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Guided

Costa Brava Bike Tour, Catalonia Spain

The Costa Brava Bike Tour has all the elements you look for in a European bike tour, quiet backroads, beautiful scenery, rich history, historic towns, and fabulous cuisine. This tour starts in Girona, just 40-minutes north of Barcelona by high-speed rail. Girona’s temperate climate, gorgeous surroundings, and abundance of pro cyclists have made it a European cycling Mecca. From Girona we ride southwest on a rail-to-trail bike path. We cycle scenic coastal roads through thick pine forests and whitewashed towns. We spend five nights in seaside hotels. We explore perfectly preserved Medieval villages and visit the ruins of a Roman city from the 6th century AD. We tour a family-run winery and sample their wines over a picnic lunch. The tour ends in Figueres. Stay an extra day in Figueres if you want to see the Salvador Dalí museum.

​Highlights

•    Coastal towns
•    4 of 6 hotels on water’s edge
•    Gravel cycling with little traffic
•    Girona walking tour
•    Lunch in Peratallada
•    Empurias Ruins
•    Salvador Dali House
•    Tour, lunch, La Vinyeta
•    Medieval villages
•    Dalí Theatre and Museum (optional)

Price
US$ 3,000 per person, double occupancy

Dates
Oct 10 - 19, 2024  Guaranteed Departure

Email us your dates. We can schedule a tour when you want.

Single Supplement
+ US$ 700 for single room occupancy

 
Length
10 Days, 9 Nights


Meet / Finish
Girona, Spain / Figueres, Spain


Route Rating
Moderate:  28-34 miles (45-55 km) per day over hilly terrain.


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Daily Itinerary

Day 7:  Cadaqués
Leaving l’Escala we visit the ruins of Ampurias, a UNESCO site where Greek and Roman civilizations existed side by side. Cresting a big hill in the Cap de Creus Natural Park we roll into Cadaqués, an ancient fishing village on a broad bay. Our hotel sits directly above a charming little sandy beach.

Day 8:  Cadaqués
Cadaqués is an ideal place to unwind, eat fresh seafood, and savor the views from our waterfront hotel. We take a rest day here. In the morning we tour the home of Salvador Dalí. If you want to bike, we have a short loop ride to a coastal lighthouse.

Day 9:  Figueres
Our last ride takes us into the rolling landscape of the Emporda wine region below the majestic Pyrenees. We tour a family-run winery where we enjoy a picnic accompanied by full-bodied reds. The day ends with a flat ride into Figueres. Over a group dinner we toast our Spanish adventure.

Day 10:  Figueres
Our bike tour ends in Figueres. Stay an extra day to visit the Dalí Theatre-Museum or continue your travels. Barcelona can be reached in just 55 minutes by a high-speed train.

Note:  The Dalí museum is very popular. If you want to visit reserve your tickets online well in advance.

Day 1:  Girona

We rendezvous at our Girona hotel after lunch, and meet a guide for a walking tour. Strolling down cobbled streets we learn about Girona’s rich Roman and Medieval history. We stop for an aperitivo, before returning to our hotel and our group dinner.

Day 2:  Girona

Our first ride follows the Ter River into the Catalonian countryside. This trail ride is mostly flat and without traffic. Half of the loop is on quiet greenways. It’s a peaceful loop that’s perfect for getting used to our bikes.

Day 3:  Girona to Sant Feliu de Guíxols

We cycle from Girona to the Mediterranean Sea following a rail-to-trail greenway. This is a 40 km traffic-free bike path built on a former narrow-gauge railway line. We roll through small towns before arriving at out hotel in San Feliu de Guíxols.

Day 4:  Sant Feliu de Guíxols to Tossa de Mar loop
The road between Sant Feliu de Guíxols and Tossa de Mar goes up and down. It’s twisty and turny, and has the best views over the Mediterranean Sea. The tarmac is smooth, the traffic is usually light, and the miradors (viewpoints) are spectacular.

Day 5:  Sant Feliu de Guíxols to Begur

Today’s ride is short, leaving you time in the afternoon to enjoy our seaside hotel. We roll past beaches separated by low headlands. The last 9 km have two big climbs along a rocky coast. We cycle through verdant marine pine forests before arriving at our hotel on the edge of a scenic bay.

