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Visit coastal Catalonia and lovely Barcelona on our Costa Brava bicycle tour. The rolling terrain of the Baix Emporda, near the blue Mediterranean Sea, creates a unique itinerary. Ride your bicycle through Figueres, Girona, Pals, Palafrugell, Llafranc, Girona and Palamos. A Costa Brava bicycle tour doesn’t disappoint as it takes you from Catalonia to the Spanish Pyrenees with a picturesque village around every corner.
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Your day starts when you are picked up at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona. This contemporary, 5-Star Catalan style hotel is located on the famous Passeig De Gracia, and offers some of the most tempting packages available. Lunch is served in the heart of Figueres at a delicious restaurant that has the best quality meats, scallops, and many other dishes. It’s the perfect place to start your bicycle vacation.
Following lunch, visit the historical Dali Theatre & Museum. The beautiful and classic artwork of Salvador Dali is on display for all to see, and this almost magical place is located in the town where he grew up.
Next, you get an opportunity to take in the astonishing views of the countryside on a leisurely bike ride going thru a beautiful pine forest. The day ends at hotel Casa Anamaria. Enjoy the tranquil pools, patios, and decks as you take in the elegant mansion style and lovely geographical settings around you.
Dinner is at the Casa Anamaria, where traditional Catalan cuisine using local and regional products is served.
Today’s Ride: 22 miles with 1,600 feet of climbing
The day begins with a south ride toward the coast. The panoramic views of Emporda are amazing. Take in the beautiful landscape as you capture pictures and video to show your friends and family upon your return home.
After lunch on your own, you get to bike through the town of La Bisbald’Emporda. This city is named after the word “Bisbe” or “Bishop”, and is full of beautiful pottery and astounding ancient architecture. Continue on to Peratallada, this is a very medieval place with a setting that contains buildings made of carved stone. This is not a city that you’ll want to forget, so be sure to pack your camera!
You then reach the hotel Mas de Torrent, a heaven for relaxation with its private pools and gardens. This is a place that is known for its moonlit evenings, and the views you get during dinner are some that you and your significant other will never forget.
In the evening, transfer to the wonderful town of Pals, a fortified medieval town with cobblestone streets, arches windows and stone balconies. Dinner is on your own in town.
Today’s Ride: 36 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing
Short Option: 20 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing
Long Option: 41 miles with 2,100 feet of climbing
Leaving the hotel, your bike ride today takes you to a special place that is a part of the Catalan Coastal Range. It’s called Gavarres, and the mountains themselves stretch way out to Girona.
Lunch is on your own in the beautiful coastal town of Calella de Palafrugell, where you get a rich view of Port Bo and Canadell Beach.
After lunch, get back on your bike and head toward the town of Begur before reaching your hotel for some time off.
In the evening, you enjoy dinner at the Restaurant Mas de Torrent, one of the most enjoyed eateries in the entire region. Not only is the wine list an extensive one, but also a professional Sommelier is available for information on any of them that you may not be familiar with.
Today’s Ride: 40 miles with 2,100 feet of climbing
Short Option: 28 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing
Long Option: 47 miles with 3,000 feet of climbing
Get an early start and shuttle to the Pyrenees region and the town of Castellar de n’Hug, situated on the southern slopes of the Pyrenean range of the Creueta.
From the center of Castellar de n’Hug, get ready to tackle a nice climb to Coll de la Creueta, located at 1,880 meters it forms a natural border between France and Spain. As you cycle on the hillside, take in majestic views of Puigmal to the east and the Pedraforca peaks to the west. Don’t forget to keep you camera at hand as this place is a great photo op.
As you leave behind you the Serra de Montgrony mountain chain, you reach the ski resort of La Molina for lunch on your own at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, get ready for a 2,000 foot descent toward the Cerdanya Valley on a smooth winding road. before arriving at you hotel for the next two night, Torre Del Remei.
In the evening, you and your friends have dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Today’s Ride: 22 miles with 2,200 feet of climbing
Short Option: 12 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing
Long Option: 32 miles with 3,500 feet of climbing
Following breakfast, you and your fellow companions leave the Cerdanya plateau heading to the north east into the French Pyrenees, famous for being often included in the Tour de France.
Following a challenging climbs and amazing downhills, you stop in the heart of Llivia, a Spanish enclave in the French Pyrenees. In the Treaty of the Pyrenees, signed in 1659 after the 11-year Franco-Spanish war, Spain ceded 33 villages in the north of Cerdanya, known in French as La Cerdagne, to France. French historians claim that France was cheated out of Llívia by a Spanish ruse, with Madrid claiming, after the treaty was signed, that it was not a village but a town.
In the afternoon, jump back on your bike and head towards the Torre Del Remei, crossing back into Spain.
The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy.
Tonight, you celebrate the week with a farewell dinner in the hotel’s dining room.
Today’s Ride: 30 miles with 2,500 feet of climbing
Short Option: 16 miles with 1,800 feet of climbing
Long Option: 40 miles with 3,600 feet of climbing
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel Torre Del Remei one last time before meeting up with your trip leaders. From here, a drive to the Madarin Oriental Barcelona marks the end of the tour and of this unforgettable trip through the Costa Brava & the Pyrenees.
Thank so much for all you did for us. This bike tour was great and as you know we love Spain. Have a great remainder of the summer.
I would suggest that you have a Professional guide at the Dali Museum. You can charge extra for it if needed. You need a proper 2 hours min to tour that museum. When measuring bikes, you should get the exact frame size. We loved the trip and will look to use DIGnGO again. Thank you for all your efforts.
Merci beaucoup. Thank you for asking your trip leaders to drop us at the airport and thank you for being so concerned about my stupid back.
Great experience, thinking about what we do next year.
We enjoyed cycling with Doug and Laurent. Compare to other trips we’ve done with you in the past, we had to ride with a little more traffic, especially the last day. However, we loved day 4. Overall another outstanding experience.