Best of Northern Spain Tour

From the city of Girona to the coastline of the Costa Brava to the countryside of Northern Spain, this bike tour is the best way to discover all that Spanish Catalonia has to offer.

Your trip starts in the medieval town of Girona, before cycling on to the sunny Costa Brava. Your first stop on the coast is Sant Feliu de Guixols a nice tourist town and port. Following the coastal road of the Costa Brava, your next stop will be Llafranc from which you can explore the fishing village of Palamos and rest on the beaches of Tamariu.
Your last ride will take you to the countryside and particularly to the town of Pubol, famous for the Gala Dali Castle, former home of the renowned artist Salvador Dali and his wife Gala.
Enchanting landscapes, medieval villages, cultural places and picturesque seaside : no need to choose, you will see it all on this bike tour of Catalonia! This tour is 70% on paths and road bikes are not available.

Price from : 1340 €
BIKE INCLUDED
Region : Spain
Duration : 8 Days / 7 Nights
Level : Hobby
Trip : Self-guided
Activity : Biking
Dates : Starts any day

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Day 1 :   Arrive in Girona

Our guide will meet you at your hotel where you will have a personalized orientation and bike fitting.

Day 2 :   Loop cycle around Girona

Distance 1 : 19 Miles - 31 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 380 Meters 

For your first day riding, you will discover the Catalonia countryside and the beautiful villages around Girona. You will probably have enough free time to wander around the narrow streets of Old Girona.

Day 3 :   Ride to Sant Feliu de Guixols

Distance 1 : 25 Miles - 41 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 212 Meters 

Following the cycle path, a converted railway line called 'El Carrilet', this ride brings you to the Mediterranean Coast. You will arrive in Sant Feliu with its wonderful seaport and old monastery.

Day 4 :   Cycle along the Costa Brava to Palamos and Llafranc

Distance 1 : 19 Miles - 30 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 263 Meters 

The route runs gently down to Castell d'Aro then on to the fishing town of Palamos where you could visit the Fish Museum on the harbor or wonder round the fish market. Then you will join the very nice Llafranc bay a lovely place for a romantic dinner on the beach.

Day 5 :   Llafranc to Tamariu

Distance 1 : 7 Miles - 11 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 315 Meters 

Today you can choose to stay in Llafranc in order to enjoy a rest day on the beach or we suggest an hike along the coast between LLafranc and Tamariu. The steep cliffs, clear waters and lush vegetation surrounding the coastal fringe of the Baix Emporda make this area the maximum expression of the landscape of the Costa Brava.

Day 6 :   Leave the Costa Brava towards Madremanya

Distance 1 : 25 Miles - 40 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 380 Meters 

This itinerary leaves the coast and brings you to through a couple of medieval settlements like the charming towns of Pals and Peratallada. Pals is declared a Historic Artistic Site. In the Gothic quarter of Pals, pretty cobbled streets flanked by aristocratic houses await you. Do not forget to try the area's cuisine, based on products from both the sea and of the mountain.

Day 7 :   Ride to Pulbol and the Gala Dali Castle

Distance 1 : 25 Miles - 41 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 429 Meters 

Today your cycle route takes you to Pubol. The castle in the village was bought by Dali for his wife Gala. The Gala Dali Castle in Pubol, open to the public since 1996, allows visitors to discover a medieval building in which Salvador Dali lent material form to an exuberant creative effort (through the paintings, sculptures and library collections) with his mind set on one person, Gala. After your visit, your itinerary will bring you to Ullastret and Puig de Sant Andreu in which is the largest Iberian settlement known in Catalonia. This place is now considered to have been a true town.

Day 8 :   Departure from Girona

We will transfer you back to Girona train station at 9:30am. According to your program, we can arrange accommodations and transportation before or after your tour.

Average / Day :
Distance : 32.33 Km / 20.00 Miles - Elevation gain : 329.83 Meters

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Day : 1, 2

Located in the historical and commercial heart of Girona, in an old building which has been completely renovated on 2009, Hotel Nord 1901 Girona offers sophisticated and comfortable rooms and apartments equipped with plenty of details. Hotel Nord 1901 Girona has the only garden with swimming pool in the centre of the city, as well as several conference rooms with direct access to our garden for celebrating all kinds of events.


Day : 3

This Mediterranean-style hotel is ideal for a beach break on one of the prettiest bays along the whole Costa Brava. It lies just 30 m from Sant Pol beach in beautiful S'Agaró. Use the Van der Valk Hotel Barcarola as a base to spend a peaceful holiday on the golden beaches of nothern Catalonia. After a day in the warm sunshine, cool off with a refreshing dip in the hotel’s own outdoor swimming pool. Start each day with the hotel’s delcious buffet breakfast. Then, each evening, enjoy dinner in the hotel restaurant or out on the terrace which surrounds the swimming pool. Accompany this tasty meal with a fine Spanish wine.


Day : 4, 5

Situated on the sea front, overlooking the magnificent beach of Llafranc, the Hotel Terramar boasts modern and well-lit rooms, which provide you with panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea. Hotel Terramar is set in tranquil surroundings, from here you can enjoy a short morning walk to the beach. There, you can spend the day relaxing on the fine sands, and swimming in the sea. Terramar is also equipped with an on-site gym, where you can do some light exercise. Then, you can head to the sun terrace, where you can soak up some rays and read a book. In the evening, dine in the stylish setting of the on-site restaurant, serving fresh seasonal cuisine.


