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Highlights

  • Easy going cycling through Catalonia’s Emporda region.
  • Explore the Gothic architecture of Girona’s Old Quarter.
  • Discover the Catalonian countryside which inspired Dali and Picasso.
  • Enjoy wine and Cava tasting in historic cellars.
  • Mediterranean coastal rides and rugged swimming coves.

Cycle along easy going country lanes and coastal roads through Catalonia. Explore ancient, medieval settlements, rugged coves and bustling fishing villages. Spend a day discovering Catalonia’s wine cellars before a final toast in Dali’s beloved Figueres as you experience his world of surrealism.

From the atmospheric Gothic quarter of Girona, tree lined roads give way to inviting Mediterranean waters and some of Catalonia’s finest beaches where you can hop out of the saddle for a quick dip and fresh seafood lunch of Tuna Escabeche. Continuing north, through ancient Greek and Roman Emporda, it’s hard not be charmed by the cobbled alleyways and Romanesque towers of Pals. Pedalling onto the ancient winelands of Castello d'Empuries, enjoy two guided wine cellar tours exploring Catalonia’s signature red wines and celebrated Cava and later there is the opportunity to dine in the family run Michelin star restaurant, Emporium. Beyond Castello d'Empuries, Dali’s Figueres awaits to take you on a very surreal exploration of his life and work at his Teatro-Museo.

Please note the 2018 itinerary is in the process of being updated. The tour will omit 2 nights in Peralada and stay 2 nights in the Roman town of Castelló d'Empúries. Wine tasting opportunites will still be included.


Day 1

Arrive Girona

Easily reached from Girona airport (20 mins) and Barcelona airports (1hr 30mins), Girona’s cobbled alleyways, Gothic architecture and vibrant café culture makes for the perfect introduction to Catalonia’s rich history. Dating back to the 12th century Girona boasts one of the best preserved Gothic Quarters and it is worth making time to visit the Catherdral and Banys Arab (public bath house).


Overnight: Girona


Day 2

Cycle to Saint Feliu de Guixols

Following the Onyar River out of Girona the route follows the easy going ‘El Carrilet’, cycle way. Passing through the rural towns of Quart and Cassa del Selva, cork tree forests give way to a coastal horizon. Then it’s downhill to the beachside town of Saint Feliu de Guixols!


Cycle: 43 km


Overnight: Saint Feliu de Guixlos


Day 3

Cycle to Calella de Palafrugell

Leaving Saint de Guixlos, you’ll follow Catalonia’s Mediterranean coastline. Peppered with rugged coves and thriving fishing villages it’s easy to be lured off the saddle for typical Catalonian seafood dishes such as Esqueixada (salty cod salad). In the latter part of today’s ride there is the option to cycle over the Romanya hills, before arriving at the whitewashed sea front of Calella de Palafrugell.


Cycle: 31 km or 47 km


Overnight: Calella de Palafrugell


Day 4

Cycle to Torroella de Montgri

Breaking away from coast, you’ll find yourself pedalling through olive and almonds groves before arriving at the perfectly preserved medieval village of Pals. A real jewel in Catalonia’s historic crown, the views from Pals 11th century Romanesque towers stretch east to the coast and north across ancient vineyards towards your next overnight stop of Torroella de Montgri.


Cycle: 34 km


Overnight: Torroella de Montgri


Day 5

Cycle to Peralada

An easy cycle with far reaching views of the Gulf of Roses bringing you to the Greek and Roman archaeological site of Empuires, dating back to 575BC. Beyond Empuries is the enchanting Emporda town of Peralada. Nestled amongst some of Catalonia’s oldest wine cellars, Peralada is also home to one of the most complex artistic museums which can be found at the exquisite 14th century Carmelite Convent.


Cycle: 45 km


Overnight: Peralada


Day 6

Loop Ride of Catalan Wine Cellars

Today, you’ll experience three guided wine tasting tours of traditional Catalonian wine cellars. Your visits to the cellars of Espelt and Empordalia explores the historic production of Grenache and Syrah grapes, said to be ancient roots of Greek and Roman legacies. The revered 18th century cellar of Trobart rounds the day off with the signature sparkle of Catalonian Cava.


Cycle: 31 km


Overnight: Peralada


Day 7

Cycle to Figueres

Riding out through the winelands, today is a relaxed day of riding as it’s mostly downhill all the way to Dali’s Theatre-Museum in Figueres. Founded in 1974, the pioneer of surrealism created a show stopping, outlandish experience taking visitors on a journey of some of his finest drawings, sculptures, holograms and installations, making it one of the most visited sights in Spain today.


