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Catalonia Tour Self-Guided or Guided 


Ride The Scenic and Cultural Route From The Pyreenes To The Costa Brava

Route of great scenic and cultural interest that goes from the Pyreenes to the Costa Brava, passing through Girona. You will enjoy a great variety of landscapes, from Vallter (2,000 m elevation) to the Mediterranean Sea cycling through areas of forest in the upper reaches of the river, crops in the plain area and rice fields and marshes near the sea. You will visit towns of great cultural interest, such as Ripoll or Sant Joan de les Abadesses with their magnificent Romanesque monasteries, the city of Girona with its old centre, the important Jewish quarter and the historic

Flight prices available from NeenanCycling. Call 01 6079900 for details.

Cycling profile

Day 1. Welcome

We will transfer you from the airport to the hotel in Set Cases, where you will stay for the first night. We will hold an orientation session, where your bike will be specially fitted for you and you’ll be presented with all the documentation and things you need for your trip.

After the session, it is time to take a walk around the beautiful village.

Day 2. Down the Pyrenees

Distance: 47km or 35km

We will transfer you and your bikes to Vallter. On this first day, the route starts at Vallter 2000 ski station, near the source of the river Ter. You will start to descend folowing the GIV 5264 local road. From Sant Joan de les Abbesses you will follow the route along the Greenway “Via Verde del Ferro” in Ripoll, of great cultural interest for the outstanding Romanesque monastery of Santa Maria de Ripoll. Accommodation in Ripoll.

Day 3. To the Volcanoes

Distance: 39km


You will take the same path from Ripoll to Sant Joan de les Abadesses, with  its magnificent Romanesque monastery and interesting old centre. Then you will have to climb up the Hill of Capsacosta (1,020 m.), it is the highest hill that you will have to climb. Then, we are going to descend along the paved road to Olot through forest and old volcanoes. Before dinner, you will have time to visit Olot.

Day 4. “El Carrilet” (The narrow-gauge railway)

Route from Olot to Girona along the Greenway (old railway), visiting the beautiful valley of La Vall d’en Bas, known as the “Catalan Switzerland”, with its stunning scenery and typical villages such as Sant Privat d’en Bas and Hostalets d’en Bas. After the “Coll d’en Bas” (620 m) you will follow the Burgent river valley to La Cellera, where you reconnect with the river Ter, which  continues to Girona. Accommodation in the heart of Girona.

Day 5. Costa Brava and Mediterranean Sea!

Distance: 40km

The route goes from Girona to the coast, following the ancient railway called “El carrilet”. It means 40 km through an old railway line now used for pedestrians and bikers only. You will reach Sant Feliu, with its wonderful seaport and a great cultural and historical interest. Accommodation at the sea front, at the interesting beach of Sant Pol.

Day 6. The Coastline

Sant Feliu de Guíxols-Calella de Palafrugell

Distance: 32km

Today, the itinerary goes through the coast to Calella following the Palamós bay. You can can visit the most important villages in the area, Platja d´Aro and Palamós, with its interesting fishing port and its exquisite fishes. Inland is a region of vineyards. Accommodation in the old fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell, which still retains its original charm.


Day 7. Relax in the Sun

Free day in Calella and transfer to the airport or the departure point or…why not to stay two or three days more to enjoy some of the beautiful sites of Costa Brava or continue riding through Dali’s trail?

*there is the possibility to do one day more cycling (circular) to visit medieval villages like Pals and Peretallada   


Accommodation

Hotels available vary from 2 star to 4 star, to book your hotel please call 01 6079900


Bike Information

If you don’t wish to travel with your bike, you can rent a bike from us. Our bikes are all fully equipped with pannier rack, pannier bag, lock, inner tube, pump, toolkit and computer.

Rental bike: 98€

Rental ebike: 205€




Details of the Programme

Self-guided: From March to November (except July and August – ask for availability)

Guided group: From March to November (except July and August)

Minimum group size: 2

Total riding time: 3 or 5 days riding


Price

SELF-GUIDED PRICES


B&B: 650€ per person double room *starting on Saturday

Supplement to start any other day: 70€ per person

High Season Supplement (15th June – 31st July and 1st – 15th September): 100€ per person

Supplement Half-Board: 210€ per person double room

Single supplement: 220€

The price includes:

  • Transfer from the airport to Setcases the first day

On Saturdays, there is only one group transfer at 16:00 from Barcelona airport.

  • Welcome meeting by a local guide speaking English or French
  • Accommodation and breakfast and nightly meals for HB option
  • Gps with everyday tracks
  • Maps for each day
  • All the tourist information about the route
  • A telephone number in case of any problems 24hr
  • The transport of belongings between overnight stays

The price does not include:

  • Flights
  • Extra drinks
  • Last day transfer from Calella de Palafrugell to Girona or Barcelona airport
    • Barcelona airport: 210€ (maximum 4 pax)
    • Girona airport: 90€ pax (maximum 4 pax)

GUIDED PRICES


Guided tour (minimum 6 pax)

1.025€ per person in double room

Supplement single room: 220€

Dates 2017:

25th June to 1st July
Travel Information

You can arrive at Barcelona airport, or the city by bus or train. Or Girona airport

 


Highlights

  • The Pyrenees
  • Ripoll monastery
  • The volcanoes area
  • Visit to Girona with its more than 2.000 years of history
  • Costa Brava
  • The fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell
 

Activity Levels


Activity Levels range from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative affect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery.

If you are in any doubt, please give us a call on +353-1-607 9900 or email us.


Activity level 1 - Leisurely Activity level 1: Leisurely

If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. No routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Maximum daily height gain is approximately 250 metres and daily distances rarely exceed 50kms (32 miles), any longer days are often optional.


Activity level 3 - Moderate Activity level 3: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Moderate trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Moderate off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.


Activity level 5 - Challenging Activity level 5: Challenging

For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.


Activity level 7 - Tough Activity level 7: Tough

Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as these routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!


Split grades

In order to provide more accuracy, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example 2: Leisurely/Moderate.


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