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Catalonia is home to some fantastic gravel cycling. Riding along these gravel routes is the perfect way to discover this region of varied landscapes: from the Pyrenees to the north, the Costa Brava to the east and the Empordà plain in between. You will have the chance to get off road and take in memorable ascents, descents, open fields and forests as well as passing by ancient castles, typical Catalonian farmhouses and secluded churches. Enjoy exploring this scenery which has inspired some of the most talented artists of all time, most notably perhaps Salvador Dalí.
For this tour you will be based in Girona and each day will ride a different loop to allow you to discover some of the best scenery and riding the region has to offer, whilst also being able to enjoy the beautiful city of Girona and its numerous cycling bars and cafés at the end of each day in the saddle. The different loops take in the countryside surrounding Girona, the Llémana Valley, the Llagostera plain, the Gavarres mountains, the Rocacorba Valley and Lake Banyoles.
On the first day you will be outfitted with your bikes (if you choose to rent with us) and all other necessary gear (GPS etc.) at our office in Girona.The day’s ride is a challenging itinerary with the option to climb the epic Rocacorba climb as well! It sees you begin by heading north, steadily climbing and passing by the mountains north of Girona through the Adri valley. The route passes through the village of Biert before descending down into the town of Banyoles, located right next to the stunning Lake Banyoles. The lake is the largest natural lake in Catalonia and is famous for having been the rowing location for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics as well as the 2004 World Rowing Championships. The route then continues into the plain north of Girona looping around the town of Banyoles and flattens out as you ride back into Girona passing by typical Catalonian farmhouses!
This loop is one of the hardest of the four rides and takes in a lot of “wild landscapes” as it heads out from Girona to take in the Gavarres mountains. You will ride out of the city into the Sant Daniel Valley which leads to the medieval Sant Miquel Castle. From the castle enjoy a downhill section into Juià. The route then heads through Madremanya to Monells, a charming medieval village and a perfect spot to grab a coffee and catch your breath! Save as much energy as you can here because a long uphill awaits to Sant Mateu del Montnegre. This is the last climb of the day and from here you can roll downhill into Girona for a well-earned rest!
Today’s route is slightly easier than the other days as it takes in the beautiful rolling fields of the Llagostera plain and so is relatively flat. The day begins by following the bike path out of Girona and heading south towards Llagostera, home to the Emili Vilà Museum and worth a visit! The route follows the Greenway, a disused railway which has been converted into a bike path and runs all the way from Olot, situated northwest of Girona to Sant Feliu de Guixols on the coast. Enjoy the changing scenery as you ride out towards the Mediterranean Sea. Once you have passed through Llagostera the route leaves the bike path and heads north passing through the small towns of Sant Andreu Salou and Quart. The route then rejoins a bike path leading back into Girona.
The final loop will see you discover the inland countryside of the Llémana Valley and the Ter valley, riding past its big ancient farms along the way. From here, the route continues towards Anglès along the river, before then crossing over the Ter into the Brunyola Valley at Bonmatí. There then follows a climb to Mas Llunes and then a descent to take in the La Crosa volcano, which boasts the largest crater on the Iberian Peninsula at 1250m. The route then returns back to Girona through the fields on the outskirts of the city. Once arrived back into Girona it is time to celebrate your adventure in one of the many cycling bars!
Following breakfast, you may depart at a time of your choosing.
4 nights in a 3-star hotel
4 nights in a 4-star hotel
● 4 night's accommodation as listed above
● Daily breakfast
● Meeting with our staff
● Luggage transfers
● Marked maps and roadbook
● GPX files or GPS pre-loaded with the itinerary
● Assistance if necessary
● All tax and service charges
● Expenses of a personal nature
● Travel insurance
● Bicycle rentals. Gravel bikes are available at the rate of 115 euros per bike.