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The Sea to Dalí: Hiking Catalonia & Spain’s Magical ‘Wild Coast’

Program No. 22550RJ
A gastronomic hotbed. Salvador Dalí, surrealist. Centuries-old archaeology. Inhale crisp Mediterranean air on an epic adventure hiking the Catalonian seascape of Spain’s Costa Brava.

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At a Glance

The larger-than-life roots of the modernist movement. Enchanting villages and welcoming villagers. There is much to love and learn on an extraordinary adventure walking coastal paths and inhaling Mediterranean air amid the Catalonian seascape of Spain’s Costa Brava. From cosmopolitan Barcelona north along the “Wild Coast” nearly to France, the Romance language of Catalan is every bit as unique to locals as their fresh seafood, rocky headlands, hidden beaches and fertile vineyards. Make memories on foot in a land you won’t forget.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Hiking 5-8 miles daily, occasional steep ascents and descents, some rugged, wet, sandy and rocky terrain, flights of stairs. Sturdy, ankle-high boots are recommended.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

What You'll Learn

  • Walk a Mediterranean forest to vineyards swept by the Tramuntana winds and learn about this area’s key role during both Spain’s Civil War and WWII.
  • Enjoy wine tasting at a local family run "bodgea"
  • Learn about renowned Surrealist Salvador Dalí on a walking field trip to his home in Portlligat and the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres.
Featured Expert
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Tony Muldoon
After graduating with a master’s in Hispanic Studies in 1993 from the University of Glasgow, in his native Scotland, Tony Muldoon came to live and work in the mountains of Andalusia — first in the Sierra Nevada and now the Serrania de Ronda. He leads trekking and cultural programs all over Spain, Portugal and Morocco as well as cultivating olives and almonds on his smallholding. His passion for the history, culture and landscapes of his adopted home is heartfelt.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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After graduating with a master’s in Hispanic Studies in 1993 from the University of Glasgow, in his native Scotland, Tony Muldoon came to live and work in the mountains of Andalusia — first in the Sierra Nevada and now the Serrania de Ronda. He leads trekking and cultural programs all over Spain, Portugal and Morocco as well as cultivating olives and almonds on his smallholding. His passion for the history, culture and landscapes of his adopted home is heartfelt.
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Elena Lombán was born on the Atlantic coast of Galicia, Spain. After living in the U.S. for several years, she began leading educational programs in 2006. She is an English teacher and licensed Galicia expert, passionate about education and travel while sharing her knowledge of linguistics, literature, history, and art. Fluent in Spanish, Galician, English, Italian, and French, Elena has traveled throughout Europe and North America. She loves the thrill of meeting Road Scholars for each new learning adventure and living life to the fullest.
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Clarisa Gonzalez Ortiz View biography
Clarisa Gonzalez Ortiz believes educational travel as therapy and change is a fundamental part of life. She works for personal wellbeing through travel via the study of languages, Gestalt therapy, and animal assisted therapy. Clarisa is a tourism and travel expert, official guide of the Balearic islands, therapist, and pet therapist. Her hobbies include reading, sailing, and music.
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Meals
23 Meals
12 Breakfasts
3 Lunches
8 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Low Fat, Low Salt
Lodging
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
Display
Oct 14, 2024 - Oct 27, 2024
  • Oct 14, 2024 - Oct 27, 2024
  • Sep 23, 2024 - Oct 06, 2024 (Barcelona to Barcelona)
  • Oct 14, 2024 - Oct 27, 2024 (Barcelona to Barcelona)
  • Apr 21, 2025 - May 04, 2025 (Barcelona to Girona)
  • May 19, 2025 - Jun 01, 2025 (Barcelona to Girona)
  • Sep 22, 2025 - Oct 05, 2025 (Barcelona to Girona)
  • Sep 29, 2025 - Oct 12, 2025 (Barcelona to Girona)
  • Oct 13, 2025 - Oct 26, 2025 (Barcelona to Girona)
2 nights
Barcelona
Abba Sants is a business hotel located in the Sants area of Barcelona. The hotel is situated a few meters from the Sants Metro and Train/AVE stations and close to museums, Montjuic & Plaza Españya. The hotel offers simple, comfortable accommodation in a convenient location for all transport.
2 nights
17002 Girona
Carlemany Girona is ideally situated in a quiet street close to Girona’s main shopping area and a short walk from the historic Barri Vell district, Girona Cathedral and the Jewish Quarter.
2 nights
Palamós, Girona
