Arriving: Your hotel is included on arrival; assuming you are flying into Barcelona, the high-speed train reaches Figueres in 1h50. Our Area Manager typically meets you for bike fit etc. at 4 pm, but this is flexible.
Start your exploration of Catalonia in Figueres, the birthplace of Dali. Salvador Dali was known as much for his flamboyance and exhibitionism as he as for his surrealist and exotic imagery; most of his work are in the Dali museum here. Dinner is included at a restaurant where Dali was often a patron. On Day 2, you’ll ride a loop east towards the coastal town of Roses. A long option will reach Cadaques, an unspoiled and remote village with crystal-blue water, fishing boats, sandy beaches, and old white-washed houses. Back in Figueres, walk the narrow, twisting streets and dine in one of the many excellent restaurants.
Distance D2: 42 km, elevation gain 515 m or 55 km, gain 700 m.
Distance D3: 42 km, elevation gain 295 m or 52 km, gain 155 m
or 68 km, gain 705 m.*
Riding south from Figures, you will have a chance to visit Empuries, to e Roman and Greeks live excavations. Lunch is recommended in the medieval city of Torroela de Montgri at a restaurant that has been in the same family for five generations. Then it is on to Pals and Calella de Palafrugell, a sea-side village with a superb hotel, the San Roc (our luxe trip will stay at Castell D’Emporda in La Bisbal). The views between Calella and Begur are sublime and your ride along this coast has some challenging (but rewarding climbs). You will have time to explore medieval Begur with its castle above town and Pals, which is one of the popular and enchanting villages in Catalonia. On the 3rd day here, you may wish to consider a day off the bikes to hike along the famous coastal trail – the gardens at Cap Roi are nothing short of spectacular. Should you wish to bike more, there is a great ride south to Palamos and Colonge and up over the a moderate pass, looping back via La Bisbal and Palafrugell.
Distance D4: 70 km (or 45 with shuttle), elevation gain 180 m.
Distance D5: 43 km, elevation gain 460 m.
Distance D6: 66 km, elevation gain 550 m.*
Ride to Girona, one of the most important historical sites in Spain, where professional cyclists often live and train off-season (attracted by the climate and food, just like us). Stop to visit the castle that Dali lived at in Pubol and to have lunch before a wee climb over the Mare de Deu dels Angels before descending into Girona. Next day, choose from moderate or challenging rides west of Girona. For dinner, we will provide recommendations from local finds to El Roca de Can Roca, rated the 2nd best restaurant (3*Michelin) in the world. Hungry anyone?
Distance D7: 40 km, elevation gain 220 m (with 12 minute train from Flaca to Girona) or 62 km, gain 600 m or 86 km, gain 800 m.
Distance D8: 55 km, elevation gain 385 m or 69 km, gain 500 m.*
Depart at your leisure for onward travel.
Trains from Girona reach Barcelona in 30 minutes (25 trains per day).
*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.