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Girona and the Catalan Coast

Self-Guided Leisure Cycling Holiday

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

8 days

Prices from

£1,345 P.P.

E-BIKE HIRE AVAILABLE

This holiday is well-suited to both regular bikes and pedal assist e-bikes, and you can choose to hire either when you book your tour with us. Confident cyclists will enjoy the boost from a battery for those cheeky climbs, and with less effort required on the bike, you’ll have more energy at the end of the day for off-the-bike activities.

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Get set for an awesome journey cycling in historic Empordà, one of the oldest wine-making regions in Europe. Thanks to the warm Mediterranean climate and the unique soil composition, surrounded by mountains, growing grapes here is ideal. Ancient farmers used the flat lands for olive trees and the slopes for vineyards and this has characterised the countryside to this day.
From the ancient city of Girona, our route takes us to the coast to enjoy some of the most beautiful spots on the Costa Brava as we weave our way north to Figueras, which was home to Salvador Dalí and where he created a theatrical museum dedicated to surrealist artworks and containing a large number from his personal collection.
In 2005 the influential wine expert Robert Parker thrust Empordà wines into the global spotlight and thanks to the hard work of many local wineries, the area now holds the certification of "Origin Designation of Empordà". As well as a wine tasting experience at one of the local wineries, there will be plenty of opportunity to sample the local wines alongside delicious local food enroute.
The tour, tailored for regular cyclists, seamlessly blends serene journeys on quiet secondary roads with scenic stretches along well-maintained unpaved paths. With days averaging 40 km in length and minimal elevation challenges, this cycling promises an accessible and delightful experience with plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful coastal and argriculatural landscapes alongside the delicious cuisine of the region.
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Holiday Highlights

  • Pedal through the stunning landscapes of Empordà, Catalonia’s hidden gem
  • Ride through vineyards and discover the wine of this D.O. region
  • Immerse yourself in local culture with museums that explore everything from fishing and cork making to anchovies, an ancient flour factory, a marmalade paradise, and an olive oil mill
  • Marvel at the Dalí Museum, a surrealistic masterpiece
  • Grab a coffee, kick back by the sea, and soak in the sun for some well-deserved relaxation
  • Visit a local winery and sample their produce

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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival Girona
Non Riding Day

Girona, the magical historical city and the starting point of your adventure, is a treasure trove of captivating attractions and activities. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of its history as you explore the iconic Cathedral, boasting the widest single nave in Gothic architecture worldwide. Wander through the narrow streets of the ancient Jewish quarter, renowned as one of the best-preserved quarters of its kind across the globe.

For a delightful change of pace, take a leisurely stroll along the lively Rambla, soaking in the vibrant atmosphere and perhaps indulging in some local treats. Additionally, a visit to the medieval walls is highly recommended, offering a fantastic panoramic view of the city that will undoubtedly leave you in awe. Girona invites you to embrace its enchanting blend of history, culture, and picturesque landscapes as you embark on this unforgettable journey through Catalonia.

Day 2
Girona to St Feliu du Guixols
28 Miles / 45 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 280 Metres Approx.

You’ll begin your day with a briefing for your tour, and if you’ve opted to rent bikes, we’ll ensure a perfect fit. Your welcome meeting will be held at the Cycle Tours Catalonia Office (Santa Eugènia, 11. Shop 5).

Embarking on your journey from Girona, the initial leg unfolds along a scenic cycle path leading southward, guiding you out of the city. As you pedal along, anticipate a picturesque route that unfolds to reveal the stunning Mediterranean Sea. This delightful stretch is traced by the inviting greenway known as “El Carrilet,” which meanders through charming towns like Quart, Cassà de la Selva, Llagostera, and Santa Cristina d’Aro.

Throughout this enchanting ride, the Gavarres Massif graces the backdrop, showcasing a mountainous forest area adorned predominantly with oaks, playing a pivotal role in cork production. Your cycling journey culminates in the welcoming town of San Feliu de Guíxols, where your accommodation awaits near the serene sands of Sant Pol Beach. This charming coastal haven is an ideal spot to unwind after a day of cycling, offering a perfect blend of relaxation and seaside allure.

