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 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.

2018 Price: €1250 Euros
pp double occupancy

Single Supplement:€350 Euros
June 30 – September 2 surcharge: €200 Euros per person
Half Board Supplement (6 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 / €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.

Tour Difficulty

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

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

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 – 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 – 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 – 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

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