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Cycling in Catalonia - 8 Days & 7 Nights

8 Days & 7 Nights 5 Read 1 reviews
  • Cycle the dramatic coastline of Catalonia
  • Enjoy traffic-free rural trails through olive groves, vineyards and orchards
  • Discover and explore the areas medieval towns and villages
  • Pedal through coastal nature reserves
  • Sample the region's outstanding Catalan cuisine and local wines
Uncover the wild and beautiful landscape of Catalonia on this cycling holiday in North East Spain. Follow traffic free roads and open countryside as you cycle through idyllic villages surrounded by olive groves and orchards. Relax and unwind as you pass fields of yellow sunflowers and meander through nature reserves teeming with bird-life. Take time to savour the local cuisine at the village markets and discover local tradition and culture in this hidden area of Catalonia. After a transfer from Girona, your cycle starts in Palau Saverdera which is a charming Catalan farming village, only 5km from the sea. You will be based here for the first few nights as you explore the surrounding villages and sights on your wheels, including a wonderful circular route to Peralada (famous for its winemaking). You then head south to Sant Pere Pescador your base for the rest of the holiday. En route you pass through Aiguamolls Nature Reserve where there is an abundance of birdlife and head on down to the coast for some fantastic views across to the Pyrenees. Plenty of relaxed cycling and stunning scenery make this a wonderful holiday to unwind and recharge your batteries. The pace of life, stimulating culture and dramatic seascapes of this largely undiscovered and unspoilt part of Spain will refresh and reinvigorate you. Macs Adventure’s cycling holidays allow you to see so much more of the countryside away from the crowds and give you a real sense of freedom.
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What To Expect

Clear blue sea, plenty of sunshine and relaxed cycling make this the perfect holiday for escaping your everyday. Pedal through charming coastal villages and sample delicious local cuisine in this unspoilt area of Northern Spain. The cycling is largely on traffic-free gravel farm tracks, and trails but there is also limited cycling on quiet country roads.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Cycling | A more specialist category of cycling holiday, expect ascent, descent, and tougher terrain with mountain bikes essential, A classic point to point cycling holiday, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Mixed Abilities

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Foodie Adventures
  • Wine, Whisky & More...
  • Historical Journeys
  • Coastal & Island

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Grade & Terrain

Itineraries on this cycling trip are graded 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 sometimes on quiet country lanes.

Navigation

The route notes that accompany each itinerary give a step by step, turn by turn account of your route and are complemented with photographs to give you continual points of reference.

Accommodation Information

One of the highlights of this tour is the high standard of the accommodation. We specifically select the Hotels and Casa Rurals (local farmsteads converted to accommodate tourists) to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. They all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. Each accommodation is different and full of character and they are detailed below.

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.

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.

Included
  • 7 Nights in B&B accommodation
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Bike hire - fully equipped hard tail mountain bike with helmet and accessories
  • Arrival and departure transfers from/to Girona Airport
  • Baggage transfers
  • Welcome meeting with our English speaking partner
  • Information pack, route notes and maps
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
Excluded
  • Travel to / from Girona Airport
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
  • Travel insurance (required)
Extras
  • Additional nights along the route

When To Go

The climate in Catalonia can be summarised as the Mediterranean, total rainfall here is lower than in the rest of Spain, and it is concentrated in the late autumn-winter period. Temperatures are higher than the rest of Spain in both summer and winter. We recommend wonderful cycling in the Spring and Autumn. We don't offer this holiday in the months of July and August as the temperatures are too high for cycling.

Getting to the Start

By Air: The closest regional airport to Catalonia is Girona Costa-Brava airport and as part of the package we offer return airport transfers.  The drive from Girona to Palau Saverdera is approx 1 hour. 

By Train - If you are arriving by train then the best station to arrive into is Figueres or Figueres Villafant.  We can arrange a transfer from here which take approx 40mins.

Baggage Transfer

Your luggage 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.

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.

Equipment

The rental bikes included with the holiday package are fully equipped hard tail mountain bikes (Giant Talon 27.5” RC LTD) with helmet and accessories.

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. Make sure your travel insurance will cover you for the theft, loss, or damage of your bike if you intend to hire one.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Girona and transfer to Palau Saverdera Day 2 Loop cycle to Peralada 22.5 miles / 36 km Day 3 Loop cycle to Vilabertran 24.5 miles / 39 km Day 4 Cycle to St Pere Pescador 11 miles / 17.5 km Day 5 Free/Rest Day Day 6 Loop cycle through countryside 23 miles / 37 km Day 7 Loop Cycle to Empuries 24.5 miles / 39 km Day 8 Departure Day

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