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Costa Brava’s extraordinary rugged coastline has drawn many exceptional people throughout the ages. Notable relatively recent admirers are Salvador Dali – the famous surrealist painter whose house can be visited in Cadaques, and several outstanding pro-riders – who now use this area as their training playground. Once you see it for yourself, you’ll see why the area is so captivating. Even if you do decide to return home after our week-long trip, be assured you’ll want to take as much of it with you as possible!
Day 1 : Arrive in Gerona at the time of your choice. Trains run from Barcelona’s downtown train stations (Sants and França) on a regular basis. Alternatively, you may choose to take advantage of the low-cost airlines servicing Gerona Airport. From there, a short 25-minute bus ride takes you to the center of town where your hotel is located. Time permitting, take a walk around the old part of town along the Onyar River and discover some of its remarkable treasures, including its gothic cathedral. Overnight B&B – Hotel *** in center town
Day 2 :Gerona – San Feliu de Guixols along the famous Via Verde “El Carrilet” (39 km or 25 miles).
Departure from Girona for this first cycle day on the Costa Brava. You’ll follow the green cycle way “El Carrilet , an old railway converted into a cycle green way. A route that crosses the agricultural plain of Emporda before joining the picturesque village of St Feliu de Guixols and its wonderful beaches. Overnight hotel ***. HB.
Day 3 : San Feliu de Guixols – Tamariu (50km or 31 miles)
Following the Costa Brava coast, you’ll join the port of Palamos for a visit of the typical beach of Castell and the fishing village of Cala S’Alguer with its colorful houses. The bike tour continue through the green way towards Llafranc and Calella de Palafrugell. After the panorama of Cape St Sebastia, you’ll ride down to the Cala Tamariu. Overnight in afamily run hotel *** HB.
Day 4 :Tamariu – Peratallada (30km or 19 miles) By bike, you’ll arrive to the small port of Llafranc, then by the inlands, you’ll arrive to the village of Begur. Visit of the old village then ride down throught the forest area of Begur and arrival at the beach of Sa Riera. Then following small roads inlands, we will cross the medieval village of Pals then arrival at Peratallada. Overnight B&B in a charming Hotel *** .
Day 5 : Peratallada – Rosas (42km or 26 miles)
After a leisurely breakfast in Peratallada, you’ll be ready for another day of riding through more beautiful places, such as Torroella-de-Montgri or, further on, Bellcaire d’Emporda, a tiny village steeped in medieval history. After that comes the small fishing port of l’Escala, known for its anchovies. Remember to pay a quick visit to the exceptional site of Empuries, with its Greek and Roman ruins dating back to 500 BC, where a humbling stroll through this outdoor museum is a must, before cycling on to Sant Pere Pescador. Following our detailed directions, you’ll then ride through the Natural Park of Aiguamolls in the Gulf of Roses, a paradise for bird watchers. Arrival at the mediaval village of Castellon d’empuries, take your time for a visit before cycling towards Empuria Brava by the green cycle, before reaching Rosas, your stopping point for dinner and overnight Hotel ****.
Day 6 : Rosas – Figueras (45km or 28 miles)
On your last cycling day, you’ll rally Figueres following an itinerary through vineyards and olive fields. Riding through the D.O. Emporda wine area, we recommend stopping at the Estate Terra Remota for a very interesting visit and wine tasting. As an exclamation point to this extraordinary tour, the Museum Dali right in the center of Figueres should not be missed. Overnight hotel *** HB
Day 7 : End of the trip after breakfast. From Figueras, train station to reach Girona or Barcelona.
Option extra night Rosas (50km or 31 miles)
During bike tour in Catalonia, you can schedule an extra day in Rosas and cycle through the villages of Cadaques and Port Lligat, two lovely places closely connected with the famous Salvador Dali’s life. By a small road, you’ll reach Cap de Creus , a magical place where the Pyrenees meet up with the Mediterranean. For the return you can choose to cycle to Rosas by the coastal roads or use the regular bus that connects Rosas and Cadaques and take the time to enjoy a few tapas in Cadaques bars.
Net Costs 2016 : from 779€ pp in double/twin room
What’s Included : 6 nights comfortable and carefully chosen accommodations, double or single room occupancy with private facilities, 6 breakfasts, , 4 diners, luggage transfers, detailed route notes & maps, , hotline 7/7 from 8:00 to 20:00, all tax and service charges.
What’s not included : Entrance fees into museums, insurance, drinks, items of personal nature, rental bikes (hybrids are available including drop-off and pick-up – ask for information)