spain & France
From the mountains
Pyrenees to Med

It is hard to believe how much the landscape and culture can change in 140km.

Our run from the North side of the Pyrenees in French Catalonia to the Catalan Mediterranean in Spain is a trip into Narnia.

Spain & France
Pyrenees to Med

7 days running by the mediaterranean

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Valley after valley to the sea

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.

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What is this about?

We start about 60km north from the French Spanish border toward the Canigo Mountain, traversing the Pyrennes into the Mediterranean Sea.

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  • EVENT TYPE

    Adventure

  • DURATION

    7 days – 7 nights

  • RUNNING DAYS

    7 DAYS

  • DATES

    04 – 11 JUNE 

  • COST

    1570 €

  • DISTANCE

    140KM Approx.

  • EDITIONS

    2 – Since 2019

So who we are?

Click to read journalist reviews about our trip
Since 2011 several features have been written about us.

Runners reviews

Their experience taking part in this adventure

2017 – 2018 – 2019

The itinerary

We run from place to place using our legs as a mean of transportation.Some of the terrain is technical, but no worries, this is not a race,13 to 15 miles per day. 4 to 5 hours, 134 kms aprox in 7 days.

1. Traversing The Vineyard country

 21km (450↑)

* First running day, the day before we will all sleep in Girona We will be starting on the French side of the Pyrenees heading towards Prades, the town at the bottom of Canigo Mountain. We’ll be passing by vineyards and beautiful medieval villages. At night we’ll find some time to try the local wine.

2. Climbing the Canigó.

26 km (1900↑)

From Prades the Canigó will look gigantic. This is the longer day, you better set your mountaineer mindset on but thank goodness one mountain refugee will be serving us lunch on our way to the top. (Lunch ->Siesta). Depending on the weather we might have snow at the top of the mountain. After getting to submit the summit, we will descend into the Cadi Valley and will spend the day in Marialles mountain refuge.

3. The roof of the Pyrenees 18km (1900↑)

Oh the joy of running in the mountains!, We’ll keep aiming South, to get to the beautiful Pla Guillem , a flat area at the top of the Pyrenees where running will be a pleasure. The last part of the day we’ll start descending into the Tec Valley, were one of my preferred towns in the world is, Prats de Molló. Ready for some gourmet french cuisine?

4. The Cliffs 20km (592↑| 707↓)

We’ve already made it deep into the South Catalonia, but there is a place I want to show you, so will get in the van just for an hour. I will leave this one as a surprise. Anyway, we'll be spending the night in our city, Girona.

5. The medieval villages

24 Km (350↓)

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.

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The Mediterranean Sea

26 Km (380m)

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.

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FAQ

More questions?

 

WHAT’S 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.

WHAT’S 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.

WHAT KIND OF FOOD WILL I GET?


Mediterranean cuisine is known for being the most healthy diet in the world. From fresh meat to fresh fish, pasta, plenty of olive oil an good wines.
If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat you may wish to bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply. Being vegetarian, vegan or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem as far as you let us know well in advance. You are welcome to bring your own energetics bars if you are used to them or feel you would need them.

CAN I BRING AS MUCH LUGGAGE AS I WANT?

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.

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.

I’M A SINGLE RUNNER, IS THERE AN UP-CHARGE?

Yes, our prices are based in double – triple occupancy room. In case of singles, there’s a 50 euros/night supplement.

 

The adventure

 

 WHAT TYPE OF TERRAIN CAN I EXPECT?

When we opened the route, if we had something in mind, that was avoiding pavement as much as possible. We are proud to say 98% of the terrain you will run is trails.

WHICH KIND OF CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?

Normal running gear, depending on the time of the weather, summer gear or warmer. Please pack sunblock, especially in May, June and September. Once in destination every day, you don’t need any fancy clothes at all!  flip flops, shorts and t-shirts will make it. Don’t forget the swimming costume, sunglasses if you need them and your camelback.
There won’t be laundry service for the 7 days.

BODYCARE

Everyone should have some blister plasters and little first aid kit to help you with any problem in the hotel.

ENERGETIC FOOD AND OTHERS

We have breakfast in the morning and the next time we eat is for lunch when the running is finished. Some runners need to eat while running, if that’s your case, please bring your own energetic bars, nuts, pocket money or whatever you think you may need.

WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE?

It much depends on the month, should be nice and sunny most of the time. You can always check it out before arriving.

IS THERE A MINIMUM FITNESS LEVEL REQUIRED IN ORDER TO JOIN THE ADVENTURE?

This is a running adventure, so we need you to be a runner. Not a super runner but one who has maybe run a half marathon or go for a ling runs twice or three times per week.

Again and again we remind you this is not a race.

In la Costa Brava, as a very safety zone, we tend runners to run at their own pace. That’s why if we have different levels in the same group, then we provide GPS to those fasters or slowers.

DO WE START THE ADVENTURE ON DAY 1?

Yes, early in the morning, that’s why we strongly recommend sleeping the night before in Girona. Those runners who decide to arrive the same morning should know that departing time is what is and we can not have another group of people waiting for those who have not arrive for any delay on trains, traffic or whatever.

TIPPING

We encourage you to tip your guides if you feel you have received excellent service and have had an enjoyable trip.

The Country

THE CURRENCY

The official currency in Catalonia is euros.
Dollars are not accepted in the country. We recommend you to have cash in euros for your little drinks when we stop while running. Try to exchange them in the airpot, thats the easiest way. Aside from lunches, there are no required additional expenses for this trip, but you might like to take cash for such things as souvenir shopping or nightlife. Credit cards are accepted almost in everywhere and ATM’s will be at your disposal in Girona.

PASSPORT & VISA

A valid passport is essential; it should be valid for at least six months after return from Spain. There’s is currently no visa requirement for USA or European citizens.
Citizens from other countries could require a visa. For more information, please contact your local embassy or passport office.

VACCINATIONS

We only need you to have had a Tetanus injection in the last ten years.

 
 
 
 

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