Spain - Catalonia Gastronomic 7 Nights Cycling Tour
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Spain - Catalonia Gastronomic 7 Nights Cycling Tour
This self guided cycling tour of Spain begins in historic Girona, home to one of the world’s best restaurants. During your 7 night bicycle vacation, explore Spain’s Catalonia countryside and gastronomic delights. Emporda interior and coast as well as the Empordanet. The daily rides are moderate distances, covering beautiful flat to rolling countryside and also gives you a glimpse of incredible medieval villages. Visit wine cellars, olive oil mills and unique gastronomy museums. This self guided cycling tour of Spain is one of our best selling vacation packages, with travelers noting the quality of the lodging, high gastronomy and charming route and of course, our excellent local expertise and support.
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Day 1 | Arrival Day

Day 1 | Arrival Day

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. Dinner on your own - we'll give you several suggestions among the many good options available. Girona has become an excellent place to sample high quality Catalan cuisine; and if we have enough time, we can book you into Celler de Can Roca - one of the best in the world! We encourage early arrivals to be able to visit this historic city. 5 Foods to try in Spain

Hotel Historic

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 | Transfer to Romanya de la Selva and bike - 30 km.

Day 2 | Transfer to Romanya de la Selva and bike - 30 km.

 After breakfast we will meet you for an orientation at 9:30 am to cover the tour, size bikes, and then take you by van to start your ride. (be ready to roll!) Upon arrival at the ride start, Bo will do your bike setup and complete the orientation. You start at the mountain top village Romanyà de la Selva (30min drive) offering panoramic views over the Gavarres mountain. Start your bike tour with an incredible downhill ride following a tranquil road to the coast near Palamos, the most important port town in the Girona province. Why not try a typical prawn dish or some tapas in the old town? The bike route continues along La Fosca  beach and the lovely Castell cove passing through Mediterranean scenery full of cork trees and the Greenway Bike Path “Ruta del Tren Petit”, a former narrow gauge railway line. Your ride ends in the charming seaside town Llafranc at a hotel right at the beach. You can extend the ride to nearby winery (+8km) or botanical gardens (+3km). Breakfast and dinner included, tasting menu included in upgraded version! (B,D*)

Hotel Llevant

Francesc de Blanes 5 E Llafranc

Hotel LlevantRight by the sea in the traditional fishing village of Llafranc, the Hotel Llevant is a welcoming family-run hotel, that offers its guests installations that are closely linked to the world of art and select cuisine recommended by the prestigious guide Gourmetour. With 26 rooms, some overlooking the sea, the privileged location of our hotel is the ideal starting point for enjoying magnificent surroundings combined with the offer of excellent quality complementary activities.

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Air Conditioning Pets Allowed Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Room Service Restaurant

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Day 3 | Ride from Llafranc to Pals Beach - 36km

Day 3 | Ride from Llafranc to Pals Beach - 36km

Ride through the area ‘Empordanet’ with a great variety of beautiful landscapes with many historic villages and towns like the medieval Pals, Peratallada and Palau-Sator. These villages are full of atmosphere and offer a great opportunity to join the locals for a snack or drink on one of quiet village squares. Highlights include the walled villages of Pals and Peretallada and the optional visit to the Jam Museum in Torrent. Today's ride ends at Pals beach (Platja de Pals) at the comfortable hotel Sa Punta, only about 800m away from a long Mediterranean beach. (B,D*) Some extensions for more riding to a lighthouse, or village ruin are possible.

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 4 | Pals Beach - St Marti d Empuries - 35km

Day 4 | Pals Beach - St Marti d Empuries - 35km

Today our route starts along the beach and sand dunes (photo) and then passes through the rice fields of Pals, an interesting area with dunes, marshland, irrigation canals, rice mills and virgin beaches. You can choose to take a detour to the coast to see the outlet of the Ter River and the surrounding protected area Basses d en Coll. (Rice has long been cultivated here and appears in many local dishes; be sure to try Arros a La Cassola!) From here your ride goes on toward L'Escala but first you have to choose a flatter route around the Montgri or a more challenging route over the hills. Your hotel (eco hotel gold LEED certified) is on the beach next to the 2000+ year old Empuries archeaological site, that you will want to visit. Dinner with Tasting Menu included* in upgraded version. (B,D*) Sant Marti d'Empuries

Hostal Empuries

L Escala

Hostal EmpuriesHostal Empuries stands on an ancient settlement, beside the Greek and Roman ruins of Empuries, whose beauty and tranquility attracted the Iberians as much as the Greek seafarers and the first Romans who settled the Iberian Peninsula. Moreover this is the place from which the mythic country of Emporda took its name. This privileged location is the actual cradle of our culture and the only Greek and Roman archaeological site in the whole peninsula. Consequently, to protect and enrich this legacy is one of the main objectives of the Hostal.

