7 days, 6 nights
Run 9 to 14 miles daily
Starting at $1300*
Choose Your Own Dates
*estimated based on current exchange rates
Our full-service Costa Brava running vacation in Spain includes not only some of the most scenic and diverse coastal trail running available, but you’ll also enjoy a delectable gastronomic tour of the world-class cuisine for which Costa Brava is famous.
Your personal guide supports you on the trail and takes care of all the luggage transportation, navigation and other logistics so you can focus on running and relaxing.
Explore this renowned strip of Mediterranean coastline between Girona and the Pyrenees that is home to Europe’s best cuisine and centuries-old, family run vineyards.
Run from fishing village to fishing village, passing through hidden coves and beaches, along cliff-tops and past the ruins of millennia-old battlements and primitive settlements. Be prepared to be pampered, as your nightly accommodations include ancient castles, restored monasteries and even a 1,000-year old farm house offering elegant guest rooms that reflect authentically Catalonian hospitality. .
Today‘s run takes us on a fun 11-mile tour of Girona‘s narrow cobbled streets comprising the old part of the city. Then run up narrow singletrack through the Gavarres Forest up to Sant Miquel Castle, at this point we will get a sight of many of the places we will visit in the following days, after a short break we return down back to Girona.
We begin our 13-mile day in Fitor Village. Running down through the forest we will meet Palamos Village. On our way to Llafranc we will pass by Margarida Fishermen huts, Cap Gros natural reserve and then one the region‘s most important ancient Iberian town sites. The we take narrow forest trails along the coast to reach hidden beaches accessible only by boat or foot. We cap the day at the fishing villages of Calella and Llafranch.
Today‘s 14-mile run begins with a visit to the light house El Far de Sant Sebastiá, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Then we follow forest trails along the coast to Tamariu, a lovely typical Catalonian marine town. Then we detour inland along a forest path to Begur, where we visit Begur Castle, then we will climb up the forested Quermany Mountains. Here we’ll take in the great views of the area and descend down the mountain‘s other side to the medieval village of Pals.
After a short drive to Torroella de Montgri, we will start the day‘s 12.5-mile run with a stop at Montgri Castle of Torroella, which provides unobstructed views of the Mediterranean sea and Medes Islands. We will then go through a dune forest to a stretch of coastal cliff trails that lead us to Cala Mongo, where we can stop for an ocean swim.
Today’s 13-mile route will take us by some Dolmens, which are 5,000-year-old Neolitic structures marking an ancient burial ground. From there we continue to Cap de Creus Natural Park. This amazing garden space has pines and an untouchable landscapes. In the distance you‘ll spot a gleaming white church in Cadaques, the renowned Costa Brava home of famous artist, Salvador Dali.
Departing Cadaques, we run to Cala Tavallera, where the sea is as calm and clear as lake water. On much of today‘s 9-mile run, you‘ll feel solitude and complete freedom during this leg, which takes you through wild, natural areas with rocky trails, pinewood forests, rocks pounded into interesting shapes by the wind and sea.
We start the 11-mile day at the marine village of Port de la Selva, heading towards Santa Creus Village. Our route takes us up to the 12th-century Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes, after which we climb to the top of the mountain to the Verdera Castle and Santa Elena Church. Then we decend to Vilajuiga Village where we‘ll see more ancient Dolmens.
“This was one of the best vacations my husband and I have had; we loved every minute. As a long-time ultra runner I was eager to go, but my husband was unconvinced that "running" and "vacation" were meant to go together. He was more enthusiastic about the aspects of fine food and nice places, so we signed up. Through 5 days of incredible views, great food, and wonderful places to stay, my husband discovered, and I rediscovered the sheer joy of seeing new places by running to and through them. Our guide, Pablo, was outstanding in his ability to share his love of both running and exploring this incredible country. He readily adapted his plans to meet our abilities and interests and never seemed anything but happy to be out there helping us enjoy the trails.”
“Pablo (...) maps out some of the most beautiful and breathtaking routes I have ever experienced. He took us alongside tall cliffs, turquoise waters, and secluded beaches – all in the Costa Brava region. In addition to adapting to every runners' level and needs, he is a true inspiration. The entire time he ran in small sandals, like a primitive animal. The longest I had ever run prior to the trip was about 20km, and I managed to run 50km+ in two days, thanks to Pablo's words of wisdom, his running advice and the distracting trail he mapped out. Also, at the end of a long day of running, his wife, Cristina, provided us with accommodation in a beautiful fishing village alongside the Mediterranean. The hotel had great rooms and an amazing breakfast!”
“ We were provided a fantastic fully catered running experience. We were picked up at our hotel, driven to where we would start running, and provided a route overview from an online map. We were then equipped with a high-quality GPS with the route loaded on it so all we had to do was follow the route during our run. The course that Pablo personally researched and selected was amazing with running on the coast, a great hill climb to a Monastery, through many lovely villages, and through a national park. We were met by Pablo approximately every 10km to fill our water and restock on food. At the end of the run, we had already been checked into our hotel and our baggage was in our room so all we had to do was focus on recovering.“
Husband-and-wife team of Pablo and Cristina Rodriguez live in Girona, Spain, with their four little boys. After working for some years in their formal jobs, Pablo as a IT specialist and Cristina in a travel agency, they finally quit their jobs and make their passion their way of living. Combining their experience and expertise in running and travel has allowed them to create unique running vacations in the Costa Brava.