Cycle Catalan opened its new cycle and walking base in 2014. Situated in the heart of the medieval village of Calonge the house sits in the foothills of the Gavarres mountains.
The accommodation comprises of a newly completed townhouse built in a traditional style to blend in with the old medieval quarter with its narrow streets, Sant Marti church and Calonge castle which dates back to the 13th century.
The village is well equipped with two excellent bakeries, a supermarket, butcher’s, chemist, a weekly street market and numerous bars and restaurants. This cycle option is suitable for families and people who prefer a more relaxing schedule to suit their own requirements.
The beautiful sandy beach is 3kms from Calonge and stretches from Torre Valentino to the lively town of and fishing port of Palamos. This is a charming coastline with a series of spectacular rocky coves and breathtaking scenery. Behind Calonge there are a number of cycle and walking paths with several vineyards worth a visit.
In 2013 Calonge was awarded the best family tourist destination in Catalonia by the Catalan Tourist Board. The summer family programme has more than 500 activities including children’s shows, workshops, arts and crafts, film shows on the beach sporting activities and lots more! Calonge has tennis and padel courts
Self catering accommodation sleeps minimum 2 /maximum 6.
The townhouse comprises of a large open plan lounge/dining room and well equipped kitchen with dishwasher fridge/freezer, oven hob. 3 double bedrooms 2 bathrooms. Hall for bikes, utility room with washing machine. It offers a private south facing roof terrace overlooking the castle with a dining area and BBQ, private outdoor heated swimming pool with decking area and sun loungers, air conditioning, under floor central heating, wood burning stove, Free view TV, WIFI.
Private transfer from Girona airport or Palamos bus terminal (if arriving from Barcelona) A welcome bottle of wine. Welcome pack. Tour briefing, information pack, fact sheets etc and bike fitting.
Castells Beach. Leave Calonge following the cycle network to Palamos. Head north for Palafrugell turning down to Castells. This unspoilt beach has no development around it with sea kayaking available from June to September. Return to Calonge along the Paseo of Palamos and then San Antoni.
Distance: 22 Km.
Palamos. Visit Mas Eugenes on your way to Palamos to taste the wine or pick some vegetables in the market garden to use at dinner. Head to the port and visit the Fish Museum. Spend some time in the old quarter of the town. If you are still in town at 4.30 go to the fish auction and see the fishermen bringing in their catch and be amazed at all the strange fish eaten in this region. Back to Calonge.
Distance: 16 Km
Medieval Villages. Today you will be dropped off in the pretty medieval village of Pals. You will do a circular tour of the surrounding countryside and pass through many pretty perfectly preserved medieval villages. You can visit the Museu de Confitura in Torrent and sample/ purchase some of the 120 varieties of jams/chutneys. There are great restaurants for lunch in most of the villages, Mas Pau in Palau Sator being particularly good. Back to Pals where you will have time to explore the old quarter known as el Pedro before being picked up and taken back to Calonge.
Lazy day. Maybe the beach at San Antoni. Perhaps a short cycle around the vineyards at the back of Calonge. You could play paddle or tennis at the courts in the village. Visit the castle. This day is up to you.
Market Day. Visit the market in Calonge around the old church and buy some local produce for a picnic on the beach at Torre Valentino. Leave the bikes at the beach and walk the coastal path south and swim in one of the small coves or stop for a drink in the beach bar.
Calella de Palafrugell. Heading through Palamos you follow the cycle paths past Castells and on to Palafrugell and then down to Callela. This is one of the prettiest coastal villages in the area. There are 6 beaches to choose from with lots of places to have lunch. Back along the cycle network to Calonge following the route of the ‘old train’.
Transfer back to Girona airport or Palamos.
We couldn’t have been made more comfortable here. Every attention to detail was taken care of. The colours of this sun filled home wanted me to get my paints out to record the inspiration. The cycling was incredible, just the right amount to get us all to gain confidence and we will never forget the wonderful views, stone walls and castles, our sore muscles then lovely swims in the sea after our day in the saddle.
Thank you Vivian and Alan, would love to come back one day!
What a wonderful, wonderful time we’ve had! Safe to say Team Ammar is not going to win the Tour de France anytime soon……. Couldn’t ask for friendlier or more obliging hosts. Highlights? Calella de Palafrugell and the pretty medieval villages….Mostafa