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Spain Self Guided Biking / Costa Brava
Tour Dates: 8 Days, April to October

Nichols Expeditions offers Costa Brava Self Guided Bike Tours for both casual and serious road bike riders. Guided Tours and van supported tours may also be arranged.

Easy going cycling and great scenery. This tour is perfect for the casual rider who wants to visit one of Europe’s most beautiful locations, the breathtaking Costa Brava in the Catalonia region of northeastern Spain. Tour highlights include picturesque medieval towns, the Salvador Dali Museum, lovely coastline and lodging in charming European style hotels and cozy country inns.

2017 Tour Cost: €1250 Euros pp (based on double occupancy)
Single Supplement: €300 Euros
July & August surcharge: €200 Euros per person
Half Board Supplement (6 dinners): €165 Euros per person

Price Includes:

  • 7 nights’ hotel
  • 7 breakfasts
  • luggage transfers
  • map with route directions
  • emergency phone numbers for our Spain staff support (shorter and longer itineraries available)
Price Does Not Include:

International flights, dinners, lunches, beverages, Hybrid bike rental / €100 Euros, Carbon road bike rental / €145 Euros, Electric road bike rental / €180 Euros

Guided Tour with Van Support: Contact us as price will be determined by the size of the group.

“ There is no better way to enjoy a country than by biking. The combination of being outdoors with the local beauty of Spain in spring was truly relaxing. This area of Spain is ideal for cyclists with its network of roads with bike paths, cycling paths, excellent signage, and local devotion to cycling. Being near Barcelona for the national soccer championship was a bonus!” ~ Ellen M.
“The tour was awesome and we conquered some challenging hills so we are feeling strong! The accommodations were lovely, the scenery was spectacular and God gave us a beautiful week with only a little bit of rain. We were delighted with the whole experience from beginning to end.”~ Sue K.

Tour Difficulty

This challenging tour is definitely “over the top” for its scenery, route quality and fun riding!

  • Difficulty: Relatively Flat
  • Road Conditions: Paved for itin B, some dirt for itin A
  • Recommended Bike: Hybrid or Road

Tour Highlights

  • Quaint White Villages
  • Beaches, Mountains & Vineyards
  • Stunning Landscapes
  • Quiet Roads

Tour Overview

We offer 2 versions of our Costa Brava Self Guided Bike Tours to accommodate both the casual cyclist or the avid rider who wants to visit one of Europe’s most beautiful locations. 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.

Version A for the casual rider: daily riding distances average 35 –45 km per day (20 – 30 miles/day) over most flat terrain with some rolling hills

Version B for the experienced cyclist: daily riding distances of 60 – 75 km per day (37 – 46 miles/day) over varied terrain

Prices are the same for both Version A & B.

Travel Information

Girona is the closest airport. (Airport Code is GRO). You might be able to find less expensive international flights into Barcelona (Airport Code is BCN). There are trains that depart Barcelona every hour for Girona and Flaça (the closest train station to the end of the tour). Ryan Air has very reasonably priced air service to Girona from both London and Madrid.

Tour Map

Tour Video

Version A Sample Itinerary

(Shorter distances, some good dirt roads that require a hybrid bike)

Day 1 - Arrival in Girona

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.

Day 2 - Girona – Sant Feliu de Guíxols (42 km)

Visit our office in Girona in the morning where you will receive your rental bike, maps and tour information. You will following the ancient railway called “El carrilet” to the coast. It means 40 km through a railway conditioned for pedestrians and bikers only. You will reach Sant Feliu with its wonderful seaport and an old monastery of great cultural and historical interest. Lodging in front of the sea on the interesting beach of Sant Pol.

Day 3 - Sant Feliu de Guíxols - Calella de Palafrugell (30 – 47 km)

Today the itinerary goes along the coast as far as Calella following the Palamós bay, you can visit the most important villages in the area, Platja d’Aro and Palamós, with its interesting fishing port and its exquisite fishes. You can also visit the Iberian settlement of Castell. You have a choice of a long or short route.Lodging in the old fishing village of Calella de P., which still retains its original charm, in one hotel located on the top of a hill, with a magnificent view over the settlement of Calella.

