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  • Self guided tour of Costa Brava, Spain, starts in Barcelona and finishes in Girona
  • Self guided tour of Costa Brava, Spain, starts in Barcelona and finishes in Girona
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Spain – Barcelona to Girona Road Bike Tour

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  • 6 Nights / 7 Days
  • Difficulty: Challenging 4/5
  • Self guided road cycling tour
  • April - Ocotber
  • 60-80 km/day + Elev gain
  • Road Bike Rentals

A bike tour for roadies who like to climb, this experience in the back country of Catalonia of some of the Costa Brava’s quiet secondary roads takes you from Barcelona to Girona.  While the distances in km are not substantial, there is always climbing, and we offer loop rides so you don’t have to change hotels every day. The trip finishes in that well known roadie bike town of Girona, also well known for its contribution to Game of Thrones.  This is a road bike tour and yet still a vacation so that you can be challenged and have something left to enjoy the medieval towns and villages you cross.  Not mention the nice hotels that await you and some delicious dining options!  Catalonia is a wine and food lovers paradise – just saying – every rider needs to refuel. 

Arrival & Departure Location

Tour starts in Barcelona and finishes in Girona; return transfer to Barcelona is included.

Price Includes

  • Welcome orientation in Barcelona (Day 1)
  • 6 nights’ accommodations including breakfast daily
  • 1 GPS per couple, programmed with all routes
  • GPX files available for your devices in advance
  • Route Book (1 per couple) with riding route maps and cue sheets
  • Suggestions for visitation and dining
  • Daily telephone assistance & emergency contact
  • Private transfer from Girona to Barcelona – last day
  • Daily luggage transfer from Hotel to Hotel
  • Tour souvenir

Not Included: Choice of Bike Rental

Lodging

Included Standard Hotels:

  • Caldes de Montbui: Hotel Vila de Caldes ****
  • Vic: Les Clarisses ****
  • Girona: Hotel Historic ****

About: 6 nights in excellent 4 star hotels. All lodging offers a private bathroom and a variety of other amenities. Rooms are standard double category, with breakfast daily. 

Optional Add-Ons

  • Guided Bike Tour of Barcelona
  • Optional Longer Routes
  • Girona Stop Overs
  • Car Rentals
  • Travel Insurance

Guides & Local Support

 

Local Experts:   Angel, Nora, and Anna will be your logistics and back up support from the home base bike shop in the classy Eixample district in Barcelona. All of them have made bikes and bike touring a profession, and they will all enjoy sharing their passion and local knowledge with visitors. Our team knows all of the best places, hidden gems, restaurants and local traditions; and we are delighted to welcome you to Catalonia and to Barcelona!

Tour Highlights
  • Long road rides in mountains and coast
  • Quality lodging to relax; gastronomy and wine available in each overnight town
  • Ride where legends of cycling train
  • Sant Hilari climb, down to Santa Coloma
  • Romanya de la Selva, La Bisbal d Emporda & ceramics, Pals
  • Natural parks, thermal towns and sites – hot springs
  • Historic Vic and the quiet, picturesque surrounding countryside and peaks

Need to Know: 

  • This trip must start Day 0 – Monday-Saturday; with Saturdays restricted
  • Best months to travel are spring and fall
  • Only for road bikes and regular, strong riders 
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Itinerary

Day 0Arrival to Barcelona

Today we will arrange a time for you to meet at our local bike shop in Barcelona for your tour orientation and bike fitting. If you like, we can arrange for a city bike tour on this day – the best way to explore Barcelona – with a local guide!
Note: we work with good hotels near the bike shop. The locations are the Gracia and Eixample districts – some of the best walking streets in the city. If you book your own hotel, ask us for service limitations as parts of the city are inaccessible at times.

Overnight: Barcelona – on own – not included; available to add
Note: This trip, this day, can be Monday-Saturday.

Day 1Barcelona to Caldes de Montbui: 42 km / 26 mi

Today you will begin your cycling! A short climb will take you to the Collserola Natural Park, which is the city’s largest natural park and has thousands of plant species including Aleppo pines, evergreen oaklands, riverside copses, grasslands and more. When you reach the top, you can enjoy great views of the majestic city of Barcelona. Then it’s all downhill unti you arrive to the city of Sant Cugat del Valles and onto Cerdanyola. From there you have rolling hills as you ride through the villages surrounding Barcelona. Finally, you will reach your destination for the night – Caldes de Montbui. This Thermal Village has many natural hot springs and is surrounded by a stunning setting, located at the foot of the Farrel mountain and in the Riera de Caldes valley.

