Run Ancient Paths Along the Mediterranean

Costa Brava, Spain

Our legs will take us from Girona, 100 kms away from Barcelona to a little place very close from France border, next to the sea.
We will sleep every night in amazing little familiar hotels where you would wish to stay there forever. 

what is this about?

The runs will take an average of 4 hours a day including stops to drink beers and jump into the sea.
An opportunity to get to know the Catalan culture, the famous Medieterranean cuisine, experiencing a Paella, a wine Km 0 or a fish direct from the sea. This is the first running adventure we created and have been running it for already 10 years.
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Trip info

Trail doesn’t just meet these lofty desires-it surpasses them on every level. Maybe it was the peeding through ancient towns and olive groves, dining at Michelin-starred restaurants or falling asleep silly exhausted in a bed overlooking the sea-and dreaming of repeating it all again the next day? Whatever reason, head to northeastern Spain and tap into the Mediterranean way of life.. ” Women’s Running Magazine

Price

1370 euros/pax

Adventure Run

13 to 15 miles per day. 4 to 5 hours, 134 kms aprox in 7 days.

Terrain

Some of the terrain is technical, but no worries, this is not a race

We will start running again in Sept. Check dates with us!

7 days / 6 nights running adventure. You can also choose your own dates with a minimum of 2 runners.

The itinerary

We run from place to place using our legs as a mean of transportation

1. ARRIVAL TO THE GIRONA – ANCIENT CITY RUNNING AND CROSSING GAVARRES FOREST – SANT MARTI VELL 18km (470↑)

From the same location where we ended yesterday, we will cover the rural areas between 7 medieval villages and 2 castles, mainly by flat and not very technical trails. Our destination point will be Peratallada, a village that seems taken out from a fairy tale, with its medieval streets, pebbles in the floor and stone houses. An old house from XV century will be your place to overnight. Your hosts Felip and Maria Antonia will let you enjoy the familiar cooking and typical food from the zone.

2. MEDIEVAL TOWNS TO THE 1.000 YEARS OLD HOUSE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MOUNTAINS 28km (340↑|282↓)

What I like more about our trips is that we always run for a reason, and this day will about meeting Doña Noire and Don Orlando and their family, the'll be our host that nigh. But to get to them we will first need to connect to places that are not connected to each other, unless you take a path that few know. This day will be another day of descend, with some "short" steep hills at the end. Don't worry don't Orlando's son Nelson will be ready to help us in the last section.

3. FROM THE MOUNTAINS TO THE SEA 23km (520↑| 687↓)

A little drive to deep inside the mountains, from here we will head up to get to Fitor church and from there by small technical trails down to the Mediterranean. We won’t be seeing the sea until it is just in front of us. From then on we will spend the rest of the day following the coastal line, a trail will take us by fisherman huts, the Dalí hut, and plenty of small virgin beaches and cliffs. You will enjoy probably most spectacular views of the Mediterranean. We will end the day running trough the Mediterranean village of Calella de Palafrugell, where your hotel in front of the sea will be waiting for us.

4. LIGHTHOUSE, CLIFFS BY THE COAST TO PAELLA VILLAGE 20km (592↑| 707↓)

From Calella, we will climb up to the Sant Sebastiá lighthouse with spectacular views of the whole Mediterranean, from there we will run by a trail next to the coast passing by some of the most beautiful areas in the whole trip until we got to Tamariu where our famous diving board is. After a refreshing swim we will head inland until getting to Begur a pictorest town with a castle on it’s top, and then after crossing several mountains to the medieval village of Pals, where we will enjoy a local Paella. Our accommodation tonight will be either a small castle which was once the residence of the inquisition officer in the area, or an Indian building in the middle of Begur.

5. SHORT DAY – GETTING TO CADAQUES 12 km (354↑|371↓)

First day in the Cap de Creus, a complete new landscape is waiting. A short 12km run all along the coast will take us through a completely different landscape area getting at the end of the day to Cadaques. A white isolated villages famouse o host numerous artists like Salavador Dalí or Picasso. Its narrow stone streets will let you feel an special atmosphere.

6. CHALLENGING DAY – CADAQUES, CAP DE CREUS LIGHTHOUSE – DALI’S PICTURES LANDSCAPE AREA – WINE TASTING 26 km (1015↑|778↓)

Starting from Cadaques, which happens to be our prefer village, we will run by streets laberint heading to Dalí house in Port Lligat. From Port Ligat we will take a trail to the most remote area in the Costa Brava the Cap de Creus lighthouse, the most eastern place in the Iberian Peninsula. After a short break we will keep north towards Cala Tavalera bay and then all inland get to top of the highest mountain in the area just to go at the other side of which Perafita Winery will be waiting for us.

7. PERAFITA WINERY – SANT PERE DE RODES MONASTERY AND NEOLITIC AREA 19 km (1074↑|1248↓)

Starting from Cadaques, which happens to be our prefer village, we will run by streets laberint heading to Dalí house in Port Lligat. We’ll start our final day from the winery running downhill to the coastal village of Port de la Selva at the other end of Cap de Creus, following bay it’s north until we find a trail that will take us up to the 12 centuries old Sant Pere de Rodes Monastery. We will finnish running through the whole architectural ensemble including Santa Helena church dated from x century and Vedrera’s castle. 7 running days are now unfortunately over. Jump into the van and relax. We will transfer you back in Girona.

Some questions you might have

01.

What is included in the price?

The cost includes all accommodation, all transfers (not from airport to hotel or hotel airport) , breakfast, dinners, GPS and tracking devices, local guides and daily luggagge transportation.

02.

What is excluded?

It does not include personal travel insurance, lunches and tips for the guides. It also does not include any entrance fees to any optional sites or attractions. We strongly recommend you carry a credit card in case of personal emergency.

03.

What kind of food we will get?

Your luggage has to be moved every day in the van. Once in the hotel you will need to move it to your room, as the hotel we use are very little, they normally don’t have a lift but stairs. Please be aware of that. Also, space is in the van is limited so we say maximum 1 suitcase/backpack per runner. In case you keep travelling after the adventure and you need to bring more luggage, let us know and we can keep it during the week. You should also bring a small camel bag with you every day to place your water, mobile phone, sun cream or whatever you think you will need while running.

04.

What's the accommodation like?

We love little places run by locals, that’s the only type of accommodation we use together with homemade food will make you feel like home.

Cristina is the brain behind the scenes, she’s the one making sure we got a place to sleep and meal to eat after our runs.
She also assists the group or runs as another guide. From the very beginning you show interest for any of our running adventures, she will personally be the one talking with you by email, arranging your dates, answering all your questions and preparing your adventure until the day you arrive.

Also know as the mountain goat, is former professional triathlete who has turned his passion for running into his job. In 2011 he founded Running Costa Brava and later Run The World Adventures in an effort to take running back to it’s origins, as he would say turn it back into a mean of transportation. We’ve lead running adventures in France, Catalonia, Costa Rica and Morocco.