This tour will be accompanied by Chuck & Judy Nichols
This is perfect trip for the casual cyclist who wants to visit one of Europe’s most beautiful locations, the Costa Brava in the Catalonia region of northeastern Spain. Our cycling route is on a variety of both flat terrain and some gently rolling hills, and it is the perfect way to discover Catalonia’s fascinating history, culture and excellent cuisine. With its gorgeous beaches, rugged coastline, charming stone villages and pine covered hills, the Costa Brava is an unforgettable cycling destination.
2017 Price: €2,200 Euros/pp (double occupancy)
Single Supplement: €325 Euros
Price does not include: International flights, lunches, beverages, Bike Rentals – Hybrid bike: €80 euros, Electric bike: €180 euros, Carbon road bike: €145 euros
This tour is has it all - lovely scenery, fun riding, great food and fun places to stay!
The Costa Brava is in the Catalonia region of northeastern Spain and this ride is the perfect way to discover Catalonia’s fascinating history, culture and excellent cuisine. With its gorgeous beaches, rugged coastline, charming stone villages and pine covered hills, the Costa Brava is an unforgettable cycling destination.
You will be staying in a variety of accommodations that reflect the hospitality of the region and feature a splendid assortment of European style hotels, charming country inns and a restored 17th century farmhouse situated in a lovely pastoral setting. The scrumptious meals served on the tour are made with the freshest local ingredients and seasoned with tasty local olive oil and herbs. We will also be sampling some of Spain’s best cheeses and most famous wines from the renowned regional vineyards.
Barcelona (Airport Code is BCN) is the closest airport to the start and end of the tour. There are trains that depart Barcelona every hour for Girona and Flaça (the closest train station to the end of the tour).
Arrival on your own by train and taxi to your hotel in the center of town. You can enjoy visiting the old part of this historical city where the cathedral remains and the Jewish quarter are outstanding. Your hotel is a great central location. We will meet in the late afternoon for a tour orientation, bike fitting and a welcome dinner
The day begins with a transfer out of Girona, toward the lake of Banyoles and Neolitic Park la Draga. We ride to the town of Figueres through lovely countryside. The Salvador Dali museum is a highlight to visit in Figueres.
Our route leads us to the the Cap de Creus and through vineyards, fruit trees and the hill of Sant Pere de Rodes with its magnificent Romanic monastery to our arrival in Cadaqués, home town of the famous painter Salvador Dalí.
Today’s route passes through the stunning olive groves and vineyards. We will visit Castelló d’Empuries, with his cathedral and old Jewish quarter. We will pass the Wetlands Natural Park of Empordà with hides for birdwatching.
This route takes you from the Alt Empordà region to the Baix Empordà region, riding through the inland part of this area. We will visit typical rural villages, such as Sant Miquel de Fluvià, with a Romanesque monastery, and magnificent tower and Sant Mori and its castle. We will pass Verges, a medieval village with the remains of its ancient walls, and Foixà, where we can see a magnificent panorama of the plain of the Baix Empordà. After passing the medieval villages of La Pera and Púbol we reach Madremanya and spend the night in a very special accommodation where we will have a fabulous dinner.
Today, the itinerary goes from the most interior part of region to the coast. It goes through a large number of medieval settlements: Cruilles, Peratallada, Ullastret… You can also visit La Bisbal d’Empordà, the region’s capital, with its medieval castle and its pottery museum. Lodging is in the old fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell, which still retains its original charm.
Our final ride takes us to Torroella de Montgrí along the area ‘Empordanet’ with a great variety of beautiful landscapes and culture. You visit the magnificent medieval historic monument of Pals. This day, the route runs through the interesting area of the Pals rice fields.
Your tour ends after breakfast. Taxi on your own to the train station in Flaçà for trains to Barcelona or Girona. We can also arrange van transfers for an additional cost.
Costa Brava is a coastal region of northeastern Spain, consisting of Alt Empordà, Baix Empordà and Selva, in the province of Girona. The Costa Brava stretches from Blanes, 60 km (37 mi) northeast of Barcelona, to the French border. In the 1950s, the Costa Brava was identified by the Spanish government and local entrepreneurs as being suitable for substantial development as a holiday destination, mainly for package holiday tourists from Northern Europe and especially the United Kingdom and France. The combination of a very good summer climate, nature, excellent beaches and a favorable foreign exchange rate, which made Spain a relatively inexpensive tourist destination, was exploited by the construction of large numbers of hotels and apartments in such seaside resorts as Blanes, Tossa de Mar and Lloret de Mar. Tourism rapidly took over from fishing as the principal business of the area. ~ Wikipedia