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Greenways of Catalonia

Self-Guided Leisure Cycling Holiday

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Duration

7 days

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£890 P.P.
Spain

Greenways of Catalonia

Self-Guided Leisure Cycling Holiday

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

7 days

Prices from

£890 P.P.
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This self-guided cycling holiday takes you from the volcanoes of the Spanish Garrotxa Natural Park to the beautiful Costa Brava and the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean. This relaxed cycle takes you to the stunning coast through purpose built tracks, once a railway line. La Garrotxa Volcanic Area Nature Reserve is bursting with culture and lush vegetation, making it the perfect pedallin' destination!
You'll spend your first two days exploring the beautiful town of Olot and its surroundings. Riding on cycle paths and country lanes, you'll discover the beech forests and craters of this stunning natural park. You'll then head towards the coast on El Carrilet, a traffic free cycle way, before arriving in the lovely city of Girona where you have a free day to explore its magnificent cathedral, museums and atmospheric cobbled streets.

Your cycling journey continues through the Selva depression and the verdant Ridaura valley to end with two nights on the dramatic Costa Brava, where you can sample succulent seafood in the fishing resort of Sant Feliu de Guíxols. It's a heady concoction of the rich culture of the Catalan Mediterranean, its delicious cuisine, and rustic, medieval villages! 

The last two evenings will be spent in a beachside hotel; the perfect place for reflecting on your holiday while sipping a sunset sangria!

If this trip sounds like the ideal journey for you, just contact us with your preferred dates and we can check availability for you.
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Holiday Highlights

  • Cycling around the Garrotxa volcanic zone
  • Following former railway tracks between Olot and the coast
  • Spending a free day in Girona with its magnificent cathedral
  • Enjoying tasty local fayre in Girona’s Lleo Market
  • Discovering Olot’s rich cultural heritage
  • Finishing your tour at the cool seaside town of San Feliu de Guíxols

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We have holidayed with Skedaddle for a number of years but found this break to be especially enjoyable with its mix of cycling, sightseeing, and relaxation. Everything went perfectly from start to finish.

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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival into Girona airport or train station - Transfer to Olot

Today you’ll arrive into Girona airport or train station from where we’ll transfer you to your accommodation in Olot (journey time approx. 30 minutes). Olot, where you’ll spend your first 2 nights of the trip, is the capital of the Garrotxa County, and is surrounded by four astonishing volcanoes. After settling into your hotel, your local representative will help you set up your hire bikes, should you be hiring, and talk you through your maps and trip notes to make sure everything is clear for the week ahead. For those arriving a little later, welcome meetings will be held the following morning.

Depending on flight times, you will have time to explore the city, known for its Neoclassical and Art Nouveau architecture.

Day 2
The Bas Valley Loop Ride
21 Miles / 33 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

Today you’ll follow the Greenways, before joining quiet country lanes and cycling to the gorgeous medieval village of Els Hostalets d’en Bas. Take some time to explore its colourful balconies and charming bars and restaurants.

Your return to Olot will take your through the picturesque Bas Valley. The Bas Valley is the largest and most fertile valley in the La Garrotxa region and is home to some gorgeous villages. The valley’s flat landscape makes your return to Olot a gentle cycle. Thanks to the shorter ride today, you’ll have plenty of time in the afternoon to explore Olot, perhaps visiting one of its museums or volcanoes. Still got a bit of pedal power? Take an afternoon ride exploring the volcanoes on the La Fageda loop ride (9.5 Miles / 15 Kms Approx.), which takes you through the Fageda d’en Jordà forest on tranquil country roads.

Your last evening in Olot can be spent on the hotel’s terrace, basking in the balmy evening, or exploring the town’s squares and excellent restaurants.

Day 3
Olot to Girona
37 Miles / 59 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

Today you’ll follow the Narrow-Gauge Railway Route, from the Garrotxa volcanoes, through the Ter Valley, to the pasturelands of Salt and Girona. You’ll finish your day’s cycling in historical Girona, where you’ll spend two nights.

This 55 Km route crosses three regions and twelve towns, following the valleys of the Fluvià, Brugent and Ter rivers. The Narrow-Gauge Railway Route descends smoothly from Olot (440 m) to Girona (70 m). Its highest point is the Coll de Bas, which is a pass situated 558 metres above sea level. The trail, which is suitable for hikers and cyclists alike, is in very good condition, fitted with bridges, railings and excellent signposting.

The ancient, walled city of Girona, perched on a hillside, is the perfect place to spend an afternoon admiring beguiling architecture and wandering around labyrinthine-like streets. It’s the perfect place to relax after your day’s cycling.

Day 4
Rest Day in Girona
  • Meals: Breakfast

Today is yours to spend as you please! Grab the opportunity to visit the winding lanes of the historic Jewish quarter, the Arab baths, the churches of Sant Feliu and Sant Pere de Galligants or the imposing cathedral. As you stroll along the impressive ancient walls, you’ll enjoy vistas of the city and the River Onya, which separates the old part of the city from the new. Stop in a cafe on the Paca de Independencia, the communal heart of Girona, sipping something cool and soaking up the convivial atmosphere in this characterful city.

In the evening, check out Girona’s delicious local cuisine, making sure to try some of their classic dishes, like the ‘xuixo’, a pastry filled with cream custard! Head to the Lleo Market for fresh, local produce.

Day 5
Girona to San Feliu de Guíxols
27 Miles / 44 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

This morning you’ll say adios to Girona, as you re-join the Greenways and cycle towards the coast. You’ll pedal first through the Selva depression and the Riadura valley, taking in beautiful scenery. Your destination is the Mediterranean town of Sant Feliu de Guíxols, located to the south of the Baix Emporda district. This is a charming beach town, with medieval origins, which grew around the Monastery of Sant Feliu de Guíxols and maintained its rich, historical heritage.

