Guided Hike – Empordà's Fitor Dolmens Hike and Picnic

Highlights

  • Travel north of Barcelona to the Empordà wine region for a private guided hike of prehistoric dolmens and monuments of Fitor in the mountains overlooking the Mediterranean Sea on the Costa Brava
  • Explore the wonderful Peratallada medieval walled town, and discover the delights of Catalonia's medieval heritage
  • Experience the tranquil, stunning countryside of Catalonia “away from the madding crowd”
  • Immerse yourself in the beauty of this Mediterranean region’s nature and heritage in a guided hike
  • Have a traditional Catalan lunch in a local restaurant or have a gourmet Catalan picnic
Guided hike track outline, Fitor Dolmens Baix Empordà
Guided hike track outline, Fitor Dolmens, Baix Empordà

Itinerary

Morning

Tour leader Killian Driscoll and your chauffeur will pick you up for your forest hike in the Gavarres Mountains from your chosen location, and you’ll start your tour driving out of the city with Killian introducing the day ahead, and answering any questions you may have. Throughout the day, Killian will share with you his knowledge of the region, and the places you visit.

You'll drive deep into the oak and pine forests of the Gavarres Mountain range, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The Gavarres Mountains here are part of a nature reserve and the dense forest is dominated by cork oak, holm oak, and pine. The hikes starts at the 1,000 year old Romanesque church of Església de Santa Coloma de Fitor. Along the hike you'll walk along the medieval roads going across the mountain, and see the ancient cart ruts engraved in the bedrock.

You'll also explore a medieval ice house where ice was collected to be sold to the fisherman on the Costa Brava coast, as well as see the old farmhouses, the 'masias', on the plateau. Some of these are ruins, and they are a testament to the once thriving medieval rural communities that lived high up in these isolated mountains.

Prehistoric Megalithic Monuments - Dolmens and cists

Further uphill along the hike, by the summit overlooking the snow-capped Pyrenees and the Mediterranean Sea, you'll move back in time some thousands of years to the prehistoric period and visit a number of prehistoric megalithic monuments including dolmens and cists. These megaliths are from up to 6,000 years ago, dating to the Neolithic (Stone Age) and Bronze Age. They are different types of megalithic (meaning 'large stone') constructions, and were used by the prehistoric communities for as burial places and ritual activities.

Prehistoric Dolmen dels Tres Peus, along Fitor Dolmens Hike trail
Prehistoric Dolmen dels Tres Peus, along Fitor Dolmens Hike trail

Lunch

After your guided hike you will refresh yourself with a a specially prepared, gourmet picnic of traditional Catalan fare at a secluded woodland picnic spot. Alternatively, you can choose to have lunch at local restaurant that Killian can recommend.

Penedès gourmet picnic Catalonia
Guided hike and picnic near Barcelona, Costa Brava, Spain

Afternoon

After lunch you will drive through the wine country of Empordà to the stunning medieval village of Peratallada. There, you will explore the beautiful medieval walled town, and learn about the fascinating history of the town and area. The name 'Peratallada' comes from 'pedra' meaning stone and 'tallada' meaning cut. Peratallada is a beautifully preserved medieval town, with stunning stone buildings, medieval town walls, and large moat cut out of the bedrock. In fact, the town's history goes back about 2,500 years, with its roots as an Iron Age village and later a Roman settlement. Therefore, you'll see how this small town evolved over the centuries, in the rich agricultural landscape north of Barcelona.

Archway over lane, Peratalada medieval town, Baix Empordà
Archway over lane, Peratalada medieval town, Baix Empordà

Hike and Trail Details

  • Activity level: Easy-Medium
  • Walking Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours
  • Walking Length: 9.4 km (5.8 miles)
  • Elevation max: 273 m (896 ft)
  • Elevation min: 130 m (427 ft)
  • Total Uphill: 307 m (1007 ft)

Below is a map of the guided hike trail, with an interactive map that you can view the elevation along the trail. Overall, the hike is 9.4 km (5.8 miles) and takes about 2.5 hrs of walking, with plenty of time for taking in the scenery and photo stops.

The activity level is easy to medium, with few steep stretches. Comfortable footwear is recommended (hiking boots are not required, sneakers / trainers are fine).

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