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Cols of Catalonia & Costa Brava

Cols of Catalonia & Costa Brava

Degree of difficulty - c

This week long itinerary provides guests exclusive and amazing scenic routes, while enjoying excellent accommodation and food. An exceptional cyclist destination, as many and popular professional cyclists live and train in this area. Girona is an ideal territory for road cycling because of its huge offer of secondary roads without traffic and the combination between challenging mountain stages and flat and easy roads.

This routes explores the mountainous Catalan and French border region covering almost 600km of extraordinary mountain roads, allowing riders to experience a wide variety of landscape and culture interesting sights.

Highlights
Cycle along the best places of the Catalan coast with hidden coves and long sandy beaches.
Lovely backcountry and the Pyrenees both on the – French and the Spanish side.
Follow the steps of the pro-cyclists that live and train in the Girona region.
600 Km of incredible roads, including the panoramic route from Tossa de Mar to Sant Feliu de Guíxols.
Feel secure and comfortable in an area where car drivers respect cyclists.

Day 1: Arrival at Girona
There is plenty to see and do in this magic historical city. Spend the day visiting the Cathedral, which has the broadest single nave of Gothic architecture in the world and getting lost through the narrow streets of the ancient Jewish quarter, one of the best preserved in the world. We also recommend a stroll along the Rambla or the medieval walls, which gives you a fantastic panoramic view of the city.

Day 2: Loop ride Girona - Sant Hilari - Girona (99 km 1050m+)
Today provides riders with a chance to climb to over 1000m in altitude to the mountain town of Sant Hilari. The climb to the town is approx. 30km and is an excellent training climb with its slack gradients but long distance. Riders then have a thrilling 18km descent to the town of Santa Coloma. This is another famous training ride used by hundreds of local riders. The ride returns to Girona winding through the fantastic countryside of the Gironès area.

Day 3: Girona – Calella de Palafurgell ( 108Km 1500m+)
We start south through a plane until Llagostera. From there we start the climb of Sant Grau (465m). After passing the col a great descent with fantastic views over the Mediterranean sea will be recorded on you mind for all your live. This coastal road has been used for Tour de France in 2009. Then following the coast north direction we will ride in one of the most famous routes. We reach Palamós and we finish our ride at the great fisherman village of Calella, considered one of the best villages of the Costa Brava.

Day 4: Calella – Roses ( 87 km 375m+)
Starting from Calella we will deal with the short but really step climb to the light house of Sant Sebastià (climb 2 km 150m+).
After that we climb to Begur and reach the gulf of Pals with his long sandy beach. From there we ride inland to Pals a famous medieval village. Really worth to spend a while walking on its narrow streets. After crossing some more medieval villages we reach Torroella de Montgrí, just under its castle on the top of the mountain. Later to cycle quietly towards the beaches in Empúries and l’Escala. In Empúries you should take the time to visit the archeological site Empúries with Greek and Roman ruins dating from 600BC, the gateway of the classic cultures to the Iberian Peninsular. After the route passes through Castelló d’Empúries with a stunning cathedral that shows how powerful was the village in the ancient time. From there we will cross a small wetland with an ornithological reserve, finishing in the village of Roses.

Day 5: Roses - Banyuls – Figueres ( 123 km 1878m+)
This route extends to the North visiting the beautiful and challenging nature reserve Cap de Creus, passing the col of Perafita. Later we cycle along the coast before crossing over the French border until Banyuls. Riders return to Spain passing the famous Col de Banyuls with a strong slopes, finishing the ride and overnight in the city of Figueres.

Day 6: Figueres - Coustouges – Molló (103 km 2.300m+)
This ride takes riders further into the mountains crossing the French border via the mountain pass at Coustouges ( 810m ) and Coll d’Ares ( 1.524m) before descending to spend a night in Molló near the winter ski town of Camprodon.

Day 7: Molló – Girona (100 Km 798m+)
We will stard trought the pass of Coll de Capsacosta and the town of Olot in the heart of the Volcanic park called La Garrotxa. The route finishes in Girona.

Day 8: Departure
Departure after breakfast

Low Season 01.03 - 13.04 & 01.10 - 31.10
Standard | Premium
€720 |€920 Accommodation in a double room with breakfast
€130 |€255 Supplement single room ( if travelling with others )
€80   |€150 Supplement half board ( 5 dinners )
€150 |€150 Additional Supplement for solo travelers
€3.5 |€5.5 Tourist tax ( adults over 16 years )

Mid Season 14.04 - 30.06 & 04.09 - 31.09
Standard | Premium
€730 |€ 975 Accommodation in a double room with breakfast
€130 |€ 285 Supplement single room ( if travellling with others )
€80   |€150 Supplement half board ( 5 dinners )
€150 |€150 Additional Supplement for solo travelers
€3.5  |€5.5 Tourist tax ( adults over 16 years )

High Season 01.07 - 03.09
Standard | Premium
€755 |€1075 Accommodation in a double room with breakfast
€140 |€ 345 Supplement single room ( if travelling with others )
€80   |€150 Supplement half board ( 5 dinners )
€150 |€150 Additional Supplement for solo travelers
€3.5 |€5.5 Tourist tax ( adults over 16 years )

OPTIONAL EXTRA‘S
BIKE RENTAL ( 6 Days )
Bike rental carbon roadbike - €135
Bike rental carbon + disc brake - €170

Pedals ( Shimano, Look, toe clip ) - €21
GPS - €46
Front pannier - €15

DAILY VAN SUPPORT ( price per person, based on a miniumum of 6 in the group - includes drinks & snack stops )
€60 per person

Tour Includes

– Standard Accommodation in farmhouses, 2* and 3* Hotels.
– Premium Accommodation in farmhouses, 3*, 4* and 5* Hotels.
– 7 nights’ accommodation in double room with B&B.
– Luggage transfer from one lodge to another.
– GPS with tracks and maps.
– Touristic information of the area.
– Assistance during the trip.
– Bike deliver in Girona.

- Optional services (on request)
– Add-on nights
– Transfers of people and/or bikes

Self Guided Tour Information

This tour can start any day of the week from the 1st March to the 31st of October

Accommodation details to follow

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UCD, Dublin 4,
Ireland.

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