Dates: 29 September – October 5 2018
OVERVIEWWhen 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 (weather permitting) we will visit the Cap de Creus area for a fun ‘Challenge Day’ with an opportunity to take part in three swims, with an approximate total distance of 8km. Don’t forget to check out the itinerary tab for more information about the swim locations.
ABOUT VIES BRAVESVies 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 fun challenge day (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 in kayaks (motor boats are not permitted inside the swim lanes).
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!
- Price: from £935pp
- Relaxing coastal swims
- Dates: October
- Minimum swimming requirement: 1.5km
- Average daily swimming 3-5km / day (with an optional 8km total distance on the last day, broken into three parts)
- Approx sea temperature range: 18-23 ̊C
- Non-swimming partners very welcome, please deduct 10% from tour price
- Six night’s accommodation in the Citutat de Palol hotel
- Full swimming itinerary, assisted by safety kayaks
- Transport to and from swim venues during the week
- Swim video analaysis, advice and coaching throughout the week
- Swim guides
- SwimQuest dry bag and swim cap,
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)
- Lunches and evening meals
- Single room supplement (see accommodation tab for single supplements and room options)
We stay at the Citutat de Palol Aparthotel, just a 10 minute walk from both the beach, and central Platja D’Aro. The air-conditioned apartments each have a private balcony, kitchen area with a hub, microwave, fridge and dining table, and a washing machine.
ADDRESSAv. del Cavall Bernat, 201, 17250 Platja d'Aro, Girona, Spain
ROOMS AND SUPPLEMENTSRooms are based on a twin or double share basis, however, if you wish to have a room of your own, a £270 single supplement applies.
ITINERARYYour itinerary for the week is entirely based on the weather and your ability. We do not provide a day by day itinerary as swim locations will be based on the weather - we will choose the best swim spots for the weather on that day. On this page you will find a selection of the swims which you could complete during the trip. Most days involve a morning and afternoon swim, with lunch in between, either at a beachside café or back at the hotel. You can complete as many or as few of the swims as you wish. For many of these routes, you may even be able to walk the coastal path running parallel to the swim. The Cap de Creus Challenge on the final day is meant to be fun - and you are welcome to take part in as much or as little swimming on this day as you like. In the event the weather is too rough on the northern coast, we will re-schedule swims to the southern coast nearer Platja d’Aro.
PLATJA D’ARO - Platja de Sa Conca (2-4km)A 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)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)A 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)This 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)Lloret de Mar opens out into two swim tracks. We usually start with St Cristina – Fenals (1.2km) in the morning and then Fenals - Loret (1.3km) in the afternoon, making a total swim distance of 5km. Enjoy sandy beaches, clear water and beautiful underwater rock formations as you swim along this coastal path. Have a look here.
CHALLENGE SWIM DAYThe swim challenge in the wild Cap de Creus Natural Park, involves three swims (with a combined total distance of approximately 8km) in a completely new section of the Costa Brava. On your last day we will leave the hotel in the morning fully equipped for a day of swimming. Just like your other swim days, your SwimQuest guides will be escorting you in kayaks. You are of course welcome to participate as much or as little as you like - this isn’t a race, just an opportunity to explore some incredible coastline from the water.
potential swim challenge day locations:
- Roses (1.8km/3.6km)
- Cadaques (1km/2km)
- Llanca - El Port de la Selva (1.7km/3.4km)
- Llanca (0.6km/1.2km)
- Garbet (1.2km/2.4km)
- Colera (1km/2km)
- Portbou (0.6km/1.2km)
GETTING THEREMeeting place: 5pm on the tour start day at the Hotel Citutat de Palol (Av. del Cavall Bernat, 201, 17250 Platja d'Aro, Girona, Spain)
fly to gironaBy 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, book a transfer or take a public shuttle bus onwards to Platja D’Aro (please check bus schedules fit with your travel plans before you travel). The shuttle bus takes approximately 30 - 40 minutes and costs approx €5pp.
FLY TO BARCELONAIt 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.
GET THE TRAINIt is also possible to get the train from London to Paris and then onwards to Girona. A return journey costs approximately £160-180 and the journey takes around 10 hours. www.loco2.com is a useful website to check, or The Man in Seat 61. If you would like to take the train and are planning on arriving later in the evening, please just let us know.
TAXISIf you require taxi transfers, you may find www.shuttledirect.com a useful tool.
WHAT DO I PACK?
- At least 2 swimming costumes
- 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
- 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 footageWhy 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)
TAMARIU (UP TO 3.5KM)
LORET - FENALS (1.3KM)
READY TO BOOK?We'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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TRAVEL INSURANCEPlease 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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