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Pyrenees - Spain

Spanish Pyrenees Cycling Adventure 🇪🇸

9 days | Guided | $1737

Experience the exceptionally remote roads and strenuous mountain passes in the Spanish Pyrenees. Stick with the standard route or add on harder passes and climbs each day for a bigger challenge.

Distance
985 km

Gain
16,400 m

Road
Road

Temp
17°C

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Overview

Overview

TAKE ON THE LEGENDARY PEAKS AT YOUR OWN PACE

Flying in:

Toulouse, France

Start point:

Saint Jean de Luz

Flying out:

Montpellier/Lyon

End point:

Collioure

This Spanish Pyrenees Traversee Tour crosses the Spanish Pyrenees and their provinces of Aragon and Catalunya, from Saint Jean de Luz in the French Basque country. The Spanish side of the Pyrenees offers everything road cyclists are looking for: quiet roads, challenging mountain passes, perfect scenery with beautiful lights, and highlights such as the Mallos de Riglos.

Enjoy 9 days and reach the lovely town of Collioure on the Mediterranean coast. The route is peppered with winding roads in the foothills of the Pyrenees as well as “real” puertos (cols), especially at the foot of the legendary Pyrenean peaks. In contrast to the classic French Pyrenees Traverse, this crossing is a more accessible and slightly less challenging opportunity to discover the beauty of the Pyrenees. The landscapes are drier and rockier, the vegetation more Mediterranean than in the French part; in the heart of the famous “Sierras”, expect deep gorges and beautiful rocky crags to feast your eyes. On top of that, enjoy typical culinary delights and very good local cuisine after challenging days in the saddle.

All distances and gains mentioned are at an all-round level. Each day you will have the opportunity to push your rides harder, adding additional routes while keeping with the group itinerary.

Highlights of your trip

Natural Beauty

This tour covers beautiful landscapes including wide Pyrenean foothills and great mountain roads in the interior of the Pyrenees. Both the explorer and advanced tours will leave you in awe of the natural beauty of the area.

Rich Spanish History

Northern Spain has a rich culture and history running deep throughout the region. Discover the incredible architecture, experience the raw traditions, and make memories to last a lifetime.

All Meals Included

This trip is also a fantastic opportunity to discover rich Spanish cuisine. Taste the fresh and local ingredients from continental breakfasts at the hotels, picnic lunches on the road, and refuelling dinners at the end of each day.

Destination

Destination

Pyrenees - Spain

Stretching from the shores of the Mediterranean Sea across Spain to the Bay of Biscay, the Pyrenees are some of the most impressive mountains in the world. Once you've been here once, you will want to keep coming back. The sharp peaks rise high into the clouds, acting as a natural border between neighbouring countries. This mountain range reaches up to a staggering 3,404 metres which give the perfect opportunity for hill climb training.

Weather

Prepare well for the Pyrenees. The climate is moderate with no excessive heat, highs reaching around 15 degrees. You will be exposed to typical mountain weather with mostly sunny conditions and clear skies. Winter months can see snow and get close to 0 degrees.

Terrain

A mix of fearsome and inviting terrain — there is something for everyone here. Take on the rugged terrain of the mountains for a real test of your fitness and skills. After all, this is a tour of all the legendary climbs in the region. Make sure you get training before your trip.

Culture

The Spanish Pyrenees region has an incredibly rich culture. There are 7 languages in the area, including Catalan — the mother language of over 5 million people. History courses through the land and the people are proud to share it with visitors and tourists.

42.6682° N, 1.0012° E

There's even more to discover on your trip.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Comfortable 2-3* Hotels

All the hotels and guesthouses along the route are in a comfortable 2-3* range.

They are all well-positioned for the start and end of day riding, complete with secure bike storage.

A support vehicle will be assisting you for the entire trip, moving your bags between the locations and ensuring you can fully relax after reaching the next stop.

Accommodation

Meals Included

This guided tour includes all meals.

Breakfasts, picnic lunches, and dinners from a 3 to 4 course menu are included over the 8 nights. All you need to worry about is what you want to drink with each meal.

We also recommend you bring your favourite energy gels and bars to carry with you for a mid-ride energy boost.