Day 6:  L'Escala
We ride north up the coast. Along the way we visit two perfectly preserved medieval towns. These towns are right out of a fairy tale, with castles, walls, and even a moat. Enjoy lunch al fresco in a scenic plaza. Our ride ends at our beachfront hotel in l’Escala.

Daily Itinerary

Siena Hotel Supplement During Palio

During the Palio (Siena's horse race) hotel prices triple. A surcharge of US$ 100 per person will apply for if you stay in Siena Jun 29-30, Jul 1-2, or Aug 13-16.

What if it Rains?

On self-guided tours there is no van support. But, we do move your luggage. If it rains you can catch a ride with us when we move your bags, just call to make arrangements.

What if it Rains?

On self-guided tours there is no van support. But, we do move your luggage. If it rains you can catch a ride with us when we move your bags, just call to make arrangements.

Siena Hotel Supplement During Palio

During the Palio (Siena's horse race) hotel prices triple. A surcharge of US$ 100 per person will apply for if you stay in Siena Jun 29-30, Jul 1-2, or Aug 13-16.

Siena Hotel Supplement During Palio

During the Palio (Siena's horse race) hotel prices triple. A surcharge of US$ 100 per person will apply for if you stay in Siena Jun 29-30, Jul 1-2, or Aug 13-16.

What if it Rains?

On self-guided tours there is no van support. But, we do move your luggage. If it rains you can catch a ride with us when we move your bags, just call to make arrangements.

Siena Hotel Supplement During Palio

During the Palio (Siena's horse race) hotel prices triple. A surcharge of US$ 100 per person will apply for if you stay in Siena Jun 29-30, Jul 1-2, or Aug 13-16.

Daily Distance

Daily Distance

Lodging

Lodging
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Hotel Nord 1901
Girona (2 nights)

The Nord 1901 has the only garden with a swimming pool in the center of Girona. The hotel is in a historic building just steps from the Plaza Independencia.


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Hotel Aigua Blava
Begur (2 nights)

Hotel Aigua Blava overlooks one of the best beaches in Costa Brava, Aiguablava. Rooms have amazing sea views. The hotel features a large outdoor pool.

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Hotel Playa Sol
Cadaqués (2 night)

Hotel Playasol is the only hotel in Cadaqués with access to a small sunny beach. Many of the rooms have spectacular views of the sea and the town.


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Hotel Pirineos
Figueres (1 night)

The Hotel Pirineos is located in the historic center of Figueres, a short walk from the Dalí Museum. The rooms are modern and spacious.

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What's Included

What's Included

•    9 nights in hotels
•    All breakfasts
•    2 group dinners (first and last night)
•    1 picnic
•    2 guides
•    Van support
•    Use of bicycle (ebike or gravel bike at no extra charge)

•    Walking tour in Girona
•    Entrance fee to Empurias Ruins
•    Entrance fee to Salvador Dali House in Cadeques
•    Tour and lunch at the La Vinyeta Winery

Departure from Figueres, End of Tour

The bike tour ends in Figueres. The Figueres train station, Figueres Vilafant, is a 5-minute taxi ride or a 20-minute walk from the hotel. From Figureres Vilafant you can take a direct high-speed AVE train to Barcelona Sants. Barcelona Sants is the main Barcelona train station. There are trains every hour and the train ride takes just 55 minutes. The same high-speed trains stop in Girona, after just 14 minutes. The Girona–Costa Brava Airport is small but has many international flights.

What if it Rains?

On self-guided tours there is no van support. But, we do move your luggage. If it rains you can catch a ride with us when we move your bags, just call to make arrangements.

What if it Rains?

On self-guided tours there is no van support. But, we do move your luggage. If it rains you can catch a ride with us when we move your bags, just call to make arrangements.

Want to Save?

Consider one of our self-guided bike trips. We can schedule a self-guided bike tour whenever you want March 1 to October 31.

Our Dates Dont Work?

We may be able to offer the dates you want. Email us with the dates you prefer.

Worried about the hills?

Consider using an ebike. The ebike will flatten out those hills. You can adjust the level of assistance so you can exercise as much or as little as you like.
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