Flower field and medieval town - Spain, Catalunya, Catalonia

CATALONIA - SPAIN

The Pyrenees to Mediterranean Coast: Catalonian Family Exploration Tour

Self-Guided 6 days € 620

The perfect combination of the Pyrenees and coastal views, incorporating rolling valley scenery that is perfect for a family trip. This self-guided tour is a great introduction to Spain with picturesque routes, relaxed distances and the chance to explore the costa brava. It is guaranteed to be an epic cycling holiday that individuals, couples or families can enjoy.

Style
Touring
Gain
Distance
103 km
Level
Easy

Tour overview

A FAMILY ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME THROUGH CATALONIA

Join us as we start in the Pyrenees and head to the Costa Brava coastline. This leisure tour will keep you relaxed the whole trip while allowing you to immerse yourself in the rich culture of Catalonia. You will have four full days of cycling and two days to explore the unique surroundings of the Olot and the Costa Brava coast in the beautiful province of Girona.

Ride through stunning surroundings at your own pace, alone or why not bring the family? Children are even welcome. Stay in beautiful farmhouses and hotels surrounded by the picturesque landscape of Catalonia. 

You won’t have to be concerned about anything. We will take care of every detail of your stay during your gentle biking vacation. We don’t want you to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We await your arrival in Girona!

Start point
Olot
End point
Sant Feliu de Guíxols
See program for full itinerary
Flying in
Barcelona El Prat / Girona
Flying out
Barcelona El Prat / Girona

Flights not included. Direct flights available at lastminute.com

Highlights of your cycling trip

Orchards and a chapel - Catalonia, Catalunya, Spain

Natural Beauty

This tour covers beautiful landscapes including sweeping Pyrenean foothills and epic inland Catalonian roads. you’ll be in awe of this area’s natural beauty.

Self-Guided

You’ll get to ride at your own pace for each day. Professional local guides crafted the itinerary to provide you with the best routes in the area. Daily luggage transfers allow you to concentrate solely on pedalling to your next destination.

Fantastic Hotels

All the hotels along the route have been carefully chosen to provide you with the best possible experience. Once fully rested and refuelled, you'll be ready to tackle each big day as it comes. All hotels cater for cyclists and will have secure bike storage.

Tour destination

Spanish Pyrenees & Costa Brava Coastline

Stretching from the shores of the Med across Spain to the Bay of Biscay, the Pyrenees are some of the most impressive mountains in the world. Their sharp peaks rise high into the clouds, a natural border between neighbouring countries, reaching a staggering 3,404 metres and offering road cyclists incredible opportunities to see beautiful mountain passes without the epic climbs on this relaxed tour. You'll also experience Costa Brava's rugged coast, which stretches north from Barcelona to the Spanish–French border, which is without a doubt the most beautiful of Spain's three main coastal holiday destinations. The satisfaction levels of cyclists here are unrivalled. The ride's beauty and quality are both excellent. There are a few stretches of coastal road that should be on everyone's bucket list. Even though Costa Brava is a popular destination for all tourists, you can easily avoid the traffic and crowds without missing anything.

  • Weather

    The weather in Catalonia does not disappoint. Whilst the region does get cold in winter (especially in the north), and can experience some rainy days in Spring and Autumn, the majority of the year is hot, dry and sunny. Make sure you pack your sun cream and a waterproof gilet just in case you get caught out in a shower!

  • Terrain

    Catalonia is a beautifully varied region in terms of terrain. Whilst it is predominantly covered in hills and mountains, there are some wonderfully flat areas covered in vineyards or that run parallel to the coast. It is home to some magnificent geographical wonders, such as Montserrat Mountain, the Montseny mountain range and the Pre-Pyrenees region, all well-trodden routes among cyclists from far and wide.

  • Culture

    Catalan culture is a melting pot of history and tradition. Most people born in the region are raised bilingual, speaking both Castilian Spanish and Catalan. The traditions unique to this area are as surprising as they are unmissable, featuring human towers (known as a castell in Catalan), ‘fire-runs’ (or correfocs) and spring onion barbecues (called calçotades). We promise they’re all worth experiencing if you are lucky enough to witness them!

