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Collioure to Cadaques

Coastal trek: France to Spain

  • Where?

    France

  • Altitude

    2,833m

  • Duration

    7 days

  • Weather

  • Physical

    P2

  • Technical

    T2

  • P2 - Prolonged walking over varied terrain. There may be uphills and downhills, so a good solid fitness is required. Expect to be able to do a 6 to 8 hour walk over undulating terrain with a few punchy uphill climbs carrying a pack up to 6kg in weight.

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  • T2 - Consider this a trek, although there may be occasion to use hands for short sections of easy scrambling. No previous climbing or trekking experience is necessary.

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  • Overview

  • Date & Prices

  • Pics & Vids

  • Itinerary

  • Kit List

  • FAQs

Overview

This stunning trek, passing from the French to the Spanish coasts, allows us to explore the colourful coastlines that were the inspiration to some of Europe’s greatest artists, from Picasso to Matisse. Each was drawn to this remarkable area by the mesmerising light and colours of the broody, often misty, mountains contrasting with the vivid blues of the sea.

With the Pyrenees to the west and the Mediterranean to the east, this stunning trek through Catalan country passes tiny fishing villages, colourful vineyards, towering granite headlands and hidden smuggler coves.
Our days will be full of exploration and invigorating trekking, our nights will be spent sampling French and Spanish Mediterranean cuisine, tasting wines unique to the region and staying in charming village hotels in the little ports. We’ll discover ancient historical sites like the dramatic Sant Pere de Rodes monastery, and look out to the wild and rugged Cap de Creus, former home of the famous Salvador Dali.

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Date & Prices

For private trips or bespoke itineraries inc. different dates, please contact the 360 office on 0207 1834 360.

A monthly payment plan is possible, please contact the office to chat through the options.

For private trips or bespoke itineraries inc. different dates, please contact the 360 office on 0207 1834 360.
A monthly payment plan is possible, please contact the office to chat through the options.

Departure & Return

Duration

Price (excl. flight)

Price (incl. flight UK-UK)

Start: 18 October 2020
End: 24 October 2020

Price without flights:  £845

18 October 2020

24 October 2020

7 days

£845

N/A

Included

  • 360 leader
  • Airport transfers to and from Toulouse
  • Transfers to and from start point of the trek
  • 6 nights accommodation in local hotels or guest houses with breakfast
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor
  • Monthly payment plan, on request

Not Included

  • International flights to Toulouse
  • Personal equipment
  • Insurance
  • Dinners
  • Alcohol, laundry and other items of a personal nature
  • Any additional costs associated with leaving the expedition early

Pics & Vids

Itinerary

DAY 1 : Arrive Collioure

You’ll fly into Toulouse, where you will be met by your 360 trek leader. Together, we’ll transfer to a comfortable hotel in the postcard perfect Mediterranean town of Collioure. Set below an ancient medieval castle, and on the edge of an active fishing port, the atmospheric restaurant-lined cobbled street town centre and surroundings of Collioure are an utter delight to explore and experience our first taste of the days to come.

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DAY 2 : Collioure to Banyuls

Our trek begins by exploring the Madeloc Tower – a 13th century defensive outpost and signal tower built 657m above the sea by Jacques of Majorca. From there we descend through the stone walls protecting the vineyards and orange groves, then following rural country lanes we head along the coast to the bustling quayside of Port Vendres where we take a welcome break. Further on, skirting round rocky coves and creeks, we continue to Cap Bear and the local lighthouse with its pink marble staircase. We can take a refreshing dip into the azure-coloured waters at the beautiful Paulilles beach before we reach our home for tonight, the fishing port of Banyuls well known for its fantastic dessert wines, made from the Grenache Noir grapes growing in the surrounding terraced vineyards.

Trekking: 16 kms (4-5 hours)

(+375m ascent / -375m descent)

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DAY 3 : Banyuls - Port Bou (Spain)

Today we cross the border from France into Spain. Leaving Banyuls we follow the clifftop paths high above the turquoise sea, passing numerous sheltered smugglers coves to Cap Cerbere the last French village before crossing into Spain. This area is a protected marine nature reserve. Here we take a break before crossing the rugged headland and continuing on to the fishing town of Port Bou where we spend the night.

