Thursday 11th - Sunday 14th October 2018

Our first visit to Girona, Catalonia (Spain) was in October 2017.  It was so successful that we are running another almost identical trip in October 2018 for sixteen people.  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 towns that we visit.  We will be Nordic walking round the lake of Banyoles, the largest natural lake in Catalonia; visiting Besalu, a beautiful medieval town; and Nordic walking through the old volcano crater of La Crosa, one of the largest volcanoes in Europe.  Click here to see a short photo montage of our October 2017 trip.  Patsy Warn will be the Bristol Nordic Walking instructor in charge of this trip.

Below is a rough guide of our itinerary. 

Thursday 11th October
Dept Bristol Airport (Ryanair flight FR9336 departs at 12:40)
Afternoon Arr Girona Airport.  Transfer by minibus 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 12th October
09:00   Transfer to Banyoles (25 mins)
09:30   Nordic walk around the lake of Banyoles, the largest lake in Catalonia.  We will climb to the viewpoint at the top of Puig Clara and dip into the surrounding forest before finishing with a picnic in front of the lake.  Distance 16km (with an option to just walk round the lake)
14:30   Transfer to Besalu (15 mins) to visit this very pretty medieval town (one of the highlights of our trip last year).
16:00   Return to hotel.  Free time
20:00 Dinner in a restaurant in the centre of Girona

Saturday 13th October
08.30   Transfer to Sant Dalmai by minibus (25 mins)
09:00   Nordic walk around the Crossa's volcano, one of the most spectacular volcanoes in Catalonia with one of the largest craters in Europe.  We will stop for a morning break and finish for lunch in a wonderful working agricultural farm shop/museum for a traditional paella with salad.  Distance: 16 km (with an option to stop after 12km)
16:00   Return to hotel.  Free time
20:00   Dinner in a restaurant in the centre of Girona

Sunday 14th October
09:30   Free time to walk around the old city of Girona (either with a group or by yourself). 
13:00 (approx)   Transfer by minibus to Girona airport for flight departure to Bristol (Ryanair flight FR9335 departs at 15:50)

The cost of the trip is €430 per person payable directly to Nordic Walking Girona in two installments - end April and end July, 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 (picnic) and Saturday (paella and salad)
  • All evening meals
  • Guided Nordic walks on Thursday evening, Friday and Saturday

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

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.  Those who fly this route regularly advise that a reasonable price for a return flight is £80-£90 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.  Patsy is booked onto Ryanair flight FR9336 from Bristol on Thursday 11th October and flight FR9335 from Girona on Sunday 14th October 2018.

What some of of walkers from our last 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


Refunds to credit cards are subject to a 1.4% +20p fee for european cards and a 2.9% + 20p fee for non-european cards.  Other terms and conditions also apply