5-day Donkey Trek – Wine Route DO Empordà
Hiking with a donkey, wine and pleasure
Garriguella – Peralada – Sant Climent Sescebes – Espolla – Rabós – Garriguella
The hike through the vineyards of the Alt Empordà is a perfect holiday for those who like the combination of activity, relaxation and culture. Our longears will accompany you for five days, from accommodation to accommodation, over the hills of the magical wine region in Catalunya. When visiting the wine cellars, you can discover the secrets of the wines and harmoniously combine nature and culture.
This tour is suitable for leisurely and sporty hikers, because the daily stages can be adjusted in length. And for those who do not drink wine, the hike itself is worthwhile because of the beautiful landscape and of course, the pleasant company!
Garriguella – Peralada
Distance: 8,7km or 10,2 km
Desnivel: +96/ -136
To have enough time to get to know the new companion, the first stage is not too far. After an introduction to the donkey ABC you are ready for the hike! A path leads through the wine fields of Garriguella and later over a hill in the heart of the Empordà. Here we have a beautiful all-round view, from the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean. The end of this stage is a cozy accommodation in the medieval village of Peralada. Here you are free to visit the wine and glass museum in the Castle of Peralada, or else simply toast to the holiday with a glass of local wine or cava!
Peralada – Sant Climent Sescebes
Distance: 11km or 13 km
Desnivel: +174-48 or +238/-157
On the second day, you walk between vineyards and olive groves towards the village of Mollet de Peralada. Very close to the village you can go to the winery La Vynietta, where you are able to taste some excellent and modern wines. A visit is worth it! The way onward to today’s destination is not so far anymore. In Sant Climent Sescebes you are warmly awaited by Roberto in the Casa Rural (Rural B&B)!
If you would like to walk further, or focus on the diverse landscape, you can take an alternative route. This leads along the river Llobregat to the village of Vilarnadal and then goes over the Serra d’Altrera to Masarac and finally ends in Sant Climent Sescebes.
Sant Climent Sescebes – Espolla
Distanz: 9,5km oder 15,1km
Desnivel: +226/ -200 or +393/-359
Today’s route leads through a magical landscape. A picturesque path first leads to the hamlet of Vilartolì. Shortly after you arrive at the organic winery of La Gutina, whose excellent wines contain the spirit and the power of nature! After the wine tasting you continue leisurely. On the way to Espolla you will find dolmen and menhir (Celtic tombs and limestones), mysterious rock formations and fragrant smelling thyme and rosemary. In short, a beautiful hike and a festival for the senses!
Within the accommodation of Can Salas, which is in the former castle of Espolla, a variety of antique objects, which were used for agriculture years ago, can be viewed in a very personal and private museum. The house owner will be happy to tell you about their history!
Espolla – Rabós
Distance: 9,7 km or 11,3km oder 16,3
Desnivel: + 200/-226 or +358/-382 or +533/-567
From Espolla to Rabós, you can choose to take it either comfortably or make it a longer journey. The trails lead through the secluded landscape at the foothills of the Abera mountain range and along the Orlina river, which is harmoniously embedded in the valley. Wine was cultivated here for many centuries. Hidden between cork oaks and bushes you can still find terraces and walls, remnants of past times. Now the area belongs to the nature reserve.
The further along the path you go, the more diverse the landscape and the more magnificent the view will be. If you like a bit more of a challenge, you can even hike up to the monastery of Sant Quirze de Colera.
Rabós – Garriguella
Distance: 6,2km -10,1 km – 14 km
Today already marks the last day of the hiking tour and you can again decide if you want to take the direct way to the wine cellar, or the panorama tour through the municipality of Vilamaniscle and the mountain range of the Serra de la Baga d’en Ferran. From here you can see the coast at the other mountain side of the Cap de Creus, where the Pyrenees dip into the Mediterranean Sea. A last stop at a hidden spring is a nice, final highlight before going back to Garriguella, where you have to say goodbye to the faithful companions.
– The visit of the wine cellar is optional and must be organized independently.
– Maximum number of participants: 10 people
– The trail is, except in the hot summer months (July-August) available throughout the year and the dates are freely selectable if donkeys are available, .
– Transport cost for this trail for 1-3 donkeys: € 42.50
– Please when you do the booking of the accommodation specify them, that you do a donkey trekking with Burrotrek.
– If you wish that we organize the accommodation, that’s no problem, but we have to charge an administration fee and Taxes. Accommodations have to be paid in cash after arriving there.
– For lunch, there is the possibility to buy food in the shops in the villages, or from most accommodations it is possible to get a pick-nick. If you want a pick-nick, please inform the accomodation in advance.
– For dinner every eavening you can have a meal in a restaurant near the accomodation. Except in Rabós, here you have to organize yourself in the evening. In the Casas Rurales you can use the kitchen.
– For the walk, we recommend the map of Alt Emporda, Editorial Alpina, 1: 50’000
– The trail can be walked in both directions
If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!
Information about the wines:
Organize your donkey trekking:
Check the website Prices. Here you will find information about prices and how the trails are organized.
Reservation of accommodation :
First and 6th night in Garriguella: Can Coll
Tel: 0034/ 666 227 422 or 0034/972 530 116
Price: Double room 72€/night incl. breakfast
Alternativ possible: Garriguella Camping: www.vellemporda.com
or Hotel: http://www.hotelspavilamont.com
2nd night in Peralada: Can Genis
Tel. 972 53 81 86 / Mob. 625 017 420
3th night in Sant Climent Sescebes: El Pati de l’Albera
Tel: 0034/ 972 545 182
Price: Double room 65€/night incl. breakfast
4th night in Espolla: Can Salas
Tel: 0034/ 660 15 47 47
Price: Double room 65€/night incl. breakfast
5th night in Rabós: Casa Rabós
Tel: + 34 972 56 39 03 / + 34 664 52 03 36
Price: 66€ Double room
* If you want to leave after the last hiking day, you don’t have to book the 6th night in Garriguella
** Prices of accommodations without guarante
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