Located on the seafront with views over the bay of Palamós and just a few minutes walk from the city center, the centenary Hotel Trias is an emblematic hotel in the town of Palamos.
1 night
Begur
The Alta House Begur is located in the center of the charming town of Begur, offering a seasonal outdoor pool and rooftop terrace with 360º views.
2 nights
Cadaqués
Hotel Sol Ixent is set on the outskirts of Cadaques. The hotel overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and features a seasonal outdoor pool and simple, contemporary design
2 nights
Costa Brava
This tastefully renovated hotel is an historic building located less than a block from El Port de la Selva's sandy beach.
1 night
Figueres
Originally an Inn, dating back to 1855, the Duran Hotel is an emblematic property located in the heart of Figueres, close to the Dali Museum and the main historic buildings of the town. Dali himself frequently dined at the hotel's restaurant.
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2 nights
Barcelona
Abba Sants is a business hotel located in the Sants area of Barcelona. The hotel is situated a few meters from the Sants Metro and Train/AVE stations and close to museums, Montjuic & Plaza Españya. The hotel offers simple, comfortable accommodation in a convenient location for all transport.
2 nights
17002 Girona
Carlemany Girona is ideally situated in a quiet street close to Girona’s main shopping area and a short walk from the historic Barri Vell district, Girona Cathedral and the Jewish Quarter.
2 nights
Palamós, Girona
Located on the seafront with views over the bay of Palamós and just a few minutes walk from the city center, the centenary Hotel Trias is an emblematic hotel in the town of Palamos.
1 night
Begur
The Alta House Begur is located in the center of the charming town of Begur, offering a seasonal outdoor pool and rooftop terrace with 360º views.
2 nights
Cadaqués
Hotel Sol Ixent is set on the outskirts of Cadaques. The hotel overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and features a seasonal outdoor pool and simple, contemporary design
2 nights
Costa Brava
This tastefully renovated hotel is an historic building located less than a block from El Port de la Selva's sandy beach.
1 night
Figueres
Originally an Inn, dating back to 1855, the Duran Hotel is an emblematic property located in the heart of Figueres, close to the Dali Museum and the main historic buildings of the town. Dali himself frequently dined at the hotel's restaurant.
See All Lodging Options
1 night
Barcelona
Abba Sants is a business hotel located in the Sants area of Barcelona. The hotel is situated a few meters from the Sants Metro and Train/AVE stations and close to museums, Montjuic & Plaza Españya. The hotel offers simple, comfortable accommodation in a convenient location for all transport.
3 nights
17002 Girona
Carlemany Girona is ideally situated in a quiet street close to Girona’s main shopping area and a short walk from the historic Barri Vell district, Girona Cathedral and the Jewish Quarter.
2 nights
Palamós, Girona
Located on the seafront with views over the bay of Palamós and just a few minutes walk from the city center, the centenary Hotel Trias is an emblematic hotel in the town of Palamos.
1 night
Begur
The Alta House Begur is located in the center of the charming town of Begur, offering a seasonal outdoor pool and rooftop terrace with 360º views.
2 nights
Cadaqués
Hotel Sol Ixent is set on the outskirts of Cadaques. The hotel overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and features a seasonal outdoor pool and simple, contemporary design
2 nights
Costa Brava
This tastefully renovated hotel is an historic building located less than a block from El Port de la Selva's sandy beach.
1 night
Figueres
Originally an Inn, dating back to 1855, the Duran Hotel is an emblematic property located in the heart of Figueres, close to the Dali Museum and the main historic buildings of the town. Dali himself frequently dined at the hotel's restaurant.
See All Lodging Options
1 night
Barcelona
Abba Sants is a business hotel located in the Sants area of Barcelona. The hotel is situated a few meters from the Sants Metro and Train/AVE stations and close to museums, Montjuic & Plaza Españya. The hotel offers simple, comfortable accommodation in a convenient location for all transport.
3 nights
17002 Girona
Carlemany Girona is ideally situated in a quiet street close to Girona’s main shopping area and a short walk from the historic Barri Vell district, Girona Cathedral and the Jewish Quarter.
2 nights
Palamós, Girona
Located on the seafront with views over the bay of Palamós and just a few minutes walk from the city center, the centenary Hotel Trias is an emblematic hotel in the town of Palamos.
1 night
Begur
The Alta House Begur is located in the center of the charming town of Begur, offering a seasonal outdoor pool and rooftop terrace with 360º views.
2 nights
Cadaqués
Hotel Sol Ixent is set on the outskirts of Cadaques. The hotel overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and features a seasonal outdoor pool and simple, contemporary design
