Bicycling Catalonia's Costa Brava

Bicycling Catalonia's Costa Brava

Home to some of Spain's most iconic cities and famous (and infamous) characters, Catalonia is a one of a kind destination. With a history as diverse as the territory and a cultural identity and language of its own, this Spanish community will delight and fascinate. Join us on an 8-day bicycle tour that begins in Girona, one of the most fought after towns in all of Spanish history, having been sieged over 25 times. We'll pedal east towards the rugged Costa Brava and through the rolling hills of the Emporda' region - dotted with Roman ruins and medieval towns. Our journey continues through hidden fishing villages and quiet towns along small roads through wine country on our way to Figueres, Salvador Dali's birthplace. Enjoy incredible cycling through a variety of historic towns that feature a delightful mix of modern culture and cuisine.

***If this sounds great but you prefer a longer tour. Join us to Bicycle Catalonia's Costa Brava Plus! Barcelona which extends this itinerary 4 days.***

Tour Dates & Prices

Date
Price
Private Room Fee
Note
May 20-27, 2021
USD$4100
USD$550
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Jun 10-17, 2021
USD$4100
USD$550
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Sep 9-16, 2021
USD$4100
USD$550
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* We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

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Trip At-A-Glance

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 8 Days
  • Total Distance / 292 km (181 miles)
  • Avg. Distance / 49 kms (30 miles) per riding day
  • Tour Level & Tour Style / 2.0 Classic
  • Countries / Spain
  • Begin/End / Girona / Figueras
  • Price / From USD$4100
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Tour Summary

Tour Summary

  • Highlights
    Girona, Figueras and Dali Museum, Medieval Villages, Costa Brava Beaches, Extraordinary food - Girona has more restaurants with Michelin stars than anywhere else in the world

    Keep in Mind: We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

    Though we try and arrange dinners together as early as possible in Spain this means 8:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Includes
    8 days, 7 nights lodging; meals as noted in itinerary; guided visit of Dali Museum; a wine tasting; boat trip; and the usual (see below).

    Learn more about what is included and what to expect on your Classic tour at the Classic Tour Style page.
  • Arrive / Depart
    Barcelona (BCN)
  • Overall Tour Level
    2.0 difficulty level 2.0
  • Daily Ride Summary

    Day

    Distance/Gain
    mi/ftkm/m

    Terrain

    Day Level

    Notes

    1
    Test ride
    2
    61km / 906m
    Very hilly
    difficulty level 4.0
    3
    40km / 379m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.5
    4
    69km / 434m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 2.0
    5
    72km / 673m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 3.5
    6
    18km / 436m
    Very hilly
    difficulty level 2.0
    Today's ride is an optional loop ride
    7
    32km / 244m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 1.5
    8
    Last day

Terrain Legend

Gentle Gentle

Rolling hills Rolling hills

Hilly Hilly

Very hilly Very hilly

Mountainous Mountainous

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DAY 1: Girona

Highlights: Girona, Jewish Museum and Historic Center

We meet in the medieval town of Girona today. We highly recommend coming a day or two early to explore this city and begin your exploration of the Catalan culture. We'll fit bicycles this afternoon and recommend a test ride along the river bike path before meeting for introductions and dinner together.

DAY 2: Bicycling Girona to Costa Brava

Highlights: Cycling the Via Verde, quiet roads, beach town

Today's ride features a gentle ascent to the highest point in the area. You'll be rewarded for your efforts with a classic view of the Costa Brava. The van will be there to offer a lift up (or down) for those who prefer. Our descent ends at the sea and from there we'll follow the sometimes hilly coastal road to our beach front hotel. Enjoy a dip in the Mediterranean, or some people watching this afternoon before dinner together.

  • Distance: 61km (38mi)
  • Gain: 906m (2972ft)
  • Terrain: Very hilly
  • Day Level: difficulty level 4.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 3: Bicycling Costa Brava to Peratallada

Highlights: Beaches, rural bicycling, castles and medieval towns

Today we'll ride along the coast to Palamos, a great coffee stop and perfect opportunity for one last dip in the sea before we head inland over rolling hills. Many of the towns we'll pass through on today's ride were once fortified Roman and medieval cities, so be sure to take time to meander the tiny streets. Peratallada, our destination this evening, is perhaps the best preserved as the center is entirely pedestrian and the walls still stand. You'll notice ruts in the stone streets which were created from centuries of horse carts moving through the narrow streets. We'll stay just outside of town and enjoy this little corner of Catalonia for the next few days.

