Walking the Costa Brava
Costa Brava, Spain
- Medieval towns
From an architectural point of view, The Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park has old medieval towns, Romanesque churches and art nouveau buildings, all well worth a visit.
- Birdwatching walk
Discover some of the region’s most interesting birds via a pleasant walk from the notable town of Castelló d'Empuries, as well a chance to photograph rare orchids in spring.
- Discovering the 'wild coast'
The Costa Brava coastal area has incredibly beautiful and rugged beaches, that is why it's named 'the wild coast'.
- Ilunion Caleta Park
This modern and friendly hotel is the perfect place to enjoy the best of the Costa Brava coast and the typically Mediterranean atmosphere of this region.
- Local flights
- Save £
- All Inclusive
Explore the Costa Brava on foot…
This walking holiday discovers the best of the Costa Brava with its birdlife, wild coast, flora and fauna and medieval towns.
Hosted by: Beth Cobo
- Expert Host
- Saga Host
- Included themed activities
- Expert Host Talks
- Hosted welcome drinks reception
- Meet and greet with expert host
- Leisure time
- 20kg checked-in luggage
- Free hotel Wi-Fi
- Hotel porterage
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK
- Return flights and transfers
Plus, this hotel features:
- All breakfasts, lunches and dinners
- Saga Lounge
- UK exclusivity
- Free bar open 12 hours a day (local drinks)
- Unlimited tea and coffee-making facilities
- Five walks
Ilunion Caleta Park, Platja Sant Pol s/n, 17248 S'Agaro, Spain
Located on the seafront at S'Agaro, the locally rated 4-star Ilunion Caleta Park is full of Mediterranean character and a 100-metre walk down a steep slope to the sands and a promenade.
All 90 traditionally furnished bedrooms have balconies or terraces, and are spread over five floors.Most rooms have a bath and shower; single rooms are compact, however from 2020 double rooms will be used for sole occupancy and will therefore be more spacious. A lift is available to all accommodation floors.
Upgrade to a side sea-view room for a supplement, subject to availability (twin rooms only).
Balcony or Terrace
Food and Drink
Dine in the main restaurant where you can enjoy buffet-style meals. Tea and coffee-making facilities are available within the hotel.
During your stay, enjoy the following programme of activities and entertainment. Some activities may be at an extra charge and activities may change from time to time.
Look forward to live entertainment once a week.
You can also visit the local markets (by public bus at own cost).
Other Hotel Information
Ilunion Hotels and ONCE
Ilunion Hotels are part of ONCE, a Spanish foundation which was founded in 1938 to champion the blind and involve them in society. ONCE is best known for running the Cupón, the Spanish lottery, which provides most of the foundation’s funds and with which it is able to support other groups for the disabled. As part of their support, Ilunion Hotels welcome people from all walks of life: around 40% of hotel staff have a disability and the hotel chain regularly host various disabled groups.
Outdoor swimming pool
Set on the seafront of the peaceful resort of S’Agaro, the hotel is a 100-metre walk down a slope to the sands and a promenade. The spectacular coastal scenery features a series of beautiful bays and coves backed by pine trees with walking trails. The bustling resort of Platja d’Aro is five kilometres away and the typically Spanish town of Sant Feliu de Guixols is three kilometres away. Both can be reached by local bus services with the nearest bus stop 600 metres from the hotel.
Barcelona airport is approximately a 90-minute drive away while Girona airport is a 45-minute drive away.
S'Agaro is something of a hidden gem on Spain's Costa Brava. A quiet and peaceful residential enclave, it was founded in the 1920s and later became a hotspot for the rich and famous looking for a private Spanish retreat. Just some of the stars who holidayed here included Bogart and Bacall, Charlie Chaplin, Sean Connery, Ava Gardner, Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, John Wayne, Orson Welles, and even the King of Spain, Juan Carlos.
The large bay and sandy beach is its main feature, and its fairly secluded location means that it doesn't get overly crowded even during the height of summer. Although there are few amenities here, the nearest town, Sant Feliu de Guixols, is just three kilometres away and has plenty of bars, cafes, shops and restaurants should you want to explore a typically Spanish town.
Your walking programme
Walks are moderate and range from 6 to 14 kilometres. Some sections are rocky and uneven, with ascents and descents.
Coastal Walk This is a route with great charm that leaves no corner of Castell-Platja d'Aro unexplored. You'll leave the coast behind, and walk through the ancient town of Castell d'Aro, reaching Roques Martines, a raised and peaceful spot where you can breathe in the pure air while gazing over a magnificent landscape. You'll then leave Platja d'Aro, pass by the mouth of the Ridaura, and reach S'Agaró where you'll explore the wonderful Camí de Ronda, a perfect balance between nature and architecture.
The Montseny summits This itinerary allows you to discover an area of great beauty in Montseny Nature Park, declared a World Biosphere Reserve. At the end of the excursion you'll visit the Information Centre of Can Casades Nature Park, where the route begins. Before leaving, you can admire the slim silhouettes of Les Agudes and of the Turó de l'Home, the highest peak in Montseny. You'll then reach the park’s limits in less than an hour. Santa Fe del Montseny will be your starting point and on the way back, you can visit the swamp, dating to the beginning of the 20th century. During your ascent, you'll go through the southernmost spruce area in the Iberian Peninsula, and you'll see impressive sights over Turó de l'Home and Las Agudas. Approaching the summit, you'll leave vegetation behind, only to find high mountain prairies. Once on the summit, where there is a weather observatory, the view is magnificent before descending.
Walking on lava – Medieval towns The Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park has many interesting sites to visit, from volcanic cones and lava flows, to oak and beech woods and rural areas. From an architectural point of view, the old medieval towns, Romanesque churches and art nouveau buildings are all well worth a visit. A trip into the entrails of the volcano Croscat – the youngest volcano in the Iberian Peninsula – and, thanks to a now-disused quarry that has exposed its innards, an excellent place in which to study volcanic eruptions and materials. Next is a visit to the medieval village of Besalú, with its famous Jewish quarter and dog-legged medieval bridge. Your visit begins in the centre of the village in Placa de la Llibertat, and continues on to the only Jewish purification baths in Spain, and the medieval bridge, the Romanesque churches of Sant Vicenc and Sant Pere, and the medieval building of La Cúria Reial.
Three landscapes in one In the 13th century, King Jaume II built the imposing castle of Montgrí as a show of power atop the Montgrí massif. This mighty fortress, with towering 31 metre high walls, was constructed over seven years, but remained unfinished. A symbol of the region, it commands superb views across the gulf.
Birdwatching at Aiguamolls de l’Empordà This activity is designed so you can see some of the region’s most interesting birds via a pleasant walk from the notable town of Castelló d'Empuries. You'll start by visiting the town’s Gothic cathedral and historical centre, before picking up the long-distance footpath to the Aiguamolls Na.