COSTA BRAVA

2017 dates, from £895pp: Sun May 28 – Sat June 3 (7 places left)
Sun July 9 – Sun July 16 (please note extra day – 7 places left) £200pp supplement applies for this trip
Sat Sept 30 -Fri Oct 6 (7 places left) | Sat Oct 7- Fri Oct 13 (9 places left)

Costa Brava SwimQuest

OVERVIEW

When we visited this coastline in 2016, we were instantly blown away by this region's wild, rugged beauty. On this trip we will explore the southern section of the Costa Brava, taking in dramatic cliffs; coves; islets; beautiful sandy beaches and secret caves, as well as the northern Cap de Creus Natural Park. During the first part of the week, our swims will be based in the picturesque southern region, starting off with a swim from our base beach, Platja D’Aro, and growing more adventurous throughout the week, with swims of approximately 5km / day (split into two swims). On the final day, we will join forces with Vies Braves to complete a “Cap de Creus Challenge” - the opportunity to swim as much or as little as you like of the 8km stretch of safe swim zones in the wild and dramatic Cap de Creus area, starting in Rose and finishing at Portbou, on the French border. Don’t forget to check out the itinerary tab for more information about the swim locations.

PLATJA D’ARO

Our base for the week is Platja d’Aro, a historical coastal town with its own beautiful sandy beach, surrounded by pines, flowers and cobbled streets.

ABOUT VIES BRAVES

Vies Braves and SwimQuest Vies Braves is a new and unique project which has been set up in association with the Spanish Costa Brava Tourist Board to provide safe, boat-free swim areas along the Catalonian Coastline. A series of “tracks”, from 500m to 2km long, in the water off the coast have been buoyed off from boats, so we can explore the coast safely, swimming from beach to beach, and cove to cove. This week is designed to make the most of some of our favourite swim stretches in this region, culminating in a non-stop 8km swim challenge (you are of course able to swim as much or as little of this as you like - it’s your holiday!) All swims will be fully supported and escorted by SwimQuest guides.

THIS TRIP IS IDEAL FOR:

  • Groups with varying speed / distance / ability levels - take part in as much or as little as you like.
  • Non swimming partners and friends - all swims are coastal, and many swims have beautiful coastal paths which provide a wonderful walking alternative for your non-swimming partners if they wish
  • Anyone who hasn’t been to this area before - an absolute must for open water swimmers, let us blow you away!

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

  • Price: from £895pp
  • Relaxing coastal swims PLUS entry into the Cap de Creus swim challenge day
  • Dates: May/June, July, October
  • Minimum swimming requirement: 1.5km
  • Average daily swimming = 3-5km / day
  • Approx sea temperature range: 18-23  ̊C
  • Non-swimming partners very welcome, please deduct 10% from tour price

    WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Accommodation in 4* Nautic Park Spa Hotel (see accommodation tab)
  • Full swimming itinerary, assisted by safety boats where required and always escorted by swim guide/s
  • Transport to and from swim venues during the week
  • Swim video analaysis, advice and coaching throughout the week
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
  • Safety boats
  • Swim guides
  • SwimQuest dry bag and swim cap, plus non-stop swim t-shirt and bag
  • VAT

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?

  • Travel to and from Platja D'Aro
  • Wetsuits and fins (if required, though we can help you with hire on location)
  • Evening meals
  • Alcohol
  • Single room supplement (see accommodation tab for single supplements and room options)

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Nautic Fergus Outdoor PoolWe stay at the Fergus Nautic Park Spa, a 4-star hotel conveniently located at the end of Platja D’Aro Marina, and just a 10 minute walk from a variety of shops, restaurants and of course the beautiful sandy Platja D’Aro beach.

ADDRESS

17250 Castell-Platja d'Aro, Province of Girona, Spainhotel-interior-main-lobby

ROOMS AND SUPPLEMENTS

hotel-nautic-fergus-double-bedroomRooms are based on twin or double share, however, if you wish to have a room of your own, a £270 single supplement applies.

ITINERARY

SwimQuest Costa Brava locations Your itinerary for the week is entirely based on the weather and your ability. On this page you will find some of the swims which you could complete during the trip. Most days involve a morning and an afternoon swim, with lunch in between, usually back at the hotel. If you are keen to participate in some but not all of a swim, that’s fine, let the guides know and you can hop back on the boat and just relax, or you may even be able to walk the coastal path parallel to the swim . We do not provide a day by day itinerary as we will structure the week carefully to ensure you get the very best swimming in the conditions you have each day. The Cap de Creus Challenge on the final day is meant to be fun! You are welcome to take part in as much or as little swimming on this day as you like. Click on the Swim Event tab to the left for more detailed information.

PLATJA D’ARO -  Platja de Sa Conca (2-4km)

Platja D’Aro Active Holiday SwimQuestA 2-4km swim route starting and returning to the beautiful sandy beach by the hotel. Starting from the beach, and turing left, this swim takes you alongside the pine-strewn coastal path. Float your way along the coastline for 2km towards Platja de Sa Conca. Nosey at the beautiful villas on the headlands and enjoy the playful fish along this stretch. Get a feel for it in this video.

SANT FELIU DE GUÍXOLS (1.8km)

Illa del Freu A dramatic swim alongside steep coastal paths, offering the opportunity to swim between the coast and the craggy Illa del Freu. Starting at Sant Feliu, we will swim right from the beach and round towards Cala Vigata. Check out this stunning drone video.

calella (1-2km)

CalellaA gentle swim around this shallow rocky headland is an ideal opportunity to stretch out and put any new swimming tips and tricks into practice. Check out the video here.

