|from $3,998* per person||6 Days||June-August|
|Luxury accommodations||Exertion level: 5|
|Operator: Backroads||20 people max|
Put one foot in front of the other. Feel the crunch of pine needles beneath your shoes. The sun’s warmth on your face. Repeat. The perfect rhythm to another perfect day. It’s simple to settle into this pace. To amble amid high cliffs, heavenly Costa Brava beaches and immense Pyrénées massifs as if there’s no separation between the landscape and your leisurely swinging limbs. Medieval towns unsullied by time. Whitewashed fishing villages. Curvaceous callas (coves) and an azure sea. Walking in Catalonia. One of travel’s most perfect pleasures.
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Day 1 Relais & Châteaux luxury each night, starting at the incomparable Mas de Torrent Amble through bucolic countryside past farmers tending their crops in the Baix Empordà, a region whose vast network of trails is known to seduce hikers.
Day 2 Walk the Costa Brava's ancient footpaths from cliffs to secluded coves Half-moons of white sand and crystal clear water cupped by forested hillsides - these beaches are simply sublime In castle-capped Begur, indulge in tapas, suquet (a delectable seafood stew) or other Catalan specialties.
Days 3-4 Gaze in awe at the rugged peaks and shimmering lakes surrounding Mount Carlit, one of the most beautiful spots in all of the Pyrénées Hike through the alpine grasses of Vall de Núria, a glacial valley so remote that there's only one way to reach it - cog railway En route to 8,806-foot Col d'Eyne, watch for chamois deer and marmots A tasting of acclaimed sun-kissed Catalan wines caps off the day.
Days 5-6 Prat de Cadí, an emerald meadow flanked by Pyrénées limestone crags Trek through Cadí-Moixeró Nature Park along pine-clad slopes to Collet Roig for far-reaching vistas of the Cadí Valley and the spectacular Baridana gorge A peaceful path leads you up to the gorgeous town of Cava, where we stop for lunch Explore Arsèguel, a typical Pyrénées mountain village with attractive wooden balconies and Arabic tiled roofs.