Beautiful entry stage: Half-day hike to Llança
The first stage of the GR92 already offers some highlights: As soon as we have left Portbou with its many railway tracks behind us, a wonderful panorama of the coastal silhouette of Cap de Creus opens up to the hiker, which we will hike the next day. Stage 1 leads us through the small village of Colera and past beautiful bays such as the "Platja de Garbet" to Llança.
In Portbou, we start with an ascent to an altitude of 250 m, which gives us views of the Cap de Creus again and again for the next hour. The path runs parallel to the coast and finally leads us down to the sea via Colera. We hike directly along the coast to Llança and can swim in the wonderfully clear Mediterranean Sea on one of the sandy beaches for the first time during the hike.
In Llança, you can either stay right in front of the sea, or choose accommodation in the historic centre (see recommendation for accommodation). The 20-minute diversions inland is definitely worth it, as the town has a beautiful medieval centre and is quite lively in the evenings thanks to numerous bars and restaurants.
Picture gallery of stage 1
Recommended hotels and guesthouses
Across the Cap de Creus to picturesque Cadaqués
The second day's stage is already considerably longer and more strenuous than the first, so it is advisable to set off early. Today's tour consists of two very different parts: First, it goes along a very well-maintained pedestrian path, later along stony hiking trails.
From Llança to El Port de la Selva, the first stop on the stage, we walk along a promenade directly on the coast. The good condition of the path allows us to enjoy the beautiful views of the cliffs, the dark blue sea and the white ships. Small bays with sandy beaches invite us to swim again and again. A small lighthouse marks the bay of El Port de la Selva, which we walk along to reach the sandy beach of the village. If you like, you can fortify yourself in the village for the second, much more strenuous part of today's stage.
Now we leave the coast and hike a good distance uphill on stony paths into the hinterland. We cross the entire nature reserve of Cap de Creus - the paths offer little shade and especially in the hot summer months, sufficient sun protection and headgear are indispensable here. Soon we see the sea in the distance and enjoy the magnificent view. The descent to Cadaqués, our destination for today, is a bit long, but very beautiful. Cadaqués is probably the highlight of the Costa Brava hike: with its whitewashed houses, the town nestles picturesquely against the coast and is a popular tourist destination. There are numerous places to stay, but the prices are somewhat higher than in other places on the Costa Brava (See overnight accommodation on stage 2).