Bicycling Catalonia's Costa Brava Plus! Barcelona

Bicycling Catalonia's Costa Brava Plus! Barcelona

Home to some of Spain's most iconic cities and famous 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 a 12-day bicycle tour beginning in Girona, one of the most fought after towns in all of Spanish history. 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, quiet towns, and through wine country on our way to Figueres, Salvador Dali's birthplace. We'll cycle west towards the foothills of the Pyrenees through nature reserves and to ancient Roman spa towns before looping south. Our journey ends on a 10-mile bicycle path finishing in the heart of Barcelona.

***If this sounds great but you don't have time for the full 12 days, check out our 8-day Bicycling Catalonia's Costa Brava itinerary which shortens this itinerary by 4 days.***

Tour Dates & Prices

Date
Price
Private Room Fee
Note
Sep 13-24, 2018
USD$5055
USD$650
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May 9-20, 2019
USD$5055
USD$650
 Book by November 15 and save $200!
May 23-Jun 3, 2019
USD$5055
USD$650
 Book by November 15 and save $200!
Jun 20-Jul 1, 2019
USD$5055
USD$650
 Book by November 15 and save $200!
Aug 22-Sep 2, 2019
USD$5055
USD$650
 Book by November 15 and save $200!
Sep 12-23, 2019
USD$5055
USD$650
Book by November 15 and save $200!

* 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 / 12 Days
  • Avg. Distance / 15 - 70 kms (8 - 42 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty / 201 - 301
  • Countries / Spain
  • Price / From USD$5055
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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 48 mi / 76 km
9 41 mi / 65 km
10 31 mi / 50 km
11 27 mi / 43 km
12 No cycling today.
  • Highlights
    Barcelona, Garrtoxa Volcanic Natural Area, Girona, Figueras and Dali Museum, Medieval Villages, Costa Brava Beaches, Vic, Extraordinary food - Girona has more restuarants 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
    12 days, 11 nights' lodging; 11 breakfasts, 8 dinners with wine; 1 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/Barcelona
  • Arrive / Depart
    Barcelona (BCN)
  • Total Distance
    421 - 486 km (260 - 300 miles)
  • Avg. Distance
    15 - 70 kms (8 - 42 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty
    201 - 301
    Gentle terrain with two days of longer climbs of around 5 or 6 miles, but not too steep. Other days include rolling hills.
  • 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: Bicycle to Olot

Highlights: Banyoles, Garrtoxa Volcanic Natural Area

Our route takes us along the foothills of the Pyrenees and we'll enjoy some larger rolling hills on our way to Olot. You'll notice a change in the landscape as we enter this unique region which was carved out by ancient lava flows from the four volcanoes that border the valley. Our hotel this evening is a restored manor house just outside of town.

  • Distance: 48 mi / 76 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 9: Bicycle Olot to Vic

Highlights: Vall d'en Bas, Vic

We head down the Vall d'en Bas before climbing up and over towards the headwaters of the River Ter - one of the larger rivers in Catalonia. Stop at the top for lunch before heading down towards Vic. A town of ancient Roman and Iberian origin Vic preserves one of the few Plaza Mayor's that is still dirt - just as it was for festivals in medieval times. Our hotel is just off the Rambla (pedestrian corridor).

DAY 10: Bicycle Vic to Caldes de Montbui

Highlights: Roman spa towns and rolling hills

Previous customers have loved our first visit today; a local Fuet (sausage) producer opens its doors to us for a private tour. Our ride continues from one valley to the next as we make our way towards Barcelona. We leave the foothills of the Pyrenees as we pedal down to Caldes de Montbui, an ancient Roman hot springs town. Take some time to enjoy this small town and the ancient baths before taking a dip in the hot pools yourself. Our travelers have loved our first visit today; a local Fuet (sausage) producer opens its doors to us for a private tour. Our ride continues from one valley to the next as we make our way towards Barcelona. We leave the foothills of the Pyrenees as we pedal down to Caldes de Montbui, an ancient Roman hot springs town. Take some time to enjoy this small town and the ancient baths before taking a dip in the hot pools yourself.

DAY 11: Bicycle to Barcelona

Highlights: Bike path and entering Barcelona

We have a relatively short day today as we pedal south and join up with a river side redevelopment that is now a thriving active multi-use path. Our route takes us straight to the coastline from where we'll take bike paths and back streets to our hotel at the top of the Ramblas of Barcelona. A dynamic city, Barcelona combines history and modern art, culture and cuisine seamlessly. We'll have a fabulous final dinner together this evening.

