Spain Self Guided Biking / Costa Brava

/Spain Self Guided Biking / Costa Brava

Spain Self Guided Biking / Costa Brava

Tour Dates: 8 Days, April to October

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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.

We offer 2 versions of our Costa Brava Self Guided Bike Tours to accommodate both the casual cyclist (Version A) or the avid rider (Version B) 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.

2019 Price: €1375 Euros
pp double occupancy

Single Supplement:€475 Euros
June 17 – August 31 surcharge: €200 Euros per person
Half Board Supplement (5 dinners):€180 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 / €150 Euros, Electric road bike rental / €190 Euros

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

Tour Difficulty

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

  • Version A Difficulty: Relatively Flat with some rolling hills with both paved and dirt road sections.  Hybrid or E bikes are the best choice for this itinerary.
  • Version B Difficulty: Rolling terrain with some longer hills and longer distances.  All roads are paved and we have carbon road bike rentals available.

Tour Highlights

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

“ 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., Your Content Goes Here

Itinerary

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 – Madremanya (40 km)

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.  You will spend 2 nights in a very special lodging in a small hamlet.  You will love not having to pack up the following morning!

Day 5 – Circular route Madremanya – Medieval villages (40 km)

This could be a rest day by the pool, or stroll to the village. But a nice loop ride is also available to visit some small but very charming medieval villages such as Rupia, Foixa and Pals.  Return to Madremanya for the night.

Day 6 – Madremanya – Sant Marti d’Empuries (40 km)

Our route passes through rural villages with great views of the magnificent panorama of the Baix Empordà plain and you peddle back to the Mediterranean coast.   Your lodging tonight is a lovely spa hotel right on the sea.  There is a magnificent Greek /Roman Ruins of Empuries is just behind the hotel and you will arrive in time to explore these ruins.

Day 7 – Sant Marti d’Empuries – Figueres

Your final ride takes you from the coast inland and passes through wetlands where you are bound to see a great variety of birds.  You’ll stop en route in the very beautiful medieval village of  Castelló d’Empúries before arrriving at your destination – the city of Figueres. There is a very interesting Dali museum in Figueres.  Your lodging tonight is in the center of the town and the restaurant in the hotel was often frequented by Salvador Dali.

Day 8

Your tour ends after breakfast.   There is train service in Figueres with access to Barcelona, Girona and other destinations in Spain.

Version B Sample Itinerary – This route is the best of Costa Brava!

(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 – Circular Loop(65 km)

Visit our office in Girona in the morning where you will receive your rental bike, maps and tour information. Today’s loop ride takes you into the foothills of the mountains of Costa Brava to Vall de Llemaena.  Hotel in Girona.

Day 3 – Girona – Sant Feliu de Guíxols (75 km)

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.

Day 4 – Sant Feliu de Guixols – Madremanya (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. Then you’ll head into the interior through lovely countryside until your reach the hamlet of Madremanya where you will spend 2 nights.  This is a favorite accommodation of everyone who comes to this region!

Day 5 – Rest day or optional loop rides. (70 km)

A loop to Torroella de Montgri  will take you to many of the famous medieval villages in the region – Pals & Pertallada.  You’ll return to Madremanya for another night.

Day 6 – Madremanya – Cadaques (75 km)

Your route today is quite varied and spectacular.  You’ll pass by the Greek/Roman ruins of Empuries, the wetalnds of Aiguamolis with abundant birdlife, the medieval village of Castello d’Empuries and you’ll finish with an awesome  downhill to Cadaques, one of the most beautiful villages on the Mediterranean.

(Let us know if you would like to spend an additional night in Cadques.  There is a lovely hike you can do from this village.)

Day 7 – Cadaques to Figueres

Today is a roller coaster ride. Your day begins with an uphill climb from the sea followed by a downhill back to the sea.   You’ll continue riding inland to Figueres,  where you will spend the night.  There is a wonderful Dali Museum to visit and your hotel’s restaurant is where Salvador Dali often had his dinner.

Day 8

Your tour ends after breakfast.  There is a train station in Figueres with access to Barcelona, Girona and other destinations in Spain.

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