CATALONIA - SPAIN

Catalonia’s Secret Roads: Heritage Cycling Tour

Guided 5 days € 1,495

Discover the secrets of the Catalonia region. Ride through the mountains where the old bandits hid, immerse yourself in the lifestyle of the most traditional villages and enjoy their rich cuisine.

Style
Road cycling
Gain
5254 m
Distance
282 km
Level
Medium

Tour overview

SECRET GEMS AND HIDDEN CLIMBS

This five-day Hidden Secrets of Catalonia Cycling Tour departs from Vic in Barcelona, a historic city known for its large market square and abundance of churches and convents in its old town. The hotel is a former cloistered convent that has been converted into a comfortable four-star hotel. From here, you’ll take the mythical Bracons road, explore the lovely Vall d’en Bas, and marvel at Collsacabra’s imposing views. In El Lluçanès, soak up the Montseny atmosphere and relax among the meadows.

An epic guided cycling tour for lovers of authentic experiences that will take you to the most hidden corners of inland Catalonia. Make your reservation today!

Start point
Vic, Barcelona
End point
Vic, Barcelona
See program for full itinerary
Flying in
Barcelona/Girona
Flying out
Barcelona/Girona

Flights not included. Direct flights available at lastminute.com

Highlights of your cycling trip

Guided Tour with Experts

Catalonia Bike Tours have become local legends after organising cycling tours in this region for over a decade. Expect professional guiding and expert advice from cyclists who love riding here the entire way.

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Exceptional Experience

We are getting you to experience one of the world's greatest cycling spots. Excellent empty roads, jaw-dropping beauty and vibrant Catalan culture is a recipe for an outstanding riding holiday. Prepare for an experience of a lifetime.

Hotel room

Excellent Accommodation

Each hotel is carefully selected in dreamy locations. You'll feel well rested after each day in the saddle throughout your trip. Every hotel is a 4* standard with fantastic facilities to make the trip even more memorable.

Tour destination

CATALONIA

Catalonia is where the love of biking knows no bounds. Explore the Terra Alta or Girona's greenways, or hit the magnificent mountain passes for a spot of MTB. Catalonia is the land of great cyclists. It gives you roads, paths and greenways for a bicycle excursion perfect for all levels. For decades, the hundreds of cycle touring associations in the country have been creating space in the Catalan local road network. On weekends, the curvy roads and steep hills are the perfect places for bike-lovers to cruise around with friends for the sheer pleasure of the sport.

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  • Weather

    Catalonia has plenty of warm Spanish sun. Fresher rides can be found north of the peninsula during the spring and autumn months. Bring a gilet for wind and rain protection and sun cream for the rest of the time.

  • Terrain

    Catalonia is an incredibly rugged region! There aren't many flat locations. Mountains and hills predominate with the Pyrenees marking the northern border. Then there's the ridge along the water's edge. Inland is also surprisingly hilly, including notable locations such as Montserrat Mountain, which is ideal for climbing.

  • Culture

    Catalan culture boasts a huge history as well as its own unique traditions and cuisine. Take the time to discover some authentic Catalan traditions to make your trip to Catalonia even more enjoyable. And of course, cycling is a big deal here.

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Serra de Rodes, Spain - east coast

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Tossa de Mar Sea Town on Costa Brava - Spain

Coast Loop

A ride that will burn itself solidly into the memory banks. Twisting gentle climbs, grin-inducing descents, views for miles, turquoise seas, a cycling experience for the soul. If you are cycling in Girona this is a must ride, you won’t regret it. Head to the coast!

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Rocacorba

Rocacorba has been used for over a decade by many local pros as a test of form, the famous mountain is a challenge to anyone and everyone. The 10.7 km climb has a deceptive overall gradient of 7%. Starting teasingly gentle before levelling off, disciplined pacing will pay off.