Distance: 42 km / 26 mi, +870m
Highlights: Collserola Natural Park, Caldes de Montbui
Overnight: Caldes de Montbui

Day 2Caldes Loop Ride: 57 km / 35 mi

Today’s ride is a spectacular loop ride on secondary roads, with very little to no traffic whatsoever. While riding through rolling hills, you will experience breathtaking views over the valley of “Vallès.” Pass through many charming villages, such as St. Llorenc Saval – which is known for the best seafood in the area – seems like a good spot for a break! Gallifa is another tiny village you will come across and enjoy passing by, as well Sant Feliu de Codines and El Farell, which offer fantastic vantage points as they are situated as some of the highest points in Vallès. Return to your same hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening as you please.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 57 km / 35 mi, +982m; optional El Farell climb +20km
Highlights: St. Llorenc Saval, Gallifa, Saint Feliu de Codines, El Farrell
Overnight: Caldes de Montbui

Day 3Caldes de Montbui to Vic: 65 km / 40 mi

Today’s ride takes you through the forest of Sant Miquel and Centelles to reach the valley of Vic. Ride along rolling hills through “La plane del Vic.” In Sant Miquel del Fai, visit the extraordinary medieval abbey of Sant Miquel del Fai. This Romanesque chapel has been built inside a grotto and is nestled among the rocks, surrounded by forest, steep cliffs and a rushing waterall that is over 100 meters high. Your home for tonight is the small town of Vic, which is located on the banks of the Meder River, situated on the beautiful plain of Plane del Vic and set among lush green hills. Enjoy the authentic small town Spanish lifestyle and the majestic beauty of the highest peaks of the Pyrenees.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 65 km / 40 mi, +1,200m; option to extend to Sau Lake
Highlights: Optional ride : Ride to Sau Lake
Overnight: Vic

Day 4Vic Loop Ride: 58 km / 36 mi

Today you are doing a loop ride from your home base of Vic, so you can start the day at your leisure. Riding through the quiet roads of the Llucanes, relax and enjoy the gently rolling hills, passing by farming houses and large forested area.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 58 km / 36 mi, +850m
Highlights: Vic exploration
Overnight: Vic

Day 5Vic to Girona: 83 km / 52 mi

From Vic we make our way to the famous city of Girona. Head to Sant Hillari Sacalm, a town known for its many hot springs and medicinal waters. The landscape here is stunning and boasts caves, mountains and valleys, well known to outdoor enthusiasts – especially cyclists! Be sure to stop and visit the 10th century Gothic and Romanesque chapel, if you have time! Ride through the Natural Area of Les Guilleries-Savassona, which has over 9,000 hectares of natural landscape and boasts numerous types of flora and fauna. Truly a beautiful area!

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 83 km / 52 mi, +1400m
Highlights: Sant Hillari Sacalm, Guillerires
Overnight: Girona

Day 6Girona Loop Ride: 63 km / 39 mi or Longer Option

Today, your last riding day in Costa Brava, you can chose one of 2 routes:
– Take the day to ride the secondary roads of Emporda and visit the medieval villages
– Ride through the famous Costa Brava secondary roads along the Mediterranean Sea

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 63 km / 39 mi, +870m or 115 km / 71 mi, +1,800m
Highlights: La Bisbal d’Emporda Madremanya, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Sant Antoni de Calange, Les Gavarees
Overnight: Girona

Day 7Departure Day

Today is your departure day, and your Costa Brava cycling tour has come to an end, so you can take your time in the morning, breakfast is included. At 10:30am we include your return transfer to Barcelona. We are happy to arrange stays in Barcelona and additional activities if booked in advance; our experts have the best tips and suggestions for you! Please inquire at time of booking and we will take care of everything!

Meals: breakfast

Map
Barcelona to Girona Road Bike Tour
Rates

Tour Rates: (based on double occupancy)

Superior Three & Four Star Hotels:

  • March-November: 2 persons:  1365 euros/person
    4 persons: 1270 euros/person
    6 persons:  1240 euros/person
  • Single Supplement: 345 euros (applies when 2 or more traveling but in separate single use rooms)

Custom Groups & Routesplease inquire for route ideas and rates

Road Bike Rental:  250 euros – 280 euros; aluminum or carbon; 105-ultegra

Garmin GPS Rental:  77 euros
Bike Rental Details Page

Make it Custom: Do you like the Catalonia Culinary Cycling Tour itinerary but want to make some changes? Tell us your wishes & we will quote it!

How do our tours compare to similar trips? You Get MoreIf you compare price, we are much less than guided trips with similar experiences. In our private, independent format, you get much more than what most traditional self guided tours offer, plus it’s a better experience. Our team has gone to great lengths to build and create exceptional tours all over the world, vacations that will give you lifelong memories. From the accommodations to the bikes, to the routes themselves, we hold each component of our tours to a very high standard. We are dedicated to empowering people through travel!
 
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