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Spain - Costa Brava Explorer Challenge Biking Tour
Highlights include the incredible coastal roads into France via Collioure and the panoramic road between Sant Feliu de Guixols and Tossa de Mar, as well as famous training routes in the area. Three nights are spent in the old part of the provincial capital Girona. This is an area famous for cycling and the proving ground of many professional riders. In Girona, one can find the new and the old - with a city built up around a very long history, the old city offers narrow cobblestone streets that have been preserved and yet all the modern conveniences available.
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Day 1 | Arrival in Girona

Day 1 | Arrival in Girona

Arrival in Girona at the train station or airport and transfer on your own to your deluxe 4 star lodging in the historic old town. You have the rest of the day and night to explore Girona and its fantastic Old City. Enjoy the rest in the historic town of Girona with its charming old quarter including the former Jewish quarter and the Cathedral. The city is the home of many cycling champions, and the former home of a certain Texan rider. Dinner on your own - we'll give you several suggestions among the many good options available. We suggest any day to start except Mondays or Tuesdays. 5 Foods to try in Spain

Hotel Historic

Girona Girona

Hotel HistoricThe lovely boutique-hotel Hotel Historic is a nice little hotel and apartment-house just within the historical center above the newer parts of Girona. It is situated in one of the magnificent narrow alleys of Girona and very near to the beautiful cathedral and view points overlooking Girona and the surroundings. Guests walking around the district will find some nice cafes, bars and restaurants as well as a lot of traditional buildings. The Hotel Historic offers individual accommodation in six double rooms, a junior suite, a suite and apartments in the same building. All of the rooms within the historical hotel are large, comfortable, and each one decorated with a particular style, which combines the oldest part of the building, like the stone walls, with a modern and innovative design. The nearby airport of Girona might be a good alternative to Barcelona airport as some low cost carriers fly in here. The romantic hotel Historic therefore is a ideal starting point for day trips or a journey to Barcelona or to Costa Brava.

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Air Conditioning Closed Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Safe in Room

Day 2 | Circular route Girona to Sant Hilari Sacalm - 106 km with option to add 28km

Day 2 | Circular route Girona to Sant Hilari Sacalm - 106 km with option to add 28km

Orientation at 9:30 AM this morning at your hotel before you go off to ride. The first day on the bike provides riders with a chance to acclimatise and settle in to their bikes with a climb to over 800m in altitude to the mountain town of Sant Hilari. The climb to the town is approx. 15km and is an excellent training climb with its slack gradients but long distance (elevation gain around 1.000m). Riders then have a thrilling 18km descent to the town of Santa Coloma. This is famous training ride used by hundreds of both local and foreign riders. Today's route level is medium. Return to your Girona hotel and dinner on your own. (B)

Hotel Historic

Girona Girona

Hotel HistoricThe lovely boutique-hotel Hotel Historic is a nice little hotel and apartment-house just within the historical center above the newer parts of Girona. It is situated in one of the magnificent narrow alleys of Girona and very near to the beautiful cathedral and view points overlooking Girona and the surroundings. Guests walking around the district will find some nice cafes, bars and restaurants as well as a lot of traditional buildings. The Hotel Historic offers individual accommodation in six double rooms, a junior suite, a suite and apartments in the same building. All of the rooms within the historical hotel are large, comfortable, and each one decorated with a particular style, which combines the oldest part of the building, like the stone walls, with a modern and innovative design. The nearby airport of Girona might be a good alternative to Barcelona airport as some low cost carriers fly in here. The romantic hotel Historic therefore is a ideal starting point for day trips or a journey to Barcelona or to Costa Brava.

