can visit the weird and wonderful cathedral of the Sagrada Familia – Gaudi’s masterpiece.

DAY EIGHT: Free time until your transfer to the airport for your return flight.

If you have friends who are not walkers interested in this itinerary, we also offer it with a touring programme.

The Valleys Of The Roussillon, South Western France

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 91%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

NUBAHOTEL ****, Coma-Ruga (first two, and last 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. (www.nubahotelcomarruga.com)
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this hotel* - 82%
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
HOTEL DE LA REINE AMELIE ***, Amélie-les-Bains (four nights)
In the rugged Vallespir Valley, alongside the River Tech, Amelie is a spa town 20 miles from the coast and surrounded by pleasant mountain scenery. The hotel has a bar, lounge area, restaurant and comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, wc, tv, free wifi, and phone. Some have a balcony too. (www.reineamelie.com)
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this hotel* - 82%
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
Walking Holiday - The Valleys Of The Roussillon, South Western France
Holiday code: 7WVR
Supplements per person:
Single Room: Oct 2018 Apr 2019 Oct 2019 No supplement
Other Dates: £140
Travel Insurance: £44.95
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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 22/09/2018 at 1:47:06

Another excellent holiday, all aspects first class. Coach driver really good, smooth and comfortable ride. Walking guide pitched route and information just right and Pau did a great job. Thank you.

Mrs P, Co. Durham

This is our 3rd PTS holiday and the first walking holiday. The walks were excellent with so much to see and do in the area. Perhaps you could mention iCharles Rennie MacKintosh connection to the area which we found fascinating. Will definitely do another PTS walking holiday. Christian was a superb and knowledgeable guide. thank you!

Mr B, Edinburgh

Great guide and well organised.

Mr F Mrs F, Bristol

An excellent holiday, all facilities and organisation 1st class.

Anon, no name given on questionnaire.

The walks were very well planned and varied. I found them most enjoyable (if challenging at times!) the walking guide was very knowledgeable about local history, flora and fauna. This made the walks even more enjoyable. Thank you very much.

Mrs P, Kent

The Walking guide was very knowledgeable about locla history, flora and fauna. This made the walks even more enjoyable. Thank you very much Christian.

Mrs P, Essex

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