A smooth self-guided cycling trip in which each day offers almost flat terrain, gentle and pleasant cycling routes. From the blue hues of the Mediterranean sea to the green shades of the countryside sprinkled with small medieval towns. A cycling tour to go back in time and explore some of the intertesting inland that Cataluña offers ; sunflower and wheat fields, pine forests and rice paddies... A land where Romans, Iberians and modern pirates have left their trace in history. Each day you will start with a rich Catalán breakfast and each night you will be able to choose among several local restaurants which offer local specilities. At the end of the day, a rural hotel in a typical building from the Baix Emporda will be awaiting, each with their own special charm.
E-bikes available in this destination!
Arrival at your accommodation in the village of Corçà. A taxi transfer from the airport or train station can be arranged.
Challenge: Travel to the Ampurdán.
Villages along the way: Corçà
Immerse yourself in the ambience of the Baix Empordà, or Lower Ampurdán, cycling through its traditional and picturesque landscape. Small vegetable gardens, Mediterranean woods, the Medieval village centres of Monells and Madremanya, and an interesting optional visit to the castle-museum in Pubol which Dalí dedicated to his wife, Gala.
Challenge: 17-31 km, 200/300 m ascent/descent.
Villages along the way: Monells, Madremanya, Pubol
A short climb through the woods, then on to flat terrain, surrounded by Tuscany-like villages situated atop natural mounds. This vast and fertile agricultural region was worked long ago by the Iberians, who introduced the now characteristic cypress tree as a wind-panel. In the evening, you'll have the challenge of selecting one of Peratallada's 13 inviting restaurants for dinner.
Challenge: 24 km, 150 m ascent, 175 m descent.
Villages along the way: Ullastret, Peratallada
Quiet country lanes lead you through the pretty regional capital of Pals, and on to Palafrugell, Llafranca and Calella de Palafrugell, one of the most beautiful fishing villages along this coast. Optional break to enjoy a very nice lunch at a restaurant on the beach. Other possibilities include a visit to the lovely botanical gardens in Cap Roig or an adventure future south through the valley of Aubi. In any case, it's a day to fill the senses!
Challenge: 40 km, 150 m ascent/descent.
Villages along the way: Pals, Palafrugell, Llafranca, Calella
Cycle placidly between the sandy beaches of the Costa Brava and the green rice fields of the delta, passing an occasional windmill along the way. Or, should you prefer to relax today, the village of Peratallada is a lovely spot for a rest day, with the chance to take a short stroll through the nearby Mediterranean woods.
Challenge: 40,5 km, 150 m ascent/descent.
Villages along the way: Río Ter
Northwards into the region of Alt Empordà, through mixed forests, open rural landscapes and endless orchards. Optional stop to admire Greek and Roman ruins at the Empuries archaeological site. Then, take a break and stroll along Medieval lanes in Torroella de Montgrí. In the afternoon, arrival at your charming hotel in the village of Sant Pere.
Challenge: 38 km, 200 m ascent, 220 m descent.
Villages along the way: Empuries, Torroella de Montgri
On to Figueres, the village whose name is synonymous with that of Salvador Dalí. Visit the surrealist painter's museum, take a pleasant stroll along the town Rambla and admire the beautiful Augustine monastery just outside town. Then follow the Muga River to the medieval town of Castello d'Empuries. Later you are welcomed by the refreshing greenery of Aiguamolls de l'Emporda Natural Park, whose wetlands are home to a significant seasonal waterbird colony.
Challenge: 37 - 53 km, 125m ascent , 225 m descent.
Villages along the way: Figueres, Castello d'Empuries
Oour programme ends today after breakfast. Transport to Flaça train station is included. An optional taxi transfer to the airport may also be booked.
The hotels on this trip have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite. Some of the hotels we work with appear here. If a certain hotel is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will request a similar one and inform you about the alternative booked.
Extra nights: Extra nights can be booked at any of the accommodations along the way.
7 nights accommodation
Good quality rural hotels
Luggage transport according to programme
Detailed route descriptions and maps
24-hour telephone assistance
GPS tracks are available upon request
Arrival in Corçà
From the airports of Girona (GRO) and Barcelona (BCN) you can continue by train to the village of Flaça, only 15km away from first accommodation.
Departure from Sant Pere Pescador:
At the end of your trip, you can take the train back to Girona or Barcelona from Figueras.
(*) Transfers from Flaça train station to your first accommodation and from the last accommodation to Figueras train station are incluced in the trip price.
(* Optional transfers): A private taxi transfer can be booked from Girona to either Girona airport or Barcelona airport. Rates will depend on the number of passengers, your arrival time and the day of the week. Prices on request
NOTE: In Spain bicycles can only be transported on regional trains.