Spain: Barcelona & Costa BravaSavor a free-spirited ride on Spain’s Costa Brava. In the shadow of the Pyrenees, you’ll set your own pace on this charming inn-to-inn self-guided bike tour of Catalonia. You’ll make your way along among Catalonia’s coastal ranges and pedal deep into the heart of medieval enclaves. Every day, you can cycle into tiny villages brimming with atmosphere, pausing to explore narrow cobbled lanes and sip coffee in pedestrian squares. You’ll thrill to exhilarating rides with views of scenic coasts framed by sandy beaches and rocky coves and pedal into former fishing ports loved by Hemingway and Dalí. On this trip, you’ll experience a biking paradise favored by professional cyclists for decades.
- Explore Girona’s cultural treasures, including the old Jewish quarter, medieval walls, Gothic churches and Romanesque architecture
- Savor superb Catalan seafood and farm-fresh cuisine, complemented by excellent local wines including sparkling cava
- Cycle through history, stopping to view Greco-Roman ruins at Empúries, Gothic gems in Girona, and charming medieval villages
- Discover the most important Greco-Roman ruins on the Iberian Peninsula at the coastal archeological site at Empúries
- Immerse yourself in authentic Catalonian village life in historic Pals
What to Expect
This tour offers a combination of easy terrain and moderate hills and is ideal for beginner and experienced cyclists. Rides are on flat to rolling paved roads and bike lanes. The Mediterranean landscape of the interior has rolling hills. As you ride closer to the coastal towns, the roads will be flatter, but busier. Some historic centers have cobblestone roads. Please verify your bike selection for this tour as it is not always possible to change bikes once you arrive on tour. Travel with your friends and family—we can accommodate multiple guests on this self-guided vacation. Our 24/7 support system is available as needed.
- Daily Mileage: 18 - 31|
- Biking: 2 - 5 hr
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|Roundtrip international airfare|
|Detailed information for your independent travel to/from arrival and departure airports|
|One night in Girona and one night in Barcelona in conveniently located hotels with daily breakfast|
|5 nights in boutique hotels|
|6 meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 dinner|
Hotel Nord 1901
Located in the historic heart of Girona, the Nord 1901 Hotel was completely renovated in 2009 to offer sophisticated flair and modern amenities while still preserving the ambiance of its Old Town setting. Intimate and family-operated, it is within walking distance of Girona’s main attractions, including the colorful houses along the River Onvar, the Plaza Independencia, the Jewish quarter, the cathedral, and a wide range of popular restaurants and cafés. Enjoy breakfast on the garden terrace and take advantage of the only garden in the city center with a swimming pool. Each luxurious room is equipped with climate control, a safe, hot-water kettle for coffee- and tea-making, flat-screen TV, free WiFi and a private bath with shower, bathrobe, slippers and hairdryer.
Hotel Es Portal
Es Portal Hotel Gastronòmic occupies a lovingly restored 16th-century typical Catalan “masia” farmhouse. Situated in manicured grounds with a swimming pool, it is surrounded rice fields, a key ingredient in the classic cuisine of the Emporda region served in its fine-dining restaurant. Spacious rooms with wooden floors look out onto its gardens. It is located about one kilometer from the historic center of Pals with its medieval tower and narrow streets.
Hotel mas Pastora
Situated in the fishing village of Llafranc, Hotel Mas Pastora boasts a rich history as an 18th-century Catalan country house that once belonged to the noble Marquises de Cruilles. Its current family has owned the property since the 1930s and has lovingly created a beautiful, garden-like setting. This charming, air-conditioned hotel, recently restored as an eco-friendly property, boasts energy-efficient construction, solar panels, and rainwater recycling. Swim in the salt-water pool or walk down to the beach, just a few hundred feet away. Wind down your day at the bar with a tapas menu and local wines. Your room offers all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay, including a private terrace overlooking the pool and grounds, providing a slice of Catalan countryside.
Situated directly on Portitxol Beach and on our route, overlooking the Bay of Roses, the Hostal d’Empúries stands on an ancient settlement, beside the Greek and Roman ruins of Empúries, and is within easy walking distance of the medieval towns of Sant Martí d’ Empúries and L’Escala. The resort hotel is dedicated to sustainable tourism and also to the health and well-being of its guests. The property features lovely gardens of native vegetation, an outdoor terrace overlooking the sea, and landscaped areas to stroll through. Gym facilities are complimentary, and optional spa services and indoor pools are also available.
Discover a true treasure. Located in the heart of Barcelona, the historic Hotel 1898 was once home to the Philippines Tobacco Company. The structure was built in 1891 by architect Josep Oriol Mestres. Early in this century, hotelier Núñez i Navarro restored the property, preserving its historic splendor and 19th-century architectural elements and transforming it into the modern-day Hotel 1898. Today, this unique colonial-style structure exudes a special personality that brings the best of Barcelonas rich past to each and every one of its guests. Centrally located on Las Ramblas Boulevard and just a block from Placa de Catalunya, the hotel puts you within an easy walk from all of Barcelonas important sites. The elegant rooms are equipped with free WiFi and beautiful marble bathrooms. The rooftop terrace features a heated swimming pool, or you can enjoy the lovely indoor pool, fitness center, and spa in the tastefully designed cellar of the hotel.
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