  • Distance: 27 mi / 43 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 12: Barcelona

Highlights: Barcelona

You're on your own to explore this magical city which is home to some of Gaudi's finest works. Plan to stick around a day or two as there is much to see and do.

  • Meals: Breakfast
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Reviews

Reviews

  • Excellent. It was surprising, and therefor refreshing. Occasionally challenging, but the challenge was worth it. The area was beautiful and the variety of the landscape very interesting.

    Vicky T., Owen Sound, ON
  • One of the best; the ride, the food the cultural experiences were all excellent.

    Chris H., Huntington Beach, CA - June 2017
  • What was your favorite experience on this trip? I love the Spanish lifestyle, eating late, sharing lots of great food, good wine. See you, again, soon!

    Susan R., Santa Cruz, CA - May 2017
  • I couldn''t improve this trip. It was the best of the last five years. The leaders were superb. The food was fantastic. The route was hard, but doable, and the van support was more than I expected.

    Linda Z., Sherborn, MA
  • Fantastic and beautiful route through Catalonia coast and inland areas. Fantastic local guides. Over the top food.

    Eirc and Gabrielle, Mill Valley, CA
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Not to be missed! Great combination of beautiful scenery, excellent routes, nice people, and of course, the arrows!

    Len N., Piedmont, CA - May 2017
  • As usual, this trip was terrific, a "typical" Experience Plus experience. While some of the climbs were challenging for our old legs, they were doable. Thanks again!

    Ellen L., Boulder, CO - May 2018
  • Absolutely beautiful! The country is so diverse, the people are friendly, the food was fabulous and the roads were fun to ride. Shopping in Girona was also really good!

    Elaine L., Ayer, MA
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Good mix of scenery, great food, generally good hotels, and inclusion of history, art and culture along the way.

    Kevin W., Santa Barbara, CA - May 2017
  • This was a great tour. We really had fun. I''d put this in the top 3 tours we''ve been on.

    Clark M., Fort Collins, CO - May 2017
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? A beautiful bike tour which takes in some beautiful towns and the beautiful Costa Brava and gives you the time to explore the areas through which you bike. Well taken care of with great bikes and no concerns about bike problems and fabulous food and hotels. It is apparent that the guides are well trained to make the group cohesive and well prepared to bike each day with all the necessary information. Just like in the pictures in National Geographic. It sure does make you really LOVE Spain!

    Bonnie P., Afton, MN - June 2017
  • This was a "bucket list" experience with superb leaders and support. A "must do" experience for everyone.

    Don W., Savannah, GA
  • This was my 9th ExperiencePlus! tour and one of the best (I started in the 80''s with Rick and Paola). Fantastic job, fantastic value.

    Mike D., Portland, OR
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Beautiful bike ride in northern Spain. Challenging ride routes but not too strenuous. Mix of water views and quaint inland towns. Wonderful food and lots of it. Wine was better than expected. Will remember this trip very fondly.

    Rachelle R., Snohomish, WA - May 2018
  • Awesome trip. Great cycling including several gentle climbs with great views. Food was fantastic and tour leaders went above and beyond all expectations. Cadaques was one of the most beautiful seashore resorts I have ever seen.

    Norm H., Hammonton, NJ - August 2017
  • 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
  • This was the 2nd Experience Plus trip in which I have participated. You do a great job organizing the trip, planning the bike routes, making sure the food and accommodations are excellent, and providing us with mature and capable guides. I have loved both experiences!

    Alan G., Rockford, IL
  • Great trip. Take it! Looking forward to more!!

    Russ A., Seattle, WA
  • Wonderful! Lovely cycling in varied and beautiful scenery with outstanding food and great weather! Looking forward to our next tour with ExperiencePlus!

    Heather B., Kirkcaldy, Scotland
  • Thank you for all the effort you (as the company) make to care for your staff and clients. It is a wonderful experience that is clearly appreciated by many as they return time and time again to do the different tours.

    Sarah H., Auckland, NZ
  • It was one of the best tours I''ve been on. The riding, the food, the people. I loved riding over the hill and seeing the white town of Cadaques below...it took my breath away. Enjoyed it so much booked next year''s tour as soon as I got back.

