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7 Days Road Bike Tour in Catalonia, Spain in 6 Stages

Hotel Olimpic Calella, 08370, Calella, Maresme, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Wonderful Bike Tour in Spain

Touring Catalonia invites you to join a week of a bike tour in the Province of Girona, Spain. It is one of their most popular road bike tour experiences! No accidentally, riders love this region: its weather, its landscapes, its food, its people, and more. With Touring Catalonia's cycling proposal, you will have the chance to enjoy it like a pro. Are you ready for it? Don’t miss this amazing road bike tour!

Key information

  • Trip Type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Point to point
  • Terrain: Flat, hilly, but not very steep
  • 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: 257 miles / 412 kilometers
  • Bike type: Road bike
  • E-bike: Available for rent 175 Euro

Highlights

  • 6-day bike tours
  • Detailed map route
  • Starts in Barcelona and ends in Girona
  • A chance for a steep climb to the Monestry of San Pere de Rodes
  • 2-hour guided visit to Girona
  • 6 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Luggage transport

Styles


6 days with instruction
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated at various accommodations. In Calella, you will stay at Hotel Olimpic Calella. Touring Catalonia chooses their hotels with precision to always offer you a comfortable stay. The hotels will make you feel at home.

Program

Day 1 (Barcelona to Catella de la Costa, 83 kilometers / 52 miles)

It is a stage to get closer to Costa Brava. You will be riding on flat, quite crowded road. Although riding on Sunday, there will also be plenty of cyclists riding by the sea. Touring Catalonia has introduced a different possibility. Instead of leading straight to Calella de la Costa, get a small nice hilly road in Mataró toward Arenys de Munt and Sant Pol de Mar. After that, go back to the main road N-II leading to Calella de la Costa.

Day 2 (Calella de la Costa to Caldes de Malavella, 80 kilometers / 50 miles)

One of the nicest roads you can cycle in whole Catalonia is the one from Tossa de Mar to Sant Feliu de Guixols. It is time to enjoy the landscape, views, weather, and cycling. Once in Sant Feliu de Guixols, you must follow the direction to Santa Cristina d’Aro and afterward to Romanyà. Finally, a crossroad leading to Llagostera will put you in the right direction to Caldes de Malavella.

Day 3 (Caldes de Malavella to L’Escala, 77 kilometers / 48 miles)

Few miles after the start begins the climb of the day, a beautiful, solitaire, and not very steep climb named Santa Pellaia. After the descent toward La Bisbal, you will cycle through not very crowded roads and then a stop in Peratallada is worth it. As an old and touristic town, cars are not allowed to pass and lots of restaurants and shops welcome the tourists. After Peratallada, you will continue through Torroella de Montgrí till L’Escala.

Day 4 (L’Escala to Figueres, 53 kilometers / 33 miles)

It is a shorter stage for those who are not that strong, but this stage can be much longer and tougher if needed. A possibility would be going from Roses to Alt de Perafita and stop in Cadaqués, where the genius Salvador Dalí lived. A steep climb to the Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes is also possible. There are nice aerial views from there to Port de la Seva and Costa Brava. This area maybe windy, with the name Tramontana wind, very strong if it blows. Going to Figueres is a must, with the museum dedicated to Salvador Dalí.

Day 5 (Figueres to Olot, 64 kilometers / 40 miles)

Going out from Figueres through N-260 is a quick way out. Through a wide road leading to Besalú, you will leave in the direction of Esponellà and Banyoles. It is worth the visit to Banyoles, the village beside the famous lake, where a lot of triathlon competitions take place, it is a good place to stop and enjoy the place. Afterward, there are several climbs, not very steep, to get some height finally reaching Olot at 440 meters high.

Day 6 (Olot to Girona, 55 kilometers / 34 miles)

This is also a quite short stage, mostly in descent. It is a quite wide road, at C-63 until getting the crossroad in Sant Feliu de Pallerols to a more narrow road leading to Girona. If you like steep climbs, there is a very good option from Olot and Sant Esteve de’n Bas. It is the climb to Coll de Bracons, a challenging climb with nice overviews of the valley at the top. It is really worth it. Afterward, it is possible to go back and follow the normal suggested stage.

Day 7 (Sweet goodbye!)

You will depart after breakfast.

Bike

All the rented bikes will be delivered in the welcome meeting with helmet and repair kit (spare tube, tools, mini pump, and pannier). Touring Catalonia will fit the bikes for you and you will check it.

Location

This bike tour starts from the amazing city of Barcelona and then take you to Calella de la Costa, Caldes de Malavella, L'Escala, Figueres, Olot, until Girona city, cycling around the Catalan regions of Emporda, Garrotxa, Pla de l’Estany among Barcelona and the French border. Over 60 million tourists visit Spain every year, making it the third most-toured country in the world. Spain is an ideal destination for cyclists as it offers many contrasts in its landscapes.

Province of Girona

Catalonia is especially rich in diversity and the Girona province offers all you need: great food and wine, good weather, medieval villages, green forests and high mountains at the Pyrenees, and quiet little beaches all along the Costa Brava. Girona province is a privileged territory that combines mountains and sea like no other. It’s located in Catalonia, between Barcelona and the south of France, just an hour away from both. This is also an ideal holiday destination for those who would wish to visit a few places at once.

It is also very well known for its gastronomy and medieval architecture. It’s not all about staying active! You will also have the time to enjoy delicious meals and local wine in idyllic sceneries. Girona is the place to be if you want to eat well at a reasonable price! The Girona region is well-known by the riders because a lot of professionals are or were living there: Lance Armstrong, Ryder Hesjedal, David Millar, George Hincapie, Christian Vande Velde and more than 80 others. Also, teams such as the Cannondale-Garmin or Orica-GreenEdge are located in the region.

Food

You will be served six breakfasts and one dinner in Joanetes. It is always possible to upgrade to half board. If you are a vegetarian, celiac or have any food intolerance, let Touring Catalonia know it. Water is drinkable everywhere from the tap, fountains, etc. Usually, in the tours, it is easy to find. Enjoy the local gastronomy from traditional dishes to the trendiest food. Plunge into a new world of flavors! Local wines, tapas, Catalan cuisine and delicious paella will take your breath away. Girona is also famous for its restaurants.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

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

Things to do (optional)

You can choose to visit Dalí Theatre and Museum in Figueres, a museum dedicated to Salvador Dalí.

What's included

  • 6-day self-guided bike tour
  • Roadbike
  • Detailed map route
  • 2-hour Girona guided visit
  • Assistance from 9 to 17
  • Luggage transport
  • Welcome meeting
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 1 dinner in Joanetes
  • VAT (21%)

What's not included

  • Guide
  • GPS tracks
  • Transfer to the start point or from the endpoint
  • Dinners except in Joanetes
  • Touristic tax (0.50 EUR / day)

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN).

Arrival by train

You can take the train from Barcelona or France with Renfe.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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