Pyrenees to the seaDuration: 7 Days / 6 Nights Location: Girona Type: Self Guided Touring Bike Level: 1 Average / Day: 45 Km - 28 Miles When?: April to October Minimum: 2 people
From the Pyrenees to the sea runs through landscapes of special interest in an area of great architectural and artistic richness: La Garrotxa region. The city of Girona. The coves along the Costa Brava. The enchanting medieval villages of the Empordà. The Greco-Roman ruins at Empúries and the Dalí Museum in Figueres at Empúries and the Dalí Museum in Figueres
The Monastery of Santa Maria de Ripoll. The tour will start with a “must see visit” to Ripoll town, located in the Pyrenees. The Ripoll Monastery was founded by Guifré el Pilós (Wilfred the Hairy) towards the end of the 9th century. The portal of the Monastery is one of Catalunya’s Romanesque masterpieces, the iconography in its impressive carvings is known as “The Stone Bible”.
The Garrotxa’s Volcanic Zone is the best example of volcanic terrain on the Iberian Peninsula. It has 40 volcanic cones and more than 20 lava flows. The mountain landscape, the sun and climate provide a variety of vegetation, often exuberant, with holm oaks, common oaks and beech trees of exceptional value to the landscape.
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.
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.
The Iberian town of Ullastret is one of the best-preserved Iberian settlements in Catalonia. It was one of the first fortified urban settlements to be found in Catalonia. It is located on a small hill from which it overlooks the gentle and peaceful landscape of the Emporda and Costa Brava to the South and the Pyrenees Mountains and Girona to the North. The original village was founded in the 6th century BC and was by the end of that century defended by a magnificent wall.
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.
Our last stage leads us to Figueres, today the home of the world-famous Spanish artist, Salvador Dali. 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
Day1. Ripoll to Olot
34 km – 433 m (21.01 miles- 1420 feet)
After breakfast in Barcelona you can be transfered by car or take the train to Ripoll from Barcelona. The tour will start with a “must see visit” to Ripoll town, where the Ter river is nestled amid high-mountain and the pre-Pyrenees landscapes. After your cultural visit you will make your way up to St. Joan de les Abadesses, using the Iron and Coal route. One of the Green ways network, a 10km Flat paved – no car traffic way.
From Sant Joan you will do your most challenging climb of the tour, taking the side road to Olot the GI-521 and do a 4km climb aprox. From there all the way down to Olot.
Day2. Loop around Olot
40 km – 391 m (25 miles- 1280 feet)
As you are in the Natural parc of La Garrotxa Volcaninc area , you
can not miss the opportunity to visit the wonders this place has to offer. You will do a loop trough the most beautifull places, deep forests by passing the Village of Santa Pau and by the volcano “Croscat” and “Santa Margarida”.
Day 3. Olot to Girona
52 km – 173 m (32 miles- 569 feet)
You will cycle the Green Way “El Carrilet”, an old disused railway line, recovered and reconditioned for use by cyclists, passing trough La Garrotxa. You will arrive in the afternoon to Girona, early enough to stroll through the City’s main historical attractions. Its Roman ruins, the charming small streets of its Jewish quarter, the Arab Baths and the agnificent cathedral, which dominates the whole city from high above the Onyar River.
Day 4. Girona to Platja d'Aro
42 km – 141 m (26 miles- 463 feet)
Taking advantage once again of one of the Green ways routes, finally to arrive to the famous “Costa Brava” by the Mediterranean sea.
The Costa Brava 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.
Day 5. Platja d'Aro to Torroella de Montgrí
47 km – 267 m (31.67 miles- 875 feet)
Riding through the lands of El Baix Empordà region, where agriculture lives alongside the considerable establishment of tourism in the coastal area. The flat Empordà region and the enchanting medieval villages.
Day 6. From Torroella de Montgrí to Figueres
50 km – 80 m (31.36 miles- 264 feet)
Your last stage leads you to Figueres, today the home of the world-famous Spanish artist, Salvador Dali. Riding along the shore line of Costa Brava, passing trough Castello d’Empúries you will arrive to your final destination: Figueres. The town is better known as the birthplace of surrealist artist Salvador Dali in 1904
INCLUDED in the price
- 6 night's accommodations including breakfast
- 1 GPS per group with the daily preloaded routes
- Maps and cue sheets to help you follow the tour
- All taxes
NOT INCLUDED in the price
- Lunches during the tour
- Dinners during the tour
- Transport from and to Barcelona or Girona
- Luggage transfer from Hotel to Hotel
- Bike Rental
|Double Ocupancy in Mar-Apr-Oct||648 €/person|
|Double Ocupancy in May-Jun-Sep||691 €/person|
|Double Ocupancy in Jul-Ago||715 €/person|
|Single Supplement||243 €/person|
OPTIONAL extras per person
|Half Board (Except in Girona)||€/person|
|Hybrid Bike Rental||105 €/person|
|Electric Bike Rental||168 €/person|
OPTIONAL extras per group
|Luggage transfer from Hotel to Hotel, from BCN to Olot and bike pickup in Figueres||586 €/group|
|Transport from Barcelona to Ripoll||€/group|
|Transport from Figueres to Barcelona||€/group|
|Transport from Girona to Ripoll||€/group|
|Transport from Figueres to Girona||€/group|