Best of Catalonia Cycling Holiday
“Point-to-Point” (Moderate)

1,250.001,950.00

A cycling holiday 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.

Prices are starting indications, per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Please make a booking enquiry for a confirmed price based on your chosen dates and exact requirements.

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Description

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.

Additional information

Length

6 days/5 nights, 7 days/6 nights, 8 days/7 nights

Style

Self-Guided, Private-Guided

Itinerary

Example itinerary:
  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 40km)
  2. Girona – Cycle along the “Carrilet” (converted railway line) from Olot to Girona, cycling through the beautiful ‘La Garrotxa’ volcanic region. (approx 60km)
  3. Girona – Riding one of the classic Girona road rides that explains why Girona is such a popular base for Road Riders (approx 80km)
  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 60km)
  5. Begur – Exploring more of the Medieval Villages of the Baix Emporda region with lunch in a charming seaside village. (approx 70km)
  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 30km)
  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 55km)
  8. Departure to Barcelona – Departure by direct bus from the Sant Feliu de Guixols bus station to Barcelona.

Your Bike

Cycle Touring

The new Radon Scart 7.0 is the ideal touring bike for the combination of roads and cycle trails you will encounter. Equipped with the ever-reliable Shimano Deore drivetrain, Shimano disc brakes and a Suntour suspension fork, the Scart has a comfortable riding position and a triple (48/36/26) chainset – perfect for long days enjoying the delights of the region.

There is the option to upgrade to an Electric bike for our Cycle Touring holidays. The bike option is the ever reliable Scott E-SUB Active Unisex.

This unisex electric bike is the classic trekking style and is perfect for leisurely rides. The bike has got many features including an efficient electric motor centrally mounted to maintain a low centre of gravity, ideal for stability and control.

  • Bosch E.DRIVE motor
  • SR Suntour NEX HLO suspension fork with lockout.
  • Hydraulic disc brakes
  • Shimano Deore 10 speed
  • 28” Wheels with 140 km 400Wh battery drive.
All our bikes come equipped with puncture repair kit, spare inner tube, water bottle, pannier (Cycle Touring) and helmet.
If you wish to use your own pedals, your own bike, or have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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“Point-to-Point” (Moderate)