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Short Escape in Catalonia

Cyclomundo offers guided and self-guided cycling trips in Catalonia Self-guided tour: All year-round
3 nights/4 days
Average daily mileage: 35 km (22 miles)
Starts from Palamos. Palamos is easy to access from Barcelona or Girona
Level 2 (easy)
Accommodations in 3- and 4-star properties

Short bicycle tour in Catalonia

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On this cycling trip, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views over the Costa Brava
 
This cycling tour will take you through Figueres where the Dali Museum is located
 

This four-day, self-guided bicycle tour provides a perfect long-weekend escape in Spain’s Costa Brava region, an area National Geographic Traveler Magazine named as one of the world’s top 2012 travel destinations. Beginning in Palamós and concluding in Girona, the tour allows you to see and experience the best of Costa Brava. You’ll visit pristine beaches, ancient architecture, vineyards, and some of Spain’s most famous medieval villages. And every night you’ll lodge in three-star hotels. This tour, which is offered year round, is suitable for all riding levels.

 
 

A Short Escape in Catalonia
3 nights/4 days

Day 1: Arrival in Palamos

Getting from Barcelona or Barcelona to Palamos is quite easy (contact us for more information). Upon arriving in Palamós you’ll check into the Hotel Trias. Located near the waterfront and just a short walk from the city’s center, this three-star hotel makes for the perfect start for your bike tour. After settling into your room, the time is yours to explore Costa Brava’s capital. From the beach you can access waterfront restaurants overlooking the Mediterranean. Or for something more historic, visit Santa Maria del Mar, the city’s architectural landmark, built in the 15th century. Palamos’ sites include the interesting Museu de la Pesca (Fishing Museum), next to the Costa Brava’s biggest Fish Market, a must-see which can be visited most afternoons.

Day 2: Palamós to Calella de Palafrugell (25.2 km/ 15.6 miles)

After breakfast, our representative will go over your ride in step-by-step detail, imparting local “insider” knowledge, including suggestions on attractions to consider along your self-guided route. Your tour begins with a visit to Celler Can Sais, a family-operated vineyard in the true sense. You’ll be greeted by the family’s daughter who doubles as both winemaker and vineyard tour guide. She’ll lead an informative 5-kilometer bike tour through the vineyard, followed by a wine tasting.

From here you’ll return to Palamós via Costa Brava’s scenic coast, giving access to Castell Beach, which enjoys must-visit status. More than just a beach, it’s an escape. Only forest and sea hem this cuticle of sand, making it the only beach along the Costa Brava coast free from development.

Continuing north along the coast, you’ll reach Calella de Palafrugell, your home for the night. Nestled inside a rocky cove rimmed with beach, Calella de Palafrugell is considered one of Costa Brava’s most beautiful villages. You’ll lodge at the three-star Hotel Sant Roc, providing out-the-door access to the town and its postcard-like views of the Mediterranean.

Day 3: Calella de Palafrugell to Madremanya (46.1 km/28.6 miles)

Today’s ride begins with a stop just one cove up in Llafranc. Often referred to as the “Laguna Beach of Spain,” this staggeringly beautiful seaside village once attracted the likes of Salvador Dali and Ernest Hemingway. For those with an itch for lofted views, the optional climb from Llafranc to the Sant Sebastiŕ lighthouse is highly recommended… the views are simply spectacular.

Regardless of the option you choose, you’ll reach Palafrugell where you can stop to refuel on Margarita’s yummy croquetas before riding into the historic Pals. Unlike many medieval villages that look to be one windstorm away from crumbling into oblivion, Pals glows with medieval perfection. Beautiful stone buildings tightly line narrow cobblestone streets with defined clarity, making Pals feel more like a park than a village.

Continuing inland through Catalonia’s quiet countryside, you’ll next stop in Peratallada – another popular Costa Brava destination spot. This timeless village of rutted stone streets and ancient stone buildings is classified as a historic site. The Place de les Voltes, Peratallada’s main square, is worth visiting and offers a variety of cafes and restaurants. You’ll next ride into La Bisbal d’Empordá, the “Pottery Capital” of Catalonia. Colorful pottery in all shapes and colors overflows out of open storefronts, leaving no doubt to how the village acquired its “Pottery Capital” moniker. Monells, your next stop, is another small village of medieval perfection. And then it’s on to Madremanya, a mind-soothing countryside village that defines casual elegance. You’ll lodge and dine at the Hotel La Placa. The hotel’s highly acclaimed restaurant, located inside a converted 14th century farmhouse, specializes in local seasonal fare, making your meal as memorable as the day itself.

Day 4: Madremanya to Girona (22 km/14 miles)

Your tour ends with a classic climb to El Angels (484 m/1,587 feet). Regarded as one of Spain’s most popular stops with bicyclists, El Angels provides spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. And the summit’s 15th century chapel is famous for being Salvador Dali’s wedding site in 1958. From there, you can freewheel all the way down to historic Gerona. If time allows, be sure to visit some of Girona’s most famous attractions: Sant Feliu, Independence Square and Girona Cathedral.

You’ll depart from Girona on your own timetable. Note that an extra night can be arranged should you wish to stay longer.

Booking & Pricing
Pricing: From 565 euros per person sharing a room.

  • 565 euros per person sharing a room Jan. thru April, Oct. thru Dec.. Single supplement is 100 euros
  • 605 euros per person sharing a room May, June & September). Single supplement is 140 euros
  • 660 euros per person sharing a room July & August. Single supplement is 190 euros

These prices include:

  • 3-night accommodations in 3- and 4-star properties
  • Daily breakfast
  • 1 Gastronomical dinner at La Placa in Madremanya (drinks are not included)
  • Guided visit of a wine cellar
  • Meeting with our local representative on Day 2
  • Luggage transfers
  • Detailed marked maps and/or cue sheets
  • Tourist information
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be given our local representative’s mobile number)
  • All tax and service charges

These prices do not include:

  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Hybrids are available at the rate of 80 euros per bike (this price includes the drop-off fee)

For further information or reservations:
Please book online at your earliest convenience as this trip is subject to hotel availability.
Our e-mail address: info@cyclomundo.com
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