Itinerary: Cycling Spain

We think of our itineraries as melodies: they have a beginning and an end, a certain arc, dramatic highlights and a few surprises. We like to improvise, to adapt to the mood of our guests or to circumstances that arise — an invitation to a traditional wedding, say, or a local ethnic festival…

Crafting beautiful, harmonious trips with delightful twists is our trade mark and passion.

Catalonia ~ Cycling, Culture and Cuisine

Day 1 - Welcome
Arrive at Barcelona airport and transfer to one of Barcelona’s best hotels right in the heart of the old town. We start the evening with a walk to our favourite tapas bar and then on to a restaurant for a welcome dinner of fantastic traditional Catalan dishes.
Day 2 - Barcelona By Bike - Distance: 30km
Barcelona is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and cultural hotspots: lots to do if you want to add a day at the beginning or end of the trip.

After an orientation and bike fitting by our local guide, we ride to the most important sights of Barcelona: the Gothic Quarter with the cathedral, the Old Harbour with the statue of Columbus, the Ciutadella Park, the Sagrada Familia, the Olimpic Port and Gaudi´s fabulous monuments.
Day 3 - Down the Pyrenees - Distance: 45km
In the morning, we travel up the Pyrenees close to the French border in the Pyrenees. Here we start our ride in a long descent and then an energetic climb before a final descent through forests and past volcanic formations to Olot. We explore the town on foot before a delightful meal. Our accommodation is a charming rural hotel.
Day 4 - “El Carrilet” (The narrow-gauge railway) - Distance: 60km
From Olot we head along a bike path on the former narrow-gauge railway, traversing the beautiful valley known as the “Catalan Switzerland” with its medieval villages. Eventually we follow the Burgent River to La Cellera, and then continue on to Girona. Our accommodation is a historic lodge in the stunning ancient quarter of this beautiful city.
Day 5 - Girona: Temps de Flors
We spend a day celebrating the “Temps de Flors” (flower festival) which is held every year in Girona's Barri Vell neighbourhood. At this time locals in the ancient quarter open their courtyards to the public to compete for the best flower gardens. This is a unique opportunity to see some truly hidden places in Girona!
Day 6 - Costa Brava and Mediterranean Sea - Distance: 47km
From Girona we head to the coast, following the old railway lines for 40 km. We reach Sant Feliu, with its wonderful seaport and a great cultural and historical centre. Accommodation – a hotel on the beach.
Day 7 - The Coastline - Distance: 33km
We ride along the coast of Palamós Bay to some beautiful fishing villages and then into the hinterland which is renowned for its vineyards. We stop at a bodega where the owner Marta will explain the secrets of making wine on her family estate. Our accommodation is in the charming old fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell.
Day 8 - Medieval villages - Distance: 45 km
Our route takes us to the northern Costa Brava and the area that inspired Dalí. We visit beautiful medieval villages such as Ullastret, and explore diverse landscapes including low lying delta regions where rice for the region’s famous ‘paella’ is grown.
Day 9 - Figureres - Distance: 44km
Once again our route takes us along the coast of the Costa Brava as we head towards Figueres. We stop off at Perelada with its castles and wine tradition. We savour some of wine the area is famous for and then carry on to Figueres, where Dali was born. In the afternoon we have time to visit the world famous and flamboyant Salvador Dali Museum.
Day 10 - Cap de Creus: Walking in the footsteps of Dali - Distance 10 km
Bidding farewell to our trusty bikes, we set out for a fantastic walking tour along the cliffs and coves of Cap de Creus National Park. These landscapes and seascapes were a favourite haunt of Dali’s and inspired a lot of his art. After lunch we visit Salvador Dali’s residence, which is now a small museum. The last part of the walk takes us through a gorgeous maze of ancient lanes in the lovely village of Cadaqués to our charming family run boutique hotel. Before dinner we have time to explore the village and we have dinner in a museum run by disciples of the world famous chef, Ferran Adrià of El Bulli.
Day 11 - Back to Barcelona
We transfer back to Barcelona and check into our familiar hotel in the heart of the city. The afternoon is free to explore, visit museums and galleries or shop. In the evening, we head out in search of hidden tapas bars and then to one of the city’s best restaurants to celebrate the successful completion of our first cycling adventure in Catalonia.
Day 12 - Farewell
Transfer from Barcelona to the airport for your flight home or onward journey.

Please note: this itinerary serves as an example of trip highlights and is subject to change.

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