Barcelona Costa Brava GironaDuration: 6 Days / 5 Nights Location: Girona Type: Self Guided Road Bike Level: 3 Average / Day: 67 Km - 50 Miles When?: March to October Minimum: 2
Ride from Barcelona to Girona through the Empordà. Start your rides along the coast line of the famous Costa Brava sea side to enjoy the best villages of Costa Brava. Discover the Iberian town of Ullastret, the medieval village of Peratallada, and arrive to Gerona passing through the charming village of Cadaqués and the famous city of Figueres.
The Costa Brava, often translated as “wild coast,” is paradise not only for the wild-spirited and wild at heart, but also for those who are simply looking for something a little out of the ordinary. It has something to suit everyone: Along with peaceful villages and a quiet time sunbathing, fun parties.
Discover the Mediveal village of Peratallada. “Peratallada” means “Carved Stone”, and many of the narrow streets and building foundations in this town are just that, literally carved right into the natural rock. There are also ancient cartwheel ruts cut into the road. The town is beautifully kept, and strolling around its cobbled streets you can admire a whole range of well-preserved buildings whose origins date back to pre-Roman times.
Torroella de Montgri is a 13th-14th century urban structure, a good example of classical Roman camp type layout. The old part of the town is surrounded by promenades that trace the path of the former defence walls, of which some remain: the 15th-16th century Torre de les Bruixes (Witches’ Tower), evoking legendary witches who once prevented a Catalan king from entering the town, and the 14th century Santa Caterina gate, the only remaining of the six original entrances to Torroella.
Figueres, the home of the world-famous Spanish artist Salvador Dali and today the location of the Dali Museum. The city is located in the north-eastern Catalonia. With a population of 45.000 inhabitants, is the largest city near the border with France.
Our last stage leads you to Girona has all the charm of a large city but without the crowds; The old town is one of the most evocative historical centres in Catalonia, with certain elements that are unique in Europe: the Carolingian wall, an exceptionally well conserved Jewish quarter, and the grandeur of the Cathedral’s Gothic nave, the widest in the world. Girona also has six museums which possess a patrimonial collection of great interest.
Day 1. Barcelona to Tossa de Mar
87 km – 345 m
68 miles – 1.136 feet
The ride starts along the coast. The first segment of the route will take you through the Barcelona coast road along beach towns like Vilassar de Mar, Sant Pol, Pineda, Lloret de Mar and arriving to the picturesque town of Tossa de Mar. The route is a flat road with a few light and short rolling hills. Tossa de Mar is located on the coast of Girona, halfway between Barcelona and the French border. It is an ancient fishing village with great historical background that has grown over half a century to become an iconic tourist destination in the Costa Brava.
Day 2. Tossa de Mar to Torroella de Montgrí
68 km – 739 m
42 miles – 2.420 feet
You will leave the Mediterranean behind to discover one of the most beautiful Villages in Catalonia. This is the medieval village of Peratallada. This lovely village carved on stone is a “must stop and visit” along your route. No less impressive is Ullastret, the largest Iberian town in Catalonia, located in the quiet and gentle landscape of the Empordà. The city was born in the 6th century BC and was defended by a magnificent wall which still exists. It will take you back to a distant past, about 2,500 years, before the arrival of the Romans.
Day 3. Torroella de Montgrí to Cadaqués
70 km – 383 m
43 miles – 1.255
This is mostly a flat stage passing through St. Pere Pescador and Castelló d’Empuries. Do not miss the natural reserve of “Aiguamolls” formed by a group of ponds, enclosures and prairies that are flooded by the confluence of the Muga and Fluvià rivers. It is a privileged habitat for the local fauna, especially for aquatic birds. The day’s climb and descent will lead you to the fishing village of Cadaqués.
Day 4. Cadaqués to Figueres
45 km – 463 m
28 miles – 1.520 feet
The day starts with a climb and descent to Port de la Selva, with the constant view of the Mediterranean. You will pass trough the village of Llançà and the must stop town of Peralada. In the 9th century, Peralada became one of the main capitals of Empordà throughout the Medieval Age. There are still many buildings and monuments left from the period which make the delights of the visitors who discover the secrets of this millennial village. The end of the stage will be in Figueres.
Day 5. Figueres to Girona
68 km – 627 m
42 miles – 2.508 feet
This is a rolling hills stage. In your way to Girona you will pass by Banyoles, a natural lake located in a tectonic depression that is the largest natural lake of Catalonia. Girona has all the charm of a large city but without the crowds. The old town exceptionally well conserved with its “Carolingian wall” and the Cathedral’s Gothic nave, the widest in the world.
INCLUDED in the price
- 5 nights accommodations including breakfast
- 1GPS per couple with the daily preloaded route
- Maps and cue sheets to help you follow the tour
- Daily telephone assistance
- Water bottle & TBT Souvenir
- All Taxes
NOT INCLUDED in the price
- Lunches during the tour
- Dinners during the tour
- Transport from and to Barcelona
- Luggage transfer from Hotel to Hotel & Private transfer from Girona to Barcelona
- Bike Rental
|Double Occupancy in Mar-Apr-Oct||540 €/person|
|Double Occupancy in May-Jun||566 €/person|
|Double Occupancy in Jul-Ago- Sep||607 €/person|
|Single Supplement||184 €/person|
OPTIONAL extras per person
|6 days Road Bike Rental - Canyon Aluminum frame + Shimano 105||138 €/person|
|6 days Road Bike Rental - Canyon Carbon frame + Shimano 105||156 €/person|
|6 days Road Bike Rental - Canyon Carbon frame + Shimano Ultegra||180 €/person|
OPTIONAL extras per group
|Luggage transfer from Hotel to Hotel - includes Private transfer from Girona to Barcelona||543 €/group|
|Private transfer from Girona to Barcelona ( including bikes)||176 €/group|