Girona & Costa Brava cycling tour

Tour Description

[2020 Example] Find out why Girona and the Costa Brava region is considered by many as the place to be when it comes to road cycling. This cycling tour will find you zipping along the Mediterranean coast, crossing the interior mountains, visiting spectacular lakes and climbing up to some simply breathtaking lookout points. During 2020 we start and finish our cycling tour in Barcelona but in between move through three different but equally stunning bases. The initial nights in Girona enjoy the buzzing cycling culture that is all around, followed by some relaxing nights in the scenic interior mountains before finishing things off with what can only be described as a gem of a coastal town!

This tour is perfect for cyclists who like to do shorter climbs but who equally enjoy undulating roads and flowing descents on smooth asphalted roads. We guarantee you a variety of picture perfect views from hilltop monasteries, small coastal coves and beaches and serpentine roads out to remote Mediterranean peninsulas!


Daily Tour Overview

Day 1 – Girona: Spain’s cycling capital

From Barcelona there is a 1hr drive to the outskirts of Girona which is undoubtedly one of Europe’s key cycling destinations. We will prepare the bikes and head out for an introductory ride through to our hotel for the next three nights.

Distance: 50km / Meals: Dinner Included / Sleep: Girona

Day 2 – Ride the coastal curves to ‘Tossa’

Today you will cycle a fantastic ride through the hills south of Girona towards the Mediterranean coastline. Today there are four climbs to contend with but they all range between 5-7km in length and 6% average grades. Those with some training in the legs will really enjoy today’s ride. In between all the climbing is a wonderful 10km stretch along the coast to Tossa de Mar which will be great fun!

Distance: 90km / Meals: Breakfast Included / Sleep: Girona

Day 3 – Perfect warm-up climb to Els Angels

Riding from the hotel and you encounter some stunning scenery as you climb over the Les Gavarres mountain range twice. The road from Girona heads east and the first climb is up to the Els Angels Monastery. This is one of the most popular rides in the region and its 10km at 3% average gradient is the perfect way to get your legs going again. The loop back to the hotel passes smooth, beautifully asphalted roads with many undulations that will keep things very interesting.

Distance: 90km / Meals: Breakfast Included / Sleep: Girona

Day 4 – The tour theme shifts to ‘Dali’

Today we change hotels and with this our base moves to the scenic landscapes directly adjacent to Figueras. Figueras is famous as Salvador Dali’s birthplace and later during the tour you will have time to visit a collection of his surreal artwork in Cadaques. The cycling on offer today is best described as ‘transitional’ where an early climb is followed by 70km of flat riding through to our new hotel for the next three nights.

Distance: 90km / Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Included / Sleep: Figueras

Day 5 – Rock’n’Roll on Rocacorba

The most challenging day on the bike now awaits but it is full of surprises and changing landscapes at every corner. Cycling from the hotel and the climb up to Mar de Deu del Mont at 1085m altitude will be sure to impress. The 360° degree views from our favourite platform on the Costa Brava makes the energy expended well worth it. Mar de Deu del Mont is an 18km climb with an average gradient of 5%.

The 20km descent down to our lunch stop on the shores of Lake Banyoles will be one to savour! If you would like to take some time to relax or perhaps even a swim feel free to finish your ride on the lake at the 65km mark. After lunch though the final ‘Rocacorba’ challenge is waiting for those itching for more! This climb has become famous in recent years with professional riders using the climb for their specific hill interval sets. While the 13.5km is characterized by a 6% average grade it is the final 5km which are really tough and constantly maintain ramps hovering around double digit gradients!

Distance: 65 or 100km / Meals: Breakfast Included / Sleep: Figueras

Day 6 – Cycling meets the Garrotxa N.P.

From Figueras there is a short 30min van transfer west to the edge of the Volcanica de la Garrotxa Natural Park. As the name suggests this is an area of extinct volcanoes which is a road cycling paradise. The cycling heads north in search of the Pyrenees. It is in this region that the mountains follow isolated back roads right up to the Spain/France border. Tomorrow we have designed an easier day for you all so here is your chance to put in a solid Pyrenean raid!

Distance: 90km / Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Included / Sleep: Figueras

Day 7 – Ride to Spain’s most eastern point

After yesterdays cycling heroics we have planned a shorter recovery ride to the most eastern point on the Iberian Peninsula. The only challenge for the day is a 5km climb (5% average) over to Cadaques. From here things get really interesting as the road out to the lighthouse constantly dips and winds its way through an abrupt rocky landscape with constant coastal views. It is not all over though because in true Spanish style we would like to invite you for a long paella lunch at one of our favourite beach venues.

Distance: 60km / Meals: Breakfast & Lunch Included / Sleep: Cadaques

Day 8 – Views from ‘Sant Pere’ Monastery

To round out what has been a fantastic week on the bikes we have designed an excellent ‘all-rounder’ route for today. The route includes three climbs which again all range between 5-8km in length. The climb though with the most prestige is Sant Pere de Rodes. For many past guests we have saved the best for last because the arrival at the picturesque Benedictine Monastery with its curving roads and spectacular coastal views all combine to create a most memorable experience. The ‘Sant Pere’ climb begins from sea level and the views of the Mediterranean will follow you all the way to the very top.

Distance: 75km / Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Incl. / Sleep: Cadaques

Day 9 – Back to Barcelona

Following breakfast we will transfer you to Barcelona Airport. A number of clients have spent additional days relaxing and enjoying all the wonders of Barcelona. We hope you have enjoyed your Costa Brava cycling experience!

Meals: Breakfast included


Dates & Prices

Dates2021 dates subject to Covid-19
Duration8 nights / 9 days
Price (per person)3250€ (twin share)
Bike Hire350€
Single Room Supplement500€

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