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Air Conditioning Closed Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Safe in Room

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Day 3 | Girona to Sant Feliu de Guixols - 97 km

Day 3 | Girona to Sant Feliu de Guixols - 97 km

The second day is a harder ride taking riders south to the Costa Brava coast and a 100km blast on some of the finest cycling roads in the world containing three climbs as the road winds over the mountains to the Costa Brava. The first climb starts right outside Girona and brings riders into the Gavarres Mountains to complete the iconic Els Angels climb, made famous by the US postal team, which was based in Girona. The second climb up to Santa Pellaia pass is another challenge and offers fantastic panoramic views. The last and easiest climb brings us to the coast at Tossa de Mar where we finish the day with one of the most breathtaking coastal roads between Tossa and Sant Feliu. Today's route level: Medium-Hard. Dinner on your own tonight in Sant Feliu; suggestions provided. Lodging is 3 star ocean side hotel. (B)

Hotel Barcarola

Sant Feliu de Guixols

Hotel BarcarolaThis Mediterranean-style hotel is ideal for a beach break on one of the prettiest bays along the whole Costa Brava. It lies just 100 feet from Sant Pol beach in beautiful S'Agaró. Start each day with the hotel’s delcious buffet breakfast. Then, each evening, enjoy dinner in the hotel restaurant or out on the terrace which surrounds the swimming pool. Accompany this tasty meal with a fine Spanish wine.

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Swimming Pool Open Parking Closed Parking Internet Access Cable TV Mini-Bar Restaurant

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Day 4 | Sant Feliu de Guixols to Platja de Pals (Pals Beach) - 60 km

Day 4 | Sant Feliu de Guixols to Platja de Pals (Pals Beach) - 60 km

Today, Day 4, takes riders through the hilly back country and the route crosses the Gavarres via the beautiful village of Romanya de la Selva until reaching the town of La Bisbal d Emporda famous for its production of ceramics. Then continuing on route to a number of historic villages including Peratallada, Pals and Palau-Sator. You arrive at your hotel near the walled medieval town Pals, a top quality deluxe hotel on the beach. Today's route level: Medium-hard. Dinner included. (B,D)

Sa Punta

Pals

Sa PuntaSurrounded by Mediterranean forests and boasting a fantastic location in Pals, a Medieval town in the Baix Emporda region, Hotel Sa Punta is welcoming 4 star hotel in Costa Brava. Guests at this delightful accommodation can choose among playing golf at one of the nearby golf courses, enjoying the beach located only two minutes away from the hotel, or visiting the beautiful center of Pals or the nearby towns of Peratallada and Ullastret, as well as the Marine Nature Reserve of the Medes Islands. Facilities offered by Hotel Sa Punta include a bar-cafeteria, pool bar, terrace, restaurant, Internet Point, wireless Internet access, outdoor swimming pool with sea water, spa, meeting room, and 24-hour reception.

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Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Restaurant

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Day 5 | Platja de Pals (Pals Beach) to El Port de la Selva - 77 km with 40km option

Day 5 | Platja de Pals (Pals Beach) to El Port de la Selva - 77 km with 40km option

In the morning you cross the Ter River and have gentle cycling along the Montgri massif until entering the long Bay of Roses allowing riders to warm up before the exciting climb to the 10th century monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes at 532 m with breathtaking views to the coastline below. The route then descends dramatically to the old fishing villages of El Port de la Selva and our hotel. Optional extension to Cadaques and Portlligat, the former home of Salvador Dali and even further to the lighthouse at beautiful nature reserve Cap de Creus crossing the protected area and easternmost point of the Iberian Peninsula. Dinner included. (B,D)

Hotel Portocristo

C/Major 59 El Port de la Selva

Hotel Portocristo A historical building built in 1864 with rocks from Cap de Creus. Turned into hotel from 1960 and totally restored and equipped with the best services so that you can enjoy an unforgettable stay. Located at 30 meters from the great beach, the hotel has rooms with Jacuzzi, spacious halls, a panoramic room, 2 restaurants (one in front of the sea), Spa zone (Jacuzzi, hidromassage showers and sauna), parking and wifi connection. Seminars and congresses for companies are organized. Different rooms for meetings and conference are available

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Air Conditioning Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Safe in Room Restaurant

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Day 6 | Port de la Selva to Colliure (France) to Figueres - 96 km

