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Cycleways of Catalonia

Self-Guided Family Cycling Holiday

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Duration

7 days

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£890 P.P.
Child Discount Applies
Spain

Cycleways of Catalonia

Self-Guided Family Cycling Holiday

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

7 days

Prices from

£890 P.P.
Child Discount Applies
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This self-guided family cycling extravaganza takes you from the volcanoes of the Spanish Garrotxa Natural Park to the beautiful Costa Brava. Following part of the old Narrow-Gauge Railway Route, plenty of the route is on relaxing, traffic-free cycle paths with tons of interesting stops along the way. La Garrotxa Volcanic Area Nature Reserve is a great place to cycle, surrounded by lush greenery and breath-taking views. Combined with medieval cities and Spanish hospitality, this trip is the perfect adventure for your summer holiday!

 

Our place to place journey starts in Olot where we can explore the town and its surroundings. From here you'll be riding on cycle paths and country lanes, spending your days discovering the beech forests and craters of this stunning natural park. You'll then make your way towards the lovely Girona where you have a free day to explore its magnificent cathedral and pootle through its atmospheric cobbled streets.

 

You'll finish the week cycling towards the rugged Costa Brava, as you make your way to the coast from Girona. You'll pedal through the awe-inspiring Selva depression and the Ridaura valley. You'll finish the trip in the relaxed town of Sant Feliu de Guíxols, where you'll spend the evening in a beachside hotel, the perfect place to sip your sunset sangria while the younger ones play!

 

Just contact us with your preferred dates and we can check availability for you.

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Holiday Highlights

  • Cycling around the lush, green Garrotxa volcanic zone
  • Following former railway tracks between Olot and the coast
  • Spending a free day in Girona with its magnificent cathedral
  • Exploring the waterfalls at Moli D‘en Murri
  • Enjoying a taste of Olot’s rich cultural heritage
  • Finishing your tour at the seaside town of Sant Feliu de Guíxols

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Great stress-free cycling, beautiful scenery, friendly hosts, delicious food. It exceeded our expectations and we will definitely do it again!

Russell, Edinburgh

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival into Girona airport - Transfer to Olot

Today you’ll arrive into Girona airport, from where we’ll transfer you to Olot. You’ll spend your first night in Olot, which is the capital of the Garrotxa County and surrounded by four ancient 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 customers arriving a little later today, we will organise the welcome meeting for the following morning.

Depending on flight times, you will hopefully have time to take a walk around the city, known for its Neoclassical and Art Nouveau architecture.

Day 2
Olot to Les Planes D'Hostoles
16 + 2 (optional loop) Miles / 25 + 3 (optional loop) Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast

On your first day on the bike you’ll follow the Greenways cycle route which takes you along a former narrow gauged railway from Olot all the way to the Costa Brava. You’ll be cycling through the most fertile valley of Sant Esteve d’en Bas, known as “little Switzerland” thanks to its lush landscape. Before you arrive in Les Planes D’Hostoles, you can do a little loop ride (3 kms approx.) that takes you to the waterfall of Moli D’en Murri, for a refreshing end to the cycling. Tonight you can enjoy the peaceful country location of the little town with its beautiful Modernist buildings, built during the industrial boom at the turn of the last century.

Day 3
Les Planes D'Hostoles to Girona
22 Miles / 36 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast

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 is 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!

Day 4
Sightseeing in Girona
  • Meals: Breakfast

Today is yours to spend as you please… a free day in Girona to visit the Jewish quarter, Arab baths and the churches of Sant Feliu and Sant Pere de Galligants. If you are looking for a little challenge to enjoy while exploring the old quarter there are discovery maps available with the promise of a little treat at the end – ask us for more details! This afternoon enjoy vistas of the city from the impressive town wall and the river Onya which separates the old part of the city from the new.

Day 5
Girona to Caldes de Malavella
17 Miles / 27 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast

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.

Day 6
Caldes de Malavella to Sant Feliu de Guíxols
21 Miles / 33 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast

Today you’ll follow the Greenway from Caldes de Malavella to Llagostera and the last section of the “Vias verdes” towards the coast. You finish your ride in the mediterranean town of Sant Feliu de Guíxols, which is 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 celebrate the end of your week in style.

Day 7
Departure from Sant Feliu de Guíxols - Transfer to Girona airport
  • Meals: Breakfast

It is unfortunately time to say goodbye to the coast and to this beautiful region, as today we will be transferring you back to the airport for flights home.

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The Cycling

Terrain

95% 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. Only around 5% of your route will be on quiet roads shared with vehicle traffic! The route is not suitable for road bikes.

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Family Cycling Grade

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Grade 1 - 2 : Easy/Gentle

Aspects of both our grade 1 and 2 holidays

Suitable for those looking for a relaxed ride

Occasional ups and downs

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 1-2, will have aspects of both our grade 1 and grade 2 holidays. These tours are still suitable for those looking for an accessible cycling holiday with manageable daily distances, along predominately flat terrain, however there will be some days / sections where we’d expect you to be up for a slightly cheeky challenge. It might be that the distances are a little longer on some days or that the terrain is slightly more undulating, but the rides are still relaxed and manageable for families who are generally fit and healthy.

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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 or between the 01/10 and the 31/10: £890 pp.

Season 2 For trips starting between (and inclusive of) the 20/04 and the 30/06 or the 16/09 and the 30/09: £995 pp.

Season 3 For trips starting between (and inclusive of) the 05/04 and the 20/04 or the 01/07 and the 31/08: £1135 pp.

We are able to offer a discount of 35% for all children (under the age of 18), when sharing a room with two fully-paying passengers.

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) Detailed 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 adult hire bikes on this trip are typically Conor (or equivalent) hybrids with semi-slick tyres. We also have electric bikes for adults to hire, subject to availability. Each adult bike comes equipped with a pannier rack and one pannier bag, a lock, a small repair kit including spare inner tubes (usually 1 between 2 bikes), a water bottle and bottle holder. Electric bikes will also be provided with an odometer. Please note, some electric 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.

We also have child bikes, tag-alongs and child seats available for 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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