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Surreal Catalonia - Great Tour of Emporda

Massis de Montgri will be in sight on your cycling tour 6
This cycling tour takes you on the shores of Empuries Take advantage of a swim on the beaches of calella Stop for a break to admire the countryside of Empordà Massis de Montgri will be in sight on your cycling tour Cycle through the rice fields in Pals Enjoy the local architecture in Monells
Massis de Montgri will be in sight on your cycling tour

Surreal Catalonia - Great Tour of Emporda

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  • PriceFrom 655 euros
  • DAY5 nights / 6 days

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In the backyard of Catalonia's famed Costa Brava lies the Empordà plain, a gorgeous region boasting a rich agricultural as well as a cultural heritage dating back to prehistory. Great eras have brought a diverse array of people here, from the Iberians through the Greeks and Romans and medieval times, each leaving their distinct mark on the landscape and lifestyle.

 

On this tour, you will begin and end in the medieval town of Torroella de Montgri. In between, the route takes you along quiet countryside fields to lively seaside paths, as you cross through Empordà natural parks, charming coastal towns, and picturesque medieval villages. The plain unfolds as you pedal, revealing wonders that include the ancient ruins of Empuries, Pals and its rice fields, the region's capital at La Bisbal d'Empordà, and the stunning beaches of Sant Pere Pescador. Explore it all at your own pace.

Itinerary

D1Arrival at Torroella de Montgri

 

Your introduction to the Empordà begins at Toroella de Montgri, originally a royal port for the Kings of Aragon. In the shadows of the looming Montgri Massif, Toroella is one of the towns located within the Natural Park of Montgri, Medes Islands, and Baix Ter.

Visiting the Museum of the Mediterranean here is a great way to learn about the natural and cultural heritage of the area before you set off on you bikes.

D2Torroella de Montgri to Sant Pere Pescador 26 km (16 miles), 132 meters (433 ft) of climbing

 

Wave goodbye to the Montgri Massif as you leave Torroella, pedalling through sunny countryside and villages before reaching the seaside by L'Escala. A fishing village famous for its anchovies, it's a great place to stop for lunch and enjoy the beautiful views.

A picturesque bike path along the coast will then lead you back in time to Sant Marti d'Empuries and the adjacent ruins of the ancient city of Empuries. Established in the 6th century BCE, Empuries is the only Greek city still conserved on the Iberian Peninsula, and is a truly fascination visit.

When you are able to tear yourself away, a short cycle inland will have you rolling into Sant Pere Pescador, your destination for the night. Sant Pere boasts 7 km (4.5 miles) of pristine beach -- the perfect place to relax after your exciting day of exploration. 

D3Sant Pere Pescador to Madremanya 40 km (25 miles), 545 meters (1,788 ft) of climbing

 

Shake the sand out of your shoes after breakfast and start the cycle inland from Sant Pere, as you make your way into the southern Empordà region. Let your mind and imagination roam as quiet countryside roads wind into rural villages, seemingly transporting you to the area's medieval past. Sant Miquel de Fluvià and its Romanesque monastery, the castle of Sant Mori, and the magnificent panorama of the Empordà plain from Foixà are sure to slow your pedal and get your camera out as well.

Your final village of the day, Madremanya, is no exception, with its great stone buildings and architecture that have stood the tests of time.

D4Madremanya to Calella de Palafrugell 39 km (24 miles), 336 meters (1,102 ft) of climbing

 

The stones of Madremanya may not budge, but you certainly will on today's ride! Turning once again towards the coast, you will pass through a number of medieval settlements en route, including Cruilles and its "unmissable" tower, as well as Torrent and its unique Jam Museum. Another can't-miss is beautiful La Bisbal d'Empordà, the region's capital and home to a medieval castle and pottery museum.

Cycling onwards, you will find yourself breathing the salt air once more at the old fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell, where you'll spend the night.

D5Calella de Palafrugell to Torroella de Montgri 29 km (18 miles), 287 meters (942 ft) of climbing

 

From Calella, you will complete your roundabout loop back to Torroella de Montgri, where your adventure began. Cycling through the "Empordanet" area, you will enjoy a wonderful variety of cultural sights and picturesque landscapes, from flower-filled medieval villages to lush rice fields. Halfway through your ride, the historic site of Pals provides the perfect place to stop for lunch and to explore the town's great towers and restored Gothic quarter, while admiring the view of the surrounding fields of Empordà.

You might recognize your old friend the Montgri Massif, as you come full circle and point your bicycle towards Torroella.

D6Departure

 

After breakfast, depart Torroella at your leisure.

Booking & Pricing

  • Option A
  • 3 nights in comfortable guesthouse, 1 night in a 3-star hotel and 1 night in a 4-star country hotel

  • 615 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 135 euros
  • 655 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 155 euros
  • 715 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 185 euros
  • Option A+
  • 3 nights in 4-star hotels, 2 nights in 3-star hotels

  • 760 euros per person in March to October. Single supplement is 195 euros
  • 835 euros per person in May, June and September. Single supplement is 245 euros
  • 1,015 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 335 euros

These prices include:

  • 5 nights' accomodations
  • Daily breakfast
  • Meeting with our local representative
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Tourist information
  • Luggage transfers
  • Pre-loaded GPS unit (subject to availability)
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep's cell/mobile number)
  • All taxes and service charges

These prices do not include:

  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 80 euros per bike. E-bikes are available at the rate of 175 euros.
  • Dinners can be pre-booked at the rate of 125 euros per person (5 dinners for the Option A; 4 dinners for the Option A+; these rates do not include drinks)

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