Day : 6, 7

Located in the village of Madremanya, behind a colourful field of sunflowers is La Plaça, which is not only a fine accommodation in itself but also a place that is widely renowned for its restaurant. The building is made of a light brown stone dating back to the time of the Romans. It integrates so well with the village’s architecture that you can’t really tell where the hotel starts or ends. The apartments are well decorated, each one containing a chimney, small lights and candles, high quality furniture as well as a very well equipped kitchen and a terrace. Rooms are just as attractive and comfortable. The surrounding village is charming. You can easily get lost as you walk through the small cobble stoned inroads - a perfect place to spend relaxing days.


Day : 1, 2

Located in the historical and commercial heart of Girona, in an old building which has been completely renovated on 2009, Hotel Nord 1901 Girona offers sophisticated and comfortable rooms and apartments equipped with plenty of details. Hotel Nord 1901 Girona has the only garden with swimming pool in the centre of the city, as well as several conference rooms with direct access to our garden for celebrating all kinds of events.


Day : 3

S’Agaró Hotel is located in the heart of the Costa Brava, in the exclusive, idyllic bay of S'Agaró, one of the Costa Brava’s most prestigious enclaves, a pioneer in quality holidays, internationally recognised for its select, glamorous surroundings.


Day : 4, 5

This charming hotel is situated in Llafranc, one of the best beach resorts on the coast of the Costa Brava. The Blaumar is in the heart of the beautiful Empordà region. Along the coastline there are a range of beaches and interesting fishing towns which the hotel staff will willingly provide valuable insight into the best beaches and coastal walking paths on the coastline.


Day : 6, 7

Near Costa Brava beaches, golf, horse riding, Dalí route, Girona, ... El Racó de Madremanya has preserved the warmth of ancient times, of its stones, of its vaulted ceilings, combines echoes of history with a sophisticated and contemporary style. Boutique hotel with 12 rooms (4 suites) with all the charm of a medieval village and the comfort of impeccable details. Each of its rooms has a different personality and decoration. The garden's 3000 plus square meters, covered in lush grass, house 2 beautiful swimming pools: one is salt water and the other is freshwater (HEATED from April to October).

Bikes available for your tour

Accessories


Hybrid & Electric Assisted Bike rental : Your bike comes with 2 bags (1 rear pannier + 1 front pannier) so you can easily carry your stuff during your ride.
  • Rear pannier containing : Helmet / Lock / Pump / 2 Spare tubes
  • Handlebar bag containing: Toolkit / Tire levers / Patch kit
  • 1 souvenir water bottle
  • Odometer
  • Flat pedals are included (toe straps on request)
Road bike :
  • Saddle bag containing : Toolkit / Tire levers / Patch kit / 2 Spare tubes / 1 Hand pump + Rear pannier
  • Helmet
  • Odometer
  • Lock
  • Flat pedals are included (toe straps on request)
  • 2 souvenir water bottles

Roadbooks


Our road books are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that we have planned and laid out. We have invested significant time and incorporated the feedback of our customers over many years (since 1997!) to make our road books even better. Our road books include: color maps, highlighted routes, touristic information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow directions step by step (Cue-sheet). Please note that for custom itineraries you will not have cue sheets. Only maps and GPS routes.

GPS


GPS are included on all tours Since 2008. We change the units every 2 years and always invest in the best models. Simple to use, easy to read, yet sophisticated devices they are available on all of our tours. The routes described in your roadbook are stored as tracks in the GPS unit. You simply have to follow the line shown on the GPS, and enjoy. 1 GPS for every 1-3 people
Rates vary according to the availability of hotels and seasons.
Contact our sales team for more information and an exact rate based upon your travel dates.

Included

  • 7 nights of accomodation in superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bath
  • Daily breakfast at each hotel
  • 3 dinners included
  • All luggage transfers
  • Transfer from Madremanya to Girona the last day
  • Hybrid bike rental included
  • Orientation in person with our local guide
  • Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary and cue sheets
  • 1 GPS GARMIN OREGON for 3 people
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • Technical and emergency support available at all times

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from the trip
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Drinks
  • Some meals are not included in each destination, which gives you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. You will find all information needed with our team support in your roadbook.

Price from & per person Double occupancy Single supplement
(traveling with a group)
Solo traveler
(traveling alone)
Standard 1340 € 320 € 1660 €
Upgraded 1570 € 590 € 2340 €

*Please contact us for triple room rates

Options per person :
Hybrid Bike Rental Included


The nearest airports are Girona-Costa Brava airport situated approx. 12km south of Girona. From there take a taxi or a bus to your hotel.

Or Barcelona Airport "El Prat" situated approx. 110 km from Girona. This is the main regional national and international airport. From there you can take the metro to the Barcelona-Sants station (every 30 minutes) and connect with rail services to Girona. Or you can take a bus to Girona (Barcelona-Bus).

Bot scann is mandatory