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Basque Country

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Cycling hot spot in the Northern Spain

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Spanish charm, sunshine and a cyclists to-do list as long as a tapas menu.

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Basque Country is cycling heaven,

a combination of beautiful landscapes, coastal roads, sharp climbs and cycling-respectful drivers.

It is precisely for this reason that the Basque Country has always been considered a bicycle paradiseand explains why so many cycling champions have come from this region.

Bike Basque has selected some of the best routes, climbs, fantastic hotels and restaurants to make your cycling experience unforgettable during this 8-day cycling tour of the stunning Basque Country.

CYCLING PARADISE

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CULTURAL GEM

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OCEAN IS COOL

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Can Grau

Distance
6.3 km

Gain
362 m

Time
25 mins

This is a fenomenal climb right off the seaside from them the main road along the Costa Brava coast. With zero traffic, this road is offers nice ride with gradual gentle climb to the hill top where you'll find picturesque old church and small café if you ride in the summer. Just be wary of the little stretch with 14% gradient right before you arrive to the top. Gorgeous views are guaranteed!

Basque Coast at it’s best

Distance
25 km

Gain
480 m

Time
1 hour

This is one of the nicest stretches of the coast of the Basque Country, with impressive views and some unique rock formations. Places to be recognised by some Game of Thrones fans!

Mountains

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The Pyrenees dominate any discussion about mountains in Catalonia. While they are not as high or quite as dramatic as the French Pyrenees, they still provide some excellent climb. The Pyrenees in Catalonia are mostly quite long, gentle climbs, but there are several opportunities to go above 2,000m altitude.

Elsewhere in the region, the whole inland part of Catalonia is a series of mountains and plateaus, and you can find climbing in almost any part (even within the city of Barcelona there are some climbs!). Aside from the Pyrenees, the southern part of Catalonia, in Tarragona province offers some long, challenging climbs.

Scenery

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The scenery is varied throughout Catalonia. In the north it is spectacular high mountains in the form of The Pyrenees. As you head further south it becomes dried and increasingly rocky; as vibrant greens are increasingly replaced with sandy brown colours.

Roads & Traffic

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The road surfaces are of a consistently excellent quality throughout Catalonia and are a pleasure to ride on a road bike.

The traffic varies depending on the climb. Some are completely empty, while others can carry a lot of heavy goods traffic. Local knowledge of the area is essential.

Getting There

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Catalonia is probably the best connected region in Spain. Barcelona and Girona both have busy international airports, and both cities are also very well connected by train throughout Spain and Europe.

Weather

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The weather is more unpredictable in the north, where rain is not uncommon in the high mountains. The south and towards the coast are much drier and have much milder year round climates. The climbs in these areas are open throughout most of the year and are pleasant for riding even in winter (a time when many professional cyclists are based in the region).

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