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Catalonia's Costa Brava Bike Tour

  • Cadaques, Catalonia bay
  • Catalonia
  • Sangria drink
  • Cap de Creus Spain
  • Ancient stone and brick building Girona, Catalonia
  • Catalonia streets
  • Paella seafood dish
  • Cadaques Catalaonia colorful buildings
  • Dalí museum in Figueres
DURATION
9 Day(s)
DAILY BIKING
36 Miles
TRIP DIFFICULTY
2-Easier to Intermediate
STARTING FROM
$3995
SINGLES ADD FROM
$1,000

Trip Overview

Catalonia is a historic region of northeastern Spain – home to some of Spain's most iconic cities and famous characters. Explore Catalonia by bike … with much of the route on peaceful greenway trails. Plus, you ride along Spain's gorgeous Costa Brava, known for its scenic treasures. You experience Catalonia's unique blend of language, culture, and gastronomy … and a broad variety of landscapes from fishing villages to quiet towns, rolling hills with vineyards, beaches and well-preserved medieval centers. Plus, you visit Figueres, Salvador Dali's birthplace.

Your cycling adventure starts from the village of Ripoll, easily reached by train from Barcelona. Then you descend to Costa Brava's beaches, with lovely Mediterranean views. End the tour in Figueres ... and enter Salvador Dalí’s imaginative world at the Teatre-Museu Gala Salvador Dalí, a large museum designed by Dalí himself.

Itinerary

From start to finish, check out the route.

DAY 1 - Arrival Day
Ripoll Arrival Day | La Trobada Hotel
Ripoll is the capital of the comarca of Ripollès, in the province of Girona. It is located at the confluence of the Ter River and its tributary the Freser River, not far from the Pyrenees and the French border. The first traces of humans inhabiting the area date back from the Bronze Age. In the IX century, residents of the surrounding areas began to concentrate around the place that today is called the city of Ripoll. Take time to have a look at the famous Benedictine monastery built in the Romanesque style, Santa Maria de Ripoll, founded over 1,100 years ago by Count Wilfred the Hairy. The magnificent Romanesque portal is one of the treasures of European sculpture. Enjoy dinner together tonight.
DAY 2 - Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park
Distance: 27 miles | Terrain: Easier to Intermediate | Joanetes | Hotel Vall de Bas
You cycle today toward Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park. It’s a unique landscape carved out by ancient lava flows and bordered by volcanic cones. It’s the best example of volcanic terrain on the Iberian Peninsula. Pedal along “Vías Verdes,” greenways that are usually converted old railway lines. And head down the Vall d’en Bas to reach tonight’s destination in Joanetes, a restored manor house, and relax by the pool. Dinner is together at the restaurant at your hotel.
DAY 3 - Ancient villages to Girona
Distance: 32 miles | Terrain: Easier | Nord Hotel 1901 Girona
Today, the route descends from Joanetes to Girona by the Greenway, an easy and safe cycling path. Then spin across the countryside and see different ancient villages such as Sant Feliu de Pallerols and Amer – where you can visit the natural sparkling fountain called Font Picant. Then, cycle about four hours on the Greenway to arrive in Girona.

Girona has become a popular destination for professional cyclists from all over the world because of the outstanding quality of its roads and bike routes. But it is also a well-preserved medieval town … with narrow winding city streets and one of the best-preserved Jewish Quarters in Europe.

Stroll along the city’s medieval walls, the Passeig de la Muralla, and enjoy views of the city and the surrounding countryside … and reach the 13th-century Gothic Cathedral. Join our guided walking tour of this medieval town in the afternoon. Tonight, explore the flavors of the Catalan cuisine. Gaudir del seu menjar! Enjoy!
DAY 4 - The Mediterranean Sea, Costa Brava
Distance: 29 miles | Terrain: Easier | Sant Feliu de Guixols | Eden Roc Hotel Or Elke Spa Hotel
A comfortable bike path leads you out of Girona. You are back on a greenway Vía Verde called “El Carrilet” that leads you to the Mediterranean Sea. The small towns of Cassà de la Selva, Llagostera and Santa Cristina d’Aro offer the opportunity for pleasant stops along the ride. Great views of the Costa Brava will reward you for your efforts … all the way to the coastal town of Sant Feliu de Guixols. Enjoy your afternoon with a dip in the Mediterranean, a walk along the beach, or a visit to el Monasterio de Sant Feliu de Guixols before dinner together tonight.
DAY 5 - Tossa de Mar
Distance: 28 miles | Terrain: Easier | Sant Feliu de Guixols | Eden Roc Hotel Or Elke Spa Hotel
Enjoy this beautiful ride to Tossa de Mar, which follows one of the most panoramic stages of La Vuelta a España – Spain’s “Grand Tour.”

Tossa de Mar is a small medieval village that sits on a promontory overlooking the old fortified village, called Vila Vella. It’s surrounded by walls dating back to the 12th century. They enclose the very quaint and well-preserved old town and feature three cylindrical towers and four turrets.

