- 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
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.
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 night 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 rental bikes, (if renting), and will talk you through the week ahead. For those arriving a little later, welcome meetings will be held the following morning.
Depending on flight times, you may have time to explore the city, known for its Neoclassical and Art Nouveau architecture.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 323 Metres Approx.
On your first day on the bike you’ll follow the Greenways cycle route. There are two distances to choose from today depending on how far you’d like to ride, each taking you along a former railway line. You’ll be cycling through the most fertile valley of Sant Esteve d’en Bas, known as “little Switzerland” thanks to its lush landscape.
As you‘re approaching Les Planes D’Hostoles, there’s also the option for a short detour (3 kms approx.) that takes you to the waterfall of Moli D’en Murri, for a refreshing end to your bike ride!
Tonight you can enjoy the peaceful country location of the little town of Les Planes D‘Hostoles, with its beautiful Modernist buildings, built during the industrial boom at the turn of the last century.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 305 Metres Approx.
Today you will be following the greenways from Les Planes D’Hostoles, through the Ter Valley, to the pasturelands of Salt and Girona.
You’ll finish today’s cycling in the ancient, walled city of Girona. Perched on a hillside, it’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon admiring beguiling architecture and wandering around labyrinthine-like streets. It’s time to relax and take it easy!
- 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.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 269 Metres Approx.
It is time to say adios to Girona this morning, as you rejoin the Greenways and cycle towards the coast; you will cycle through the Selva depression to Caldes de Malavella, where the famous natural water “Vichy Catalan” comes from and where you will spend your night. Caldes de Malavella can trace its human origins back to Paleolithic times, but it was the Romans who founded a town here when they discovered natural thermal springs in the area and built baths, the remains of which you can still find in the town centre.
This delightful town, situated in the foothills of the mountainous Montseny massif, is an immense ecological space designated as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. It’s the ideal destination for rest and relaxation in one of the thermal spas.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 273 Metres Approx.
Today you’ll follow the Greenway from Caldes de Malavella to Llagostera and the last section of the “Vias verdes” towards the coast.
You’ll finish your ride in the Mediterranean town of Sant Feliu de Guíxols; a charming historical town with a beautiful beach and stunning landscape. You will spend the night in a hotel above the beach with awesome views. This relaxing setting gives you the perfect opportunity to really take in this gorgeous part of the world.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 490 Metres Approx.
The last ride of the trip will take 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 adventure.
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.
Leisure Cycling Grade
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.
Dates & Prices
Daily departures available. The season prices below are per person and are applicable for all start dates between and inclusive of the stated dates.
2023 01 Mar – 31 Oct
Season 1 – £1145 01 Mar – 25 Mar and 16 Sep – 31 Oct
Season 2 – £1375 11 Apr – 14 Apr and 03 May – 30 Jun
Season 3 – £1495 26 Mar – 10 Apr, 15 Apr – 02 May and 01 Jul – 15 Sep
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) Skedaddle App to access holiday information and navigation (with supplementary 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
A) Bike rental (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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Grahame, Cheshire, UKPerfect from start to finish...
We enjoyed every aspect of the Greenways of Catalonia cycling holiday. The route was easy to follow and always featured something of interest. Starting in the volcanic region of Olot, heading to the historic city of Girona (where scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed) and then on to the coastal town of Sant Feliu the route is varied and essentially downhill, making for easy cycling. Distances are easily manageable even for non-regular cyclists making this a lovely holiday combination of leisure and exercise, particularly with the inclusion of a free day to explore Girona. Catalonia offers wonderful food and has its own strong culture to enjoy. 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. In summary, everything went perfectly from start to finish.