Day 6 | Port de la Selva to Colliure (France) to Figueres - 96 km

Today riders cross over the French border along the coastal road to the charming town Colliure with its rich medieval heritage. Riders return to Spain over the pass of Banyuls and passing through the stunning olive groves and vineyards around the town of Espolla, finishing in the city of Figueres, home of Salvadore Dali. Todays route level: Medium-hard. Nice 3 star hotel in Figueres with dinner included at the hotel tonight. (B,D)

Hotel Duran

Figueres

Hotel DuranSet in the heart of Figueres, in the upper part of the Rambla, right in the historical and business centre of the city and just a short walk from its most charismatic buildings: the Dali Museum, the Toy Museum of Catalonia, El Jardi Theatre, and more.

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Air Conditioning Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Restaurant

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Day 7 | Figueres to Girona - 67 km short or 117km long

Day 7 | Figueres to Girona - 67 km short or 117km long

Take your time to visit the world famous Theatre-Museum Dali, still the most visited tourist sites in Spain. Today riders can choose between a shorter and easier tour and another one that enters the foothills of the Pyrenees. The ride takes us from the Alt Emporda south crossing the Fluvia and Ter rivers. This route passes through Pubol, famous for the House-museum Gala-Dalí castle. The route continues with another climb to the mountain top Monastery of Mare de Deu dels Angels at 484m giving a last challenge before riders return to Girona. (B)

OPTION: for stronger riders, there is an option to add 2 more ride days into the Pyrenees from this day. This makes the trip a 8 night & 9 day trip and you ride another 200 km; finishing back in Girona. Contact us for more details.

Hotel Historic

Girona Girona

Hotel HistoricThe lovely boutique-hotel Hotel Historic is a nice little hotel and apartment-house just within the historical center above the newer parts of Girona. It is situated in one of the magnificent narrow alleys of Girona and very near to the beautiful cathedral and view points overlooking Girona and the surroundings. Guests walking around the district will find some nice cafes, bars and restaurants as well as a lot of traditional buildings. The Hotel Historic offers individual accommodation in six double rooms, a junior suite, a suite and apartments in the same building. All of the rooms within the historical hotel are large, comfortable, and each one decorated with a particular style, which combines the oldest part of the building, like the stone walls, with a modern and innovative design. The nearby airport of Girona might be a good alternative to Barcelona airport as some low cost carriers fly in here. The romantic hotel Historic therefore is a ideal starting point for day trips or a journey to Barcelona or to Costa Brava.

Hotel HistoricHotel HistoricHotel Historic

Amenities

Air Conditioning Closed Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Safe in Room

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Day 8 | Departure Day

Day 8 | Departure Day

Departure on your own after breakfast. You are free to take your time in the morning, breakfast included. Leave your bikes at the hotel for us to collect later. Trains for Barcelona depart all day long. We are available to help with add ons, please inquire. (B)

We can arrange stays in Barcelona as well if booked in advance.

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Prices

Spain - Costa Brava Explorer Challenge 7 Nights (rates are per person)

 
March-April-October
May-June
July-August-September
Based on 2 participants1399 Euros 1456 Euros1567 Euros
Based on 4 participants1371 Euros 1428 Euros1536 Euros
Based on 6 participants 1357 Euros 1413 Euros1520 Euros
Alu Road rental 195 Euros 195 Euros 195 Euros
Carbon Road rental 220 Euros 220 Euros 220 Euros

Single supplement: 460 euros.

See Whats Included for list of hotels and Bikes & Gear for specs.

+ What's Included?

- 7 nights total; 3 & 4 star lodging
- Breakfast daily
- 4 top quality dinners
- Luggage transfers daily
- Local Barcelona based emergency support throughout the tour
- Orientation and bike set up on Day 2
- Bike rentals include delivery and return and all gear shown
- Route books (1 per couple) with riding route maps and cue sheets
- 1 GPS per couple, programmed with all routes
- GPX files available for your devices in advance
- Suggestions for visitation and dining.


