Girona province is home to over 60 professional riders and Its easy to see why. It offers miles of secondary roads, winding up to the Pyrenees foothills with spectacular scenery inland and on the coast. This area is a paradise for cyclists and one of the top road cycling destinations in the world. This is a point to point tour to enable you to see as much as possible of Catalonia.
Wonderful scenery framed by the Pyrenees mountains on quiet secondary roads, lush green valleys with some challenging climbs, three rivers, rolling farmland with fields of orchards, sunflowers, vineyards, olive groves, spectacular coastal paths and unspoilt beaches not forgetting the medieval city of Girona, the wine trail in Perallada and the Dali Museum in Figueres. To really maximise your cycling experience we would highly recommend doing this tour using the services of our highly experienced road cycling guide. Please enquire for details.
You will be met at Girona airport or Flaca station (if arriving from Barcelona) and transferred to the town of Olot situated in the middle of the Volcanic National Park of La Garrotxa. Here you will spend the night at the Hotel Borrell located in the centre with plenty of good restaurants and tapas bars close at hand. A full brief and bike fitting will be given.
Garrotxa. Here you will spend the night at the Hotel Borrell located in the centre with plenty of good restaurants and tapas bars close at hand. A full brief and bike fitting will be given.
Setting off this morning you will pass through some spectacular mountain scenery before firstly arriving at the ancient town of Besalu with it medieval bridge and then the lakeside town of Banyoles. Plenty of stops will be required for terrific photo opportunities and of course lunch in one of the many hostelries along the way. The route then turns back through the National Park and on to La Rectoria de San Miquel, a beautifully restored rectory where Roy and Goretti will assure you of a warm welcome. Roy was previously a chef at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh and Goretti a whisky taster at Glenmorange so after dinner you may even get a fine Scottish whisky.
Today you will head south for the historic town of Girona the culture capital of Catalonia with it ancient university and old Jewish quarter where your next hotel, the Llegendes, is situated. On the way you will pass through some interesting towns one of which is Caldes de Malavella the home of ‘Vichy Catalan’ a very famous sparkling mineral water.
Distance: 66 km
Well rested and back in the saddle you climb out of Girona and on to the medieval village of Monells with is pretty arched square and then on to the important town of La Bisbal d’Emporda. This town is the capital of the province of Baix Emporda and has many interesting ceramic and antique shops This would be a good stop for lunch before again climbing over the pass of’ La Ganga’ to Calonge and on to the port of Palamos where you will find the Hotel Trias perfectly situated overlooking the sea front. Why not explore the old quarter sampling some tapas before enjoying the Menu Estreta in the hotel’s colonial style dining room.
Heading north today you will pass through the town of Palafrugell and on to the pretty village of Pals. Leave the bike in the parking area and walk up to the church through the narrow cobbled streets which have not changed in 500 years. The route then crosses over to San Feliu de Boada where the restaurant ‘Can Joan’ offers a great well priced lunch. Still heading north you come to the town of Verges before turning east to Torroella de Montgri. You will see the church on the skyline. The Palau lo Mirador is next door. This former Palace is set in beautiful gardens and offers a great setting for your stay. Dinner is served in the Hotel.
Distance 60 kms
This morning you will continue north to L’Escala where you can visit the Greek/Roman ruins of Empuires where one of the finest ampitheatres outside Rome can be found. The village of Sant Marti next to the ruins has many good bars and restaurants. On from here the route take you to Perallada a very important wine producing town before turning west for Figueres. This is the home of the Dali Museum. You will stay tonight in the Hotel Duran which was frequented by Dali and has a lot of his original works on it walls.
Distance 62 km
Return to Girona airport or Barcelona by train.