Barcelona and Beyond
Dates: 1st April
– 31st October 2017
Catalonia is rich in culture. From the Greek-Roman ruins
of Empuries dating back to 530BC to the stunning Museum
D’Art of Catalonia in Barcelona housing modern
art of the 21st century there is an abundance of cultural
activities to explore on your cycling tour.
Highlights will include Castell Dali Gala in Pubol,
the Dali museum in Figueres, a circular wine trail in
Peralada and half day bike tour in Barcelona. There
is an opportunity to explore the countryside and coastal
paths and make time for a swim as well as some retail
therapy in Barcelona.
Meet at Flaca station (if arriving from Barcelona).
A representative from Cycle Catalan will be there to
greet you and take you to the Hotel Palau Lo Mirador
in Torroella de Montgri, where you will be based for
the next three nights. This luxury hotel is a beautifully
restored elegant palace set in beautiful grounds with
an outdoor pool. A welcome drink awaits you in the bar
where we introduce the cycling itinerary to you. A three
course dinner with wines from Emporda will be served
at the Hotel's excellent restaurant.
2: Casa Museu Castell Gala Dali
Your cycling route takes you through pretty medieval
villages past fields of sunflowers and orchards to Pubol
Castle. In 1970 Salvador Dali bought the castle as a
gift for his wife Gala. It is full of original works,
furniture, sculptures, paintings, all designed by Dali.
We love this museum, it is so personal and even displays
some of Gala’s original haute couture dresses
designed for her by Dior. Gala lived here for many years
before her death in 1982. She was buried in the mausoleum
in the basement. Continue on to the Market town of La
Bisbal which is famous for its ceramics. Here you can
visit some of the workshops including the wonderful
Ponderosa run by 2 sisters who make everything themselves
and watch how some of their ceramics are created. Return
to the hotel late afternoon before heading out to explore
this lively little town with great tapas bars for dinner
Distance: 52 kms.(shorter route of
Day 3: Medieval
Towns and Villages
First stop is Pals, a perfectly preserved hilltop medieval
village. The old quarter known as El Pedro within the
medieval walls contains many historic buildings. There
is a gothic church at the centre surrounded by beautiful
cobbled streets leading to the old castle. The views
from the ancient wall to the sea are spectacular. After
morning coffee we continue our cycle through the valley
of the river Grossa to the village of Sant Feliu de
Boada where we recommend lunch at Can Joan. This afternoon
cycle on to Ullastret and follow the old Roman road
back to Gualta passing the old Iberian settlement. An
information pack will be provided with a list of recommended
restaurants to explore.
4: Ancient Greco-Roman Ruins of Empuries
Set off this morning towards Figueres via the countryside
and the pretty coastal paths of San Marti where you
can stop for lunch after visiting the famous ruins of
Empuries one of the most fascinating archaeological
sites in Europe dating back to 530BC. The museum has
an amazing collection of perfectly preserved Greek urns,
plates and jewellery. Accommodation for the next two
nights will be at the Hotel Duran, family run since
1855. It’s a very comfortable centrally placed
hotel with friendly staff and good food. The restaurant
is famous for its cuisine and customers, Salvador Dali
was a regular guest. Ramon’s grandfather was a
friend of Dali’s and there is a unique collection
of his sketches, menu designs, photographs on the restaurant
wall. We have booked dinner for you here tonight.
Distance: 35 kms
Day 5: Peralada Wine Trail
Today we have designed a 34km circular route of the
wine region of Peralada. Make time to visit the castle
and the convent Carmen before visiting Castello Peralada's
degustacion centre and La Vinyeta which also produces
amazing olive oil. Late afternoon is a great time to
visit the Dali museum. The crowds have left this 'must
see museum' which comprises of thousands of objects
dating from different periods in Dali's colourful life.
Please note that Monday some of the vineyards may be
After breakfast transfer to Barcelona by train
from Figueres. You will be staying at the Hotel Market
or the Vilamari for one night. This afternoon we have
organised a half day cycle tour of Barcelona when you
will have the opportunity to see many fine examples
of Gaudi’s architecture including the Sagrada
de Familia and the fountains at Parc de la Ciutadella.
Tonight why not start at La Vinya de Senjor a wine bar
with 300 wines to choose from. We supply a list of recommended
restaurants and are happy to book you something special.
Distance: 12kms .
Day 7: Market
After breakfast walk round to the Market San Antoni
for some presents, a great covered market selling local
produce including azzafron (saffron) and organic honey
and olive oils. Transfer back to Barcelona or Girona
Price per person based on double occupancy -
April October €1,045
May June Sept €1,140
July August €1,240
6 nights/ 7 days
Included in your tour:
3 nights in Palau Lo Mirador www.palaulomirador.com
2 night’s accommodation Hotel Duran Figueres www.hotelduran.com
1 night’s accommodation Hotel Market Barcelona
Welcome glass of Cava
2 dinners including wine
Half day cycle tour of Barcelona.
Lightweight 21 speed touring bikes with full suspension.
Water bottle, helmet and a lock will be provided. Information
pack supplied to each cyclist will include cycle route
map, itinerary and visitor guide for places of interest
including any temporary art exhibitions that may be
on in Figueres and Barcelona during your holiday.
Services of Cycle Catalan
Emergency back up and assistance from support vehicle
equipped with bikes, bike spares, water and first aid
kit. The half day cycle tour in Barcelona will be run
by The Fat Tyre Company.
Transfer from Girona airport or Flaca station (if arriving
from Barcelona) to Hotel Palau Lo Mirador in Torroella
Transfer of luggage from Palau Torroella to Figueres
Transfer by train to Barcelona from Figueres
Should you prefer to stay in the Vilamari during your
1 night stay in Barcelona there will be a small surcharge
as this is a 4* hotel.
We can offer a first class personal service and competitive prices.
Vivian at Cycle Catalan to discuss your holiday plans. Click
to see our cycling