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Mountains, Countryside and the Sea - self guided cycling

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Dates: 1st April – 31st October 2017

Self Guided cycling holiday

 

Introduction
Spectacular scenery framed by the Pyrenees mountains, carefully preserved thousand year old monasteries, lush green valleys, three rivers, rolling farmland with fields of orchards, sunflowers, vineyards, olive groves, coastal paths and unspoilt beaches not forgetting the medieval city of Girona – this cycling tour captures the breathtaking beauty of Catalonia.

Day 1:
We meet you at Girona Airport or Flaca Station (if arriving from Barcelona) and take you to the mountain town of Ripoll famous for its Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria. You will spend the first night at the comfortable La Sequia Molinar Hotel with beautiful modern designed rooms, friendly staff and free Wi Fi. Welcome drink in the bar, tour orientation, maps, bike fitting and dinner booked in the hotel’s restaurant.

Day 2: Ripoll to La Rectoria ,Sant Miguel de Pineda
This morning you are ready to set off on your 140km journey from the mountains to the sea. The first section follows the old carrilet railway originally used to bring ore and coal down from the mines in Ogassa. The route takes you up through the valley to the town of Sant Joan de les Abadesse where you can stop for a leisurely lunch. Onwards now to Olot which lies within the protected area of the Natural Park of the Volcanic area of the Garrotxa.

For the next two evenings you are based at La Rectoria, a beautifully restored rectory adjacent to the Vias Verdes cycle path. Roy and Goretti will assure you of a warm welcome. Roy was previously a chef at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh and Goretti was a whisky taster at Glenmorangie so after they prepare you a delicious meal you may even get to sample a wee dram!!

Level: Moderate
Distance: 55 km
 

Monastry RippolMonastry Rippoll

Girona to the coast cycle tour
Forest at Fagedes




Day 3: La Valle d'En Bas
Today you will explore the volcanic region of La Vall D'En Bas. This is a lovely circular route. Make time to stop in a couple of the rustic Pyrenees medieval villages where you feel you have stepped back in time. The route offers some amazing scenery, rugged landscapes and rivers. Head back to La Rectoria late afternoon for a second evening of fine dining.

Level: Easy to Moderate
Distance:
31km


Church

 
Calonge

Day 4: Sant Feliu de Pallerois to Girona
This morning you pick up the narrow-gauge railway route which descends smoothly from Sant Feliu de Pallerois to Girona . The trail is in very good condition and has been fitted with new bridges, railings and signs. It crosses through magnificent scenery of great ecological and cultural value. It continues through the Garrotxa and reaches the Ter valley and on to the pasturelands of Salt and Girona. Tonight will be spent in the Hotel Llegendes situated in the old town (the Jewish Quarter) of Girona near the magnificent Gothic Cathedral and a few minutes walk from lively tapas bars and restaurants.

Level: Easy to Moderate
Distance: 32km

Day 5: Girona to the coast
After leaving Girona the trail crosses the Selva depression, characterised by a patchwork of croplands and forests. On a clear day you can enjoy a panoramic view of the eastern Pyrenees before crossing the Ridaura valley and skirting the edge of the Gavarres an area covered in unspoilt forest. The route runs gently down to Castell d’Aro then on to the fishing town of Palamos where you will stay for the next two nights in the Hotel Trias beautifully decorated in a colonial style overlooking the beach and the port.

Level: Easy
Distance: 43km

 

Girona to the coast cycle tour
Girona


Cara Cummings

 

Church

 
Calonge
Girona Cathedral
 
Fish market
 
Quote from Truman Capote

 

Day 6: The Beach/Coastal Paths
Today is based in and around Palamos. You may want to visit the Fish Museum on the harbour or wander round the fish market, or cycle the coastal path to Cap Roig a botanical garden of stunning beauty in Calella de Palafrugell. Please ask your guide for a route depending on your preference.

Distance and level – your choice.

Day 7: Transfer back to Girona airport or Express Bus from Palamos to Barcelona (cost approximately €14 or Barcelona airport €19)


Cost per person based on double occupancy.


LOW SEASON - April October: €1045
MID SEASON - May, June September: €1,140
HIGH SEASON - July, August: €1,240

Private guide option from €50 per person per day, discount for party of 4 or more.
Supplement of €140 for e bike.

Prices includes transfer to Ripoll from Flaca station if arriving from Barcelona or collection from and return to Girona airport. For people returning to Barcelona you take the bus directly behind hotel cost €18.

Your holiday price includes:
Bed & breakfast for 6 nights.
3 Dinners
Welcome glass of cava
Transfer from Girona airport or Flaca station to Ripoll.
1 night’s accommodation in Hotel La Sequia Molinar in Ripoll - www.lasequiamolinar.com
2 night's accommodation at La Rectoria www.larectoriadesantmiquel.com
1 night's accommodation in the Hotel Llegendes www.llegendeshotel.com
2 night's accommodation in the Hotel Trias in Palamos. www.hoteltrias.com

Lightweight aluminium 21 speed hybrid touring bikes or ecobike including water bottle, helmets, panniers if required, tool kit and pump.

Information pack which includes cycle route maps, your itinerary and hotel details, restaurant recommendations for the journey and emergency telephone numbers and contacts.

Transportation of luggage between hotels.


Please note that on Day 1 when you arrive at the hotel in Rippol you will be asked to pack a pannier for clothes/items you require for day 2 only. Your luggage will be transported to the hotel La Rectoria for your arrival on Day 2 and will be transported to all other hotels on your tour.

Emergency back up and assistance.

What is not included:
Flights
Lunches, tapas, drinks, entrance fees, and evening meals not specified.
Additional night’s accommodation - You may want to extend your stay in Barcelona or Girona.
Express Bus from Palamos to Barcelona.

We can offer a first class personal service and competitive prices. Contact Vivian at Cycle Catalan to discuss your holiday plans. Click to see our cycling photogallery.

 
   

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