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Backpacker Magazine – November 2013

Fastest Miles: Costa Brava Way (Spain)

by: Rachel Stutz

No pack, no problem: morning miles in Cadaques, on the Costa Brava way. (Photo by Dan & Janine Patitucci)
No pack, no problem: morning miles in Cadaques, on the Costa Brava way. (Photo by Dan & Janine Patitucci)

Would you rather cover 100 sweet miles of singletrack and dirt and paved roads that wind through pine forests, dunes, and along craggy cliffs hanging over the Mediterranean, or indulge in fresh seafood and local wine while touring Spainís historic Costa Brava? If you run (or hike pretty fast), you can do both. Thatís the theory behind Running and Trekking, Costa Bravaís new trip. With support from a local outfitter whoís intimately familiar with this region of northern Catalonia, you can knock out up to about 15 miles a day (trail running or hiking, whichever you prefer, but either way you carry no gear) and still have plenty of time to be a tourist. The payoff is equal parts scenery, gluttony, and history (youíll visit medieval villages, as well as Daliís hometown). Each participant is given a GPS, so you can customize your daily pickup to suit your pace and interests. Prices start at $660/person for a four-day trip for groups of four or more (includes lodging and meals.) Info:

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