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Four Perfect Days Running Costa Brava - Page 5


[ Example Week-long Itinerary ]

Day 1 From Barcelona, take the train to Girona. Run 17 kilometers, including a tour of the Girona’s historic city center and run to Sant Miquel Castle. Overnight at Legends Hotel.

Day 2 Run 23 kilometers from Fitor to Llafranc. Overnight at El Far hotel in Llafranc.

Day 3 Run 22 kilometers from Llafranc to the medieval city of Pals. Enjoy a treatment at Mas Spa. Overnight at Mas Camangau in Begur.

Day 4
Run 24 kilometers from l’Escala to  Castello d’Empuries. Visit the Teatre-Museu Dali. Overnight at Castello d’Empuries.

Day 5 Run 23 kilometers from Roses up to the mountains via the Ruta del Dolmens to Cadaqués. Wine tasting at the Cellar Martín Faxió winery. Overnight at Hotel Rocamar.

Day 6 Run 29 kilometers from Cadequés to Port de la Selva through Cap de Crues National Park. Overnight at Port de la Selva.

Day 7 Run 20 kilometers from Port de la Selva to Sant Pere de Rodes Monastery to Portbou at the French border. Take the train back to Barcelona.


GETTING THERE Fly to Barcelona. Tours begin and end in Girona. From Barcelona, take the Renfe regional train service to Girona (7.50 euros per person each way). www.renfe.com

WHEN TO GO Costa Brava is an ideal year-round trail-running destination, though you might want to avoid the tourism high season and go in spring or fall when temperatures are cool, sunshine is prevalent and beaches are uncrowded. Winter (December to February) is generally mild and rarely cold.

INFORMATION Running Costa Brava Tours (www.runningcostabrava.com) organizes custom running tours throughout Costa Brava. Owners Pablo and Cristina Rodriguez build custom itineraries with GPS-mapped running routes.

Package prices depend on the number of people in your group, quality of hotels, time of year (in July and August hotel rates average 20 percent higher than the low season), trip duration and your choice of additional activities (kayaking, spa, parasailing, museums, wine tasting, etc.). One-week packages in low season (October through March) begin at 752 euros per person (three-star hotels) and 914 euros per person (four-star hotels).

Packages include guided runs, hotel bookings, local ground transportation, luggage transfers, water stops, energy snacks, additional activities and restaurant reservations. Breakfasts are included with all hotel reservations.


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