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7 Day Outlaw Pack Cycling Tour in Catalonia, Spain

Besalú, Garrotxa, Girona, Catalonia, Spain

Picturesque Self-Guided Cycling Tour Spain

eBike Catalonia offers a self-sufficient and self-guided e-bike pack-trip during which you will discover volcanoes, table mountains, and canyons. You will enjoy cycling through this stunning area, which is filled with legends of outlaws and bandits that used these highlands to escape justice. They were the ones that carved out many of the paths that we still use today!

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Point to Point
  • Terrain: Gravel and asphalt tracks
  • Starts in: Besalú
  • Ends in: Sant Pere de Torelló
  • Difficulty level: Moderate (Cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime,31-45 miles per day)
  • Total distance: 205 kilometers / 127 miles
  • Total elevation: 7000 to 7800 meters
  • E-bike: Available to rent / 250 EUR per week

Highlights

  • Picturesque mountain views
  • Visit the land of volcanoes "La Garrotxa"
  • Cycle through the woodland of Guilleries
  • Luggage transfer included
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer available:
Barcelona–El Prat Airport (US$510 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Girona–Costa Brava Airport (US$237 per person)
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Accommodation

During this tour, you will be accommodated in rooms with shower and toilet facilities (approximately one or two nights of which will be with shared shower and toilet facilities).

When booking a shared room, if there is no one to share the room with (due to cancellation or the absence of a room-sharer) the participant will be charged a single supplement.

Program

This type of pack-trip is ideal for those that wish to go at their own pace, ride completely independently and at their own rhythm. You will have an e-bike adapted trailer to carry all that you need to take with you, and you will keep this with you at all times.

This is an active cycling tour with some technically challenging stretches. This panoramic trail is varied, exciting and fulfilling and you will have the opportunity to swim in clear river pools and lakes, cross canyons and ride up towards table mountains! You will stop at picturesque villages, with many secrets to discover along this stunning route.

This route is classified as a moderate level tour, with some challenging stretches and you will need to have a good biking ability. To enjoy the beauty of the countryside around you, the number of biking hours per day is not excessive and the paths are not extremely difficult.

Despite this, the trail is recommended for sporty people with good cycling skills. If you have a taste of adventure, love sport and a desire to get to know the culture and landscape of Catalonia then we can certainly recommend this trail to you!

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Besalú

Besalú is a medieval old town, situated alongside the river, with an iconic bridge! It was once a very important place and was the capital of an earldom. eBike Catalonia will welcome you here and give you all of the necessary information about the e-bikes and your trailer as well as the route that you will follow over the next five days!

Day 2: Fall in love with nature

Leaving Besalú, you will head uphill to Torn Mountain and you will follow a pleasant trail alongside a stream, which is a rather laid-back start to the tour. You will continue on a fun and windy downhill ride from here! You will be amazed at how much stability the little trailer, which is attached to the rear of your bike will give you!

Down in the valley, there is the possibility to swim in a fresh river pool and relax those muscles! Shortly afterwards, following a flat track you will arrive at the medieval village of Santa Pau. By the end of today you will definitely be fully immersed into your mountain surroundings!

  • Distance: 24 kilometers approximately
  • Ascent: 800 meters approximately

Day 3: Volcanic essence

You will enter into the land of volcanoes this morning and will see lava fields and pass a mystical forest between outstanding black volcanic stones. The tracks lead you to a cliff edge, with views to the high Pyrenees mountains and the Mediterranean Sea ahead of you! It is a truly great spot to stop for a picnic!

The beautiful e-MTB tracks that you will follow downhill from here pass through meadows and woodlands and you will reach the valley of the River Brugent. Tonight’s lodgings are a refurbished 12th century rectory which has been renovated with excellent taste. Here you can put your feet up and relax in style!

  • Distance: 32 kilometers approximately
  • Ascent: 1000 meters approximately

Day 4: The power of water and rock

Your journey today begins heading down an old train track and continues with an easy uphill ride, surrounded by oak trees and views of the Pyrenees. Suddenly in front of you, almost from nowhere, appears large and spectacular rock formations. You will be at the bottom of the Table Mountain el Far. What a place to rest for a tasty picnic!