  • Distance: 40km (25mi)
  • Gain: 379m (1243ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: difficulty level 1.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 4: Loop ride or Rest Day

Highlights: Loop ride, optional climb

We'll take a loop ride through the gentle hills of the Baix Emporda region today. We have a special stop planned before la Bisbal d'Emporda just a few kilometers into the ride to visit a local ceramicist. La Bisbal d'Emporda is a great town to enjoy a beverage and explore the boutiques and artist stores - some of which carry traditional pieces while others have expanded into more modern ceramic art. After our visit we'll continue our loop ride which includes the option of an 8 km (5 miles) climb for anyone wanting a little challenge.

  • Distance: 69km (43mi)
  • Gain: 434m (1424ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: difficulty level 2.0
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lodging:

DAY 5: Bicycle to Cadaques

Highlights: Remote fishing village, stunning views of the sea

We'll head north and inland today through gentle hills and reclaimed marshes that are now the center for the agricultural economy in the area. We'll suggest a lunch stop in one of these small but historic towns. There is a significant climb to the hotel so anyone who prefers to rest their legs can meet at a café to regroup and shuttle. Everyone else can join local cyclists to conquer the hill that creates a natural barrier and makes this Eastern most peninsula in Spain such a unique natural and geological formation.

DAY 6: Cycle the Cap de Creus or enjoy the beach

Highlights: Dali's home, beach front rambla, and optional rest day

Today you have the option to take a day off the bike, or bicycle to the stunning Cap de Creus - the most easterly point of the Iberian Peninsula. It's a short but hilly ride out and back. For those who prefer a day off the bike, Cadaques has been inspirational to many great artists, including Dali, Miro, Duchamp and Picasso. Find a spot and explore your inner artist, or simply enjoy a day relaxing by the pool.

DAY 7: Bicycle to Figueres

Highlights: Scenic Coast Boat ride, Dali Museum

We start our day with a chartered boat ride as we leave Cadaques and navigate around the rocky coastline that isolates the Cap de Creus Natural Park from the rest of the Costa Brava. Once we land in Roses we'll pedal to Figueres, birthplace of Salvador Dali. We'll plan a guided tour of the museum this afternoon.

  • Distance: 32km (20mi)
  • Gain: 244m (800ft)
  • Terrain: Rolling hills
  • Day Level: difficulty level 1.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 8: Figueres

Highlights: Bon viatge

Our tour ends this morning after breakfast. We hope you have enjoyed your ride through this unique corner of Spain. Trains head straight to France or to Barcelona from here - whatever you decide to do, bon viatge.

***If this sounds great but you prefer a longer tour. Join us to Bicycle Catalonia's Costa Brava Plus! Barcelona which extends this itinerary 4 days.***

  • Meals: Breakfast
Travel Information

Travel Information

Day 1: Arrival Information

Girona

Meeting time 2 p.m. - on Day 1, meet your fellow cyclists and Tour Leaders at the Day 1 Hotel specified on the itinerary.

Note:

As you are planning, remember that the hotels listed in our itineraries are our primary hotels and are - in rare cases - subject to change. Before you make arrangements, check with us if your tour departure is guaranteed. If your tour departure is out further than 6 months, please also check with us as there might be slight changes to the itinerary.

Look up Spanish train schedules at Renfe.com or Trainline.eu. Questions? See our information on taking trains in Europe here or ask us.

The below information will help you plan your arrival. For more tips or other routes, you might like Rome2Rio. The fare and timing information listed below is approximate.

We recommend flying into Girona (GRO) or Barcelona El Prat (BCN).

If you arrive at Barcelona Airport and continue to the Day 1 Hotel

  1. Bus: Sagales Bus from Barcelona Airport Terminal 1 or 2 to Girona Estacio d’Autobuses. sagales.com (2.5 hr/EUR 19)
  2. Taxi: From the Bus station to the starting hotel (10 min/EUR 10)
Or
  1. Train: R2 Nord from the Barcelona airport to the Barcelona Sants station (25 min / EUR 4.20)
  2. *Train: From Barcelona Sants to Girona/Gerona (40 min/ Fares vary).
  3. Taxi: From the Girona/Gerona train station to the Day 1 Hotel. (10 min/EUR 10)

*Note: The train connection from Barcelona to Girona/Gerona is a busy but frequent line. If you are staying in Barcelona, you may purchase tickets for this train leg in advance. If you arrive by plane the same day, you should purchase them at the Sants train station though you might opt to skip a train departure if it is already full.

Day 8: Departure Information

Figueres

Your trip ends on the final day after breakfast.

The below information will help you plan your departure. For more tips or other routes, you might like Rome2Rio.

