Tossa del Mar, Spain, TURESPAÑA
Cycling in Spain, Catalonia and Girona
Cycling the Costa Brava Spain on Self Guided Tour
Cycling the Costa Brava Spain on Self Guided Tour
Cycling the Costa Brava Spain on Self Guided Tour
Cycling the Costa Brava Spain on Self Guided Tour
Cycling the Costa Brava Spain on Self Guided Tour; TURESPAÑA

Spain - Catalonia Gastronomic Cycling Tour

from €1,315

During your 6-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 ... Read More

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  • Difficulty
    Moderate: 2/5
  • Tour Type
    Self guided hybrid or road cycling
  • Availability
    March - October
  • Duration
    6 Nights / 7 Days
  • Distance
    40 km/day

Day 1 | Transfer from Barcelona to Romanya de la Selva - Bike 33km

This tour starts any Friday to Tuesday. The Riding starts today with a morning transfer: So, you need to be in Barcelona before this day. We can suggest and book 1 of 3 different hotels close to our bike shop for nights prior to this day. The night before this day 1, we do the orientation and bike set up so that you are ready to ride on this morning! Orientation is at 5pm the night before. Then you'll have some free time to visit Barcelona on your own that night. We include a wine tasting with orientation, and we can offer a 2-3 hour private city bike tour the day before for only 49 euros; ask us for more info and Barcelona hotel rates.

On this first day of your tour, we will pick you up at your hotel in Barcelona and transfer you to Romanya de la Selva on the Costa Brava where you will start today's ride. The bike tour today goes 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. Dinner included at your hotel. Learn More about Gastronomic dining and Tasting menus (B,D)

Sa Punta


Pals

Sa Punta

Surrounded 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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Tossa del Mar, Spain, TURESPAÑA

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Day 2 | Loop Ride Around Pals - 40 km

Breakfast at your hotel is at your leisure! Just one of the many benefits of a self-guided bike tour is that you can choose how to use your time each day. So, today you can start when you want. You have a very nice hotel and are close to the beach, but we do offer a nice loop ride of about 40km that will give you a few hours of exploration time on the bike visiting more of these old walled villages of the Empordanet as well as the coast. Lunch and dinner on your own today; we will include some suggestions for you to make a great choice for you! (B)

Sa Punta


Pals

Sa Punta

Surrounded 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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Day 3 | Pals - St Marti d Empuries - 35km

Today our route starts along the beach and sand dunes (See This 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 included (B,D) Sant Marti d'Empuries

Hostal Empuries


L Escala

Hostal Empuries

Hostal 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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Day 4 | 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 Empuries

Hostal 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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Day 5 | 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, and dinner included (B,D)  

Hotel La Placa


Madremanya (Girona)

Hotel La Placa

Our 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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Day 6 | 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 Placa

Our 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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Day 7 | Return transfer to Girona included; depart at 9:30 am (B)

Departure transfer to Girona included.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! We recommend at least 1 night in Girona if you have time; we work with several hotels and suggest activities. 

Cycling the Costa Brava Spain on Self Guided Tour

Cycling the Costa Brava Spain on Self Guided Tour

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

- 6 nights deluxe lodging - standard or upgraded rooms, see below
- Breakfast daily
- 3 top quality gastronomic dinners
- Private transfer from Barcelona to start of the tour in Romanya
- Private return transfer from Madremanya to Girona on last day
- GPS unit (1 per 2 participants)
- Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
- Local emergency telephone support
- Welcome Orientation and bike set up on Day 1 with Wine
- 1 set Road book per couple with riding route maps, cue sheets, and suggestions for visitation and dining
- Barcelona pre-tour nights available at negotiated rates
- 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: 6 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 Sa Punta**** standard or superior room
- Hostal Empuries*** double or spa double rooms
- Hotel La Placa*** standard or suite
 
** 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; For travel between July and September, you will stay at Hotel Albons instead of Hostal Empuries.
Spain - Gastronomic Tour 6 nights - SUPERIOR (rates are per person)
 
March-April-October
May-June, Sept 7-30
July-August-Sept 6
Based on 2 participants1399 Euros 1586 Euros1628 Euros
Based on 4 participants1333 Euros 1499 Euros1536 Euros
Based on 6 participants 1315 Euros 1466 Euros1509 Euros
Hybrid bike rental 6N 105 Euros 105 Euros 105 Euros
E-bike rental176 Euros 176 Euros 176 Euros


Spain - Gastronomic Tour 6 nights - SUPERIOR DELUXE (rates are per person)
 
March-April-October
May-June
July-August-September
Based on 2 participants1596 Euros 1759 Euros1766 Euros
Based on 4 participants1527 Euros 1656 Euros1713 Euros
Based on 6 participants 1489 Euros 1640 Euros1680 Euros

Please inquire for single and solo supplements
4-night version includes the 2 nights at Platja de Pals and 2 nights in Madremanya. Contact us for 4 night rates.
Superior Deluxe tour include superior rooms in each hotel; Superior version includes same hotels in standard rooms. Both versions for the 6-night tour include 3 gastronomic dinners. Tasting Menus - extreme gastronomy - are also available for a supplement - payable at the hotel if arranged prior to seating.

Tour Details

Tour Highlights:
- Gastronomy & Wine - best in the World - Spectacular coastline and old world villages
- Learn More about Gastronomic dining and Tasting menus

Need to Know:
- available both on hybrid and road bikes; routes are not indentical
- Avoid August
Duration: 7 days & 6 nights.

Dates :Any date, Friday to Tuesday, On request from March 1-Oct 31, 4 night version 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 in March, April and October; Middle Season in May and June and most of September; High Season is July, August and September 1-6
Either hybrid, road, or e-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.

Custom guided groups are possible for groups of 6 or more; please inquire. Note, for groups of more than 6, we usually include a support vehicle and driver. Special terms and conditions apply to groups.
Level 2-3 - 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!
Options
Road bike options possible on a different paved only route.
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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

    Reviews



    "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
    Bikes Available on This Tour:
    Maxcycles Town Lite - 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 contains the puncture kit
  • Puncture kit: Tire levers, spare inner tube, patch kit included
  • Pannier for hybrids - 1 Front Pannier, 1 Back Pannier per bike standard.
  • 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 not available on this tour due to the presence of several sections of the route that are unpaved cycling paths.
    E-bikes: Also available in very limited supply; E-bike Option 176 Euros

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