Cycling Trip in Catalonia: Girona, Cadaques, Collioure and Barcelona

 

Fancy a bike tour in Catalonia ? The region recently become the preferred European base for professional cyclists. Indeed, it has everything: a wonderful climate, good roads, mixed terrain and the chance to cross paths with some of the world’s most famous cyclists.

With its own language and unique local customs, Catalonia feels distinct from the rest of Spain and France. Beyond Barcelona, Spain’s most attractive and cosmopolitan city, it unveils an astounding wealth of natural splendour . Pyrenean peaks loom above meadows and pine rolling roads near Girona, plains are pock marked with volcanic cones, rocky coves border sandy beaches and wind blown capes give way to serene seaside paths and fertile vineyards around Cadaques and Collioure.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Coast rides along the Mediterranean
  • Cycling friendly city of Girona
  • Cadaques and Collioure fishermen village
  • Cap de Creus – Easternmost point of continental Spain
  • Visit of San Pere de Rodes Monastery
  • Border crossing between Spain and France
  • Collioure Wine tasting
  • Barcelona: Spain’s most attractive and cosmopolitan city


Dates 2020

PRICE/PERSON IN
DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
(2 persons per room)

PRICE/PERSON IN
SINGLE OCCUPANCY
(1 person per room)

October 11 – 18

from 3490€

from 4090€

November 11 – 18

from 3490€

from 4090€

Price / person

from 3490€

BIKe itinerary

Welcome to Catalonia !

We welcome you at Barcelona airport at 2 pm and drive you at your ideally located hotel in the historical center of the charming Girona.

After a bike fitting and a tour oriention, we will enjoy the beauty of Northern Catalonia’s largest city. Girona is a jewellery box of museums, galleries and Gothic churches, strung around a web of cobbled lanes and medieval walls Girona’s wealth in medieval times produced many fine Romanesque and Gothic buildings that have survived repeated attacks, while a Jewish community flourished here until its expulsion in 1492

Loop around Girona (via Els Angels)

Els Àngels is a classic climb that’s part of a popular cycling loop from Girona. The route was made famous by Lance Armstrong.

Riding doesn’t get much better than this: peaceful, rolling roads with hardly any traffic, pretty woodland , medieval villages, and ancient churches..

At the end there is a lovely winding road that takes you up to the hilltop Santuari dels Angels, the chapel where Salvador Dali and Gala got married in secret in 1958.

Girona to Cadaques (VIA Sant Marti d’empuries)

We climb Els Angels from the other side and then roll down to the coast through pretty Catalan villages. In Sant Marti d’Empuries we can relax on the beach and admire the view over the Rosas’ bay. You can either stop your ride here or add 50 km more and keep going towards the charming fishing village of Cadaques. It stands in a delightful site, to the south of the Cap de Creus. Its picturesque streets and bohemian atmosphere, which made it a popular haunt for artists and intellectuals in the first half of the 20C, the most famous of whom was undoubtedly Salvador Dalí, continue to appeal today.

LOOP AROUND Cadaques (via San Pere de Rodes)

This morning we ride towards Cap de Creus by a lonely, 8km-long road that winds its way from Cadaqués through the moonscapes. Cap de Creus is the easternmost point of the Spanish mainland, and a place of sublime, rugged beauty. With a steep, rocky coastline indented by coves of turquoise water, it’s an especially magical spot to be at.

We then ride towards low-key El Port de la Selva, The village is almost as white as Cadaqués and the site, remarkable, is dominated in the distance by the former Monastery of San Pere de Rodes that we are about to climb. The road is gorgious.

Cadaques to Collioure (with border crossing) 

On the way to the border with France, we leave the Spanish Catalonia for the French Catalonia. We ride along rocky coves, small fishing ports and terraced vineyards on the hillside. 

We reach Collioure where we’ll spend the next two nights in the best hotel in town with stunning views once more. A fortified church, advancing so close to the coast that you would think it appeared from the sea, old streets with flowered balconies, a promenade by the sea, terraces of cafés and shops with coloured windows, that is the enchanting setting of Collioure

LOOP Around collioure (Via Madeloc Tower)

Our last ride, although short, will take us up to the heights of Collioure to pass at the foot of the Madeloc Tower along a spectacular tiny mountain road, which from its 650 m altitude, will offer us an exceptional panoramic view of the Côte Vermeille, the terraced vineyards, fruit trees, pine forests and the charming village of Collioure. Don’t miss it for anything !

This afternoon we will be wine tasting and chilling by the beach in colourful Collioure.

Day off in Barcelona

Today no biking scheduled as we drive to Barcelona and explore one of Spain’s most attractive and cosmopolitan cities, offering a perfect blend of tradition and modernity, art and history, and culture and dynamism. Admire its astonishing Modernist buildings, superb museums and contemporary art foundations, majestic Gothic churches, cutting-edge design, stunning.

