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Spain - Emporda Wine Tour

Spain - Emporda Wine Tour

Degree of difficulty - B

The Catalan region of Emporda originally produced Cava only but is now known for producing a long list of high quality red and white wines. This cycling holiday provides something for all of your senses.

Starting off in Girona, as you cycle through this medieval city take in the magical sights of cathedrals, gothic architecture and the ancient city walls. 

The route then follows the old railway line greenway of "El Carrilet" down towards the coastline, where you stay overnight in the beautiful Mediterranean beach town of Sant Feliu de Guixols. Cycling up along the coast you will see lots of different sights - from fishing villages to Roman ruins to rice fields, leading you up to the vineyard region with the Pyrenees as your backdrop. You will not only experience the fantastic local cuisine but also enjoy no less than three wine tasting visits to the most interesing and charming of wine cellars in the region. 
One last treat in store for your final day, is a visit to the world famous Theatre-Museum Dali - the most visited site in Spain.

As this tour is self guided you will get a chance to savour each moment along the way, with plenty of chances for detours, pictures and  superb cycling experiences. A guaranteed true Mediterranean extravaganza!

Day 1 Arrive in 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 walk the medieval walls, which gives you a fantastic panoramic view of the city. Or you can follow the Onyar River, which gives you a nice picturesque view of the coloured houses of Onyar River.

Day 2 Girona – Sant Feliu de Guixols 45km
After the delivery of the necessary documentation and bike fitting, the first bike ride takes you straight to the Mediterranean Sea, which follows the greenway “El Carrilet” , passing through the towns of Quart, Cassà de la Selva, Santa Cristina d'Aro and Llagostera. Just out of Girona, the route follows the Onyar River, which gives us one of the most picturesque and most photographed images: the colored houses of Onyar River. Along the route we always have the Gavarres Massif as a backdrop, a mountainous forest area, consisting mainly of oaks, important for the cork production. We arrive in San Feliu de Guíxols, in front of the Mediterranean Sea.

Day 3 Sant Feliu de Guixols – Calella de Palafrugell 30 or 47 km
Today you ride North along the coast visiting the main port town Palamós. After a few kilometers you’ll pass the unspoilt cove Platja de Castell, with it’s Iberian settlement , before arriving in the picturesque old fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell, one of the pearls of Costa Brava. On the last section you’ll cycle along the greenway called “Ruta del Tren Petit”, connecting Palamós and Palafrugell , this last one with its amazing seatown on the coast. This track offers also a long alternative climbing up a scenic mountain route.

Day 4 Calella de Palafrugell – Torroella de Montgri 29 km
Route towards the north, following along the coast, visiting places of outstanding interest: Pals, with its beautifully conserved medieval centre, and Torroella de Montgrí. The ride will take you through natural wetlands with extensive rice fields and long sandy beaches. The bike tour ends at the foot of the karstic Montgri Massif, in the Natural Park.

Day 5 Torroella de Montgri – Castello d'Empuries 36 km
The route continues to the North passing the Montgrí massif into the county of Alt Empordà. We pass the long Bay of Roses with long, sandy, white beaches. Next to the pretty medieval settlement, Sant Martí de Empúries and right in front of the superb beach, you should take the time to visit the archeological complex Empúries, with Greek and Roman ruins dating from 600BC, the gateway of the classic cultures to the Iberian Peninsula. The city of Emporion was an important trading post in the Roman Empire and from here the region takes its name. The route then continues North where riders pass through the town of Castelló d´Empuries set in the protected marshlands of Aiguamolls de l´Empordà. The route ends at the village of Castello d'Empuries, it has a rich architectual heritage; gothic church, Count's palace, old market building and Jewish quarter.

Day 6 Loop ride Castello d'Empuries 37 km
This route provides fantastic views of the Pyrenees as a backdrop while cycling through the 100 year old vineyards. Today you will have the opportunity to visit the most interesting wineries, that are located in the towns of Pau and Vilajuïga. This day includes a wine tasting and lands product's picnic in Espelt Cellar.

Day 7 Catello d'Empuries – Figueres 43 km
The last bike tour heads North to Cantallops and then takes you to a long downhill ride until arriving to our final destination, the city of Figueres. A rewarding detour takes us to the village of Capmany which can boasts the highest number of wineries in the Empordà area. After arriving to Figueres riders enjoy a visit to the world famous Theatre-Museum Dalí, still the most visited tourist site in Spain.

Day 8 Figueres Departure
Tour finishes after breakfast. Depart from Figueres. Train station close to hotel.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

2018 Emporda Self Guided Tour

Low Season (1  - 29 March & 1 - 31 October)
€810 per person sharing
€1010 for single occupancy
€1110 solo traveller

Mid Season (30 March - 29 June & 3 - 30 September)
€830 per person sharing
€1050 for single occupancy
€1145 solo traveller

High Season (30 June - 2 September)
€930 per person sharing
€1175 for single occupancy
€1270 solo traveller

Discounted rates available for children,   see our tour dossier for more details
Option to ugrade to premium accommodation ( 3*- 4*) please email us for more details on this, info@cyclingsafaris.com  

Tour Includes

  • 7 nights 2* - 3* en suite accommodation / upgrade to 3*-4* available
  • Breakfast
  • daily luggage transfers
  • tourist tax
  • 24 speed trekking bike
  • Helmet, repair kit, lock, odometer
  • Route details and maps
  • Entrance fees for 2 winery visits
  • 24 hour hotline assistance

€65 GPS rental 
€110 E-Bike supplement
€130 Half Board option (4 dinners)

Self Guided Tour Information

Tour starts daily from 1st March to 31st October

The information is currently being updated. New content coming soon.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

How to get to the start point in Girona: 

Girona Airport is the closest airport. Barcelona International airport is approx 110km away.

To Girona: by bus it takes 25 minutes and costs 2,75€
To Girona by taxi takes 25 minutes and it costs €32 approximately.

Barcelona to Girona by bus There are 6 buses/ day from Barcelona Airport to Girona city, it takes 2hours 30 minutes and it costs 19€
By train: T1-T2 shuttle bus schedule is from 5.30 hr to 24.00hr every 6 or 7 minutes approximately, and from 0.00 hr to 5.30 h. every 20/25 minutes. This bus is free and takes about 10 minutes. When you arrive in T2, you should take a train to Barcelona Sants, and then another one to Girona
by taxi: it takes approx 1hour and it cost €140 approximately.

Also, we can arrange airport transfers (from Girona airport to Girona €32. From Barcelona to Girona €160 upto 4 people)

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

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