Cycle: 41 or 49 km


Overnight: Figueres


Day 8

Onward Travel

After a leisurely breakfast, you may like to explore Figueres a little more or start your onward journey. From Figueres there are straightforward train connections to Girona (30mins), Barcelona (1hr 30mins) and even a high speed service to Paris. Hire bikes will be collected from the hotel or your bike cases/boxes will be delivered to your hotel in Figueres.


Accommodation

Handpicked to meet the needs of cyclists, each accommodation is different and full of character. Hotels are listed below, though on occasion we may have to book you an alternative hotel, especially during the busier periods of the year. We always book an equal or better alternative hotel.


Additional Nights and Extensions

You may like to include an extra night at Peralada or Figueres to explore some more of the wine cellars or take a day trip out to the Cap de Creus National Park, one of Dali's many hangouts. If you're keen to explore the region some more, please do email or call us to discuss options.


Single Rooms & Solo Cyclists

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. Unfortunately this tour is not available to solo cyclists.



 

 

 



Hotel Historic - Girona



Hotel Historic - Girona

Conveniently located in the heart of historic Girona, the catherdral, Sant Domench Square and our local partner are all within a few minutes walk


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel Sant Pol - Saint Feliu de Guixlos



Hotel Sant Pol - Saint Feliu de Guixlos

Located on the beach front of Sant Pol means you don’t have to wander far for a swim!


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel Sant Roc - Calella de Palafrugell



Hotel Sant Roc - Calella de Palafrugell

A family run hotel, located 200m from the centre of Calella. Peaceful gardens and swimming pool means you can rest and relax on arrival.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hostal Fonda Mitja - Torroella de Montgri



Hotel Fonda Mitja - Torroella de Montgri

Located in the old quarter of Torroella the hotel dates back to 1745 and has been proudly been run by the Fonda family for almost a century.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel la Font - Peralada



Hotel la Font - Peralada

An intimate hotel which sits in the tranquil setting of medieval Peralada, perfect for exploring the rustic streets.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel Ronda - Figueres



Hotel Ronda - Figueres

Comfortable, central hotel which makes life easier for exploring the sight of Figueres including Dali’s Museum.



Single Rooms & Solo Cyclists

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. Unfortunately this tour is not available to solo cyclists.


Grade & Terrain

Itineraries on this cycling trip are graded easy to moderate with some days being moderate. Occasionally you may encounter a few moderate slopes, especially on coastal trails. However the ascent is not too difficult or prolonged.You will cycle principally on farm tracks, trails and quiet country lanes. There is also the option of a Ebike if you prefer a little power asistance for longer days and/or hills.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The route notes that accompany each itinerary give a step by step, turn by turn account of your route to give you continual points of reference.A pre-loaded GPS is also available should you require, please contact us for details.


Meals

A traditional Catalan breakfast is included each morning. Breakfast is a leisurely affair and adequate time should be allocated. Lunch and dinner are not included. Most accommodations are happy to provide a packed lunch - this should be requested on arrival. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby bars, cafes and restaurants.


Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.


Rental Bikes


Scott Sub, 24 speed touring bikes are available for hire. Rental bikes come equipped with a basic repair kit, pump and helmet (though we recommend using your own). Male and female frames are available. If you’d like to hire a bike, please let us know your height and frame size you currently ride.


We can also arrange Ebike hire if you would prefer a power assisted ride. For more information on Ebikes please click here.


 

 


If you would prefer to bring your own bicycle please
ensure it is thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate bike for this trip such
as Scott Sub, Trek 7200 or similar. 


Bike bags/cases can easily be stored in Girona but please do pack an extra soft bag for your personal belongings as bike bags/cases are too large for the daily baggage transfers.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example proper rain gear, sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take. This includes good waterproof gear, sports shoes, and lots of other useful bits and bobs.

Getting to Girona and from Figueres

Getting to Girona


Girona Airport bus is only a 20 minute journey from Girona city centre.


Alternatively Barcelona Airport is within easy reach of Girona. The train from Barcelona Airport to Girona (changing at Barcelona All Saints) takes approximately 1hr 30mins.


Private transfers from Girona or Barcelona Airport to Girona city can easily be arranged


From Figueres


Train: There are regular trains from Figueres to Girona (30mins) and Barcelona (1hr 30mins) and even a high speed service to Paris.


Private transfers from Figueres to Girona, Barcelona can also be easily arranged.


Included

  • 2 nights 4* hotel, 5 nights 3*hotel
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Detailed route notes with maps
  • Baggage transfer throughout
  • 2 Wine tastings visits to local cellars with tasting plates
  • 24/7 local partner and UK telephone support

Excluded

  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Entrance fees (where applicable)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Transport should you need to skip a stage
  • Bike Hire

Extras

  • Additional nights
  • Bike Hire
  • Gastronomic Dinners (nights 1 & 6)

We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more advice from our team.

