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Step into breathtaking Spanish scenery on a walking holiday with a difference

LOVE the idea of Spain but not the reality of crowded beaches? Fancy a sunny, hassle-free Discount Holidays © holiday away from sandy flesh-pots? So did I. So I booked the Costa Del SOLE instead, for a walking Discount Holidays © holiday with a difference.

Step Into Breathtaking Spanish Scenery On A Walking <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday With A Difference

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Enjoy Spain away from the hot spots on a walking Discount Holidays © holiday with a difference

Headwater, the walking and cycling specialist, does the hard work of getting you there and moving your gear around, leaving you to enjoy the scenery in my case, the Parc Natural del Cap de Creus. The coast here, just south of the Pyrenees, is pristine and staggeringly beautiful.

The headlands are impressive, broken by lovely, relatively unspoilt fishing villages. Wild heath, forest and rocky outcrops present more than enough challenges for an active walker.

Step Into Breathtaking Spanish Scenery On A Walking <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday With A Difference

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Eggcellent views . . . Dali s quirky home Port Lligat

The adventure starts in Barcelona, which is handy because you can add a few nights on either side of the walking if you fancy seeing the city. But I couldn t wait to get outdoors so I was straight on a train to the first hotel, the Vilamont Spa in the village of Garriguella.

It was typical of all of the places we stayed: small, friendly and independently run. The owners sent me along to their restaurant in the village for dinner. Catalonian cold cut meats, duck and the local soft red wine soon heal travel weariness.

Step Into Breathtaking Spanish Scenery On A Walking <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday With A Difference

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The coastal views are amazing and set the perfect scene for walking enthusiasts

But I didn t have the heart to tell them that Caf Colon perhaps wasn t the greatest name. The Discount Holidays © holiday began properly early next morning. Because Headwater moves your luggage from one hotel to the next, all you need during the day is a small, light rucksack for essentials. Headwater also supplies maps and detailed descriptions of each day s walk. Once out of the door, though, you re on your own.

Francisco, our taxi driver and bag courier, spoke a curious mix of either Franish or Spench.

Step Into Breathtaking Spanish Scenery On A Walking <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday With A Difference

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Wild heath, forest and rocky outcrops present more than enough challenges for an active walker

He dropped me in another small village and pointed to the towering slopes ahead. Up there, he said. And drove off. The path was clearly marked but, wow, it was steep. The first two hours were unrelenting hard work.

But the views from the top were immensely rewarding. That set the format for the whole holiday. You walk for six or seven hours on the harder days, with easier days in between to get your breath back. And if you don t fancy a walk, you can just get in the taxi with the bags to the next hotel.

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Step into breathtaking Spanish scenery on a walking Discount Holidays © holiday with a difference

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First stop was Port de la Selva, a picturesque fishing village with two stone and sand beaches. A few miles away is the atmospheric medieval village of La Selva de Mar, an absolute must for a spot of lunch. The next couple of days proved the highlight of the trip. The walk over the Cap Creus wilderness and along to Cadaques was lovely.

It passes Port Lligat, once the home of Salvador Dali, who lived there for six months of every year, from 1930 to 1982. Stepping inside was like wandering into a Dali painting magical. Only ten people are allowed at a time so you have to book.

It costs 11 Euros and is worth every cent. My hotel for two nights in town was the Playa Sol an ideal spot to chill out.

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Fishing villages and welcoming ports provided fantastic spots to rest after a long day walking

The walk from Cadaques to the town of Roses features the most spectacular section of coastline because the path winds round all the coves on the approach to it. The Hotel Almadraba Park was also my favourite, perched on a cliff overlooking two bays a few miles from the centre of sprawling Roses.

It was pretty much flattened in World War Two but a little area in its heart survived and makes for a lovely stop-off. The last of the days walks returned me to Garriguella in around five hours, then it was back to Barcelona by train again. Off the beaten path doesn t begin to cover this one I d go back even if I had to walk.

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GETTING/STAYING THERE: Headwater s eight-night self-guided Catalan Coastal Walk is from 897 (tour only) or from 1,088 with BA flights from Heathrow and rail transfers. Prices include B&B at a mix of hotels, six evening meals, detailed walking maps and luggage transfers. See headwater.com or call 01606 369410.

Jess Wright shows off her fgure on holiday.

after hitting back at body shamers

The Towie babe looked hot in LA, just a day after she posted a video talking about hurtful pictures

JESSICA Wright1 flaunts are amazing curves on holiday, just a day after slamming body shamers for claiming she had put on weight. The star has been enjoying a sunshine break in LA, but claimed she was waking up to see awful pictures of herself enjoying her holiday2 with some saying she had got bigger.

