It is hard to believe how much the landscape and culture can change in 140km. Our run from the North side of the Pyrenees in French Catalonia to the Catalan Mediterranean in Spain is a trip into Narnia.
We are going to run up to the mythical Mount Canigó, sacred mountain of the Catalans, traverse the roof of the Pyrenees and descend into fairytale villages, eating great (that word is overused a lot, not in this case) local food and visit the beautiful Girona, and arrive to the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean sea to eat a good paella.
7 days – 7 nights
May 30 – June 5, 2020
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My wife and I did the Run Costa Brava trip. Hands down it was the best vacation we have ever been on.
Run costa bravo simply the most inspiring few days.
The most incredible experience. Felt like a local, Pablos personalize for our schedule / abilities, and incredible enthusiasm and service. One of the best trips I’ve ever taken.
* First running day, the day before we will all sleep in Girona
We will be starting on the French side of the Pyrenees heading towards Prades, the town at the bottom of Canigo Mountain.
We’ll be passing by vineyards and beautiful medieval villages. At night we’ll find some time to try the local wine.
From Prades the Canigó will look gigantic. This is the longer day, you better set your mountaineer mindset on but thank goodness one mountain refugee will be serving us lunch on our way to the top. (Lunch ->Siesta).
Depending on the weather we might have snow at the top of the mountain. After getting to submit the summit, we will descend into the Cadi Valley and will spend the day in Marialles mountain refuge.
Oh the joy of running in the mountains!, We’ll keep aiming South, to get to the beautiful Pla Guillem , a flat area at the top of the Pyrenees where running will be a pleasure. The last part of the day we’ll start descending into the Tec Valley, were one of my preferred towns in the world is, Prats de Molló. Ready for some gourmet french cuisine?
We’ll be passing the French-Spanish border, even if both sides are Catalonia.
Strong ascent in the first pass of the day and then… a pleasant descent through meadows of gentians, iris, and asphodels, passing by ancient mountain villages in our way Camprodon.
Pastries, Cava, Wine, embotits, which one is better?
We’ve already made it deep into the South Catalonia, but there is a place I want to show you, so will get in the van just for an hour. I will leave this one as a surprise.
Anyway, we’ll be spending the night in our city, Girona.
OK, can you feel the sea getting closer?
To get to the Mediterranean we have to pass the Empordanet first, a valley full of Medieval Villages, and beautiful scenery, we call that valley home.
After so many hours of running, all the way from the North side of the Pyrenees, we are going to make it to the sea. Please don’t lose the opportunity to tell local where we are coming from.
I won’t describe the coast much, only people who have gotten there running will understand