Flying out of Girona (GRO)
  • Taxi: From the Ending Hotel to the Girona Airport (40 min/EUR 85)
Flying out of Barcelona (BCN).
  1. Taxi: From the Ending Hotel to the Figueres Vilafant Station (10 min/EUR 15)
  2. Train: From Figueres Vilafant to Barcelona Sants (1-2 hours/fares vary)
  3. Train: From Barcelona Sants to Aeroport del Prat (35 min/EUR 4.20)

Look up Spanish train schedules at Renfe.com or Trainline.eu.


Questions? See our information on taking trains in Europe here or ask us.

Keep in Mind

We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

Though we try and arrange dinners together as early as possible in Spain this means 8:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Pre-Trip Planning Checklist

To Do Today!

3–6 Months Prior to Departure

  • Reserve your flights after you know you have a confirmed tour departure. Please check with our office if you do not know if your trip is confirmed. As you make your plans refer to the Getting To and Away sent to you in your booking confirmation email it provides meeting times and the starting and ending hotels and shuttle information when applicable.
  • Book your pre and post-tour hotel nights. Please refer to the Getting To and Away sheet you received in your Reservation Confirmation Email.
  • 12 weeks before your tour begin your training program www.experienceplus.com/training.
  • Final payment is due 90 days prior to the tour start. Please refer to your Deposit Payment Invoice and the Final Payment Reminder e-mail you have received for detailed instructions.

6 Weeks–2 Weeks Prior to Departure

Day of Your Flight

Get as much sleep on the plane as you can. Pack your Getting To and Away information and one day of cycling gear in your carry-on. See you soon!

What to Expect on Tour

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Learn more about what is included and what to expect on your Classic tour at the Classic page.

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Reviews

Reviews

  • The overall experience of cycling through the countrysides, the Mediterranean seaside areas, the larger towns and the medieval villages The diversity of the tour was incredible. This was our first tour with ExperiencePlus. I'm simply not sure how it could have been any better. We are already looking at our options for 2020.

    Mike R., Denver, CO - Sept 2019
  • One of our very best. Beautiful country, great food and lodging

    Burt S., Fairhope, CT - Sept 2019
  • ExperiencePlus is an understatement!

    Esta R., Denver, CO - September 2019
  • A great company to travel with. With 11 trips we have had so many wonderful experiences and seen the countries we have visited in a personal way that other tours just don''t provide.

    Larry B., New Hartford, NY - September 2018
  • Trip of a lifetime! Would highly recommend ExperiencePlus! THANK YOU!!! You are doing good things and we so appreciated all that your company did to make sure our vacation (and our 50th birthday celebration) was AMAZING! We will be back!

    Julie G., Boulder, CO - September 2018
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Great combination of culture, scenery, beach and food. Excellent trip.

    Wendy K., Lafayette, CO - September 2017
  • The tour leaders were fantastic. Our connection with them felt genuine. I felt that they were taking care of us and concerned for us. Their knowledge about bikes, routes, culture was outstanding. Everything was wonderful.

    Clare S., Boulder, CO - September 2017
  • Awesome!

    Katy L., Waterford, NY
  • WE will be back for more :-)

    Sam and Rebecca E., Denver, CO
  • A great mix of seaside and small inland towns. Challenging climbs and lovely views. A very well supported experience. Great guides and a fun group of riders to share it with.

    Jane T., Milwaukee, WI
  • The Costa Brava covers almost every kind of terrain and the art, architecture, and cuisine are amazing. Our guides were superlative! This was our fifth tour with ExperiencePlus! and certainly won''t be our last!

    Ford H., Raleigh, NC
  • Thanks for the best vacation time of my life, so far. First class experience from start to finish.

    Scott M., San Ramon
  • The food and hotels were phenomenal! Very scenic, comfortable riding each day, great guides.

    Sheila M., Boston, MA
  • This was one of our favorite ExperiencePlus! trips. Even though the geographic area we covered was not that big, we weaved in, out and around, to see the mountains, the sea, the medieval villages, the Greek and Roman ruins, and the history and culture of Catalonia.

    Sari R., Glastonbury, CT
  • Good riding, varied scenery, interesting culture, wonderful food and outstanding leaders. Learned so much about the Catalan people, their history and culture. So much to see in Barcelona.

    Linda M., Livermore, CA
  • is a great trip in a beautiful and interesting part of Spain. This was our 15 ExperiencePlus! trip. Enough said.

    Dave M., Livermore, CA
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? That they have to experience for themselves. Excellent and memorable.

    Ward S., Kanata, Ontario
  • I had a great time, seeing and experiencing Spain like I would not have on a normal trip.

    Paul L., Sebastopol, CA
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