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Closed Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Hotel Lounge/Bar Restaurant

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Day 5 | Loop ride Sant Marti to Castello d Empuries - 51km

Day 5 | Loop ride Sant Marti to Castello d Empuries - 51km

Today could be a rest day at the beach or to visit the ruins of Empuries.  But a nice loop ride is also available to visit the Natural Park “Aiguamolls” in the wet areas of Emporda. This is a protected area of great ornithological importance. We will also pay a visit to Castello d'Empuries, a medieval city of great historical importance. Return back to the same hotel, dinner on your own. (B) Option: go to Figueres by bus on weekdays; and back.

Hostal Empuries

L Escala

Hostal EmpuriesHostal Empuries stands on an ancient settlement, beside the Greek and Roman ruins of Empuries, whose beauty and tranquility attracted the Iberians as much as the Greek seafarers and the first Romans who settled the Iberian Peninsula. Moreover this is the place from which the mythic country of Emporda took its name. This privileged location is the actual cradle of our culture and the only Greek and Roman archaeological site in the whole peninsula. Consequently, to protect and enrich this legacy is one of the main objectives of the Hostal.

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Closed Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Hotel Lounge/Bar Restaurant

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Day 6 | Ride to Madremanya - 38 km

Day 6 | Ride to Madremanya - 38 km

The ride to Madremanya takes you back to the interior part of the region, the hilly sections sectors on the western borders at the alluvial plain. This is an eminently agricultural area where you can visit typical villages such as Verges, a medieval village with the remains of its ancient walls. Before reaching your hotel, why not take a short detour to the village of Pubol to have a snack and visit the castle. It was the home to surrealist painter Salvador Dalí and his wife Gala (she is buried at the castle). Dalí bought the castle in 1969. It has been open to the public since 1996. Excellent lodging tonight at La Placa, either in suite or a superior room with terrace, and tasting menu included in upgraded version. (B,D*)  

Hotel La Placa

Madremanya (Girona)

Hotel La PlacaOur hotels blends in perfectly with the older buildings in the village. Although built in traditional local style architecture it features the latest in modern technology and provides guests with the highest comfort. Its traditional style ensures a warm and welcoming environment.

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Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Open Parking Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Room Service Restaurant

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Day 7 | Loop Ride to Medieval Villages - 39 km

Day 7 | Loop Ride to Medieval Villages - 39 km

A rest day by the pool and enjoy the charming ambiance of the hotel and the quite village or one last bike tour and your ultimate challenge on the bike. Explore the countryside in depth including some small but very charming medieval villages such as Monells, Casavells, Corca and Pubol. You are also invited to visit one of the local pottery shops with typical ceramics in the small town La Bisbal d Emporda. Dinner on your own tonight - you will probably want to eat at La Placa and can choose your menu. (B)  

Hotel La Placa

Madremanya (Girona)

Hotel La PlacaOur hotels blends in perfectly with the older buildings in the village. Although built in traditional local style architecture it features the latest in modern technology and provides guests with the highest comfort. Its traditional style ensures a warm and welcoming environment.

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Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Open Parking Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Room Service Restaurant

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Day 8  | Return transfer to Girona included; depart at 9:30 am. (B)

Day 8 | Return transfer to Girona included; depart at 9:30 am. (B)

Extra nights in Barcelona possible, we have several hotels we recommend. Contact us for information.

Add an Extra night and ride today: ask us for the itinerary and rate!

Cooking classes can also be added as extra days on this bike tour; ask us!

 

 
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Prices

Spain Gastronomic Biking - 7 nights

 
Superior Deluxe
Superior
April and October 1524 euros/person dbl occ 1443 euros/person dbl occ
May-June-September 1667 euros/person dbl occ 1575 euros/person dbl occ
July and August 1761 euros/person dbl occ 1687 euros/person dbl occ
single supplement TBD euros TBD euros
Hybrid bike rental 105 euros 105 euros
Road bike rental 180 Euros180 Euros

Superior Deluxe tour include superior rooms in each hotel; Superior version includes same hotels in standard rooms. Both versions include 4 dinners (2 of them tasting menus).

+ What's Included?

- 7 nights deluxe lodging - standard or upgraded rooms, see below
- Breakfast daily
- 4 top quality dinners - 2 of them Tasting Menus
- Luggage transfers
- Local Girona based emergency support
- Orientation and bike set up
- Day 2 and departure transfers
- Road books with riding route maps and cue sheets, suggestions for visitation and dining. Additional services and stays can be arranged separately.