Trekking: 15 kms, 4-5 hours.

(+434m ascent / – 447m descent)

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DAY 4 : Port Bou - Llança

We continue to track the immediate coastline, walking through and around the fabulous coves of Borró, Cala Petita or Cala Bramant, with their strong scents of the sea, pine and herbs. Climbing up towards Puig Tiffel, we’ll be rewarded with the stunning views over Cap Creus that have been and still are a source of inspiration for many artists.  We then descend towards Llança, our home for tonight, in time for a sunset drink and dinner.

Trekking: 15 kms, 4-5 hours

(+570 m ascent/-560 m descent)

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DAY 5 : Llança - Port de la Selva

We leave Llança and climb up an ancient monastic path towards the imposing, historic San Père de Rodes Monastery. Believed to have once been the resting place of the bones of Saint Peter, a monastery was first thought to have been built on the site in 878AD. Although now uninhabited it remains a majestic sight. We drop down from here over the bay into Port de le Selva, our resting place for tonight.

El Port de la Selva is outstanding for its varied landscapes, its beaches and its mountains. The village retains the charm of a small fishing settlement and there are many places to visit, including the Taballera Dolmen and the Serra de Rodes medieval site, made up of Sant Pere de Rodes Monastery, Sant Salvado Castle (13th century), Santa Elena Shrine, the village of Santa Creu and Sant Fruitós Church. The village offers some of Catalonia’s best beaches.

Trekking: 12 km, 4 hours

(+ 450m ascent/-450m descent) 

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DAY 6 : Port de la Selva - Cadaques

A slight change of scenery today, as we head inland across the mountainous terrain of the Cap de Creus national park. From Port de la Selva we climb steadily up the broad plateau that spans the park, and wind our way across it rugged back enjoying beautiful views typical of the Catalan countryside and the nearby Pyrenees  before descending past Port Lligat – home to Salvador Dali to the whitewashed village of Cadaques a favourite haunt of Picasso.

We have time for a refreshing drink before being transferred back to Collioure for dinner either at the hotel or in town.

Trekking: 13 km, 5 hours

(+350ascent /-350m descent)

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DAY 7 : Depart France

We will be collected from our hotel and transferred to Toulouse airport in time for our flights home.

This itinerary is subject to minor changes depending on flight arrival and departure times, weather, group dynamics and fitness and so on, but the itinerary outlined provides an excellent indication of the trek and what you will experience.

Kit List

Bags & Packs

Daysack

40-60L rucksack that is well worn in and with a good waist belt. A waterproof cover is advisable (remember that these covers are not 100% waterproof but act as a barrier) Whilst on the mountain you will need to carry all of the kit that you are not wearing

Dry stuffsacks

Pack some fresh clothing into bags to keep them dry in the event of a total downpour that seeps into your kitbag. Good for quarantining old socks

Waterproof rucksack cover

To protect rucksack from rain

Headwear

Warm headgear

This can be a warm hat, beanie, balaclava, anything to reduce the heat loss from your head

Wide brimmed hat

Keeps the sun off exposed areas like ears and the nape of the neck

Sunglasses

Category 4 wrap around style is highly recommended. These sunglasses allow for the highest available protection against harmful UV light found at altitude and from glare from snow and sand surfaces. Worth spending money on good UV filters. Julbo is our preferred supplier

Lip salve

Sun cream will not work on your lips and they are very susceptible to burn without proper protection

Sunblock

Buy the highest SPF you can find as UV intensifies with altitude

Upper Body

Base layer

This is the layer closest to the skin and its principal function is to draw (wick) moisture and sweat away from the skin. You can also get thermal base layers for use at higher altitudes that provide an additional insulative layer while still drawing sweat during times of high exertion

Quantity: 2

Mid layer

These are typically lightweight microfleeces or similar technology that provide varying degrees of warmth and insulation without being overly bulky or heavy to pack

T-shirts

A couple of T-shirts are advisable for this summer expedition.  The days are reasonably warm (with high temperatures at lower altitudes)

