Cycling for food and wine
lovers - self guided tour
Dates: 1st April
– 31st October 2017
A country's cuisine is its landscape
in a cooking pot: Attributed to Josep Pla (1897-1981)
This self guided cycling tour is a fantastic way to
explore this varied landscape, the perfectly preserved
medieval villages, secluded sandy coves, orchards, olive
trees, rice fields and vineyards. You have the opportunity
to meet many local producers on the way and sample some
fantastic produce from the land and the sea. This area
of Catalonia is a gastronomic delight and we provide
an information pack on arrival with some great restaurants
for you try. Accommodation has been chosen for its character,
location, comfort and friendliness of staff.
1: Arrive in Figueres
We meet you at Figueres station (if arriving from Barcelona)
and take you to the Hotel Restaurant Duran located in
the centre and only a few metres away from the Teatro
Museo Dali. This hotel has been family run by the Durans
since 1855 and the rooms are spacious and comfortable.
Welcome glass of Cava, tour orientation, maps, bike
fitting and dinner.
The restaurant is famous for its cuisine and its customers;
Salvador Dali was a regular visitor. Ramon Duran’s
grandfather was a good friend of Dali’s and there
is a unique collection of his sketches, menu designs,
photographs on the restaurant wall. You will sample
a traditional Catalan meal, using locally sourced produce.
|Throughout your tour we recommend
you sample the following:
pa amb tomaquet (tomato bread) with jamon iberico, mar
i montanya, suquet, a classic catalan stew, or a seafood
paella using arroz bomba (rice from the local paddy fields),
flavoured with azafran (saffron) introduced to Spain by
the Arabs during the 8th century. Dessert may be Recuit
de drap covered in a little organic honey or Crème
Catalan. Most of the wine on the menu will be from Emporda.
Museu de Confitura
Peralada Cycling Wine Route
This is a circular route taking in several vineyards
and olive groves on the way. You leave Figueres and
follow the route to Peralada, a beautiful medieval town
in the heart of the wine area. Make time to visit the
castle and convent Carmen before visiting Castillo Perelada’s
degustation centre.17 of their wines scored over 90
in the Penin guide 2011. Last year Cava became the number
one exported sparkling wine in the world surpassing
Champagne for the first time ever. We highly recommend
the excellent value Castillo Perelada Cava. Surrounded
by vineyards the road goes to Mollet de Peralada past
olive groves towards Masarac where you can enjoy a wine
tasting at La Vinyeta. Have a look at our short videos
of the wine tasting below.
Next there is a gentle climb to Serra d’Altrera
where you can enjoy magnificent views over the plain
and the Albera mountains before heading back to Peralada
via Vilarnadal and Cabanes. We will provide a list of
the vineyards and olive groves that you might want to
visit on this tour. We suggest you make time to visit
the Dali museum later this afternoon. It opens until
7pm and it is an ideal time to go when it is less busy.
Please note that the hotel offers guests a direct booking
service for the museum with allocated entrance times.
Level Easy/ Moderate
3: L’ Escala and Anchovies
You leave Figueres behind and travel south through Alt
Emporda to Baix Emporda past the river Fluvia and the
Ter before arriving at Torroella de Montgri. On your
journey we suggest you stop off at the Greek/ Roman
ruins of Empuries one of the most important archaeological
sites in Catalonia. We recommend you stop for a tapas
lunch on the seafront at Bar Riba then visit the shop
Anxovies Soles to purchase a jar of the famous anchovies
produced in l’ Escala. The Soles family have been
preserving anchovies since 1889. Your accommodation
for the next two nights dates back to the 14th century.
Palau Lo Mirador is a beautifully restored palace, now
a boutique hotel with an abundance of charm including
a gothic internal courtyard and an excellent restaurant
where you will dine tonight. Due to there only being
9 bedrooms we suggest early booking for this tour. Please
ask if you wish an upgrade to a superior room for a
Day 4: Artisan Olive
Oil and Medieval Villages
This route takes you through many pretty medieval villages
with options to visit local producers on the way. We
recommend you stop in Ullastret to see how recuit is
made in this tiny little artisan shop( similar to panna
cotta served with honey as a dessert.)
After Ullstret you cycle via Peratallada and on to a
highly respected artisan olive oil producer Can
Solivera. Hans and Daida have painstakingly
restored this estate and house which dates back to the
12th century. After a short tour and history of Can
Solivera you have an opportunity to taste the different
olive oils produced which are first class, even
El Cellar de Can Roca voted in the top 3 restaurants
in the world use these oils! There is a shop on the
premises and you can make some purchases after your
tour. Please let your guide know if you would
like to book a tour. This tour is only available between
Monday and Saturday 10am to 2pm.Your route back to Torroella
takes you via Palau Sator and Fontclara( meaning clear
water) where you can stop at the ancient font for a
drink. Explore Torroella this evening and enjoy dinner
at one our recommended restaurants.
