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Best of Catalonia Combined Cycling and Walking Holiday - 'Point to Point'


Tour type - Cycling and Walking
Tour level

- Easy to Moderate



Prices for this tour*:

6 day / 5 night tour

Self-guided from 1150 Euros per person

Private guided from 1650 Euros per person

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7 day / 6 night tour

Self-guided from 1250 Euros per person

Private guided from 1750 Euros per person

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8 day / 7 night tour

Self-guided from 1350 Euros per person

Private guided from 1850 Euros per person

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9 day / 8 night tour

Self-guided from 1450 Euros per person

Private guided from 1950 Euros per person

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10 day / 9 night tour

Self-guided from 1550 Euros per person

Private guided from 2050 Euros per person


*based on 2 people sharing a twin room

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The 10 day / 9 night combined cycling and walking holiday includes cycling the 'Carrilet' the converted railway that runs for 135km from Ripoll in the Pyrenees to Sant Feliu de Guixols on the Mediterranean Sea.

The riding starts in the mountain town of Ripoll cycling along the ‘Ruta del Ferro’ to the village of Sant Joan de les Abadesses. Once we have passed through the town we climb up and over the beautiful mountain pass of the ‘Col de Santigosa’ before descending into Olot, which is the capital city of the volcanic region of 'La Garrotxa".  

From Olot to Girona the riding takes place on the converted railway that is known as the 'Carrilet'. It is a gentle descent for about 60 km into Girona through stunning scenery. The following day’s section of the Carrilet between Girona and Sant Feliu de Guixols is approximately 40 km and covers a diverse range of scenery from the undulating farmland around Girona to the Pine and Cork forests of the coastal region.

From Sant Feliu de Guixols the itinerary switches from the 'saddle to the shoe' as we join the beautiful 'Cami de Ronda' coastal walking path as it hugs its way along the stunning stretch of Mediterranean coastline towards the hilltop town of Begur.

Highlights of this section of the Cami de Ronda walking route include:

  • strolling through the S'Agaro estate that was designed by the Catalan architect Rafael Maso

  • visiting the Cap Roig Botanical gardens with stunning views over the Mediterranean Sea

  • walking through the iconic Costa Brava bays of Calella de Palafrugell, Llafranc and Tamariu

  • staying in the beautiful hilltop village of Begur

From Begur you will continue by bike following the well signed Baix Emporda Cycle Network through the timeless Medieval Villages area, stopping off for a coffee and lunch en-route as you pass through the charming villages. Your destination is a lovingly restored 4 star hotel in the village of Monells, one of the prettiest of the medieval villages in the region.

On your second day in Monells you will cycle through more of the medieval villages, including a visit to the Salvador Dali Castle Museum in Pubol. In addition, there is the opportunity to eat lunch in a 14th Century Castle that was once owned by a captain on Christopher Columbus’s fleet.

On your final day you will be transferred to Girona train station to return to Barcelona by direct train after an incredible 10 days of exploring the very best of the cycling and walking on offer in this part of Catalonia, Spain.


Itinerary

Day

Activity

1

Arrival in Ripoll and cycle to Olot

Approx 40 km

2

Cycle from Olot to Girona

Approx 60 km

3

'Girona to the Mediterranean Sea' ride on ‘The Carrilet’

Approx 45km

4

Coastal walk along the 'Cami de Ronda' coastal walk to Palamos

Approx 12km

5

Continue along the 'Cami de Ronda' to the beautiful bay of Llafranc

Approx 13km

6

A free day to explore the jewels of Llafranc and Calella de Palafrugell

Approx 13km

7

Walking the final section of the 'Cami de Ronda' to the stunning village of Begur

Approx 10km

8

Cycling through the Medieval Villages of the Baix Emporda region to the beautiful village of Monells.

Approx 30km

9

Exploring more of the Medieval Villages of the Baix Emporda

Approx 40km

10

Departure to Girona


 Description of Itinerary

Day

Destination

Activity

 

1

Olot

Morning arrival by train from Barcelona to the Pyrenees mountain town of Ripoll. After the tour briefing and bike setup cycle to Olot, cycling over the mountain pass of the ‘Coll de Santigosa’.

Approx 40 km

2

Girona

Cycle along the “Carrilet”  (the converted old railway line that is now a dedicated cycleway) from Olot to Girona, cycling through the beautiful 'La Garrotxa' volcanic region.

Approx 60 km

3

Sant Feliu de Guixols

Cycling ‘The Carrilet’ from Girona city to the Mediterranean Sea. The old converted railway line snakes its way from the plains of Girona down to the pine forests of the coast.

Approx 40 km

4

‘Cami de Ronda’

Sant Feliu – Palamos

Approx. walking distance: 13 km

A beautiful headland walk that follows the ‘Cami de Ronda’ (the old smugglers paths) coastal path along some of the most picturesque bays of the Costa Brava.

5

‘Cami de Ronda’

Palamos – Llafranc

Approx. walking distance: 13 km

A stunning coastal walk that takes in some of the best coastal scenery on the Costa Brava. Llafranc is one of the prettiest coastal villages in the area and has maintained its charm without bowing to the pressures of development.

6

Free day

Llafranc

A day to explore at your leisure the beautiful surroundings of Llafranc. A walk along the Cami de Ronda to Tamariu is a stunning option.

7

GR 92 – Walking Route

Llafranc – Begur

Approx. walking distance: 10 km

Following the Grand Route 92’ walking route that starts to meander inland away from the coast through the Pine forests towards the medieval village of Begur.

8 Monells

Cycling through the charming medieval villages of the Baix Emporda.

Approx 30km
9 Monells

Exploring more of the Medieval villages following the Baix Emporda cycle network, including visiting the Salvador Dali Castle Museum.

Approx 40km

10

Departure to Girona city

Return to Girona with the option to cycle up and over the challenging 'Els Angels' monastery route that is one of the favourite rides of many of the pro riders who live in Girona.

Approx 30km

 Notes:

  • Creative Catalonia will provide you with your bicycles and locks

  • Each bike is equipped with:

    • a puncture repair kit,

    • spare inner tube,

    • a pump,

    • a water bottle

    • a helmet

    • a pannier

The Bike:

Our bike for this cycling holiday is the fantastic Corratec X-Vert Cross with front suspension. It is your perfect partner for riding the Carrilet as well as for the tranquil Baix Emporda Cycle Network routes that you will follow on this unforgettable cycling holiday in Catalonia, Spain.

Map of walking areas 

Map courtesy of Costa Brava Emporda Tourist Board

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The price of the holiday includes:

  • Luggage transfers between all hotels.

  • Bed & Breakfast accommodation staying in 2, 3 & 4 star hotels.

  • Detailed maps and route notes of all walks.

  • Transfer to and from Girona

The price of the holiday does not include:

  • Lunches and evening meals.

  • Transfers to and from Barcelona.

  • Travel insurance is not included.

Extra information

  • The average walking time per day ranges from 3 – 5 hours.

  • The terrain encompasses both flat open beaches as well as hilly headland and forest sections. All trails are marked with the GR-92 Red and White walking symbol.

  • Suggested clothes to bring for walks:

  • good quality walking shoes and walking poles.
  •  lightweight and breathable jacket.
  • light, comfortable and ‘breathable’ layers to either put on or take off depending on changing weather conditions.
  • a small day pack and water bottle.

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