Program

Program

Day 1

Saint Jean de Luz - Auritz/Burguete

Distance

105 km

Altitude gain

2400 m

Distance

105 km

Altitude gain

2400 m

Meet your tour leader and the group at 9 am at Saint Jean de Luz SNCF railway station. On special request, we can book the previous nights accommodation for you in Saint Jean de Luz.

Passes of the day:

  • Col de Saint Ignace, 169 m
  • Puerto de Otxondo, 570 m
  • Puerto de Artesiaga, 996 m
  • Col d’Erro, 801 m

Highlights:

  • Views back to the Atlantic from the Col de Saint Ignace
  • The famous roads of the Basque Country and the many small but steep passes
  • Puerto de Artesiaga
  • The view of the Arga valley and Pamplona in the distance

Day 2

Auritz/Burguete – Hecho

Distance

110 km

Altitude gain

1500 m

Distance

110 km

Altitude gain

1500 m

Day 3

Hecho - Loarre

Distance

135 km

Altitude gain

1800 m

Distance

135 km

Altitude gain

1800 m

Day 4

Loarre - Boltana

Distance

130 km

Altitude gain

1500 m

Distance

130 km

Altitude gain

1500 m

Day 5

Boltana - Ainsa - Pont de Suert

Distance

85 km

Altitude gain

1600 m

Distance

85 km

Altitude gain

1600 m

Day 6

Pont de Suert - Adrall

Distance

115 km

Altitude gain

2100 m

Distance

115 km

Altitude gain

2100 m

Day 7

Adrall – Berga

Distance

100 km

Altitude gain

2000 m

Distance

100 km

Altitude gain

2000 m

Day 8

Berga - Camprodon

Distance

100 km

Altitude gain

2200 m

Distance

100 km

Altitude gain

2200 m

Day 9

Camprodon - Collioure

Distance

105 km

Altitude gain

1300 m

Distance

105 km

Altitude gain

1300 m

Essentials

Getting there

Information to help you book your flights and get around.

Any questions about flights and transfers? The Epico team is here for you. Ping us via the chatbot in the corner of your page or send an email to [email protected]

Flying in

Fly in airport options: Toulouse.

When best to arrive: in the evening the day before the tour starts.

Where the tour starts: we meet at 9:00 at the central railway station of the French town Saint Jean de Luz.

Transfers: we highly recommend you book optional airport transfers that we offer, this way we can guarantee a seamless and hassle-free travel experience.

Extra nights: we recommend you book an optional extra night in Toulouse that we offer; the tour starts in the morning and you’ll want to be fresh!

Flying out

Fly out airport options: Perpignan, Montpellier, Lyon.

When best to depart: in the morning the day after the tour ends.

Where the tour ends: in the afternoon in the town of Collioure.

Transfers: we highly recommend you book optional airport transfers that we offer, this way we can guarantee a seamless and hassle-free travel experience.

Extra nights: we recommend you book an optional extra night near the airport that we offer; the tour ends in the afternoon, packing up and transfer takes time.

What’s included in your trip

Guide and Support

Trip leader in support vehicle, luggage transfers, GPS tracks provided

8 Nights Accommodation

8 nights in 2-3* hotels, double room with en-suite facilities (single room available as a supplement)

All Meals

8 breakfasts, 9 picnic lunches, 8 dinners (3 to 4 course menu)

What's not included.

Airport transfers

Transportation for you and your bike from Toulouse Airport to the start point and back is available to book for €140 (round trip). You can select this option when you proceed to checkout.

Extra nights near the airports

The tour starts in the morning and ends in the evening, plus the transfers take time. We recommend that you fly in the day before and fly out the day after. You can book these extra nights in the hotels for €190 hassle free when you proceed to checkout.

Bike rental

High quality carbon bikes are available for rental from €260 for the tour duration. Tailored to your body size and in perfect technical condition. You can select this option when you proceed to checkout.

Flights

Flights are not included in the tour package. Please follow our advice about which flights will be best suited for this tour. Reach out to us if you have any questions about flights.

Health insurance

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

Choose when you want to travel

After selecting the date of travel, you will be able to enter the detail of who is traveling and see further options for accomidation and cycle hire, subject to the operator.

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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Saturday

31 Jul 2021

Sunday

8 Aug 2021

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Price

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Saturday

11 Sep 2021

Sunday

19 Sep 2021

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Price

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