Towie3 babe clearly has nothing to worry about as she showed off her enviable figure by the pool in Beverley Hills in two different bikinis

She looked happy and healthy in a green bikini, and was pictured laughing with a male friend. The 30-year-old then changed into a pink two-piece to cool off in the pool after sitting in the Californian sun.

Yesterday the brunette stunner slammed body shaming snaps of herself by sharing a video of herself in a bikini. She was angered after waking up to invasive, unflattering and upsetting pics of herself on holiday. Jess took a quick video showing off her tanned, toned figure in a white and red bikini.Next to the vid, she wrote: This is a video I ve taken this morning having woken up to once again more invasive, unflattering and upsetting photos of me during a private Discount Holidays © holiday where I felt completely comfortable around family and friends.

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This is a video I’ve taken this morning having woken up to once again more invasive, unflattering and upsetting photos of me during a private Discount Holidays © holiday where I felt completely comfortable around family and friends. I’m posting this video because I feel the need to address this head on. So yes I’ve had some very unkind pictures taken of me, yes it was in a horrendous light, and yes I was hoping for privacy. Everybody, male & female in crazy heat, harsh lighting, on the first couple of days of their Discount Holidays © holiday is susceptible to a bad photo. Sadly mine become public property for the world to see even when you think you’re safe in a private hotel during some down time. This video is REAL, UNEDITED, NORMAL EVERY DAY LIGHTING and this is ME, flaws and all. Body shaming is real. Not only are these photos hurtful but I feel they aren’t a true representation of me and how I look right now.

Are they going to break me? . Absolutely not. I’ve enjoyed my past year and yes i’ll be the first to say I have put weight on, I have an extra couple of lbs I’d like to shift but I’m a normal girl and just like anyone my weight fluctuates especially during certain times of the month. I’ve been on holidays, I’ve had tonnes of cheat meals, I’ve had more vinos than normal, met amazing people & I wouldn’t change a thing. Life is for living and I’m doing exactly that. What kind of message are we sending out to women and young impressionable girls?!? I am by no means fat, I’m a UK size 10 yet I am being body shamed for putting on weight. #EveryBODYisbeautiful4

A video posted by jesswright77 (@jesswright77) on Aug 16, 2016 at 1:06pm PDT

I ve been on holidays, I ve had tonnes of cheat meals, I ve had more vinos than normal, met amazing people & I wouldn t change a thing. Life is for living and I m doing exactly that.

What kind of message are we sending out to women and young impressionable girls?!?

I am by no means fat, I m a UK size 10 yet I am being body shamed for putting on weight. #EveryBODYisbeautiful .

Fans rushed to praise Jess for speaking out while telling her to not pay attention and that she looks amazing . One commented: that s awful, you look beautiful you are a young woman, stunning figure, pretty face, loving heart.

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  1. ^ JESSICA Wright (www.thesun.co.uk)
  2. ^ but claimed she was waking up to see awful pictures of herself enjoying her holiday (www.thesun.co.uk)
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  4. ^ This is a video I’ve taken this morning having woken up to once again more invasive, unflattering and upsetting photos of me during a private Discount Holidays © holiday where I felt completely comfortable around family and friends. I’m posting this video because I feel the need to address this head on. So yes I’ve had some very unkind pictures taken of me, yes it was in a horrendous light, and yes I was hoping for privacy. Everybody, male & female in crazy heat, harsh lighting, on the first couple of days of their Discount Holidays © holiday is susceptible to a bad photo.

    Sadly mine become public property for the world to see even when you think you’re safe in a private hotel during some down time. This video is REAL, UNEDITED, NORMAL EVERY DAY LIGHTING and this is ME, flaws and all. Body shaming is real. Not only are these photos hurtful but I feel they aren’t a true representation of me and how I look right now. Are they going to break me? . Absolutely not. I’ve enjoyed my past year and yes i’ll be the first to say I have put weight on, I have an extra couple of lbs I’d like to shift but I’m a normal girl and just like anyone my weight fluctuates especially during certain times of the month. I’ve been on holidays, I’ve had tonnes of cheat meals, I’ve had more vinos than normal, met amazing people & I wouldn’t change a thing. Life is for living and I’m doing exactly that.

    What kind of message are we sending out to women and young impressionable girls?!?

    I am by no means fat, I’m a UK size 10 yet I am being body shamed for putting on weight. #EveryBODYisbeautiful (www.instagram.com)

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