Walking and Cycling tours in France Road Cycling in Catalonia on the green and blue roads

Road Cycling in Catalonia on the green and blue roads

This is one of those rare bike tours that combines beaches with mountains, making it easy to understand why many professionals made this region their home base. Over the span of eight days you’ll skirt the clear, lapping waters of the Mediterranean Sea along Spain’s famed Costa Brava; you’ll pedal through the jagged reaches of the Pyrenees Mountains while crisscrossing the border between Spain and France and visiting tiny Medieval villages; you’ll sample wines from world -class vineyards; you’ll wheel through thick forests dotted with castles and even pass dormant volcanoes; and you’ll see firsthand the dramatic settings.

Day 1

Arrival in Girona. Girona enjoys easy accessibility. Located in Spain’s northeast corner, this town over the last decade has become a bicycling Mecca. Lance Armstrong thought so much of this city and its riding potential, he made it his training base during the height of his riding career. And the Garmin-Slipstream Pro Cycling Team calls it home. In Girona there is also a rich History. Narrow cobblestone streets wind past ancient buildings dating back to the 12th century. Your hotel is conveniently located downtown, near the main attractions including the Arab Baths, the Rambla de la Llibertat and the Cathedral. Overnight *** hotel, dinner in a nearby downtown restaurant.

Day 2

Girona – Tamariu (72 km or 45 miles; 1,125 m or 3,690 ft. of climbing) Your tour begins with a popular climb that often plays part in the Vuelta (a three-week bike race that’s considered one of the three “Grand Tours” of Europe) and in the Tour of Catalonia. From atop you’ll pass the Sanctuary dels Angels, the church where Salvador Dali secretly married Gala in 1958. Descend into La Bisbal, before climbing the Coll de Calogne and reaching Catalonia coastal road along the famous Costa Brava. Night in Tamariu, a small beach village tucked inside a secluded bay. *** hotel, HB.

Day 3

Tamariu – Banyuls-sur-Mer (92 km or 57 miles; 985 m or 3,230 ft. of climbing) If “sexy” could be used to describe a ride, this one is it. Riding north along Catalonia’s curvy coast, passing tiny coves bejeweled with immaculate white, comma-shaped beaches and glittering Mediterranean water, creating the visual sense of seeing Mother Nature in a corset. Wheel through Emporda’s wine region, and its 41 vineyards. Some estates, open for tasting. After crossing through the Alberes Mountains into France, another wine tasting opportunity in Banyuls-sur-Mer, your home for the night. The vineyards here produce a sweet wine that is considered one of the most complex natural soft wines in France. Overnight hotel *** HB.

Day 4

Banyuls-sur-Mer – Amélie-les-Bains (95 km or 59 miles ; 1,830 m or 6,000 ft of climbing) Hugging the coast, the way leads north towards Collioure, a shockingly beautiful coastal village with an artistic past. It’s scenic awe has inspired such creative giants as Matisse, Picasso, Derain, Dufy, Chagall and Marquet. From here, you’ll veer inland into the fortified village of Céret. Located at the foot of the Pyrenees Mountains, its Museum of Modern Art attracts visitors from around the world for its vast Picasso collection, which includes his famous bull fighting series. Night in Amélie-les-Bains, a town noted for its numerous thermal spas. Overnight hotel *** HB.

Day 5

Amélie-les-Bains – Olot (85 km or 53 miles; 2190 m or 7185 ft. of climbing) Today you’ll wheel back to Spain, but not before pedaling through Prats-de-Mollo. This fortified village of only 1,100 resi- dents, features a maze of narrow, cobbled streets that snake past rows of Medieval structures, making it feel like the calend ar is locked in the year 1561. From here, you’ll climb Coll d’Ares. This mountain pass reaches 1,513 meters (4,963 feet) and serves as the border between France and Spain. Gravity will then speed you down into Camprodon and then into the Garrotxa Province. Eventually you’ll reach Olot, located in the heart of the Garrotxa Volcanic Natural Park. This off-the-beaten-path village, which the New York Times championed for its notable restaurants and surrounding “austere beauty,” blends old with new, highlighted by the Carmelite Cloisters, which date back to the Renaissance. Overnight hotel *** HB.

Day 6

Olot – Vic-Sau (short option: 66 km or 41 miles; 1,450 m or 4755 ft. of climbing) Today you have two choices. You can pedal a short route that will take you up the Faou and then down into Vic -Sau along a scenic road. Or, if you’re feeling as ambitious as a can of Red Bull, you can follow a longer route that wheels along the railway- turned-into-bikeway known as “The Carrilet.” This will then wander into “La Selva,” a wonderfully lush area filled with fairy-tale landscapes of thick beech and cork forests and towering castles. And then from here, you’ll ride into Vic-Sau, a city with a rich and varied collection of ancient architecture that dates back to the Roman Empire. Overnight hotel **** HB.

Day 7

Vic-Sau – Caldes-de-Montbui (125 km or 78 miles; 2,230 m or 7,315 ft.) Today’s ride will present a culmination of everything you experienced the previous other days: extraordinary cycling, natural beauty, pretty Medieval villages, quiet roads. Your route will glide through the Parc Natural de Sant Llorenc del Munt i l'Obac, a stunning setting of thick oak forests, rocky bluffs and cliffs, and steep ridges and valleys. After passing through the tiny Medieval village of Mura, you’ll then ride into Caldes-de Montbui, a popular spa town that still features remnants of Roman bath houses. As an exclamation point to this extraordinary tour, you’ll receive a complementary spa treatment. Overnight hotel *** HB.

Day 8

End of your trip after breakfast. If needed, we can arrange for you a transfer to Barcelona or Girona .

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Self guided BIKING-CYCLING
Level
Duration :
8 Days
From :
940 €

Included : see details in Dates and Prices section

3 or 4 star hotels

Half board (dinners)

The luggage transfers from hotel to hotel

A road book and a map

A spa treatment in Caldes

The assistance of an English speaking person for all questions on your trip.

 

Access : Barcelona or Girona. International Airport or Euro train.

Starts in : Girona, Spain

Ends in : Barcelona, Spain

 

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Customize your stay : add or remove one night or more.

Phone : +33 558 48 71 65

cecile@icietlanature.com

 

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Highlights 

.A high level bike tour combining seaside and mountain.

.Discover Catalonia on both sides of the border

.Sunlight, the Pyrenees & medieval villages.