Cycling Catalonia: Girona, Cadaques, Collioure & Barcelona

Fancy a cycling holiday 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

  • Gothic, Medieval and cycling friendly Girona
  • Cadaques and Collioure fishermen villages
  • Cap de Creus – Easternmost point of continental Spain
  • 9th century San Pere de Rodes Monastery
  • Border crossing between Spain and France
  • Between the pines and coast rides along the Mediterranean
  • Explore Barcelona: Spain’s most attractive and cosmopolitan city
I BOOK NOW I WANT TO GO CUSTOM / PRIVATE

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

DAY 1 - Arrival in Girona

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

 

Night in : Girona

Meal included: Dinner

DAY 2 - ELS ANGELS LOOP

Els Àngels is a classic climb that’s part of a popular cycling loop from Girona. The route was made famous by Lance Armstrong: locals say he loved it for a short high-intensity training ride. It takes in two climbs with a nice respite in the middle. 

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.

 

Route  : 66 km / 930 m D+

Night in Girona

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 3 - Girona to Cadaques

Today we are riding towards the Mediterranean with Cadaques as our target. 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 Cadaques where we’ll stay for two nights in a beautiful hotel with sea view in the center of the village. 

The charming fishing village of Cadaques stands in a delightful site, to the south of the Cap de Creus. It is linked to Roses by the Perafita road, which commands stunning views of the Ampordà, Gulf of Roses, French coast and the hills behind Cadaqués. 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.

 

Route 1 : 58 km / 580 m D+

Route 2 : 106 km /  950 m D+

Night in Cadaques

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 4 - CAP DE CREUS & SAN PERE DE RODES LOOP

This morning we ride towards Cap de Creus by a lonely, 8km-long road that winds its way northeast from Cadaqués through the moonscapes. Declared a nature reserve in 1998, Cap de Creus is the easternmost point of the Spanish mainland, and a place of sublime, rugged beauty, battered by the merciless tramuntana wind. 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, 13km northwest of Cadaqués. The place doesn’t immediately turn heads. But with its harbour of bobbing yachts and brooding mountains visible from the shore, it makes a pleasant stop on a ride around northeastern Catalonia. 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. Views of distant Pyrenean peaks and the deep-blue Mediterranean combine with a spectacular piece of Romanesque architecture at this hillside monastery, 500m up in the hills 7km southwest of El Port de la Selva. Founded in the 9th century, it became the most powerful monastery in the county of Empúries. 

Route 1 : 18 km / 580 m D+

Route 2 : 61 km /  1375 m D+

Night in Cadaques

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 5 - Cadaques to Collioure

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. The Mediterranean coast from Cadaqués to Collioure undulates in capes and coves: Llança, Colera, Col de Frare, Col des Balitres and Cervera Cape. 

We then 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, two small ports separated by the old royal castle, with their brightly coloured Catalan boats and typical masts that are about to set sail to fish for the famous anchovies, old streets with flowered balconies, interspersed with staircases, a promenade by the sea, terraces of cafés and shops with coloured windows, that is the enchanting setting of Collioure ! 

 

Route  : 61 km / 1025 m D+

Night in Collioure

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 6 - COLLIOURE LOOK-OUTS

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 and by artists’ shops in Collioure’s colourful streets.

 

Route : 39 km / 840 m D+

Night in Collioure

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 7 - 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 views and captivating hidden corners.

 

Night in Barcelona

Meals included: Breakfast – Dinner

DAY 8 - DEPARTURE

It is unfortunately already time to say goodbye. We will take you back to Barcelona airport after breakfast to end this bike trip in Catalonia, unless you want to extend your cycling holidays and bike in Portugal with Veymont.

 

Meal included: Breakfast

Catalonia

Veymont 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.

Cadaqués – 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

Hotel Relais des Trois Mas – 4*

Blessed with a perfect location, TheHôtel le Relais des Trois Mas offers comfortable accomodation. In the shade of 100-year old pine trees, the rooms offer a superb view of the Bay of Collioure and the church Notre Dame des Anges.

BIKES

Included

Hybrid Bike

Trek Zektor 3 Disc or equivalent

Size: 47 (XS) – 51 (S) – 54 (M) – 57 (L) – 61 (XL)

Crank : 48-32

Cassette: 11-34

Tyres: 700x32c

Supplement + 70€

Hybrid E-bike

Trek Dual Sport + or equivalent

Size: 16″(S) – 18″ (M) – 20″ (L) – 22″ (XL)

Tyres: 700x38c

 

Included + 40€

Carbon road bike – Shimano 105 Compact

Trek Emonda S5 (Male) ou Trek Domane SL5 WSD (female) or equivalent

Size: 44 (Emonda S4) – 47 – 50 – 52 – 54 – 56 – 58 – 60 – 62

Crank : 50-34

Cassette: 11-32

 

 

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

 

GEARS

For a more comfortable travel experience, you can choose to bring your own pedals, saddle and helmet with you on the trip. Your guides will install your equipment on the first day when you adjust your bike.

Included with a road bike rental

  • Pedals to choose from the following: SPD-SL / SPD-M / Look Keo / Flat pedals with cages / Flat pedals
  • 1 Pump
  • 1 Computer
  • 2 water bottles
  • 1 saddle bag: 2 spare tubes + 1 multitool + 2 tire-levers
  • 1 helmet:  Size S – M – L – XL

 

Included with a hybrid bike rental

  • Pedals to choose from the following: SPD-SL / SPD-M / Look Keo / Flat pedals with cages / Flat pedals
  • 1 Pump
  • 1 Computer
  • 2 water bottles
  • 1 saddle bag: 2 spare tubes + 1 multitool + 2 tire-levers
  • 1 helmet:  Size S – M – L – XL
  • 1 handlebar bag with a map holder
  • 2 rear panniers

 

Dates

Price / Person*

Double Occupancy

 

Single Occupancy supplement

 

8 – 15 March, 2020

 

9 – 16 April, 2020

 

11  – 18  October, 2020

 

11  – 18  November, 2020

 

 

 

   from 3490€*  

 

 from 3490€*  

 

from 3490€*  

 

from 3490€*  

 

 

 

 

+ 600€

 

+ 600€

 

+ 600€

 

+ 600€

 

*Price may vary according to the season, the hotel availability and supplement(s) chosen 

Departures are guaranteed from 4 participants. In case there are less than 4 participants a supplement will be requested to guarantee the departure of the tour.

If you are a group of more than 7 people or you would like to privatize or customize the tour, please contact us to adjust our offer to your needs.

Included

Not Included

TESTIMONIES

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