    Terry G., Annapolis, MD
  • Beautiful scenery, especially along the coast and on the descents to the coast; interesting medieval villages. moderately challenging rides, great support, great hotels and food. Loved Cadaques and Cap de Creus. I had a great time, seeing and experiencing Spain like I would not have on a normal trip.

    Paul L., Sebastopol
  • A must, one of the best ever. Great cycling, great scenery and of course great food.

    Peter K., Williston, VT
  • 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
  • Great tour, outstanding guides, great scenery, outstanding food = wonderful cycling vacation!

    Russell B., Arcadia, CA
  • Bottom line: this was truly one of the best bike trips we have ever done.

    Jim B., Incline Village, CA
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Great roads and rides, great food, incredible guides, amazing sites.

    Robert P., Bellevue, WA
  • It was a great experience traveling the back roads of Spain. The scenery was magnificent and the ride was challenging enough for me. The ride offered options so that riders of different abilities could do their own thing.

    John H., Colorado Springs, CO - June 2018
  • The incredible scenery of the Costa Brava. Overall, a memorable trip with ExperiencePlus!

    Paul B., Arcadia, CA
  • The trip exceeded our expectations.

    Fred S., Boulder, CO
  • What was your favorite experience on this trip? Its hard to pick just one, it seemed that every day there was a new favorite!

    Rob T., Calgary, Alberta - August 2017
  • Amazing! A must do! Truly a magical trip and we were sorry when it ended. The hotels were the best we have experienced in our ten trips. We have had dream teams before but this team was certainly right there with the best. A big thank you to the entire Experience Plus team not only those on the road but the office team as well. Every question answered promptly with all the information we needed to make the journey easy.

    Sharon M., Vancouver, Canada
  • It was a fantastic trip. The guides were great, the route was beautiful and as expected.

    Mary B., Newport Beach, CA
  • Great tour. Beautiful scenery and quaint towns. The food was great, as good or better than anywhere I have been and that includes France and Italy!

    Gary B, Huntington
  • The perfect mix between beautiful scenery and architecture, varied terrain, and wonderful Catalan cuisine!

    Joan B., Calgary, Alberta - August 2017
  • Great location & geography. Exciting cultural experience.

    Christopher D., West Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • It is a great trip in a beautiful and interesting part of Spain. This was our 15 ExperiencePlus! trip. Enough said.

    Dave M., Livermore, CA
  • A fantastic opportunity to experience Catalonia and its scenery, food, wine and history. If I had to pick one of many great experiences on this trip, it would be the descent from Sant Grau to the coast followed by the coast road to Sant Feliu. So beautiful - this is why we cycle!

    Dennis D., Calgary, Alberta - August 2017
  • Another great trip! Wonderful and above my expectations.

    Cliff L., Chapel Hill, NC
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? That they have to experience for themselves. Excellent and memorable. Wonderful. Leesa and I are looking forward to our next tour.

    Ward S., Kanata Ontario
  • A great way to see this unique area of Spain. Looking forward to another great trip next year!

    Jeffrey C., Pace, FL - June 2017
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Exploring the culture of Catalonia from hills to mountain climbs to the ocean was a challenge. The beauty a nice surprise. The food and dining experiences off the chart. The last trip Catalonia was the best. Well...I always say that!

    Stu W., Boulder, CO
  • A remarkable experience. This was the perfect tour in terms of mileage, terrain, and sights to see. No question we saw the best of Spain.

    Chris L., Orinda, CA - August 2017
  • Really fun, well-organized great leaders beautiful country.

    Carla D., Reno, NV - May 2017
  • Beautiful Northeast Spain with Mediterranean sea experience, cultural visits and beautiful scenery. Easy to follow arrows for directions and wonderful support and great wine and meals.

    Valerie H., Pace, FL - June 2017
  • I only wish you had an "extremely satisfied" category! I had a fantastic time - it was a GREAT trip!!! Wonderful bike routes, spectacular scenery, amazing cuisine, interesting cultural visits.

    Carol D., Williston, VT
  • I think what you offer is so compelling that I cannot imagine going on anyone else''s bike tours. I also come home from a tour with greater interest in increasing my cycling skills so that I can do more. I love that you inspire me!

    JJ L., Fort Collins, CO - May 2017
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