Faced with the doubts of this summer when deciding on vacations, a nearby destination that allows contact with nature and the outdoors has many points in its favor. If it also offers spectacular landscapes, hidden coves with transparent waters and a peculiar history, much better. Escape and come to know the coastal path of the Costa Brava i Daurada.
It is a historical path that was born more than a thousand years ago to communicate the different towns on the coast, its beaches and its coves. The name of the coastal path came during the 19th and 20th centuries, because it was the path used by the police and the Civil Guard to carry out their surveillance rounds and control the smuggling and black market activities that took place on the coast.
Currently, this route is a beautiful path between the towns of Blanes and Portbou, suitable for almost all knees, and that allows you to combine charming paths, spectacular views and, why not, dips in idyllic coves. In any case, there are some sections that have their difficulty, since they have numerous ups and downs.
One of the most spectacular parts of the entire coastal path is the one that runs between Sant Feliu de Guíxols and Begur. The walker will find himself admiring the blue of the sea while his steps raise the aroma of thyme and rosemary that grows between the rocks.
Although it is not a route of high difficulty, you must wear technical shoes for hiking, no beach flip-flops if you don't want to destroy your feet and knees.
From Tossa de Mar, the Camino de Ronda passes through beautiful coves and typical Mediterranean virgin pine forests until it reaches Sant Feliu de Guíxols to the north (21 km) through Cala Bona, Cala Pola or Cala Giverola, or to the south, direction Lloret de Mar (14 km) passing through Cala Es Codolar. Always signposted with white and red stripes, the GR 92 coincides with the route of the Ardenya Route, a 98 km long circular route that links the various spaces and towns that make up the Ardenya Cadiretes massif.
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The Costa Daurada also has numerous coves, with the same charm as those of the Costa Brava. The only difference is that here the blue of the sea has those golden tones that give this piece of coast its name, instead of the dark blue, almost black, of the sea of the Costa Brava.
One of the most beautiful and at the same time affordable routes is the one that runs between the castle of Tamarit and the city of Tarragona. It is a fragment of the coastal path, one of those historical routes that were opened over the centuries to communicate the coastal towns and help common defense.
Cala Fonda, also known as Waikiki Beach, is another of the pearls of the route, and to access it there is a steep but manageable path. It is a wild, nudist beach, where, while you bathe, you can admire the high wall of multicolored rock that closes it off from the winds and from the gaze. In the evening the golden tones of the wall and of the sea that caresses it multiply.
The 6.5 kilometer trail runs along the coast from the Pilons area to the Lighthouse in Cap Salou (Cabo de Salou). The route consists of 2 sections: from Pilons to Replanells (2 km) the path is fully enabled and from Replanells to the Lighthouse (4.5 km) of natural path, not fully conditioned.
The passage through the Camino de Ronda discovers the great natural and scenic wealth of the area. In addition to the different panoramic views that can be discovered on the way, the path runs through beaches and coves, becoming a different way of discovering the Cap Salou area. From Pilons, the path heads south and passes by Capellans beach, where you can see the remains of the old lazaretto, built in 1829. The route continues through Llenguadets cove, from where you can see the bunkers built during the War Civil. The last section corresponds to the Llarga beach, a natural environment away from the tourist area.
Although the path reaches a maximum height of 77 meters above sea level, with sections that are slightly difficult, most of the route is practicable for everyone.
• Assess whether you have the appropriate physical preparation to be able to follow the chosen route, be aware of your own limitations and act with common sense.
• Use appropriate footwear for walking.
• Find out about weather forecasts.
• Wear suitable clothing according to the weather conditions of the moment.
• Bring water, especially in summer.
• Use sun protection.
• Exercise extreme precautions in the sections of the coastal path exposed to the cliffs and do not leave the path.
• Do not light a fire.
• Respect and enjoy the environment.