Walk the cobblestone streets of the village and step back centuries in time as you explore the alleys and ancient stone of this historic place.
DAY 6 - Lovely little coves
Distance: 36 miles | Terrain: Easier to Intermediate | Torroella de Montgrí | Hotel Palau lo Mirador
The fresh scent of the sea will follow you along the first part of your ride today. The coastline is scattered with lovely little coves, and it enjoys pleasant temperatures most of the year. You then turn inland and pedal over rolling hills. Pass through medieval towns with their everyday life ... a chance to stop and get to know the local products of the region. Your hotel is just outside Torroella de Montgrí. While the town is pleasant and typical of the region, it is the Montgrí Castle that dominates the landscape. It’s an unfinished 13th-century fortress that looms above the town on the hill and provides the main tourist attraction. Dinner is together at our hotel.
DAY 7 - Greek & Roman buildings and a dip in the sea.
Distance: 35 miles | Terrain: Easier | Cadaques | Hotel Villa Gala
Next, your route takes you north toward the coastal town of Roses. Roses was once a Greek colony. According to some historians, in the 8th century BC, Greeks came here from the lovely island of Rhodes as early as 776 BC, tempted by the peaceful waters of Roses’ natural harbor. It was there that they set up their commercial colony. Today, apart from enjoying the charms of the beaches and evening entertainment, you can still see the remains of this Greek city and those of the Roman town. Enjoy a dip in the Mediterranean here if you like. In the afternoon, you take a chartered boat ride to Cadaques, where our hotel for the next two nights is. Dinner is together tonight in a local restaurant.
DAY 8 - Take a rest day or ride to Cap de Creus National Park.
Rest Day | Cadaques | Hotel Villa Gala
You have the choice today to take a loop ride to Cap de Creus National Park, one of the most amazing places in Costa Brava, a paradise with sea and mountain views ... or to take it easy, relax, enjoy the beach and get to know this lovely village, the people, the steep cobbled streets, the whitewashed houses, the memory of so many famous artists who lived here: Salvador Dalí, Luis Buñuel, Pablo Picasso, Federico García Lorca, Marcel Duchamp … People who helped to turn this fishing village into a tourist destination.
DAY 9 - Departure Day
After breakfast, you transfer to Figueres, the birthplace of the surrealist artist Salvador Dalì. Together, we will visit the Dalì Theater-Museum. He was involved in all types of artistic creation … from painting, sculpture, design, drawing, movies, fashion … and Dalì applied the surrealist concept to an amazing array of media. Your cycling vacation ends after the museum visit. We offer one transfer to the train station after the museum visit, around 1:30 p.m. Take some extra time to explore Figueres before you head home, or arrange to spend a day or two in Barcelona if you wish. Adéu from Catalonia!

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Dates & Pricing

Prices are per person based on double occupancy (2 people in one room). Single supplement for private room is listed at the top of this page. A deposit of $500 holds your reservation for most tours. For weekend tours, the deposit is $300.

Start End Cost Availability
Oct 28, 2023 Nov 05, 2023 $3995.00 Available! Reserve Reserve

What’s Included

8 nights’ lodging, 8 breakfasts, 6 dinners (you are on your own for 1 night in Girona and 1 night in Cadaques), boat ride from Roses to Cadaques, guided tour in Girona, Cap de Creus National Park, various side trips, all related entry fees, bicycle and helmet, experienced multi-lingual tour guides, full van support, detailed maps and directions. Airfare is not included.

Dates & Pricing

Prices are per person based on double occupancy (2 people in one room). Single supplement for private room is listed at the top of this page. A deposit of $500 holds your reservation for most tours. For weekend tours, the deposit is $300.

Start: Oct 28, 2023
End: Nov 05, 2023
Cost: $3995.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve

What’s Included

8 nights’ lodging, 8 breakfasts, 6 dinners (you are on your own for 1 night in Girona and 1 night in Cadaques), boat ride from Roses to Cadaques, guided tour in Girona, Cap de Creus National Park, various side trips, all related entry fees, bicycle and helmet, experienced multi-lingual tour guides, full van support, detailed maps and directions. Airfare is not included.

Inns

Where you stay along the way.

La Trobada Hotel
Located in the center of Ripoll, on the River Ter, 2 minutes walk from the Monastery of Santa Maria, 5 minutes from the train and bus station, and with free parking just in front. Featuring 12 superior double rooms, 1 triple room, and 5 Junior Suites remodeled in 2019. Conceived from the 5 most important elements of our environment: Iron, Wood, Stone, Water and Nature.
Hotel Vall de Bas
Enjoy this hotel that is full of charm and comfort in the extraordinary setting of environmental beauty in Joanetes.
Nord Hotel 1901 Girona
Located in the historic and commercial heart of Girona, in an old building that was completely restored in 2009, the Hotel Nord 1901 Superior Girona offers sophisticated rooms and comfortable flats equipped to the smallest detail. It has the only garden with a swimming pool in the city center and a delicious buffet breakfast.
Eden Roc Hotel
Hotel Eden Roc by Brava Hoteles is located only 1 km from Sant Feliu de Guixols, in a unique and quiet peninsula. The clear Mediterranean Sea surrounds along 360 meters Hotel Eden Roc by Brava Hoteles. The Suites and Superior Double Rooms have terraces with sea view, bathroom, hair dryer, satellite-TV, minibar, safe, direct-dial telephone and central heating.
Hotel Palau lo Mirador
Enjoy an unforgettable stay in a beautiful and welcoming 14th-century palace, recognized as one of the most emblematic and charming hotels on the Costa Brava. Enjoy their gardens, pool ... and maybe even a massage.
Hotel Villa Gala
Emanating elegance and luxurious privacy, Villa Gala is unique and discreetly magnificent. Combining a warm atmosphere with a Mediterranean inspiration, this charming small hotel offers views of the village and the sea. Enjoy the avant-garde decoration and carefully treated details based on white and blue tones, characteristic colors of the region.

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Cadaques, Catalonia bay Catalonia Sangria drink Cap de Creus Spain Ancient stone and brick building Girona, Catalonia Catalonia streets Paella seafood dish Cadaques Catalaonia colorful buildings Dalí museum in Figueres