Day 3
Feliu du Guixols to Calella de Palafrugell
19 Miles / 30 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 346 Metres Approx.

Today, you’ll cycle northward along the captivating coast, seamlessly blending the charm of the coastal road with the allure of seafront boulevards. Your route will lead you to the vibrant port town of Palamós, a bustling hub of maritime activity. After a delightful ride, you’ll reach the unspoiled cove of Platja de Castell, with its Iberian settlement on the left side gracing the landscape. This idyllic spot offers a perfect pause for a leisurely picnic and a chance to relax beside the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

Continuing your cycling adventure, the route brings you to the enchanting old fishing village of Calella de Palafurgell, a true gem nestled along the Costa Brava. Renowned for its picturesque charm, this coastal haven promises a delightful exploration of its winding streets and coastal beauty.

As you approach the final part of today’s journey, the scenic greenway known as the “Ruta del Tren Petit” (The Little Train Route) guides you along, adding a touch of tranquility to your experience. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty and cultural richness that defines this region, making every pedal stroke a memorable part of your Costa Brava adventure.

Day 4
Calella de Palafrugell to Torroella de Montgri
18 Miles / 29 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 242 Metres Approx.

Today’s journey begins by heading north, cruising through the inland of Palafrugell. Check out the local scene at the fish, meat, and veggie market – a great spot to get the lowdown on the flavours of the region. And if you‘re into quirky museums, swing by the Cork Museum for some interesting tidbits.

Once you’ve had your fill, you’ll roll out of Palafrugell and we suggest making a pitstop in Pals, a charming, medieval wonder. Get ready for a ride through natural wetlands, where you’ll catch sight of expansive rice fields and some seriously sandy beaches.

As the pedal power continues, your grand finale unfolds in Torroella de Montgrí, nestled right at the foot of the Montgrí massif. And let’s not forget the showstopper – an impressive castle that’s sure to leave you in awe. This is where today’s journey takes a bow, wrapping up in style with a mix of nature, history, and a dash of medieval magic.

Day 5
Torroella de Montgri to Castello d'Empuries
22 Miles / 36 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 170 Metres Approx.

The adventure keeps rolling north, cruising past the imposing Montgrí massif into the captivating county of Alt Empordà. You’ll then find yourself along the extensive Bay of Roses, boasting its stretches of long, sandy beaches that invite relaxation.

As you approach the charming medieval settlement of Sant Martí d’Empúries, take a moment to appreciate the beauty. Right across the way, framed by a superb beach, lies the archaeological marvel of Empúries. This historical site reveals the ancient Greek and Roman ruins, acting as the gateway of classic cultures to the Iberian Peninsula. It’s a journey back in time amid the echoes of antiquity.

Continuing your northward course, you’ll traverse the protected marshlands of Aiguamolls de l’Empordà, immersing yourself in the natural wonders of this pristine environment. Your destination awaits in the village of Castelló d’Empúries, adorned with a rich architectural heritage. From a gothic church and the Count’s palace to the old market building and Jewish quarter, every corner of this village whispers stories of its historical grandeur. The journey concludes with a feast for the senses, blending nature, archaeology, and architectural marvels in the heart of Alt Empordà.

Day 6
Castello d'Empuries Loop
23 Miles / 37 Kms Approx
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 180 Metres Approx.

On today’s loop ride you can enjoy the stunning backdrop of the Pyrenees, offering breathtaking views as you weave through vineyards that have stood the test of time for over a century. As you pedal through this picturesque landscape, you’ll have the chance to explore some of the most intriguing wineries, each contributing to the unique tapestry of the local viticulture scene.

Notably, the towns of Vilajuiga and Pau stand out as key hubs for wine enthusiasts seeking an authentic experience and stand as testaments to Catalonia’s dedication to preserving its winemaking heritage. Your journey through these towns promises not just a taste of exceptional wines but an immersion into the cultural and historical tapestry that defines this enchanting region.

