Walking along the coastal paths is a cheap, healthy, attractive way of spending your holiday. It is also one of the best ways to discover Cap de Creus Natural Park, a protected natural space located at the northern end of the Catalan coast, where the Pyrenees Mountains sweep down to the Mediterranean Sea. The coastal paths were formerly used by coast guards to prevent smugglers landing by night in the secluded coves along the Costa Brava. They are now frequented by hikers seeking quiet places away from the bustle of summer tourism or the pleasure of contemplating the spectacular landscape at leisure. Stroll along the paths, taking time to bathe in the crystal-clear water of small coves, and explore the whitewashed villages along the coast and the solitary lighthouses perched on spectacular cliffs. This is the real Mediterranean!