The paths that run along the Costa Brava and were previously used by the Civil Guard to control the Spanish maritime border and prevent smuggling are known as Camins de Ronda. Currently, these paths are used to walk or move between the beaches and coves of the Catalan coast.
Some of these Camins de Ronda coincide with the GR 92, one of the great trails that cross Catalonia from north to south, passing as close as possible to the Mediterranean Sea. If it is the first time that you have been told about this great route, do not hesitate to consult our first post about the GR 92.
Doing the Camí de Ronda you can enjoy the rugged landscapes that characterize the Costa Brava, in addition to crossing its forests, beaches and coves of crystal-clear water, witnessing the incredible fauna and flora that this territory houses.
Most of the routes are only suitable for walking, as they are mostly narrow, with continuous unevenness and even a bit technical. They can be done during all times of the year since the Costa Brava enjoys a Mediterranean climate with mild temperatures throughout the year.
One of the most well-known and well-traveled Camins de Ronda is surely the one that goes from the town of Sant Feliu de Guíxols to S’Agaró (a population entity belonging to Castell d’Aro), both in the Empordà.
This route begins in the port of Sant Feliu de Guíxols and borders stately homes and luxurious urbanizations on the seafront.
If you like climbing, very close to Cala Jonca is Cala del Molí, where there is the only Via Ferrata in the world that runs above the sea. A highly recommended activity to discover the Costa Brava from another perspective.
Before reaching S’Agaró, you will come across Cala Ametller and Cala Maset, two small coves with turquoise water. Between Sant Pol beach and Sa Conca, you will walk among modernist houses, terraces, monuments, and tunnels, as well as the popular Mirador de S’Agaró (S’Agaró viewpoint).
This Camí de Ronda connects one of the most charming towns on the Costa Brava, Calella de Palafrugell, with the coastal town of Llafranc. It is one of the simplest routes, in addition, it is suitable for all types of public and all physical conditions.
During the trail, which runs with the Mediterranean Sea to one side, you will be able to enjoy these two towns that still preserve the seafaring essence, with their boats anchored in the sea and the typical landscape of the Costa Brava.
If this beautiful itinerary has made you short, we recommend extending the route to the Sant Sebastià Lighthouse, where you will enjoy magnificent views of the surroundings.
This Camí de Ronda begins at cala de Sa Tuna, in the municipality of Begur, and ends at Platja del Racó, in Pals. It is a rather easy route, but demanding at some points where we come across ladders and rocks.
It is one of the most popular routes on the Costa Brava because it runs through landscapes surrounded by vegetation, with views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Medes Islands (in l’Estartit).
In addition, you will pass through some of the most spectacular coves on the Costa Brava, such as Cala d’Aiguafreda, Cala de Sa Riera and Cala de l’Illa Roja, ending at Platja del Racó in Pals.
If this route is too short for you, you can start it at Platja Fonda or at Aiguablava beach, both located in Begur.
This Camí de Ronda takes place in the town of Palamós, between La Fosca beach and El Castell beach. It is an easy route, which has stairs at the steepest points.
We leave La Fosca beach, crossing the remains of the Sant Esteve de Mar Castle and arriving at la Pineda d’en Gori. From there, you can see Cala S’Alguer, a set of white houses with colored doors reminiscent of the old fishing villages, declared a “Cultural Asset of National Interest”.
Passing by this picturesque cove, we come to an extensive virgin sandy area surrounded by cane forests and cultivated fields, the Castell beach. As a curiosity, at the northern end of the beach are the remains of an old Iberian town from the 6th century BC.
This route along the Camino de Ronda passes through one of the most emblematic natural parks in Catalonia, the Cap de Creus Natural Park, between the Empordà towns of Roses and El Port de la Selva.
We start the tour in the city of Roses, located at the northern end of the Gulf of Roses, in the direction of Cala Montjoi. The journey runs parallel to the sea, and we enter the countryside as we approach the town of Cadaqués.
One of the obligatory stops on this Camí de Ronda is the Cap de Creus Lighthouse, considered “Asset of Cultural Interest”. It is also worth stopping for a cultural visit in Portlligat, where the Salvador Dalí House-Museum is located.
The route ends in Port de la Selva, one of the most charming fishing villages on the entire Costa Brava.
In Lloret de Mar there are two GR 92 routes that coincide with the Camí de Ronda, one that goes to the town located to the north of the municipality, Tossa de Mar, and the other that goes to the town located to the south, Blanes. If you want more information about these two routes, you can take a look at our post on the GR 92 sections in Lloret de Mar.
If you are looking for hotels on the Costa Brava to enjoy these Camins de Ronda, you should know that Rosamar Hotels has hotels in the town of Lloret de Mar.
Its five four-star and four-star superior hotels are located a few steps from the beach and very close to the center of the municipality. The Rosamar & Spa, Rosamar Marítim and Rosamar Garden Resort hotels are family hotels, and the Rosamar Maxim and Rosamar Es Blau hotels are for adults only, ideal for a vacation with your partner or with friends.
Although if what you want is a hotel with all the comforts for athletes, your hotels are, without a doubt, the Rosamar & Spa and the Rosamar Es Blau. These two hotels with the Sports Tourism seal have their own spa and a multitude of exclusive services for athletes.
Enjoy the Costa Brava all year round with Rosamar Hotels!