TIME TO SAY GOODBYE

It is unfortunately already time to say goodbye. We will take you back to Barcelona airport after breakfast to end this Catalonia bike tour, unless you want to extend your stay with Veymont Travel.

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ACCOMODATIONS / HOTELS

Veymont Travel retains the right to change the hotels if necessary as stipulated in our GTC.

Girona – 2 nights

Hotel Nord 1901 4*

Located in the historical heart of Girona, in an old building, the Nord 1901 Hotel has the only garden with swimming pool in the centre of the city.

CAdaques – 2 nights

Hotel Playa Sol 4*

Family hotel located in a privileged cove near the sea with a breathtaking view, large garden with swimming pool, jacuzzi, and hammam.

Collioure – 2 nights

Relais des Trois Mas 4*

Blessed with a perfect location, the Relais des Trois Mas offers comfortable accomodation with a superb view of the Bay of Collioure.

Barcelona – 1 night

Miramar Barcelona 5*

Beauty extends from the horizon all the way to the edge of your bed, even in the stitches of the sofa. And, while you sit on your comfortable terrace, the day looks appealing, kind and beautiful.

equipment / bikes

Included

Hybrid Bike

Trek Zektor 3 Disc or equivalent
Size: 47 (XS) – 51 (S) – 54 (M) – 57 (L) – 61 (XL)
Crank : 48-32Cassette: 11-34
Tyres: 700x32c

Supplement + 40 €

Carbon road bike – Shimano 105 Compact
Trek Emonda SL5 or Specialized Tarmac Sport
Size: 47 – 50 – 52 – 54 – 56 – 58 – 60 – 62
Crank : 50-34Cassette: 11-28

Supplement + 70 €

Hybrid E-bike
Trek Dual Sport + or equivalent
Size: 16″(S) – 18″ (M) – 20″ (L) – 22″ (XL)
Tyres: 700x38c

Supplement + 125 €

Road E-bike
Pinarello Nytro or equivalent
Size: 46,5 – 50 -53 – 55 – 58

Supplement + 190 €

Carbon road bike – Ultegra DI2 Compact
Pinarello Prince or Domane SL7 or equivalent
Size: 46,5 – 50 -51,5 -53 – 54 – 56 – 57,5 – 59,5- 62
Crank: 50-34
Cassette: 11-32

Supplement + 700 €

Carbon road bike – Dura Ace DI2 Disk Compact
Pinarello F12
Size: 51,5 – 53 – 54 – 55 – 56 – 57,5
Crank: 50-34
Cassette: 11-32

Equipment / dEtails

You can choose to travel with your own bike and/or bring your own pedals, saddle and helmet. The guide will set up your equipment upon arrival.

Equipment provided with the rental of a Road Bike
Equipment provided with the rental of an Hybrid Bike
  • Pedals to choose from the following:
    • cleats: SPD-SL / SPD-M / Look Keo
    • flat with cages
    • flat
  • 1 Pump
  • 1 Computer
  • 2 water bottles
  • 1 saddle bag: 2 spare tubes + 1 multitool + 2 tire-levers
  • 1 helmet

Equipment Included with a hybrid bike rental

  • Pedals to choose from the following:
    • cleats: SPD-SL / SPD-M / Look Keo
    • flat with cages
    • flat
  • 1 Pump
  • 1 Computer
  • 1 water bottle
  • 1 saddle bag: 2 spare tubes + 1 multitool + 2 tire-levers
  • 1 helmet
  • 1 handlebar bag 
  • 2 rear panniers

WHAT’s INCLUDED / WHAT’S NOT incluDED ?

Included
Not Included

Accomodation

  • 7 nights in 4* and 5* hotels in double occupancy 

Meals

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches
  • 7 dinners
  • Snacks and refreshments

Equipment

  • Hybrid bike rental with bike equipment (see above)

Guiding

  • Certified and experienced guides
  • 1 cycling guide
  • 1 driving guide

Activities

  • 5 road/hybrid bike rides
  • Collioure wine tasting
  • Visit of San Pere de Rodes Monastery
  • Visit of Barcelona

Support & Transfer

  • 1 support van following the group and offering to the guests:
  • Transfer of people
  • Transfer of luggage
  • Transfer of bikes
  • Mechanical assistance
  • Refreshments
  • Pick up and drop off at predeterminated places
Non Inclus
  • Travel and repatriation insurance
  • Plane/train tickets and transportation to/from predetermined pick up/drop off locations 
  • Accomodation before and after the stay
  • Personnal effetcs purchased during the stay
  • Activities not planned by Veymont Travel
  • Meals not mentionned in the “meals” section 
  • Wine and dinks in bars, hotels and restaurants