How far in advance do I need to book?

You can start your cycling tour on any date between April and October. We carefully select small cycle friendly hotels that offer great value, food and welcomes. The accommodation we normally use is detailed in the itinerary.  You can add extra nights at any point during your stay, and we particularly recommend extending your stay in Figueres as you may like to explore the nearby national park of Cap de Creus. In order to avoid disappointment it is a good idea to contact us as soon as you are aware of your available dates and to have an alternate date range in mind just in case.

How fit do I need to be?

The roads in Catalonia are generally not difficult to cycle. You may encounter some more challenging sections of road, but these usually don't last for long. It's a good idea to get out on your bike for a couple of consecutive days in the lead up to your holiday so you get used to riding back to back days. Cycling distances on this holiday are broken up with plenty of opportunities to take a beach break or visit historic sights which brakes up the cycling into easy, manageable kilometres!

How do the baggage transfers work?

Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation. Just leave them at the reception at your hotel in the morning and they will be picked up and taken to the next overnight stop. Please limit your luggage to one bag per person of no more than 20kgs.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need comfortable shoes and clothes to cycle in (layers are always a good option), a daypack/hydration pack and sunblock. A full equipment list will be provided in your info pack.

When is the best time of year?

April through to the start of June means you’ll get the most of Catalonia’s flora, especially in May when Girona is in full bloom.

July and August can be very hot to ride, with daytime temperatures reaching up to 30 degrees. Cities such as Girona and Figueres can be hotter but the coast can feel a little cooler with the breeze. 

September and October the Mediterranean waters are much warmer but the days have cooled off a little to mid-twenties.


What happens if I can’t cycle a stage?

You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop. In some cases the baggage transfer service that takes your bags on to your next accommodation may be able to assist, but this is not guaranteed. Our local office can assist with helpful advice should you need to arrange transport for yourself or anyone in your party.

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5.0

Great cycling in Catalonia

By Peisod

from Oxford

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Pros

  • Fun
  • Great Accommodations
  • Lots of variety
  • Well Organised

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    • Good way to both exercise and see the country
    • Holiday

    Comments about macs adventure Cycling Catalonia: Beaches, Wine & Dali:

    Loved the mixture of cycling in the country, through picturesque villages , along beaches, between vineyards and olive groves but best of all was discovering Dali in Figueres. Took a day off cycling to visit the Dali museum in figueres.

     
    5.0

    Great holiday

    By Debs

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    Pros

    • Fun
    • Great Accommodations
    • Great information from Mac's & Cyclo Turismo
    • Hidden Sites
    • Well Organised

    Cons

    • Not sure the grading was fully accurate
    • Some unexpected hills!!

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    • Holiday
    • Relaxation
    • stress busting
    • Trying Something New

    Comments about macs adventure Cycling Catalonia: Beaches, Wine & Dali:

    This was a fantastic holiday, the second time I have travelled with Mac's Adventures and it did not disappoint. The chance to see parts of Spain we wouldn't have travelled to was a treat. All but one of the hotels were great and they all welcomed cyclists. It has been a lovely break (I am planning the next one)and we were glad to have added a few days at the end to see more of Catalonia. I would have preferred not to have ended in Figueres, it was a disappointment after the beauty of the previous towns. I think that this holiday should be graded more moderate than easy - the distances were fine, however, the cycle paths were often very uncomfortable (very stony or very sandy) and there were more uphills than described.

     
    5.0

    A very interesting an enjoyable tour.

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      Comments about macs adventure Cycling Catalonia: Beaches, Wine & Dali:

      A great and very interesting area to explore. A well designed tour with excellent accomodation and terrific support. Overall, a great experience.

       
      4.0

      Great trip, gps necessary

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        Comments about macs adventure Cycling Catalonia: Beaches, Wine & Dali:

        Accommodations great. Museums in Figueres all closed Monday's FYI for timing of trips. Enjoyed smaller local winery better than larger one.
        We needed to use our own gps on several occasions ; it would be helpful to have a gps route like map my ride

         
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        Fun Trip

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          Comments about macs adventure Cycling Catalonia: Beaches, Wine & Dali:

          Great way to see Casa Bravo region of Spain. Routes are well thought out. Perfect trip for the recreational cyclist.

           
          5.0

          Costa Brava -- great location/area to travel

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            great trip; location excellent; easy to moderate difficulty is accurate; accommodations excellent

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