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
Sep 13-20, 2018
USD$4055
USD$550
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May 9-16, 2019
USD$4055
USD$550
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May 23-30, 2019
USD$4055
USD$550
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Jun 20-27, 2019
USD$4055
USD$550
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Aug 22-29, 2019
USD$4055
USD$550
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Sep 12-19, 2019
USD$4055
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.

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 8 Days
  • Avg. Distance / 43 - 48kms (27 - 29 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty / 201
  • Countries / Spain
  • Price / From USD$4055
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Tour Summary

Daily Ride Summary

Distance

1 No cycling today.
2 38 mi / 61 km
3 25 mi / 40 km
4 31-43 mi / 49-69 km
5 36-45 mi / 58-72 km
6 11 mi / 18 km
7 20 mi / 32 km
8 No cycling today.
  • Highlights
    Girona, Figueras and Dali Museum, Medieval Villages, Costa Brava Beaches, Extraordinary food - Girona has more restaurants with Michelin stars then 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; 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners with wine; van support; 2 to 3 bilingual tour leaders; guided visit of Dali Museum; a wine tasting; boat trip

    The Usual (Included with every ExperiencePlus! tour)

    • Superb tour leaders who are fun, bilingual and avid cyclists.
    • Help with flights, trains and pre/post tour hotels.
    • Comfortable lodging in 3-4 star hotels. 
    • All breakfasts and at least half of your dinners.
    • Use of a high quality 27-30 speed bike.
    • Full van support to carry luggage – and tired cyclists, too! 
    • Special events like wine tastings, cultural visits and chocolatiers.
    • All tips and gratuities at tour hotels and group meals.
    • Unique routes, marked with our famous chalk dust arrows.
    • Daily mileage options.
    • Detailed route map and free use of our traveling resource library.

    What's not included:

    • Transportation to and from the bicycling tour including airfare, or train travel
    • Helmets - we ask that you bring your own to ensure the best fit
    • Meals not listed in the itinerary
    • Tour Leader gratuity

    See the complete list of what's included with every ExperiencePlus! Tour.

  • Countries
    Spain
  • Begin/End
    Girona / Figueras
  • Arrive / Depart
    Barcelona (BCN)
  • Total Distance
    260 - 300 kms (155 - 180 miles)
  • Avg. Distance
    43 - 48kms (27 - 29 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty
    201
    Generally gentle rolling and flat terrain. Two days have more significant climbs one of which is optional and the other can easily be shuttled if you prefer flatter terrain.
  • Terms
Daily Itinerary

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: 38 mi / 61 km
  • 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: 25 mi / 40 km
  • 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: 31-43 mi / 49-69 km
  • 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.

The September departure will be at the Hotel Pirineos, all others will be at the Hotel Duran.

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.***

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Reviews

  • 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
  • WE will be back for more :-)

    Sam and Rebecca E., Denver, CO
  • The food and hotels were phenomenal! Very scenic, comfortable riding each day, great guides.

    Sheila M., Boston, MA
  • 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
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? That they have to experience for themselves. Excellent and memorable.

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

    Paul L., Sebastopol, CA
  • 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
  • Thanks for the best vacation time of my life, so far. First class experience from start to finish.

    Scott M., San Ramon
  • 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 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
  • is a great trip in a beautiful and interesting part of Spain. This was our 15 ExperiencePlus! trip. Enough said.

    Dave M., Livermore, CA
  • 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
  • Awesome!

    Katy L., Waterford, NY
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