The pine-scented coastal region of Catalonia has long attracted artists (Salvador Dali, among others), writers, and those in search of beauty, tranquility, and inspiration. With its multitude of villages, sunny weather, seaside splendor, art, culture, and gastronomy & wine, this corner of Spain offers everything we look for when traveling. Did we mention the cycling is superb? In fact, many pro teams live and train here when not competing. While most of our routes are more moderate in length and difficulty, avid cyclists will have lots of options should they choose. From Figueres, to Callela de Palafrugell to Girona, we have created an itinerary that shows you the very best of this region.

Location

Figueres

Figueres, Spain

Day 1+2+3

Calella de Palafrugell

Calella de Palafrugell

Day 4+5

Girona

Girona, Spain

Day 6+7+8

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

7 nights hotels
All breakfasts and 2 dinners
Luggage transfers
Use of a high quality performance hybrid or road bike and accessories
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Detailed route instructions and maps
Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
Area manager available on call throughout the tour
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits

Particulars

EVENT DATES

Start any dates between May to October
Custom trips also available and can start any day. Call or email for details.

TOTAL DAYS

8 days / 7 nights, with 6 days of cycling

ARRIVE / DEPART

Figueres / Girona

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderate 50 km (31 miles) daily with add-on options. See the daily distances and elevation gains listed under the itinerary tab to determine whether this trip is suitable for you. Layover days allow for time for time off the bike if you choose.

TERRAIN

Varied with some hills

COST

Classic Accommodation: US$1800
Single Supplement:US$475

Luxe Accommodation: US$2250
Single Supplement: US$560

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. If you have any questions before making your reservation, please contact us.

Getting there

You can reach Figueres from Barcelona by rail (1h50). The easiest way to reach the hotel in Figueres is by taxi and these can be found on arrival outside the train station.


1

Day 1

Figueres

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. Our Area Manager typically meets you for bike fit at 4 pm, but this is flexible. Dinner is included at a restaurant where Dali was often a patron.
Note: if you choose to arrive early in Figueres (morning train arriving at 10:12 am) you can enjoy a full day of riding.

2

Day 2

Figueres

Today we provide you with multiple loop options towards the coastal town of Roses. Visit the Dalí Theatre and Museum which holds the largest collection of major works by Dalí in a single location; if you wish to have a local art historian provide a private tour, we can arrange.
Ride Distance: 42 km, elevation gain 475 m.*
With Add-on 1: 55 km, gain 645 m.
With Add-on 2: 49 km, gain 600 m.
With both Add-ons: 62 km, gain 750 m.

3

Day 3

Figueres

Today 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.
Ride Distance: 51 km, elevation gain 270 m or 88 km, gain 1,385 m.*

4

Day 4

Calella de Palafrugell

Riding south from Figueres, you will have a chance to visit Empuries, site of an ancient city from 535BC with a necropolis, tombs and other treasures left behind by Greek and Roman ancestors. Take some time to visit the museum and then stroll over to a magnificent sandy beach to take in the view or enjoy a coffee on the terrace of Hostal Empuries. The paved bike path next to the sea is sublime. Lunch is recommended in the medieval city of Torroella de Montgri or, at one of our favourite restaurants in the region in a tiny village along our route. Arrive to Callela de Palafrugell, one of the most charming sea-side villages along the coast. The views between Calella and Begur are sublime.
Ride Distance: 72 km, elevation gain 480 m.*

Note: if you plan to arrive early on Day 1 or if you feel the ride from Figueres to Callela de Palafrugel (Day 4) is too long, you can choose to stay at Hotel Empuries in L’Escala on Day 3 instead of Figueres. L’Escala is 40 km away from Calella de Palafrugell. If you wish to go with this option, please mention it on your registration form.

5

Day 5

Calella de Palafrugell

Today’s 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. If you choose to take a day off from biking, there is an option to hike along a glorious section of this coastline, where you can visit the Jardins de Cap Roig with its picturesque gardens and historic castle.
Ride Distance: 43 km, elevation gain 835 m.*
Hike option: 12.3 km, elevation gain 385m.*

6

Day 6

Girona

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 Púbol and to have lunch before a wee climb over the Mare de Deu dels Angels before descending into Girona.
Ride Distance: 42 km, elevation gain 520 m (with 12 minute train from Flaca to Girona) or 63 km, gain 1,020 m.*
With Add-on: 67 km, elevation gain 1,020 m (with 12 minute train from Flaca to Girona) or 88 km, gain 1,170 m.*

7

Day 7

Girona

Today, 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?
Ride Distance: 53 km, elevation gain 600 m or 77 km, gain 900 m.*
With Add-on: 121 km, elevation gain 1,780 m.*

8

Day 8

Departure Day

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.

Classic

Hotel Duran, Figueres

This is the top-rated TA hotel in Figueres. Located in the historical center, walking distance from the Dali museum and with an excellent restaurant, this hotel is a fine one to start your Catalonia experience.


Hostal Empuries, L'Escala

*If Option Chosen* This hotel is located right on the beach. It boasts sea-view rooms, a spa, two swimming pools and it was the first European hotel to be rewarded with a sustainable certification.


Hotel San Roc, Calella de Palafrugell

This 3-star boutique hotel boasts sea-view rooms and a great location. It has been in the same family for 3 generations. “Quite simply the hotel has the best position in the most charming resort on the most beautiful and rugged coast on the whole Mediterranean.” Arnold Z, Leeds, England.


Hotel Nord 1901, Girona

This 4-star hotel has lovely lounges, comfortable guest rooms and the only swimming pool and gardens in the center of the city. Fully renovated in 2009 with contemporary style, and located walking distance to great restaurants. Top-rated TA hotel in Girona.


Luxe

Mas Falgarona, Figueres

Located 4 km outside of Figueres, this luxurious 4-star hotel is one of Catalonia’s finest. The 15th century property has been lovingly restored and with just 11 rooms (and pool and restaurant), it is a haven of peace and quiet. Brigitta and Severino warmly welcome guests.


Hostal Empuries, L'Escala

*If Option Chosen* This hotel is located right on the beach. It boasts sea-view rooms, a spa, two swimming pools and it was the first European hotel to be rewarded with a sustainable certification.


Castell d'Emporda, La Bisbal d'Emporda

This restored medieval castle, now a 4-star hotel, offers romantic lodging. The rooms are spacious and the bar and restaurant here are excellent. *For those who may prefer the 5-star Mas de Torrent, when available, this can be booked at an upgrade fee of $200 pp.


Hotel Llegendes, Girona

This 4-star hotel is located in the historic center of Girona and is intimate with just 15 rooms. The design incorporates the historic property with contemporary décor.



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