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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 the town a cycling Mecca. From Girona we ride west to the coast where we spend three 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

  • Three nights in charming seaside hotels

  • One night in Girona, Europe's cycling Mecca

  • Winery visit with picnic

  • Empurias archeological site

  • Walled Medieval villages with castles

  • Dalí Museum in Figueres (Note: The museum visit is not included in tour. Stay an extra day to visit museum.)

Price
US$ 2,000 per person, double occupancy

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

Single Supplement
+ US$ 400 for single room occupancy

 
Length
6 Days, 5 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 4:  Cadaqués

Leaving l’Escala we visit the ruins of Ampurias, a UNESCO World Heritage site where Greek and Roman civilizations existed side by side. Later we ride through enchanting Empuriabrava, Europe’s largest residential marina with 24 km of man-made canals. Cresting a big hill in the Cap de Creus Natural Park we roll into Cadaqués, an old fishing village on a broad bay. While in Cadaqués you can visit the house of Salvador Dalí.

Day 5:  Figueres

Our last ride takes us to a remote fishing village called El Port de la Selva. Turning inland we enter the rolling landscape of the Emporda wine region below the majestic Pyrenees. We stop and tour a family-run winery where we enjoy a picnic accompanied by a full-bodied red. The day ends with a flat ride into Figueres, home of the Dalí Theatre-Museum. Our hotel is in the historic center close to the museum. If you want to visit the museum we encourage you to spend an extra night in Figueres. Over a group dinner we toast our Spanish adventure.

Day 6:  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

Check into our Girona hotel in the early afternoon. Girona has a rich architectural history that can easily be explored by foot. Cross a pedestrian bridge over the Onyar River for picture perfect views of Girona’s colorful waterfront facades. Wander the Força Vella (Old Fortress) where you will find a 15th Century Gothic cathedral and one of Europe's best-preserved medieval Jewish communities. Try a new gelato flavor on La Rambla de la Libertad, Girona’s main pedestrian street. The day ends with a group dinner.

Day 2:  Begur

A bike path leads us out of town following the Ter River into the sleepy rolling countryside. The path ends and we continue on quiet dirt roads. Our destination is a sprawling seaside hotel in the town of Begur. Our hotel sits on a small cliff overlooking the Mediterranean sea. Many rooms have magnificent views over the azure waters. Two inviting sandy beaches are just steps away from the hotel.

Day 3:  L'Escala

We ride north up the coast. Along the way we visit two perfectly preserved medieval towns, Peretallada and Ullastret. These towns are right out of a fairy tale, with castles, walls, and even a moat. Wander the curved stone streets and enjoy a refreshment in an ancient town square. Our ride ends on the beach in l’Escala. This village sits on one of the most beautiful bays in the world, according to UNESCO. L’Escala has a beautiful sandy beach and a well preserved historic center.

Daily Itinerary

Daily Distance

Daily Distance

Lodging

Lodging
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Hotel Nord 1901
Girona (1 night)

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 (1 night)

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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Taverna de la Sal
L'Escala (1 night)

The Taverna de la Sal is 20 meters from the beach in the historic center of L’Escala. All of the rooms have balconies with beautiful sea views.

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Hotel Playa Sol
Cadaqués (1 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

•    Five nights in hotels, 3 of the 5 nights in seaside hotels
•    All breakfasts, 2 picnics, 2 dinners
•    One friendly and supportive guide
•    Van support
•    Winery visit with wine tasting and picnic lunch
•    Visit Empuries archeological site in L’Escala
•    Four beautiful rides (extra miles available)
•    Use of a high-end bicycle (hybrid, road bike or e-bike)
•    Use of a helmet
•    Souvenir water bottle to keep

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.

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.

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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