Route of the Costa Brava Stage Run 2023

The route of the CBSR follows both the well-known GR92 (path that crosses Catalonia by the Mediterranean side) and the Coastal Path of the Costa Brava (paths that cross some sections of the coast between Blanes and Portbou by the sea; they were used in the past as a way back home for injured fishermen while they worked, and as for the control of smuggling and black market in the last century).


Blanes – Tossa de Mar

22K 900m d+

Friday 14 April 2023 – 12:00

AV1 – Lloret de Mar – 9,5km | Time Limit: 1h45′ (1:45 p.m.)

AV2(L) – Cala Canyelles – 14,6km

AV3 – Cala Llevadó – 17,6km | Time Limit: 3h50′ (3:50 p.m.)

Finish – Tossa de Mar – 22,1km | Time Limit: 5h00′ (5:00 p.m.)

The shortest stage but also the most leg-breaking. We can divide it into three sections. We say goodbye to Blanes (where the Costa Brava begins) starting by a first part, up to Lloret de Mar, where we will cross two gardens such as the “Marimurtra Botanical Garden” in Blanes and the “Pinya de Rosa”. A lot of ups and downs between promenades, stairs and paths. After Lloret promenade and a beautiful section of the Coastal Path, we will find ourselves in an urbanization until we reach “Turó de la Morisca”. From here, it begins perhaps the most technical section of the entire race, and with a final 4km of trails that won’t let you breathe at any time. The isolated Cala Morisca and the large Cales Llevadó and Morell will be the prelude to a magnificent finish arriving to the charming town of Tossa de Mar.

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We start gently with 3km of pure Coastal Path, with beautiful views and passing through several small beaches without many uphills. Then a long promenade will make us speed up before entering again the typical paths of the Costa Brava and one of its most known areas, such as “Cala Estreta” and “Cap Roig” until we reach the picturesque Calella de Palafrugell, the starting point of the CBSR80K. Once at the top of the imposing Sant Sebastià Lighthouse, we continue along small paths that take us to “Cala Pedrosa” and Tamariu, where we face a section between urbanizations and paths to the beautiful “Cala d’Aiguablava”. The hard climb to “Puig Sa Guardia” takes us to Sa Tuna, where we face a leg-breaking stretch to Sa Riera. The last missing section is the long beach of Pals, which we can do along paths until the “Gola del Ter ”, where we will have to get wet to cross the river. Now yes, 2km of beach sand and the last km along the promenade until L’Estartit with the Medes Islands as a backdrop.


Platja d’Aro – L’Estartit

48K 1600m d+

Saturday 15 April 2023 – 08:00

AV1 – La Fosca – 9,6km | Time limit: 1h30′ (9:30 a.m.)

AV2 – Calella de Palafrugell – 17,7km | Time limit: 3h00′ (11:00 a.m.)

AV3 – Aiguablava – 28,4km | Time limit: 5h15′ (1:15 p.m.)

AV4 – Sa Riera – 38km | Time limit: 7h45′ (3:45 p.m.)

Finish – L’Estartit – 47,4km | Time limit: 9h45′ (5:45 p.m.)


Calella de Palafrugell – L’Estartit

30K 1200m d+

Saturday 15 April 2023 – 10:00

AV1 – Aiguablava – 10,7km | Time limit: 3h15′ (1:15 p.m.)

AV2 – Sa Riera – 20,2km | Time limit: 5h45′ (3:45 p.m.)

Finish – L’Estartit – 29,7km | Time limit: 7h45′ (5:45 p.m.)

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The last stage is perhaps the least technical of the three, with longer uphills and downhills that allow you to keep a constant pace. However, it doesn’t start like that for the CBSR120. The first 4km run along the Coastal Path, beaches and urbanizations, a perfect warm-up before entering the wildest trails of the “Cap de Creus”: beautiful views by the sea until Cadaqués, passing through “Cala Montjoi”, “Cala Jòncols”, and crossing the “Cap Norfeu” to reach this town that is as closely linked to art as it is historically to fishing. In Cadaqués, the starting point of the CBSR80K, we face the longest climb of the race, 380m to Bufadors, momentarily leaving the sea. We will go down through a forestry road and a hiking trail to Port de la Selva, where we will follow a Coastal Path that will allow us to go faster until Llançà and Garbet Beach (if the Tramuntana allows us…). A small technical section between rocks, Colera and the final climb to “Coll del Frare” separate us from Portbou, the finish line of the CBSR.


Roses – Portbou

48K 1500m d+

Sunday 16 April 2023 – 08:00

AV1 – Cala Montjoi – 9km | Time limit: 1h35′ (9:35 a.m.)

AV2 – Cadaqués – 18,5km | Time limit: 3h20′ (11:20 a.m.)

AV3 – Port de la Selva – 28,2km | Time limit: 5h35′ (1:35 p.m.)

AV4 – Llançà – 36,4km | Time limit: 7h00′ (3:00 p.m.)

Finish – Portbou – 47,8km | Time limit: 10h00′ (6:00 p.m.)


Cadaqués – Portbou

29K 900m d+

Sunday 36 April 2023 – 10:00

AV1 – Port de la Selva – 9,7km | Time limit: 3h35′ (1:35 p.m.)

AV2 – Llançà – 17,9km | Time limit: 5h00′ (3:00 p.m.)

Finish – Portbou – 29,2km | Time limit: 8h00′ (6:00 p.m.)

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