From Palamós to S'Agaró
In Palamós, we head from our accommodation towards the sea: the GR-92 first runs along the seafront promenade, the Passeig del Mar. Palamós passes directly into the neighbouring town of Sant Antoni de Calonge; we follow the beach promenade and pass many hotels and flats. At the end of the promenade, the "Torre Valentina" tower can be seen from some distance. Now a somewhat wilder part of the coast begins again.
The path runs gently up and down directly by the sea: sometimes a little higher on the edge of the cliff, secured by a wooden railing, sometimes directly in the sand - which can be quite strenuous with luggage. This section of the GR-92 is very beautiful, but also quite popular for smaller excursions due to the surrounding holiday resorts.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to walk completely along the wild and natural coast: The beach town of Platja d'Aro with its many entertainment and shopping facilities takes up about 2 kilometres of the coastline. At the end of the beach promenade, we also have to walk around a large harbour basin.
But as soon as we reach the beach "Cala Sa Conca" after the harbour and thus the coast again, the Costa Brava suddenly shows its golden and distinguished side: magnificent villas, luxurious estates and 5-star hotels alternate. The hiking trail here is more like a dignified promenade with little walls, pavilions and open staircases.
We go around the gardens of the Hostal de La Gavina and meet the beach "Platja de Sant Pol" of S'Arago. Here, the GR-92 is laid out as a wooden path and leads through the "Parc de les Dunes". The bay "Platja de Sant Pol" is an excellent place to spend the night for stage 8.The beach is right on the doorstep, the place is relatively small and well laid out, but the ambience and prices are rather upmarket. A wide range of other accommodation options can be found in the nearest coastal town of Sant Feliu de Guíxols, a larger, lively harbour town with a beautiful medieval centre.
Facts about stage 8
Altitude metres: 135 m ascent / 135 m descent
Route: 14.5 km
Duration: 4:30 h (without breaks)
Overnight stay: Hotels and guesthouses in S'Agaró / Sant Feliu de Guíxols
Route download - GR92 stage 8 (GPX file)
Picture gallery for stage 8
Recommended hotels and guesthouses
From S'Agaró to Tossa de Mar
Stage 9, at 23.5 kilometres, is the longest stage of the entire long-distance hike and also the one with the most metres in altitude (see Elevation profile). The second part of the route, however, leads over wide, easy-to-walk paths, so that one can make relatively quick progress there.
Those who did not spend the night in Sant Feliu de Guíxols after stage 8, but in the smaller S'Agaró, will first walk along the beautiful coastline before the path leads into the hilly hinterland behind Sant Feliu de Guíxols. Since there are no refreshment stops along the way, we advise you to get a picnic in Sant Feliu de Guíxols.
We leave the old town centre of Sant Feliu de Guíxols and pass the imposing façade of the Monestir de Sant Feliu de Guíxols. Then we pass a few small roundabouts and leave the town on a forest road towards the west.
On loamy ground and partly washed-out paths, the trail climbs steadily up to an altitude of almost 500 metres. We hike through sparse coniferous and cork oak forest. From time to time, the view opens up back to Sant Feliu de Guíxols and the sea. Now we continue on forest paths for several kilometres at altitude.
It only becomes spectacular again shortly before the descent: some boulders standing in the landscape offer themselves as a vantage point and for photos. The following descent is steep and not exactly easy on the knees (perhaps the only section of the entire Camí de Ronda where hiking poles would have been worthwhile).
Even from a distance, you can see the striking fortified towers of the old town hill of Tossa de Mar, the finishing point of this stage. Tossa de Mar is very well developed and popular with tourists, therefore there is a wide choice of accommodation.