Catalonia, Spain

Scenery and Culture

Catalonia, Spain

Scenery and culture

Catalonia, Spain

Scenery and culture

Catalonia, Spain

Scenery and culture

Catalonia, Spain

Scenery and culture

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Highlights

    • Custom itineraries and uniquely personal service
    • Sunshine, more sunshine and stunning landscapes
    • Bike-friendly roads through medieval villages, coastal roads, and forests
    • Fabulous food and exceptional Michelin-starred fine dining
    • The sparkling, warm Mediterranean
    • Rich culture and the birthplace of Dalí, Gaudí and Miró

Seasons

Late Spring, Summer, and Early Fall

Starting / Ending City

Figueres

Tour Length

3 to 10 days

Trip Types

◊ Self-Guided
With our Self-Guided tours an expert local guide takes care of your transfers, route briefing, luggage moves, and planned transfers. They are also available should you need mechanical assistance, help with a dinner reservation, or general questions. You have a GPS unit, maps, and a detailed guidebook to help you select your route, choose where you eat, and, generally, explore the area.

◊ Guided Group
Our Guided tours allow your group to explore a destination with an expert local guide with a dedicated support vehicle. You will also have GPS units, maps and a detailed guidebook to help learn about both the major sights and the hidden gems. Your guide takes care of both you and all the logistics – from route advice to bottle washing.

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    With its sunny climate and stunning landscapes, Catalonia offers some of the best bike- riding in the world. The quiet, bike-friendly roads meander past medieval villages, through forests and along the coast. The backdrops include rugged mountains, rolling farmland, and the sparkling Mediterranean.

    Catalan cooking is rightly celebrated; Catalonia boasts 54 restaurants with one or more Michelin stars. Catalan culture is also rich; Catalonia is the birthplace of Dalí, Gaudí and Miró. Our tours start just an hour north of Barcelona – a great destination in its own right.

    TOUR LENGTH

    6 Days / 5 Nights

    ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

    Budget  

    Classic  

    Luxury  

    START & END

    Figueres

    SERVICE HIGHLIGHTS

    • Private transfer from your hotel with bike set up and full route briefing at the start of your tour
    • Accommodation and breakfasts
    • On-call roadside assistance
    • Optional transfers along the routes
    • GPS units, maps, directions and a comprehensive guidebook
    • Expert guides delivering superior service

    OPTIONAL EXTRAS

    • Alternative start/end location in Girona, Barcelona or Barcelona Airport
    • Cooking classes
    • Wine tours
    • Customize your route

    BIKE AVAILABILITY

    DAY-BY-DAY FLOW

    Day 1: Besalu to Olot

    Day 2: Olot Loop Day

    Day 3: Olot to Girona

    Day 4: Girona Loop Day

    Day 5: Girona to Llafranc

    Day 6: Llafranc Loop Day

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    Day One - Besalu to Olot

    On the Intermediate ride you leave Besalú on a quiet, rolling road that tracks alongside the El Fluvià River through a beautiful forest. After this pleasant warm up, you begin a gradual climb to the Catalan village of Tortellà – a great pace for a coffee stop. After Tortellà, you begin to get glimpses of the volcanic hills surrounding Olot and, to your right, the ridges of the distant Pyrenees. Castellfollit de la Roca is a stunning place to have lunch. As the name suggests, the town clings to the rock face and some of the restaurants have terraces with views down to the valley. After lunch you skirt around a string of small villages before entering the town of Olot.

    The Challenge route begins with a stunning climb up the famous Mare de Déu del Mont; nearly 14 miles of climbing. The monastery at the top of the climb offers incredible 360° views of the Catalonian landscape. After completing this warm-up loop, you join the Intermediate route described above for the ride to Olot.

    Leisure riders will take a van transfer along the Intermediate route to Tortellà.

    Lunch at Castellfollit de la Roca where the restaurants cling to the rock face and have terraces with views down to the valley

     

    Besalu to Girona Catalonia Spain

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure
    10 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing

    Intermediate
    20 miles with 1,900 feet

    Challenge
    55 miles with 6,400 feet

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    Olot

    Olot is known for its natural beauty; it is surrounded by four volcanoes (now dormant) with the Pyrenees providing a stunning backdrop. Its many attractions include a beautiful old town, several museums, and fine mansions. The town is typically quiet and the residents are very welcoming.