2 nights
Costa Brava
This tastefully renovated hotel is an historic building located less than a block from El Port de la Selva's sandy beach.
1 night
Figueres
Originally an Inn, dating back to 1855, the Duran Hotel is an emblematic property located in the heart of Figueres, close to the Dali Museum and the main historic buildings of the town. Dali himself frequently dined at the hotel's restaurant.
See All Lodging Options
1 night
Barcelona
Abba Sants is a business hotel located in the Sants area of Barcelona. The hotel is situated a few meters from the Sants Metro and Train/AVE stations and close to museums, Montjuic & Plaza Españya. The hotel offers simple, comfortable accommodation in a convenient location for all transport.
3 nights
17002 Girona
Carlemany Girona is ideally situated in a quiet street close to Girona’s main shopping area and a short walk from the historic Barri Vell district, Girona Cathedral and the Jewish Quarter.
2 nights
Palamós, Girona
Located on the seafront with views over the bay of Palamós and just a few minutes walk from the city center, the centenary Hotel Trias is an emblematic hotel in the town of Palamos.
1 night
Begur
The Alta House Begur is located in the center of the charming town of Begur, offering a seasonal outdoor pool and rooftop terrace with 360º views.
2 nights
Cadaqués
Hotel Sol Ixent is set on the outskirts of Cadaques. The hotel overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and features a seasonal outdoor pool and simple, contemporary design
2 nights
Costa Brava
This tastefully renovated hotel is an historic building located less than a block from El Port de la Selva's sandy beach.
1 night
Figueres
Originally an Inn, dating back to 1855, the Duran Hotel is an emblematic property located in the heart of Figueres, close to the Dali Museum and the main historic buildings of the town. Dali himself frequently dined at the hotel's restaurant.
See All Lodging Options
1 night
Barcelona
Abba Sants is a business hotel located in the Sants area of Barcelona. The hotel is situated a few meters from the Sants Metro and Train/AVE stations and close to museums, Montjuic & Plaza Españya. The hotel offers simple, comfortable accommodation in a convenient location for all transport.
3 nights
17002 Girona
Carlemany Girona is ideally situated in a quiet street close to Girona’s main shopping area and a short walk from the historic Barri Vell district, Girona Cathedral and the Jewish Quarter.
2 nights
Palamós, Girona
Located on the seafront with views over the bay of Palamós and just a few minutes walk from the city center, the centenary Hotel Trias is an emblematic hotel in the town of Palamos.
1 night
Begur
The Alta House Begur is located in the center of the charming town of Begur, offering a seasonal outdoor pool and rooftop terrace with 360º views.
2 nights
Cadaqués
Hotel Sol Ixent is set on the outskirts of Cadaques. The hotel overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and features a seasonal outdoor pool and simple, contemporary design
2 nights
Costa Brava
This tastefully renovated hotel is an historic building located less than a block from El Port de la Selva's sandy beach.
1 night
Figueres
Originally an Inn, dating back to 1855, the Duran Hotel is an emblematic property located in the heart of Figueres, close to the Dali Museum and the main historic buildings of the town. Dali himself frequently dined at the hotel's restaurant.
See All Lodging Options
1 night
Barcelona
Abba Sants is a business hotel located in the Sants area of Barcelona. The hotel is situated a few meters from the Sants Metro and Train/AVE stations and close to museums, Montjuic & Plaza Españya. The hotel offers simple, comfortable accommodation in a convenient location for all transport.
3 nights
17002 Girona
Carlemany Girona is ideally situated in a quiet street close to Girona’s main shopping area and a short walk from the historic Barri Vell district, Girona Cathedral and the Jewish Quarter.
2 nights
Palamós, Girona
Located on the seafront with views over the bay of Palamós and just a few minutes walk from the city center, the centenary Hotel Trias is an emblematic hotel in the town of Palamos.
1 night
Begur
The Alta House Begur is located in the center of the charming town of Begur, offering a seasonal outdoor pool and rooftop terrace with 360º views.
2 nights
Cadaqués
Hotel Sol Ixent is set on the outskirts of Cadaques. The hotel overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and features a seasonal outdoor pool and simple, contemporary design
2 nights
Costa Brava
This tastefully renovated hotel is an historic building located less than a block from El Port de la Selva's sandy beach.
1 night
Figueres
Originally an Inn, dating back to 1855, the Duran Hotel is an emblematic property located in the heart of Figueres, close to the Dali Museum and the main historic buildings of the town. Dali himself frequently dined at the hotel's restaurant.
See All Lodging Options





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