Lodging

Accommodation: 7 nights in excellent 3 and 4 star hotels. All lodging offers private bathroom and a variety of other amenities. Hotels include:
- N1 & N2 Hotel Historic****
- N3 Hotel Barcarola***
- N4 Sa Punta****
N5 Hotel Portocristo***
- N6 Hotel Duran***
- N7 Hotel Historic****
Rooms are standard double category; breakfast daily at the hotels included; and 4 dinners on nights 3/4/5/6 included at the hotel shown.

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Tour Details

Tour Highlights:

- long road rides in mountains and coast

- quality lodging to relax; gastronomy and wine after each ride

- ride where legends of cycling train


Need to Know:

- best months are spring and fall

- Only for road bikes and regular, strong riders

Duration : 8 days & 7 nights

Dates : Any date On request from March 31 to October 30, can start any day of the week. High season: July 1-Aug 31. We recommend a start day of Wednesday thru Sunday.

Level 4 - Advanced to challenging- flat to rolling countryside with some options for challenging climbing and longer daily ride distances. We offer and only recommend road bikes for this trip. See the information and details on the Bike Rental tab.

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Optional longer routes
Hotel Upgrades as noted.
Girona stop overs

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  • Local Coordinator

    Always on two wheels, Angel has been riding all over. Born and raised in the city of Gaudi (Barcelona),where he obtained an engineering title. Ten years ago he decided to make his hobby his profession, sharing his passion and local knowledge with the visitors. Always delighted to introduce you his country, He knows every hidden place, small paths, restaurants, local traditions. You will easily recognize him, as he is very tall considering he is Spanish. Read More

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    Canyon Road Bike Specs:
    Carbon Canyon Ultimate. 220 Euros Aluminum frame also available for 195 euros. For more details, click on this link: Carbon Road Bike and to see the aluminum frame spec; see this page: Aluminum Road Bike

    Color: Black
    Group-set: Shimano 105
    Crank-set: 52/36
    Cassette: 11-speed 11-32
    Frame sizes: 50-53-56-58-60
    Tires: Continental Grand Prix 4000s II, 25mm
    ALL road bikes are new 2015 models

    Included are:

    • Helmets (one size fits all).
    • Computer (odometer)
    • Saddlebag - On Road Bikes only and contains the puncture kit
    • Puncture kit: Tire levers, spare inner tube, patch kit included
    • Lock included
    • Frame pump included

    Pedal options: Flat, cages, SPD, LOOK. 2 bottles are included.

     

     
     
     
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    + Reviews

    "The trip was the most relaxing time I've spent in 20 years. I learned how to slow down. There were no TVs, radios, phones, internet or clocks. Just listening to the birds chatting outside the window was the music for the evening. We spent a lot of time speaking Spanish (and Catalan) while getting to know the hosts and other B & B world travelers. Thanks for a memorable vacation!" - Mark M.

    "The tour was GREAT, every day was like a treasure hunt, great new places to discover! the food, of course was unbelievable, and the best meals we had were at little places we discovered along the way for lunch, mostly three star cafes. the scenery was also unbelievable, the coast is great and the foothills were also fun and beautiful."
    - Dan. G

    "We had a great experience. Terrific support and info from Maggie, Saskia and Dave."
    - Al B.

    "
    Your itinerary was really excellent and we all felt we got a true feeling for Northern Spain--the interior with the medieval villages and then the costa brava was wonderful."
    - Jan T.


    "We had a fantastic time and absolutely loved our trip. It will be a long time until we could ever go again, but we are already recommending the trip to our friends and family.!"
    - Nancy A.

     

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    TURESPAÑA Spain - Costa Brava Explorer Challenge Biking Tour

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    Spain - Costa Brava Explorer Challenge Biking Tour

    Tour Type: Self guided road cycling
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    Distance: 100 km/day
    Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days
    Availability: April - October
    Cost: Starting at €1308 Euros





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