6 Days Pyrenees Bike Tour in France and Spain

Excellent Spain Bike Tour

Skim Incoming offers you a few days of active holidays and switching off from everyday life. Amidst an environment of great natural and cultural value, with great gastronomic options, where your only concern will be to cycle and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Pyrenees. An excellent opportunity to get to know this region, its people, customs and this environment of great natural and cultural value, which also offers great gastronomic options.

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Difficulty level: Challenging (Cyclist needs to have high level of fitness, must be an active rider, the terrain includes really challenging climbs / or 46-80 or more miles per day)
  • Total distance: 276.51 miles / 445 kilometers

Highlights

  • Pyrenees bike tour
  • Reach the well-known mountain pass of El Pailhères
  • Bike guide with the group and assistance vehicle in route
  • Cycle along the winding roads through lush forests
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • Bike friendly hotel
  • Airport transfer

Styles


5 cycling days in English
Spoken languages: English

Airport transfer included: Barcelona International Airport

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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Bar
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free Wi-Fi

The Hotel Fontanals Golf is located in Soriguerola, in the Cerdanya. A unique place in the province of Girona. A short distance from the town of Alp, its location, in the Campo Fontanals Golf, invites you to relax, play golf and do all kinds of activities in nature. In winter, it is an ideal place to ski in the nearby ski resorts of La Masella-La Molina, and Les Neiges Catalanes, across the border.

As soon as you enter the hotel you will find a welcoming welcome: an open space with the same reception, bar, and lounge environment, where modern and rustic materials come together creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The Fontanals Golf HotelIt is a quiet and family hotel. It has 60 double rooms, family duplexes and suites, all exterior and fully equipped. It also has free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, including rooms.

In the outside, you can enjoy the terrace and the pool, breathe the fresh air of the Cerdanya and relax. Two minutes away you will find the impressive facilities of the Center Cenit Cerdanya Sports and Health.

Program

Day 1: Welcome to Catalonia

The trip starts in Barcelona, the meeting point will be at Estación de Francia at 10:00, where the staff will welcome you. You will then depart towards the destination, the Pyrenees. The trip will take about two hours.

Arrival at the hotel, check-in, briefing of the routes and preparation of the bikes, after that you will have lunch and you will have the afternoon free to stroll or enjoy a bike ride around the area.

Day 2: Port de Llo

  • Distance: 92 kilometers

  • Altitude: 1,705 meters

  • Difficulty: Medium

You will leave the hotel and head towards Llivia, a beautiful village in France but with Catalan administration. This is a curious situation given the famous Treaty of the Pyrenees with France. You will then continue on to Llo, famous for its thermal baths. This stretch is relatively easy.

From Llo, you will head towards Eyne ski resort. From here, you will cycle up to coll de la Llosa and coll de la Creu along the winding roads which run through lush forests. Continuing until you reach Matemala lake and Les Angles, cycling down along Coll de Egat, a magnificent balcony from where you can contemplate the beauty and extension of La Cerdanya valley.

Day 3: Coll de Creueta

  • Distance: 129 kilometers

  • Altitude: 2,616 meters

  • Difficulty: High

You will leave the hotel and head up towards the Collada de Tossas to then descend for about 35 kilometers. Reaching Ribas de Fresser. To then head to Campdevanol, cycling a few kilometers along the national road towards Gombren to then take a winding road set amidst lush forests.

You will then reach Pobla de L´Illet and will attack the famous Coll de La Creueta, a category 1 mountain pass which you have seen many times in the Spanish Vuelta.

You will cycle through the Pla de Anyella, surrounded by beautiful fields, stopping for lunch and then you will cycle straight back to the hotel, end of the day.

Day 4: Lles

  • Distance: 78 kilometers

  • Altitude: 1,854 meters

  • Difficulty: Medium

On this day, you will leave the hotel to cycle through the western part of the valley, heading towards Alp, continuing through Prats until you arrive at Bellver de Cerdanya, along very quiet roads and with hardly any traffic you will arrive at Martinet.

You’ll start climbing up to Coll de Lles, arriving at the small and charming mountain village of Ardovol, then you will cycle down to Prullans, where you will stop for lunch and then you’ll continue the route along the main road until you reach Puigcerda, the hotel and that’s it until tomorrow.

Day 5: Coll du Pailhères

  • Distance: 146 kilometers

  • Altitude: 3,225 meters

  • Difficulty: High

Today, you will attack the well-known mountain pass of El Pailhères, which is one of the stages of the Tour de France. This is the toughest route, with a high degree of difficulty, but you can do it. Today, you will leave a little earlier, as you have 146 kilometers ahead with a positive altitude difference of 3,225 meters.

The route will take you towards Porte - Puymorens to complete the first pass of the day, from where you will head towards Axs Les Thermes. In just a few kilometers, you’ll come to Coll du Palhières, and then you’ll head towards Mijanes, Querigut. Continuing until you reach Les Angles ski resort, a stop for provisions and then the rest of the route is either flat or downhill until the hotel.

Day 6

Breakfast, check-out, and transfer to Barcelona, end of the adventure and services.

Location

This tour will take place in France and Spain. In Cerdanya, one of the largest valleys in Europe, they have good temperatures and a dry climate, which allow you to cycle in excellent conditions.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Assistance vehicle in route
  • Bike guide with the group
  • Incoming service on arrival
  • Welcome pack includes skim bike top range maillot
  • Solid and liquid provisions in route
  • Accident and illness insurance
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Transfer from and to Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) - La Cerdanya

What's not included

  • Bike rental
  • Flights
  • Tourist tax payment, to be paid directly to the hotel
  • Drinks at dinner, direct payment to the hotel

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 92 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 90 days before arrival.
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Arrival: Sunday September 16, 2018
Departure: Friday September 21, 2018

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