Date: 
Thursday 12th - Sunday 15th April 2018

Our first visit to Girona, Catalonia (Spain) was in October 2017.  It was so successful that we are running two trips in 2018.  This April trip has been chosen to coincide with the abundant wildflowers that are usually out at this time of the year.  We also wanted to explore more of this stunning walking area and to make the most of Girona’s proximity to the Costa Brava coast.
If you’ve never visited Girona before, expect to find a vibrant city with a pretty historic quarter full of cobbled lanes, medieval walls, shops and churches.  We are staying right on the edge of the old quarter, near the river Onyar which slices through the heart of what is Catalonia’s second largest city.  We are therefore perfectly located for the cafes, shops and sightseeing - and time for all these activities has been built into the schedule.  
The trips have been designed by Nordic Walking Girona who will look after us throughout, leading us through the beautiful Spanish countryside and acting as a tour guide in Girona and the places that we visit.  On Friday we will be Nordic walking in a lush forested area full of magical history about goblins and fairies between the two natural parks of Montseny and Guilleries.  On Saturday it’s a coastal walk on the Costa Brava with members of the Nordic Walking Girona club, starting at Palamos and walking along the cliffs and sandy beaches, through areas of historical interest, taking in the wildflowers along the way. 

Click here to see a short video montage of our October 2017 trip to get a flavour of what to expect.  Vicky Welsh and Patsy Warn will be the Bristol Nordic Walking instructors in charge of this trip, which is for sixteen people.  Below is a rough guide of our itinerary. 

Thursday 12th April
12:40   Dept Bristol Airport (for those who are flying direct to Girona on the day)
15:40   Arr Girona Airport
16:00   Transfer by minibus from Girona Airport to the Hotel Peninsular, a hotel in the heart of Girona where we will be staying for the duration of our trip
17:00   Two hour Nordic walk from hotel through the historic quarter and into the Valley of Saint Daniel
19:30   Dinner in a the El Cul del Mon, a characterful restaurant on the edge of the Saint Daniel Valley.
Later    Walk back to the hotel through the historic quarter    

Friday 13th April
08:45   Transfer to Saint Hilari (40 mins)
09:30   Nordic walk in the lush forested area between the two natural parks of Montseny and Guilleries (14-16km)
13:30   Lunch in a local restaurant
15:30   Return to hotel.  Free time
20:00   Dinner in a restaurant in the centre of Girona

Saturday 14th April
08.30   Transfer to Palamos by minibus (40 mins)
09:15   Nordic walk along the Costa Brava clifftop, dipping down to the sandy beaches.  There are places of historical interest along the way and hopefully an abundance of wildflowers!  We will be walking with members of the Nordic Walking Girona club for some of the way.  Distance: 16 km (with an option to stop after 12km)
15:30   Return to hotel.  Free time
20:00   Dinner in a restaurant in the centre of Girona

Sunday 15th April
09:30   Free time to walk around the old city of Girona (either with a group or by yourself). 
13:00   Transfer by minibus to Girona airport for flight departure to Bristol
15:50   Return flight to Bristol departs
17:00   Arr Bristol Airport

A NOTE ABOUT FLIGHTS: Direct flights from Bristol to Girona are with Ryanair.  The prices can fluctuate widely, depending on how many people are visiting the site.  At the time of writing a return flight is £81.  Those who fly this route regularly advise that this is a reasonable price and that the best time to book is mid-week.  If the price is high at the time you are looking then you may wish to wait and re-visit the site a few days later.  Vicky and Patsy are booked onto Ryanair flight FR9336 from Bristol on Thursday 11th April and flight FR9335 from Girona on Sunday 14th April 2018.

Cost
The cost of the trip is €430 per person payable directly to Nordic Walking Girona in two installments – December 2017 and February 2018, plus a non-refundable deposit of:
£65 if sharing a twin room
£185 if you want your own room (4 single rooms available)
There are sixteen places available.

The price includes:

  • Airport transfers
  • All transfers to and from our hotel and the walks
  • Lunch on Friday (local restaurant) and Saturday (picnic)
  • All evening meals
  • Guided Nordic walks on Thursday evening, Friday and Saturday

The price does not include flights, lunch on Sunday and drinks

What some of of walkers from our lst trip said:

"Thank you for a fabulous, very well organized trip.  I felt there was a good balance of walking, sightseeing and free time.  Definitely I would recommend the trip to friends, it was very well thought out and planned."  Sarah

"It was lovely to visit a beautiful city, to stay very near the centre and be able to wander about the city with ease.  Having walks organised on Thursday evening and Sunday morning made what was essentially a three day trip feel very much longer; I felt as though I had been on a proper holiday!"  Polly

"My coeliac diet was superbly catered for with sensitivity.  I loved the food.  Cristina was very thoughtful too in keeping me informed."  Carmen

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