TAMARIU (up to 3.5km)

TamariuThis is an unforgettable swim around epic cliffs which disappear dizzyingly down  into clear mediterranean blue waters. Feel like you're flying as you travel from Platja Gran to Tamariu under your own steam, and soak it all in. This is what open water swimming is about!

loret DE MAR - fenals (1.3km)

Loret Fenals SwimQuest Catalonia Lloret de Mar opens out into two swim tracks, Loret - Fenals (1.3km) and Fenals - Sta Cristina (1.2km). The sandy beaches of Loret and Fenals make ideal get in and get out points for a relaxing swim, and it’s possible to join the sections together for anyone wanting to swim further (up to 7km). Enjoy the clear water and beautiful underwater rock formations as you swim along this coastal path. Have a look here.

CAP DE CREUS challenge day - included in your trip

NON STOP NORTH Having explored the South of the Costa Brava, your SwimQuest holiday wouldn’t be complete without a bit of a challenge, and what a day we have in store for you! Included in your holiday is participation in the SwimQuest Vies Braves Cap de Creus Challenge, which offers the opportunity to swim every single swim zone in the north Costa Brava region in one day (totalling approx 8km). Every participant will receive a a safety buoy, wet bag, and t-shirt. You are of course welcome to participate as much or as little as you like. For more information on the challenge day, click on the ’Swim Event Included' tab in the menu.  

THE CAP DE CREUS CHALLENGE DAY

We have teamed up with Vies Braves to bring our SwimQuest guests a swim challenge event in the wild Cap de Creus Natural Park, offering you the chance to swim a completely new section of the Costa Brava during your SwimQuest Holiday. Our challenge day will offer a total swimming distance of 8km. On the day, we will board a bus which will transport us between the swimmable sections Cap de Creus, dropping us off to swim along the way, picking us up and taking us to the next swim spot, until we finish at the French border.

where will we swim, and how far?

  • Roses (1.8km)
  • Cadaques (1km)
  • Llanca - El Port de la Selva (1.7km)
  • Llanca (0.6km)
  • Garbet (1.2km)
  • Colera (1km)
  • Portbou (0.6km)

what’s the plan for the day?

Unlike the rest of the week, on your last day we will leave the hotel in the morning fully equipped for a day of swimming. We will be joining other locals and swimmers and boarding a bus which will be your transport from swim section to swim section throughout the day. Don’t worry - the SwimQuest guides will still be with you, and will look after you! This isn’t a race, just an opportunity to explore some incredible coastline from the water. All participants will receive a Vies Braves t-shirt, swim bag and tow float. You are very welcome to take part in as much or as little as you like.

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GETTING THERE

Meeting place: 5pm on the tour start day at the Hotel Nautic Fergus, Urbanización Parc d'Aro, Calle E, 1, 17250 Platja d'Aro, Girona, Spain.

fly to girona

By far the easiest way to get to Platja D’Aro is to fly into Girona airport, just 30km away from Platja D’Aro. You can either hire a vehicle or take a public shuttle bus onwards to Platja D’Aro. The shuttle bus takes approximately 30 - 40 minutes and costs approx €5pp.  

FLY TO BARCELONA

It is also very easy to fly to Barcelona. From there, you can either hire a vehicle or take a public shuttle bus onwards to Platja D’Aro. The shuttle bus takes approximately 1.5-2 hours and costs approx €15-20pp. Map Platja D'Aro

WHAT DO I PACK?

  • At least 2 swimming costumesMia Russel SwimQuest Guide
  • Wetsuit (optional - it is possible to hire a Sailfish wetsuit for the week for €30 with a €100 deposit should you wish).
  • Swim fins (optional, although useful for additional speed and for technique drills if you have some)
  • 2 pairs of swim goggles – one clear and one tinted
  • Towel(s)
  • Small daypack/rucksack to use for your personal equipment/clothing during the day (note you will receive a SwimQuest dry bag)
  • Sandals/aqua shoes / flip flops – for getting wet
  • Insect repellent
  • Fleece or warm jumper
  • Sun hat, sun cream and sunglasses
  • A waterproof watch (optional)
  • A memory stick should you wish to take your video analysis home with you immediately
  • Travel insurance details
  • Trainers / sports gear (optional)

Video footage

Why not whet your appetite for the Costa Brava by taking a look at some of these stunning videos. You’ll see what we mean by wild and wonderful!

PLATJA D’ARO -  PLATJA DE SA CONCA (2-4KM)

SANT FELIU DE GUÍXOLS (1.8KM)

CALELLA (1-2KM)

TAMARIU (UP TO 3.5KM)

LORET - FENALS (1.3KM)

READY TO BOOK?

SwimQuest financial protectionWe're excited about meeting you on tour. To book your swimming holiday, simply fill in the booking form below. Once you have submitted the form, Charlotte (our bookings co-ordinator) will be in touch to request payment and to help you with any additional requirements. A deposit of 30% is required to secure your place, and the final payment is due 8 weeks prior to departure. Payments can be made by debit / credit card, by cheque, or by bank transfer. SwimQuest is a proud member of the Travel Trust Association, the only travel network in the UK to guarantee 100% financial protection to the consumer, ensuring total consumer confidence.

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In booking with us, you accept our terms and conditions, which can be found here. If at any point you have any questions, feel free to contact us: Charlotte Benton | +44 7743 233803 | charlotte@swimquest.uk.com Alice Todd | +44 7825 301443 | alice@swimquest.uk.com

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance before your tour, including cover for all the activities you are participating in. If you are in doubt that an activity is covered, you will need to contact your travel insurance provider for advice on cover. Fogg Travel Insurance are authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and are used to covering escorted open water swimming. To book travel insurance through Fogg, please click here.

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Vies Braves and SwimQuest