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    Day Two - Olot Loops

    The Leisure ride today heads east into the Volcànica de la Garrotxa Natural Park. The reserve has more than 40 volcanoes and pristine beech forests. The ride loops through the park – visiting a number of volcanic sites – to the well-preserved medieval town of Santa Pau. The route then loops back to Olot. The Intermediate route follows the Leisure ride but adds an additional loop to the west of Olot ending with a cycle path through the beautiful Parc de Pedra Tosca.

    The Challenge route heads north out of Olot and into the quiet Riera de Castellar valley. Here you climb on near-deserted roads through woodland up to the ancient village of Sant Pau de Segúries. The route then continues across a plateau to Sant Joan de les Abadesses: a beautiful monastery. The final climb of the day takes you to Coll de Santigosa, the highest point of your ride at 3,477 feet, followed by a thrilling descent to Olot.

    The Epic route follows the Challenge route out of town but pushes further north – into the foothills of the Pyrenees. You get within a mile of the French border before heading south to rejoin the Challenge route in Sant Pau de Segúries.

     

    The Volcànica de la Garrotxa Natural Park has more than 40 volcanoes and pristine beech forests

    Olot Catalonia Spain

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure
    20 miles with 850 feet of climbing

    Intermediate
    35 miles with 1,600 feet

    Challenge
    45 miles with 2,100 feet

    Epic
    65 miles with 3,700 feet

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    Girona

    A city of two halves. The ancient walled city, east of the river, is a maze of cobbled streets with a cathedral and well-preserved Jewish quarter. West of the river lies the “new” town with museums, upscale stores and leafy squares. Girona is also known for its cuisine; it has both Michelin-starred restaurants and outstanding local eateries.

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    Day Three - Olot to Girona

    Today you head southeast from Olot to the vibrant city of Girona that is so popular with cyclists.

    The Intermediate ride starts with a climb through the forests to Santa Pau. Gaps in the forest provide fine views of the surrounding volcanoes. After Santa Pau it is a fast descent followed by a rolling cruise through a string of tiny hamlets to Banyoles. Banyoles is set on a stunningly beautiful lake that was used as the rowing location for the Barcelona Olympics. From Banyoles, the routes rolls through villages and on to Girona.

    The Leisure route begins with a transfer to Banyoles where it joins the Intermediate route described above.

    The Challenge route follows the Intermediate route to Banyoles where it detours up a Category 1 climb to Rocacorba. This out and back climb has become famous in the area because the local professionals use it as a yardstick to measure their fitness. It is 9 miles at an average gradient of 6.5% but it is significantly harder towards the top and has a maximum gradient of 15%.

    Banyoles is set on a stunningly beautiful lake and is the perfect place for lunchOlot to Girona Catalonia Spain

     

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure
    20 miles with 800 feet of climbing

    Intermediate
    40 miles with 2,000 feet

    Challenge
    55 miles with 4,500 feet

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    Girona

    A city of two halves. The ancient walled city, east of the river, is a maze of cobbled streets with a cathedral and well-preserved Jewish quarter. West of the river lies the “new” town with museums, upscale stores and leafy squares. Girona is also known for its cuisine; it has both Michelin-starred restaurants and outstanding local eateries.

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    Day Four - Girona Loops

    Today’s routes head into the hills west of Girona with riding through dense woodland and across open farmland. In places, the views are framed by steep limestone cliffs.

    The Intermediate ride starts with an easy cruise to Sant Gregori after which it climbs over a pass to Bonmatí on the river Rui Ter. Another pretty climb on quiet roads brings you to a stunning descent back to Girona.

    The Leisure ride follows the Intermediate route to Sant Gregori where it heads south to cross the river at the medieval town of Bescanó. After a short, sharp climb it is a lovely long descent back to Girona.

    The Challenge route follows the Intermediate route up the first pass but then continues north to create a wider loop on beautifully rural country lanes. After a short stretch on the valley road, you rejoin the Intermediate route near Bonmatí.

    The Epic route adds on a further loop to the Challenge route: a climb up to the picturesque dam of Sant Martí Sacalm. You then descend down the adjacent valley to meet the Challenge route near Bonmatí.

    Ride through a mix of dense woodland and open farmland where the views are framed by steep limestone cliffs

     

    Girona Cycling Catalonia Spain

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure
    20 miles with 850 feet of climbing

    Intermediate
    35 miles with 1,600 feet

    Challenge
    45 miles with 2,100 feet

    Epic
    65 miles with 3,700 feet

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    Girona

    A city of two halves. The ancient walled city, east of the river, is a maze of cobbled streets with a cathedral and well-preserved Jewish quarter. West of the river lies the “new” town with museums, upscale stores and leafy squares. Girona is also known for its cuisine; it has both Michelin-starred restaurants and outstanding local eateries.