Day 4 - Calella de Palafrugell – Torroella de Montgrí (40 km)

The route continues north, following the coast and visiting places of outstanding interest: Pals and Torroella de Montgrí. The natural wetlands of Pals and the rice growing areas are visited. Lodging in this lovely hotel which is situated in one of the most typical countrysides of l’Empordà area.

Day 5 - Circular route Torroella de Montgrí - Medieval villages (40 km)

This could be a rest day by the pool, or stroll to the beach. But a nice loop ride is also available to follow the Daro River and visit some small but very charming medieval villages such as Rupia, Foixa and Púbol. In Púbol you can visit the Gala Dalí Castle and discover the surrealist world of the prominent Catalan artist Salvador Dalí. Return back to the same hotel, dinner on your own. You also visit the ruins of the Iberian village near Ullastret, where you can enjoy the wonderful panoramic view of the area over the area.

Day 6 - Torroella de Montgrí – Sant Pere Pescador (30 km)

The route goes north passing into the county of Alt Émpordá, passing behind the mountain Montgri. The route passes another beautiful fishing village, L‘Escala, famous for its Anchovy production. Hightlights of the ride include the historical medieval complex of St. Martí d’Empúries with some of the most enticing beaches the Costa Brava has to offer and the famous ruins of Empúries.one of the largest Roman/Greek ruins in Europe, dating from 600BC. An interesting fact; this is the point where wine was introduced to Spain!! The route then continues north where riders will be staying in the small village of Sant Pere Pescador, set in the protected marshlands of Aiguamolls de l’Empordá.

Day 7 - Sant Pere Pescador – Madremanya (45 km)

You will spend the day cycling through the interior of the region from the Alt (upper) Empordà to the Baix (lower) Empordà. Our route passes through rural villages with great views of the magnificent panorama of the Baix Empordà plain. The ride ends in Madremanya, a very inte resting medieval village, where you spend the night.

Day 8

Your tour ends after breakfast. Taxi on your own to the train station in Flaçà

Version B Sample Itinerary

(Asphalt roads, varied terrain, longer distances)

Day 1 - Arrival in Girona

Arrival on your own in Girona, there are many trains each day from Barcleona . 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.

Day 2 - Girona – Sant Feliu de Guíxols (75 km)

Visit our office in Girona in the morning where you will receive your rental bike, maps and tour information. The route goes from Girona to the coast. You will reach Sant Feliu, with its wonderful seaport and great cultural and historical interest, with an old monastery. Lodging in front of the sea at the interesting beach of Sant Pol. Today’s route level: Moderate

Day 3 - Circular Loop to Tossa - Sant Feliu de Guíxols (60 km)

This is a beautiful ride along the rugged coastline of the Costa Brava. Return to Sant Feliu de Guixols

Day 4 - Sant Feliu de Guixols – Torroella de Montgrí (about 60 km)

Today’s route goes along the coast as far as Calella following the Palamós bay. You can visit the most important villages in the area, Platja d’Aro and Palamós. You can also visit the Iberian settlement of Castell. The route continues north, following the coast and visiting places of outstanding interest: Pals and Torroella de Montgrí. The natural wetlands of Pals and the rice growing areas are visited. Lodging in this lovely hotel which is situated in one of the most typical countrysides of l’Empordà area.

Day 5 - Rest day or you have 2 optional loop rides. (70 km or 100 km)

A longer loop to Banyoles – 100km and a shorter route of approx 70 km to visit nearby medieval villages. The long loop passes the famous rowing town of Banyoles, the lake in the town is the second highest natural lake in Europe and is an international training destination for rowers. Passing through an unspoiled agricultural area of Pla d´Estany.

Day 6 - Torroella de Montgrí – Figueres (68km)

The route passes through the stunning olive groves and vineyards around the town of Espolla, finishing in the city of Figueres. There is a very interesting Dali museum in Figueres.

