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Spain - Catalonia Gastronomic Cycling Tour

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
7 days
From: $ 1,565 $ 224 / day
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Overview

Short Description

During your 6-night bicycle vacation, explore Spain’s Catalonia countryside and gastronomic delights. Emporda interior and coast as well as the Empordanet. The daily rides are moderate distances, covering beautiful flat to rolling countryside and also gives you a glimpse of incredible medieval villages. Visit wine cellars, olive oil mills and unique gastronomy museums. This self guided cycling tour of Spain is one of our best selling vacation packages, with travelers noting the quality of the lodging, high gastronomy and charming route and of course, our excellent local expertise and support.

A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Trip Type Self-guided / Independent Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Barcelona
End City Girona

Trip Includes

  • 6 nights deluxe lodging - standard or upgraded rooms, see below
  • Breakfast daily
  • 3 top quality gastronomic dinners
  • Private transfer from Barcelona to start of the tour in Romanya
  • Private return transfer from Madremanya to Girona on last day
  • GPS unit (1 per 2 participants)
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Local emergency telephone support
  • Welcome Orientation and bike set up on Day 1 with Wine
  • 1 set Road book per couple with riding route maps, cue sheets, and suggestions for visitation and dining
  • Barcelona pre-tour nights available at negotiated rates
  • Additional services and stays can be arranged separately.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from Barcelona to Romanya de la Selva - Bike 33km

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

This tour starts any Friday to Tuesday. The Riding starts today with a morning transfer: So, you need to be in Barcelona before this day. We can suggest and book 1 of 3 different hotels close to our bike shop for nights prior to this day. The night before this day 1, we do the orientation and bike set up so that you are ready to ride on this morning! Orientation is at 5pm the night before. Then you'll have some free time to visit Barcelona on your own that night. We include a wine tasting with orientation, and we can offer a 2-3 hour private city bike tour the day before for only 49 euros; ask us for more info and Barcelona hotel rates.

On this first day of your tour, we will pick you up at your hotel in Barcelona and transfer you to Romanya de la Selva on the Costa Brava where you will start today's ride. The bike tour today goes through the area ‘Empordanet’ with a great variety of beautiful landscapes with many historic villages and towns like the medieval Pals, Peratallada and Palau-Sator. These villages are full of atmosphere and offer a great opportunity to join the locals for a snack or drink on one of quiet village squares. Highlights include the walled villages of Pals and Peretallada and the optional visit to the Jam Museum in Torrent. Today's ride ends at Pals beach (Platja de Pals) at the comfortable hotel Sa Punta, only about 800m away from a long Mediterranean beach. Dinner included at your hotel. Learn More about Gastronomic dining and Tasting menus.

Day 2: Loop Ride Around Pals - 40 km

Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast at your hotel is at your leisure! Just one of the many benefits of a self-guided bike tour is that you can choose how to use your time each day. So, today you can start when you want. You have a very nice hotel and are close to the beach, but we do offer a nice loop ride of about 40km that will give you a few hours of exploration time on the bike visiting more of these old walled villages of the Empordanet as well as the coast. Lunch and dinner on your own today; we will include some suggestions for you to make a great choice for you!

Day 3: Pals - St Marti d Empuries - 35km

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Today our route starts along the beach and sand dunes (See This Photo) and then passes through the rice fields of Pals, an interesting area with dunes, marshland, irrigation canals, rice mills and virgin beaches. You can choose to take a detour to the coast to see the outlet of the Ter River and the surrounding protected area Basses d en Coll. (Rice has long been cultivated here and appears in many local dishes; be sure to try Arros a La Cassola!) From here your ride goes on toward L'Escala but first you have to choose a flatter route around the Montgri or a more challenging route over the hills. Your hotel (eco hotel gold LEED certified) is on the beach next to the 2000+ year old Empuries archeaological site, that you will want to visit.

Day 4: Loop ride Sant Marti to Castello d Empuries - 51km

Meals: Breakfast

Today could be a rest day at the beach or to visit the ruins of Empuries.  But a nice loop ride is also available to visit the Natural Park “Aiguamolls” in the wet areas of Emporda. This is a protected area of great ornithological importance. We will also pay a visit to Castello d'Empuries, a medieval city of great historical importance. Return back to the same hotel, dinner on your own. (B) Option: go to Figueres by bus on weekdays; and back.

Day 5: Ride to Madremanya - 38 km

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

The ride to Madremanya takes you back to the interior part of the region, the hilly sections sectors on the western borders at the alluvial plain. This is an eminently agricultural area where you can visit typical villages such as Verges, a medieval village with the remains of its ancient walls. Before reaching your hotel, why not take a short detour to the village of Pubol to have a snack and visit the castle. It was the home to surrealist painter Salvador Dalí and his wife Gala (she is buried at the castle). Dalí bought the castle in 1969. It has been open to the public since 1996. Excellent lodging tonight at La Placa, and dinner included.

Day 6: Loop Ride to Medieval Villages - 39 km

Meals: Breakfast

A rest day by the pool and enjoy the charming ambiance of the hotel and the quite village or one last bike tour and your ultimate challenge on the bike. Explore the countryside in depth including some small but very charming medieval villages such as Monells, Casavells, Corca and Pubol. You are also invited to visit one of the local pottery shops with typical ceramics in the small town La Bisbal d Emporda. Dinner on your own tonight - you will probably want to eat at La Placa and can choose your menu.

Day 7: Return transfer to Girona included; depart at 9:30 am

Meals: Breakfast

Departure transfer to Girona included.Extra nights in Barcelona possible, we have several hotels we recommend. Contact us for information.

Add an Extra night and ride today: ask us for the itinerary and rate!

Cooking classes can also be added as extra days on this bike tour; ask us! We recommend at least 1 night in Girona if you have time; we work with several hotels and suggest activities.

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Group Size:

Standard Group - 25 + people

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation:  Once your deposit is received, a reservation confirmation is made and final payment is due 60 days prior to tour departure.  If you wish to cancel your tour, you must submit your request to us in writing by email or postal mail.  If a cancellation is made after receipt of the deposit but before the 60-day final payment due date, all deposits are returned except US$200 per person. Within 60 days, but more than 45 days, the entire deposit becomes non-refundable, and from 45 days additional cancellation penalties may apply, up to 100% of tour costs. No refunds are available once the trip commences. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS to this cancellation policy, including for reasons related to weather, terrorism, civil strife, personal, family or medical emergencies or any other circumstances beyond our control.  For this reason, we strongly encourage Participants to purchase trip cancellation and interruption insurance.

Pre-Departure Cancellations or Changes by Pure Adventures: We reserve the right to cancel any tour prior to departure for any reason. While it is rare, in the event of cancellation, a check for a full refund will be issued to you, which constitutes full settlement.  If the tour is cancelled within 45 days of departure, an additional discount will be made for an alternate trip with Pure Adventures or one of its affiliates in addition to the full refund.  In the event that, prior to departure, we make any significant changes because of a problem with a supplier, for example a hotel bankruptcy, we will, as soon as reasonably possible, notify you of available alternatives.  Such changes may require a supplemental payment from you or possibly a refund.  No refunds under this paragraph will be provided due to cancellations or changes due to Force Majeure.

No Reimbursements Due to Changes or Cancellations: We will not reimburse Participants for any personal expenses such as airline tickets, other travel or hotel expenses due to changes in itineraries or tour cancellations.

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