Hard Shell

These jackets are thin, highly waterproof and windproof and worn over all other items of clothing. You’ll find these made of Gore-Tex or other proprietary waterproof yet breathable technology. Inexpensive hard shells that aren’t breathable will prevent evaporation, making you sweat intensely and are not recommended

Soft Shell

These should be windproof (not all are) and insulative. They are mostly made of soft polyester and sometimes resemble a neoprene finish which makes them very mobile and comfortable to wear. While offering a degree of weather repellence, they are not waterproof

Gloves

Lower Body

Shorts

A couple of shorts are advisable for this summer expedition.  The days are reasonably warm (with high temperatures at lower altitudes)

Trekking trousers

These tend to be polyester so they dry quickly after a shower and weigh little in your pack. Consider perhaps a pair with detachable lower legs as an alternative to shorts

Underwear

Merino or wicking material, not cotton. How many pairs you take is entirely up to you

Waterproof trousers

A lightweight pair of Goretex/eVent trousers that will act as a great windproof too

Feet

Walking boots

Well worn in 4 season waterproof boots with mid to high ankle support

Spare laces

Just in case

Comfortable trainers/Crocs

For use in the evenings. With most refuges, you will need to take your boots off when you go in. Some provide croc/slippers but not all.

Trekking socks

Single layer or wearing 2 pairs is a personal choice and lighter weight merino wool is a good option

Quantity: 3

Hydration

Water bottles / bladder

2L capacity either in a combination of bladder and Nalgene bottle or just Nalgene bottles

Quantity: 2

Water purification

Although generally all water is boiled some prefer to double up and add purification tabs as well. Always good to have in your bag

Evening Wear

Evening clothes

Comfortable clothes for the evening

Toiletries

Alcohol gel

A must have for good camp hygiene

Toilet paper

Provided at the accommodation but a spare in your daysack may be useful if you need to hide behind a rock during the trekking day.

Wet wipes

Helpful for washing when shower facilities are limited, one packet will suffice

Expedition towel

Towels from the likes of Lifesystems are perfect

Wash kit

Keep it simple on the mountain. Essentials are toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant. Moisturiser is advisable, everything else is a luxury!

Medications

Personal first aid kit

The 360 med kits are designed to be used in emergencies and akin to an A&E rather than a pharmacy on Expeditions so please come prepared with useful meds for yourself such as painkillers (Ibuprofen if you can take it and a Paracetamol) plus blister plasters, plasters, antiseptic, rehydration sachets and any muscle rubs you wish to use.

Personal medication

Keep this in your daysack

Miscellaneous

Camera

Bring plenty of spare batteries and memory cards

Head torch

Bring spare batteries or a spare head torch

Snacks

Although you will be fed well we do we advise bringing a small selection of energy bars. Have a couple per trekking day

Ear plugs

For protection against the inevitable snorers!

Penknife (optional)

Swimsuit

For the odd swim

Trekking poles

These tend to be a personal preference but help with your stability and can dampen the pressure on the knees coming down hill

Documentation

Passport

Don’t forget this! Your passport should have at least 6 months validity.  With your passport expiry date at least six months after the final day of travel.

Copy of passport

Just in case

Dental check up

We recommend you have a dental check-up before your trip. New fillings can be an issue at altitude if there is an air pocket left in the gap

Travel insurance

Copy of own travel insurance details.  And relevant contact numbers.

We have a partnership with True Traveller and would recommend that you contact them when looking for travel insurance for your trip with 360. However, it is vital that you ensure that the insurance cover they offer is suitable for you, taking your personal circumstances (items to be insured, cancellation cover, medical history) into account. Many other insurance providers are available and we do recommend that you shop around to get the best cover for you on the expedition you are undertaking.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate insurance for your intended trip.  To include medical evacuation and coverage up to the maximum altitude of this trip.

EH1C (formerly E111)

While you do have travel insurance, this can save you paperwork and reduce upfront costs should you have a minor ailment or need to see a local GP if you already have one

FAQs

Food and Water

Where do we get drinking water from?

All drinking water will be either provided in the mornings or can be bought at various stops for the first day’s walking. We pass streams in various places that you can top up from if you should run out, so do take purification to add to it in the form of silver chloride or chlorine.

