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.
Calella de Palafrugell
Calella de Palafrugell
What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?
INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP
8 nights hotels
All breakfasts and 2 dinners
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
Custom trips also available and can start any day. Call or email for details.
ARRIVE / DEPART
Classic Accommodation: US $2,850
Single Supplement: US $720
Luxe Accommodation: US $3,250
Single Supplement: US $820
You can reach Figueres rom 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.
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.
Ride Distance Day 2: 42 km, elevation gain 515 m or 55 km, gain 700 m.
Ride Distance Day 3: 42 km, elevation gain 295 m or 52 km, gain 155 m or 68 km, gain 705 m.*
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 and stay at the idyllic Hotel San Roc or Castell d’Empordà in La Bisbal if you choose our Luxe option. The views between Calella and Begur are sublime and your next day’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. Staying three nights in Callela de Palafrugell allows you time to do another cycling loop or, take a day off from cycling and 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 Day 4: 70 km (or 45 with shuttle), elevation gain 180 m.
Ride Distance Day 5: 43 km, elevation gain 460 m.
Ride Distance Day 6: 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?
Ride Distance Day 7: 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.
Ride Distance Day 8: 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.
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.
This 3-star boutique hotel boasts sea-view rooms, a lovely terrace where breakfast is served overlooking the beach and a great location, steps to town. 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.
Situated in the historic center of Girona, this luxury hotel is close to Cathedral, Arab Baths, and Walls of Girona. It is the only hotel in Girona that has an outdoor pool.
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.
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.
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.