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    Day Five - Girona to Llafranc

    The Intermediate ride begins with a famous climb up to Santuari dels Àngels complete with expansive views of Girona, the mountains and the coast. You then descend to La Bisbal D’Empordà – a vibrant medieval town with markets, museums, restaurants and beautiful pottery. It is also a great place for lunch. From here, you meander on quiet lanes through medieval villages and orchards to Llafranc.

    The Challenge route follows the Intermediate route to La Bisbal D’Empordà where it turns south and climbs the Coll de la Ganga: a smooth, winding forest road. A thrilling descent takes you to the popular beach town of Palamos from where you ride up the coast to Llafranc.

    The Epic route follows the Intermediate route to Santuari dels Àngels after which it heads south to tackle two extended climbs. The first climb is up to Santa Pellaia and includes an 8% kicker at the end. The second climb is up to Romanyà de la Selva from where you descend to the beach town of Palamos and then up the coast to Llafranc.

    The Leisure route begins with a transfer to Madremanya (shortly before Bisbal D’Empordà) from where you join the Intermediate route.

    Descend to La Bisbal D’Empordà – a vibrant medieval town with markets, museums, restaurants and beautiful pottery

    Girona Catalonia Spain

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure
    25 miles with 900 feet of climbing

    Intermediate
    35 miles with 2,600 feet

    Challenge
    40 miles with 2,800 feet

    Epic
    65 miles with 4,300 feet

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    Llafranc

    Upmarket Llafranc is one of the most attractive coastal towns on the Costa Brava. This is a traditional Catalonian town that hasn’t succumbed to any major development. Think sandy beaches, crystalline waters, and small coves fringed with low-rise whitewashed buildings and a handful of restaurants and hotels.

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    Day Six - Llafranc loops

    Today’s Leisure loop heads inland to Palafrugell followed by Aigua Blava on the coast. You then ride a twisting road that parallels the stunning coast to the old fishing village of Tamariu. This is also a great place for lunch with several beach-front restaurants clustered around a small cove. After lunch, you continue down the coast back into Llfranc.

    The Intermediate route heads further inland before exploring the coast south of Llfranc. This route takes in the pleasant town of La Bisbal D’Empordà before striking out east across stunning countryside and over the Coll de la Ganga before descending to the seaside town of Palamós. From Palamós, you take an inland ride, on country lanes, back to Llfranc.

    The Challenge ride is similar to the Intermediate ride but adds on a northern loop up to the ancient villlages of Bellcaire and La Tallada complete with churches, castles, and ancient towers.

    Whichever option you choose, your guide will meet you back in Llafranc for your end-of-tour transfer.

    Have lunch at one of several beach-front restaurants clustered around a small cove in Tamariu

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure
    15 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing

    Intermediate
    40 miles with 1,700 feet

    Challenge
    60 miles with 2,300 feet

    Epic
    90 miles with 3,800 feet

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    None

    As this is the last day of your tour, there is no overnight accommodation unless explicitly requested on booking.

    Olot:

    Hotel Riu Fluvià

    This modern, ivy-covered hotel is functional rather than characterful. The rooms are warmly decorated, some with balconies. There is a well-kept garden with a nice pool and views across the countryside to the hills. The restaurant is popular and serves good local food. NOTE: The property is a 10-minute walk from the center of Olot.

    Girona:

    Hotel Ultonia

    This pleasant and simple hotel is located just a short walk from the heart of the city. The rooms lack character but are spacious, comfortable and clean. The breakfast are simple but there are other great options nearby. On weekends, from May to October, guests can access the roof terrace with impressive views of Girona Cathedral.

    Llafranc:

    Hotel Garbi

    This hotel is beautifully situated in the middle of a wooded area atop a hill. Rooms are simple, clean and comfortable with views either across town to the sea or of the gardens. Some rooms have balconies or terraces. There is a large, heated outdoor pool. The hotel staff is typically seasonal and is friendly if a little casual.

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    ACCOMMODATION NOTES

    Properties in our Budget category are typically simpler B&Bs and more modest inns or hotels. However, all the properties are well-kept with en suite facilities.

    Mix & Match
    You can choose accommodation in different categories in different towns. Please ask for prices.

    Tips & Notes

    Olot:

    Can Blanc

    Set within the Garrotxa Volcanic Natural Park, this modest rural hotel has clean, simple rooms that are colorfully decorated. The restaurant is pleasant with conservatory seating. There is a bar with a fireplace and a garden with an outdoor pool. The property is 11⁄2 miles from the center of Olot but there are two very good restaurants nearby.