What is the food like?

The food in the local hotels and hostels is plentiful and of very good quality, often using locally sourced ingredients. Breakfasts consist of pastries, fresh bread and jams and you can expect hearty meals in the evenings and simple but filling packed lunches.

Do you provide snacks during this expedition? Or do you recommend that we bring our own?

360 provides some snacks for your days on the mountain, however do bring some of your favourite snacks from home, a range of fast and slow release energy snacks. The pure ‘energy’ style bars which are solid are quite tough to eat on the mountain so go with simple things. Flapjacks, shortbread, sweets, nuts and chocolate are great, snacks that you’re going to really look forward to eating and which will give you energy.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like?

You’ll be staying in simple but comfortable accommodation in hotels or local B&Bs along the way.

Kit

What bag do I need to bring?

A rucksack of around 40-60L should do you just fine. If you are borrowing or buying a rucksack, ask someone to help you adjust it to fit your back. And ensure you are making these adjustments with weight inside it, not empty. Generally it should sit reasonably high on your back so that the weight is acting vertically downwards, not forcing your shoulders back or drooping past your backside. Again, it’s about how you feel comfortable wearing it and important to get right.

Make sure too that it is either waterproof or you have a waterproof cover for your rucksack. It’s not a bad idea to pack your gear into waterproof stuffs sacs, or even bin bags, in case of a deluge.

Do we need any technical gear for this?

No, this is a trek, so standard walking gear outlined in the kit list should suffice.

Do I need a sleeping bag?

The accommodation will all provide blankets and bedding so no, you don’t need to bring a sleeping bag. Some people like to take a sleeping bag liner with them, but it’s not necessary, more a personal preference – do remember you’ll be carrying it though!

The Trek

How fit do I need to be?

Although we’re not at altitude, or in somewhere like the Himalayas, don’t underestimate this trek. The days are relatively long with reasonable altitude gains (and losses) each day. If you make an effort with fitness before coming out you’ll enjoy it far more than if you are struggling up every hill each day barely able to notice the spectacular views.

Can we swim if we pass any lakes?

They’ll be cold but there’s no reason why not!

The Weather

What’s the weather like up there?

It’s likely to be lovely and sunny, and reasonably warm (pretty hot lower down). However, we’re in the mountains, and not very far from the Atlantic, so there is every risk of rain, thunderstorms, and wind. Night time temperatures high up will be decidedly chilly.

The climate of the Pyrenees is generally better than the UK, but there is still the risk of inclement weather, so we advise in the kit list to pack accordingly (see above). And just like any other holiday, having a quick last minute look at the forecast before you come out can be a useful pointer of what’s in store.

Travel

Flights aren’t included what time should I arrive and depart to Toulouse?

We haven’t included flights as this gives you options from the UK. There are many flights that come to Toulouse daily from many different airports.

We will be at the airport at 11.30 am on day one of the itinerary. On the day you leave, we will be dropping the team off at Toulouse airport for 2.30 pm.  (These times are approximate and are TBC.)

Please, therefore, find flights that work for these timings.

If there are any issues with this please let us know and we will also try and help however it might mean in getting a hire car/train or taxi to your start/finish point.

Bagneres de Luchon is 1h 40 mins drive away.

Insurance

Do I need special insurance for this trip?

You must carry individual travel insurance to take part in the expedition. We cannot take you on the mountain without proof of insurance.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate insurance for your intended trip. To include medical evacuation and coverage up to the maximum altitude of this trip.

Your insurance details are requested on the booking form, however this can be arranged at a later date. 360 Expeditions will be requesting your insurance details 8 weeks before your departure.

Electronics

Will my mobile work?

On and off, don’t rely on it but there could be exposed points where you get a signal, notable higher up. In valleys you’ll be hard pushed to get a signal unless they are populated, though in the towns at the start and end points of the trek you’ll likely get much better signal.

Super genuine, friendly, professional company. I did the Expedition Skills Course in the Pyrenees with them this year and would definitely look to do more trips with them again. Highly recommmend!

Davina Liu, Love Her Wild Expeditions Skills Course
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