Day 7 - Figueres – Madremanya (45km)

You will spend the day cycling through the interior of the region from the Alt (upper) Empordà to the Baix (lower) Empordà. Our route passes through rural villages with great views of the magnificent panorama of the Baix Empordà plain. The ride ends in Madremanya, a very interesting medieval village, where you spend the night.

Day 8

Your tour ends after breakfast. Taxi on your own to the train station in Flaçà

About Costa Brava

The Costa Brava (“Wild” or “Rough Coast”) 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 favourable 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. ~ Wikipedia

Travel Details

This trip begins in Girona. We suggest taking a train on your own from Barcelona to Girona, but a private transfer can also be arranged if you prefer. Barcelona is the closest airport to the beginning and end of the the trip.

Who comes on a Nichols Expeditions Bike Tour?

Folks who enjoy our tours are a spirited mix of singles and couples of ALL ages from all corners of the US, Canada and a few international locations as well. Many have accompanied us on numerous tours in the past. Most folks are recreational riders and all seem to share the common bond of an active lifestyle, an appreciation for the outdoors and a love for fun. We will gladly supply references if you wish to speak with someone who has recently been on this trip.

Language

You do not need to be able to speak Spanish, as you will be surprised at how many folks speak English in Spain. However, a good dictionary or a translation application on your phone can be quite helpful.

Weather

July is the hottest month in Costa Brava with an average temperature of 74°F (24°C) and the coldest is January at 46°F (8°C) with the most daily sunshine hours at 12 in August. The wettest month is October with an average of 82mm of rain.

Travel Insurance

To protect yourself against life’s uncertainties, we highly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy!

Learn more about the Travel Insurance.

Camera Gear

Whether you shoot a digital or film camera, bring more media storage cards or film than you think you need! A portable hard drive may be the answer for digital storage. Other useful items are plenty of extra batteries, lens cleaner, lens tissue, lens brush, a mini tabletop tripod and a clean toothbrush to remove grit from your camera.

Money

The currency of Spain is the Euro. You will need Euros for lunches, beverages, shopping, snacks, and tips for hotel staff. We suggest starting with a minimum of €200 EUR (more if you like to shop and sample the local wine and ice cream).

Tipping

Most restaurants include a service charge, but an additional 5-10% for exceptional service is always appreciated. We suggest a small amount for baggage and taxi service.

Cash & Credit Cards

US CASH: bring only NEW bills with NO tears. You can exchange money at the airport and in major towns. CREDIT CARDS: bring 2 or more Visa or Master Cards in case you have trouble with one. There are ATMs in most of the towns on the tour. To use your Credit Card to get Euros at an ATM, each Credit Card will need a PIN#. Be sure to activate the PIN# and check that it works BEFORE you begin your travels. We also suggest contacting your credit card company prior to your trip to inform them of the countries where you will be traveling and the dates. We do not recommend bringing Travelers Checks because some places do not accept them, exchange rates vary widely and they require a bank to exchange them.

Passport

You must have a current Passport. Make sure your PASSPORT DOES NOT EXPIRE WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF THE COMPLETION OF YOUR TOUR. These requirements do vary from country to country, but just to be safe, we recommend going by the 6 month standard, because it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry when it comes to international travel!

Make copies of your passport! We recommend making 2 photocopies of your passport’s photo page and any other valuable documents you might carry with you on the tour. Travel with one copy stored separately from your passport. Leave the other copy at home with a relative or friend (ideally the same person you gave as your emergency contact). In the event that any of your documents are lost or stolen, this will greatly assist the process of replacement.

Additional hotel lodging

Let us know if you would like us to make additional hotel reservations for you at the start or end of the tour.

Travel Delays

Nichols Expeditions is not responsible for any costs you may incur due to travel delays or other contingencies we are unable to control. For international flights, arrive at least 2-3 hours prior to departure (check with your air carrier for their requirements) and allow ample time between connecting flights. If you miss your flight and you need a special shuttle to meet up with the group, you will be responsible for the cost.

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