Hiking around Roses and Girona: routes and tips
These are some of the best routes in the area
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The small province of Roses, in Girona, on the Costa Brava, is synonymous with fresh air, nature and the sea. A great way to enjoy this area is to explore the stunning hiking trails and relax on the beautiful beaches and small coves, many of which are still undiscovered.
Roses is not just a tourist area to be enjoyed during the summer, it is a destination where you can make many plans for the rest of the year. There are many trails to explore, where you can discover all the history and wonders hidden in the rugged and dense countryside.
This 8.4km route near Roses (Girona) is classed as easy and takes an average of 2 hours 30 minutes to complete. It is an excellent hike, suitable for all levels of fitness, and has easily accessible paths.
It is a circular route that starts and finishes at the Camí de Ronda de l’Almadrava, which is about ten minutes by car from the hotel. The Camí de Ronda takes you along a narrow, mostly sandy path. You can enjoy the coastal landscape along the entire route, with stunning views of the Mediterranean.
As this is a coastal route, it is advisable to be prepared for the heat. Don’t forget sunscreen and water to stay hydrated. The trail is perfect for sunrise and sunset, and can be done at any time of the year, although it is recommended to go in spring to get the most out of the experience. If it is warm enough for a swim, take the opportunity for a refreshing dip on the beaches in the coves along the way.
This trail is about 3.5 km (out and back) and is very close to Roses, in Cap de Creus Natural Park. It is an easy route, which can be covered in less than an hour. It is very popular with walkers, but that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy some peace and tranquillity during the quieter parts of the day. For all these reasons, it is an ideal hiking route for families with children or for walking with pets. Monterrey is your pet-friendly hotel on the Costa Brava, so if you’re staying with your dog, rest assured that there are hiking trails for you.
This route starts at Cala Montjoi, accessible by car from the hotel (or approximately twenty-five minutes’ walk), and continues along the coast to Calitjàs Beach. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen, drink plenty of water and, if you have pets, consider their needs and keep their paw pads covered during the hottest hours of the day. The views of the Mediterranean along the way are breathtaking and will stay with you forever.
This is also a circular route and is approximately 15 km long. It is classed as a moderate hike and the average walking time is 3 hours 49 minutes. Rosas coastal path is not only ideal for walking but also for running and can be visited at any time of the year.
It is perfect for families with some hiking experience, and you can cycle as well as walk. It runs along the seafront promenade in Roses, between the mouth of the River Gran and the lighthouse. Along this fabulous route, you will discover the hidden treasures of the Gulf of Roses, such as the Ciutadella de Roses (pets are welcome here), the port, the lighthouse, Castell de la Trinitat and, with a bit of luck, some seabirds sunbathing on the rocks along the coast. It will certainly be an unforgettable walk.
If you love hiking, don’t miss the experience of walking this 43-kilometre circular route. It is classed as a difficult route and takes an average of 11 hours and 33 minutes to complete, so you need to be well-prepared and take all possible precautions.
It is a highly recommended route for hiking and MTB. Remember that this route can be done in one day, so it is advisable to make short stops and set off as early as possible.
It is worth noting that Roses Town Council often launches initiatives such as ‘Roses on Foot’, where nature lovers and walkers can enjoy exciting excursions free of charge. All the information is available from the tourist office.