Day 5 Medieval
villages to the coast
You set off from Torroella passing the rice fields of
Arros de Moli de Pals before stopping to explore the
perfectly preserved hilltop medieval town of Pals. 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. As you cycle
down to Palafrugell why not call in at the Museum de
Confitura. A quirky little shop with over 100 varieties
of jams and chutneys run by Georgina Regas. Just out
of Torrent there is a vineyard worthy of a visit called
Mas Oller which produces some excellent wines highly
recommended in the Penin wine guide. Next cycle over
to Palafrugell and stop at Casa Serra, run by 4th generation
Enric Serra .
Admire the kitsch window display of cakes and pop downstairs
to the old kitchens now a wine cellar with over 1,000
wines to choose from. The speciality is the selection
of sweet wines which complement the amazing cakes and
homemade ice cream. There is an option to book a wine
and produce tasting here. We recommend a menu de dia
at Les Palmeres, great food and fantastic value. Next
stop is the lively town of Palamos where you will spend
the next two nights staying in the Hotel Trias, a stunning
location overlooking the port and the beach. Palamos
is famous for its great selection of tapas bars in the
old quarter. We provide a map and a list of recommendations.
Try Carmen’s delicious goat’s cheese stuffed
aubergine at Can Nicanor.
Level Easy/ Moderate
Day 6: Castells
Beach and Fish Market
This morning you take the coastal path to one of the
last unspoilt beaches on the Costa Brava. Cycle along
to the port, visit the maritime museum and watch the
fisherman bring in their catch of the day. Take the
bike along the beach path that links Palamos to Torre
Valentino and watch the wind and kite surfers ride the
waves. For lunch we suggest you try the famous Palamos
prawns at La Gamba or restaurant Fish overlooking the
harbour and this evening we have booked you the restaurant
in the hotel. We have booked you in to a local bodega
for a complimentary glass of wine and Emillio the owner
will share his knowledge of the best wines to drink
from Emporda. Distance/Level your choice.
After a leisurely breakfast transfer back to Girona
airport or take the Express bus from Palamos bus station
( 2 mins from hotel) to Barcelona.
Please note that this tour can be started on
any day but may alter the itinerary as some of the recommended
producers open on different days and different hours.
If there is any producer you especially want to visit
please let us know at the time of booking.
Fishing nets Palamos
Prices are per person based on double occupancy.
April October €1040
May June Sept €1140
July August €1240
Private guide option from €50 per person per day,
discount for party of 4 or more.
Supplement of €140 for e bike.
Your 6 night/ 7 day holiday price includes:
Bed and breakfast for 6 nights
3 evening meals including wine and water
Transfer from Girona airport or Figueres station on
arrival, transport to Girona airport or transfer.
2 night’s en suite accommodation in the Duran
Hotel in Figueres. www.hotelduran.com
2 night’s en suite accommodation in Palau Lo Mirador
in Torroella de Montgri. www.hotelpalaulomirador.com
2 night’s en suite sea view in Hotel Trias Palamos.
Light weight 21 speed touring bikes or ebike.
Information pack, maps, cycle routes recommended restaurants
Transfer of luggage to Hotel Palau and Trias
Emergency back up and assistance.
What’s not included:
Entrance fees/ incidentals
Express bus from Palamos to Barcelona.
If you would like to extend your tour we suggest 2
Day 1 - Transfer to Barcelona where you will
spend the next 2 nights at the Hotel Market www.hotelmarketbarcelona.com
Evening in Barcelona. Start your stay with a visit to
La Vinya de Senjor a wine bar with over 300 wines to
choose from. We provide a map and some recommendations
for dinner including Tapeo in the Born district where
you can sample a Barcelona speciality ‘bombas’
– a round croquette with a fiery sauce.
2 - Half day bike tour – a great way to
see Barcelona and work up an appetite for a late
lunch. In the afternoon visit one of Barcelona’s
gourmet shops the Formatgeria La Seu, which is
hidden away down a lane in the old Gothic quarter.
Housed in an old dairy La Seu specialises in artisan
cheeses from small producers. No food and wine
tour would be complete without a visit to a chocolate
shop. Xocoa is a unique Barcelona enterprise and
produces over 30 varieties of filled chocolates
and chocolate bars all made to their own recipe.
Willy Wonka eat your heart out!
Why not reserve a table at Tickets www.ticketsbar.es
which offers an online booking service or enjoy
a cocktail at 41 www.41grados.es
the stylish cocktail bar next door. Both establishments
are under the supervision of Ferran Adria (of
El Bulli fame) and offer innovative taps from
the land and the sea. For a special occasion try
Cinc Sentits www.cincsentits.com Chef Jordi Artal
offers a gourmet tasting menu which is sensational.
Cost €250 PP
Day 1 - Transfer to Girona where you will spend
the next 2 nights at the Hotel Llegendes in the
heart of the old Jewish quarter, close to the
magnificent Gothic cathedral.
Evening, we sugges dinner at Restaurant NU or
L’Algueria for a fantastic authentic paella.
Day 2 - Walking tour of Girona. Departs Tuesday
to Sunday from 10.15 and includes a walk around
the Call or Jewish quarter, Sant Feliu church,
the ruins of the castle, the arab baths and the
medieval walls with panoramic views.
Cost €250 PP
We can offer a first class personal service and competitive prices.
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