Girona
Date: 
Thursday 17th - Sunday 20th October 2019

Our first visit to Girona, Catalonia (Spain) was in October 2017.  It was so successful that we have run two further trips and will again be visiting in October 2019.  The trip is for fifteen people and will be led by our lovely instructor Patsy, who many of you will know. 

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.  You will be 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.  You are therefore perfectly located for the cafes, shops and sightseeing - and time for all these activities has been built into the schedule. 
The trip has been designed by Nordic Walking Girona (NWG) who will look after you throughout, leading you through the beautiful Spanish countryside and acting as a tour guide in Girona and the towns that you visit.  You 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 photos montage of our October 2018 trip. 

Here is a rough guide of our itinerary.  The times may vary slightly.

Thursday 17th October
Dept Bristol Airport (current Ryanair schedule is for a 12:40 departure)
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
18:00   Two hour Nordic walk from hotel through the historic quarter and into the Valley of Saint Daniel
20:30   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 18th October
09:00   Transfer to Banyoles (25 mins)
09:30   Nordic walk around the lake of Banyoles, the largest lake in Catalonia.  You 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 19th 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.  You 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)
15.30   Return to hotel.  Free time
20:00   Dinner in a restaurant in the centre of Girona

Sunday 20th 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 (current Ryanair schedule is for a 15:50 departure)

Cost
The cost of the trip is €430 per person payable directly to Nordic Walking Girona in two equal installments - end April and end July, plus a non-refundable deposit of
£75 if sharing a twin room
£185 if you want your own room (4 single rooms available)

The price includes:

  • Airport transfers (if flying Bristol - Girona, out Thursday back Sunday)
  • All transfers to and from our hotel and the walks
  • Lunch on Friday (picnic) and Saturday (paella and salad).  Wine is served with Saturday's lunch
  • All evening meals.  Wine included (not limitless)
  • Guided Nordic walks on Thursday evening, Friday and Saturday, plus optional guided tour of Girona on Sunday morning.

You will need to buy your own flights plus your lunch on Sunday but pretty much everything else is included. 

What some of of walkers from our last trip said:

"The hotel was central, so ideally placed. David was excellent as a guide and the whole trip was well organised so that everything was sorted for us - no thinking needed! Good combination of walks and sightseeing and a variety of restaurants and meal styles. We were very lucky as the whole group got on well together with no problems at all. The walks actually weren’t as long as I thought they might be, which was good as several had injuries going, and were done at a nice pace - holiday rather than workout."

"The place was lovely, hotel very comfy and central. It was well organised (so relaxing), the weather was rather great, food and wine delicious, lovely outings and walks, very friendly guests. The NWG people were brilliant, and Patsy looked after us very well, it was very relaxing and most enjoyable."

"Thank you very much for organising such a wonderful trip. It was a very magical holiday that will remain with me for a long time."

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