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Cycleways of Catalonia

Self-Guided Family Cycling Holiday

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Duration

8 days

Prices from

£1,145 P.P.
Child Discount Applies
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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 ride takes you along purpose built tracks, once a railway line. through La Garrotxa Volcanic Area Nature Reserve, bursting with culture and lush vegetation, all the way out to the stunning Catalonian coast, making it the perfect pedallin' destination!
You'll start your Catalonian adventure in the beautiful town of Olot. Riding on cycle paths and country lanes, you'll discover the beech forests and craters of the stunning natural park surrounding the city. You'll then make your way, on a traffic free cycle way, towards the lovely city of Girona, where you'll have a free day to explore its magnificent cathedral, museums and atmospheric cobbled streets.
Your cycling journey continues through the Selva depression, through Caldea de Malavella, 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, or you and your family, 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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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival Girona - 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 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.

Day 2
Olot to Les Planes D'Hostoles
16 (or 24) Miles / 25 (or 39) Kms Approx.
  • 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.

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

Day 4
Free Day in Girona
Non-Riding Day
  • 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 Caldes de Malavella
17 Miles / 27 Kms Approx.
  • 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.

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

Day 7
Optional - Palamos and Palafruel Loop Ride
32 Miles / 52 Kms Approx.
  • 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.

Day 8
Departure Sant Feliu de Guíxols - Transfer to Girona
  • Meals: Breakfast

Time to say goodbye to the coast and to this beautiful region, as today we will be transferring you back to the airport / train station for your journey 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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Family Cycling Grade

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Grade 2 : Gentle

Distances generally of 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 climb

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 and your family 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, safe 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, occasionally heading out as a family for some leisurely rides at the weekend.

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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.

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

We are able to offer a discount of 30% for all children (under the age of 18), when travelling with two fully-paying passengers.

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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) 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 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 Olot and finishes in Sant Feliu de Guixois.

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

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 your 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

Rental bikes are typically Conor hybrids (or equivalent) with semi-slick tyres. We also have electric bikes available, (adults only and subject to availability).

Each adult and electric bikes will be provided with a phone mount, pannier rack, one pannier bag, a water bottle and water bottle holder, puncture repair kit and spare inner tubes. Please note, some e-bikes are tubeless and so in this case spare inner tubes won’t be provided.

We also have child bikes, tag-alongs, trailers, and child seats available for rental, if you‘re travelling with your little ones.

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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