Accommodation during your tour

Comfortable 2 & 3* Accommodation

You will sleep in a mixture of 2 & 3* hotels & farmhouses on this tour. All offer a very pleasant stay after a full day of riding. We chose the accommodation based on its location and proximity to the routes we have chosen to ride. Each location includes secure bike storage facilities and other amenities aimed at cyclists so you can focus on some well-deserved R&R.

Tour itinerary

Your guide to a perfect cycling tour

Olot to Les Planes d’Hostoles
  • Distance
    22 km

Your first day of cycling begins with a cycle path along the old narrow gauge railway line “Carrilet d’Olot”. You will reach Les Planes d’Hostoles, passing the fantastic area of the Bas Valley with its gorgeous countryside and typical villages also called Catalán Switzerland. Once in Les Planes, why not take your time to enjoy the gorges next to the river before spending an evening relaxing.

Getting there

Information to help you book your flights and get around.

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Flying in

Fly in airport: Barcelona El Prat or Girona

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

Where the tour starts: Olot

Transfers: Scheduled airport transfers can be arranged for an additional fee which can be added to your trip at booking

Flying out

Fly out airport: Barcelona or Girona

When to leave: In the afternoon on the last day of the self-guided tour

Where the tour ends: Sant Feliu de Guíxols

Transfers: Scheduled airport transfers can be arranged for an additional fee which can be added to your trip at booking

Tour essentials

What’s included in your cycling trip.

  • Comfortable Accommodation

    5 nights in 2 & 3* hotels in a shared room with en-suite facilities. Single rooms are available as an additional extra.

  • Breakfast

    Breakfasts are included in the price of this tour. Lunch, dinner and coffee stops will need to be paid for at your expense.

  • Luggage Transfers

    Your luggage will be transferred from hotel to hotel throughout the trip so you only need to pack a day bag for your essentials

  • Planned Routes with GPX

    All routes are mapped out for you to follow. A GPS navigation app is provided for use on IOS or Android smartphones.

Cycling bottle

What’s not included in your cycling trip.

  • Flights

    Flights are not included in the tour package. We have suggested which flights and airports are best suited for this tour but should you have any doubts or questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

  • Health & Travel Insurance

    We strongly recommend that you obtain a dedicated health insurance that covers your sports activities. Reach out to us if you have questions about the insurance.

  • Meals

    Only breakfast is included in this tour. There are plenty of wonderful restaurants and cafes along the routes for you to enjoy the local flavours. Which we highly recommend on a tour like this.

  • Ride Guide

    This tour is self-guided. You are provided with routes and a GPS app to help you along the way, but there will be no guide riding with you.

Extra
Road Bike Rental
Only €50 for the duration of the tour!

It’s not always easy travelling with a bike but fear not, road 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.

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 hire 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.

Giant TCR Advanced 2
Brands and models may vary.

Fitted to you and ready to ride!

Extra
E-Bike Rental
Only €125 for the duration of the trip!

If you need a bit of a boost or would like to take on the tour at a bit more of a leisurely effort, then why not rent an e-bike for your tour?

Using an e-bike opens you up to new possibilities and can allow you to take on even more than you imagined. Also, if you are part of a group of varying abilities or you are coming back from a recent injury, an e-bike will allow you to enjoy the tour on the same level as everyone else. 

If you would like to rent an e-bike for your tour, please select this option at checkout.

Brands and models may vary.

Fitted to you and ready to ride!

More things to maximise your cycling trip

  • Additional Nights

    The tour starts in the morning and ends in the evening, plus airport transfers take time. We recommend that you fly in the day before and fly out the day after to maximise your trip and avoid unnecessary rushing. You can book these two additional nights during the booking process. Please contact us to arrange this and if there is anything specific you may require.

  • Airport Transfers

    Transportation that best suits your needs for you and your bike with our local providers can be arranged to ensure you get to and from the tour start and finish with ease. Transfers are available to book from €91 depending on your airport arrival and departure. You can select this option when you proceed to checkout. If you have any questions or require anything specific, please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Single Room in Hotel

    If you’d like a whole room to yourself, that’s no problem. For an extra amount, you can enjoy the comfort of your own room. Please contact us if you would like to arrange this.

Booking options

Choose when you want to travel

Don't see the travel dates you want or have a special request, such as adding a non-rider, please contact us.

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Monday 3 October 2022
Monday 31 October 2022
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