Best of Catalonia Cycling Holiday - 'Point to Point' - Moderate


Tour type - Cycle Touring
Tour level - 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


*based on 2 people sharing a twin room

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This is an 8 day/7 night cycling tour that 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 for 7km and then over the beautiful mountain pass of the ‘Col de Santigosa’ before descending for 12km 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 along the old railway line. 

The following day’s ride is one of the classic Girona road rides of 80km. The ride has a great mix of valley and mountain views with two mountain passes before returning to Girona along the same route.

From Girona the next day of riding includes the challenging ‘Els Angels’ mountain pass towards the timeless Medieval Villages of the Baix Emporda region. After cycling through several of the beautiful villages the destination is a stunning hilltop village, with views over the Mediterranean Sea as well as to the Pyrenees mountains. 

The following day’s ride is a lovely ‘out and back’ ride through several more of the Medieval villages of the area before stopping for lunch in a charming seaside village. 

The tour then follows the well marked Baix Emporda Cycling Network cycling routes to the final destination of the tour, staying in a 4 star hotel located right on the edge of the sparkling blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

The last day’s ride is an ‘out and back’ classic coastal ride that was part of the 2009 Tour de France stage from Girona to Barcelona. The views along this stretch of road are simply breathtaking (so too are the hills!).

On your final day you will be transferred to the Sant Feliu de Guixols bus station to catch the direct bus to Barcelona after a fantastic 8 days of exploring the very best of the cycling on offer in this part of Catalonia.


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 circular route

Approx 80 km

4

Girona to the Mediterranean Sea

Approx 60 km

5

Cycling through the timeless Medieval Villages of the Baix Emporda region

Approx 70 km

6

Cycling along the Baix Emporda cycle network to the Mediterranean Sea

Approx 30 km

7

Classic ‘out and back’ coastal ride

Approx 55 km

8

Departure to Barcelona


 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”  (converted railway line) from Olot to Girona, cycling through the beautiful 'La Garrotxa' volcanic region.

Approx 60 km

3

Girona

Riding one of the classic Girona road rides that explains why Girona is such a popular base for Road Riders

Approx 80 km

4

Begur

Cycling up and over the ‘Els Angels’ mountain before riding through the timeless Medieval Villages of the Baix Emporda and staying in a hilltop village.

Approx 60 km

5

Begur

Exploring more of the Medieval Villages of the Baix Emporda region with lunch in a charming seaside village.

Approx 70 km

6

Sant Feliu de Guixols

Cycling along the beautiful Costa Brava coast following the Baix Emporda cycle network staying in a lovely seaside town.

Approx 30 km

7

Sant Feliu de Guixols

Riding the classic coastal ‘out and back’ route that was part of the 2009 Tour de France stage from Girona to Barcelona

Approx 55 km

8

Departure to Barcelona

Departure by direct bus from the Sant Feliu de Guixols bus station to Barcelona.

 


 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.

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