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Costa Brava and Its Walking Routes: From Portbou to Blanes

19/10/2016

This walking route goes along the entire coast line with great views over the beaches of Costa Brava and the Mediterranean sea. It never strays too far from the coast, although at certain points it is inevitable.

The starting point of footpath GR 92, as it is called officially, is located in the town of Portbou, at the stairs leading up from Carrer Alcalde Miquel Cabré to Carrer de la Muntanya which brings us above the village. Soon we are reaching a hill from where we can enjoy a magnificent view over the bay of Portbou and Cabo de Creus. Here begins our journey that follows all the Catalan coast, but this time we will pay attention to the first segment of 211 kilometers, which explores Costa Brava by walking along all the coastal municipalities.

Costa Brava was given its name firstly by Ferran Agulló in an article published in the Catalan daily newspaper La Veu de Catalunya in September 1908. The term was officially recognized and promoted in the 1960s as it was considered appropriate to promote tourism in the region. It is interesting to know that before Costa Brava became the official name, were suggested other names such as Costa Grega (the Greek Coast), Costa del Corall (the Coral Coast), Costa Serena, Costa Llevant or Marina de l'Emporda.

Through Cadaqués, Roses, L'Escala, Begur, Palamós, Tossa de Mar, Lloret de Mar and finally Blanes, which is the southern edge of Costa Brava and where the path steps a little bit inland, we can admire a variety of landscapes along this incredible route.

Also known as the Mediterranean footpath, this route runs from small coves to long sandy beaches, through amazing cliffs or natural areas of great value such as the Natural Park of Cabo de Creus or the Aiguamolls Natural Park where the great diversity of the coastline of the Costa Brava could be enjoyed.

The walking route has been numbered with 92 as a tribute to the Barcelona Olympic Games celebrated in 1992. The Olympic flame arrived to Catalonia landing in Empúries, the first Greek colony on the Iberian peninsula. The abbreviation GR binds in the North with the European road E10, which leads to the Baltic Sea; while in the South it follows the rest of the Catalan coast and continues towards the Southern part of the Iberian Peninsula.

Many of its sections offer all kinds of coastal roads, among which is the original walking route. Some roads historically roamed the coastline and they were predominantly used by police to monitor tobacco smugglers, by fishermen and sailors to go fishing or in case of shipwreck. Today they are used not only to reach the coves, but also as paths for strolling and enjoying a landscape of sublime beauty.

Besides the variety of landscapes, there are also numerous activities that can be performed in such a large area. You only have to visit www.vivelus.com and sign up for them. From gastronomic activities with family to sports or why not… What about the combination of them?