    Girona:

    Hotel Ciutat de Girona

    This hotel is set on a quaint, cobbled street just off the Plaça de la Independència: a vibrant city square surrounded by restaurants. The rooms are large and comfortable but views are limited. There is an indoor pool. NOTE: Breakfast can be a little too simple for cyclists but there are other good options nearby.

    Llafranc:

    Hotel Mediterrani

    This hotel is situated in a whitewashed building on a hill overlooking a lively beach; a great location at the heart of town. The hotel is family-run and the service is exceptional. The relaxed rooms are contemporary and air-conditioned. Breakfast is fresh with a good selection. The breakfast room also has stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea.

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    ACCOMMODATION NOTES

    Properties in the Classic category are typically smaller hotels or luxurious B&Bs with very personal service sometimes including wine tasting or evening hors d’oeuvres.

    Mix & Match
    You can choose accommodation in different categories in different towns. Please ask for prices.

    Tips & Notes

    Olot:

    Les Cols Pavellons

    This historic country house is set on the edge of town. The vibe is ultramodern with glass floors and walls and rooms with zen décor. Despite the modern vibe, the design blends well with its setting using an array of colors and materials. The site also has a traditional Catalan country house that has restaurant with two Michelin stars.

    Girona:

    Nord 1901

    This lovely hotel has been family-run since 1901 and is set on a quaint, cobbled street just off the Plaça de la Independència: a vibrant city square surrounded by restaurants. The rooms are elegant and understated with thoughtful amenities. The hotel is one of the few in Girona to have a pool.

    Llafranc:

    El Far Hotel

    This small, boutique hotel is perched on a steep cliff above the sea next to the majestic lighthouse of Sant Sebastià. The rooms are elegantly decorated in a nautical style. The atmosphere is peaceful and the views exceptional. The restaurant is also excellent specializing in Mediterranean cuisine.

    Girona – Upgrade (see notes)

    Hotel Sant Metges

    Set in leafy grounds atop Sants Metges Mountain, this beautiful five-star hotel has fabulous gardens and an excellent restaurant. The spacious, chic rooms have balconies with mountain views. Amenities include an outdoor pool, a museum, an art center and a spa. Simply the best hotel in the area.

    ACCOMMODATION NOTES

    Properties in our Luxury category are some of the nicest full-service hotels in the area. They typically include spa facilities and a good restaurant.

    Mix & Match
    You can choose accommodation in different categories in different towns. Please ask for prices.

    Tips & Notes

    A hotel upgrade is available in Girona to the Hotel Sants Metges for $270 per room per night. See description opposite.
    Note that the Hotel Sants Metges is 6 miles from the center of Girona but it has an excellent restaurant and taxis (not included) are available for transfers into town.

    BIKE CHOICES

    Hybrids bikes, a cross between a mountain bike and a road bike

    Hybrids bikes are a cross between a mountain bike and a road bike. They have a relaxed riding position and are great for beginners and intermediate riders. A typical model is the Trek 7.3 FX with Shimano components and high-pressure road tires for better cycling efficiency than your typical hybrid.

    Road bikes, a racing style bike with drop handlebars

    Our road bikes are a racing style bike with drop handlebars. The road bikes are faster bikes than the hybrids with less upright riding position. A typical model is the Émonda ALR 5 with aluminum frame, carbon forks, and Shimano 105 components. (NOTE: Some of the smaller roads in Puglia can be a little rough making a hybrid bikes a better choice for some riders.)

    eBikes, designed to give you a little extra assistance when climbing hills

    Our eBikes are designed to give you a little extra assistance when climbing hills. The ride position is very similar to our hybrids. We typically rent Scott E-Sub equipped with a 250W E-drive Bosch motor. If one rider in a couple is stronger than the other, an eBike can be a great choice for the less-strong rider.

    Your Own Bike, if you have a favorite bike, we can help you get it to your destination as well as set it up once it is there

    If you have a favorite bike, we can help you get it to your destination as well as set it up once it is there. Please ask about options for bike shipping and assembly.

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    OPTIONAL EXTRAS

    Receiving & Assembly
    per bike charge to receive bike from shipper, assemble the bike and repack it and deliver it to a shipper at the end of the tour.

    Bike Boxes 
    a per box charge for the extra logistics needed to handle bike boxes during a tour. Note: this fee can be avoided if you leave your box with your start/end hotel.

    Tandem Bike 
    a per bike fee for the extra logistics to handle a tandem bike that is brought by a guest.

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