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From the heights of the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean coast, cycling the Greenways bike path around Girona is the ideal way to discover this gorgeous region at a fun and easy pace.
With minimal climbing and short daily distances along countryside and forest paths, this tour is well-suited for families with young children or anyone seeking a leisurely ride through one of the most culturally fascinating and naturally stunning parts of Catalonia.
You will experience the area away from the crowds, as you stay in handpicked accommodation in charming hotels and farmhouses, cycle through hidden villages, and discover the rich history, nature, and cuisine of Girona and its surroundings. It is sure to be a memorable holiday, as you pedal your way from the volcanic landscapes of Olot through the timeworn streets of Girona, to finish on the sweeping beaches of the famed Costa Brava.
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Arrive at your leisure in Olot; an optional transfer from Girona is also available upon request.
Olot is a truly remarkable city, not only for its artistic and architectural heritage dating back to the ninth century but for the singular volcanic landscape of the area, which features about 40 dormant volcanoes! There are four volcanoes located within Olot itself, and just outside of the city, you can even go for a walk through La Fageda d’en Jordà, a beautiful beech forest growing on a lava flow.
After a morning meeting with our local representative, you’ll start your ride following a cycle path along
the old narrow-gauge railway line “Carrilet d’Olot”. As the road climbs, you will enjoy some lovely views,
particularly by the midpoint of your ride over the Bas Valley. With its gorgeous countryside and typical
villages, the valley is aptly known as the “Catalan Switzerland”. From here, you will descend into Les
Planes, passing below the thousand-year-old Castillo d’Hostoles on your way. A visit to the river gorges in
Les Planes is a must, and also a perfect way to relax after your ride.
Though today’s ride to Girona is the longest of the trip, it is largely downhill or flat. The route will take you
along the Ter River, as you pedal through the Catalonian countryside, stop in tiny historic villages like
Anglés and La Cellera de Ter, and discover the incredible cultural heritage of the area.
Upon arriving in Girona, park your bikes at your hotel and go roaming. The Cathedral, the narrow streets
of the ancient Jewish quarter, and the city’s medieval walls (where you can enjoy a fabulous panoramic
view) are just a few of the wonders Girona has to offer.
Bid farewell to Girona in the morning as you make the short ride to Campllong, taking quiet roads and
bike paths through the serene countryside. Route highlights include the village of Quart, well-known for its
ceramics, and Cassà de la Selva, with its beautiful modernist houses. And there’s yet more fun to be had
in Campllong, where a restored 13th-century farmhouse (and many friendly farm animals) await your
Your tour will cap off with a most leisurely stage along greenways to the beautiful port-town of Sant Feliu
de Guixols. It is a site of rich natural and cultural heritage, with a lively marketplace and a tenth-century
Benedictine monastery that played an important role in the feudal history of the coastal town. Enjoy a
relaxing afternoon on the beaches, tuck into some freshly caught seafood, and reflect fondly on all the fun
you had on your bike trip!
You are free to depart at your leisure after breakfast, though you may wish to extend your stay in the
Costa Brava with a few additional nights (we would do the same.)
3 nights in 3-star hotels, 1 night in 2-star hotel, and 1 night in a comfortable guesthouse