The coast of the Costa Brava is beautiful and rugged, with limestone rocks giving way to pine-clad hillsides and beautiful, sandy coves. You’ll spend your last two nights in a hotel above the beach with awe-inspiring views of the coast, town and hillside. The area is renowned for succulent seafood dishes, so be sure to sample some!

Day 6
Palamos and Palafruel Loop Ride
32 Miles / 52 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

The last ride of the trip takes you north to explore the dramatic coastline, passing through beautiful villages, until you rejoin the Greenways and head towards Castell d’Aro. You’ll then cycle to Palamos, a traditional fishing village, where you can see ‘trenyines‘, the typical fishing boats, on its pretty beach promenade.

From Palamos you‘ll take the “Little Train” Greenway which runs for 6 km between Palamos and Palafrugell, along the former railway track, that linked Palamos with Girona via La Bisbal d’Empordà.

The ‘Calella de Palafrugell‘ deserves its reputation as one of the prettiest coastal villages in Spain! It’s a great place to enjoy a relaxing lunch. Enjoy the delightful waterside bars, cafes and restaurants, or explore the Modernist Tower of Can Mario or the unfinished bell-tower of San Marti. After exploring the village, you’ll head back to San Feliu de Guíxols, to celebrate the end of your cycling!


Day 7
Departure from San Feliu de Guixols - Transfer to Girona airport or train station
  • Meals: Breakfast

Today it’s time to say goodbye to the coast and to this beautiful region, as after breakfast we‘ll be transferring you back to the airport for flights home.

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The Cycling

Terrain

70% of your route will be traffic free, taking you along on purpose built Greenways from Olot, out to the coast. Following the Vias Verdes (a mixture of hard packed gravel tracks and asphalt), the route will take you through relatively flat terrain, with some hills and undulations as you head out towards the coast. 30% of the route will be along quiet roads, shared with vehicle traffic. The route is not suitable for road bikes.

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Leisure Cycling Grade

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Grade 2: Gentle

Distances generally between 15-30 miles / 24-48 kms per day

For those looking for an easy-going route

Mainly on the flat

Some undulations and the odd cheeky challenge

Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

Maybe you have recently got into cycling and would like to do more over consecutive days, or maybe you‘re looking for a more energetic alternative to your usual holiday? If you‘re looking for an opportunity to try some quiet roads, cycle paths or some accessible, cycle friendly routes these holidays might be for you. You’ll come across some gently undulating terrain and the odd cheeky challenge, so we’d generally expect those on a Grade 2 holiday to ride their bikes relatively frequently at home, perhaps commuting to work or heading out for some leisurely rides at the weekend.

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Dates & Prices

Daily departures available between March and October.

Season 1 For trips starting between (and inclusive of) the 01/03 and the 04/04, and the 01/10 and the 31/10: £890 per person.

Season 2 For trips starting between (and inclusive of) the 20/04 and the 30/06, and the 16/09 and the 30/09: £1030 per person

Season 3 For trips starting between (and inclusive of) the 05/04 and the 19/04 and the 01/07 and the 15/09: £1135 per person.

Contact us on +44 (0) 191 265 1110 or email info@skedaddle.com to check availability for your specific date.

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Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms) in 3* and 4* hotels

B) Meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

C) English-speaking local representative (with welcome meeting)

D) GPS navigation, with supplementary route notes, maps and greenway guide

E) Luggage transfers

F) Airport transfer on scheduled arrival day from Girona airport (GRO) or Girona train station

G) Airport transfer on scheduled departure day to Girona airport (GRO) or Girona train station

What's not Included Cross

A) Bike hire (available if required)

B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)

C) Meals not stated in the itinerary

D) Single room (available if required)

E) Travel insurance

F) Personal clothing and equipment

G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)

H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route

I) Airport transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival / departure days

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The Essentials

Travel Options

Airport transfers are included in the cost of your holiday.

For this tour we ask that you fly into and back from Girona airport (GRO). Please arrive between 09.00 and 17.00 and depart between 11.00 and 20.00.

For those flying from the UK, you can usually fly direct to Girona (GRO) with Ryanair from London Luton (LTN), London Stansted (STN), Manchester (MAN), Liverpool (LPL), Bristol (BRS), Belfast (BFS), Newcastle (NCL), Leeds (LBA), Nottingham (EMA), Birmingham (BHX), Bournemouth (BOH), Edinburgh (EDI) and Glasgow Prestwick (PIK).

If you’d prefer to take a train, we can also transfer you from and back to Girona train station.

Please check with Skedaddle before making any travel arrangements. Please note – If you make travel arrangements that fall outside of the above time windows there may be an additional charge for your transfers.

Accommodation

On this trip you’ll be staying in good quality 3 and 4* hotels. The hotels we usually use are conveniently located for exploring the area: in Olot the hotel is located close to the Greenways, in Girona you’ll be located in the heart of the city, and in Sant Feliu de Guíxols you’ll be right by the beach.

Bike Hire

The hire bikes on this trip are typically Conor hybrids (or equivalent) with semi-slick tyres. We also have electric bikes available for hire, subject to availability.

Standard and electric hire bikes will be provided with a pannier rack, one pannier bag, GPS device, water bottle and water bottle holder, puncture repair kit and spare inner tubes. E-bikes will also be provided with an odometer. Please note, some e-bikes are tubeless and so in this case spare inner tubes won’t be provided. Helmets can be provided on request, although we recommend you bring your own – please let us know in advance if you’d like to hire.

You are welcome to bring along your own pedals and / or saddle if preferred, but please let us know in advance.

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