Rating in Spain
$ 1005

Cycling Catalonia: Beaches, Wine & Dali

Cycling
Cycling
min $ 1005
Per person
Tour details
Destinations: Girona, Peralada, Figueres
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 1005
Duration: 7 days
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Itinerary

Highlights
Easy going cycling through Catalonia’s Emporda region.
Explore the Gothic architecture of Girona’s Old Quarter.
Discover the Catalonian countryside which inspired Dali and Picasso.
Enjoy wine and Cava tasting in historic cellars.
Mediterranean coastal rides and rugged swimming coves.
Cycle along easy going country lanes and coastal roads through Catalonia. Explore ancient, medieval settlements, rugged coves and bustling fishing villages. Spend a day discovering Catalonia’s wine cellars before a final toast in Dali’s beloved Figueres as you experience his world of surrealism.

From the atmospheric Gothic quarter of Girona, tree lined roads give way to inviting Mediterranean waters and some of Catalonia’s finest beaches where you can hop out of the saddle for a quick dip and fresh seafood lunch of Tuna Escabeche. Continuing north, through ancient Greek and Roman Emporda, it’s hard not be charmed by the cobbled alleyways and Romanesque towers of Pals. Pedalling onto the winelands of Peralada, three guided wine cellar tours explore Catalonia’s signature red wines and celebrated Cava. From here, Dali’s Figueres awaits to take you on a very surreal exploration of his life and work at his Teatro-Museo.

Day 1


Arrive Girona
Easily reached from Girona airport (20 mins) and Barcelona airports (1hr 30mins), Girona’s cobbled alleyways, Gothic architecture and vibrant café culture makes for the perfect introduction to Catalonia’s rich history. Dating back to the 12 th century Girona boasts one of the best preserved Gothic Quarters and it is worth making time to visit the Catherdral and Banys Arab (public bath house).
Overnight: Girona

Day 2


Cycle to Saint Feliu de Guixols
Following the Onyar River out of Girona the route follows the easy going ‘El Carrilet’, cycle way. Passing through the rural towns of Quart and Cassa del Selva, cork tree forests give way to a coastal horizon. Then it’s downhill to the beachside town of Saint Feliu de Guixols!
Cycle: 43 km
Overnight: Saint Feliu de Guixlos

Day 3


Cycle to Calella de Palafrugell
Leaving Saint de Guixlos, you’ll follow Catalonia’s Mediterranean coastline. Peppered with rugged coves and thriving fishing villages it’s easy to be lured off the saddle for typical Catalonian seafood dishes such as Esqueixada (salty cod salad). In the latter part of today’s ride there is the option to cycle over the Romanya hills, before arriving at the whitewashed sea front of Calella de Palafrugell.
Cycle: 31 km or 47 km
Overnight: Calella de Palafrugell

Day 4


Cycle to Torroella de Montgri
Breaking away from coast, you’ll find yourself pedalling through olive and almonds groves before arriving at the perfectly preserved medieval village of Pals. A real jewel in Catalonia’s historic crown, the views from Pals 11 th century Romanesque towers stretch east to the coast and north across ancient vineyards towards your next overnight stop of Torroella de Montgri.
Cycle: 34 km
Overnight: Torroella de Montgri

Day 5


Cycle to Peralada
An easy cycle with far reaching views of the Gulf of Roses bringing you to the Greek and Roman archaeological site of Empuires, dating back to 575BC. Beyond Empuries is the enchanting Emporda town of Peralada. Nestled amongst some of Catalonia’s oldest wine cellars, Peralada is also home to one of the most complex artistic museums which can be found at the exquisite 14 th century Carmelite Convent.
Cycle: 45 km
Overnight: Peralada

Day 6


Loop Ride of Catalan Wine Cellars
Today, you’ll experience three guided wine tasting tours of traditional Catalonian wine cellars. Your visits to the cellars of Espelt and Empordalia explores the historic production of Grenache and Syrah grapes, said to be ancient roots of Greek and Roman legacies. The revered 18 th century cellar of Trobart rounds the day off with the signature sparkle of Catalonian Cava.
Cycle: 31 km
Overnight: Peralada

Day 7


Cycle to Figueres
Riding out through the winelands, today is a relaxed day of riding as it’s mostly downhill all the way to Dali’s Theatre-Museum in Figueres. Founded in 1974, the pioneer of surrealism created a show stopping, outlandish experience taking visitors on a journey of some of his finest drawings, sculptures, holograms and installations, making it one of the most visited sights in Spain today.
Cycle: 41 or 49 km
Overnight: Figueres

Day 8


Onward Travel
After a leisurely breakfast, you may like to explore Figueres a little more or start your onward journey. From Figueres there are straightforward train connections to Girona (30mins), Barcelona (1hr 30mins) and even a high speed service to Paris. Hire bikes will be collected from the hotel or your bike cases/boxes will be delivered to your hotel in Figueres.

Tripinfo

Single Rooms & Solo Cyclists
If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. Unfortunately this tour is not available to solo cyclists.
Grade & Terrain
Itineraries on this cycling trip are graded Moderate. Occasionally you may encounter a few moderate slopes, especially on coastal trails. However the ascent is not too difficult or prolonged.You will cycle principally on farm tracks, trails and quiet country lanes.
Navigation, Route Notes & Maps
The route notes that accompany each itinerary give a step by step, turn by turn account of your route to give you continual points of reference.A pre-loaded GPS is also available should you require, please contact us for details.
Meals
A traditional Catalan breakfast is included each morning. Breakfast is a leisurely affair and adequate time should be allocated. Lunch and dinner are not included. Most accommodations are happy to provide a packed lunch - this should be requested on arrival. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby bars, cafes and restaurants.
Baggage Transfer
Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.
Rental Bikes

Scott Sub, 24 speed touring bikes are available for hire. Rental bikes come equipped with a basic repair kit, pump and helmet (though we recommend using your own). Male and female frames are available. If you’d like to hire a bike, please let us know your height and frame size you currently ride.
 

If you would prefer to bring your own bicycle please
ensure it is thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate bike for this trip such
as Scott Sub, Trek 7200 or similar. 
Bike bags/cases can easily be stored in Girona but please do pack an extra soft bag for your personal belongings as bike bags/cases are too large for the daily baggage transfers.
Travel Insurance
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.
General Information
The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example proper rain gear, sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take. This includes good waterproof gear, sports shoes, and lots of other useful bits and bobs.

All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Macs Adventure
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