We have 2 price options; superior and superior deluxe. We believe that the superior deluxe version is absolutely worth it including superior category rooms. However, the Superior tour rate is at the same excellent hotels and offers some savings for those who don't want the superior rooms.


Lodging

Accommodation: 7 nights in deluxe 3 and 4 star hotels. Both Superior and Superior Deluxe tours stay at the same hotel, but in different room categories. All lodging offer a private bathroom and a variety of other amenities. Hotels include:
- Hotel Historic**** standard or Jr Suite
- Hotel Llevant*** standard or sea view room
- Hotel Sa Punta**** standard or superior room
- Hostal Empuries*** new wing/superior room
- Hotel La Placa*** standard or suite/superior room with terrace
 
** Please see Itinerary tab for more information **

Hostal Empuries:
on the beach, this unique hotel is an historic property just next to the archaeological site of Empuries. The hotel is an eco-friendly LEED certified renovated property that uses onsite solar generated energy, recycles water, grows an extensive garden for its restaurant, is PVC free, all low VOC buidling materials, and more! Free yoga classes and a wellness ambiance! We are pleased to add this property to this tour, but book early and note the seasons; this hotel is not included for July and August bookings!

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Tour Details

Tour Highlights: - Gastronomy & Wine - best in the World - Spectacular coastline and old world villages - quiet roads & friendly lodging
Need to Know: - available both on hybrid and road bikes but routes are completely different - Avoid August

Duration: 8 days & 7 nights. .
Dates : Any date On request from April 1-Oct 31, Can start any day of the week, subject to hotel availability for your requested dates..
This is a self guided tour..
Low season rates apply outside of High Season which is Easter week, and June 21-Sept 30..
Either hybrid or road bikes are available on this trip; depending on what bike you prefer, you will not ride the same route. So, note that if a couple wants to ride together they must select the same bike. Our hybrid bikes can travel on many unpaved bike paths that the road bikes cannot use; these bike paths are well traveled by cyclists and avoid car traffic..
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A "Tasting Menu" is available as a supplement at several hotels we include which will greatly enhance the dining experience of what is already a gastronomic affair! Custom guided groups are possible for groups of 6 or more; please inquire.

Level 2 - Moderate - flat to rolling countryside with a fair amount of unpaved, quiet routes. Some unpaved sections are gravel and rocky. This is a self guided tour - see what all that includes!

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Road bike options possible on a different paved only route.
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    Our local staff is there to help you during your trip; Bo lives in Catalonia and will meet you for orientation and provide emergency assistance throughout your trip. 

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    Bikes Available on This Tour:
    Maxcycles Town Lite - New in 2015. Magura HS33 Rim brakes. Components: Shimano SLX, XT & SRAM X9. Front suspension. Tires: Continental Speed Ride 28x1.60; Triple Crank set;105 Euros

    Included are:

  • Helmets (one size fits all).
  • Computer (odometer)
  • Saddlebag - On Road Bikes only and contains the puncture kit
  • Pannier for hybrids - 1 per bike standard.
  • Handlebar bag with map reader
  • Puncture kit: Tire levers, spare inner tube, patch kit included
  • Lock included
  • Frame pump included
  • Note: the images here show what we refer to as "male" frames - with a top tube. Mixte or 'female' frames do not have a top tube and are available. Anyone requesting a FEMALE frame will get that version. Important: mixte/female frames only carry 1 bottle cage/bottle! Male frames carry 2 bottles. Visit this page for more hybrid bike details in Catalonia

    Pedals: flat or with cages. Travelers may bring their own clipless pedals to have installed. We can remove them prior to departure transfer on those tours including a departure transfer.

    Road Bikes are also available on most tours in this region of Spain.Road bikes are Canyon Ultimate CF SL 7.0; Carbon Canyon Ultimate Frame; Crank set 52/36. 2 bottles are included. For more details, click on this link: Road Bike Options 180 Euros
     
     
     
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    "We completely LOVED our Pure Adventures cycling trip. The routes were fabulous -- gorgeous bike paths and quiet back roads through amazing scenery, medieval villages and beautiful Mediterranean coast beaches. And after a day of cycling, we pull into a lovely hotel with a great dinner menu as part of the deal. Perfect. Costa Brava is a cyclists dream and a food lover's paradise. We will definitely do another trip with Pure Adventures."

    "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


    "
    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.

     

    "Everything went really well. Was very impressed with Bo, phoned up a few times to make sure everything was working well. There was absolutely no problems with the equipment, and we only got lost a couple of times.... Hotels were fabulous, and so was the food." - Rob C. / Canada

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    Spain - Catalonia Gastronomic 7 Nights Cycling Tour

    Tour Type: Self guided hybrid or road cycling
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    Distance: 40 km/day
    Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days
    Availability: April - October
    Cost: Starting at €1443





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