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Catalonia Discovery | Self Guided

Explore this wonderfully varied landscape by bike, exploring the perfectly preserved medieval villages, secluded sandy coves, orchards, olive trees, rice fields and vineyards. Along the way you'll meet local producers and sample a tantalising array of food and drink from both the land and the sea. This area of Catalonia is a gastronomic delight - and comes with the option to add on a city stay in Girona or Barcelona.

What not to miss

  • Tasting the jamon iberico, seafood paella and emporda wines
  • The Dali museum in Figueres
  • Relaxing on one of the many beautiful beaches

What's included

  • 3 and 4-star hotel accommodation 
  • Flights and transfers
  • Luggage transfers
  • Bikes, panniers and puncture repair kits
  • Route maps and instructions
  • Assistance from our rep whenever needed
  • Tandems and electric bikes on request

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Spain

Catalonia Discovery | Self Guided

Day 1

Arrive at Girona or Barcelona airport.

Transfer by minibus, taxi or train to your first hotel in the centre of Figueres, the birthplace of renowned surrealist artist Salvador Dalí. Enjoy a welcome glass of Cava during your welcome briefing before enjoying a traditional Catalan meal of locally sourced produce.

Day 2

Figueres and Serra d’Altrera round trip | Distance 20 miles (32km) 

After breakfast you’ll be equipped with your bicycle. We then suggest a lovely circular route that takes you through several vineyards and olive groves on the way. Leaving Figueres, the route goes to Peralada, a beautiful medieval town in the heart of the wine area - and a lovely spot for your first wine tasting of the holiday. After this the route continues to Serra d’Altrera, with magnificent views over the plain and the Albera mountains along the way, before winding back via Vilarnadal and Cabanes. For a bit of culture in the afternoon, we suggest a visit to Dalí's flamboyant theatre-museum, just metres from your hotel. Figueres also boasts some lovely shopping streets and a huge 18th century fortress.

Day 3

Figueres to Torroella de Montgri | Distance 26 miles (42km) 

Leaving Figueres behind, today you will travel south through Alt Emporda to Baix Emporda, past the river Fluvia, before arriving at Torroella de Montgri. On your journey we suggest you stop off at the Greek and Roman ruins of 6th century Empuries - one of the most important archaeological sites in Catalonia. Situated right on the coast, just behind the beautiful beach of Sant Marti de Empuries, the site was only discovered in 1908, and is still being excavated. If you've worked up an appetite, we suggest a tapas lunch on the seafront at Bar Riba - and make sure you visit the 'Anxovies Soles' shop to pick up a jar of the famous anchovies produced in l’Escala.

Day 4 

Torroella de Montgri to Palau Sator and Fontclara and back | Distance 17 miles (28km)

Today’s circular route meanders through many pretty medieval villages with the opportunity to visit local producers on the way to learn about and sample their delights. These include the highly respected artisan olive oil producer Can Solivera. After a short tour and history of this pristine extra virgin olive oil, you can have a taste for yourself. Blending buttery and tangy Arbequina with sweet Empeltre olives, the top quality olive oils produced here are used by some of the top restaurants in the world including El Cellar de Can Roca*. (If you would like a tour here, please let your guide know in advance. This tour is only available between Monday and Saturday, from 10am to 2pm). Back on your bike, the route back to Torroella takes you via Palau Sator and Fontclara (which means 'clear water') where you can stop at the ancient font for a cooling drink.

Day 5 

Torroella de Montgri to Palamos | Distance 23 miles (37km)

Your route today passes through the rice fields of Arros de Moli de Pals, then weaves its way towards the perfectly preserved hilltop medieval town of Pals. The old quarter within the medieval walls, known as El Pedro, contains many historic buildings, including a beautiful gothic church at the centre. The real delight here is wandering around the myriad of uneven cobbled lanes which lead to the town's old castle. The views from the ancient wall to the sea are spectacular. Once you're ready to move on, we suggest cycling down to Palafrugell and calling in at the Museum de Confitura, where there are over a hundred varieties of jams and chutneys to peruse. From here you'll head out of Torrent, via a vineyard worthy of a visit called Mas Oller, which produces some excellent wines highly recommended in the Penin wine guide. Your final destination is the lively town of Palamos which boasts a lovely beach and charming port - perfect for an evening stroll before dinner.

Day 6

Palamos round trip | Distance 13 miles (22km) 

Staying in the surrounding area of Palamos, we suggest a laid back round trip for your final day in the saddle. Taking the coastal path to one of the last unspoilt beaches on the Costa Brava, you'll cycle along to the port where you can visit the maritime museum if you wish, and watch the fisherman bring in their catch of the day. The beach path links Palamos to Torre Valentina, where you can sit and watch the wind and kite surfers ride the sparkling waves while you enjoy a complementary glass of wine in the local bodega. For lunch, we recommend popping into one of Palamos' renowned tapa bars in the old quarter. Enjoy your last afternoon either pedalling along the coastal path or relaxing on the beach before one last delicious gourmet dinner and a final jug of sangria.

Day 7 

We say “Adiós” before transferring you direct from Palamos to Girona or Barcelona airport by train or minibus.

*Please note that this tour can start on any day but the recommended producers open on different days and times and are subject to availability.

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Spain

Catalonia Discovery | Self Guided

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Spain

Catalonia Discovery | Self Guided

Note: The accommodation listed below is indicative, it is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation of an equal standard may be used.

Hotel Duran

3-star

Set in the heart of Figueres, in the upper part of the Rambla, right in the historical and business centre of the city and just a short walk from its most charismatic buildings: The Dalí Museum, the Toy Museum of Catalonia, El Jardí Theatre, and more. It is the ideal hotel for weekend breaks and shopping in Figueres. The Duran Hotel & Restaurant in Figueres is a high category 3-star hotel of recognised prestige, totally refurbished in contemporary style. It is the city’s most emblematic hotel, as the building was originally an old inn dating back to 1855, El Celler de Ca la Teta.

Hotel Palau Lo Mirador

4-star

The Hotel Palau Lo Mirador is a landmark building dating from the 9th century. Full of character, the hotel offers large, air-conditioned rooms with superb views. The beautiful gardens and swimming pool are an added bonus.

Hotel Trias

3-star

Located on the seafront with stunning views over the bay of Palamós and just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre, Hotel Trias opened its doors in June 2005 following a complete renovation. Some renowned personalities such as Truman Capote and Ava Gardner stayed in the hotel and therefore some call it “The Hotel of the Stars”. Its privileged location makes it a striking sea viewpoint.

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Spain

Catalonia Discovery | Self Guided

Package Prices 2019 & 2020 (Flights and Transfers included)

2019 & 2020 Departure Dates  Nights Adult Price

April, October, November and December 

6 £1295

May, June and September 

6

£1385

July and August 

6 £1485

Tour Only Prices 2019 & 2020

2019 & 2020 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price

 April, October, November and December 

6 £975

 May, June and September 

6 £1065

July and August

6 £1165

Start your holiday on any day of the week. 

Book your 2020 cycling holiday before 30 September to secure 2019 prices.

Please contact one of our Activities Experts on 020 7471 7750 for child prices.

Supplements: 

  • Single supplements available upon request
  • E-Bike supplement - £135 per person
  • Half Board Supplement - £110 per person

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

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