A highlight of the day awaits at the Espelt Cellar, where you can indulge in a delightful wine and local product tasting. Immerse yourself in the flavours of the region, savouring the fruits of the vineyards that have thrived for a century.

Day 7
Castello d'Empuries to Figueres
27 Miles / 43 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 435 Metres Approx.

The grand finale of your journey kicks off in Peralada, then you’ll ride through the upper echelons of the vineyards, exploring Garriguella, Vilamaniscle, and Rabos – the spots with the ancient groves that have seen it all.

Brace yourself for a sweet downhill ride that leads straight to your final stop – the lively city of Figueres. Once you‘re there, treat yourself to a visit to the world-famous Theatre-Museum Dalí. It’s not just any museum; it’s a Dali masterpiece that people from all over the world come to check out. Wrap up your epic ride with a touch of surrealism, and congratulations – you’ve just conquered a journey that’s as legendary as it gets!

Day 8
Depart Figueres
Non Riding Day
  • Meals: Breakfast

Time to say goodbye to the coast and to this beautiful region, as today we will be transferring you back Girona airport (GRO) for your onward journey.

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The Cycling

Terrain

Your route will be a mixture of traffic free cycleways (Vias Verdes) and quiet roads, shared with vehicle traffic. 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. Although the route is relatively easy going, opting for an e-bike would make it even more relaxed and leisurely, if you fancied that extra boost. The route is not suitable for road bikes.

For more information about riding an electric bike on our holidays please click here

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Leisure Cycling Grade

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2
3
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5
Grade 2-3: Gentle/Moderate

Aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 holidays

Suitable for those looking for some cycle friendly routes

Features some modest climbs

Possibly sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc).

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?

Holidays that are graded as a 2-3, will have aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 holidays. These tours are still suitable for those perhaps who have recently got into cycling, and offer an array of accessible, cycle friendly routes, cycle paths and quiet roads, however there will be some days / sections where you may have to tackle some ups and downs, the occasional steeper climb and perhaps some varying terrain (forest tracks, gravel paths etc). Suitable for those with a decent level of physical fitness, looking for some leisurely rides with occasional (achievable!) challenges along the way.

For more information about the grading of this holiday in particular, please check out the terrain section which will give you some specifics of what to expect on this tour.

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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.

2024 01 Mar – 31 Oct

Season 1 – £1345 01 Mar – 26 Mar and 01 Oct – 31 Oct

Season 2 – £1475 27 Mar – 20 Jun and 01 Sep – 30 Sept

Season 3 – £1675 21 Jun – 31 Aug 2024

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Duration
8 days
Price
£1,345.00

Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms)

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

C) Local representative (with welcome meeting)

D) Access to an app for holiday information and navigation

E) Luggage transfers

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

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

H) Wine-tasting experience

What's not Included Cross

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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The Essentials

Travel Options

This tour starts in Girona and finishes in Figueres.

Airport transfers are included in the cost of your holiday. We ask that you fly into and back from Girona airport (GRO). We ask that you aim to arrive between 09.00 and 17.00 and depart between 11.00 and 20.00.

If flying from the UK, Ryanair offer direct flights from London Stansted (STN) and Manchester (MAN), and Jet2 offer various regional departures. Please chat to our team.

If you’d prefer to travel by 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

Accommodation (shared twin or double rooms) will usually be en suite in 2/3 star hotels or guesthouses. Family run, personable, charming, comfortable and homely are boxes we tick when looking for places to stay. A million miles away from chain style hotels and all with unique touches.

Bike Hire

Rental bikes are typically touring BMC hybrids (or equivalent) with semi-slick tyres. We also have Megamo Lane electric bikes available.

Our bikes come equipped with a phone mount, two bottle cages and water bottle, a seat post bag containing: puncture repair kit, multitool, inner tube and pump, one lock (between 2 bikes).

If you do decide to rent and would like us to provide a helmet, please let us know at the time of booking, otherwise you should bring your own helmet with you.

Please also let us know if you plan on bringing your own clip-in pedals, or if you will use the flat pedals which our rental bikes come fitted with.

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