From your bike, you can see the peaks of the Pyrénées (a beautiful range of mountains) looming on the horizon. Volcanic flats stretch out ahead, leading to unbelievably pastoral fields. Along the way stand villages shaped by the hands of Roman architects, medieval craftsmen and surrealist artists. Dinner is tapas on a barbecue paired with a perfect vintage before settling in to a unique auberge or a palatial hotel. This is no dream. Welcome to Catalonia, where the unexpected happens every day.
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Ride through the heart of Garrotxa Natural Park, an ever-changing landscape of dormant volcanoes and rich soils that extends from the foothills of the Pyrénées. Pedal from the medieval village of Santa Pau to Banyoles for a lunch of seasonal ingredients on the main square.
Ride through the Alt Empordà, nestled between the Pyrénées and the Mediterranean with France above. Stop for a café con leche at the social club in the village of San Llorenç before heading for lunch in the quaint village of Terrades. Enjoy cocktails this evening with our Dali Expert and realize just how interesting the life of this surrealist painter was.
Enter the largest surrealist “object” in the world, the Teatro-Museo de Salvador Dali. Bike south to the Baix Emporda, stopping en route for a picnic in the vineyards of wine maker, Antoni. Of course you’ll have a chance to ask him personally about his wines as you taste them with lunch!
Ride through quiet countryside and enchanting villages, including Pals, Peratallada, Monells, and Ullastret. Have lunch on your own (and perhaps a swim!) at the seaside village of Calella. Keen riders can challenge themselves with a Century challenging long option passing lovely seaside villages before reaching Calella.
Enjoy a stunning ride from the seaside town Tossa de Mar along the Med shore, with breathtaking views around every corner. Roll into Sant Feliu de Guixolls, and board our private sail boat for a cruise up the panoramic coast. Be serenaded by local Habaneras musicians over cocktails.
Enjoy a final scrumptious breakfast together at the hotel in and adéu in Barcelona.VIEW MAP CLOSE Want to see a full
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.
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