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Accommodation during your tour

Hotel Les Clarisses

4* Hotel Les Clarisses
Plaça de Malla, 1, 08500 Vic, Barcelona, Spain

Formerly a cloistered convent, Hotel Les Clarisses has been beautifully converted into a four-star hotel. Located in the city’s heart, close to Sant Pere Cathedral, the Episcopal Museum, the Roman Temple, and the Plaça Major. Thanks to its central location, our guests can easily access all of the city’s most interesting tourist and leisure attractions.

Getting from your lodging to the nearest roads is never a hassle. All of our lodging has been chosen for its bike safety and proximity to the routes on your itinerary.

Tour itinerary

Your guide to a perfect cycling tour

VIC - JOANETES - VIC
  • Distance
    108 km
  • Climb
    1827 m

We will leave through the quiet roads of the Plana de Vic heading north. Far away, on the horizon, we will see the infinite massif of the Pyrenees. Closer, a first wall of mountains draws the silhouettes of the Puigsacalm peak and the Collsacabra mountain range, our objectives today.

The Bracons pass, the first of the day’s passes, will lead us to Puigsacalm, in the mountain range that separates the Osona and La Garrotxa regions. The beauty and harshness of the port will occupy our senses along the way until we reach the summit, which will provide us with spectacular views of the Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park. We’ll find ourselves in the small town of Els Hostalets d’en Bas, which looks like it’s been plucked from a postcard. Surrounded by volcanoes, it provides a peaceful setting for us to relax and enjoy the scenery while sampling the region’s delicacies.

Our return trip up to the Col de Condreu will take us to Rupit and Tavertet, two authentic hidden treasures in the heart of the stunning Sierra del Collsacabra. We cannot miss the spectacular suspension bridge in the mediaeval town of Rupit, and from the rocks of the picturesque town of Tavertet, we will enjoy spectacular views of the most hidden Catalonia before descending to Vic.

Getting there

Information to help you book your flights and get around.

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Flying in

Fly in airport: Barcelona or Girona

When best to fly in: in the morning or early afternoon on the first day of the camp (before 14:00)

Transfers: airport transfers are not included in the price of this trip; contact us if you need any assistance or need to organise a private transfer so you can arrive from your flight hassle-free

Flying out

Fly out airport: Barcelona or Girona

When to leave: in the morning on the last day of the tour

Transfers: scheduled airport drop off’s are not included in the price of this trip; let us know if you want to add this on so you can take your flight hassle-free

Tour essentials

What’s included in your cycling trip.

  • Half Board Accommodation

    Standard accommodation is shared with one other person on the tour with ensuite facilities and half board meals (lunch and dinner)

  • Guided cycling

    Professional multilingual guide on bike to lead the group, assistance vehicle available in cases of emergency

  • Experienced Mechanic

    Mechanical service in case of breakdowns (does not include spare parts in customer bicycle repairs)

  • GPS Tracks Access

    Access to tracks of the route through the RIDE WITH GPS mobile application

  • Heath Insurance

    Medical sport accident insurance covering any cost up to €6000 is included on this trip

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Extra
Bike rental
From only €240 for the entire trip

It’s not always easy travelling with a bike but fear not, high quality disc brake carbon bikes are available for rental for the duration of the tour. To make sure you get the maximum from your bike for your trip, we’ve partnered with some of the best brands in cycling to give you the latest choice of equipment.

Choose a lightweight Canyon Endurace Road bike or a CANYON Endurace:ON E-road bike to suit your needs for your tour.

With a variety of sizes available, we can ensure your bike fits you perfectly.  All rental bikes are mechanically checked and adjusted before each and every tour so you can have peace of mind that your bike will be running smoothly from start to finish!

You can select this option when you proceed to checkout.

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Canyon Endurace CF7 with Sram Rival

Fitted to you and ready to ride!

More things to maximise your cycling trip

  • EXTRA
    Single accommodation
    €240 for the tour duration

    By default, you'll share a room with a rider of your gender. If you wish to stay in a single room, you will be able to select this option for €240 per person when you proceed to checkout.

Booking options

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Sunday 25 September 2022
Thursday 29 September 2022
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