After a good rest and a little siesta, you will enjoy the downhill run to Susqueda Lake. Tonight’s lodging is a unique place with spectacular panoramic views over all of the nearby table mountains.

  • Distance: 37 kilometers approximately
  • Ascent: 2000 meters approximately

Day 5: At the heart of Guilleries

Day 5 is a rather long e-cycling day through the woodland of Guilleries. Leaving the woodland, you will descend to a lake for a well-deserved swim. Going uphill after your break, you will discover magical and secluded spots along this next stretch and will arrive at the quaint town of Rupit for lunch.

Guilleries became the famous land of the Robin Hood of Catalunya in the 17th century. The famous bandit Serrallonga became a legend after many epic stories about him emerged over the years. On a breath-taking path across the Table Mountain, you will arrive at the village of Tavertet, which is located majestically on the edge of the mountain.

  • Distance: 44 kilometers approximately
  • Ascent: 3000 meters approximately

Day 6: Sculpted woodland forests and river landscapes

Woodland and meadow e-cycling via memorable tracks lead you to an authentic and beautiful village. Here you will leave your bikes and walk down to a gorgeous hidden spot! Accompanied by the sound of powerful water flowing nearby, you can swim in the river pool here. Refreshed, you will return to the village for lunch and to collect your e-bike.

During the afternoon, you will discover the picturesque church of Sant Julià de Cabrera that is protected by the Table Mountain of the Aiats. From here, you will enter into a dense beech forest where the sunlight reflects off the leaves, creating a delight for the senses.

Plunging downhill from here to your lodging for the night, you will really enjoy your e-bike on this stretch of the ride! The house that awaits you is a distinguished and remarkable property that you are guaranteed to love!

  • Distance: 25 kilometers approximately
  • Ascent: 600 meters approximately

Day 7: See you soon!

An old and typically Catalan country house, Masia El Güell marks the end of this adventure… and maybe the beginning of new ones. Transfers to train stations from here are available or you may continue with a tour towards the Costa Brava.

Skill levels

Intermediate:

  • Can cycle for 3-4 hours
  • Average riding experience
  • Little assistance required
  • Comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • Average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • Steep ascents and descents

Advanced:

  • Can cycle for 5-6 hours
  • Extensive riding experience
  • Assistance on demand (if required)
  • Experienced with riding a variety of bicycles
  • Comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Location

This route is classified as a moderate level tour, with some challenging stretches and you will need to have a good biking ability. To enjoy the beauty of the countryside around you, the number of biking hours per day is not excessive and the paths are not extremely difficult.

Despite this, the trail is recommended for sporty people with good cycling skills. If you have a taste of adventure, love sport, and a desire to get to know the culture and landscape of Catalonia then this trail is recommended to you!

Food

During this tour, your daily breakfast is included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Outlaw Pack cycling program
  • GPS with detailed route
  • Luggage transfer
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Taxes on stays in tourist establishments
  • Daily breakfast

What's not included

  • Flight or public transport (on arrival and on departure) including taxis
  • Transfer to / from the start / end-point of the tour
  • e-bike rental and accessories
  • 5 lunches and 6 dinners (a packed-lunch style picnic for you to take with you in your bike bag for 10 EUR or a restaurant for 25 EUR depending on your choice)
  • Drinks / food in bars
  • Entrance fees to museums, monuments, and any associated guided tours
  • Tips for the team and other services

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) or Girona-Costa Brava Airport (GRO). eBike Catalonia would be happy to organize your personalized arrival / departure to the respective start /end points. If needed, they can book a taxi transfer or reserve train tickets in advance for you.

Airport: Barcelona–El Prat Airport Airport transfer available: Barcelona–El Prat Airport (US$510 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Girona–Costa Brava Airport Airport transfer available: Girona–Costa Brava Airport (US$237 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.
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