Catalan Coast & Villages

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Visiting: Spain

Hotel & Bike

5 nights from £600 to £1386pp
Guiding Self-Guided i
Level Easy to Moderate i
Standard Deluxe i
Code SP011
Good For Coasts and Islands, Foodies, Short Breaks
Distance 111mi/179km
Runs All Year !
Departs Any day
Fly to Barcelona !
Return from Barcelona !

Overview

What to expect

Experience Catalonia, where everything from the language to the landscape is distinctly different to the rest of Spain. A truly diverse region, you’ll pedal past sandy stretches and craggy coasts, green mountains and sheltered forests. Follow easy-going cycle tracks, you can pick a five or seven night escape and choose to arrive in the medieval city of Girona, the Catalan capital of Barcelona or Salvador Dali’s birthplace of Figueres.

As you tour through sleepy hamlets and medieval towns, stop off to try regional red wines and the local staple of bread rubbed with tomatoes, sprinkled with salt and drizzled with olive oil. You’ll ride through typical Catalan countryside, passing vineyards, orchards and olive groves with a backdrop of the Pyrenees. The golden beaches on Catalonia’s wild coast are ideal for a rest day and nature fans can spot pink flamingos and black storks in Aiguamolls Nature Reserve.

  • Monasteries and Gothic churches, Greek & Roman ruins and medieval towns
  • Golden beaches, green olive groves, sparkling rivers and the Pyrenees
  • Pink flamingos and black storks, red wines and rich Catalan stews
  • Cycling based in two properties with optional rest days by the beach or pool

The Trip

Route

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Palau Saverdera

    Touch down in Girona or arrive at Figueres train station and transfer west to reach Palau Saverdera.

  • Day 2: Palau Saverdera - Peralada 23 miles (36 km)

    Ride through beautiful Catalan countryside passing fields of vines and olive groves. Reach the historic town of Peralada and explore its narrow streets and museums, visit St Domènec's cloister and see the impressive castle with its gardens and library. Make your way back to Palau Saverdera via the sleepy hamlets of Pedret and Marza.

  • Day 3: Palau Saverdera - Vilanova de la Muga (7 night only) 24 miles (39 km)

    Travel west through the village of Vilaberton, home to the 1069 monastary of Santa Maria. Pass through the hamlet of Vilanova de la Muga and the 11th century Church of Santa Eulàlia de Vilanova before arriving back in Palau Savedera.

  • Day 4: Palau Saverdera - Sant Pere Pescador 17 miles (28 km)

    Visit the beautiful medieval village of Castello D’Empuries and cycle through Aiguamolls Natural Park, stopping off at one of the bird hides to spy on flamingos and spoonbills. Continue through the countryside to the riverside village of Sant Pere Pescador, which sits just back from the sea – expect green orchards and golden beaches.

  • Day 5: Sant Pere Pescador (7 night only)

    Take a day off and relax on the beach, visit Salvador Dali’s house in Cadaqués, take a trip to the Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes or relax by the pool and explore the village.

  • Day 6: River Fluvià and Sant Pere Pescador 23 miles (37 km)

    Cycle through beautiful Catalan farming countryside, passing apple orchards and small hamlets, with views across to the high Pyrenees. Ride parallel to the River Fluvià before crossing the water and looping southwards back to San Pere Pescador. Alternatively, enjoy a day with less cycling and spend more time on the beach.

  • Day 7: Sant Pere Pescador - Empúries 24 miles (39 km)

    Ride to the walled coastal settlement of Sant Martí d'Empúries before continuing to the Greek and Roman ruins at Empúries (pay locally), a Roman city used as a base for the invasion and dominance of the Iberian Peninsula. See the mosaics and Roman remains, which date back to 218BC. Stop off for a swim on your return to Sant Pere Pescador.

  • Day 8: Depart from Sant Pere Pescador

    Transfer back to Girona airport or Figueres Train Station, with the option of booking a night in Girona – a walled city with beautiful 19th century houses, Roman ruins, a charming Jewish quarter and magnificent cathedral. Alternatively, fly back from Barcelona and spend an additional night here.

     

    5 Day Itinerary Option

    If you choose the five night itinerary you will miss out days 3 and 5.

Itinerary Options

7 Night Tour

We use a pool of hotels to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.

  • 4* and one very nice 3* B&Bs and pensions
  • Breakfast included, half board available
  • Secure bike storage
  • Luggage transfers included

5 Night Tour

This is the five night version of the tour (you will miss out days 3 and 5 of the seven night itinerary).

Dates & Prices

Please choose your duration, then click on a departure date for price options at a glance 

Price includes

  • 5 or 7 nights accommodation in 4* and one very nice 3* B&B & pensions
  • Board Basis: Bed and breakfast
  • Hybrid bike with pannier and bike computer
  • Luggage transportation
  • Maps and route information
  • Welcome meeting with local English speaking guide
  • Local contact number for assistance
  • Transfer to/from Girona Airport or Figueres train station

Price excludes

  • Flights

Which hotel?

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire included

21-gear hybrid bike hire included in tour price. Pannier, handlebar bag, repair kit, spare inner tube, bike computer and lock all included at no extra cost with the bike.

Helmets can also be provided with rental bikes at no extra charge - please advise at time of booking if required.

E-bike hire (5 & 7 nights)
£121

21 gears with pannier

Extras

You can add these when you price your trip

Board upgrade (B&B included)

Half Board (3 nights) - 5 night tour
£61pp
Half Board (4 nights) - 7 night tour
£81pp

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Barcelona or Girona

From Barcelona, take a train to Barcelona Sants & high speed train (Renfe) to Figueres Vilafant for a transfer to start of tour.

From Girona, take a transfer to start of tour.

Getting back

To get to Barcelona, take a transfer to Figueres Vilafant. then take a high speed train (Renfe) to Barcelona Sants and a train to the airport.

To get to Girona, take a transfer.

Fly from Barcelona or Girona

News, Reviews & FAQs

FAQs

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Why are the hotels not listed in the itinerary?

We use a pool of hotels to maximise availability for you.

What is the average temperature on this tour?

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News

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out of 5

We went on this holiday in the middle of November and had fantastic weather. A bit cold in the mornings but then bright and sunny. The local operator was fantastic, his explanations were very detailed and was always reachable if needed. Everything was well thought out and the country hotels were really nice and just to our taste. Some of the routes a bit bumpy but the bikes were very sturdy and stood up to anything we threw at them! Catherine at Freedom treks sorted this holiday out for us with very short notice so a big thanks to all involved and can definitely recommend them and the holiday.

Anne Bnayahu , Israel, December 2017
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out of 5

Superb holiday, although weather wasn't the best

Brian Wood, October 2016

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